Clean eating and working out 6 days a week!

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Words I want to live by!  Jan 1 my friends and I are starting a weight training schedule.  We’re going to follow Jamie Eason’s Live Fit program.  It’s a great progressive program that takes 12 weeks.  It’s divided in 3 phases.  We are doing phase 2 and 3 because my friend’s have a trip coming up in 8 weeks.  Before I lay out my week of exercise and food, I have a few words of advice.  I’m not a doctor, but these are TRIED and TRUE tips from an exercise fanatic and health eating nut!

#1  EVERYTHING IS WHAT YOU EAT!!!!!!!!!!!

#2  YOU WILL NOT LOSE WEIGHT BY RUNNING ALONE.

#3  LIFTING WEIGHTS IS THE SECOND MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN WEIGHT LOSS.

#4  DRINK A TON OF WATER.

#5  NEVER GIVE UP!  CONSISTENCY IS KEY!

So, if you remember those 5 things you should be well on your way to achieving the rockin’ bod you want!

Exercise has NEVER been my downfall.  I love it!  I do however NEED variety.  Variety will help you lose weight faster too.  You need to trick your body and constantly keep it guessing.  If you do the same thing over and over again YOU WILL plateau and get VERY frustrated.  Find 3-4 different exercise options!  Here are my top 5 favorites in no particular order:

  • Running
  • Boot Camp classes
  • Weight Lifting
  • Body Combat or any Les Mills classes
  • Zumba

This is what my week of exercise will look like starting December 31st (I know that’s a little weird, but I have a thing for starting my goals on Mondays!)  My diet will not start until January 1st however (:

MONDAY:  6 mile RUN with my friends, Live Fit Day 29 BACK workout

TUESDAY: Live Fit Day 30 CHEST & ABS workout, 30 minute sprints on the treadmill

WEDNESDAY: My full body boot camp class and LEGS Live Fit Day 31

THURSDAY:  (This is my crazy day!  I like too many things)  6 mile RUN, Body Combat, Arms and Abs Day 32

FRIDAY: Shoulders Day 33, LONG RUN 8-10 miles

SATURDAY: LEGS Day 34

SUNDAY: Rest or a nice walk

Doesn’t that sound like so much fun!  This program is not just for chicks either, my husband loves the workouts and is constantly sore from them.  FYI-He has lost 70 pounds or more in the last 2 years from DIET, EXERCISE, and MOI!  Just kidding about the last one.  He did it all himself!  They will KICK YOUR BUTT!

Diet.  This is the hard part.  That is why I give myself 3 days a month to eat whatever I want.  Keep at it and it will become a habit, I promise!  Eating healthy does not come naturally for me.  I have to prepare, plan ahead, and consciously think about what I eat each day.  Get creative and try new recipes to keep it fun.  Here is a typical day of healthy eating for me.

Meal 1: Banana, peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, and spinach smoothie

Meal 2: Muscle milk

Meal 3: HUGE salad with chicken, cottage cheese, nuts, or beans for protein

Meal 4: Protein ZONE bar and an apple

Meal 5: Chicken or fish, veges, brown rice or quinoa, salad

Meal 6: Cottage cheese or greek yogurt with blueberries or blackberries (optional meal)

Drink a big glass of water with every meal.  Stay away from bread or pasta, sorry!

I hope this helps everyone!  Much like the quote to BE YOUR BEST SELF, you should also LOVE WHO YOU ARE!!!

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Choose Choice food *  Tomorrow I will be going to Cheesecake Factory so that won’t be a problem (:

Work Inspire Train Keep it up!

5 thoughts on “Clean eating and working out 6 days a week!

  1. Do you have any socks that you use for long runs? The toe, next to my big toe, on my left foot – always gets sore. I’m wondering if another pair of socks might help? I wear Thor-los — but my left foot “toe” still gets sore. Do you use anything special?

    • I have that same problem. Do you buy your shoes a size bigger? I am an 8 or 8 1/2 and I buy a 9 1/2 running shoe. I also have inserts in them that puts my toe at a different angle. I haven’t tried experimenting with socks. I should, after long runs my toes hurt. Keep your nails cut real short too. I’ll ask my friends about the socks.

      • Gosh, I just moved my shoes up a 1/2 size — which makes me a size 10!!! OMG. I just ordered them from Zappos. So, the 91/2 pair I ordered earlier, I’ll just send back. Thank you for all your tips! I workout regularly, but haven’t done much running in years. I tend to do more elliptical and/or climb the stairs. Circuit training…stuff like that. So, getting back into running is something new for me. I ran/walked 5 miles on the treadmill yesterday to get started. I was stiff/sore… a little bit afterwards (throughout the day). Also noticed that one sore toe! 🙂

      • Good luck with the sore toe! I understand. Sometimes I think feet get used to it and stop hurting on their own. You could also find a specialty running store near you and ask them about your toes. We have a good one in Salt Lake. The employees are hard core runners and sometimes a different shoe is in order. I love running! Keep at it. You won’t be as sore after awhile. Stretch really good too!

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  2. Sounds like I need to order shoes a little larger, too. My toe just feels sort of bruised (sore). Earlier in the year, the nail bed was bruised and I grew a new nail. I wasn’t sure how I bruised it – but sort of thought it may have been from running.

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