New Week, New Meal Plan, New Fitness Program

So many new things happening as we go into September!

This weekend I will finish the Hammer and Chisel Beachbody program. I have to say that it has been my favorite so far. I will definitely return to it in the future (and include the optional workouts next time). A few weeks ago, I was really starting to see some results. I loved it. But…for some reason I went on an all out junk food binge. Like I over celebrated reaching my 30 pound loss goal a little too much.

Here’s what that little binge taught me—it’s not worth it. Little cheats are ok and much-needed, but big cheats are just self sabotage and undo all the hard work. If I had to post my final measurements today, I’d be pretty upset. The bad food has caused a whole lot of bloat and a two-pound increase on the scale. As much as I’d like to blame it on “that time of the month,” I am the one to ultimately blame. So, I’ve tried to eat clean this week but sweets are kicking my ass. A little of the bloat os starting to go away but there is a lot there. Like an inch and a half of it. Lesson learned. Hoping my measurements and photos come out good Monday morning. I have until September 15-19 (I need to look at my calendar) to get those two pounds and bloat taken care of. Shouldn’t be a problem.

On a much more positive and exciting front—I have a new workout partner! My husband has decided to join me and get healthy. A joint-effort on a lifestyle change will certainly be better. We can be stronger for each other when those temptations arise and find success.

Chris joined me for my last week of Hammer and Chisel. On Monday we will start P90X3. I had planned to do Body Beast but thought this program may be better suited for both of us. I am beyond excited! I can’t wait to see his transformation—and mine. Hoping to start to get lean and cut!

Here is the meal plan: Week Start August 26

You’ll notice I am back to trying to color code the calendar. It just helps me make sure I am getting al the right stuff on there. Now, it is set for the 1,200 to 1,500 category. Chris needs a lot more than that so he may get a few more carbs, servings and snacks (all of which will fall into clean and healthy eating though). I have also stopped putting CHEAT on the calendar. Cheat weekends were getting out of control and spilling over into the week. The overindulging was ridiculous. Now I have a plan for every day. Should we decide to go out, I may try to match that night out to what was on the schedule. And uh, the sweets gotta go. I’m back to watching that (refined) sugar intake.

There are a couple new recipes on the plan this week starting with the Spinach, Tomato and Quinoa Breakfast Casserole (if the link doesn’t work, the recipe can be found in the Recipes section of this blog). For lunch, I am trying out two new recipes: Poor Man’s Stir Fry and Roasted Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini. For the stir fry, I’ll likely sub in chicken and whatever veggies I have lying around depending on my farmers market success. Everything else should be pretty self explanatory-of course if you have a question, just let me know.

I’ll get some photos added once I get my meal prep done. Have a good week!

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