Saturday, July 7, 2012

Max is HOME! & Body-for-LIFE®

It is 4:30am and I just got up to feed Chloe. I  needed to take advantage of my wakefulness (of course) so I trotted downstairs to quickly write a blog post. I've felt slightly blog deprived lately because my hubby is home now (YAY!) and most of my time has been spent with him.

It is SO nice to have my sweetheart back. What a long month it has been without my better half! Max arrived home Thursday night at 7:00pm, after finally finishing the out-of-state job. Now he has all of next week off to spend with me and Chloe! Then he will be back to work on another out-of-state job =(. I'm taking advantage of this long week I get to spend with him though.

Thursday, before Max arrived, I headed over to my in-law's house and was able to spend some time with Max's half-sister, Lyndsy, and her beautiful daughter, Bella. I haven't seen Lyndsy and Bella since I've been pregnant, so I'm so glad that they finally got to meet Chloe! Lyndsy thought Chloe was adorable of course.

Lyndsy, Wendy, Chloe and Bella:

Wendy and her two cute Granddaughters:

While visiting with Lyndsy, we discussed our health and fitness plans for a little while. She has been following Body-for-LIFE® which has worked fantastically for her. It is very similar to the health plan I've established for myself, although most successful health plans are all similar anyway (eat 5-6 smaller balanced meals, eat lots of veggies, cut out junk food, and exercise).

Here is a quick summary from the Body-for-LIFE® website.
Body-for-LIFE® is more than just another diet program—it’s a new way of living a healthy life. Body-for-LIFE® is not about deprivation or giving up any one food group. Your meals feature a great-tasting balance of carbohydrates, protein and essential fats, including bread, pasta, potatoes, fruits and vegetables. Best of all, Body-for-LIFE® suggests that you take a FREE day every week, where you get to eat whatever you want! The Body-for-LIFE® program consist of eating five to six small, balanced meals every two to three hours to keep your metabolism humming, three quick 45-minute weight-training workouts three times a week and three fast, intense 20-minute cardio sessions each week. Once you get started on this journey, you’ll literally be a different person with a new mindset. As you make progress and meet your goals, set new goals and move forward again. This program is a way of life, not a temporary quick fix.
Body-for-LIFE® Nutrition
Monday thru Saturday you consume 6 small meals a day, each meal containing a protein portion the size of your fist, and a carb portion the size of  your fist. You can eat as many vegetables as you want, and on Sunday you are allowed to cheat on as much junk food as you want.

Here is the Food List of what you can (and can't) eat.
Here is a sample Week Meal Plan.

Body-for-LIFE® Fitness
Day 1: Upper Body Training (Chest/Shoulders/Triceps/Back/Biceps, 45 minutes)
Day 2: Cardiovascular Workout 20 Minutes
Day 3:    Lower Body and Abs Training          (Quads/Hamstrings/Calves/Abs, 45 minutes)
Day 4: Cardiovascular Workout 20 Minutes
Day 5: Upper Body Training (Chest/Shoulders/Triceps/Back/Biceps, 45 minutes)
Day 6: Cardiovascular Workout 20 Minutes
Day 7: Rest Day

More information regarding the exercise plan HERE.

I have to put a couple more photos because I have such beautiful relatives!

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