Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Menu Plan Tuesday!



I'm a day late on this post, but I wanted to post it anyway. Accountability is a key factor to success!

Tuesday
Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, coffee w/creamer
Snack: mango chunks
Lunch: leftovers
Snack: hummus & carrots
Pre-workout snack: Lara Bar
Dinner: turkey & avocado sandwich on whole wheat, spinach salad w/pecans, berries & apples

Wednesday
Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, coffee w/coconut milk creamer
Snack: yogurt w/mango chunks & pecans
Lunch: turkey & avocado sandwich on whole wheat, spinach salad w/pecans, berries & apples
Snack: hummus & carrots
Dinner: grass-fed beef burgers, salad

Thursday
Breakfast: Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes, coffee w/coconut milk creamer
Snack: yogurt w/mango chunks & pecans
Lunch: turkey & avocado sandwich on whole wheat, spinach salad w/pecans, berries & apples
Snack: hummus & carrots
Dinner: sweet & sour chicken & veggie stir fry

Friday
Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, coffee w/coconut milk creamer
Snack: yogurt w/mango chunks & pecans
Lunch: turkey & avocado sandwich on whole wheat, spinach salad w/pecans, berries & apples
Snack: hummus & carrots
Dinner: leftovers

Saturday
Breakfast: Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes, coffee w/coconut milk creamer
Snack: cheese omelet, apple w/almond butter
Lunch: turkey & avocado sandwich on whole wheat, spinach salad w/pecans, berries & apples
Snack: hummus & carrots
Dinner: something in the slow cooker :)


Friday, January 6, 2012

Toned in '12




The last time I posted, I mentioned that I had just started the Tone It Up diet plan. My first week was a huge success! In one week, I lost 6 lbs and 8.25 inches overall!

Then Christmas happened. We traveled to Texas to visit my husband's family. Came back from break, I had gained back 8 lbs. It was a tough blow, but it's nothing I can't bounce back from, right?!

My goal for this year is to hit my goal weight of 150 lbs. My goal is to hit the 150-160 lb range by June 9th for a good friend's wedding, which means I need to lose 2.5-3 lbs per week in order to make that happen. I met with my trainer and she said that is totally doable!

So here's my plan.

Nutrition
I'm going to start following the TIU plan again. I've joined in with their Toned in '12 challenge, which is a 6-week challenge to kick-start the new year. My goal is to follow it 90% of the time. This will allow for occasional splurges and special occasions, but it won't allow me to get heinously off track.

Fitness
After meeting with my trainer, my plan is to start strength training as much as possible and supplement with Zumba on top of that. In January, I plan to start going to TRX classes 4 days a week. In February, I plan to increase that to 6 days a week. I work in the evenings at the fitness studio, so making it to Zumba classes will be simple. Right now, my Zumba workouts total to 4 days a week.

Goals
I've already stated that my long-term goal is to reach the 150-160 lb range by June 9th. As of January 1st, that's a 68.6-lb loss in 23 weeks. I've broken down my large goal into smaller, more manageable pieces with (non-food-related) rewards to help motivate myself along the way. These are broken down to reach the goal weight of 150 lbs, so there is a tiny wiggle room, but I'm trying not to tell myself that so I can stick to it.
  • January goal: 12 lbs lost
    Reward: Heart Rate Monitor

  • February goal: 12 lbs lost (24 lbs total)
    Reward: Pedicure

  • March goal: 15 lbs lost (39 lbs total)
    Reward: Massage

  • April goal: 12 lbs lost (51 lbs total)
    Reward: A pretty new dress for the June wedding

  • May goal: 12 lbs lost (63 lbs total)
    Reward: A new swimsuit for summer

  • June 9th goal: 5.6 lbs lost (68.6 lbs total)
    Reward: A fitness photo shoot with a local photographer
What are your fitness goals for 2012?