Since I started the boot camp a few days late (the kickoff was when I was still in California), I’m a little behind in the program. I plan to continue the boot camp a week later than everyone else to even out the time I’m on the plan.
The Nutrition Plan:
On Fitmixer Boot Camp, I have a nutrition plan that is based on calorie count tailored to my level of activity. While I have never been one to count calories, I found this pretty easy and convenient to track my using the MyFitnessPal app on my iPhone. I was given meal ideas and calorie guidelines , but for the most part, I feel a lot of freedom while on this meal plan. In comparison, I have a lot more freedom on this meal plan than I did on the Jim White Fitness nutrition plan I was following in the winter. At first, I was a little skeptical of all the freedom. It’s not as tailored specifically to me and my eating habits as Jim’s plan was.
After following it for about 5 weeks now, I can say I really like my Fitmixer nutrition plan. I don’t feel restricted, my meals aren’t lacking, and I’m making healthy choices without depriving myself of indulgences. I like this freedom!
I’m one of those people who wants something even more when I’m told I can’t have it. I think this is why diets that “cut out” food groups don’t work. On strict diets, I tend to do really well for a few weeks… and then I go all banana sandwich and stuff my face with the forbidden fruit for days. And then we’re back to square one.
Since Fitmixer’s nutrition plan is more about balance and calorie exchange, I can go to Skinny Dip after rehearsal, I can have a heavier dinner if I’ve eaten a lighter lunch, and I can splurge on a few Oreos or chips and dip without feeling like I’m backtracking. I am also truly enjoying the Fitmixer products, especially the aminos during/post-workout and the Fitmixer Slim Chocolate for my morning snack.
My two recent plans are similar in a few ways, as well. Both call for eating every few hours (thank God — I need that), and both are veggie and protein-heavy.
The Bottom Line: I am really, really enjoying this nutrition plan. I don’t feel restricted, I’m feeling energized and satiated, and tracking my meals via the MyFitnessPal app keeps me from mindless snacking. I’m sure this plan will turn into my everyday healthy eating habits when I’m not technically “on” a plan.
The Fitness Portion:
I was a little nervous going into the boot camp since it called for body weight workouts 5 times a week. Could I still run? WHEN would I run? Would I be too sore to run? Will I love the change, or will I miss running? Will I have time to do all this between a full day of work and a night of rehearsal?
At the start of the plan, I would log onto the boot camp website and complete the daily workout as quickly as I could and take Chloe on a quick 2 mile run afterwards. My legs were feeling pretty fatigued, but I was happy I was able to get in Chloe’s exercise, the boot camp routine, and a short run.
The workouts are no joke. I love that they can be done at my house on my living room floor with just my yoga mat — no weights required. And while it’s pretty rare for me to learn a bunch of new moves in one workout, I truly am learning in these boot camp workout routines. I also really like that most of the workouts target multiple muscle groups and incorporate cardio.
One of my favorites is the workout made into a game by using a deck of cards. It’s r-o-u-g-h, but rewarding!
For each “move” in the routine, there is an instructional video to show proper form and modified versions. This is so much easier for me than reading descriptions to try to decipher how to work the right muscle groups. Me likey.
And lastly, a huge plus: The workouts are fun! While some routines are repeated, Alicia and Robin change them up each time by varying the reps and some of the exercises. I like logging onto the website to see a routine I’ve already completed with an added challenge.
Now, let’s talk weight and muscle tone. I would consider myself successful on Jim’s plan while I was following it, but it was a little harder to stick to while “living life” at the same time. The plan went kaput after my surgeries, and I gained back all the weight I had lost on the plan… and then some. Once I could run again, I was feeling a bit better, but the Blend Retreat was really the first time I was able to work on my muscles. This is where I met the awesome people behind Fitmixer, and I was excited to enroll in the boot camp and jump-start my weight training once again.
At first, the workouts were hard. I was almost starting from scratch, and I’d be lying if I said it was a breeze all the way through. But now, after 5 weeks, my arms might be the most toned they have ever been “without the bulk.” My fitness classes at my gym were giving me some serious muscle, but my arms were getting bigger. On the Fitmixer plan, I feel remarkably stronger, noticeably more toned, and more fit all around.
At the beginning of boot camp, I was doing extremely well with my healthy eating and sticking to the workouts. I started weighing myself each morning (which I hate doing; we call the scale “the throne of lies” around here), and I was horrified by what I saw. After a week on the plan, according to the scale, my weight went up by 10 pounds. I e-mailed Alicia and Robin at Fitmixer and asked them WTF was going on, as I had never even seen that number on the scale before. I knew muscle weighed more than fat, but I also knew it made no sense for my body weight so quickly. They promptly e-mailed me back explaining that my body was probably going through a fluid exchange. Since I was running a lot less and therefore sweating less while gaining some muscle, my body was retaining a lot of water. Robin told me to chill out and not get on the scale until I had to for my weekly weigh-in report. I happily obliged.
Thankfully, after about 2.5 weeks on the plan, the scale began to show me some results. Read: I need to get myself a body composition scale.
I’m very happy to report that I’m not finished the boot camp yet, and I’m officially 10 pounds down from when I started. That, my friends, is a successful plan. I’d most definitely recommend Fitmixer Boot Camp (and its yummy products!) to anyone interested in at-home workouts who doesn’t mind recording meals on a website/phone application. Fitmixer gets two enthusiastic thumbs up from me.
For those of you also participating in boot camp: How has your progress been? What are you loving about it? And for those of you interested in joining in the boot camp fun for the round, feel free to drop questions for me here.