Days 1 and 2 of LiveFit

I have now completed the first 2 workouts of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit and I am SORE!!! I’m really loving the workouts since they are so different from my usual circuits and intervals.

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The first workout was for Chest and Triceps and the second was Back and Biceps. During this workout I wasn’t breathing particularly hard or sweating profusely like I do during my circuits. However, my arms were shaking like crazy and my muscles were fatigued to the max. You are supposed to lift to failure during all your sets. This means picking a weight heavy enough that by the time you get to 12 reps you physically cannot perform another rep. I know something is working with these workouts since I can barely lift my arms above my head with out screaming in pain! I’m hoping the soreness will fade with time but I like FEELING the effects of my workouts. I think this type of workout is just what my body needs right now. My body was becoming too accustomed to higher reps and lower weight and I’m hoping to see some great results from changing up my routine.

I have also been loosely following the meal plan that goes with LiveFit. The meal plan has me eating every 2-3 hours or 5-6 times a day. Every meal should include 50% carbohydrate and 50% protein with unlimited vegetables. If I am hungry for a 6th meal at night I am not supposed to eat carbs during that meal. I am also including 2-3 servings of healthy fats a day. I have actually really been enjoying eating this way. I am not used to eating so much protein but I have tons of energy and I haven’t been hungry at all. I LOVE that I don’t have to count calories and I can just eat when I get hungry. The food I’ve been eating doesn’t taste half bad either!

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My meals yesterday looked like this:

Meal 1: 5 egg whites cooked with 1/2 cup salsa and a slice of Ezekiel bread with 1/2 tbsp. almond butter

Meal 2: Pina Colada Protein Shake from my gym (this was immediately after my workout) and an apple

Meal 3: Oat coated chicken fingers, baked sweet potato wedges (coated with 1 tsp. olive oil), and celery sticks

Meal 4: 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt with Cinnamon and a red bell pepper on the side

Meal 5: Lemon Curry Tilapia, 1/4 cup quinoa, and a big salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

I went to bed early last night so I skipped meal #6!

Thus far I’m feeling really great and I am excited to start seeing some results. Days 3 and 4 are supposed to be lower body workouts but tomorrow I’m going to do some running and then do the lower body workouts on days 4 and 5 instead. Day 6 will be another running day (if my legs are too sore!)

This Weeks Meal Plan

I’m going to link up with Lara from Mommy Run Fast and post my meal plan for this week.  I will also include the ingredients needed to make each meal in case you want to make them too!

Bbq chicken pizza– I will post this recipe when I make these.  I’m planning on using flat bread for the crust and making individual pizzas!

  • 3/4 cup shredded chicken
  • flat bread
  • bbq sauce
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Red Pepper
  • Cilantro
  • Red Onion
  • black beans (optional)

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Creamy Beet Sauce Pasta

This pasta is really yummy and EASY to make. I promise.  I’m going to post my recipe on Wednesday morning!

  • Whole Wheat pasta of your choice
  • 3 fresh beets
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. walnuts
  • parmesan cheese
  • chicken stock
  • 2 chicken breasts

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Thai Fried Quinoa

This is a recipe from Iowa Girl Eats.  I have never made it before but it looks delicious! Click HERE for the recipe.

Pulled pork sandwiches

  • Pork Roast
  • 1 can Beef Broth
  • whole wheat sandwich rolls

This list is making me excited for dinners this week! I will also serve each of these main dishes with a side salad or veggie of some sort.

Happy Meal Planning!

Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping

I think that meal planning is crucial to eating healthy.  If I don’t plan out my meals and shop accordingly, I always feel like I have no food in my house and end up eating out. However, I often have cravings or don’t feel like eating a particular food on any given day.  I like to make sure that I eat food that tastes good and rarely force myself to eat something I don’t feel like. The exception being vegetables.  Most of the time my veggies taste great but every once in a while they just don’t sound all that appetizing, but I eat them anyway. They are good for me and fill me up for very little calories. How did I end up talking about eating veggies? Oh yeah, because I like to make sure I have options throughout the week, SO…back to how I plan my meals.

I don’t plan specific meals for each day but instead I just write out 5 dinner ideas.  This way I can decide what sounds good each day and I know I will have the ingredients on hand. I only plan 5 dinners instead of 7 because we usually eat out once a week and have leftovers once a week. I find if I plan more than that, we end up wasting food. I don’t plan specific breakfasts or lunches.  I make sure I have staples for these meals like oats, cereal, milk, eggs, bread, flour, nut butter, lunch meat, beans, and so on. Breakfast is usually on the go and I either make eggs and toast or some variation of oatmeal. Lunch is either leftovers from dinner the night before, or a sandwich, or burrito. We always have tons of cut up fruit and fresh veggies and eat these with our meals and as snacks. I keep a white board in my kitchen with a list of the dinners for the week and I use it to make a list of items as we run out of them.

At the beginning of the week, usually on Sunday, I sit down and plan out all my dinners for the week. Then I make my grocery list. I make my list on the computer and have 5 columns: produce, dry/canned, dairy, meat, and frozen.  This takes a little more forethought while writing out my list but decreases my time in the grocery store. I’m usually shopping with 2 kids so speed is crucial. We need to get in and out before the kids melt down and without buying all the cookies and fruit snacks in the store. Why must they put all those things within kids’ reach? I swear they are just trying to make grocery shopping harder for moms!

This is what my list generally looks like:

Produce

Dry/Canned

Dairy

Meat

Frozen

Baby Spring Mix

Beans

Parmesan cheese

3 lbs. chicken breast

Stir Fry Veggies

Romaine

Wheat Germ

Low Fat Cheddar

Ground Turkey

Ezekiel Bread

Bell peppers

Chex Cereal

Skim Milk

Chicken Sausage

Chicken Tenders

Zucchini

Protein Powder

2% Milk

Ground Beef

Mushrooms

Taco Seasoning x2

Whole Milk

Bacon

Green Beans

Spaghetti Sauce

Almond Milk

Broccoli

English Muffins

Plain Greek Yogurt

Berries

Fritos

Grapes

Olives

Bananas

Almond Butter

Cantaloupe

Chia Seeds

Pineapple

Brown Rice

Green Onion

Lime x2

Cilantro

Lemon

Apples

       

Yes there are 4 members of our family and we buy 4 different kinds of milk.  The Big One is allergic to dairy so we buy almond milk for him.  The Little One drinks whole milk; he still needs the extra fat for brain development. Kelly prefers 2% and I drink skim because that is what I grew up on and everything else is gross!

I very rarely buy things that are not on my list.  I can’t have sweets and junk food in the house or I will eat the whole bag, jar, container, etc.  I do much better when I go out to get a sweet treat on occasion.

And there you have it.  Meal planning for dummies. Rolling on the floor laughing


Do you bring a list with you to the grocery store or do you prefer to wing it?