The 30 Day Slim-Down Challenge: Day 15

Hi there! How are you? Today I’m very excited because we are halfway there on The 30 Day Slim-Down Challenge. Congratulations to you all! It takes great commitment and willpower to make the switch to a healthier lifestyle and you are rocking it! 😉 Besides, we are going to have a look at this week’s results! How did you do?

So what did you think about yesterday’s menu? It becomes a little more challenging to find options when you are out, but it’s not impossible, right?

If you want to know more about this challenge and the meal plan that we are following to get rid of some extra pounds in a healthy, balanced and permanent way, take a look at The 30 Day Slim-Down Challenge and The Balanced Meal plan to give it a try.

If you have already decided to join us, subscribing to Be.Daze.Live’s mailing list (colored bar atop of your screen) is a great choice to keep yourself in the loop and receive the daily meal and exercise plans for the duration of this challenge.

So here comes the moment of truth!

 

First: How did you do this week?

 

We are going to compare today’s measures and weight vs last’s week and vs week 0 as an overall and see the results ok?

Remember, when you are on a slim-down regime it’s always suggested to have your weight and health goals over time, so you can revisit them week by week and keep yourself focused and motivated. Weight and measure yourself at least once a week during a slim-down program, and once you are in a maintenance program you should keep the habit of weighting yourself at least once every 2 or 3 weeks for control.

If you want to know what is your ideal weight based on your BMI (body mass index) so you can better set your goals, you can find a great calculator here.

My personal goal for this challenge is to reach my ideal weight by loosing 13 pounds. It can be a hard goal to reach within 30 days (specially because when someone get’s close to his ideal weight, the last pounds are always harder to shred) but I’m very optimistic about it.

So what were your goals? Are you even closer to achieve them?

Let’s see mine:

 

Results: Week 2

 

  • Woman
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 5.11 ft
  • Goal Weight: 117 lbs

 

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[th_column]Week 2[/th_column]
[th_column]Last Week[/th_column]
[th_column]Week 0[/th_column]
[th_column]Lost so far:[/th_column]
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[row_column]Weight:[/row_column]
[row_column]123.4 lbs[/row_column]
[row_column]125 lbs[/row_column]
[row_column]130 lbs[/row_column]
[row_column]= 6.6 lbs[/row_column]
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[table_row]
[row_column]Chest:[/row_column]
[row_column]36.6 in[/row_column]
[row_column]36.6 in[/row_column]
[row_column]38.2 in[/row_column]
[row_column]= 1.6 in[/row_column]
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[row_column]Arm:[/row_column]
[row_column]11 in[/row_column]
[row_column]11.4 in[/row_column]
[row_column]11.8 in[/row_column]
[row_column]= .8 in[/row_column]
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[row_column]Waist[/row_column]
[row_column]29.5 in[/row_column]
[row_column]29.9 in[/row_column]
[row_column]31.9 in[/row_column]
[row_column]=2.4 in[/row_column]
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[row_column]Hip:[/row_column]
[row_column]35.4 in[/row_column]
[row_column]35.8 in[/row_column]
[row_column]37 in[/row_column]
[row_column]= 1.6 in[/row_column]
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[row_column]Leg:[/row_column]
[row_column]21.2 in[/row_column]
[row_column]21.6 in[/row_column]
[row_column]22 in[/row_column]
[row_column]= .8 in[/row_column]
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So overall I’ve lost 6.6 pounds! Not bad huh? I feel great! Even though, comparing my results to last week’s the weight loss was not too impressive, it was very good!  1.6 pounds is a great  result for a week. 😉 Besides, I keep loosing inches which is even better. That means my metabolism is still active, that I’m loosing fat and that my body is readjusting. Actually I’m glad to see that my legs and arms shrunk a bit 😉 Those ones are my Achille’s heel and now they are slowly resizing. Yei!

As I told you before, the first week of the program is the one that can give you the best results, the following weeks might be a little bit slower (compared to the first) but still above average compared to other programs (while being balanced and healthy). So don’t get discouraged! You are still getting results!

Other factor that could slow down your weight and size loss is the fact that the last pounds are the hardest to burn. Why? Because that fat is the one that has been accumulated longer in your body (and it’s clinging to it like crazy! ha). So all the tips that I’ve been giving you regarding metabolism are crucial at this point (hydrating, snacking, cardio exercising, etc.). It is normal that this happens at the latest stages of your weight loss.

Now you have to self-criticize as well, be honest, if you didn’t give it a 100% don’t expect the greatest results. It has happened to me before that I used to skip breakfast during the weekend (because I woke up too late for breakfast and decided to make it brunch), and that was hurting my results even though I was eating all the amounts allowed by the plan. So all details count, all right?

So how did you do this week? I hope you did amazing!

Let’s see how this week goes and if we need to fight “hitting a plateau” (considering we behaved perfectly during the week), I’ll give you some temporary alternative meal plans to overcome it 😉

All right! So what’s in today’s menu?

Since today for me it’s all about packing, I’m going to focus on very practical meals.

 

Day Meal Plan

 

Breakfast: Creamsicle Smoothie

Creamsicle Smoothie | Be.Daze.Live_1

Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium Mango (preferably frozen)
  • 1/4 medium Banana
  • 3/4 medium Peach (preferably frozen)
  • 3/4 cup Skim Milk
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 3 ice cubes (if your fruit is not frozen)
  • 2 Splenda packets (or sugar substitute of your choice)

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until liquified (if the fruit is frozen you will get a thick mixture, so it is recommended to pulse on high power several times before liquifying to crush ice).
  • Enjoy while cold!

Nutritional Breakdown:

Units Consumed: 2 fruit units, 1/2 dairy units

Calories: 196 kcal

Fat 0 g (Saturated Fat 0 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g, Monounsaturated Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 4 g, Sodium 98 g, Potassium 338 g, Carbohydrates 42 g (Dietary Fiber 5 g, Sugars 37 g), Protein 8 g, Vitamin A 93 %, Vitamin C 61 %, Calcium 24 %, Iron 2 %

 

Snack 1: Kale Chips

Kale Chips Recipe

 

Servings: 1 Batch

*Makes a good amount, you can divide it for a morning and afternoon snack

Get the recipe here

Nutritional Breakdown:

Units Consumed: 1 fat units

Calories: 150 kcal

Fat 14 g (Saturated Fat 2 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 10 g), Cholesterol 0 g, Sodium 23 g, Potassium 228 g, Carbohydrates 6 g (Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 1 g), Protein 3 g, Vitamin A 272 %, Vitamin C 68 %, Calcium 7 %, Iron 4 %

 

Lunch: Easy Chicken Salad

Easy Chicken Salad | Be.Daze.Live._1

Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. Chicken Breast
  • 1/2 medium Potato (cubed)
  • 3 tbsp Frozen Vegetables (defrosted)
  • 1 tbsp chopped Red Onion
  • 1 tbsp reduced fat Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder to taste.

Instructions

  • In a pot with salted water, add chicken, bring to a boil and simmer until fully cooked (about 15 min). Set aside and shred.
  • In a pot with salted water, add potato cubes, bring to a boil and simmer until fully cooked (about 15 min). If you stick a fork in it the potato cube should be tender. Drain.
  • In a bowl add shredded chicken, potatoes, mayonnaise, mustard, veggies and onion. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Mix well, serve and enjoy!

Nutritional Breakdown:

Units Consumed: 2 veggie units, 1 meat unit, 1 fat unit

Calories: 232 kcal

Fat 5 g (Saturated Fat 1 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat 1 g), Cholesterol 0 g, Sodium 205 g, Potassium 317 g, Carbohydrates 6 g (Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 3 g), Protein 29 g, Vitamin A 39 %, Vitamin C 8 %, Calcium 1 %, Iron 6 %

 

Snack 2: Milk Coffee and Peanut Butter Toast

Peanut Butter Toast with Milk Coffee | Be.Daze.Live_1

Servings: 1

Ingredients

For the Milk Coffee

  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1/4  to 3/4 cup Water (depending on your preference)
  • 1 tsp Instant Coffee
  • 1 Splenda

For the Toast

  • 1 Whole Wheat Bread slice (1 oz.), toasted
  • 1 tbsp reduced fat Peanut Butter (creamy or crunchy)

Instructions

  • Using a spoon or knife, spread the peanut butter evenly on to bread toast. Serve on a plate.

For the Milk Coffee:

  • Pour milk and water in a cup or glass, microwave on high for 1 to 1:30 min. Add coffee, Splenda and give it a nice stir. Enjoy with the toast!

Nutritional Breakdown:

Units Consumed: 1 cereal unit, 1/2 dairy unit, 1 fat unit

Calories: 202 kcal

Fat 6 g (Saturated Fat 1 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat 3 g), Cholesterol 4 g, Sodium 278 g, Potassium 0 g, Carbohydrates 32 g (Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 11 g), Protein 13 g, Vitamin A 8 %, Vitamin C 2 %, Calcium 23 %, Iron 5 %

 

Dinner: Egg Tacos

Egg Tacos | Be.Daze.Live._1

Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 medium Eggs
  • 2 medium Corn Tortillas
  • Cooking Spray
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat Tortillas in a skillet over medium-high heat until tender and lightly toasted (about 2 min. per side). Place on a plate and cover with a kitchen towel to maintain heat.
  • Lower heat to medium-low and spray with cooking spray. Add eggs, season with salt and pepper to taste and scramble.
  • Assemble tacos and enjoy!

Nutritional Breakdown:

Units Consumed: 2 cereal units, 2 deli units

Calories: 230 kcal

Fat 10 g (Saturated Fat 3 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 3 g), Cholesterol 330 g, Sodium 130 g, Potassium 120 g, Carbohydrates 22 g (Dietary Fiber 3 g, Sugars 2 g), Protein 14 g, Vitamin A 8 %, Vitamin C 2 %, Calcium 4 %, Iron 12 %

 

Exercise Plan

Today and probably tomorrow I’ll be trying a 30 minute cardio workout featured in Popsugar as The Ultimate 30-Minute Pilates Cardio Burner. It’s a routine that includes Pilates moves which focus on strength and core, cardio and hand weight exercises.

So let’s see if this one is good for the purposes of the Slim-Down Challenge, all right?

Thank you for keeping up with the great attitude, I hope you are enjoying this process and lets continue the good work! See you tomorrow!

 

 

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