We are on the second day of The 30 Day Slim-Down Challenge. How did it go yesterday? I’m a bit more used to the great effects of this meal plan but even though I’ve tried this before I can tell you that today I feel a lot more energetic and my digestion is starting to normalize 🙂 I’m so happy, because usually my digestion is on the slow side. On the other hand honestly I felt that my dinner was too skinny hahaha, I started feeling a bit hungry again closer to my sleep time, but maybe it is because I’m a late sleeper (I know I’m supposed to sleep at least 8 hours a day to keep my metabolism going and maximize my results), my fault and I have to work on that, promise 🙂
So how about you? What were your ups and downs for the day? Sometimes if you have been used to the “bad habits” for long (large portion sizes, sugary and fatty meals, no exercise at all) it is a bit harder to get your body used to this new lifestyle (believe me I’ve been there), but don’t worry, maybe you have already realized this is not a fad diet or an extremely restricted program, you can eat pretty much everything with a controlled portion size, and as your stomach gets used to a normal portion size (seriously your stomach gets smaller!) you’ll be feeling a lot better and soon you’ll forget about the crazy cravings that sometimes happen at the very beginning. As I told you before, every new habit requieres a bit of willpower right? And I firmly believe that you have it!
Today we continue our way into a healthier lifestyle. Thank you for keeping up!
It’s never too late late to join us in this challenge, so if you want to do it or know a little bit more about it look into the Join our 30 Day Slim-Down Challenge post and The Balanced Meal Plan to check out what the program consists of and how you can make your way into healthier habits too! Or subscribe to Be.Daze. Live’s mailing list (the colored bar atop of your screen) to keep you posted on it.
Yesterday’s plan was a bit more on the “filling” side, it consisted of a boost of early fiber to keep your metabolism going and give you a more filling sensation throughout the morning, so that you didn’t feel the abrupt eating habit change.
So what’s for today?
Today we are going to try something different, morning smoothie. It will be wholesome, but not as filling as yesterday’s meal (since it is liquid and we won’t be adding fiber), so the trick is to enjoy it slowly and eat your snack in time to get you going during the morning 😉 That works perfect for me!
Day Meal Plan
Today will consist of 3 meals and 2 snacks, to keep your metabolism from slowing down. The recipes below are intended for a woman following The Balanced Meal Plan.
*Remember, if you are a man, increase the fruit intake by 1 unit, the veggie intake by 1 unit, the cereal intake by 1 unit and the meat intake by 2oz. For more information on the unit allowance per day, check out The Balanced Meal Plan.
Breakfast: Refreshing Blueberry and Peach Smoothie
- 1 1/2 Peaches
- 3/4 cup Blueberries
- 1 1/2 cup Skim Milk
- 2 Ice Cubes
- The juice of 1/2 lime or lemon
- 2 Splenda packets (or sugar substitute of your choice)
- Place ingredients in a blender and liquefy.
- Serve and enjoy while cold!
Nutritional Breakdown:Units Consumed: 2 fruit units, 1 dairy units Calories Per Serving: 330 kcal Fat 2g (Saturated Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 8 mg, Sodium 196 mg, Potassium 578 mg, Carbohydrates 69 g (Dietary Fiber 7g, Sugars 58 g, Protein 17 g, Vitamin A 39 %, Vitamin C 67 %, Calcium 47 %, Iron 3%)
Snack 1: Pecan Halves
- 10 Pecan Halves
Lunch: Sautéed Beef & Brussels Sprouts
- 4oz. flank steak cut into strips against the grain (you can also use skirt or round steak).
- 4 heads of brussels sprouts trimmed and quartered (*This is the equivalent to 1 veggie unit)
- 1 tbsp Sesame Oil, divided
- 1/2 tsp minced Garlic
- 1/4 tsp Ginger Powder
- 1/4 cup Beef Broth (you can also use chicken broth, vegetable broth or water)
- 1/2 packet of Splenda
- 1 1/2 tsp Soy Sauce
- Juice of 1/4 Lemon or Lime
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup of cooked or steamed rice.
- Season steak strips with salt and pepper to taste.
- In a medium skillet, heat 1/2 tbsp of sesame oil on high heat. Add steak strips and brown until no longer pink (3 to 4 min. stirring occasionally). Transfer to a bowl and let rest.
- In another skillet (or same one, previously wiped) heat the remaining 1/2 tbsp of sesame oil on medium heat. Add brussels sprouts and brown for about 3 minutes stirring constantly (season with salt and pepper to taste). Add ginger and garlic and stir for 1 more minute until fragrant.
- Meanwhile mix beef broth, splenda, lemon juice and soy sauce. Add mixture to the brussels sprouts and let simmer until liquid is almost completely absorbed and sprouts are tender (stirring constantly).
- Mix Brussels sprouts and steak, serve over cooked rice and enjoy!
Nutritional Breakdown:Units Consumed: 1 veggie unit, 1 cereal unit, 1 meat unit, 1 fat unit Calories per serving: 427 kcal Fat 24g (Saturated Fat 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat 6g, Monounsaturated Fat 5 g), Cholesterol 45 mg, Sodium 742 mg, Potassium 334 mg, Carbohydrates 26 g (Dietary Fiber 5 g, Sugars 2 g), Protein 30 g, Vitamin A 12 %, Vitamin C 117 %, Calcium 5 %, Iron 19 %
Snack 2: Chili-Lime Veggies
- 1/2 cup Shredded Carrot
- 1/4 Cucumber deseeded and cut in sticks
- Juice of 1/4 Lemon
- Tajin Powder to taste (this item is usually found in the hispanic food section, it has a medium spice and is absolutely delicious! But if you can’t find it, you can substitute with chili powder or paprika)
- Salt to taste
- In a glass or bowl add carrot, cucumber, lemon juice, chili powder and salt to taste. Mix well and enjoy!
Dinner: Microwave Ham & Egg Muffin
- 1 medium Egg
- 1 oz. slice Ham
- 1 whole wheat english muffin
- 1 tbsp reduced fat Mayonnaise
- salt and pepper to taste
- To avoid adding oil, place egg into a small microwave safe bowl, season with salt and pepper to taste and mix. Microwave on high for 40 to 50 seconds.
- Spread mayonnaise on both bread slices.
- To remove egg from bowl simply use a fork or spoon around the edges to lift.
- Layer bread, ham and egg. Enjoy!
This is the second day of my Zumba Total Body Transformation Trial, if you want to know more about this workout routine check out this post.
Feeling great! Well… a little bit sore, but in the right places 😉 No pain no gain right? haha, but seriously I think this has been a great workout so far and really focuses on problematic areas (which are the ones that hurt right now 🙁 ) such as abdominals, legs and buttocks.
Today was definitely more intensive than yesterday because it was a mixture of 2 of the suggested workouts for this program (sculpt & tone + abs). 10 more minutes and it would have left me breathless; but I survived, so thumbs up.
Besides, though I felt a bit robotic, I totally forgot about the pain when I started the routine today, it is so much fun! Specially if you love dancing.
So let’s see how it goes tomorrow all right? Keep the good work!