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Wellness Wednesday: How To Get Back On Track With Healthy Eating and Exercise

Hi Friends!

Truth: I haven’t worked out in three weeks and I’ve been eating so bad. I am busy, I don’t feel well, I got bad news, I thought of every excuse in the book but I have had enough! I’m done making excuses for myself, I’m ready to shape-up and get back on track!For me, it’s not only about looking good (although that helps!) I feel better when I eat on the nutrition plan and workout consistently. I have more energy, Im smarter and I overall just like myself more. So I’m committing to:

1. Doing my booty call workouts 5 /7 days (100 meltdown + Studio TIU workouts + The Daily Moves)

2. Go to barre 2-3 days a week at The Barre Method

3. Eating ‘lean, clean and green’ and by following the Tone It Up Nutrition Guidelines.

HOW TO GET BACK ON TRACK WITH HEALTHY EATING AND EXERCISE

Have you gone off track and got back on again more times than you care to remember? That doesn’t make you a failure! It makes you human. As long as you get back on again, and are making positive changes, then you are moving in the right direction. Here are all the tips you need to get back on track with healthy eating and exercise.

There is no fad diet, there is no detox, and there is no total deprivation in this post. There are just a lot of small, everyday healthy changes that are going to help to make you eat more nutritiously, have more energy and just feel a whole lot healthier, because that’s what it’s all about.

GETTING BACK ON TRACK

1) BE REALISTIC WITH YOUR GOALS

This is a photo of me a few years ago and whilst I would love to look like that again, it’s just not going to happen. I am not saying it is impossible, but just not realistic for my life with all the medication I am on.

2) GET BACK TO BASICS 

Forget fad diets, crazy detoxes or anything that promises miracle cures. Focus on eating less processed food, more fruit and vegetables and move more. Whilst I might not be able to always control what I eat, I can control how much of it I eat, so I am focusing on portion sizes and calories.

For me, the Tone It Up Nutrition plans works. It outlines why we should and shouldn’t eat certain foods and the science behind it. It also gives you a fool proof recipe guide book.

A few months ago I wrote a post on the Tone It Up frequently asked questions or you can visit the Tone It Up website for more details.

3) TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME 

I know all the changes that I need to make, because I have made them all before, so it’s tempting to make them all at the same time – but that just isn’t going to work. If I make too many changes at once, I will feel overwhelmed and fall at the first hurdle.

Just take each day as it comes and make small changes at a time. Maybe start off with healthy breakfasts for the week and going for a walk. Then the next week move on to upping your workout.

For me, focusing on portion control at the moment, even if the foods I am eating aren’t ideal. After a couple of weeks, I will set myself a new challenge. Constantly reminding myself that this is a marathon, not a sprint.

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Tone It Up Summer Series Review

Hi Girls! Last week the Tone It Up Summer Series ended. During the previous six weeks I stuck the nutrition plan and did the studio Tone It Up workouts. Here’s a review of the series and my before and after.

THE FOOD

Losing weight starts in the kitchen. Seriously. It’s all what you eat. I know that it sucks to hear that, because I love food, but I can honestly say that I lost over 15 pounds by just eating healthier. (I wasn’t great about following the workouts, but more on that later.) When you sign up for the summer series, you get an email with a few healthy recipes, but I found most of my recipes in the Tone It Up nutrition plan.

LEAN, CLEAN and GREEN

Foods that you should expect to eat during the Summer Series are all supposed to be lean, clean and green. No additives, no junk food and very little fat. Some of my favorite recipes are:
COCONUT KALE BEAUTY SMOOTHIE for a quick and easy breakfast!

TURKEY MEATBALLS with ZUCCHINI NOODLES is an awesome and easy dinner that can double as lunch the next day!!!

My favorite snacks are hard boiled eggs, protein bars, almonds with Craisins and even apples with natural peanut butter.

Tone It Up has a nutrition plan you can buy. The plan is filled with nutrition tips and healthy recipes. I followed the plan about 80% of the time.

THE WORKOUTS

The workouts were AMAZING. Everyday there is a 20 to 30 minute workout to do. It’s quick and targeted so that each day you workout one muscle group. I looked forward to the daily workouts and enjoyed several of them. Unfortunately, you need to purchase the Studio Tone It Up app in over to get the workouts. It’s like the Netflix of workouts, hundreds of workouts available at any time. The cost is $12.99 per month or you can save a little money and pay for the entire year upfront.

MY EXPERIENCE

Overall, I enjoyed the Summeri Series. I love the online community on Instagram and felt both encouraged and inspired by the entire Tone It Up team. Checking in on Instagram helped hold me accountable, my Instagram username is Megan Motivates.

The food I ate was mostly part of the “Tone It Up Nutrition Plan,” and followed the same guidelines as the plan (lean, clean, green) and I never felt hungry or deprived. I drank alcohol, ate chocolate and pizza, and even had a piece of birthday cake. After eating clean for so long, I didn’t crave those bad foods and actually felt a little sick when I did indulge. I will definitely continue to eat this way, although I will probably start to eat larger portions when I reach my goal weight. (Still have 10 more pounds to go!)

I have been doing the the workouts daily and also have been doing Lauren Gleasberg’s 3.0 home workout plan 5 x per week.. I learned that I REALLY enjoy weight lifting and so I plan to continue weight liftings while working in some chosen Tone It Up daily.

BEFORE and AFTER

Overall I lost 6 pounds during the Summer Series. I notice it most in my stomach. Here are my before and after picture.

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