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Project 10: Week 2

22 Jun

Normally these posts happen on Wednesday, but I’m a little off kilter this week.

Last week I asked all of you for your tips, tricks, etc. with regard to other family member’s eating habits, avoiding overindulgence, and fitting in workouts.

I got some great responses, and here is a compilation of all of them – I hope you find this useful!

How do you deal with the eating habits of others in your household – husbands, children, etc.?

Jess said: “If I need to, I’ll make myself something different for the main protein at dinner from what Scott is having if I’m looking for a lighter meal or just want something different than him. Like fish for me, grilled chicken for him, stuff like that.”

Robin said: “I cook for myself and my family has gotten used to it. My husband and kids still get to eat fun food when we go out to eat but at home, we only eat things that I allow myself to eat. This has enabled my kids to learn to love foods that most kids won’t touch.”

Sarah said: “I don’t cook us separate meals, but I do like to prep things I like and then freeze leftovers, so that if he wants to get pizza one night and I don’t want to eat it, I can pull something from the freezer. that REALLY helps me!”

Meredith said: “One thing that really worked for me temporarily was putting the “temptation” food items in a different spot of the kitchen. Taking it out of it’s normal place will make you think twice before going to reach for it. That moment is sometimes all we need to re-think our choice.”

Rachael said: “I live alone so this is really only a problem for me when I visit my parents. When I’m there I typically bring some of my own foods (protein powder, nutritional yeast, etc) with me and suggest healthier options or veggie restaurants I love.”

How do you avoid overindulging?

Jess said: “I’ve learned to “plan” for indulgences (wine, a really good homemade chocolate chip cookie or our homemade pizza) by eating lighter during the day to make sure I have room in my calorie “budget” to enjoy that indulgence.”

Robin said: “I allow myself to indulge in small treats in order to feed my craving but stay on track. This may sometimes include finding a healthier alternative to my old favorite foods but I usually can find something that will take care of that craving. I also use my food scale a lot in order to avoid overindulging on snacks like pretzels and chips. I measure out a portion and shut the bug.”

Sarah said: “Overindulging happens to all of us – but I allow myself small treats, and if I know I’m going to have pizza (as an example), then I make sure my other meals are as healthy as possible. Yesterday we got both pizza and ice cream at work, but I had a green juice for dinner.”

Rachael said:  “I use the water before, during and after a meal trick too – which has been helping a bit. I also put all my snacks into individual serving size baggies as soon as I get home from the grocery store so I know exactly how much one serving is.”

How do you fit workouts in with ________ (fill in the blank: kids, husbands, long hours, long commutes, etc.).

Jess said: “I get up early in the morning to make the best use of all the hours of my day. I sometimes do a morning workout and a PM workout if needed.”

Robin said: “While I was working, I woke up incredibly early in order to get my workouts in, sometimes 3:30 in the morning. It seems like it is too early, especially now, but your body gets used to it as long as you are going to bed at a decent time.”

Rachael said: “I’ve started going to the gym in the AM to get my cardio/running in because I just don’t have much time in the afternoon anymore. I also try to fit in as much activity/exercise as I can on the weekends.”

I want to thank all of you ladies for your amazing input. Don’t forget to check out last week’s Project 10 post for all of my tips and tricks and stay tuned for more from the Project 10 camp soon!

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Project 10: Week 1

13 Jun

So during my first week as the official Fitness Advisor (that’s what they’re calling me! I like it!) for the Project 10 ladies we’ve had lots of discussions.

This is a call to my readers, I want your help – help me answer these ladies questions, I’ve done my best, but would love some insight from the rest of you.

1) How do you deal with the eating habits of others in your household – husbands, children, etc.?

I am not always incredibly good at this one. Example, my mother brought home mini-Mounds bars tonight. So I had 2.

A few of the ladies struggle with their husbands eating habits and others clean their kids plates.

How do you stay on track?

2) How do you avoid overindulging?

My favorite tip here is drink a glass of water before and after your meal.

Once upon a time I followed Weight Watchers, and my points allowance was so low because I only had about 10 pounds to lose, so I “shrunk” my stomach.

I don’t know the exact science behind this, so don’t take my tips on this as professional (plus I’m not a nutrition expert), but the less you eat, the less your stomach gets used to, the less you end up eating. Easier said than done, I know, but within a couple of weeks you get used to it.

Eat 4-6 small meals a day as well – I typically have 5 meals a day, all small, that leave me satisfied but not stuffed.

3) How do you fit workouts in with ________ (fill in the blank: kids, husbands, long hours, long commutes, etc.).

Make a schedule and stick to it! Even if you have to make a weekly schedule because things change.

I know things may still change, but if you have a workout scheduled for the day, give it everything you’ve got to make sure you don’t miss that workout.

I use Daily Mile to track my workouts and I really enjoy seeing all the little bars filled in on days I know I should have worked out – it makes me feel successful.

4) What are your favorite at home, minimal to no equipment, workouts?

I have at least three posts that I could recall on this:

Work that Upper Body

Work those Legs (Wow, creativity with the titles huh?)

Blast that Belly (Okay I really need new names for my workouts…)

Friends and readers – here’s your chance to help me help these ladies! Fill up my comments with answers to any and/or all of these questions and I’ll pass all of your fabulous advice on to the Project 10 gals!

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Project 10: Real Women, Real Fitness

10 Jun

On Friday I alluded to Project 10 and told you guys I’d explain more in detail at a later date.

Last week I was contacted by Stephanie, a member of the awesome group I belong to called RI Digital Media Women. She explained to me that she was starting a group called Project 10 and asked if I’d come on board as their personal fitness advisor.

What is Project 10?

Project 10 is a handful of local women looking to work together to lose weight, eat right, workout, and most importantly, support and motivate each other through social media.

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Stephanie will be hosting a link-up post every Wednesday, where the members of Project 10 will provide their posts for the week outlining anything they may have encountered in the previous week – workouts, recipes, weight lost, successes, struggles, you name it.

What will I be doing with Project 10?

I will be the #1 cheerleader for these ladies – guiding them on their individual journey’s. I am going to meet with quite a few (if not all) of these ladies individually and assess their fitness needs and goals, then work with them on training and program design for the future.

I’m also going to meet with them as a group and go through important aspects of any training program such as stretching, and strength exercises that can be done in the comfort of your own home. Many of these women are mothers with young children and hectic schedules, while others have very busy work schedules, so they need options that they’re able to accomplish at home.

I am beyond excited to work with this fabulous group of ladies – they’re all motivated and ready to work hard!

I encourage you to take a minute to read Stephanie’s introductory post – visit the individual blogs of the women I’ll be working with, and give them some encouragement and motivation on their weekly Project 10 posts.

I’ll be sharing my own success with Project 10 on a weekly basis as well!

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