Ideal Shape up 12 Week Challenge

I posted in the past about the 15 day challenge that my friend and I did, and completed, a program by Trainer Lindsay Matthews from the IdealShape site. Best of all, it’s FREE. The meal plan, the workouts are all on YouTube, and there are Facebook groups you can join for support as well. It’s my kind of workout plan! The workouts are 6 days a week, but only 30 minutes a day, complete with a warmup and a cool down video. I was skeptical about the challenge because I’ve never stuck to a workout plan in my LIFE and never seen results when I did. But little did I know, I have really only stuck to plans that have lasted 3 or 4 weeks and then given up… But I have to say, this was different. It took a few weeks for me to see results, and a few more for everyone else. It took about 5 months for me to have to go buy new clothes, and see a real difference. I tell myself, it took me 33 years to put this weight on, it will take me more than a few weeks to take it off!

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October 2015 / May 2016. 167 lbs vs 150 lbs.

And again, after photos in August 2016 after losing almost 30 pounds! (After weight being 140 pounds)

By no means was I overweight, but I was wearing a “plus size” in pants, and the Wii fit told me I was overweight for my height… And that was discouraging. But my best friend was doing this challenge at the same time I was so we kept each other on track, and I’m SO happy I did. I’ll be starting the program over when it’s done, and just picking up heavier weights to keep improving and getting stronger.

I also gained some important habits in the last 16 weeks too like my eating habits, (I can’t really eat fried foods or too much dairy or sweets anymore.) I eat way more fruits, veggies, and lean meats. I also drink WAY more water than I used to. I get up earlier in the morning and feel like I spend less money on food since I just buy almond milk and protein powder now for breakfast instead of cereal, eggs, oatmeal, and a ton of other random stuff. If anything the 12 week challenge was a gateway into a healthier lifestyle because I started to see and feel results, it’s something that helped me build my confidence and made me a better person overall.

Bottom line, I recommend it!

 

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IdealFit 15 Challange

In the spirit of New Year’s Resolutions, I’ve decided to give a challenge a go. My bestie came to me with the idea of this 15 day challenge that Trainer Lindsey from IdealFit has presented to women. There’s a meal plan for those 15 days, depending on your weight, which you have to follow almost EXACTLY, and there’s workouts associated with days 1-15, with a break in the middle. How hard can it be?

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I’ve had the opportunity to download the meal plan, the food you can and can’t have, and the workout list, and it’s kind of hard! Well, the planning is hard. The first two and last two days of food is the same. The meal planning is pretty simple for those first 2 days, you just have to figure out what you need for those two days, and cook enough on day one to last you through day 2. Then it gets tricky… There’s 3 different sets of meals for the other 11 days that you can choose from. As long as you eat those foods, breakfast through dessert, in those 11 days, you’ll be fine. Now, with meal planning and prep, My friend and I decided to do 3 days of one meal plan, 4 days of another, and 4 days of another. Then we can prep food for 4 days, the day before. It’s WORK. And science, converting grams to oz, and oz to pounds. I went through the ENTIRE plan and figured out a grocery list that will get me through the 2 weeks. Here is that list —> Groceries Ideal 15

I spent about $40 on chicken, greens, and veggies and berries, $8 on corn tortillas, cereal, and rice cakes, and $10 I gave to my friend for splitting things with me. I also spent $10 on a pound of top sirloin. I also buy everything organic! The only thing I have left to get is another steak for days 10-13. I already had the vanilla protein powder, and she gave me scoops of chocolate protein that she had for some of the meals.  That’s about $68 for 2 weeks. And with the additional steak I’ll get, it’s about $78 total. So $40 a week? Not bad!

We also found a calendar that you can edit to keep track of the meals, and I’ve edited it to my plan. Here is the document! —> 15 Day Fit Body Challenge Meal Plan Calendar

I also made a prep list of what to make for which days, so I can prep meals in advance, and just grab them out of the fridge. Especially since I’ll be eating 2 of my 6 meals at work! Ideal 15 Prep List

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I think the real challenge here will be drinking the recommended gallon of water a day… It’s hard enough to drink 64 oz that I try and drink in a day. I KNOW it’s only 15 days and I can’t expect drastic results, but with the high protein, lots of veggies, and low carb food plan, it will help me to eat better, plan ahead, and jump start my fitness routine.

Wish me luck!