Hi All -
Right after our 60 day photos, I was transferred to our office in New York. I used this opportunity to drive across the country. I had already taken the southern route, so this time I was going to see what the northern route offered. When I drove out on the southern route to California, I ate at every fast food restaurant at least once - but never twice. At each stop, I would go to one of the best restaurants in each town, which sometimes meant I was ordering delicious, but definitely not good for you, lobster tempura caesar salad and bar-b-que.
On my trip back east, I knew I didn't want to reverse all the hard work and trimming I had achieved with TurboFire. I was feeling better, looking better and most importantly, I was addicted to this awesome program. I knew this wouldn't be easy, as there were some 10 hour days on the road and idle minds equal busy hands (mouths). To combat this "issue", I made a plan. But the plan never came to fruition, as I accidentally packed my TurboFire DVDs with the movers, which broke my heart - I had originally planned to do a HIIT or Fire 30 each morning to get my metabolism going.
Insert Plan B. First step, I wore my Bodybugg calorie counter every day. You can see from my photos, I was taking pictures at beautiful places with this armband on. But by wearing the bugg, I knew exactly how many calories I was burning sitting in a car all day long. And since I knew my calorie burn, I knew exactly how many calories I could afford to consume.
Second step: Watch my calorie intake. I know people say that you can't eat healthy on the road, but you can. And I did. When we were about an hour from stopping for lunch or dinner, I would look up the calorie counts from popular fast food restaurants and decide ahead of time what I wanted. I knew at Wendy's, for example, I could get a baked potato, and burger, with no cheese, and be under 400 calories. It may seem crazy, but it's true. If I made up my mind what I was going to eat before smelling the delicious fries, or seeing the frosty shakes, I was less likely to falter in this plan. I kept all calorie consumption at least 800 below my burn each day. I chose to have a deficit of 800 calories because my body wasn't moving. On a regular day, when working out with TurboFire, I would only have a 200-300 deficit because my body would keep burning calories until the the moment I went to sleep. I also would walk about 10,000 steps or more a day, and on the road trip, I was only getting in about 3000. So for me, this deficit worked. I would keep my dinners under 700 calories (so many restaurants have a special "under 550 calorie" menu, so we chose to eat at those instead of places we didn't know what our calorie intake would be) and would eat sunflower seeds when bored on the road (much better than chips, takes WAY longer to eat a whole bag, and satisfied any salty craving I had). I also drank tons of water, not soda or juice, only water, which didn't help with the bathroom stops for sure.
Step 3: Get my body moving when I could. Even though the days were long, and the mornings were early, I made sure to get up and move each morning. It wasn't as fun as TurboFire, and took twice as much time, but each morning I would go to the gym at the hotel and run intervals on the treadmill for an hour, do a bit of weight-lifting, or swim laps in the pool. As I said before, it took twice as long to burn the calories, so I knew I couldn't hit that snooze button or take an extra long shower after in order to keep us on schedule. I had to commit myself to an hour or longer at the gym. When we'd stop in cities, we'd park the car and walk for hours.
I'm proud to say, that even on my road trip (6 days long - we had a flat in Ohio), I was able to burn 2000-2200 calories and intake only 1200-1400. When we finally landed in New York, I was feeling good and when we went to the beach that weekend, I was feeling confident, slim, and proud at my accomplishments (even if I was on the beach with thin girls 10 years younger than me!). I flaunted my hard work in my bikini and short shorts, which made me even more excited to get back to the city and do MORE TurboFire (because working out harder would mean I could eat more! And isn't that what I wanted all along?)!
I hope this helps all you busy ladies - if you make a plan, and stick to it, nothing will derail the hard work you've put in, and you'll come out the other side feeling like you should - happy, confident, and most importantly - HOT!
See you at Day 90!