Last year, I had an amazing experience participating in Tracy Anderson’s Detox Week. Tomorrow is kicking off the 2013 detox and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ll be sharing this week’s adventure with you soon but here are some fond memories of last year:
What an unforgettable week! I just finished Detox Week at Tracy Anderson Method’s Water Mill Studio in the Hamptons, during which I was challenged like never before! What an amazing group of motivated, inspiring women I was honored to share the experience with. Here, I’ll share with you a little bit of my Detox Week experience.
First of all, huge congratulations to Tracy for welcoming baby Penny into her family just 8 weeks ago. Even more, I am awed at the dedication that Tracy showed to us women. It takes a lot to host such a demanding week, and Tracy did it with energy, enthusiasm, and probably not a lot of sleep with a brand new baby in the picture. Tracy – we are so grateful for all you’ve given to us!
My heart also goes out to amazing Megan and Allie who worked so hard being chefs for us and greeting us with green juice after our workouts, and our meals sealed with love in Packit. Megan also taught us how to use the Vitamix to get the most nutrients in our body, and recommended we go to purejoyplanet.com for more tips!
Each morning, eighteen women showed up at Tracy’s studio and kicked off the morning with a lecture from Tracy. Topics spanned from why we eat the way we do, to how to make our workouts more effective. One thing I took away from this is that we all have a genetic muscular weakness somewhere. Interesting, right? (Also, that I really need a Vitamix!)
Then we took part in training sessions – from mat workouts to my favorite; dance – for the next several hours. One thing that makes Tracy’s workouts so effective is the unique way she uses muscle, and so many different props to stimulate our minds in being uncomfortable doing the challenging workouts.
As the morning wound down, we collected our meals for the day and then got to meet some of Tracy’s favorite designers, who came to show us their goodies! Some of my favorites were the Mott50‘s sun protective clothes and hats, Phat Buddha and the Kings of Cole hoodies.
One of the biggest challenges for me was the food. I love to eat; it’s probably the number one reason I work out, but during Detox Week our meals were limited to what we were given and nothing more. Most days this was a light salad, a fruit or vegetable, soup, protein shake, and a little bit of chocolate pudding. I found myself often still hungry, craving especially more protein. It didn’t help that my family was eating steak and burgers all around me! However I did beat the salt freak in me and learned how to love food in it’s purest form.
One highlight from the week, though, was that my family was there! We got to spend the afternoons playing in the pool with the kids, or exploring the shops and playground in Southampton. In the evenings we would go out for ice cream (just for Mark and the kids, of course) or meet up with good friends. My kids love our more relaxed lifestyle on our summer trips to the Hamptons, and I’m so thankful for the time we get to spend together there, hopefully making special memories for them and growing as a family.
Overall, the experience was such a success! When we were weighed and measured on Friday, the last day. The girls pictured here lost 30 pounds together! Our faces were glowing from the detox and we all celebrated achieving our goal! We made new friends, we all learned more about how to care for and nurture our bodies, and we left feeling stronger than ever in so many ways.
Some of my favorite pictures from Detox Week are above, but you can view my whole photo album from the week on my Facebook page.
*I am not a fitness expert, I am a fitness fan! For more information about the Tracy Anderson Method, or which program or product will work best for you, please visit TracyAndersonMethod.com.