And just like that I am back to pre-vacation weight –1. Or is it +1? Either way, I’m down 41 lbs now. Lovely!
I say “just like that” with a little bit of sarcasm. It isn’t like I sat on my butt and the 4.4 lbs just fell off. I worked. I mean, I worked HARD. Clean eating. Working out. Staying off the couch.
Here are a few things that I did to get back on track and help me lose those pesky vacation pounds and also break the 40 lb plateau mark.
Fave Five Friday: Back on Track Edition
1. FitMixer Energy Drink
I got a sample of FitMixer’s Tigers Blood Clean Energy while at the Blend Retreat. I didn’t think much of it, but decided to give it a try randomly a few weeks ago. According to the FitMixer website, Clean Energy “contains Raspberry Ketones to help you burn fat quickly while maintaining energy levels throughout your workout*. It also delivers Palatinose®, a slow-burning carbohydrate designed to support sustained energy throughout the day. Tiger’s Blood fitmixer clean energy® contains natural colors and flavors from beets, strawberries, and coconuts, and is naturally energizing due to its main ingredients of Palatinose® and green tea and green coffee extracts.”
I added a scoop of this powder to 20 oz of water and then add in 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar (check out the benefits here!), 1 tbsp of lemon juice (stimulates digestion), and a shaky shaky of cinnamon (balances blood sugar levels) and cayenne pepper (raises blood temps to increase metabolism). I shook it up and then drank it as I was getting ready for my day. On mornings when I workout this really gives me a nice boost too.
2. MyFitnessPal App
(Not my personal MFP!)
This app is nothing new to me or to most of you, but sometimes I forget what a great tool it is. In addition to looking up nutritional info on food and tracking calories, this app helps me keep track of recipes, measurement progress and logs workouts. I love looking at historical posts and seeing how my eating has improved or places I might need to pay special attention to (hello sodium intake!)
3. Summer Shred
I signed up on a whim for Bobbi McCormick’s, from NHerShoes, Summer Shred program right before leaving for San Diego. I’m a TIU devotee, but decided to shake it up. She had mentioned on her blog that she designed the program to involve minimal equipment and could be done at home. I figured it would be a good way to workout while away on vacation. Come to find out that the program includes so much more than a few home workouts. There are meal plans, shopping lists, printable workouts, links to various workout moves, and a supportive Facebook community. I’ve been sticking the workout plan more than the eating plan for the past 3 weeks and I can see definite muscle improvement, especially in my arms. I love how accessible Bobbi is for any questions and her interactions on all forms of social media with program participants.
Oh, and there is a July Summer Shred happening. Check out Bobbi’s blog for more info.
4. Heart Rate Monitor & Nike FuelBand
I put these together because while they are different products, they both do the same thing…motivate me to move more and work harder!
I don’t think it is 100% accurate, but it is 100% a motivator for me. I love seeing the calories burned number go up and sometimes might even push a little harder near the end of the class if I want to see the number hit a specific target. By utilizing the heart rate monitor while working out I have also been able to see my recovery time improve which is a sure sign of my fitness improving. So basically I huff and puff a lot less after my workouts than 3 months ago.
GOAL! That is the ultimate thing to see on my little Fuelband at the end of the day. I wrote a detailed review that you can check out here, but basically it motivates me throughout the day to do little things to get a few extra steps in. Take the steps instead of the escalator you lazy butt. Go the long way instead of the shortcut through the parking lot. Why did you sit down instead of just standing and walking around? Sometimes just seeing that black band on my wrist is enough of a reminder to get moving.
5. WATER, WATER, and MORE WATER!
This one is a no brainer, but the easiest one to forget. If I drink the water, my weight continues to come off. I have proven it time and time again. The minute I slip up on the water intake, like on vacation or even the weekends, I see my weight loss stall. I drink about a 100 oz a day. Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less, but I aim for 100. I am *obsessed* with selzter water so I tend to drink that when I am out to dinner or home. But when I’m running around or at work, I fill up my Klean Kanteen repeatedly to get that water in. For more info on why drinking water is healthy for ya body, check out this article from TIU.
Have a great weekend! It is supposed to be pretty hot here so I’m taking this as my sign to stay inside and get some decluttering done. Fun huh? I’ll also be working out and then spending some time with my girlfriends. WHHEEEEE!
See ya Monday!
*Just a note: Everything I mentioned in this post I bought and paid for myself, including the Summer Shred program. There are no affiliate links in this post.*