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Practice What You Preach…

Most of you I’m sure are following Jess and Jo’s blogging on the barre n9ne™ 60 day total body transformation (60 day challenge for short!). As you know they are required to maintain a food log. This is so that they can see what they are putting into their bodies every day. I believe it is super important to be able to look back at the end of the day and see what you did to fuel your body. In addition you have probably heard they have to stick to their “number”. Therefore this food log is serving two purposes.

  1. It is equally as important to see how much you are eating as well as how little. It is not healthy to eat less than your body needs, in an effort to lose weight or inches. I have never and will never encourage this lifestyle.
  2. Accountability. I am not micromanaging Jess and Jo. They are responsible for maintaining this log and sticking to a number we agreed upon. They are adults. They want change. This log holds them accountable for sticking to their number. Period. If they veer off course or don’t log for a few days they have themselves (and each other!) to answer to. I do not email them and say “Have you logged your intake today?” (I have however asked them for their username/password to FitDay a handful of times so I can peek since I am scatterbrained or should I say I still have baby brain!)

I had a moment this morning after our virtual class (which I love btw!) I put on a pair of work pants that I bought on April 19th the day before I returned to work from my maternity leave. I haven’t worn these pants in about a week and a half since it has been pretty nice out and I have been wearing dresses to work lately. WELL….these pants were LOOSER than the last time I wore them! Yippee!

Ironically enough and without sharing too much Jess texted me (JUST as I finished looking in the mirror and thinking to myself “I think these are looser?!”)  that HER pants felt looser today!! I was rushing around and didn’t have time to tell her I just had the same thought!

Let’s rewind a little….

Throughout my pregnancy I was told that I had to take in at least 300-500 more calories a day. I’m pretty sure I took in more than 500 extra calories a day….especially since Jalen weighed 8lbs 3oz when he was born :-). Upon his birth I was really (still am) committed to breastfeeding. Again, you need to make sure you are taking in enough calories to be able to do so.

On June 7th, my pre-preggers skinny jeans still did not fit…..almost 5 months after having Jalen. I was torn. I wanted my body back AND I still wanted to breastfeed. I decided I would start using my food log again to see how much I am taking in. I really wasn’t surprised. I had reverted back to my old ways = eating healthy but eating more than I really need…and I mean more than I need to still continue breastfeeding Jalen. I am just eating TOO much.

Last Thursday night I revealed to Jess and Jo their inches lost in the first 30 days. Well what I didn’t tell them is that I have also started to follow my ‘number’ method again as well. It has been a long long time since I have done this.

I am happy to report that I have adjusted my number so that while I continue breastfeeding I can still be happy with my body. There is a happy medium.  The good news is that combined with working out/teaching and logging my intake I have already started to see results = pants looser this morning 🙂

It doesn’t take long to see change, the hardest part is getting started.



“I want to be like them!”

As a result of my last blog entry, many of you have E-mailed me asking HOW to get the same results Jo and Jess are seeing.

Their results are a combination of the following:

  • 4-6 barre n9ne™ classes per week. This includes barre AND non barre classes.
  • Running/Cardio
  • Sticking to their “number”

As part of the barre n9ne™ 60 day transformation the girls are required to take 1 class on Monday, 1 class on Tuesday and 2 classes on Thursday.

Wednesday is optional if their schedule permits it and Saturday the same. That’s why I say 4-6 classes a week.

Aside from their barre n9ne™ challenge they have decided to train for a half marathon. If they were not training for this half marathon I would have asked that for this challenge in addition to classes that they accomplish 10,000 steps per day = 5 miles.

Their ‘number'”:  This is something I work with my personal training clients on. Everyone has a number. Your number tells you how many calories per day you should eat.  There is a formula behind this number. Basically this allows you to eat the foods that you want to weigh what you want to weigh.

We actually have not weighed Jess and Jo. They have been measured though. We measured chest, waist, hips, thighs, calves and arms. Their 14.25 loss is cumulative. Jess has lost 6 total inches and Jolene has lost 8.25 total inches.

I believe that a better indicator than a number on the scale is how you feel, how your clothes fit, and how you actually LOOK. However, to give them a ‘number’ I had to take into consideration their height and build. We will be doing a weigh-in soon though. I will keep you posted on that if they allow me to 🙂

On another note, for the skeptics out there, I received this note this morning:

“Tanya, I just wanted to let you know that in the 3 weeks I have been doing your classes I already see a difference! I am thrilled. I still have a lot to go to be back to pre-baby shape but it definitely is encouraging. I have barely even been running or changing my diet and although I didnt look perfect, I felt ok enough to wear a bikini this past weekend. 3 weeks ago that would have never happened! I can’t wait to see what another 3 weeks does before our family’s planned vacation!” Jilane P.

So back to your question…”How do I see the same results as Jo and Jess?”

Come to barre n9ne™ Ok I know some of you can’t. I would suggest classes like ours 4 times a week. If you want to see what we do at barre n9ne™ try our virtual class on Wednesdays at 615am EST. Then find a class near you that is similar. Remember the classes Jo and Jess are taking are not ALL barre classes. In fact they are taking two barre based classes a week and two non barre classes a week. Their optional classes are barre fusion™ which is a mix.

Take 10,000 steps a day. If you are not a runner, walk & split this up. Go for a walk before work, walk during lunch, and walk after work. It’s so nice outside; you don’t have to use the dreadmill! Scope out a fabulous route with great scenary so that it is in fact enjoyable.

Eat 5-6 meals a day and never skip breakfast. Try eating a 450-500 calorie breakfast. This is your fuel for the day. From there your snacks should be filling- an apple for instance which has tons of dietary fiber and natural sugar. Totally filling.

Let’s also take Splenda or any artificial sweetner out of your diet for that matter. It’s just no good!

So there you have it. If you have questions, feel free to ask. You can email me at