A few more push-ups with Jackie Warner. (Jay Clendenin / Los Angeles…)
(Editor’s note: Writer Mary MacVean tried out trainer Jackie Warner’s diet plan from her new book “10 Pounds in 10 Days.” Here’s her experience. Read about her previous days too.)
Jackie Warner writes that the cardio workouts many people do are not as effective as they might be. She cites “one hour-plus treadmill runs.” Oh, dear. I’m a runner, and I run an hour at a time, four days a week. Maybe that’s why I can’t lose those last 10 or 12 pounds, I think.
But the truth is that running is not just a calorie-burner for me. I have kids, a job, lots of outside activities, a house and more. When I go for a run in my L.A. neighborhood, I have no phone, no email, no contact with another soul – except the inconsiderate dog owners who don’t restrain their pets. This is my private time, to let my mind wander, to be selfish.
So. Ineffective? I really hope not. And I won’t stop running even if it is not the best way to lose weight. But I’m willing to try new workouts, and I’ve really liked Warner’s program for the most part. I don’t have a jump-rope, so I substituted jumping jacks when she calls for jumping rope. And so far I haven’t had the motivation to take a stop watch out and do the short-burst intense runs she recommends.
But I'm feeling good about the weight-lifting she recommends. And I'm doing it all, exactly as she says to do it. Just like with the food, she leaves nothing to chance, down to ordering a one-minute rest at certain points.
Tomorrow: the final count