As Thanksgiving came and went, I hopped on the scale to assess the damage and, while not surprised by what I saw, I certainly wasn’t thrilled. Lucky for me, I had a brand new TurboFire set just WAITING to be torn into.
I’ve been wanting TurboFire for over a year, and finally bought it when I saw it on a Groupon Goods email for about $60. Can’t beat that! It was a sign. Time to blast off the final 10 pounds of baby belly…9 months later.
In the set, along with the class DVDs, meal ideas, resistance band and class schedule was a little booklet that I thought could be the answer. The 5 Day Inferno is a short program designed to jump start weight loss. Let’s see how it works…
[Side Note: I’ve done Insanity (2 times) and P90X (1 time) and neither Beachbody product was as fun! It actually doesn’t suck to get up at 5:00 a.m. to hang out with Chalene and the rest of the “class.”]
No cheating! Can’t believe I did it. It helped that my sister sent me a picture of her weight on the scale today. She’s officially LESS than I was when I found out I was pregnant – and I felt very fit then. Time to kick it into high gear! [Side note: I am still breastfeeding but do NOT buy all this hype about it helping you lose weight. I’ve plateaued twice and it’s time to do some work.]
I found a TurboFire 5 Day Inferno grocery list that helped me identify everything I’d need for the 5 days. After a few minor substitutions (e.g. raspberries for cantaloupe and Slim-Fast powder for Shakeology) I was ready to go. Never in my life have I left the store with so much produce. This should be interesting…
This morning I did my 55 EZ workout and the Stretch 10 Class. Having to set the alarm to accommodate a 1 hour workout was rough, but I survived. I was really motivated to see how this worked. LOVED the class and the food was not too bad either.
My breakfast was a delicious turkey bacon sandwich with tomato and egg. Definitely didn’t feel like I was depriving myself. By mid-morning though, I was starving. That’s how the first day of a lifestyle change always feels though, so I powered through until my 10:00 snack…half a banana and 10 almonds, which I substituted for walnuts. Lunch was pretty lame. Three cups of lettuce with some cherry tomatoes and scallions and TUNA. I like tuna, but was definitely not in the mood for it. Also, the 2 tablespoons of dressing didn’t go very far. That afternoon though, I got another snack. This time it was a chocolate shake with the Slim-Fast. It was lame – like lunch. BUT for supper the menu included grilled honey mustard chicken and broccoli with garlic and parmesan. Delicious! Seriously, if supper had sucked as hard as the rest of the day (except breakfast) I’m not sure I would have stuck with it.
I had a genius idea – yes, GENIUS! I would switch around the morning snack and the breakfast meal in the hopes of making it to lunch more easily, and it WORKED! So I had half of my morning chocolate and PB Slim-Fast smoothie before my workout, and the rest after as I got ready for work. That way I could eat my breakfast (yogurt and berries) at my desk when I felt that mid-morning hunger pang.
Today’s workout was TUFF – yes, that’s 2 Fs. I have done the Fire 45 and the HIIT 20, but never on the same day. It was rough. No time for the Stretch 10, so I’ll do some stretching before bed, but it won’t be as effective because my body won’t be warm. Oh well, can’t win ‘em all.
As for today’s food, it was a big improvement over Day 1. Lunch was a turkey and veggie wrap. Usually, I NEVER eat wraps…ever. But this one hit the spot for sure. A whole wheat tortilla with spinach, tomato, avocado (YUM!) and a generous splash of fat-free Italian dressing. Then I got an afternoon snack of…wait for it…Ants on a Log! I used to LOVE that when I was younger, but do you think I EVER have it anymore? Hell no! It was surprisingly filling and held me over for about 2.5 hours until I could get supper going. Supper was an experiment for me. Broiled salmon with teriyaki, brown rice and bok choy. Couple things here…I’ve NEVER cooked REAL rice or bok choy. Rice=FAIL ( I subbed in an equivalent amount of calories via a breadstick), Bok Choy=SUCCESS! If you’ve never tried it, get a head of bok choy, rinse it, chop it, and sauté in a pan with some olive oil and minced garlic until it’s tender. I topped with a little garlic salt and learned the hard way that the green leaves are pretty bitter! The white part is where it’s at. Until tomorrow…
Thank goodness I switched up the order of my meals/snacks. A raspberry pre-workout smoothie was all I needed until almost 10:45! Then I got to eat a full cup of cottage cheese and some pineapple rings. What an amazing combo! This one is definitely going to be added to my snack database.
This morning’s workout was the 55 EZ Class again. Today it was so much easier and all the moves were easier to follow. Kickboxing-style DVDs always seem that way though, the more you do them the more the combos begin to flow and you don’t feel like an awkward, pubescent teen trying to fit in with the popular kids.
Food today was a struggle. I ate 2 cookies at a meeting without even realizing it! Guess that goes to show how much subconscious eating I do. Whoops. Then I had some cheesecake my mom brought over. Bah! Back on track tomorrow. Anyway, the food on the plan was awesome! A berry and yogurt smoothie for breakfast and loaded baked potato for lunch. My afternoon snack of crudités and ranch was spoiled thanks to my cookies, so I only ate about half of the veggies. Dinner was Delish though! Chicken tacos with black beans and quinoa, cilantro, avocado, pico de gallo – how can you go wrong??
Back to the hard workout…Fire 45 and HIIT 20. Today seemed easier than Day 2 though, maybe because I did the HIIT workout last today and previously I did that one first? I sweat pretty profusely, but that’s what I love to do. Work hard and git ‘er done.
The breakfast shake today was a chocolate/PB/banana combo which I enjoyed, but it was not holding me over so I had my morning snack of PB and sliced apple, pretty early in the morning. Chugging water until lunch helped me through, BUT I have to make a grocery list for the Christmas cookies I am making this weekend…I can sense the hunger pangs already.
Today’s snack was DELISH! Another oldie-but-goodie, that I have forgotten about – an apple with PB! I am going to be picking up more apples this week, I forgot how much I enjoy them, and they are easily portable with minimal prep involved. Also, I can get the little pre-packaged PB cups from the cafeteria, so I have one less thing to pack. Awesome! Lunch was not as exciting. The egg salad (hard-boiled egg with cottage cheese and some spices) tasted fine, but my salad was a fail. I ended up tossing it and went with a small cup of Italian Wedding soup. In the afternoon, the snack was an orange with 10 almonds. Yes, 10. Count ‘em. Finally, dinner today was AWESOME! Another meal to add to my repertoire. Marinated flank steak with cooked spinach. Hold in I know that last part sounded icky, but it was so good! Fresh spinach, steamed, then mixed with parmesan and sour cream – mmmmm! Oh, and don’t forget the baked potato! I put the spinach on top of the potato and it was magical.
This is it! Last day to get through then I can go on to my regularly-scheduled life…with some minor eating adjustments. Today was the 55 EZ class again and today was the first time really LIKED it. I think that has a lot to do with finally understanding the combos.
Food today is also a big winner! My pre-workout shake was PB and banana with skim milk, water and ice. It was probably my favorite shake of the whole week. Breakfast started off well with turkey sausage links, a waffle and jelly. Perfect for the weekend! Lunch was good too, but because I grabbed “hummus veggie dip” instead of just “hummus” I had to make some adjustments. Skipped the spread and opted for oil and vinegar to flavor my pita.
For my afternoon snack I just grabbed some raw snap peas and carrots with fat-free ranch, to keep it easy. And dinner was a yummy pork chop with rice and peas. Since I had peas earlier, I subbed in that delicious parmesan broccoli from Day 1.
Overall, I accomplished 3 things:
- Got off my weight loss plateau.
- Learned some new recipes AND got back on track with portion control.
- Last but NOT least, I lost 7 pounds!
This was an awesome post-Thanksgiving challenge and I plan to do it again after Christmas. Since I’m trying to lose another 5 by then, I need to stay on track. It shouldn’t be hard! I just need to spend some time each evening prepping my 2 healthy snacks and making my breakfast for the next day. Lunch for me is easy, since I have an awesome cafeteria where I work. My challenge is now and always has been, portion control and dessert. I’m getting there…