For the past few weeks I have been making an attempt to work with IIFYM - If It Fits Your Macros - to come up with a food plan that I can follow and use to knock off a couple of pounds of fluff. I have been strength training 3 times per week and also walking a lot.
I have not had a great deal of success... I have had a few mini losses and a few mini gains and what I find is that all I think about is food, to make sure I am hitting my numbers. I think it is not really mentally healthy.
So, I have decided to change gears.
I bought the 21 Day Fix when it was first released a couple of years ago, and although I do like some of the workouts, I never really gave the colored-container food plan an honest trial. I read it through, decided it was too restrictive and put the colored containers away in my cupboard.
This past week I saw that my BeachBody Coach is running a Holiday Challenge group and I jumped right in. I have been assembling the tools and information I need to follow the 21 Day Fix food plan and I am ready... mentally ready too.
Yes, I know that nuts and seeds and healthy oils and nut butters are limited. Yes, I know that I cannot have cheese and avocado on the same day. Insert sad face here... but on the positive side... I no longer drink wine so that will make it much easier. I know that if I am hungry I can fill up on raw veggies... going over my GREEN container count for the day is not a serious infraction and will be my back up plan.
Yes, there is a set of cute colored containers with lids, and each color represents and different food group and they are all different sizes. According to the formula suggested, I calculated my food allotment by container.
GREEN holds about 1 cup and is for vegetables. I am allowed 3 each day.
RED holds about 3/4 cup and is for protein. I am allowed 4 each day.
PURPLE holds about 1 cup and is for fruit. I am allowed 2 each day.
YELLOW holds about 1/2 cup and is for beans and grains and potatoes. I am allowed 2 each day.
BLUE holds about 1/3 cup and is for cheese, avocado, nuts and hummus. I am allowed 1 per day.
ORANGE holds about 2 Tbs and is for seeds and olives and chopped nuts. I am allowed 1 per day.
I am also to have 2 tsp of healthy oils or nut butters.
All totalled, it is supposed to come to between 1200 and 1499 calories per day... which certainly is in the range of where I was with IIFYM and with Weight Watchers too.
But looking at it, it doesn't seem like very much food to a girl who can put away 3 cups of spinach and greens at lunch in a salad! And who can toss back a handful of almonds in a flash. Which is probably why I am struggling with those few pounds in the first place, right?
But I am committed, and I am going to do it. Here is what I am planning for the week:
- each morning I am going to write myself a food plan for the day according to my schedule of activities for the day.
- I am going to up my workout game this week and do 4 strength workouts M, W, Th, F using the 21 Day Fix DVDs and my Reebok Kettlebell workouts.
- I plan to run today.
- I am going to track my food intake on my colored charts as well as in My Fitness Pal to see what I am actually consuming.
- If I am truly hungry, I will eat veggies/fruit to get me through to the next planned meal. And being somewhat rebellious, I am not going to use the GREEN containers to count my leafy greens... baby Spring mix or spinach, only the other veggies that I eat.
And I intend to report back my progress... what was planned vs. what actually happened.
Here goes... wish me well!
Do you follow a particular food plan?
Do you have any experience with the 21 Day Fix?