Hi Everyone! So over the past couple weeks of my blogging, I have received many questions from you either via email or in class. My intent today is to answer some of your questions. However, I feel that I need to put somewhat of a disclaimer out there regarding the information that I am about to share. So ….here goes: MY eating plan may be different than YOUR eating plan. MY exercise plan may be different than YOUR exercise plan. What I eat and how much I eat is set up as a plan for me through the Ellipse Weight Loss Program!!!! I am not suggesting in anyway that you follow exactly what I eat or how much I exercise, because this may not be right for YOU!!! If you are interested in sitting down with an Ellipse Instructor and learning more about nutritional information for YOU…..please talk to us in class. OK….now that I have that out of the way….here is what you want to know about ME (again remember this is MY program).
Q: How much do you work out?
A: I participate in one class per day as an Ellipse member. I either attend the 5 AM or 6 AM class as a member to get in my workout for the day. Currently, I also instruct 3-4 resistance classes per week as well. Please understand that leading the class as an Instructor, the work-out is not as intense because we are there to make sure that you are getting the most out of your work-out and we as Instructors probably do ½ of the work-out in comparison to taking the class as a member. In addition, you will remember from one of my first blogs that my husband has embarked on this new lifestyle with me. We have found enjoyment in exercising on the weekends together and typically work-out for an hour or so on both Saturday and Sunday as well. So to sum it up, I would say that I work out about 1-1 ½ hours per day on average.
Q: How much do you eat?
A: Here is a sample of MY meal plan (again….this may not be right for YOU!).
Breakfast: Egg Beaters, 1 slice of fat free cheese, ½ of a light English Muffin, Cup of fruit, & 1 serving low sugar yogurt.
AM Snack: ½ cup of low fat cottage cheese with 1 serving of Special K crackers.
Lunch: 2 slices of Village Hearth light bread, lettuce, tomato, 3-4 oz of shredded chicken breast, and 1-1 ½ cups of raw vegetables. (I choose to skip the fatty condiments on my sandwich….I would just use a little yellow mustard if needed).
PM Snack: Supreme Protein bar
Tomato Pesto Tuna (in a pouch at Woodman’s) with 1-2 Quaker Rice Cakes
Dinner: Haddock topped with seasonings and a light spray of Pam cooking spray, half of a baked potato topped with ¼ cup of cottage cheese, and a cup of steam broccoli.
Please understand that my eating plan is planned out by Ellipse!! My eating plan also changes weekly based on my results of weight loss to ensure that I am eating the right amount of food for ME and MY WORKOUT!! If you are interested in an eating plan for YOU…..you need to get professional advice from Ellipse or your Doctor! I think that you get my point.
Q: Do you “cheat eat”?
A: Very Rarely. Are there rare occasions when I go to a party and want to indulge in a special treat? Yes. Here’s an example: My niece had a birthday not to long ago and my sister-in-law was making kiwi cake, which happens to be my favorite. Now I knew that I was going to want to treat myself, so I spoke with Lisa (who is my Ellipse guru…LOL!) and she helped me figure out my meal plan for the day so that I could fit it into my life. The key is that this was 1 PIECE of cake….not 5 PIECES!! I also knew in my mind that having the piece of cake and planning into my day meant that I probably wouldn’t loose weight that day, but I would simply maintain if I followed the rest of the plan.
Now….is this real life? For me…yes it is. If there going to be a day when you didn’t plan for the kiwi cake and you have it anyway? Yup! The key is to GET OVER IT!! You had the cake…..you cheated….get back on the wagon. Don’t fall off the wagon, do a backwards summersault, and end up face first in the dirt! That is what I have come to realize…..if I make a mistake with my eating…..I have to correct it the very next day.
So what are some things that I do when I absolutely 100% have to have something to eat?? Well….for starters….eating 5 times a day doesn’t leave me with much time to be hungry. Second, if I am just miserable….I will pour myself a glass of crystal light, or have a sugar free jell-o of 10 calories, or have a few raw vegetables, or drink some water. I find that when I get to this point, it is just because I am bored, not really hungry. Most often if I just find something do to in place of eating….it curbs my thoughts of being hungry.
Q: What sacrifices did you have to make?
A: Hmmm….where do I start? I made quite a few. This is a new lifestyle. To say that the only thing I changed was getting up earlier is not accurate. The “No Excuses” notes around my house were helpful reminders, but the notes did not make the pounds fall off….it was just a helpful reminder during the tough times. Here are a few things that I had to change:
- Get up at 4:20 AM vs. 6:00 AM to start my day with a work-out, because I prefer to work-out in the morning. If you’re not an early riser….the PM class is a great option as well.
- Grocery shop diligently once a week to make sure that the right food is in my house and that we are not forced to go out to eat because we do not have food to prepare.
- Pack my lunch for work every day. I was notorious for eating lunch in the “fat-food” lane or at a local establishment. My favorite thing at a local restaurant was a chicken quesadilla with a side of rice and beans, along with a basket of chips and salsa! This was 1800 calories in one meal!! My lunch now is about 300 calories!! WHAT?? Yeah…crazy!
- My husband and I have lots of friends and family and we like to entertain. During our entertaining, we like to have some spirits!! Instead of downing 3-4 Captain and Diet Cokes, I know limit myself to 1-2 glasses of wine. Again….this is done in moderation (only 1 time per week…if that) and I adjust my meal plan for the day to fit it in.
- The biggest thing that I have given up is “couch time”. I used to be a reality TV junky. I would literally sit on my couch from 7 PM to 10 PM watching every reality TV show known to man. This is no more. I have allotted myself my two favorite shows for the week and that’s it. 2 hours of TV time, instead of the 15 that I used to take in. It’s great because I am finding that my house and home are a lot more organized and happy because I am focused on things in my life vs. the TV!!
OK….I know that this was a really long blog and there are still some questions that I haven’t even got to yet. I promise to be back in action blogging again later this week and I will fill you in on more questions and answers that you have. PLEASE…..keep the questions coming…..this is why I blog…..to help inspire and motivate you to make a change in your life and get to where YOU want to be.
I am going to leave you with my favorite saying: “Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain” Vivian Greene.
My point is that if you want to make a change…..don’t wait…..come to Ellipse and learn how you can!!