Okay, so I know I haven’t posted this week but I have a really good reason! Well, I mean, it’s a pretty good reason. I’ve been doing fitness guru, Amanda Russell’s, 5 Day Summer Shape-Up. It is an intense exercise program along with a meal plan that I signed up to do for 5 days.
The Challenge began on Sunday, May 20 and ends on Thursday, May 24. When I say intense, in terms of the exercises, I mean INTENSE! She takes you through High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) in order to maximize on calorie burn. The workouts are quick, the longest one so far has taken about 25-30 minutes. That being said, they are also brutal. I’m in pretty good shape, I run 3-5 miles on most days of the week, but these workouts killed me. I had to verbally encourage myself to keep going. You know how they say to “find your mantra” and repeat it? Well that is what I had to do to get me through it!
As for the meal plan, it’s pretty good, one of the best I’ve seen. It utilizes normal things (outside of the chia seeds and protein powder, but you don’t have to use those). I ate omelets with a ton of veggies in them or yogurt and fruit, tuna or chicken lettuce wraps or giant salads with chicken or tuna on it for lunch, stir fry for supper, and even got to have snacks (bell peppers or carrots with hummus, which I love). The downside to the meal plan is that if you don’t want to opt for the smoothie option using the protein powder or the protein powder pancakes, the menu gets old fast. I don’t mind leftovers, but how many days can one eat stir fry? Since I’m cooking for my entire family, we all ate the stir fry and everyone liked it–on day 1 and 2, but by day 3 we were out of options. (the other supper choice is a dinner scramble, which is basically the stir fry only with eggs added in — not going to fly with my family or me for that matter). But again, it’s only 5 days. I’ve said many times this week, “I can do anything for 5 days.” We’ll see. One day left. Check my post Friday for my final update about how I did on the Challenge.