I think that the 50 day challenge is actually starting to get easier!
At first I didn't love the taste of the protein shakes and I craved so much junk food. I would go to the store I want to put everything chocolate in my cart. I was even craving donuts one morning; which is odd because I don't even like those! But after the first 2 weeks I really don't crave sweets like I used to, my husband says the same thing too. I also find it is getting easier to go the gym 6 days a week. At first I had to find the motivation and would try to come up with excuses not to go; but once it is in my retinue it is actually a lot easier to commit to going every day. AND I am not getting as sore! The first few days I would die the day after a hard work out. Now I will be slightly sore but nothing like the first week and I even up the weight every week!
I dropped one more pound this week! So I am at 114lbs at 5'10. My husband thinks I am just about done losing weight and that I should start replacement the fat with muscle which means I might start gaining weight. A little bitter sweet I think. I love seeing the scale and watching the pounds come off so to watch the scale and see it gaining weight might be a little different. But I do want to put on more muscle which is why I am doing this whole thing!!
I worked out 6 days this week! Every day but Sunday! I am super proud of myself. :) I am even more proud about what I didn't eat on Sunday! It was my birthday on Monday so Sunday night we had a get together with family to celebrate mine and my brother-in-laws birthdays. There was so much yummy food there including these delicious cakes below...
And I didn't even have any! Not even a lick! Ha I felt pretty good about it!
But then Monday rolled around and since it was my birthday we went to the Melting Pot!
Probably not the best choice for the diet plan but since it was my birthday we did eat this..
So I did cheat on the diet slightly.. Boo! But I worked out extra hard for it!
Now let's see how strong I can be against the food at the Super Bowl Party! I am thinking I can do it! :)
A friend of mine owns a boutique
called, Center Street Boutique. A few weeks ago she asked me to come
model some of her darling clothing.
The shirt and all of the accessories can be found HERE
Pants: Buckle; Big Star
Boots: Forever Young
the best for last.. LOVE this necklace! I know everyone and their dog
has this necklace but that's cause it is so cute! I love that this one
is a little different with the mix of colors. Super cute!
Week 1 of my 50 day fitness challenge is complete, YAY!
It was hard to find some motivation some days but I would just think about my cruise and then make the decision to head to the gym or pick the healthier snack.
I worked out 5 times this week and only cheated on my diet once. (My son was eating chips and I had 5 of them. This was on the first day, don't judge. HA!)
Picture from instagram @mckinli
So to give you a little background I am 5'10. When I started I weighed in at 119lbs. and at the end of the week I weighed in at 115lbs.
WAHOO! I lost 4 lbs! Which doesn't seem like a ton but when you look at pictures like this, it changes your mind slightly.
I am fully aware that muscle weighs more than fat. So I am assuming I will start to gain again here shortly. Which I am fine with. My fitness plan is more about how I look and feel rather than a number on the scale.
Also remember this if you ever feel discourage. It takes time to see the results you want, but they will come if you keep at it! :)
Tea sometimes isn't the best tasting drink, especially if you have a sweet tooth like me!
I try to add in some honey to sweeten it up but I still don't love the taste of it.
Although it doesn't taste the greatest there are many benefits to drinking Herbal Detox Tea and Green Tea.
- Cleans Toxins. Improve one’s
general health and well-being by gently cleansing toxins and other
contaminants from our system.
- Weight Loss. Green tea increases the metabolism.
The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat
oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
- Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate
glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can
prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
- Heart Disease. Scientists think, green tea works on
the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better
able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against
the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.
- Esophageal Cancer. It can reduce the risk of
esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in
general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.
- Cholesterol. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
- Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It is said to delay
the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried
out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and
restored damaged brain cells.
- Tooth Decay. Studies suggests that the chemical
antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that
cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions.
- Blood Pressure. Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
- Depression. Theanine is an amino acid naturally
found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a
relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea
- Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial. Tea catechins are
strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for
treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies green tea
has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.
- Skincare. Green tea can apparently also help with
wrinkles and the signs of aging, This is because of their antioxidant
and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have
demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.
Well what if you could get the benefits without drinking it?
Next time you take a hot bath put about 5 packages in the tub. The herbs can be observed through your skin and you can still get many of the benefits!
I love taking these baths with mask on my face after a long work out!
You can purchase Herbal Detox Tea and Green Teas at your local Good Earth Store or try some of these..
I actually started my challenge on Sunday the 13th AND I am doing 50 days instead!
Why 50 instead of 30? Well, I have a Caribbean Cruise in 50 days so I am going to push myself hard until then!
What is a 30 day challenge you ask?? Well I think this question can be answered different with each person. For me it is about the start of a new way of life, to be fit and healthy. I am naturally a thin person and have been all of my life. After having my second child I wasn't liking the way I looked, but I didn't want to go back to the way I was before the babies, I wanted to look even better!
Everyone needs a goal. It can be pounds to lose, miles to run or an amount of weight to lift. Mine is kind of complicated. I just want to eat healthier and be toned. Which means there is no magically number to compete with but just when I feel like I have reached my goal.
To give you a basic idea; here are some pictures of me after baby number one. I would like to have a little more muscle and definition then I did here!
My Diet Plan:
I don't necessarily like the word diet because everyone refers to it as starving yourself so you can be skinny, which is not the case here. I prefer Clean Eating or Eating Healthy.
Things to Cut Out:
In order to do the 30 day challenge there are a few MAIN things you need to cut out of your daily diet:
(This one is SO hard for me because I am addicted to Mt. Dew, literally.)
-Products with High Sugars
(This one is hard too, I love me some yummy chocolate!!)
(Okay, they are all hard! Noodles is my favorite restaurant.)
-Fast Foods/Greasy Foods
(Aw finally one I am okay giving up!)
-Products with High Salt
(Ummm not sure how I feel about this one, ask me again when I am craving chips!)
Things to Add In:
-A Multivitamin; I take One A Day Women's ViaCraves. Yes, I take the gummie kind! I am not a fan of the boulder sized pills.
-Fruit; but not too much because there is still sugars in them.
Suggested Meal Plans:
Throughout the past 10 months since I had
my baby I have been starting and stopping different fitness plans so
there are a few brands of weight loss products and supplements that I
tried out that just weren't for me. I have only tried a couple out of
the hundreds of different brands out there so I am no expert when it
comes to different brands. Find one that fits with you and stick with
it. I choose Arbonne Fit Essentials. So most of this fitness plan and
schedule will comply with their 30 day plan, however, you can alter it
in any way you want or by adding different products to it!
Before I started I purchased the Arbonne Essentials Kit;
it it has 2 bags of protein (vanilla and chocolate), 1 bag of fiber, 2
boxes of energy tabs, 2 boxes of Detox tea, 2 bags of fit chews and a 30
day fitness guide.
(Whatever product you end up going with I suggest sticking to a similar model.)
These are the basics of what I will be eating for the next month and a half.
Fitness Meal Plan:
(This is the plan I am going to follow!)
1 Protein Shake, fruit, added protein
3 Chocolate Fit Chews, Vegetables
1 Protein Shake, 1 Nutrition bar, added protein
Fizz Stick, Fruit
A healthy, well-rounded mean with lean proteins, vegetables and fiber-rich foods.
Herbal Detox Tea
So here is an example of what I eat during the day...
Breakfast: A protein shake, I put my fruit in the shake instead of eating it today and 2 eggs.
Snack: 3 fit chews (that I got in my Arbonne Essentials kit) and some carrots
Lunch: Another protein shake, nutrition bar and some almonds.
Snack: Fizz stick (from my Arbonne kit again) and an apple.
BBQ Salmon and steamed veggies.
Herbal Detox Tea (also in my kit)
Because it is such a high protein diet you need to make sure you are getting enough fiber in your diet. I add a scoop of fiber in each of my shakes and try to eat foods with high fiber.
I am also drinking tons of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and because water is so good for you!
I will keep blogging food ideas and recipes throughout the 50 days, this is just a basic example to go off of!
I have a gym membership to Gold's Gym. I highly recommend getting a gym membership somewhere. From my experience I work out a lot more with the membership then I ever did working out at home. If you have awesome dedication then try it out at home, just as long as your working out that is great!
So I have a basic weekly fitness routine that I do at the gym. I try to work out 4-6 days a week for at least an hour each time. My routine has changed a lot since I broke my arm and had surgery so I am going to tell you my old routine, because unless you have a broken arm too it is probably best to work out your whole body.
Tuesday: Back, Biceps, Lower Abs
Wednesday Legs and Gluten
Thursday:Chest, Triceps, Upper Abs
The most important days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. If I have to skip a day of workout I do not miss working out these muscle groups. The way I work out these muscle groups is through weight training. When I first started working out I figured that guys did the weights and girls ran on the treadmill. I am not a fan of running so I never really had any interest in the gym. Well I was wrong. Girls can work out on the weights and they are not going to get huge and bulky like guys do. Trust me. Weights are thee best way to see definition and gain muscle. Lifting weights also burns MORE calories than running/carido. You can add weights to almost anything you do and when you do you see definition faster. That's why I love them!
If I want to work out really hard; I will repeat Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and do them twice in once week, adding the cardio to the beginning of my work outs for 10-15 mins. And not do the classes. I will most likely do it this way once I get my cast off because I am some what taking it easy for my arm right now.
For the classes I usually try to do more intense classes like Power Pump, Kick Boxing or Cycle but sometimes I will do a Zumba class for fun.
For my cardio I usually run/jog for about 30 minutes then do the stair climber for about 30 minutes.
I am going to post videos of my workouts at the gym and even some at home ones you can do. I obviously can not do my arm workouts right now so I will start posting my leg and abs work outs then once February 11th rolls around and I get my cast off I can post arm work outs before I leave for the cruise!
So there you have it folks, my fitness plan.
If you have any tips or tricks be sure to comment below. I get my basic fitness knowledge from my husband and would always love to learn more!