Hey guys! So today’s post is going to be pretty long but it’s all about fitness! I’ve had so many people ask me about my routine at the gym, what kind of food I eat, and what supplements I take so I figured this was the easiest way to reach out to everyone!
My current workout plan is the Lower Body Guide by Fit Affinity. You can choose any of their workout plans and they are all just as amazing! And they are almost always running specials so they end up being pretty cheap! I also love this because they are all Ebooks so I just download them on my phone and since I listen to music on my phone at the gym it’s perfect! But you could also bring an iPad or write down your workout for the day. I personally like to workout in the morning so I am usually at the gym sometime before 7AM. I know it sounds early but I’m actually used to it now and hate when I don’t get up and have to go after work at 5… First off I work 9-5 Monay-Friday then I have a 3 hour night class two times a week, 3 other online classes, and usually have to work weekends as well. On top of planning a wedding…. SO I’m pretty freaking busy making the morning my only time for the gym. But I love it because then I have started my day right and feel awake for the rest of the day. I’m never tired anymore until right before I go to bed. And I sleep so much better! Anyways…I am currently in week 8 of this program and I’m literally obsessed. I worked out really hard before the holidays and was pretty happy with my results… But, after being home for a month and eating crappy food, not working out, and drinking more than usually I went right back to where I started from. So it was pretty hard for me to get back into the swing of things so that’s why my roommate, Carley, and I decided to purchase the ebook. It got the ball rolling a lot easier and we were excited to try something new. After the first week, even into the second week, we could barely walk. It was really hard.. But we kept going and pushing ourselves and now we are over half way done with it! My results are already awesome in my opinion and I seriously can’t wait to see them in the end. We also order the Expansion Pack to start after the 12 weeks. I’ve already looked at the workouts for that and I must say I’m nervous but super stoked. It looks really hard but that’s exactly what I’m looking for. Working out has literally become an addiction now! I absolutely love it and I want everyone to feel this way! In a quick summary of what my current plan looks like: I lift 5 days a week and do cardio 2-3 days a week. My cardio consists of one spin class a week, one HIIT workout a week, and sometimes I’ll do an additional day with just running or another HIIT workout.(HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training, You can just google or pinterest that and you will find a million different workouts. But Fit Affinity gives you a few options to start out with) I barely ever do abs because I usually don’t have time but all the lifting and types of cardio I do is still giving me great results in my core. I really encourage everyone to purchase or at least take a look at these programs! And no I am not affiliated with the company at all! I just love their workout guides!
So now onto the food! I typically eat about 5-6 times a day. Yeah I know, It’s freaking awesome! I never would have thought that once I started working out I would be able to eat more than I already did… But anyways I usually get up around 5:30 or so (depending on what time I have to be at the gym) I try and drink 8 ounces of water before even putting my feet on the floor. This just helps wake up your body. Then I either eat a banana or a protein bar with another 8 ounces of water, consisting of my first “meal” of the day. I know it’s not much but I don’t like to go to the gym on a full stomach. While at the gym I drink 1-2 bottles of water. Once I get home I make some variation of eggs and a protein and greens smoothie, consisting of my second meal. (‘ll explain what goes in my smoothies below when I talk about supplements.) A few hours later when I start feeling hungry I have another 8 ounces of water and a snack. Usually greek yogurt with granola, my third meal. Next I have my lunch which is usually just leftovers from the night before and another cup of water, which brings us to meal four. A few hours after that I have another snack which changes pretty much every day as well as, yep you guessed it, 8 ounces of water. (Gluten free pretzels, peanut butter filled pretzels, chocolate covered power fruit, one guacamole cup with pita chips, Jalapeño yogurt dip with pita chips, a banana, a protein bar, etc.) Now onto the last meal of the day, I have dinner with another glass of water. I usually always eat either chicken or turkey, but that’s because I don’t like fish, I don’t really like hamburgers either, and I can’t afford steak haha. But I typically have some form of carbs with my dinner whether it’s brown rice, quinoa, gluten free pasta, potatoes, etc. And I always have at least one veggie including: zucchini, squash, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, peppers, onions, greens for a salad, etc. Oh and I don’t really like frozen veggies so I typically just buy fresh produce and cook it myself. It also really helps that Michelle and Carley pretty much eat the same way as me because we all alternate nights to cook dinner! It’s freaking awesome! Now If I really want desert, which I usually do, I have some peanut or almond butter, chocolate covered power fruit, or my current favorite is Brownie Brittle with unsweetened almond milk. This stuff is amazing and it literally tastes just like the corners of a brownie which is my favorite part! It’s a big bag that I get from Costco and they are basically brownie chips and you can have about 5 squares (they are pretty big squares too) for only 120 calories! Not that I could calories but for those of you who do there ya go! These things are soon yummy and not bad for you! It’s a Win Win in my book!
Next on the list: Supplements
I currently have been taking Quikfix protein but I just ran out today so I am waiting on my order from Protein World! I’m so excited to try this out because all the reviews look amazing!! But I always stick with a “slim” protein which basically just means less calories, carbs, sugars, etc. So I personally think it’s better for women who just want to slim and tone as opposed to bulk up. But that’s just my opinion and I am by no means an expert so I encourage everyone to do their own research and find what’s best for you! 🙂 Okay so I told you I would explain my smoothies so here ya go.. One serving of protein powder, one serving of Super Foodz (I got it from whole foods also), one serving of Glutamine, one serving of chia seeds, some water, some form of frozen berries or banana, and sometimes one serving of either almond butter or peanut butter. Then I blend it all up and it’s so yummy and so amazing for you! I use the Super Foodz because it gives me one full serving of greens so that way I don’t have to buy spinach or kale all the freaking time! It’s like the best thing ever! I use glutamine because it just replenishes my muscles after lifting and helps so much with cutting down the soreness! Heck yes I said it! This stuff works wonders because as much as I like being sore sometimes.. I totally would hate it if I were sore every single day.. But anyways, I also take pre workout, right now I am taking Pre Elite and I absolutely love it because for one thing it doesn’t have creatine in it which is a plus for me. Personally, I don’t like creatine because it bloats me big time.. but again that’s just a personal preference and everyone is different. But I typically take pre workout every day that I lift, so I don’t take it if I’m doing cardio. So for instance, on Mondays I do a 6:15 spin class and as we are cooling down I take my pre workout then I immediately go lift upper body. But on Wednesday I have a rest day so I am only doing a HIIT workout so I don’t take pre workout at all. I also only do 4 weeks on and one week off of pre workout. But you can also just do whatever the brand you get tells you to do. I just like doing it that way. But other than that I don’t really take any other supplements, just a multivitamin everyday along with iron pills because my body needs more iron.
Well I hope this was helpful and please don’t hesitate to ask any questions!!