Meet the Sullivans: Switching It Up in the Kitchen and the Gym

August 15, 2013

Switching It Up in the Kitchen and the Gym

We're changing things up over here in the Sullivan kitchen. Well, I am changing things, that is. Keith has been doing pretty well with his nutrition for a while now, but I still indulge a little too often. I'm from the school of thought that if you really want whipped cream on your coffee, have it! If you want some chocolate after dinner, go for it! Trouble with that is that while I enjoy what's in my cup or on my plate, I don't always love what I see in the mirror. And that's not good. I know what it feels like to be in great shape and to like what you see in the mirror -- and I want that again, so here we go! 

Here is my "before" picture. Bleh! This is me at the gym Monday afternoon (still not having showered!) after grocery shopping, cooking lunch and working out. No make up -- please excuse that.

This is me now - on Monday August 12th 2013

If you're interested in the "plan" I'm losely following Jamie Eason's LiveFit 12-week Trainer program. I first heard about it on Honey We're Healthy, and if you've ever seen Megan's blog you know she is in amazing shape! Who in their right mind wouldn't want to be half as fit as her? 
I've never done a specific nutrition and exercise program before, but I've done my fair share of various weight lifting, running and cardio plans. Eight years ago I was what I would call a professional at going to the gym. I was there at least 5 days a week for around two hours and had a great routine going.

When I was doing my research I liked seeing that this plan allows for a fair share of flexibility when it comes to meals. I can turn almost any type of meal we already enjoy (Mexican, Chinese, Italian, etc) into a LiveFit meal.

Here is what a typical day of meals looks like:

BREAKFAST: Egg whites, toast Ezekiel bread and blue berries.

 SNACK: Two pumpkin protein bars and a handful of carrots or sliced bell pepper.

LUNCH: Extra lean ground turkey with taco seasoning, black beans, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo and avocado. 

SNACK: Two pumpkin protein bars and a handful of carrots or sliced bell pepper. 

 POST-WORKOUT: One scoop of chocolate protein powder + a banana.

DINNER: Kale salad with lemon juice and tomato, avocado, cucumber + Asian stir fry with quinoa and baked chicken.

I also really like that I'm already familiar with most of the exercises you're asked to do. At this point I wouldn't be comfortable going into the weight room and jumping on some contraption I'd never used before. I'm not looking to be super muscular or have really defined muscles, but I would like to have some definition in my arms / shoulders / back / legs and just have them be toned again.

Day One was a pretty basic workout and could have almost been done at home (besides the tricep pull downs). Here's a look at that workout:

So far things are going well! I'm still having my regular coffee (with fat free creamer and whipped cream) in the morning, but besides that I'm following it closely. I missed the gym yesterday (and likely will again today) because I have a cold, but I'll just have to count those as my Rest Days for the week. I'm looking forward to continuing this plan even closer when we're all over our colds. Wish me luck!


the girl in the red shoes said...

It's so hard to get back in to a routine after having a baby! We just joined a new gym and I'm trying...I hope this works for you! And I'm totally making those pumpkin bars!

Brittney said...

I started the workout program a few weeks ago and love it. It made me realize I definitely wasn't pushing myself very hard in the weight room before hand! Good luck!

Leah @ Everyday Love said...

I'm joining a gym today, I am the same exec way about snacking and indulging. I need to be better especially before the holidays get here!

Happily Ever Parker said...

I feel you girl! I started something new last night hoping it's going to stick! Those pumpkin bars look delicious!

Erica Layne | Let Why Lead said...

You go girl! I'm trying to get back into shape too. (I go to the local YMCA, btw!) I'm inspired to up my healthy eating too, after reading this post. Thanks!

hello erin said...

This looks AWESOME! I started "tone it up" (same type of thing) a few months bad and loved it. Then dropped off the wagon and started eating scones 4x a day. Your officially motivating me to get back on the wagon!

Lobster Meets Peach said...

Good for you! I might not be looking forward to the kiddos going back to school but I will be happy to have some free time to work-out.

Tess said...

This is awesome! I can't wait to hear (and see!!) how it goes! Keep up the good work girl!

Jenny @ said...

Way to go! I am jumping back on the healthy bandwagon. Went to the gym for the first time in months today. Yikes!

I am starting a 24 day challenge in September to get my eating completely clean again.

Glad you're posting about your journey. Love getting meal ideas from you!

Karli at Girls Traveling said...

Hey gal! This is inspiring. I set weekly goals on my blog in hopes of holding myself accountable...and it works moooost of the time. :) I have yet to post a workout pic though. I need to do one when I'm having a "bad" day and then do one when I've managed to stay consistent. How old is your guy? I have a 9 month old and she keeps me busy.

Can't wait to follow along.


tiffany | monuments and melodies said...

you go, girl!! sounds like you have a great workout | nutrition plan!! Jamie Eason is amazing!!