So about a month ago, I was catching up on my home girl Alyssa’s blog (seriously, she’s awesome – if you’re not reading, then you totally should be!). On this particular day, Alyssa mentioned how she was going to be starting a brand new nutrition plan, courtesy of her friend, Jim White.
I immediately went and checked out his website and discovered that Jim has quite a few credentials under his belt…
Jim graduated Summa Cum Laude from Youngstown University in Ohio with a B.A. in Nutrition. He is credentialed by the American Dietetic Association as a Registered Dietitian and certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health Fitness Instructor. Jim is currently the National spokesman for the American Dietetic Association and has the reputation of being one of the top health professionals in the area.
As I read through her post and then through his website, I was definitely intrigued but I left it at that and went on my merry way.
A couple of weeks later, Alyssa posted an update to her plan with some FAQ’s. As soon as I read Q6, I found myself all of a sudden becoming more interested.
I wanted a plan from Jim!
See, here’s the thing…
- I know how to eat right…it’s just a matter of doing it and having someone to hold me accountable.
- If I had a plan from Jim, that would mean I had to report to someone on a weekly basis and do just that.
- I want (no, I need) to do something about my sweets habit.
- Most importantly…I’m always up for a challenge.
I immediately got in contact with Alyssa, who then got me in contact with Jim. After speaking with Jim a couple of times, I decided that it was time to for me to get serious, get my butt in gear, and just commit.
SO…I’m now following a brand new nutrition plan of my own and I am super pumped about it. Jim and I have spoken numerous times through emails, as well as on the phone, to get my plan customized to what will work for me.
Here’s a little sneak peek on some of the options that I have on a typical day…
A couple things I’m already loving about the new plan:
- My meals honestly are not going to look all that different from what they normally do.
- I am actually eating more during the day – Jim and I realized that I had not always been eating enough calories during the day, which is part of the reason why I would want more at night.
- I still get an after dinner snack, if I want it. This time, however, it won’t be ice cream with crushed Oreos and caramel (don’t I wish!).
- I can still enjoy my alcohol, in moderation of course.
Hey what can I say…I like my booze every now and then.
So, believe it or not, I’m actually already on my third day of the plan! Everything you’ve seen the past couple of days has been a part of the plan, and I am feeling great.
Obviously, Jim and I are going to continue monitoring how I feel (am I getting too hungry, are the meals the right size, etc.) and I will be checking in with him on a weekly basis.
Since I’m working with Jim remotely, I will have to be in charge of weighing in and taking any measurements on my own, which is fine. The only measurement I won’t be taking is body fat percentage, since I’m not cool enough to own one of those snazzy contraptions.
I’ll be documenting all of my progress here on the ‘ol blog, which is also a huge motivator for staying on track. If I’m not making progress, then I have to share it with all of you…and that wouldn’t be very fun!
I spent the majority of 2011 becoming fairly lax with my eating and, in turn, not feeling all that great. I gained some unwanted weight this past year, and have gotten myself so hooked on sweets that I often go to bed feeling less than stellar.
I’m not going to lie to you and say that there isn’t a part of me that is doing this purely for vanity reasons. I’m human, what can I say? But most importantly, I want to feel better…physically AND mentally. So with the start of the new year (so cliché, I know) I’m feeling more motivated than ever to really kick it into high gear! WOOP!
I’m looking forward to sharing my progress, my thoughts, and my feelings about the whole process with all of you. I think it will be a great experience for all of us. So of course, if there’s anything that I missed, or you have any questions, just ask!
Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way, check out which favorite breakfast of mine is still “kosher” with my new plan…
Ohhh yeah, baby. The egg, provolone, and jam English muffin sandwich is here to stay!
You should have heard Jim when I asked him about this one…I’m pretty sure he thinks I’m nuts.
I snoozed a little longer than usual today (ironically, with all the talk about excuses yesterday) and only had about 30 minutes to workout. This called for a “quality over quantity” plan, so I rolled with the Speedy Interval Run.
Now, since I’ve spent wayyy too much time talking about my new plan, I’m totally behind schedule. Crap.
Gotta jet, folks! Catch ya later!