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30 Satisfying High Protein, Low Carb Recipes #P90X

I started P90X one week ago today! I’m exactly 8 days in. I’m following the P90X workout schedule and meal plan guide.

I started doing P90X in 2009 after Natalie was born and I lost 60 lbs. And then again in 2011 after I had Haley.

However, I’m doing the LEAN workout plan this time. (I’ve done the Classic in the past.)

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I consider myself skinny, but not fit, and honestly not very healthy. I have been drinking Mountain Dew on a daily basis for years… and years, and years. See, told you, not that healthy.

I’m trying to change that though. I quit smoking January 1st (again) and signed up for a Warrior Dash 5K, coming up this April.

We are going to St George Island for vacation in 54 days, and I’d like to be in better shape than I am now for the beach.

I’m trying to focus on the first 30 days for now. That’s a short-term goal I feel I can hit.

Starting Weight: 145.0

Current Weight: 140.8 (more…)

A Work In Progress…. #P90X #Wholesome Choices

This week was a much better week than the past 2 weeks! I worked more and I had a really great day of Plyometrics (which Tony Horton will tell you “Plyo is the X in P90X!”). My legs and butt were SO sore for days!

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I had a baby shower on Saturday and ate a ton of bad, fattening food and throughout the week I haven’t been strictly sticking to my diet but I do pay attention to what kind of things I’m eating and HOW MUCH of it I eat!

Since I have officially hit my “goal weight” I am trying to focus on toning muscle and making wholesome choices. Drinking water has been really hard for me but I think I’ve done really well. If there is anything else to drink in the house, I WILL drink it! So it’s best if I don’t buy any cokes or any kind of sugary drinks period although I do have a glass of orange juice with breakfast everyday!

McDonald’s is committed to giving us more delicious choices to feel good about in the months and years to come. Regardless of your dietary needs, you’ll find nutrient-minded choices at McDonald’s.

Through the McDonald’s “Made For You” cooking system, you can special order various menu items to help meet your nutritional needs. A range of serving sizes make it easy to create meal combinations that work for you and your family.

However you are planning on lightening your load this year, set your goal NOW and get started!

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Follow McDonald’s Atlanta on Twitter @McDonaldsATL and check out their website for real-time promos and meal ideas and how to make the most of your McDonald’s experience.

McDonald’s partnered with bloggers such as me to participate in its “Wholesome Choices” Blogger Program.  As part of that program, I received compensation.  They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products used, and believe that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. McDonald’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

How I Lost Weight {Week 6 of P90X} #Wholesome Choices

Its been exactly 6 weeks since I started doing P90X! And although I can say I have lost a lot of weight and inches, I can’t give P90X all the credit! These last two weeks especially have been hard for me.

I didn’t follow the “high protein low carb” diet as well as I should have and I didn’t work out ONE DAY during the last week of PHASE 1; which is supposed to be the time to switch things up, including your food and workout routine, so that your body has to work harder.

Of course, I lost all my baby weight after my first pregnancy by doing P90X too but I wasn’t near as dedicated as I was this time around.

I think the KEY for me has been making small daily changes in my lifestyle, nutrition, and fitness. I am partnering with McDonald’s on their Wholesome Choices Blogger Program! Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing my own tips and ideas for making more wholesome choices in your every day life.

Here are 5 things that made a HUGE difference for me….

1. I workout now, which before was not existent. (20 minutes is better than 0 minutes)

2. I drink more water, less coke.

3. I ONLY eat when I’m hungry,

4. and ONLY eat enough to satisfy me. (portion control) <– That one was important for me.

5. EAT breakfast!

I eat breakfast everyday. I cannot function without food in the morning. I’m lucky enough to be able to cook breakfast at home but if you’re working and in a hurry, you can still pick up a healthy filling breakfast.

McDonald’s offers a variety of whole-grain oatmeal choices on its breakfast menu, available all day. The Fruit & Maple Oatmeal and the Apple Cinnamon Walnut Oatmeal are both 100% natural whole grain oats, rich in fiber and freshly prepared for you.

I am proud to say in these last few weeks, I’ve dropped enough pounds to be back to my pre-baby weight! Things don’t look like they did pre-baby; no amount of weight loss will rid me of theses stretch marks, but we can’t have it all!

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Follow McDonald’s Atlanta on Twitter @McDonaldsATL and check out their website for real-time promos and meal ideas.

McDonald’s partnered with bloggers such as me to participate in its “Wholesome Choices” Blogger Program.  As part of that program, I received compensation.  They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products used, and believe that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. McDonald’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

Week 4 of P90X | Menu Plan Monday

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This week was a good week! I did eat out (a few times) but I worked out everyday like I should. And then some, to make up for a bad week last week. I have a sore knee on the left side so I’m trying to take it easy on that side. The workouts are becoming easier and easier to complete though.

I’m not looking forward to changing our meal plans around from low carb to high carb. I’ve enjoyed all this meat! It’s more of a lifestyle change than a diet. Plus my husband is learning new ways to incorporate veggie in his everyday diet.

I’ve lost about 5 pounds so far. Which really isn’t much but I can tell a difference in my body. I’m sure I’m losing fat; it’s just being quickly replaced by muscle!

Menu Plan for the week….

Monday:

Breakfast: Turkey Sausage and Eggs
Lunch: Leftover Turkey Meatballs
Dinner: Turkey Italian Sausage

Tuesday:

Breakfast: Spinach Scramble
Lunch: Chef Salad
Dinner: Turkey Meatloaf

Wednesday:

Breakfast: Mushroom & Cheese Omelette
Lunch: Chicken Salad
Dinner: Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry

Thursday:

Breakfast: Chicken Scramble
Lunch: Chef Salad
Dinner: Veggie Lasagna

Friday:

Breakfast: Spinach Omelette 
Lunch:
Leftover Meatloaf
Dinner:
Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Saturday:

Breakfast: Turkey Bacon & Eggs
Lunch:
Veggie Soup
Dinner:
 Grilled Turkey Fillets

Sunday:

Unknown – possibly Turkey Burgers

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P90X Week 3 | Menu Plan Monday

This week was a difficult week. My nephew just graduated USMC boot camp and was home for 10 days (he left today) so I was gone visiting him (which makes it harder to eat healthy when you’re not home) and we had lots of yummy fattening celebration food while he was here. I did do some photographs for him though and I got some exercise walking around and shooting!

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Then my hubby passed his work certification Thursday so we went out Saturday night with his sister and her man to celebrate. We went bowling (burned some calories) and ate at the Japanese Hibachi Grill where they cook right in front of you.

(Oh and we had a TON of liqueur and cookies at the bowling alley. Calories Calories Calories!)

AND I missed 4 days of working out this week. Yes FOUR.

I said it was a DIFFICULT week!

On the bright side, I did lose 3 pounds this week!

The menu plan has gotten easier. Easier to plan, not to follow. Luckily our “diet” is mostly protein!

Menu Plan for the week….

Monday:

Breakfast: Turkey Sausage and Eggs
Lunch: Veggie Lasagna
Dinner: Lemon Garlic Chicken

Tuesday:

Breakfast: Mushroom & Cheese Omelette
Lunch: Leftover Beef & Broccoli
Dinner: Veggie Soup

Wednesday:

Breakfast: Chicken Scramble
Lunch: Turkey Spinach Burger
Dinner: Steak or Chicken Burritos

Thursday:

Breakfast: Turkey & Cheese Scramble
Lunch: Chef Salad
Dinner: Turkey Meatloaf

Friday:

Breakfast: Spinach Omelette 
Lunch:
Tuna
Dinner: 
Stuffed Turkey Meatballs << recipe coming soon!

Saturday:

Breakfast: Turkey Bacon & Eggs
Lunch: 
Turkey Meatloaf
Dinner:
 Porkloin or Chicken

Sunday: 

Leftovers — Grocery Store Trip — Super Bowl Party

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Are you meal planning this week? If you love to cook, I’d love for you to do a crock pot recipe guest post. See this post to learn more.

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