I'm now about halfway through the Turbo Pump month. I'm constantly looking at the plan and updating it as I go through the different workouts and realizing what will and will not work together. Last night I did Sculpt 30 for the first time ever and probably last time this month. Not that i don't love it, because I did. But I want to use that day for a weight work and the bands are hard, but not what I'm looking for right this month.
Aside from the adjustments, I'm so in love with Turbo Fire again. It's such a good program because the music is great and the workouts are hard. All my friends know that I really am a fan of the hard workouts, if I'm not drenched in sweat then I am not happy. And Turbo Fire does that for me. I'm noticing some real progress with inches so far this month. Pants that I was wearing a few weeks ago are now needing belts. My stomach is shrinking. And my arms, which always have been a least favorite area of mine, are finally starting to shrink and my shirts have more room in the upper arms. I'm getting really excited about weight loss...and shopping :) I cannot WAIT to start shopping for pants in the regular women's section - that's happening by Jan 1 people.
Also wanted to share some diet details, as I have settled into a good rhythm post reset.
Everyday for breakfast is shakeology now. I was alternating it with oatmeal but I started to notice that on the days I had oats instead of shakeology I had lots of cravings for sweets. So I have stuck to the shakeology. I prep it in the morning as the last thing I do before leaving for work. Then I drink it on the way to work. This is my new habit. My old habit was stopping at Panera or Starbucks or the diner near my job for a breakfast plate of something. Anyway, that's breakfast and I think I'll be sticking to that most days. I do the vegan tropical strawberry right now, but I will be trying the vegan chocolate for my next shipment. I blend the strawberry with some banana, some berries, sometimes some other fruit if I have it. Always some PB2 and almond milk.
Lunch and dinner are variations on the same theme. One meal a day is always a bean based meal. I love beans and it keeps me full, which is why I like to do this at lunch. I like a bigger lunch because of the way my work schedule is. I also usually have a salad at lunch, again helping the size of my lunch and helping me stay full. This combo hasn't lead me to mid afternoon cravings yet. The other meal is a veggie based meal. Stir fried veggies or something similar. Large portions of veggies and usually a grain on the side.
On top of those meals, I drink lots of water. I still aim for half my bodyweight in ounces. Yeah, I go to the bathroom like a million times a day, but I can tell the difference in my hunger levels and my skin with this.
If you are struggling with diet and all of this looks like a HUGE leap for you, you have a few options. You can either decide to make one or two changes now (like adding shakeology in place of one meal or making the decision to not eat fast food or deciding to cut out certain processed foods or journaling your meals) and slowly convert your diet to a more whole foods diet that way OR you can do something like the Ultimate Reset to give you a jump start (really, let's be honest, a kick in the behind) on all these changes. Which one you need to do is up to you and how you work. For me, the Reset turned out to be the best thing, but I know for others it will not be. The diet question is one you have to sit on and really think about and decide what you are going to be then do it. It doesn't matter what you do, it just matters that you do something :)
Last thing - I started an Instagram account! I will be posting meals and other happenings around the healthy engineer hub.