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 . . .
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.
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 . . .
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! )! 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!!!