Despite not lifting heavy weights during my usual early morning sweat seshes, my muscles sure feel like they got a good workout this past week. Everything from by abs to my glutes to my shoulder to my biceps feel worked. So that’s a good sign!
I did the full 7-day routine, which included 2 to 3 short workouts per day (that I went over in detail in my last post if you want to know more) plus a few 5K runs and 40-minute dog walks. I also followed the meal plan more or less. Well, I made most of the meals on the plan, but added about 25 per cent more calories from other suggested snacks or things I like, because the calorie count was far too low for me to function on. I tried everything suggested for meals on the first three days of week one, then stuck to my favourites for the rest of the week (I’m obsessed with the protein pancake!).
My week one on the plan ended up like this:
M1 – 1 cup of green juice with apple cider vinegar before my morning workout. This was plenty to get me through my workout up until about 7:30 a.m., then I got the growlies. I get to work at 8 a.m., so waiting half an hour for breakfast isn’t so bad.
M2 – Protein pancake with 1/2 cup berries and a bit of strawberry rhubarb jam on top, plus half a grapefuit.
M3 – Sliced apple and 1 TBSP peanut butter.
M4 – KandKale Salad with a whole wheat Greek-style pita and 2 TBSP hummus, plus the other half of the grapefruit.
M5 – 1 scoop vanilla protein powder mixed with coconut water.
M6 – 1/4 block of tofu cooked on the BBQ or pan fried with 2-3 cups cooked veggies.
M7 – Bikini Ice Cream or vanilla protein mixed with a bit of almond milk into a pudding, topped with cinnamon and berries OR 3-4 cups of popcorn.
On the weekend, I had my usual scrambled egg whites with basil, sundried tomato and pepper, with whole grain toast topped with PB and jam on the side plus an orange or grapefruit for breakfast and skipped the juice and pancake. I generally only have lunch or one snack on the weekend before dinner, as I’m busy running around or doing chores from the time I get out of bed until sunset. So I’ll either have a few snack options from the plan or a big green smoothie.
We went out for dinner on Saturday, so I enjoyed two glasses of vino with a big-ass green salad with all sorts of yummy things in it (dried fruit, nuts, seeds, veggies, beans, etc.), then ate up the rest of the strawberry rhubarb crumble I made last week for desert when we got home. I was up to 2,600 calories that day, but burnt close to 2,400 with the morning workout, dog walk, all my running around and housework. Other than that, I stuck pretty close to the plan (I’m hovering around a 250-500 calories deficit each day, and always eat more if I’m hungry, but so far haven’t felt the need to), experienced NO guilt and have felt satisfied and fueled all week.
I have noticed one benefit (or maybe draw back) from NOT eating chocolate all week — I’m sleeping better at night and my skin is the clearest it’s been in years. This is also the longest in a lonnnnng while I’ve gone without a cold sore. Which means chocolate really could be the culprit 🙁 I’m sure I’ll have little pieces for treats on the weekend again (maybe on a week when I don’t have any social outings and could maybe risk getting a cold sore) once the challenge is over (dark chocolate is actually on the meal plan… this is a self-imposed challenge), but for now it feels pretty amazing not to have to spend an hour putting on make-up and feeling super self-conscious.
Now that I’ve gone over all the stuff I’m loving so far (the workouts, the meals, the cute stuff I got in the bundle, the community, the trainers), I feel like I need to share some of the stuff I’m not loving about the Tone It Up Bikini Series 2016.
Having to hunt for workouts and technical difficulties. There are some workouts on the site, and some in a special section that you need to login to if you’re a Bikini Series subscriber. I don’t like having three tabs open for the daily moves, then trying to login to see the Bikini Series workout (which doesn’t always work), then looking for the other optional workout. I wish the website wasn’t in a blog format, as it’s hard to find what you’re looking for sometimes. Hunting for workouts and plans cut in to my valuable workout time! Also, if you’re streaming the exercise videos, they sometimes stop and buffer, which is super annoying.
The app. The Tone It Up is pretty slow and buggy. I’d love it if everything was there and easily accessible so I could access it all in one place!
Too many things! I love all the options available for workouts, challenges and check-ins, but it’s overwhelming with all the posts and videos and hashtags. Maybe I’m just a newb and will get used to it, but it’s time consuming to check in on Instagram and in the community (which I think you need to do to be eligible for prizes?) and keep track.
If you’re also doing the challenge, what are your thoughts so far? If you’ve done it in the past, how did it go for you? What are you doing for workouts right now? Do you do all your meal prep on Sunday, too?