At least I only ate one entire pumpkin pie over the Thanksgiving holiday, right? I’m sure I’m not the only one coming out of the weekend ready to get back on track. It’s also a good time to start hunkering down on meal prep and planning so I can start the new year ready and not overwhelmed.
Chris and I finished P90X3. I haven’t brought myself to do the final photos, weigh-in or measurements yet. It really isn’t fair that the last week of the program happened to fall on Thanksgiving. Although I didn’t make the greatest food choices, I don’t think I over did it on the eating and we both continued our workouts. Other than a little bloat and water retention—I didn’t come out of it too bad.
This morning we started Insanity Max: 30. Chris wanted a cardio heavy program and I wanted to end 2017 where I started it so I could see just how much I have improved my health and endurance this year. Of course, I may have been a little overzealous this morning…I maxed out before the warm-up was even over and finished out mostly doing modifications. At first I was a little disappointed but then I found myself holding planks that a year ago I wouldn’t have been able to do. I call that a win. I am also now working out six days a week. This time last year, I think I was at three or four.
With the start of a new(ish) program, I decided to update the way I do my meal planning. I scoured the interwebs and came across Julie Little’s Healthy, Fit and Focused blog. She is a fellow Beachbody-er. Her blog is filled with meal plans for different programs and some great recipes too. I really liked the way she laid out her weekly meal plan and decided to copy it. I also borrowed some ideas to fill my meal plan. I’m sure I’ll grab some future inspiration from her as well. Thanks Julie!
That brings me to this week’s plan…and some changes that you’ll notice:
-Insanity Max is set up for five meals a day: breakfast, snack 1, lunch, snack 2 and dinner. I’ll still have my evening cup of peppermint green tea (or some type of low to decaf tea).
-There are two container plans. My plan is the same and is set for a person who weighs less than 150 pounds. I have added a plan for Chris, which is for people who weigh more than 150 pounds. You’ll see his additions in brackets. It’s really important to make sure you are eating enough or you won’t get the results you’re looking for—or the energy you need to get there. I always gave Chris a little more than me, but now I am actually putting it in the plan. I am also back to measuring everything with my containers and have a daily container checklist in my planner to stay on track. (And yes, there are apps for that.)
-I have changed the format from being “Week Ending” to the program and the week in the program: Insanity Max: 30-Week 1. I think this will be easier in the future for finding and organizing old meal plans.
You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been blogging every week. I have been posting any recipes and meal plans though. Blogging about my meal plan every week sort of gets old and boring. It started to feel like something I had to talk about and not something I really wanted to talk about. I have a list of other things and projects I’d like to blog about. So, going into 2018, I will still blog about meal plans and health occasionally, but I am going to start blogging about other things happening in my life. I definitely want to share mu full health journey for the year, but I also want to show you all how I rehab vintage purses or how I made the coolest Halloween costume. These may be things you’ll want to do someday too.
Here’s to getting rid of my last five pounds in 2017 and setting good goals in 2018!
UPDATE: Here’s my P90X3 Before and After (on right) and progress since September 2016 (on left).