Jorge Cruise, Busy Moms, & Sedentary Men Have a Common Denominator?
Jorge Scheduled to Appear on Tyra's Show
At this time of year many of us find we are unhappy with the way our bodies have moved (or not moved) around after our long winter’s hibernation. I’ve never been obese- but I’m always at that “could stand to lose 20 pounds” point, which I think describes many of us – unless you’re one of those lucky ducks blessed with fantastic metabolism. Weight loss is tough, especially for sedentary men or busy moms!
I’m working Jorge Cruise ’s 8-minute program that been very successful so far, (he has several newer book outs, including one for those who have more time for exercise, (“12-Second Sequence”), but the one I’m addressing here works for me, and particularly, a very busy mom with no time or willpower.
Before the children, I had done a couple of the low-carb diets, very successfully, mind you. The first one was Dr. Atkin’s, on which my husband and I collectively lost 60 pounds and kept it off for 4 years. This lifestyle worked for us because we were not big on exercise and enjoyed eating lots of meat and cheeses and we were satisfied with that. In fact, I was never happier – I weighed my high-school weight at age 35. But then, the children came and all hell broke loose. Nutritionally speaking, for a long-term lifestyle, it really isn’t the answer either.
The second we did in between babies was the South Beach Diet. Again, we were highly successful with this. The problem was, because you were “allowed” to begin eating the forbidden carbohydrates again in moderation, we lost our willpower to go back to Phase I after indulging for a few weeks, and quietly slipped back into old habits. The recipes took time to prepare as well - virtually impossible when you have two whining, hungry children around at 5pm. The worst part: we gained more back than we weighed before. This is a common phenomenon on any deprivation diet. While it is a “lifestyle” diet, it still is restricting in many ways.
LOSING WEIGHT TAKES HARD WORK, EATING RIGHT & EXERCISING. Period.
The bottom line: we’ve come to this same ugly conclusion that every weight-loss expert will tell you. I'm not thrilled, but it's the way it is.
I’ll be candid. I practically loathe exercise. Perhaps it’s not the movement itself, as it is the mere thoughts of it. My days are packed full of dirty diapers, running errands, working part time, cooking, cleaning, paying bills, writing on the laptop – at midnight, I’m about ready to drop. And at 6am when the kiddies are full of energy – I’m fumbling around for a third cup of java before one of my pupils allows light in. Exercise? Not only last on my list, but dreaded. Not to mention – they won’t stay out of trouble for me long enough to get through a 30-minute class or DVD. So the thought of doing 30 minutes of heavy-duty cardio, focus-needing Pilates, or Yoga (peace & quiet?) is out of the question for me. So what’s the solution?
This is where Jorge Cruise’s book comes in. I’ve only been doing this for two weeks, and I may update this hub after I’ve lost more weight (I’m optimistic). But here’s why it makes sense and motivates me, someone who hates to diet & exercise.
1. The book is an easy read with a lot of pictures. I don’t want to gender-stereotype, but I think men are visual, and unless it is just their nature to read a lot, less likely to read for pleasure or self-help. It is just an observation, and I know there’s a million exceptions (especially here) – however, there are some visualization techniques in this book that are great. Good for us moms, too – who simply don’t have a lot of reading time.
2. He discussed an important issue - EMOTIONAL EATING. There is a significant subject addressed in his weight-loss ideas that is often overlooked in other programs. In my opinion, a crucial one. He talks about our emotional connection with food, and how it relates to overeating. I can speak for myself when I say this is largely why I struggle with my weight.
3. Moms, brace yourself – if you follow his program, you can eat CASSEROLES. Yes, you can eat whatever your kids are eating. You just can't eat as much of it. And, you’ll have to force yourself to eat more often during the day to prevent that psychological and physical hunger in the evening: “The kids have run me ragged, I’m tired and deserve to eat a lot of whatever I want”.
4. There’s no deprivation foods, no numbers. You don’t have to count calories, carbs, fat, sugar. You eat whatever you want. You just have to eat less. He gives you a visual tool to divide your plate up and eat this way instead of having to follow a strict regimen. There are some suggestions in there for starting out, but you can still lose weight using your own choices if you stick to the basic concept. As long as you are snacking, too, you seriously will be able to do this.
5. The exercise requirement – while still a requirement, only takes 8 MINUTES A DAY, no chic yoga pants required (pajamas recommended)! I saved the best for last. Okay, by the time you do the warm up and the cool down stretches, it’s actually 12 minutes. But seriously folks, this is absolutely crucial to why it is a success for me. Were it any more than that, I simply wouldn’t be motivated to do it. To fit in this small increment of time while two children under 4 are running crazy through the house is actually feasible. Furthermore, because my warm-up includes marching or running in place – my kids are actually having fun doing the exercises WITH me. An interesting side effect has developed. I find myself wanting to do more exercise than is actually required, because my energy level is higher. That is a miracle, for me, in itself.
I am excited to report the results of this hopefully a few months later, because my rationalization until now (after the babies were born), was to do nothing: “I’m so busy and chasing a toddler and gardening and whatnot, how can I be putting on weight?” or “ I’ll focus on my weight when the kids are in school and I have time”. To my dismay, the needle on the scale has continued to rise.
3 REASONS MOMS KEEP GAINING WEIGHT
Age & Inactivity (real activity)Chasing a toddler, exerting myself with yard work and cleaning and running errands, apparently, is not nearly enough to burn calories from what I am consuming. And while I am passively active, chasing and lifting a toddler does not provide the lean-muscle building needed to use the calories the best ways.Skipping Meals Due to a Busy Schedule We Americans tend to be so busy from the minute we wake to the time we sit down, we don’t even think about food. So why doesn’t this help us lose weight? Because we are allowing our metabolism to slow down so significantly. Then, when we do eat, it doesn’t burn the fuel as fast as it could. We eat more at night to compensate for the skipped meals – just before bed – the time we are most inactive and our metabolism is slowest.Increased Consumption of Unhealthy Foods The meals we are preparing, while it may not necessarily be our choice, are more kid-friendly. And kid-friendly is almost synonymous with increased carbohydrates, and not always the good kind. This combined with time-saving efforts, such as making casseroles involving white-minute rice, condensed soups and instant mashed potatoes, can sabotage any attempts we are making to do better for our bodies. You are probably eating more goldfish crackers and cookies than you’d care to admit, too.I’m not nearly to my goal yet. It’s only been two weeks. But I can feel a shift in my energy, my outlook, and my habits already. For me, it was just the boost I needed. It’s a great time to do it, too – just in time for warm weather and tank tops. Give this book a try to let me know what you think.
What You Might Not Like
Jorge is shamelessly self-promoting. There are pictures of him on every other page. There are suggestions that you must go on his website, sign up for recommended programs, and purchase certain food products which of course he profits from. I’m here to tell you that if you have an ounce of ingenuity, you don’t have to buy into any of it, other than his book, which costs about $12.00.
You do need the book, because it shows in photo detail the 8 minute exercises of the day among other visual aids. But besides, all of us here at Hubpages, aren’t we a wee bit self-promotional? Let’s just take it with a grain of salt. This guy lost a ton of weight, took a personal journey, and wants to capitalize on it. I ask you as a fellow American, what the heck is wrong with that?