Country Heat – Week 3

Week 2 is a wrap and week 3 of Country Heat started this morning! So stay tuned for all the updates and videos on my Facebook (fb.com/LLHealthyFit.com) and Instagram (MelissaBrown66). I would like to take time right now to reflect on week 2 as well as share my workout and nutrition plan for week 3 with you. Remember this is a process of changing old habits and replacing them with new ones. It is not always going to feel seamless!

Workout:

Week 2 was the first time that Dance Conditioning was on my workout schedule. This is a nice mix of dance cardio and traditional moves such as abs, lunges, and bridges. Every routine has me sweating and looking forward to the next! These workouts are my ‘ME’ time and life sure seemed more stressful than usual last week. The added stress did not allow my immune system to stay on point. The result was a cold and very tight neck muscles. I would catch myself often clenching my jaw and it took a few days until I could relax. Here are things I do to combat a cold and to feel like myself again:

Ways to Overcome Cold

I’m looking forward to week 3 and being able to breathe easier during my workouts without this cold! My workout schedule for week 3* looks something like this:

Country Heat - Week 3 Schedule

*I follow the Country Heat Deluxe workout calendar versus the basic.

Meal Plan:

Calorie range 1,200 to 1,499 – Plan A per the Country Heat calculation in the nutrition guide that comes with the program. I love the meal plan because it uses the color coded portion control container system developed by Autumn Calabrese. Shakeology comes in 7 different flavors. I alternate usually between two different flavors for my meal plan. Be sure to search my site for recipes to include in your meal plan.

Here are some tips this week if you are finding it difficult with nutrition/meal preparation:

  1. Carve Time Out To Develop Meal Plan: Pick a day of the week (weekend or week day) to determine the food items that are going to be part of your meal plan broken out into breakfast, AM snack, lunch, PM snack, and dinner. You can find me developing my meal plan on either a Sunday or Monday. The day can fluctuate based on your schedule, but it is important to set time aside each week.
  2. Meal Preparation: There are certain tasks that you can do in advance to make preparing food less time consuming on you. So you developed a meal plan, used the meal plan to make a grocery list, and shopped…now what! There are certain tasks based on your meal plan that can be done in advance for the week ahead.
    • Portion out snacks into containers or zip lock bags. This way they are available for a quick grab and go or can easily be placed in a cooler bag for wherever the day takes you.
    • Broil chicken or brown ground meat; store in an air tight container.
    • Chop vegetables; store in an air tight container together or separate by vegetable type.
  3. Set Goals: Ask yourself what you would like to accomplish this week? These goals should be specific to what you are going through and make the time frame achievable. Be sure that these goals are visible to you! WRITE THEM DOWN! Here are some example goals that I use for my nutrition:
    • I will drink 1/2 by body weight in ounces of water this week.
    • I will measure my food in the portion control color coded containers this week…let’s face it…we can become relaxed and get off course. Back to the basics helps me refocus.
    • I will take 15 minutes every single day to clear my mind this week. I like to break this 15 minutes up into 3 mini mind breaks! I’m not looking at my phone or checking email.

Country Heat - Week 3 Meal Plan

If you would like to join my Back to School – Back to You accountability group there is still time. We kick things off on August 22. If you have been thinking about making a change or if you are like me and let the summer fun in the sun get the best of you…do not just give up. The time is now to jump back on the horse and JOIN ME! You always find time for the things you want the most…why not make your health and wellness a priority?!

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Country Heat – Week 2

Well I officially finished my first week of Country Heat! So here is an honest review of my first week as well as my plan for week 2. Tomorrow starts week 2 so stay tuned for all the updates and videos on my Facebook (fb.com/LLHealthyFit.com) and Instagram (MelissaBrown66).

Workout:

The workout calendar is 6 days a week. There are 2 new workout routines each week to learn; the same workout routine for 2 days in a row and then alternate on days 5 and 6. For week 1, the first workout was Country Swing. I am still shocked at how much I sweat during the workout and was sore in my core and legs. Giddy Up was the second workout and there were some moves such as Wonky Feet that caused me to try and try again! Again, the focus was on my abs and lower body during this workout. The Country Music in the background of the workout makes the time go fast and before I know it…I’m dripping sweat!!

My workout schedule for week 2* looks something like this:

Country Heat - Week 2 Schedule

*I follow the Country Heat Deluxe workout calendar versus the basic.

Meal Plan:

Calorie range 1,200 to 1,499 – Plan A per the Country Heat calculation in the nutrition guide that comes with the program. I love the meal plan because it uses the color coded portion control container system developed by Autumn Calabrese. Shakeology comes in 7 different flavors. I alternate usually between two different flavors for my meal plan. Be sure to search my site for recipes to include in your meal plan.

Below is my meal plan for the upcoming week if you would like to check out what I will be eating. Meal planning can seem complicated so my best piece of advice is to KEEP IT SIMPLE and DO NOT OVER THINK. Try your best to not worry about complex recipes as I have found recipes with a few ingredients allow the meal planning process and grocery shopping to go smoother. I’m a big advocate to use what you already have in your pantry or refrigerator before buying more groceries.

Nutrition is extremely important to your success and people often give up on meal planning before even trying. Please take time to read through the nutrition guide that comes with your fitness program rather than jumping into the exercises without ever reading the nutrition guide. If you are finding it difficult or really are not sure how to start, then please ask. There are meal plans on my site that you can look at for guidance and then start substituting food items I have for food items you enjoy (i.e., a vegetable for another vegetable your family will eat). I started meal planning where my dinner options were a piece of chicken breast (1 red), brown rice or quinoa (1 yellow), and green beans (1 green). The more complex you make this process the harder it is to learn how to eat healthy and in the proper portions. Your goal is to eat 5-6 small meals a day to keep your metabolism up. Your food is your fuel.

I have been asked if I stick to my meal plan 100%. Most often I do stick to my meal plan; however, there are times where I will swap my AM snack and breakfast. This is completely okay! The whole point to this journey is progress not perfection. Let’s make this meal plan happen!!

There are tracking sheets on the Team Beachbody website so that you can check off the boxes when you eat the color coded containers throughout the day. This way you will visually be able to see that you are eating balanced meals throughout the day.

Country Heat - Week 2 Meal Plan

If you would like to join my Back to School – Back to You accountability group there is still time. We kick things off on August 22. If you have been thinking about making a change or if you are like me and let the summer fun in the sun get the best of you…do not just give up. The time is now to jump back on the horse and JOIN ME! You always find time for the things you want the most…why not make your health and wellness a priority?!

If you do not currently work with a Coach, please make sure to make me your FREE coach here.

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The Value in Meal Planning

Meal planning is an important piece of the puzzle! If you choose not to attempt meal planning, you may find yourself leaning on excuse after excuse and that will not get you anywhere. I try to meal plan for the entire week and that includes weekends. Here are some reasons that I choose to meal plan:

1. Nutrition – I am able to eat balanced and healthy throughout the day. I use the concepts from the 21 Day Fix nutrition guide. It provides for a solid foundation for eating balanced as well as portion control. You will notice that my meal plans incorporate the count of each color coded container based on my calorie range. There is no such thing as counting calories or points; think healthy and simple!

  • Red: Protein
  • Green: Veggies
  • Purple: Fruit
  • Yellow: Carbs
  • Blue: Healthy Fats (avocado) and Cheeses
  • Orange: Nuts and Dressings

2. Money – I end up saving money by not buying all of the boxed processed foods. It will depend on your budget whether you choose to buy organic or not. Regardless, you will be eating healthier. There is less food wasted as a result of planning my meals.

3. Efficiency – I know exactly what I need when I go to the grocery store ahead of the time and this eliminates the need to go back to the store during the week. I focus on buying only the ingredients required to make each recipe since many of the ingredients you may already have in the pantry.

4. Simplicity – My dinners do incorporate more variety for my family; however, you will notice that breakfast, snack 1, and snack 2 may be consistent from day to day each week, but this is something that is easy for me as it relates to shopping and prepping. Each meal plan will vary depending on if you are only feeding yourself or if you are using the meal plan to feed your entire family. It will also depend on whether your kids are in school or not, etc. This is where we can spend more time and talk, individually, to further help you meal plan!

5. More Time for Family I find that overall, I am less stressed during the week as I know exactly what there is to eat when I meal plan. Less time is spent cooking dinner and more time is spent together as a family; we have time to talk about our day or catch up on what happened in our daughter’s life.

Be prepared and you will be successful!

Tips:

  • Plan a crockpot meal on your busy day(s)
  • Chicken can be boiled and shredded on Sunday; then use for your recipes during the week
  • Allow for one cheat meal each week
  • Mashed up avocado in place of mayonnaise on burgers
  • Pay close attention to ingredients; especially High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Eat frequently throughout the day (Breakfast, AM Snack, Lunch, PM Snack, Dinner)
  • If you are going on a road trip then pack a cooler with smarter food choices. Apples and almonds are a great on the go snack.
  • Drinking your shakeology before an event or running errands will help you avoid temptations!
  • Start meal planning by using recipes that you know that you enjoy and then each week browse Pinterest or my website to add a few new recipes. Keep the recipes that you enjoy in a binder or saved to your computer.
  • If you get in to a rut then always try to think simple. Perhaps steak and broccoli for dinner. If you did not eat all of your carbohydrates for the day then add some brown rice and make a stir fry!

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