I love this week's Show Us Your Life topic! I've been working over the last few months to be healthier and get off about 10 pounds of leftover baby weight. Well, actually, it's now toddler weight :) I'm in a wedding in May, so that's really motivated me!
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I eased into the plan and did it about 60% before the holidays. After New Year's, I'm now on board 100%.
Body for Life is completely different from any plan I've done before ... it's comprehensive, covering nutrition, physical and mental strength. My friend finished it a couple of months ago and went lost 7% body fat in 12 weeks! Her brother did it and lost 45 pounds on his challenge.
Here are a few basic things about it, but be sure to visit the Body For Life website or pick up the book for the best info.
You follow the plan for 3 months or a "12 week challenge"
You eat 6 small meals a day, balancing a protein and complex carb at each meal
ex. egg beaters and whole wheat toast
chicken and brown rice and salad
yogurt and cottage cheese
lots more options!
The diet looks pretty restrictive, but it's not! You'd be surprised how many recipes can be modified for BFL.
There's no measuring of serving sizes. Your portion size is individualized. Protein portion = the palm of your hand. Carb portion = the size of your clenched fist
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You exercise 6 days a week - 3 cardio workouts - 20 minutes each, 3 strength training workouts (super easy to learn) ... you can do all of this at home or a gym.
You get one free day a week - no exercise and you eat whatever you want. Really!
Now here's where the plan is different. You'll drop inches before you'll see it on the scale. That took me a little while to understand.
But, now that I'm starting to fit into a few pre-Bitty Baby clothes and develop muscle tone, I get it! It changes your body from the inside out. I really do feel so much better and stronger. Also, I was picking up a cold just about every week this fall, but I haven't been sick at all since I started BFL. Yay!
Hands down, though, the best part is that Sister, who is almost 5, has started asking me about healthy foods and exercise. That really drove home that she's looking to me to learn the right things to eat and how to take care of herself. Wow!
You can see some before and after photos on the BFL website here.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's posts and picking up some more great healthy tips here!