Wednesday nights are typically later nights at work for me, so when I got home yesterday I knew that I had to have an agenda in order to get to bed early.
While at work, I quickly planned my meals for the day by jotting them down on a small sticky note. Typically, I try to have a little plan on Sunday for what the week will look like meal wise, but this week has been a little bit different.
These past two weeks, I have been in the process of beginning a training program through Cathy Savage Fitness. Cathy Savage is a woman who excelled in the fitness competition world, and since then has created a training program for women and men who want to compete in fitness competitions or want to simply be healthy and look great!
Being a part of the program gives me my own personal coach whom I can text and e-mail any time with any questions, struggles or concerns that I may have. In the beginning stages of the program, my coach has been working with me to figure out my customized nutrition and an exercise plan that works for me. It is all like one big giant science experiment, and we are working together to find the perfect formula that works for my body…because everyone is different.
For now, I am eating 6 small meals a day, and this week I am completing around 30 minutes of cardio 5-6 days a week. The food that I am eating in the meals isn’t any different than what I was eating before, now it is all about the timing and portion sizes.
A huge reason that I joined this program was because of the learning opportunity. Yes, I am a certified personal trainer, teach several group fitness classes, and I try to stay current with the latest nutrition information, but in the industry I am pretty new, and I am trying to learn from the best. From this program, I am hoping to learn about a different style of eating (and may adopt it as my own way of eating for good!), find the mix of exercise and nutrition that truly works best for me, and build a bond with people that have similar interests. Not only will I be learning from these women, but they are all interested in the same things that I am: health, exercise, and nutrition!
The other big reason why I joined is because of the fitness competition aspect. I had been reading a lot about it, and every time I would see or hear something about one of these competitions it would peak my interest. I will not be competing anytime soon, but next year, I would like to have it as an option!
That being said….I am so excited to be starting, and I can’t wait to document and share my journey along the way.
So, because of the new plan, I am packing several small meals throughout the day that have a good balance of protein, veggies, fruit, starch, and healthy fat. Here is what tomorrow looks like:
Meal one is a parfait with half of a baked oatmeal cake topped with plain nonfat Greek yogurt mixed with stevia and vanilla extract, blackberries, and almond butter…yumm! I think this has been my favorite meal so far
Meal two is protein pancakes (recipe coming soon!) with a pumpkin peanut butter spread. Meal three is whole wheat pasta with tuna, spinach, tomato, and a little parmesan. Meal four is a veggie burger topped with tomato, bell pepper, and roasted sweet potato.
It sounds like a lot of food, but it is a little bit of a lot of different kinds of foods.
I am very excited to be starting this training program and can’t wait to see the results!
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Hope you all have a great Thursday!