Ahh it is finally my favorite month! Since this is my favorite month, I decided to kick my diet into high gear. I am 100% fully motivated and dedicated to getting healthy. Yesterday I spent my day prepping foods for the next 4 days. I am dedicating my rest days, Sunday and Thursday, to food prep. Heres what I made and my food log for the next few days:
- 5 egg whites, 1/4c oatmeal with 1/2 banana, and 1/2c cantaloupe
- 4 Pumpkin Protein Bars
- 4oz Chicken Breast, 1/4c. Quinoa, 1/2c. Broccoli
- 2 Turkey Meatloaf Muffins, 1/2c brown rice, veggies
- 3 Egg Muffins, 1 rice cake with peanut butter
- Orange Banana Protein Smoothie
Always remember that losing weight is 80% nutrition and 20% working out. Also, that abs are made in the kitchen 🙂
I have also came up with a workout plan. Since I have to be awake by 5 to make my hubby his coffee for the morning and lunch for the day, I decided that from the time he leaves which is 515ish until he arrives at work which is about 550ish, that I will use that time to do my cardio. After my cardio I can eat my first meal and then shower before my daughter wakes up. I have tried to do my cardio and strength training together while she was awake, but recently shes been cranky and crying so I couldn’t workout. He offer to take Olivia at 7pm so I can do my strength training and a short cardio afterwards. That means I will finish my last meal at 8. I am really excited about this! Here is my strength training schedule:
- Monday- Shoulders and Abs
- Tuesday- Legs and Glutes
- Wednesday- Chest and Triceps
- Thursday- Rest
- Friday- Back and Biceps
- Saturday- Legs and Glutes
- Sunday- Rest
There is a nasty little bug going around and of course my family has to get it (thanks Dave!). So, Olivia officially has her first cold. The poor baby’s nose is stuffy :(. She’s actually pretty happy at the moment lol. I thought she was going to scream and cry until she feels better, but nope shes a trooper with a smile on her face. My sinuses felt like they were going to explode out of my face for a few days. Thankfully were all sick now because in two weeks Dave has a vacation and we will be visiting our hometown for a few days! I always love going home and seeing everyone.
Any who, this month was a big month for Olivia. Not only was it her half birthday (which was on my birthday!) but, she has grown so much…
- Olivia learned to sit up on her own (on the day she turned 6 months)
- She is officially crawling!
- She is using everything in site to pull herself up to stand.
- She doesn’t like to sleep that much anymore (*sigh* I miss those days..)
- She sleeps from usually 8pm-6am with waking up several times yelling and looking for a binkie.
- She has now added blueberries, apricots, juices, and grapes to her diet.
- She rides in the shopping cart like a big girl.
I really need to pay attention to this blog more. Sometimes its difficult because I have to watch Olivia like a hawk since shes crawling and getting into EVERYTHING! I have so much stuff I want to post and will post it! After this cold goes away I plan on getting in shape and eating clean. Kelsey Byers and her blog really put things into perspective for me. She says:
“CARDIO: The most efficient time for fat burning is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach OR in the evenings after weight. Reason: When you wake up, your body’s glycogen storage is depleted, allowing you to burn fat instantly. As the day goes on and you eat, your glycogen storage builds up. You must burn the glycogen before you can burn fat. This is why lifting weights BEFORE evening cardio is best for fat burning. By the time you lift for 30 min or so, you have burned the glycogen and can immediately start burning fat.”
This made total sense to me so now I will be doing cardio at 5am and again after my strength training in the pm. Check out her blog she is awesome!
I am starting my Healthy Me plan today and hopefully sticking to it. I am calling it the Healthy Me plan because sometimes if you refer to it as a diet you can set yourself up for failure. Also, this is about not only weightloss but being happy with the inner me as well. My goal is to lose 50 lbs by Halloween, to find confidence in myself, to not eat so much crap to reduce migraines and upset tummies. Im not just doing this for me but also for my daughter.. I want to be a positive role model for her. Its strange, I usually only walk with other people but I wont let anyone else see me strength train or dance but now I have to have my daughter in the room with me when Im working out. Its fun giving her tummy time while i do ab workouts.
Im not going to jump into cutting out everything negative from my diet, I tried that before and failed on week two. Before I got pregnant, I lost 40 lbs in 3 months. I changed my diet slowly starting with small weekly goals. Thanks to those darn food cravings I picked back up eating the things I cut out. My goals for this week are :
- No more soda (not even diet)
- Add more fruits and veggies to my meals
- No more fried foods
Hopefully I will be successful with these goals, especially the soda! Here is a good article to read about soda! When I first quit drinking soda, I ended up losing 4 pounds in my first week!!
Creating a healthier lifestyle and losing weight is 80% nutrition and 20% fitness. Not only is cardio important for a workout plan but strength training is as well. Creating lean muscle mass will help you burn more calories. This is the strength training plan I created so far:
- Monday- Legs, Butt, Back
- Tuesday- Arms, Shoulders, Chest
- Wednesday- Abs Only
- Thursday- Legs, Butt, Back
- Friday- Arms, Shoulders, Chest
- Saturday- Abs Only
I will be posting more on here about my Healthy Me plan and other fitness and nutrition facts 🙂