After 21 days of detoxing, I feel absolutely fabulous. I had a big problem this morning- I couldn’t find a pair of pants that fit properly and not because they were too small, but too big!! Certainly a problem that I don’t mind having! Haha! I started using older pants that I had kept hidden away that I had hoped one day I would fit in to, and now those are sagging on me. I like to look at myself in the mirror now which is something I haven’t been able to do confidently in a very long time. My skin is better than it’s ever been, I’m sleeping soundly, I don’t wake up with that terrible burning feeling in my stomach, and I’m full of energy. I don’t tire as easily as I did before and my sinus issues have also been nonexistent. I’ve had major sinus infections over the past two years, this past summer being the worst. This is the longest I have gone without getting sick. I can tell you that I had been catching a cold or sinus issue almost every month until I started modifying my diet. I really do feel great, so great that I don’t even want to entertain going back to sweets and such. I definitely want to keep up with the shakes. They are part of my norm now and I prefer to have that in lieu of a piece of cake. I have a completely new outlook on myself. My goal is to lose at least another 15 to 20 and given how far I’ve come, it doesn’t seem impossible now. I look forward to more boot camp and I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have helped set me on a new path and I can’t wait to see what else I can do.
Holy sweaty workout last night! Just want to say you are so inspiring and I don’t know of any other fitness instructors that go as hard as you do in their classes – I love that you are as sweaty as we are.
I also am so thankful for your expert nutrition knowledge. It’s finally really sunk in that nutrition is 80% of the game. I have been so sick the past week and haven’t been able to work out but have still been eating clean and have been able to maintain my progress so far even though I couldn’t make it to class.
I’ve definitely lost a few more pounds and inches in my second month of Slim & Strong and hardly recognize my new thighs.
Hi Ariane & Myrna,
Last night when I saw my great results, and again today at 5.55am when I peeled myself out of bed, I recalled the scene because you are in fact changing my life. (OK so when she says back “no, he’s chaging mine” doesn’t apply of course…but the part of you changing mine definitely applies) A million thanks kid.
I truly thought that I could only lose weight using Weight Watchers and calculating points forever, but after coming to the Nutrition Workshop, I didn’t log on to the Weight Watcher site at all. The information you gave definitely allowed me to simply understand the impact certain foods have on my body and how to enjoy certain meals without guilt and learn how to get back on track.Thanks for everything!
That is my goal.
Having my aunt take part will be a huge competitive push too . And I’m not sure if she’s mentioned it, but my Dad is even getting hooked on the NutriBullet shakes).
So basically, thank you. A lot. It means the world to me that she’s tackling weight loss in a positive way and this program (and being able to do it remotely) is a big, big part of it.
The results were immediate in my skin: much softer and glowing. My belly was flatter and I noticed fat loss all over. Overall it was a positive experience with loads of learnings to apply for future. Thanks for your help and constant support.
I am converted!!!! Thank you! I’d love to come in for a class on a weekend and meet you personally and thank you!
It was a tiny bit uncomfortable to share what I think holds me back from fully enjoying my life but acknowledging it in public- can’t be a bad thing. I think I decided a very practical course- go to a life expert rather than making continual problems not to waste money.
Workouts- hard but loved them
Yoga teacher- really special person, thank you.
Loved the entire experience.
After all that, you can buy your own Bahama and retire there. If you are even physically capable of retiring, that is.
Still, my point is that the DVD absolutely rocks. I cannot wait to try it out while I am traveling.
I only took one break, which was during the last cardio section when you guys are running back down to the bench area.
It’s NEVER ENDING and when you make us do sumos AGAIN, I literally screamed at the computer … “MORE F#(&ing SUMOS???!”
I sort of almost cried. And then i had to pause the DVD because i was laughing so hard that that had come out of MY mouth!
But i promise i unpaused it and kept on going through the last grueling sumos and knee ups.
I can safely say that i never want to do another sumo squat for as long as i live…
hmmm .. can’t wait until tomorrow morning!!
1. “Shit, that chick does a full extension jumping jack.”
2. “Those sumo squats are whack.”
These guys do P90X regularly in the office, but weren’t ready for the intensity. Side note: I like P90X.
Anyway, keep it up!
My main motivation for signing up for Slim & Strong was to be able to invert on the pole again. I had pole danced for a few years but took off last winter because of a wrist injury. When I
started dancing again in February, I was devastated that my abs, back and arms weren’t strong enough to get my legs over my head anymore! I spent the summer taking beginner classes to build up my strength, but wasn’t happy with my progress. Today was my first pole class since I started Slim & Strong two months ago and I could see a huge difference in my stamina, strength AND I had no problem at all with my right-side invert. The real kicker for me, though was when I was able to repeatedly invert on my left side- something I’d never been able to do before because of lack of strength. Thank you for helping me get back to my favorite hobby.
A couple of months and classes later, I decided to do the January Slim and Strong and from then on my body has never been the same. I learnt how to eat, why to eat, how to exercise and how to enjoy exercise. Everything clicked. Everything made sense for the first time (which is really sad to say because I worked in a gym for FOUR years before moving to NYC).
You were so right about the dietary changes being a key factor. Before this I was a starchy grains and fruit fiend. When I was running marathons in my 20s I could eat those foods and more in abundance and burn it all off without gaining an ounce. But in my 30s when I stopped running distance and started working a sedentary, intellectual job (university prof), I started getting fatter, softer, and feeling constantly tired/worn out. I never made the connection between the foods I was eating and how I was feeling and looking (grains + fruit = healthy, right?). I’d heard about low carb diets before but I never really understood how they worked and was afraid they basically amounted to self-starvation. But your plan made a huge difference – with more protein in my diet I feel full throughout the day and I don’t even miss the starches one bit. In hindsight I realize they made me feel more bloated than full, and the refined grains like white pasta and rice would actually activate an extreme overeating response in me and make me hungrier and hungrier the more I ate. Now, my moods and energy are stable – exactly the way I need them to be.
THANK YOU for the brutally awesome workout yesterday. I’m so out of shape, never exercise, and while I may have seemed out of it and almost ready to give up, I’m going to see this through and I’m beyond excited about that. Definitely feeling it this morning and really looking forward to establishing the beginning of changing bad habits.
By the third week I had lost 10 lbs. By the fourth week I knew I could make this a permanent change. Two hours after tonight’s class I can’t wait for the next one.
Diabetes sent my Dad to heaven last year, so my wife Mary is thrilled that I am finally taking care of myself. Since meeting Ariane a month ago I never had so much fun working out so hard and never paid so little to sweat so much and learn to change my eating habits. I did find out how good of a trainer Ariane is and what makes her different. It’s not just the results or personal follow-up; it’s that she’s the best. Go ahead, burn some calories and call her!
Ariane’s not a trainer. She is an inspiring coach and mentor, a rare person indeed. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with her.