Four Months Out – The Plan

by torontogirlwest on July 23, 2012

Hola Friends!

So last we left off, I announced my big plans to lose 25lbs by my birthday (November 15th). As always, you guys were completely supportive and brought a smile to my heart! Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!!!

Since my post last week, I have been busy squatting, lunging, and burpeeing my way to good health!

Has it been easy? No way! In fact, most days I find myself in one sort of pain or another. I figure things will hurt a little less as time goes on but they’ll always hurt.

But what’s with all the vagueness, I’m sure you’re asking yourself! So here’s the nitty gritty of my plan of attack . . .


The Eats

Real Food

I would be fooling myself if I pretended that I could go ahead and accomplish all of this without tackling my diet. Because let’s face it, there’s something to be said for the fact that abs are made in the kitchen. Not entirely of course, but you can work out all you want but if your diet is a mess it’s not going to show!

Having been around the block before (at one point I lost 65lbs!), I know the basics of what I should be doing. So my plan includes eating lean, clean, and green.

That means avoiding overly processed food, franken diet foods (i.e.: the stuff full of ingredients you can’t pronounce), fatty cuts of meat, cheese. and refined carbs of all kind. It also means indulging in plenty of veggies, fruits (in the morning), Greek yogurt for breakie, salads, nuts, and delicious protein choices like shrimp.

That doesn’t sound too bad, does it!?!?

To help me on this path, I’ve purchased the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan (don’t worry, next post I’ll give you guys a proper introduction to the Tone It Up! girls). The plan is perfect for me because it acts as a reminder of how to combine foods and make them work for you. Plus, it’s not full of recipes or meals you have to follow. Rather, the plan talks about protein, carb, starch, and fat portions – allowing you to choose your own ways of obtaining the necessary nutrients in each meal.


The Exercise

One Hour Workout

So just like you can’t get healthy without proper eating, you can’t get toned without sweating your little bootay off!

My plan on the exercise front is again based on tips derived from my Tone It Up Nutrition Plan; which is why this past week I have on most days done twice a day workouts whenever possible, and extended once a day workouts otherwise.

Ideally, I’m aiming for getting a 30 minute sweat session in every AM. That doesn’t have to mean running or high intensity interval training – it can even be something as simple as a walk. The point of this is to get the blood flowing and the metabolism going early in the morning. Besides, I can honestly say I feel better when I work out in the morning!

Then after a busy day, I get down to some toning. My second workout of the day is generally about 20-30 minutes and can include anything from bodyweight exercises to some yoga.

The combination of exercises will obviously depend on how I’m feeling each day. Take Saturday morning for example, I went on a two hour hike through Vancouver’s North Shore mountains. The terrain was quite challenging, full of ups and downs, stairs (to prevent erosion of the often wet mountain slope), roots from the rainforest, and some rocks too. I worked up a serious sweat and could totally feel it the next day. So much so, that instead of doing two hard core workouts on Sunday, I opted for an extended walk around the city (approx. 10-12km). Honestly, I couldn’t bear the thought of doing a single squat, given the intense pain in my legs.

I won’t lie, getting into a twice a day routine has not been the easiest but it has been well worth it . . .


The Results

So I bet you guys want to know how I did in week one? I lost 3lbs!!!!!! *happy dance*

But even more than the weight I lost, I’m excited about the dramatic difference in my shape. It’s insane how much you can tighten up your body in one week of clean eating and sweating like a pig (HA! :P )! Seriously, I have lost inches and am wearing shirts I haven’t worn in quite a while. And they look good!!!!!

I’m excited to see where week two takes me and I’ll totally make sure to update you guys on my progress. But for now, I think I’ll sign off with a glimpse into some of my workouts this past week, courtesy of the Tone It Up! girls.

Oh and be warned, they may look all cute and bubbly in their bikini tops but they kick serious butt and often leave me completely wiped:

Note: Links to the all the images can be found on my Pinterest account

Question: What is the exercise move you find the most challenging (aside from pull ups)? For me it’s definitely the side plank – I have such a hard time stacking my feet and staying upright!!!

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Kelly July 24, 2012 at 1:04 am

Haha, I think the sleeping thing is a problem when it comes to the 4% of your day argument :) This all sounds great- and congrats on losing 3 pounds already!
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torontogirlwest July 24, 2012 at 11:34 am

Gracias!!!! :)

Oh and for the record, I’m way too type A to have ever had an open mike at our wedding! lol


Samantha Angela July 24, 2012 at 7:01 am

Hiking is an amazing workout. The fact that you are able to do that fairly regularly makes me jealous. Windsor is completely FLAT.


torontogirlwest July 24, 2012 at 11:35 am

Yeah awesome hikes are definitely a HUGE plus to living in BC! In fact, I think what those of us from Ontario consider hiking pales in comparison to the stuff out here.

Next time I’ll bring my souped up camera and take lots of pictures! :)


helene @healthyfrenchie July 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm

#lbs and a huge difference in your body shape =amazing! You go girl :)
I’m so glad you are doing so well!
But no cheese? That’s a life not worth living for me haha
Seriously though, well done and keep it up
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torontogirlwest July 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm

lol Well I won’t say no to cheese all together – I just can’t indulge too frequently! :P


Bela July 24, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Congrats on a great start! Your plan sounds awesome and I know you can get it done!

I hate burpees, I will do them but I hate them and at times avoid them ;)
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torontogirlwest July 30, 2012 at 11:26 pm

lol Burpees suck but plank jacks are the DEVIL! :P


Erin July 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Wahoo! Get it girl! I am excited to hear more about what you eat :) You’ve done it before and you will do it again! xo
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torontogirlwest July 30, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Thanks Erin!!! I love how supportive you are! :)


Marianne August 15, 2012 at 1:23 am

Weirdly, I kinda like side plank. And apparently I’m pretty good at it. Not really sure how – between my back injuries and lack of core strength, I should suck! Hmmm, I think I might go do some now :)

PS – let’s get together sometime for a hike or something. you can tell me all about this tone it up plan too!
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Toronto Girl West August 15, 2012 at 9:59 am

I’ll give you a shout when I’m back and we’ll figure something out! Are you maybe up for the Grind?


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