9/1/14

Stop Holiday Weight Gain Before It Starts... #MealFit #3030 Challenge

My friends, I am one bag of Halloween candy away from having to swear my "fat jeans" permanently.  And since I have every intention of eating a bag of Halloween candy, I need to gain some control now, before I lose it later...

I LOVE the holidays.  I love the food, the togetherness, the presents, the cozy weather and of course the traditions. And by "traditions" I mean, Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinner, and Christmas cookies. No way am I going to miss out on any of it, even if it does mean fat jeans all winter long... But before I throw in the towel on skinny, I have two months to reel it in! I have two months to get my winter diet and exercise plan together. Which means, it's time for MealFit meal plans and a 30/30 Challenge! (Get ready The 30/30 Challenge starts October 1st!!! )


Of course I know the difference between good foods and bad foods. I know I should eat a salad for lunch, instead of a sweet tea and cupcake.  The problem is, I don't want to eat salads, I want to eat cupcakes!!! Since it's everything in moderation, I tell myself if I eat salads and healthy sandwiches for lunch six days a week, I can have a cupcake on the seventh.

Too bad, I NEVER follow that! I am the queen of snacking and eating the leftovers from Ollie's breakfast and lunch. I eat when I'm hungry, and don't pay much attention to carbs, calories and/or fat.  I grab what looks good. Needless to say, this is why I am a bag of candy away from permanently wearing my "fat jeans".

I realize I need to get it together, and not only pay more attention to what I'm eating, but pay more attention to the foods I am feeding my family.  So when, Thomas Cox, former college football player, turned college football coach and now, a competitive Crossfit competitor and nutrition expert, contacted me about trying Mealfit, a monthly diet plan designed for the whole family, I said, "Yes, Please!"


"MealFit is monthly meal-planning that includes menus that are built upon paleo, primal and southern-style cooking.  A basic principle of these recipes is that when you limit your high glycemic carbohydrates and use low-glycemic carbohydrates and fat as your energy sources, you will perform, look and feel better. MealFit is also for people who are busy, which seems to be everyone in our society today.
We plan the menu for breakfast, snacks and dinner. Lunches are also included because you are using your leftovers from the previous night’s dinner, therefore saving money.  We give you an entire grocery list with quantities for everything you will need for the upcoming week’s recipes, which gives you healthy recipes while also saving you precious time. You will receive five dinner meals/recipes per week.  We include some crockpot meals that you start in the morning and are ready when you get home. Also included are breakfast and snack ideas for the week, with one easy recipe per week of each.  We have also recently added ZONE diet measurements to all meal plans to better assist our customers in achieving their fitness goals."  -Thomas Cox
I've agreed to partner with the MealFit Program for two months, in exchange for telling you all about it, and how my journey is going over a two month period. I am REALLY excited about this. Seriously, who doesn't want the guess work of breakfast, lunch and dinner taken away? 
LOVE All of these foods!  So excited!!

I also love that MealFit takes the whole family into consideration.  Thomas has two young children , and understands that making two meals, one for adults and one for kids, is not cool.  So the recipes provided offer flavors and options that kids will like too, which is essential.
I absolutely loathe trying to come up with meals for the week, and putting together a grocery list.  Nine times out of ten, I forget the list at home and end winging it at the grocery. To make matters worse, I end up making half of what I planned, and then throwing away some of the unused food because it's gone bad.

 So, here goes, month one of having the guess work taken out family meal planning, and most of all, eating healthy meals so I can enjoy the holidays GUILT-FREE! WHOO HOO!!
Here is a sneak peak at week one of the MealFit menu...



This morning's breakfast mash was AMAZING!!


Look what's for dinner... 
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 I will be posting updates periodically and sharing my favorite recipe from the week on the First Time Mom and Dad social media channels throughout the next two months.  You can also check out the MealFit.co website for awesome dinner ideas and find plenty of motivation on Thomas' blog. 

Even better, if you want to join me on this two month journey, CLICK here to sign up. 

In addition to being the founder of First Time Mom and Dad, April is an award-winning published writer. Her work has been published in over ten countries and four languages. From books to newspapers, to print/online magazines and everything in between, you can find her work. For more on April, Visit AprilMcCormick.com

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