So as promised I'm posting more detail on Tone it Up's Five Day Slim Down that I'm attempting this week. Even though I've been walking daily and doing things like lunges blah blah blah, getting in shape after having a baby is just not happening quick enough. I thought I'd try something a little dramatic for a jump start of sorts.
Below is the plan (Perhaps a variation of it- finding things on random blogs can be like playing telephone). Keep in mind that I've added the times that I do everything so that you get an idea of the schedule, obviously the intervals are more important than the actual time shown. I took the awake hours of my day (not including 2am and 5am feedings) and divided by the amount of "meals." You're smart, I'm sure you could've guessed that.
8am Bombshell Spell- see last post for recipe.
Yesterday (Monday) was my first day and I sorta wanted to barf a little as I'm not accustomed to drinking apple cider vinegar- ew. Today was much more tolerable and the fact that it's just over 1/2 cup of liquid definitely helps. It's not the first thing I want in the morning but it's not terrible and knowing that I get coffee just an hour later (my own addition to this plan) makes everything doable.
8:30am AM Workout
30 minutes of Cardio. I have been doing HIIT or Full Body workouts on TIU's site, since 1) it's freezing outside and 2) While my husband is awesome and will take our kid in the morning, I feel more comfortable working out at home just in case they need me! Today I actually had a legit sweat going. Maybe I tried harder or something. It was quite satisfying.
9am Breakfast- Protein and fruit.
I don't know exactly how much of each so I've been doing 1 piece or serving of fruit and 2 eggs. I'm a little weird about texture, so the popular protein packed Greek yogurt isn't my thing, although you'll find this as an example of a good breakfast on just about every diet including this one.
|Coffee is super important to me. For this week, I won't add milk to it- that's as far as I'm willing to go.|
11am Snack-1 piece of fruit
Monday I had a banana and today I packed an apple. I figure fruit on the go should be hard so that it doesn't get smashed. Now that's thinkin.
5pm Smoothie or Juice
Our Vitamix still scares me so I have yet to make smoothies. Yesterday I had some OJ and pineapple mixed, and today I will try the Coconut "drink" that I bought. I imagine this was just the less expensive version of "Coconut water." I mean really, a tiny bottle for $4.99- I just don't think so. We'll see what everyone is raving about...I probably won't like it ;)
5:30pm PM Workout
I like a Strength and Toning video for the day OR if something is feeling like it needs special help, video for that. For example, yesterday I did an arm/back video and some abs. Today I have a 35 minute Kettle Bell video in store. Hopefully little baby is asleep, otherwise I'll be taking lots of breaks. Unfortunately??? All this workout has to be is "something that gets your heart rate up" for 30 minutes.
7pm Dinner- Protein and 2 cups of veggies, healthy fat and sometimes wheat stuff.
Last night I had pork tenderloin that I had crock potted all day, a little avocado and asparagus. Tonight I'll make asparagus again, some chicken and have just one cup of brown rice. I think the actual plan uses a lot of the TIU recipes but they all seem to have this combo going on. Truthfully I don't do most of the cooking in my house, so when I do (like this week since my needs are so specific!) we keep it simple.
|I put the pork in the crockpot and poured some marinara and spicy salsa over the top. Done.|
9pm Dessert- 1 piece of fruit
...and a little cinnamon. I took a picture of this combo this morning instead of last night. It was a beautiful presentation but I was too anxious to get back to my husband and my battle of epic proportions. Yea, we're playing Axis and Allies this week. #Nerdalert