Sunday, May 1

Tone It Up Week One

I just finished week one of this 8-week journey with "Tone It Up" and I am pretty excited about it so far. If you haven't heard of Tone It Up check out the fabulous Karena & Katrina here

So I've been an avid Crossfit junkie for three years but after some recent soul searching I realized that I need to take a step back and pursue some other fitness options. My best friend did Tone It Up last year before her wedding and she looked g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s; so when we heard that K&K were releasing Beach Babe 4, we joined the team! PS: You can buy the Beach Babe 4 or you can do the free workouts they suggest in its place, both are great.

There is a daily workout plus usually some accessory work and all of it is done in 20-50 minutes depending on the day. So let me be honest here- I'm in my final week of Crossfit where I lift daily, so when I saw the weights used for the TIU workouts were 4-10lbs. I thought it would be easy. I was wrong. Horribly wrong. I've been using 8lb weights and I've been absolutely dying!! It just goes to show that different kind of workouts work-out different muscles in your body. Overall I've loved the workouts and they've kicked my booty (especially the beach booty workouts, ha).

Workouts are one thing but honestly where I fall short is food. I love food and it makes or breaks you in the gym that's for sure. This week I killed it with the food plan and I feel so much better it's kind of stupid. I even texted my friend and told her I think I have abs coming in (which I don't, but I just feel that less-bloated! ha). So here is a quick compilation of what I ate during week 1: 

M1: Scarmbled eggs + 1/2 Banana
M2: Strawberries + Protein Banana Muffin
M3: Turkey burger (crumbled) + grapes + cucumber wedges + bed of greens + sweet potato chips
M4: No time
M5: Pork tenderloin + oven roasted veggies

M1: Egg cups (with peppers, mushrooms, spinach and ground turkey) + stawberries + booty call shot
M2: Raspberries and Greek yogurt + protein banana muffin
M3: Bed of lettuce and argulua with leftover pork tenderloin + cranberries + raspberries and grapes with balsamic and blue corn chips
M4: Larabar + cutie
M5: Zoodles with grilled chicken in homemade pesto

M1: Veggie and Turky egg cup (peppers, mushrooms, spinach and turkey) with 1/2 cup Greek yogurt and raspberries
M2: Banana and two banana protein muffins (oops, too much banana)
M3: GF wrap with grilled chicken, lettuce, mayo/mustard + grapes + mango
M4: Starbucks Acai tea lemonade with 1/2 the sweetner
M5: Avocado balsamic chicken + steamed peas 

M1: 2 Egg cups (veggies + turkey) and 1/2 cup Greek yogurt and raspberries
M2: 1/2 banana + protein banana muffin + grapes
M3: Leftover balsamic avocado chicken + sweet potato chips
M4: Veggies with hummus and stawberries
M5: Tilapia + small sweet potato + green beans

M1: Homemade oatmeal with maple syrup and raisins + Green smothie
M2: Banana protein muffins
M3: GF wrap with ham, spinach, cheese, mayo-mustard mix + stawberries
M4: No time
M5: Homemade chicken tikki masla over rice 

M1: Greek yogurt with fresh berries + Turkey Veggie Egg Cup
M2: Banana Protein Muffin
M3: Pesto shrimp + mango + strawberries + tropical smoothie
M4: No time
M5: Chicken pad thai (my 'splurge' meal)

M1: Scrambled eggs + 1 piece of GF toast and peanut butter + strawberries
M2: Larabar
M3: Tuna on a rice cake and cheese + argugula salad with grapes and sunflower seeds + pineapple
M4: (not pictured) trail mix with peanuts, raisins, almonds and M&Ms (technically not 'compliant')
M5: burger on bed of arugula, pineapple, goat cheese and balsamic +  sweet potato fries + watermelon

Today (Sunday) I am going to meal prep for the week ahead which includes washing and cutting veggies to be roasted later this week or dipped in hummus, washing and cutting fresh fruit, mixing any dressings or dips I'm going to use, dicing and slicing chicken and making turkey burger patties, making homemade paleo granola and portioning out yogurt and cottage cheese for the week. Looking forward to week two and feeling even better. If you're looking for a new lifestyle to refresh your whole body, mind and soul join with me!!!

Goal for the week: Do all of the workout videos + look for a "goal" trip to take with my best friend when we complete this 8-weeks.