*This is not a promotional post. I was looking for a kick start program and found this one. I loved it so I am sharing it with you all!*
Here we go again!
I had no trouble at all getting back into CrossFit post baby and find myself at the gym 4-5 times a week, which is where I was before having B. My biggest thing has been eating. I generally eat clean and good quality foods, but I suck at portion control. I eat like a 15 year old growing boy…. It’s scary how much I can eat in one sitting.
So to help me with portion control and getting started I purchased the Fit Girls Guide 28 Day Jumpstart. This comes in the form of an ebook and provides helpful tips on ways to embrace the ‘fit girl’ lifestyle, a 4 week meal plan (with vegetarian, vegan & gluten free substitutions) and a 4 week workout plan.
Overall the plan is super easy. Here are some key components:
- SLOW DOWN and chew your food! This is actually a huge one for me. I have been taking my time and eating meals over a 20-30 minute time period (rather than the 30-40 seconds it normally takes). I have also been trying to chew more and focus on eating while I eat.
- Advance Meal Prep. This is super helpful. To get started you prep 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches and your snack for the next 3-4 days. This made the first 3 days a breeze. At meal time I just grabbed my meal from the fridge and didn’t have to think about measuring/prepping etc.
- Drink Water. When I was working this was no problem for me, I liked an excuse to get up from my desk and stretch my legs, getting water was perfect for that! Being at home, I have found this tougher. I get caught up in organizing the baby or cleaning that I forget to slow down and hydrate!
- Get Moving. The Jumpstart comes with a 4 week workout plan that recommends 3 rounds of the prescribed movements each day. Since I am already active I upped this to 5 rounds each day, plus I am doing CrossFit in the evenings (so this will likely impact my overall results as well). Every day also requires at least 30 minutes of cardio. This can be anything from walking or jogging to dancing, just something that gets your heart rate up. I have opted for walking/jogging with baby and pup in the mornings.
I was shocked at how easy this was to follow. You are eating about 1400 calories a day and it is a mix of veggies, grains and protein at EVERY MEAL. I was not hungry once and by day two I could not believe how great I felt. This meal plan focused on portion control, low sodium and eliminating processed food. It was not a 28 day diet, it was a 28 day lifestyle switch – which I love!
Meal prep time!!
So… lets see how I did.
Day 1 Starting Stats:
- Weight: 175.4 lbs
- Bust: 35.5 inches
- Waist: 32 inches
- Hips: 42 inches
Day 15 Midway Stats:
- Weight: 167.8 lbs
- Bust: 35 inches
- Waist: 31.5 inches
- Hips: 41 inches
-7.6 pounds & -2 inches!!!!
Day 28 Final Stats:
- Weight: 162.4
- Bust: 34
- Waist: 31
- Hips: 40
-13 pounds & 4.5 inches!!!!!! AND I am officially back to pre-baby weight (Happy dance. Happy dance!!!)
Week 3 Quinoa Cleanse Bowl & Vegan Pumpkin Lasagna Rolls
If you are looking for a fun and easy way to kick start yourself into a healthy lifestyle, I highly recommend this. Fit Girls Guide can also be found on social media and they post some great motivational posts to help you stick to it! They also do monthly challenges, I started before the March one, but if you need a bit more support for getting started sign up and do a challenge along side others!
I am off to start round two! Are you ready to check it out! Click here to see all of the Fit Girls Guide Plans!
Week 4 Mediterranean Polenta & Week 3 Pita Pizza Party!
Until next time day dreamers!
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