Sunday, 2 February 2014

Lean Body Meal Plan

Despite my valiant efforts to finish 2013 healthy and strong, I find myself here in February a good 5 pounds heavier than I'd like to be.  Five extra pounds on a barely 5'1 woman makes a difference.  I notice it most in that my pants are too tight, even my next-size-up jeans.  I spent last weekend in Las Vegas and I'm sure that didn't help things.  So, I'm back at it determined to shape up this month.  It's my birthday  month too, so that's a perfect time to hit it hard!

I figured I need to get back to basics with my meals and I'm doing a typical lean body meal plan, which consists of eating 5-6 small meals every 3 hours, with 20-30 grams of protein per meal.  The Jamie Eason Live Fit training program recommends the following:

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I started Sunday and for this week, my meals look like this: 

7:00 a.m.  1/2 cup OATMEAL with raisins, sliced almonds, cinnamon and milk.  Coffee and creamer (gotta have it)

10:00 a.m.  Protein shake 

12:00 p.m.  TEX MEX with fresh pico de gallo (but I'm using chicken this time)

3:00 p.m.  Celery or apple or rice cake with peanut putter

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.  TURKEY CHILI

8:00 p.m.  Greek yogurt or egg white omelet 

That's it.  All day every day for a week.  I'll have a "cheat meal" on Friday and probably Saturday too.  Then, back to it the next week and all of February, just switching up the meals with different lean proteins and veggies.  I eat every several hours anyway, so that's not difficult for me.  I have also seen really good results when I've stuck to this kind of eating, so I'm excited to get going again! 

I find it's actually easier (time wise) to follow this plan because I just do one grocery trip on Sunday and make a big batch of chili and Tex Mex and portion it out for the week.  I'm not staring into the fridge wondering what to make each night.  Plus, once the meals are cooked on Sunday, it's just popping them into the microwave to heat up.  Super easy.  People always ask, "But what do you feed your family?"  My husband wants to lose weight too, so he's on board.  If he wants more variety, he'll eat out for lunch.  My son still mainly eats grilled cheese and a side of something like yogurt or an apple for dinner.  

For my workouts, I'm pulling some of the Jamie Eason Live Fit Training workouts being sure to work each body part every week and adding 20 minutes of cardio at the end of the workouts.  Right now, I've been doing my cardio on the stairmaster, alternating the speed to keep it intense.

If you have any questions, let me know in the comments and I'll answer them there.  Have a great week!

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