A Confession & A Plan

May 21, 2012 · 31 comments

I’m about to confess something I’m sure you guys have been able to tell from my post-surgery updates, vacation notes, and photos like these captured by Ashley.

[Her photography portfolio is to die for.. of course she would capture that business.]

My fitness and nutrition have kinda taken a backseat to life for the past few months.

Yes, I have been making healthy decisions.

But I have also been not-so-regretfully indulging while recuperating, while traveling, while on vacation, and while, well… living.

Take note that I say I don’t regret it. I know my mind and body needed the comfort food after surgery, and I know it was worth it to get those spiked shakes and sweet potato fries at 25 Degrees while we were in L.A. I wouldn’t change any of it.

What I do want to change now, however, is the fact that I’ve lost a ton of muscle tone, I’ve gained a few extra pounds, and I’m running much slower than I used to. Yes, the slower running is in my newest running plan, but I’d prefer to be back in shape and training with speedwork days, too.

You may remember Jim’s plan, and no, I haven’t abandoned this. I have adapted my regular eating habits to reflect Jim’s plan for the most part just as I intended. I eat small meals every three hours, I buy the different products he recommended for me, and I’ve just been… well, adding to that lately.

Now, I’m starting something completely new. After meeting the wonderful people of Fitmixer at the Blend Retreat in Colorado, I was more than happy to try their program. Enter: Fitmixer Boot Camp. Fitmixer provides me with a meal plan tailored to my goals and activity level, Fitmixer aminos and protein powder (both are delicious.. I actually crave the amino drinks!), and daily workout routines.

Since I was in California when the program officially began last Monday, I started a little late. My before photos were taken, my starting weight was recorded, and I joined in with Friday’s workout this weekend. Holy moly, am I ready to see some results after those challenging moves. One workout in, I’m already sold. I love being challenged with moves I have never tried before.

So, I’ll keep you guys updated with my progress with Fitmixer’s Boot Camp. The meal plan is a little different than Jim’s is, and it appears as though I’ll be doing more weight-bearing exercises and less cardio than I’m used to. I’m ready to see what my body does with this new change-up.

And while we’re on the subject of new endeavors, guess what else I’m diving back into?

Tomorrow’s a big day…

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1 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 21, 2012 at 9:53 am

A regimented program like that can be great for getting back on track. I’m trying to get back in to gear after a too-indulgent weekend. :)
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2 Kailey May 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

YAY YAY YAY I love it all, but I’m mostly excited about this last part. It’s really all about ATTACKING life, and I love that and YOU! xoxoxo
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3 Mattie @ Comfy and Confident May 21, 2012 at 10:13 am

This plan looks great! I have fallen off the band wagon of healthy eating and exercise recently and I decided today was the day I am going to shape up and focus! I am excited to follow you while you do the same!
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4 Courtney May 21, 2012 at 10:21 am

That plan sounds great! I can’t find how much it costs on the website, though. Do you have that information?
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5 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss May 25, 2012 at 8:38 am

I’ve contacted the wonderful people at fitmixer and am waiting for some more info for you. :) I’ll let ya know! I do highly recommend it, though.

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6 Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

Good for you for being okay with just living when the opprotunities present itsefl. You don’t want to look back on any of the things you’ve been doing and wish you had enjoyed it just a little bitmore!

I’ve been going off track recently too.. and I am doing so much better at just moving past it and not dwelling on it… but am hoping to get more serious and buckle down.. especially since we are approaching 2 months til the wedding!!
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7 Emily May 21, 2012 at 10:29 am

I also feel it is important to live your life & not be weighed down or made to feel guilty by missing out on gym time and/or meal plans, but all within some self control of course! I feel like i’m in need of a new gym routine & eating plan – can’t wait to read about your progress & maybe check it out for myself!
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8 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots May 21, 2012 at 10:37 am

this plan sounds awesome! But good for you for living life and not dwelling on anything, sometimes we need to let ourselves go a little to have that boost to motivate ourselves to kick it into higher gear!

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9 Heather (Heather's Dish) May 21, 2012 at 10:40 am

So stoked for you girl! I’m jumping back on the bandwagon as we speak and it’s so refreshing to be getting back in shape post-(baby)surgery :)
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10 Julie @ Running and Riley May 21, 2012 at 11:01 am

Good for you! :D It’s awesome that you listened to your body, took some time to do you thing, and jumped back on the wagon. You’ll be back stronger and better than ever!
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11 carol May 21, 2012 at 11:23 am

Its nice to hear about your health.Eat some nutritious foods.Thanks for sharing it.
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12 Mary @ Have the world on a string May 21, 2012 at 11:59 am

I’m with you lady! I had a scary-similar experience with skin cancer last month and got a little too involved with B&J’s greek frozen yogurt :)

Good luck getting back into it! I’ll be reading for inspiration…I have a couple 5k’s coming up and a summer of sweet vacay’s. Gotta shape up!
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13 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers May 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Good luck with the new plan. I’ve fallen off the wagon lately. I can’t run due to my injury, and the extra laziness that goes with that has led to a little extra splurging. I guess I’m just not quite as dedicated to a healthy diet when I don’t get my sweat on in the morning!
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14 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss May 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I’m the same way! I really tend to have an “all-or-nothing” mindset.

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15 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy May 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I’ve been in the same boat lately. I don’t regret my choices, but I know that I can be making healthier ones, especially since my wedding is less than 2 months away!
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16 Tracy May 21, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I love you so much more now after spotting The Last Five Years in your sheet music mix. If you can play that ish I’ll be super crazy impressed.

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17 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss May 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm

and I love YOU for loving TL5Y! I was crazy obsessed with it in high school and haven’t lost that love… but I don’t play, I sing. :)

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18 Amber K May 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Having a plan to get back into the groove has definitely helped me. Otherwise I feel like I’m flying blind and end up giving in far too quickly. Good for you!
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19 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss May 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm

agreed! I am much less likely to abandon ship if I have a plan and someone to hold me accountable.

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20 Kristen @ notsodomesticated May 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I’ll be curious your thoughts with the plan. Lindsay from Linday’s List did a vlog the other day about how she’s struggling with the calorie counting part of the plan … she doesn’t want to have to count calories because she used to do it when she had some disordered eating. But I hope it goes well for you! :)
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21 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss May 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I read Lindsay’s post, too. I am in the same boat as she is. I strongly dislike the actual counting of calories, especially since I eat salads every day for lunch and it’s a pain in the you-know-what to figure all that out. I’m just following the meal plan by suggested meal options rather than counting calories.

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22 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries May 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm

GOOD LUCK TOMORROW!! Please text me and tell me how it goes! xoxo <3
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23 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss May 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm

THANKS, BOO! you know I will. :)

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24 Lisa May 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm

That’s great you don’t regret those choices you previously made, you got to live your life to the fullest. I understand that you want to get your healthy eating and exercising back in action, and it sounds like this plan is going to be an awesome choice! I’ve heard lots about the fitmixer bootcamp and wish I signed up now! Maybe next time. Good luck with the plan lady!
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25 julie May 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm

sounds like a beast of a plan to me!! can’t wait to hear how it goes. word around town is fitmixer is rockin’ everyones socks!
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26 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss May 22, 2012 at 8:21 am

honestly, so far, I’m LOVING it!

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27 Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition May 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Good luck! Boot camps are supposed to be great for you
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28 Easa May 22, 2012 at 1:13 am

I think all you fitmixer bootcampers should talk s about each other on your respective blogs :)

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29 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss May 22, 2012 at 8:21 am

haha! what do you want to know? ;)

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30 Easa May 22, 2012 at 10:04 am

I’m seeing this experience sort of like fantasy football only for girls. And FF is all about the smack talk. But I guess you aren’t all video-conferencing during your burpees so you can’t make fun of anyone for tripping and falling and that wouldn’t be very ladylike anyway.

I was thinking it might be helpful to tie all of you together a bit more, to huddle up, to bring it in. It seems like a shared experience, yet as readers we get only glimpses from each of you about what it’s like for you as individuals, not about your impressions of the strengths (or politely-worded challenges) you see your friends going through or the overall ebb and flow of the group.

I suppose women may not respond as well to being heckled or mocked in a lighthearted manner? As dudes, frequently our best efforts follow someone else making fun of us and sparking creative inspiration.

I guess it’s too fine of a line to tread without actually hurting someone’s feelings. But I’m hearing some similar requests to “hold me accountable” which is exactly what I need to survive similar endeavors.

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31 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss May 22, 2012 at 11:09 am

hahah! WELL, we are all doing these workouts, but yes, we are all doing them solo. So I honestly wouldn’t know how everyone else is doing, unfortunately! I will tell you that I know from the Blend retreat that Janetha (mealsandmovesblog) has some kickass quick seal-jacks, Lindsay Wright (lindsayslist.co) and puts us all to shame in the hiking department. I don’t have any material to talk smack. ;)

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