I’m no fitness and healthy eating Guru… but I would like to share how I have managed to maintain a healthy weight and fitness level most of my adult life.
It’s Day 3 today of the Minimize Yo Butt Challenge (only another 39 days left to go! – don’t worry I wont be posting daily for that period of time!)
Yesterday’s post was rather rushed so I thought to do it a little earlier whilst the kids are out may be better, particularly as I have a great idea for a lunch to share with you all.
I’m home alone until dinner tonight so I’ll be offering no Kiddie lunch alternative and the Hubby is still away for work so is probably enjoying a very fattening lunch somewhere.
Meal 1 (7am)
Guess what? Scottish Rolled Oats (Porridge) and Honey with Hot Semi-Skimmed Milk.
Meal 2 (10am)
Frozen Summer Fruits with Strawberry Flavoured Whey Protein Blended with Skimmed Milk
Meal 3 (12.30pm)
2 Slices of wholemeal toast spread with double concentrate tomato puree topped with tinned mackarel in tomato sauce and grilled halved cherry tomatoes sprinkled with mixed herbs. A very balanced and healthy meal. Protein, Carbs and a Vegetable. 7 cherry toms provide 1 of your 5 a day. Really tasty and contains the hugely beneficial Omega 3.
Meal 4 (3pm – not yet eaten)
Myoplex Diet Meal Replacement Bar (on the run – the school run!)
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Meal 5 (5pm – not yet eaten)
All the family – Slow-cooked Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Rice
Meal 6 (9pm)
Chocolate Flavoured Whey Protein blended with Skimmed Milk
An all over body workout with kettlebells is on the cards. I’m only just getting into kettlebells and have purchased a DVD to assist whilst I get the hang of it. As such no advice or tips on this as I am a novice! However the rumour is they produce fantastic results. So very simple and minimal therefore I love the idea of it, let’s hope the execution and results is as pleasing long-term.
How’s the challenge going for you?
Today is launch day over at Minimalist At Home and the 6 week Minimize Yo Butt challenge.
I posted yesterday how I will be participating with the ultimate aim of dropping a jean size from UK 12 to 10 in 6 weeks.
So how do we achieve that over here at Chez Wright?
Simply of course!
I call it my 6&6 - 6 simple meals a day for 6 days and 6 days of exercise. A free day each week (coincides with No Waste Tastes Great as Friday Night is Date Night at Chez Wright).
I’m no expert and none of this is scientific. It’s based on common sense and was initially inspired over 10 years ago when I discovered Body For Life, although now it has evolved to an almost unrecognisable version of the 12 week program. It’s how I do it, not necessarily how I think others should…
Monday to Friday this week I’ll be sharing how I follow this plan whilst feeding a family of four. When I am following this plan I want it to impact on my family as little as possible, and not be anything unusual or regimented. I don’t want the Kids growing up being aware of ‘diets or plans’. My aim is that they grow up eating as healthily as possible (with some treats of course), and it is a way of life, not something they do for a few weeks and then eat unhealthily. I simply ‘try a little harder’ and ‘watch what I eat’ a little more when I feel it’s time to shape up. It’s a gradual process…
Meal 1 (7am)
- Me – Scottish Rolled Oats and Honey with Hot Semi Skimmed Milk
- The family – Cereal and Orange Juice
- Me – Frozen Banana and Chocolate Flavoured Whey Protein blended with Skimmed Milk and Ice Cubes added
- The Kids – Milk and a Banana
- Me – Jacket Potato with Cottage Cheese and Salad
- The Kids – Packed Lunch for School and Jacket Potato with Cheese and Beans
- Me – Frozen Summer Fruits with Stawberry Flavoured Whey Protein blended with Skimmed Milk and Ice Cubes added
- The Kids – Apple or Raisins, Breadsticks and Juice
- Me – Cold Wholewheat Pasta with Tuna, Cucumber, seasoned with black pepper, mixed herbs and balsamic vinegar.
- The Kids (& Hubby) – Cold Wholewheat Pasta with Tuna, Cheese, Cucumber and Garlic Bread, seasoned to taste (nb tonight the kids requested Ham instead, normally we don’t do meat on Mondays but they saw the nice lean ham they like…)
- Me – Chocolate Whey Protein Blended with Skimmed Milk (No fruit as I reduce Carbs after 5pm ps I know there are carbs in milk)
- Hubby – Hot Chocolate
- The Kids – In bed! (They’ll have had their milk about 7pm)
Tomorrow is the launch of Minimize Yo Butt over at Minimalist at Home. Faith is setting herself (and others who want to participate) a 6 week challenge to get in shape.
I love the idea of a communal challenge, and as such have decided to participate.
I’m no stranger to exercise or healthy eating, it’s always been a part of my adult life. However we all slip into bad habits from time to time.
This challenge launches as my half marathon training begins in earnest so I think this may just be the additional motivation I need.
My challenge to myself is not specifically weight loss, I am average weight, average BMI etc..by all accounts and purposes spot on for my height and age. There won’t be a weekly weigh in.
However bearing two children takes its toll, it’s not my weight that’s the problem (I’m back to pre-baby weight), rather it’s the distribution!
Therefore my challenge is to drop a jeans size, as this is where the stubborn fat is currently residing – round my middle… I have MumTum!
Fortunately the exact same pair of jeans I have in a UK size 12 is currently on sale in a UK size 10… So I’m already 10 pounds (£) lighter…
So how am I going to participate, and what will I be blogging about?
Monday to Friday this week, to celebrate the launch, I will post daily my simple eating and exercise plan.
I call it my 6&6.
- 6 simple meals a day for 6 days and 1 free day (Friday).
- 6 days of exercise alternating running and weights with 1 free day (Friday).
Don’t fret this isn’t some extreme diet or fitness regime, it’s just how over the years I have adapted my 6&6 to fit with family life, and very importantly family meals. I’m no fitness expert, it’s just years of habit-forming that I’ll be sharing, and a few ideas along the way…
At the end of the 6 weeks I hope to have some great before and after photos… fingers crossed eh?
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