Tuesday, November 5, 2013

LittleBlueDress Challenge Day 1 Was a Complete Success

Yesterday morning I was super excited to see a lot of the girls had introduced themselves and let everyone know their goals. Right of the bat everyone started sharing new recipes, workouts, tips and motivation. So throughout this challenge I am going to be sharing some of their recipes, workouts and tips. So I wanted that to be the main focus of my post today.

I first let everyone know what I did when I first started the LittleBlueDress Challenge back in January.

These are the items I completely cut out of my diet!
1. All bad carbs: bread, pasta, basically anything with grains or flour
2. Sugar: desserts, artificial sweetener, etc.
3. Soda: diet or regular
4. With dairy I only eat reduced fat for fat free

I try to eat as clean as possible and I am still working out cutting out processed foods.

Workout routine: I try to workout at least 3 to 4 times a week! Depending on if you are a beginner or exercise regularly. But remember any exercise is better than none. So if you are new start slow so you don't get burnt out.

I then shared an example meal plan:
I have 5 small meals a day

Breakfast: 2 large scrambled eggs with some fruit
Snack: 20 almonds
Lunch: healthy baked speg.
Snack: veggies with hummus
Dinner: Grilled chicken salad with as many veggies as you like with a low fat dressing. ( try to stay away from fatty dressings

Some tips from the ladies!!

Great start! Accountability is critical especially for those of us who are moms! It's very easy to have excuses! Thank you Melissa for getting us started. I just had my 5th child 7 months ago so working on getting my post baby bod back. Not much further to go but can always use encouragement along the way. I have been eating like Melissa since I had my first baby and let me tell you it works!! I eat 5 times a day. Here are my goals. 1. Eliminate all sugar, processed foods, simple carbs (only complex carbs) and NO drinks except water! (Side note and just a heads up... the past 8 years of eating like this i am a believer in a cheat meal/day ONLY if you know you can get right back on track). 2. Protein shake for breakfast, mini meal mid morning, portion controlled lunch, mini meal mid afternoon & portion controlled dinner. 3. Drink at least 128 oz of water daily. 4. Workout 30 minutes 5 days a week Alright here is to a great holiday season and head start on the new year!! Cheers!

Example workouts for home!!

One of my favorite workouts if you are short on time! Just repeat if you want a longer workout. I add 3 sets of 12 tricep dips, 3 sets of 12 push ups and 25 crunches, 30 second plank, 50 bicycle, 30 second plank and 25 crunches and you've got a quick total body workout!

Ideas for snacks!!
Almonds, EDAMAME ( I know you love that stuff), apples with pb, no fat greek yogurt (that will help with sweet tooth), hummus and veggies, skim mozzarella sticks, etc.

I have fallen in love with PB, it's good with celery too!

Just checking in. Helps with motivation! You are doing awesome so thanks for the encouragement. For mid morning snack it was low fat swiss cheese rolled in low sodium deli roast beef with half apple. lunch 2 eggs with salsa, grapes ( that was hard since i cooked my little guys cheese quesadillas) I'm at 80 oz of water. And totally agree with Melissa on how to help with sweet tooth. It takes about a week for me and after that I don't crave it. You've got this girl!!
Cook 1 lb of venison sausage in 2 tsp olive oil. Add 4 cups of kale, 4 crushed garlic cloves, 1 chopped medium onion, 3 diced carrots. Cook till vegetables are tender. In pot add 4 cups organic chicken broth (low sodium), 2 cans organic kidney beans (low sodium). Combine sausage vegetable mixture. add 1 tsp of garlic salt. Simmer for 1 hr. Now this is enough to feed my army so may want to cut in half or 4ths. Note: take kale off of stems and tear in into small pieces. Kale stems are very bitter so you don't want it in the soup.

Examples of Dinners:
I bought a good looking pork chop from Whole Foods so I plan to bake that with fresh broccoli & garlic mashed cauliflower. Melissa- I have a spaghetti squash I have been waiting to use, I am making your Healthy Baked Spaghetti tomorrow night!

Dinner will be baked chicken with French green beans.
I will be having chicken, Brussels sprouts, onions, broccoli and carrots. I usually just put everything in a piece of tin foil with some Mrs. Dash seasoning and put in the oven for 45 mins on 400F. It's so easy and plus, it gives me to time after I get home from the gym to shower and do some things around the house before having dinner.
This is just some of the great things that have come from our message board. All the girls have been so open and it is really going to help with everyone staying motivated and accountable. I am just so excited about the wonderful things that are going to come from this. Make sure you check out my daily post to see all the fabulous success everyone is having.
I did want everyone to know I will not be using anyones names for safety and privacy. Please respect that.

My workout:

2 miles on treamill
20 minutes on elliptical

Full body workout:
20 squats
20 lunges
20 pushups
20 incline sit ups
1 minute plank
20 mountain climber
20 crunches
1 minutes side planks (both)
20 leg lifts
20 reverse crunches
Day 2 Group LittleBlueDress Challenge
Breakfast and snack: 2 eggs with sugar free syrup and mixed fruit
Lunch: healthy baked spag.
Snack: green apple and 25 almonds
Dinner: a few bites of healthy baked spag.before my workout and after I had my rosemary chicken, broccoli and cauliflower bake.
 How you you all. Do you have any tips, recipes and workouts that these girls should try out??

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