Tatiana Boncompagni worked out six times a week, but didn't see a body transformation until she followed this routine.
I'd always been fit. When I was in college I worked out regularly, and I continued that healthy lifestyle all the way through having children. It wasn't until I was pregnant with my last child that I stopped exercising.
It was hard getting back in shape after that pregnancy, but I began exercising again by taking a ton of group fitness classes, like boot camp and yoga, and running. I was on a mostly plant-based diet with a little bit of meat. I thought I was making all the right choices by eating avocado toast, chia seeds, everything you read about as being great for you. But I still didn't feel like my appearance reflected how healthy I was on the inside. To be honest, I was pretty insecure about my body.
I was training for a marathon, improving my fitness level, and still wasn't seeing any change in my body. If anything, I felt like I was getting bigger. I was so frustrated. Then, I found my trainer, Heather Marr, while writing a story on a fitness clothing line that featured her on their website. I met with her, and she started showing me how to slow down exercises that I do all the time, like burpees. She emphasized that my goal wasn't to be a top athlete but get results I could see. The hairs on the back on the back of my neck stood up. I just knew this was going to be different.
Once I began training with Heather, I started to see major changes within two weeks, like definition in my abs that was never there before. I was working out 5 to 6 days a week in group classes. But after working with Heather, I've started incorporating resistance training 4 days a week. Some of my favorite moves are pistol squats and weighted lunges. I also do one day of interval training on the stair mill for about 45 minutes. Then I'll do a day or two of steady state cardio, like a nice 6-mile run.
Like a lot of women, I was scared that lifting heavy would make me heavier than I already was, but my body looks leaner than ever.
The biggest change in my diet is that I'm eating way more protein than before. I'm a lean protein junkie. I'll have a burger from time to time, but that's a treat. I eat a lot of egg whites, white fish, ground turkey, and chicken, and tons of vegetables. For my carbs, I like to have a piece of whole wheat bread, fiber crackers, or a half-cup of pasta. As a snack I'll have an apple or Greek yogurt with blueberries.
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