In Search Of My 6 Pack

No this isn't me!!

No this isn’t me!!

I have a confession to make: I’ve been totally stalking the Instagram accounts of women who train or have trained for a variety of competitions. They are so incredibly disciplined it is fascinating to me and inspiring. They plan their meals, prep their food, post pictures of beautifully prepared grilled chicken and zucchini ribbons. The workout videos they produce are as ridiculous as their bodies.
Most are half my age. So I guess the question is: Can a 51-year-old woman find her 6 pack.
I’ve never, and I mean NEVER had a flat stomach. I blame my Cuban roots and Cuban food for my pooch. I’m in pretty decent shape. My arms are toned, and legs are strong but it’s the damn middle that has always plagued me and frankly made me self-conscious.

This summer I had the amazing opportunity to work out with a friend of mine who is a total role model in the healthy living department. Her enthusiasm and energy are infectious. She lived down the street from me and we would walk to the Gold’s gym in Venice, California where I would do workouts with her that her trainer in Gilbert, Arizona would send. I had been working out with a trainer at Gold’s the previous month. It was night and day compared to the sessions Andrea and I did together. It was the first time I really enjoyed weight training. And guess what, I noticed a difference in my middle within 2 weeks.

That was two months ago. Since then I haven’t been training as consistently and a one week vacation with our fun friends have left me back at square one.

By the way, I don’t want to be skinny. I don’t think skinny is attractive. Strong is beautiful. That’s what I want; to build muscle and lower my body fat.

I will document this journey for 12 weeks. I choose 12 weeks because it seems to be universal that 12 weeks is when people see significant results. It also gives me an end date where I am held accountable by the world-wide web.
I’ve taken a before picture that I won’t post until I have a decent “after” to show. I know that’s weak, but I can’t do it. I will confess my current weight is 129. My body fat is 29 percent. The body fat is the number I want to shake.

To be honest this public 6 pack search is giving me anxiety. But I’m doing it for a couple of reasons: First, as I said before, I need a big brother watching, especially when a glass of wine sounds good on a school night! Secondly, I hope my journey will inspire other people to challenge themselves to work toward a personal goal.

This is a crazy time in my life. I”ve got a lot going on. My part-time job is about to be more full-time which means I have to rethink WHEN I work out. I like mornings. But that won’t work unless I wake up at 4.
I’ve got several community responsibilities and acting classes and auditions which all take time. But these are all excuses in the making. We will not make excuses! As Benjamin Franklin once said: He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
The clock starts ticking Monday sept, 15.


  1. You go girl! I, too like my arms and have strong legs, but I have always had that middle pooch and 2 C-sections didn’ t help at all! Although, those babies were worth it! I love my trainer and work out about 3 times a week. I know that I need to step up the exercises and step down the wine, chocolate and other delicious foods that I so enjoy. So I will cheer you on and try not to tempt with the tall gating food segment that I’m doing next week on set. Excited to see your progress….you already look great, so you will really look like a million dollars after your new plan!

  2. That’s a great challenge for a Cuban as you said, but knowing how you are, will be a success.!

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