Faster Way to Fat Loss: My journey to getting healthy
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If you have been around my page for a bit then you know that I am NOT your “I LOVE working out” kind of gal. Most of the time I talk more about how much I love wine and food but a couple of months ago I realized that my poor habits had gotten out of control.
My day started with a Monster or Bang energy drink then consisted of eating whatever sounded good or was easiest. Through the day I would still drink Diet Coke and then in the evenings I had wine, maybe even a few glasses of wine. I hadn’t worked out in months and just felt like crap. I didn’t really talk to anyone about this because well it’s embarrassing, I was ashamed and I felt like I was the only one I knew that had “let themselves go”.
Around that time Jessica and Jamie reached out to me and asked if I had heard about FASTer Way to Fat Loss. It told them that I had, but wasn’t a “dieting” kind of gal. I mean you take away my wine and no diet is worth that. I had to come to grips that it wasn’t that I needed to lose all this weight because honestly I’m okay with me, but deep down I knew that I REALLY needed to clean up some of my bad habits because it wasn’t good for my long term health.
It was time that I put on my running shoes and said “OK what do I need to do?” Jamie and Jessica said it’s simple FASTer Way to Fat Loss is a program that will:
TEACH YOUR BODY TO BURN FAT INSTEAD OF CARBS (Carb cycling)
LEARN THE MOST EFFECTIVE EATING SCHEDULE (Intermittent Fasting)
LEARN HOW TO FUEL YOUR BODY CORRECTLY (Counting Macros)
At that point I asked ok that’s all fine but “Can I still drink wine?” Jamie said um yeah that’s why I can stay committed to this program! I said perfect I’m in.
The program starts with a “Prep Week” this is the time when you get log-in information to the app and start to learn about intermittent fasting, entering in your food to My Fitness Pal, Whole Food Nutrition, workouts, macros and most importantly MINDSET.
This is also when Jamie and Jessica added me to that Round’s Facebook page. THIS IS WHAT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE. With FWTFL not only are you learning all these new things but you have a coach(es) that have you report your nutrition on a daily basis. This was the first time in my life that I was getting held accountable.
During prep week I started to think ok well what the heck am I going to eat? There are low-carb days, low macro days and full macro days. During the 1st week of FWTFL I did ok on keeping to my macro days. I was on vacation at my in-laws house and there were times that it would have just been awkward to not join for breakfast (which I broke my fast early twice to do) or eat what my MIL had made for dinner (I did but then added things like cauliflower rice or just no pasta).
I started to quickly find my go-to foods (and even a fast approved energy drink!!) I fasted typically from 7 or 8pm (depending on the day) until 11am or noon the next day. During my “fasting” window I pretty much stuck to 1 Zevia, a Stevia based energy drink since my body was so accustomed to having that caffeine and I’m not a coffee drinker.
Then I would have Hint water or sparkling water the rest of the day. For the entire program I cut out Diet Coke, I think this was the first time since college I went on extended time of not drinking it. To be honest, the biggest adjustment was at restaurants and I learned that I really like ice tea so I was able to kill that bad habit that had lasted most of my adulthood.
Then I had to figure out low-carb days because the purpose is to replace those carbs with healthy fats. This is when avocado, parmesan cheese and olives became my staples. Many times for lunch I would make a mini cheese board with an apple, cheese, nuts and some salmon and I stayed in my macros, had something delicious and it was easy to make. My dinner go-to meal was Garlic Shrimp on top of mashed cauliflower.
GARLIC BUTTER SHRIMP
8 tablespoons (1 stick) Kerrygold butter, divided
1- 1 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined (Trader Joe’s Wild Caught Argentinian Red Shrimp are the BEST in this dish)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
5 cloves garlic, minced (or 1 long squeeze of chunky garlic from tube can be found in produce section)
1/4 cup chicken stock
Juice of 1 lemon, or more, to taste
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp, salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2-3 minutes; set aside.
Add garlic to the skillet, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in chicken stock and lemon juice. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until reduced by half, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in remaining 6 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until melted and smooth.
Stir in shrimp and gently toss to combine.
Serve immediately on top of 1/2 package of mashed cauliflower. Serves 3 adults (or our family of 2 adults and 2 kids) Approximate Macros per serving Carbs 5g, fat 33g, Protein 31g
Adapted from damndelicious.net
For my low-macro days I started making smarter food choices. Instead of a bowl of pasta or couscous (which is mine and my kids favorite) I found the frozen Riced Cauliflower and Mashed Cauliflower at Trader Joes. Both can be thrown into the microwave or skillet and added to any of the meals my family was having without feeling deprived.
I also quickly realized I needed a food scale. It was pretty hard to eyeball what 4 ounces looked like so I grabbed this small stainless steel for under $10 from Amazon and it worked great!
Finally the workouts…
Let’s just say when I reported my final results I told Jamie and Jess
I can honestly say I was about 85% on the intermittent fasting, about 75% on eating within my macros and maybe 30% on the workouts and I still saw results.
Of the workouts that I did complete (which included some on vacation with my family at the beach) I found them “do-able” everything was easy because it’s right on the app categorized by week and day. There were plenty of times where I felt pushed but not overwhelmed. I was sore but not so sore that I couldn’t walk (which has happened to me before!)
In the program you have the option to choose “at home workouts”, “gym workouts” and even “low impact workouts” they really set everyone up for success. Plus since everything was on my phone I never had the excuse of not making a class or not knowing what to do next.
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After my first round of FASTer Way to Fat Loss (6 weeks) I lost 6lbs, a total of 11.5 inches (11 measuring points so about an inch off everywhere).
I have cut out Diet Coke and non Stevia based energy drinks. I sleep better than I did before and I know I am eating better more nutritious foods AND feeling full after I do.
I would say that I was 85% on the intermittent fasting because as a family we have Sunday breakfast and I just wasn’t willing to give that up. Every time I missed my macros or had an off day I had Jamie and Jess there to cheer me on or coach me on areas to improve. They would also talk about the FWTFL mindset: It’s about progress not perfection.
Can I see a WOW change in my pictures, no but daily I have you (my readers) tell me that my face looks slimmer and that I’m looking good. Clothes are fitting better, my belly is slimmer and I feel stronger- physically and mentally.
So am I doing a 2nd Round? YOU BET!
If you want to JOIN ME on the next round of FASTer Way to Fat Loss it starts SEPTEMBER 2nd with an all new 8 week program. Here is what you get in the new program:
- Eight weeks of all program materials for $199, to accelerate your success in the FASTer Way.
- LIVE trainings to set you up for success.
- Weekly workout plans that include low impact, home, and gym workouts.
- Four week meal plan and recipe guide to assist you in the FASTer Way.
- Nutrition recommendations with a focus on whole food nutrition, balanced macros, intermittent fasting, carb cycling, and effective workouts to transform your life.
- A low monthly membership fee of $99, after the first eight weeks, for access to live community workouts, expert trainings, on-demand exercise library, meal plan, resources, daily accountability from a certified coach and more. (Options to easily pause or cancel your membership at any time.)
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