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keep calm Im losing weight

WOOHOO!  I am 10.6 lbs down in 21 days!
HECK YEAH!

 

If you have been following my posts for the last three weeks, you know that I have been doing the Personal Trainer Food program.  I have been blogging on my journey including my struggles here.

Today makes 21 days that I have been eating healthy.  I have eliminated all processed foods and useless carbs from my diet including flour, sugar, bread, pasta and rice.   Personal Trainer Food sent me box of delicious chicken, veggies and snacks  that is REAL FOOD (not tv dinners or boxed stuff) which had ALL of my meals and snacks for a full 28 days included.  After researching programs to see what program was out there that was based on “clean eating” with REAL FOOD I came across Personal Trainer Food.  I originally bought into the program before speaking with a representative from the company.  After discussing it further, they agreed to send me the full program for 28 days in exchange for my honest opinion.  I agreed to stick to it without cheating for 28 days to give it a fair shot and see what my results would be.   I am 100% positive that I have been successful so far because everything was at my fingertips and super easy to follow.  If I got hungry I could just grab one of the allowed foods and eat it without having to think about making the right choices.   The only thing that I have added to the foods that they sent me was one apple each night as an additional snack as well as some macadamia nuts.  These items are allowed within the program guidelines and sounded good so I took advantage of the extra options.

I can honestly say that I feel 100% better since I started eating healthy

I anticipated that it would be really difficult to eliminate most carbs from my diet.  I knew that my diet was pretty much based on some sort of carb at every meal.  Since I am not a big sweets person I figured that it would be difficult to adjust to not eating starchy carbs.   I’m not going to say that there weren’t times that I just wanted a sandwich or a bowl of fried rice or even a waffle (see my post here on that), but overall, it wasn’t difficult to adjust to at all!   As long as I had the allowable foods on hand (meat, cheese, eggs, salads, nuts, apples) I felt satisfied.  Since some of the foods are allowed in unlimited quantities, there was always something that I could grab that would make me feel full or satisfy the urge to want to munch on something.

I am SHOCKED that I am exercising regularly

I’m not going to lie… exercising is not on my list of top ten items that I like to do.  Honestly, the only exercise program that I have ever really enjoyed was Jazzercise and they stopped offering it in my area a few years back.  I am pretty active though with fishing, camping and playing outside with our dogs so I guess that has helped me through the years a bit.    With the Personal Trainer Food program they ask you to commit to walking for 10 minutes per day.  From the beginning that seemed more than doable and it didn’t give me that internal feeling of wanting to quit.  I mean really, 10 minutes isn’t much in the scope of things (until you start doing it and haven’t exercised in a while, haha).   My method for pushing through is to put Taylor Swifts “Shake it off” on repeat on my phone with some headphones and listen to it three times.  That totals ten minutes and before you know it I am done!   I didn’t want to make this big production of having to get ready and go up to the local park to do my walking, so I simply walked around my yard in a big giant square while listening to my music.    Since my dog Rosco just recently got done with obedience training I also incorporated this into my walking and practice his “heel” command.  He seems to enjoy the attention and it keeps my mind occupied between him and the music.

I sleep better than ever before!

One of the biggest surprises with eating properly has been that I am sleeping SOOOOOOO much better.   Those of you that know me or have followed the deals on my website can confirm that I am up ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT usually.  It isn’t unusual to see me comment on a question or post a deal at 3:30am regularly.   Since eliminating most carbs from my diet I do not have the energy highs and lows during the day and at night when I hit the bed I fall asleep almost immediately and feel very rested when I wake up in the morning.  WHO KNEW?!

Heading into my FINAL WEEK of the 28 day program, here’s my plan:

I have really being doing good about sticking to the plan and as of today I have lost 10.6 lbs.  To me that is AMAZING!  Every pound that I lose encourages me to keep going and lose even more.  My goal was to lose 10 lbs per month for 5 months (50 lbs total) and that is what I plan to do.  It is not unusual to lose a little more weight when you initially start a diet because of water weight and excess junk in your system.  I feel like 2 1/2 lbs per week is possible with this program and I really want to work towards that goal.

As I mentioned earlier, I already bought into the plan before speaking directly with the company, so I have extra food on hand that will likely carry me another 2-3 weeks.  My husband has been eating some meals with me (and enjoying them I might add), so I won’t have a full 28 days left, but I have enough to let me continue for a bit.   After that, I do plan to continue the program (at my own expense) until I have hit my weight loss goal.  That says A LOT, trust me.  I don’t think that I have ever had the desire to continue with any “diet” or eating plan that I have started in the past.  By this point I am usually bored to death of the food or I just don’t see myself doing it long term.   With Personal Trainer Food, it is just regular natural food that is already seasoned and prepared to make it easy to follow proper eating habits.  I like that about the program and feel like I can be successful if I stick it out.  I may modify a few things here and there in the long run, but I have been extremely satisfied with my results and hoping to hit my weight loss goal before summer vacation!

I also plan to bump up my exercising to 20 minutes per day starting this week.  I have been doing an extra round with my walking this past week and feel like I can commit to doing a little more.   I have also noticed that I am much more flexible than before I started walking and have more energy when walking into a store or getting up to do something.   It is the little things that you notice when losing weight.  My clothes are getting super loose too which is really encouraging!  Someone mentioned that I might benefit from a rebounder also, which is one of those mini trampolines with a stability bar that you bounce on and do exercises.  I have had knee surgery and this is supposed to be less impact on your knees.  If anyone has any experience with using one of these I would love to hear about it!  I am probably going to order one this week so let me know!

Ready, Set, GO!  It’s the last week!

I have ONE MORE WEEK of the 28 day program.  Although I am very satisfied with my results already, it will be interesting to see how much I end up losing after following the full 28 days.  My original goal was to lose 10 lbs so anything after that is considered an extra bonus in my book!  I will keep you all posted on how I am doing!

To kick off my last week, I decided to go with one of my very favorite meal options which is Stir Fry!  YUUUMMMY!  Doesn’t this look good??

Personal Trainer Food week 4

How are you doing on your program?  Have you been able to stick it out so far?
I would love to hear all about it! 

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I’ve lost 8.5 lbs so far! Super excited! #PersonalTrainerFood

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Dieting paid for

Well, I thought I would update you all on my progress with Personal Trainer Food and let you know how I am doing!  I am happy to say that I am down 8.5 lbs in 13 day!  I swear I didn’t lift myself up with helium balloons like in the picture above either, haha! 


YIPPEY!

If you haven’t been following my journey, I did a post HERE and HERE about it to bring you up to speed.   Basically I received a box of delicious chicken, veggies and snacks from Personal Trainer Food (no TV dinners, real meat and veggies) that covers all of my meals for a full 28 days.  I have eliminated all processed carbs from my diet, no sugar, no flour, no potatoes and no dairy except for cheese.  It was surprisingly easy to adjust to and I have had no problems staying on track which is amazing for me!

On this program they want you to focus more on routine and eating properly than actual “dieting”.  By eating the right foods and doing some simple exercising (10 minutes of walking per day) your body goes into fat burning mode and the weight starts coming off naturally.   I honestly haven’t done much else besides what is recommended and I am pleasantly surprised that I am not hungry and the weight really IS coming off!

The cool thing about removing processed carbs and sugars from your diet is that you no longer have the energy ups and downs during the day as your sugar levels crash.  I wake up feeling good and haven’t had the mid day slump since I started eating right.  It took about 3-4 days for my body to adjust to eating properly and during those days I felt a little sluggish here and there but nothing to really speak of.

The food is DELICIOUS!  You get to pick out the items that you want them to send you which includes Pre-cooked, Frozen, Gourmet Quality yet Affordable, No-Low Gluten options.  For the most part I selected chicken, beef, veggies, sausage, eggs, cheese, nuts, etc.  It is all good.  I haven’t found anything that I don’t like yet and there is a lot to select from.  My FAVORITE are the gluten free Buffalo Chicken Sticks, it makes me feel like I’m cheating even though I’m not!  It is included with the food that they sent me and OH SO GOOD when I just want something that seems off limits.  The regular chicken breast and veggies are all very tasty too and I haven’t felt deprived of anything at this point.  You can eat an unlimited amount of meat & eggs and some veggies so there are plenty of options to keep you full while your body adjusts to no carbs.

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Grilled Chicken Breast and Broccoli VERY good!

personal trainer food chicken sticks
Buffalo Chicken Sticks.
I know, it looks all wrong.. but its not!

personal trainer food stir fryStir-fry Chicken & Sausage with Veggies

So how much does this cost?

Everyone asks me this question before anything else, so I wanted to give you an idea of how much this would cost to do on your own.   Keep in mind that Personal Trainer Food sent me a 28 day supply of ALL MEALS and snacks to try out, this is called their ALL INCLUSIVE program.  I was planning to buy in on the deal anyways because it was the ONLY plan that I could find that sent actual REAL pre-cooked, frozen, gourmet quality food that is not boxed or tv dinners.  I have tried those programs and they get old really fast.   So with that said, my package which includes a Breakfast (such as an omelet and sausage) a Lunch (such as a seasoned chicken breast and veggies) and a Dinner (such as a meat ~beef or chicken~ and veggies) as well as two snacks per day (Sausage & Cheese sticks, Almonds, Pistachios, etc) would be $369 total for the whole month after the $75 promotion on their website (code MyYear2015).  That works out to be $13.18 per day or roughly $4.39 per meal not factoring in the 56 snacks you get with it.  For me that is a GREAT DEAL because it is really good healthy food and I don’t have to think about what I am going to eat or spend time preparing the foods I need to lose weight.  I am SURE that is why I have been as successful as I have been so far.  The ease of grabbing something, heating it up and eating it and feeling satisfied but keeping on track is my idea of an easy diet.  I get off track when I have to plan it out for a month.

There are cheaper programs too which you could easily do as well if you didn’t want to put out that much initially.  Since the breakfast meals consist of omelets or eggs with cheese and a meat like sausage or bacon you could do those yourself and buy in on the 2 meal program instead.   For me, I will probably stick with the “All Inclusive” package because it takes the guess work out of it and makes it WAY too easy.

I am about to enter into my THIRD week on the program.  Personal Trainer Foods sent me a video on what to expect in the third week (you can check it out here if interested).  It is suppose to be the HARDEST of all weeks so I am really going to stay focused and stay with the program.   I promised myself that I would give this a full 28 days without wavering at all from the program and see how I do.  I personally need to lose about 50 lbs so I will be THRILLED if this is the program that works for me long term.  So far I feel fantastic and the food is no problem to keep up with!

  • Last week I shared more information on what I am eating, you can check that out here
  • If you are thinking of ordering, click on this link here but DO NOT use the promo code (for $50 off) it gives you when you click on my link, go directly to the order page and use code MyYear2015 to get $75 off.

I know that many of you are doing your own weight loss programs too.  I would love to hear how yours is going!  Please comment and share!!

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You know you sang that song in your head when you read the title to this post, haha

 

all about that bass

Well, it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size 2 and never will be, but I am getting myself back on track and trying to eat right this year!  So far I am doing pretty good and staying on track which is pretty amazing for me.  Normally I will start a diet or healthy eating plan and within a few days I have either given up or sabotaged myself by “cheating just once”.   Just in case you missed it, I posted about my plan of action HERE earlier this week and promised to keep everyone posted on how it was going and what was working for me.

I have received a TON of private messages and comments about the new program that I am on and a lot of people were wanting more details so I will do my best to explain how it works and what I am up to.

My goal for this year was to start eating “cleaner” and avoid so much processed food.
I have been researching this for a while and it just seems like the best way to go instead of trying some crazy diet plan with tv dinners, shakes or whatever.  I have tried all of those and they never worked for me long term.   In the past however, I was somewhat successful with a low carb diet like Atkins, BUT, I didn’t like not being able to eat any fruits or veggies while on Atkins.

Right now I am eating Personal Trainer Foods which are 98% Gluten Free

I actually found this program while researching healthy food options.  For me, the biggest problem with changing my eating habits is figuring out what to eat and when I am supposed to eat it.  I can go to the grocery store and buy all of the “right” things, but that usually only lasts a few days and I am stumped on what to make for dinner or how to stay completely on track and I mess up by eating something I’m not suppose to eat.   With Personal Trainer Foods they send the food right to you already packaged (NOT TV Dinners) with things like individual seasoned chicken breasts and fresh frozen broccoli or other vegetables.   The whole idea is that you just select what you want to eat for your meals, three times per day, heat it up and keep on going!  The convenience of having the food right there and not having to think about it is HUGE for me.  I have been on it now for six days and have not varied off of the program or the correct foods to eat at all yet.  It has been SUPER EASY.

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These are the basic foods that you can eat on the program
(if you wanted to try to do it on your own without ordering the food you can)

Basically you are removing most carbs (besides those in some veggies) and gluten from your diet.  They way that I understand it is that by eliminating most carbs and replacing those items with lean meats, veggies, eggs and cheese, your body will go into fat burning mode and start burning off the fat that you already have since it won’t have useless carbs to burn off.   I am not a diet and nutrition expert so it is a little bit hard for me to explain exactly how it physically works, but you can check out a video here about the program that I am doing for a more thorough explanation.

I CAN HAVE:
  • Unlimited lean meats (beef, chicken, pork, fish, seafood, etc)
  • Eggs are unlimited prepared any way
  • Leafy greens are unlimited – lettuce, kale (what is that anyway?), spinach, etc.
  • Non-starchy vegetables in moderation (cukes, celery, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, etc.)
  • Nuts (up to 3oz per day), almonds, pistachios, macadamia, walnuts or sunflower seeds
  • Cheeses up to 6oz per day (that is a HALF a small block, what?!)
  • One apple per day
  • Sauce / dressing w/2g or less sugar per serving (most ranch salsa, etc.  No LOW FAT)
  • Butter and oil fine in moderation
  • Herbs and spices
  • Non-dairy powdered creamer (to lighten coffee)
  • Water, Coffee, Unsweet Tea allowed
I CAN NOT HAVE:
  • NO sugar of any kind.  No candy (not even sugar free), dessert, pies, ice cream etc.
  • No Agave or Honey
  • No Starches which means no flour, grains, rice bread, pasta, cereal, granola, popcorn, etc.
  • No Starchy Vegetables which means potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, peas, beans, etc.
  • No Milk or other dairy AT ALL.  No yogurt, cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, milk
  • No milk alternatives (sorry guys), no soy, rice, almond or hemp milk (HEMP?)
  • No nuts except those listed under the DO section (no peanuts, cashews, pecans)
  • No nut butter of any kind, so no peanut butter, cashew butter, etc
  • No fruit EXCEPT for apples and you can have one per day (delightful snack at night I must say)
  • No protein bars or shakes or meal replacements of any kind
  • No fruit juices (even with no sugar added)
  • No alcohol at all.  Not even low carb or gluten-free it stalls fat loss
So what am I eating??

To be honest, it is really easy, this is pretty much what my meals have looked like lately:

Breakfast:  Egg and cheese omelette with bacon

Lunch:  Seasoned Chicken Breast with Broccoli or mixed veggies

Dinner:  Meat (whatever kind) and veggies and maybe a salad  if I’m really hungry

Snacks:  Cheese sticks, Nuts, sliced meat and cheese rolled up or apple usually

I am NOT hungry at all, ever.

Since I am on the Personal Trainer Food Plan I already have all of this on hand since they sent me EVERYTHING that I need including all meals and snacks for 28 days.  Of course, you could TOTALLY do this on your own and eat the same exact things, but for me, the convenience of having it all right there in packs ready to go to just heat and eat helps me to understand WHAT I am supposed to be eating without having to prepare it myself.

When I first started checking out the program I found a Groupon Deal that I actually bought in on before the company offered to let me try the food for free in exchange for an honest review (no other compensation).  The groupon deal was $99 for $200 off any 28 day meal package or $199 for their 28 day REV program which is kind of like an “extreme fat burning program”.  The REV program comes with a RIDICULOUS amount veggies (140 veggie servings) and comes with ONE meat serving per day for 28 days.  With the REV program, you can add other items on your own from the “allowed list” too.  I personally don’t think the REV plan is the best one to start out with unless you have to lose weight really fast for a special occasion or event or if you plan to add more of the allowed food to it.  Here’s why…

After discussing everything with the company, they ended up sending me their “all inclusive package” which includes EVERYTHING that you need for 28 days (28 breakfasts, 28 full lunch meals, 28 full dinner meals and 56 snacks).  If I were purchasing the entire program myself, I would probably buy the ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE (if you can swing it).  It ends up working out to about $12.29 per day or $4.10 per meal for HEALTHY and REALLY GOOD FOOD plus snacks!  If you can’t swing putting out that much, then buy the REV pack and add the other meats and eggs to it.   I am not kidding when I say that I will VERY LIKELY continue buying the package after the 28 days because the food is really good.  That is saying a lot too since you all know how frugal I am.  I really don’t think that I could buy all of this good food and prepare it like they do for much less than that.  It just makes it so easy!

Again, you CAN do the same thing on your own by buying the foods yourself, but they make it super easy and for me just starting out,  EASY is very important.

As of this morning, I am down 4.2 pounds and I feel great!  I personally did not go through any kind of weird sugar withdrawals by eliminating the carbs from my diet.  I do think that sugar withdrawals is to be expected though.  I am not a soda drinker so it wasn’t hard for me to eliminate sugar drinks at all. The hardest thing for me was not using Bailey’s French Vanilla Creamer in my ice coffee each morning.  I had to switch over to non sweetened powder creamer, but it didn’t kill me and I have adjusted to that pretty well I must say.

The biggest difference that I have noticed is that I don’t have the energy high’s and low’s at all since starting to eat right.  I wake up feeling refreshed each morning and I maintain my energy level throughout the day.  Part of the program requires you to walk a minimum of 10 minutes each day, no other exercise required.  I have to admit that it doesn’t sound like much, but if you aren’t used to exercising, 10 minutes of brisk walking seems like an eternity.   What I do is I walk around my yard for 10 minutes while listening to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” on repeat three times which totals ten minutes.  If you haven’t listened to that song yet, it is SUPER CATCHY so you can’t help yourself from getting a little pep to your step (here is the youtube video if interested).  After a couple of days of faithfully walking, I actually felt like walking and it was the weirdest feeling EVER!  🙂

I will keep you all posted as I continue my 28 days of Personal Trainer Foods and let you know my honest opinion of the food and how it works for me.  I would love to hear about whatever program you are doing as well.  I have friends on different programs and it really helps to talk about it and keep each other motivated!!

Here is an idea of just SOME of the food selections that I was able to pick:

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If you have any questions feel free to ask!  I am just learning but would be more than happy to share what I know!

 

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