The Big Reveal

Well It’s been 10 weeks since I started this journey, so I figured a post about where I started with my weight and measurements and where I’m at now would make for a good closing post. I am no where near done with this journey but these past weeks have been incredibly beneficial for me. I’ve gotten to try out several different programs before deciding to stick with my favorite. It’s nice to explore and see what’s out there so I know what options I have if I ever want to change it up a bit. Now on to those stats!

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As I mentioned earlier, I still have a ways to go before I reach my goal (and healthy) weight of 135-140 but I feel like I have the tools I need to get me there. I’m working hard to keep my diet in check but one of the most beneficial tools to aid in this effort has been the My Fitness Pal app. This is such a great and easy diet aid, basically just helps you keep track of everything you’ve eaten for the day and it also tells you about the nutritional components of each meal and offers suggestions (or warnings when you are getting close to go over your goals for the day). I definitely recommend checking that out and possibly adding it to your tool belt of weight loss aids. Thank you for reading along and joining me through this part of my journey! I wish you all the best of luck in reaching your personal goals!!

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You Can’t Outrun Your Fork

When I started this blog I was determined not to harp on nutrition but it is so key to any health regimen that, no matter what workout program you’ve decided on, if you aren’t choosing to eat healthy you won’t get far. There are so many nutrition blogs out there and every single workout plan I’ve tried through BeachBody has it’s own meal plan. I would just like to list a couple of my favorites and hit on some of the key aspects of each.

T25   20150601_085042-1

We all know that this workout regimen is geared towards those of us that are constantly complaining about not having enough time to get healthy. Their workout requires minimal time and even their meal plan is quick and easy. It really focuses on getting in 3 main meals with 2 snacks each day and they’ve simplified this process by suggesting good nutritious meals that only require 5 ingredients and minimal prep time. They give you some simple equations to figure out what calorie range you land in and then suggest foods that’ll help you stay in that range. This plan is my favorite, I’m a big fan of fast simplicity.

21 Day Fix 20150601_085458-1

This program comes with 7 containers and each container corresponds with a different food group (fruits, veggies, protein…etc.). The main point with this plan is portion control. To start you figure out what calorie range you’re in (same as T25) and then you have a tally sheet to use daily so you can keep track of how many of each container you consumed for that day. This plan suggests two different ways of spreading out your containers. The energy balancer suggests the familiar 3 meals with 2 snacks option and the fat burner option opts for 6 meals a day, every 2 hours. This plan is great for those of us that want to eat what we like but need some help in controlling how much of each food group we are consuming each day. This plan isn’t the best for me simply because I’m not huge on meal prep and planning all of the meals for my entire day.

There are so many more nutrition plans out there but the jist of it comes down to spreading out your meals to include 5-6 smaller meals throughout your day and choose healthy options that are high in nutrition value (also called high density) and low in calories. Also, make sure you are including the recommended servings from each food group. http://choosemyplate.gov/ is such an amazing resource with so many different tips and they’ll even help you create a meal plan (if these others aren’t working for you), I would definitely recommend checking them out!