When I attended DC Fit a couple weeks ago I ran into Marina the founder of Get Lean Life LLC. She had conducted a nutrition workshop at Roam Fitness many months prior. My running into her was serendipitous as I’ve been dealing with the remnants of this foot injury. As much as I tried to stay on top of my fitness and nutrition habits, I let being injured hamper my efforts.
After listening to her nutrition panel I caught up with her and said I could use her guidance (ok, I may have made a pleading sound and puppy dog eyes). In any event she gave me some supporting words, telling me my fitness base was strong and to focus on how I am fueling myself (not diet!!) After a follow up via email she offered her “12 Weeks to Fabulous” program to get me started. I agreed to give it a try and will work through the first 2 weeks of the program, evaluate and review here. After reading through the initial documentation of the plan I am actually pretty encouraged.
The food listing was familiar as I could point to most of the items in my refrigerator right now. Things like lean ground turkey, fish, and chicken breasts, a variety of veggies, and fruits. I’m a huge green veggie eater and just rediscovered brussel sprouts (my 6 year old self is like, what?) I gave up ”white” carbs many years ago and enjoy my brown rice, quinoa, and wheat tortillas.
Ok, so then what’s the problem Mar?! Well, while in general the foods I eat are relatively healthy, as a runner and fitness enthusiast I struggle with consistency (and probably sugar and you might as well throw coffee and portion size in their too). I *know* what I should do but during my sedentary phase I feel like I lost the ”how to” and motivation with nothing to train for (and added several pounds!)
The idea in “12 Weeks to Fabulous” really is to not eat processed or refined foods. She suggests reducing sugar and sodium intake, eat consistently to fuel your body not deprive it (she recommends every 3 hours), drink plenty of water (she suggests a gallon a day), and portion control. Where I will need to improvise is “healthy fats” as she lists many nuts, coconut, and avocado – all of which I’m allergic to. The packet contains shopping lists, sample meals and a checklist for each day which will help me stay accountable the next couple of weeks, on top of my personal training sessions.
Day 1 begins today and as I mentioned I will follow up with a full review of the program in a couple of weeks. I’m feeling pretty good getting back into the swing of workouts - I just need this nutrition push to follow. I’m coming for you Pittsburgh, as healthy and strong as possible!