Guys, Designed to Fit World is SO EXCITING right now!!! Ok, well, truthfully, it’s a tad stressful too (give me all.the.wine), but, whoa, this meal plan venture is awesome.
Kerrie and I have talked about our idea for meal plans for years, and I still can’t believe it’s now a reality. It’s truly the job that I’ve always wanted to do. Even in the moments when I’m feeling totally overwhelmed, I remind myself how LUCKY I am to do something that makes me so happy. I really love helping people and talking about food! 🙂
So, we had our first nutrition lecture at Fit Factory in Kingston. We’re hoping to do a lot more of these info sessions with gyms, health clubs, studios, CrossFits, etc., in the area to help spread the word about DTFN.
The talk lasted about an hour, and we had all sorts of handouts, recipes, discounts, and snacks for attendees.
And we had quite a turn out, with close to 30 members!
Kerrie and Ashley, our Registered Dietitian extraordinaire, split the content of the lecture, while I cheered them on. Haha! I really don’t like public speaking and avoid it at all costs. Kerrie and Ashley are pros at it, so I let them do their thing. I made the food for the event and did the social media. I’m more of a “behind the scenes” kind of person… hence why I like this blogging stuff so much! 🙂
During the lecture, Kerrie and Ashley had some great advice for starting a new meal plan, so I wanted to share it with you guys!
- Treat your new meal plan/Whole30/gym challenge as a learning experience. Measure and track your food, try new foods/kitchen tools/recipes, find your support system, and really and truly figure out what works for you. What works for one person might not work for someone else, and that’s totally okay. Figure what makes sense for your lifestyle.
- Focus on what you suck at. Do you eat breakfast in your car? Is lunch a tough meal for you? Do you need to have something sweet after dinner? Figure out where/when you struggle and focus on that. For instance, I love dessert, and I know restriction doesn’t work for me. I’ve tried to do the all-or-nothing thing over the years, but I always ended up going crazy a few days later. I know I suck at restrictions, so now I make a little treat a part of my day everyday.
- Treat snacks as smaller meals. A well-rounded snack with a balance of carbs, protein, and fat will satisfy you much better than a bag of pretzels or protein bar.
- Take progress pictures. The scale is JUST a number, and progress pictures show changes in your body composition. A great example is this DTFN client (below) who lost “only” 2.5 pounds in 8 weeks, but look how different her body looks! She clearly lost fat despite the number on the scale. Progress pictures for the win!
Question of the Day
Your turn! What have you learned from trying a new meal plan or diet? Any words of wisdom to share?