I have officially made it one week on my new nutrition plan and I lost 5.8 pounds this week!
Whenever, I go from eating not-so-healthy to eating clean, I always lose a good amount of weight. I’m sure my weight loss will be less this week, but I am happy to be off to a good start
About two years ago, I really started trying to lose weight. I had gained some weight and just wasn’t comfortable or happy with myself. I joined a weight loss group at a local park district that met once a week for about 10 weeks.
During those 10 weeks, I lost 22 pounds, 14 inches, and 12% of my body weight and came in first place.
After that I was at a healthy weight for my height but felt like I had those “last 10 pounds” to lose, so I joined the Biggest Loser contest at my gym. The program lasted about 3 months and even though I wasn’t technically overweight anymore, I learned a lot and lost about 11 pounds.
Since then my weight has fluctuated up and down a bit. Both those programs made me realize that I succeed at weight loss (and weight maintenance) when I am being held accountable to someone else besides myself. After those two competitions, I participated in a few DietBets to help me stay on track because like I said, it was holding me accountable to someone other than myself (and winning money was involved :)).
I always thought that if I worked out a lot, my weight would be fine. I thought that working out meant that I could eat whatever I wanted. I was wrong.
Weight loss is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. If it was the other way around, I’d be the fittest person in the world
Bottom line, I love food. I like to workout a lot but I also like food, which is where the struggle comes in for me. I have no problem eating good and having treats in moderation but sometimes I overindulge especially during the holidays.
I have gained weight back lately and it makes me unhappy. I have been watching what I eat but then the weekend comes and I’m all, “Eat all the things!!”
Since being accountable to someone other than myself has helped me in the past, I decided to invest in an online health coach to help me with my meal planning.
My goals are to lose weight and to tone and build muscle, and the more help I can get, the better.
Someone online recommended Sara from Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Physiques and I looked into her. Sara is a NPC Figure Competitor, personal trainer, and a mom. She seemed very down to earth and you can tell that she loves what she does.
I sent her an email with a few questions and she responded within the hour. I decided that I would sign up with Sara for the nutrition plan. She also offers workout plans, but I am fine with my current workout plan at the moment and with my hip issues, I thought it’d be better to just stick with the nutrition.
The nutrition plan is $50 and lasts for 6 weeks. It’s $20 for every three week update after that. The initial plan is updated every 2-3 weeks.
I love that Sara is really involved with her clients. I can call, text, or email her anytime I need to and she has a Facebook group set up for her clients.
The meal plan is strict at first because it’s important to really get the nutrition aspect down. I received my first meal plan on Friday, February 14th and I started it on the following Monday.
I’m pretty good at eating healthy so I wasn’t too worried about the meal plan, but it is a lot more protein and less carbs than I am used to. Also, it requires a lot more eating during the day, specifically every 2 1/2 – 3 hours. And there’s no nightly Skinny Cow ice cream and popcorn on the plan
I love that Sara helped me make a few small changes to the meal plan that she sent me. Since I don’t really eat much meat, I was worried about eating fish twice a day, every day. I can’t do that. Sara said that I could swap out the fish with another protein source of at least 20 grams – chicken, eggs, Greek yogurt, etc,
I also told her about my intense love for Larabars and she was able to fit them onto my plan along with a small protein shake. Now if I had told her about my love for Snickers bars, I’m sure she wouldn’t have been able to fit those in
I love that she took what I said into consideration and answered my tons of questions quickly.
I went grocery shopping on Sunday to prepare for the upcoming week. I also did a little meal prepping which was so helpful.
I don’t work a 9-5 job outside of the house but I am in and out of the house a lot, so having my meals all ready to go is extremely helpful.
I made a big batch of mini egg muffin frittatas that I could just pop in the microwave in the morning.
I also measured out half cups of fruits and veggies, so I can just grab and go!
I have been trying to add a little bit more chicken into my diet as a lean protein source. It’s not my favorite but I do like it with veggies and quinoa.
Today, I started my second week on Sara’s plan, and I am really looking forward to it!
You can check out Sara’s website here and her Facebook page here.
A big happy birthday to my dad today!!
A few of my favorite pics of my dad and I when we were in Vegas a few years ago celebrating his 50th birthday:
Happy Birthday, Dad!!