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October, November and December are like the Bermuda Triangle of food. October means Halloween Kit-Kats and cavities. And isn’t November simply a synonym for Thanksgiving butterball turkeys and bowling ball bellies? Seasonal favorites like deep-fried latkes and frosted sugar cookies are December’s diabetes-on-a-plate.
To fight this three month bacchanalia will take the determination of a Navy SEAL. Leave it to Beverly Hills trainer Lesley Goldberg, owner of At Your Side Private Exercise, to give me a workout developed by former Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick called TRX (Tactical Suspension Trainer). Lesley is well-acquainted with my preference for the outdoors over a crowded gym so she took my workout to a new level. Ten minutes on the TRX and Lesley coached me into sucking in my gut and leveraging my bodyweight against the straps while doing lunges.
The cool thing is, when I’m not at the gym, the TRX straps are so lightweight, I can take them with me on my walks, sling them around a tree branch and get in a full workout. While the sweat beaded on my brow and my arms began to burn, I felt myself channeling my inner Demi Moore from “GI Jane.”
Demi Moore and I have a lot in common; we both suffered short hair in the eighties and we’ve survived our 30-year high school reunions. Lucky for me, Lesley specializes in training moms like Demi and me.
It’s been years since I’ve stepped foot into a gym but I have to confess the time flew by. I feel confident that when I make my champagne toast on January 1, I won’t have to layer myself in multiple pairs of Spanx.