Fitness Friday #1 -90 Day Summer Challenge for the Rest of Us

By Alisha Rosenthal
In Featured
Jun 5th, 2015

Well ladies, I have been trying to get physically motivated for a really really long time! Through our move this winter (and the actual winter), I stopped running. I also stopped eating right. …..and I stopped taking care of myself at all, really.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, I went to my new doctor. I have no concerns, except my weight. She was super friendly and talked to me about not overdoing it. She told me to try cutting my calories back by just 250 per day instead of 500. She told me to walk a couple of times a day for 15 minutes. She said, ¬†“If you lose 1/2 pound per week, in a year, you will be down 24 pounds. AND you won’t have killed yourself or gotten discouraged and quit.”

OH! But I want to lose 30 pounds in 30 days!! I need to cut all carbs, and workout for an hour a day! NO caffeine! NO coffee! NO fun!

That’s what went through my head, but I came home and thought about it for days. FINALLY, I decided to get up and make a plan!

I have been on many crash diets that helped me lose weight, but not long term. This time, I am taking it easy and keeping it simple!

I have meal planned and prepped, and I have decided what I am doing for exercise, and I want to share it with you!

First of all, I downloaded 2 apps on my phone: MyFitnessPal and a water drinking app that reminds me when to drink water. I log what I eat and my physical activity on the MyFitnessPal app. It is so easy to use! I also needed to have plenty of food storage containers for meal prep!

I drink orange flavored greens from It Works! They are the BEST source of vitamins I have found and they are so good!! You can see other products from It Works! here.

My exercise plan is really very simple! I have 5 lbs weights, a bicycle, and a 20 minute Jillian Michaels DVD. I alternate running 30 minutes (outside), biking 30 ¬†minutes (I take the kids), and Jillian Michaels. The one I choose depends on the weather, the time of day, and what mood I am in. After each one, I will do 25 set-ups, 15 push ups, and lift the 5 lb weight. Nothing special. It doesn’t have to be!

For my food intake (I don’t like to call it a diet), I am meal planning. I have to say that I thought it was going to be SO much more time consuming and difficult than it was.

Here is a picture of what I made.

 Meal Planning

I only did 5 days worth. I am not too fond of eating anything that has been cooked longer than that un less its frozen. I didn’t want to freeze any of this.

For breakfast, I always take my It Works greens with a little orange juice. It has changed my life! I prepared greek yogurt, with strawberries. I add Chia seeds to that each morning. You can use honey or whatever flavor yogurt you want. I also made egg cups. You simply crack about 8 eggs in a bowl, scrambled them and add what ever you want to add (like an omelet). I put turkey bacon bits, basil and diced tomato in mine! Then you pour the eggs in a greased muffin tin (only fill each cup about half way). Cook in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes or until the eggs are done all the way through.

For lunch, I have salad. I added cucumber slices, halved grape tomatoes, and baby carrots to the ones shown. I use full fat ranch dressing… so what! I measure it out and when you put it in these little plastic containers, you can put the dressing in, put the lid back on, and shake it up to coat all of the salad. It really works well and keep me from having to add more than a serving! I also threw some chicken breasts in a pan. I use kick’n chicken to season it. The broccoli can be put in fresh because it cooks perfectly when you heat the container in the microwave!

For a snack, I put my favorite granola in 2 containers and almonds in the other 3. This little fiber jolt really gets me through the afternoon and I like the crunch!

For dinner, I simply put 5 Mahi-Mahi filets ( I got the bag of individually wrapped ones from Sam’s Club) on a baking sheet with Mrs. Dash and some sea salt. I cooked it according to the directions on the package of fish. I blanched some frozen greens beans, and steamed some diced sweet potatoes. FYI, you can get the organic diced sweet potatoes at the grocery store to save time.

For a late night snack….because I am a late night snacker, I cut up a huge bowl of strawberries and kiwi and put some fresh blueberries in. I also always have my trusty bag of pistachios!

This sounds like a lot of prep, but it only took me about an hour!

The longest part was waiting on the eggs to cook. While I was doing that, I pretty much cooked everything else and had the kitchen clean. Then I had to adjust the temp of the oven to cook the fish. That’s about it!

Join me on Fridays for my personal 90 day summer challenge and as I continue to blog about getting healthy!

Share your favorite healthy meal or workout with me!

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I am a Christian wife and homeschooling mother of my 3 children ages 12, 11, and 5. I am a hot mess but I somehow manage to accomplish things! I hope I can be an inspiration to someone out there, like so many others have been to me!

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