Here I am beaming with L.A.-based personal trainer Harley Pasternak when he was in town recently to launch Nestea Vitao, a new line of natural, antioxidant-rich iced tea. A Canadian fella, he's helped hone the physiques of Benjamin Bratt and Halle Berry.
Well, I used an interview for homemakers.com as an excuse to gush about how much I love Pasternak's super-efficient 5-Factor workout (based on the same principles P90X trainer Tony Horton now cleverly calls "muscle confusion") -- and a few weeks later, I fell off the fitness wagon again. Sheesh. Don't tell.
That's the "â€™fessing up". I've slothed out for the last bit. Haven't been to the gym, lost track of whether it's two or three weeksâ€¦ oops. It happens. Life, you know? And I feel the difference -- my original title for this post was "F is for Flabbo."
So it's back to the 5-Factor workout routine for me on Monday. And here's the "forecasting": it's going to be OWWWWW (yes, caps and italics). But it'll be great, too. I've missed it.
And that's no fib.
I should mention that Pasternak has two versions of this 5-Factor workout now. His more recent book, 5-Factor Diet, is chock-full of more sound advice and tasty, simple, five-ingredient recipies, plus an updated program which Pasternak promises is even more efficient than the original.
I've resisted trying the newer program because it takes me a while to push past 35-plus years of thinking my body can't do something. Silly, really, because a) the workout isn't crazy different from the first; b) I'm stronger now than I ever was; and c) the only exercise that gives me pause is a step-up set using a bench. Duh.
I'll amend my earlier decree: I'm starting the updated 5-Factor routine on Monday. I'll keep you posted.
If you're new to my appreciation of Pasternak and 5-Factor, here's why I'm a fan: Celebrity Body: Harley Pasternak's 5-Factor Fitness and My Healthy Makeover.