I’m finding writing this post very difficult. With two trips basically right in a row, I feel so out of the blogging game. I wanted to update you all on my journey to fit. I have been focusing on fitness for a while now and shifted my blog’s focus to fitness in January, but I just started my strict diet a week and a half ago. This is because my husband’s friend who is also a trainer, was finally able to send me my meal plan.
Yes, a real life strict as f*** meal plan with exact measurements and all. I eat 5 meals a day, the last one being primarily a protein shake which I don’t actually mind! Aside from that, at the moment I mostly eat egg whites, oatmeal, chicken, cod, broccoli, green beans, fruit, etc. I’m not going to go into detail about all of that at this time because I’m sure you will see more of that in the future.
Photo from here.
As for exercising? My coach asked me to do fasted cardio in the morning for 40 minutes, 4 times a week. I have always tried to do fasted cardio, but now I am forced to stick with it. I always have a better day on the days I do fasted cardio. Then, I return in the evenings with my husband to lift.
My current split is really working for me:
Monday | Fasted Cardio & Legs (hamstrings/glutes focus)
Tuesday | Fasted Cardio & Bis/Tris
Wednesday | Shoulders/Chest
Thursday | Fasted Cardio & Legs (quads/glutes focus – yes, glutes again. Gotta get that booty.)
Friday | Fasted Cardio Only. Our nearby gym has no daycare Friday nights. Yes, we have two gym memberships now. Insanity.
Saturday | Back/Abs. I also do abs whenever I’m bored at home!
Sunday | Rest OR (if I can’t tolerate missing the gym completely for one whole day) overall total body workout with plyometrics and/or light cardio.
And how did it go the first week? I was down 5 LBS!!
Now, I have a long way to go, but that was a great first week…. Then came my business trip. From Sunday to Thursday (today), I have been at my company’s annual conference. I work in the meeting planning/hotel industry, so different hotel brands sponsored every one of our meals and did presentations during them. Needless to say, they were unavoidable and so amazing, who would want to avoid them? During this trip that occurred right after my 5 lb. weight loss in one week, I learned a few things:
- Networking works better with wine. Seriously. It was probably the most difficult part for me, but oh the calories!
- Fancy chefs don’t count calories. Sauce on sauce on sauce.
- Gym > Tradeshows. But, alas, the tradeshows were mandatory and time consuming. I made it to the gym as much as possible though!
Now, I haven’t weighed myself yet after the conference, but I’m sure I have taken a few steps back. That’s okay, it won’t stop me from getting back on track and try to make some progress before my next weigh in on Saturday.
Finally, this is where I NEED YOUR HELP! I struggle with a few things about this new meal plan and am asking, no begging you for some advice.
- If you’re like me and love to cook, how did you adjust to cooking plain food just once or twice a week? Any recommendations to keep you from getting bored of cooking the same old thing and not being able to cook almost daily anymore?
- Any advice for cooking for a family (including a toddler) while on a meal plan? Luckily, my son loves most of the foods I eat, but I want to make sure he is getting a great variety of tastes, textures and, of course, nutrients.
- Finally, if you have any awesome tips regarding how you do meal prep successfully, I’d love to hear them.