While I was on vacation I did try to keep up with my cardio/running but I'll admit they were not priority and neither was eating well. Going home to visit usually means eating all the bad foods I miss about being in Charleston, like Krispy Kreme donuts, pimento cheese sandwiches, Melvin's BBQ, and now two new loves O'Charley's and Ski-Bo's. I did try to eat well for breakfast and lunch and I think those were my lifesavers. I came home with an extra 4 lbs, ouch, but knew I could get those off easy enough. While I was home my book Body For Life arrived and I devoured it in a very short amount of time. I liked that it didn't want me to count calories but more focus on eating more frequent smaller meals and portion control. It also showed I was eating too many carbs even though according my my food diary I was doing fairly well at following a decent 25/24/50 plan. 50% carbs is too much for my body type it would seem. I have been following the meal plan for several days now, got my water consumption back up and completed day 3 of the 12 week exercise program. Just following the food plan and getting my water back up I lost all 4 lbs in just a few days. Now what I would like to see is more fat loss with muscle gain, in fact I'd be perfectly ok with that 4lbs coming back as muscle weight.
For anyone wanting to try this plan, the book is ok, but really all of the information you need is free on the website, including the worksheet printouts. It focuses on planning your day ahead of time including your meals and workout. Meh I am not much of a planner and my mood changes what I want to eat. I also have never been much of a scheduler, I just try to make sure i do everything I need to do in the day and call it good. I built my own little mini home gym for about $100 which included dumbbells up to 25lbs, a weight bench and a jump rope. The weight bench limits me a little on the exercises I can perform (so a home gym or access to a gym really would come in handy) and I have to get creative with some moves but that is part of the fun!
What I hope to gain from this program? The body I have been trying to achieve for almost 6 months now. 12 weeks to a new me, a happier, fitter me? Game on!