6&6 Simple Eating & Exercise Plan – Day 1

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…

EATING TODAY

Meal 1 (7am)

  • Me – Scottish Rolled Oats and Honey with Hot Semi Skimmed Milk
  • The family – Cereal and Orange Juice
Meal 2 (10am)
  • Me – Frozen Banana and Chocolate Flavoured Whey Protein blended with Skimmed Milk and Ice Cubes added
  • The Kids – Milk and a Banana
Meal 3 (12pm)
  • Me – Jacket Potato with Cottage Cheese and Salad
  • The Kids – Packed Lunch for School and Jacket Potato with Cheese and Beans
Meal 4 (2.30pm)
  • 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
Meal 5 (5pm)
  • 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…)
Meal 6 (9pm)
  • 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)
In addition I drink about 2 litres of room temperature tap water, and about 6 cups of hot green tea with lemon. I’ll have 1 or 2 cups of coffee, but I have to limit this as I take sugar in coffee – I know shocking!
The Kids and Hubby will have a pudding after dinner (Meal 5) and they’ll have an after school treat, a treatsize chocolate bar or something like that. (I also may have a treat if I am feeling deprived 🙂 up to 100 calories)
EXERCISE TODAY
Today is weights for me. I’ve used dumbells for years and have a set routine that I work to exercising 5 muscles groups in the upper body.
Shoulders, Triceps, Biceps, Back and Chest. It’ll take approx. 30 minutes. This I’ll do tonight once the kids are in bed and I’ve had time for dinner to digest.
How are you doing today? Are you taking part in the challenge?
{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Katharine July 18, 2011, 10:51 pm

    Sounds like you have work out what is right for you Jo. And that you are just gently upping the anti.
    Ideally I’d like to sensibly lose half a stone in the next month or two – my OH completely took me by suprise last week by proposing!! We booked the wedding today for the middle of September. Very happy.
    I think I’ll try and trim the weight off by upping the anti of my raw diet again. Very healthy for me. But not going to stress about it: like you, just ‘try a little harder’.

    • simplybeingmum July 19, 2011, 6:28 pm

      Many Congratulations Katharine! So pleased for you…
      Half a stone is doable over two months, a sensible rate to lose at…
      I’m sure you will look amazing in your dress half a stone lighter or not 🙂

  • Katharine July 18, 2011, 10:51 pm

    Sounds like you have work out what is right for you Jo. And that you are just gently upping the anti.
    Ideally I’d like to sensibly lose half a stone in the next month or two – my OH completely took me by suprise last week by proposing!! We booked the wedding today for the middle of September. Very happy.
    I think I’ll try and trim the weight off by upping the anti of my raw diet again. Very healthy for me. But not going to stress about it: like you, just ‘try a little harder’.

    • simplybeingmum July 19, 2011, 6:28 pm

      Many Congratulations Katharine! So pleased for you…
      Half a stone is doable over two months, a sensible rate to lose at…
      I’m sure you will look amazing in your dress half a stone lighter or not 🙂

  • Katharine July 18, 2011, 10:51 pm

    Sounds like you have work out what is right for you Jo. And that you are just gently upping the anti.
    Ideally I’d like to sensibly lose half a stone in the next month or two – my OH completely took me by suprise last week by proposing!! We booked the wedding today for the middle of September. Very happy.
    I think I’ll try and trim the weight off by upping the anti of my raw diet again. Very healthy for me. But not going to stress about it: like you, just ‘try a little harder’.

    • simplybeingmum July 19, 2011, 6:28 pm

      Many Congratulations Katharine! So pleased for you…
      Half a stone is doable over two months, a sensible rate to lose at…
      I’m sure you will look amazing in your dress half a stone lighter or not 🙂

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