A message from Andrea....
Growing up I never really struggled with weight, or maybe I just didn’t care. Either way it wasn’t until I was reflecting on pictures after my third child when it hit me. I’m completely miserable! In 2010 I got “serious” about my fitness and started kicking it up a notch. Instead of seeking help I signed up for a membership and did what every other women thinks to do who has no idea about working-out, cardio! For a short period it helped but I still wasn’t happy, I was stuck and ready to make a change. I started Iron Fit (which was basically a watered down CrossFit). I absolutely loved it; I worked hard and started to drop weight faster. I researched local gyms in the area and discovered a box in Corvallis which happened to be the same person who was training Andrew at WOU during strength and conditioning training for basketball. Andrew and I started this Paleo challenge his professor challenged his class to try. After 30 days I lost about 15 lbs. I was so happy! I maintained my weight and started to get comfortable again. AKA I knew if I didn’t set a goal I would blow up again. Then it happened, a kind word and nudging from a friend and former bodybuilder got me looking into stepping on stage. 14 weeks later I competed in my first show and was hooked.
During this time I learned how to drop weight relatively fast and also gain weight (post show) really fast. Fast forward to recent diet, I know how to watch my macros to lose weight but my goals have recently changed. I want to look good, and perform better!!
It was about 9 PM and the night before I started this journey (yeah crazy I know) after reading the new updated look to the Zone meal plans that CrossFit journal posted I was pumped and ready to start. Was this the first time I read about it, hell no! I was half asleep when we went over it during my L1 training, but this one stuck with me, must have been the awesome color chart J
Figuring out my blocks.
I was lucky enough to have recently experienced an amazing Bod Pod (yeah totally traumatizing) so I knew where my numbers were. 151 lbs. (down to 148 since then) at 18% BF my blocks would be measured out at, Athletic well-muscled female. A whopping 14 blocks, 4-4-1-4-1.
I knew I had to be prepared so I went to the store first thing in the morning after my workout. Side note- I don’t recommend this. I bought most things that were on the favorable list which is what I have decided to follow. You are allowed to follow items on the unfavorable list with moderation however I still want to eat as much grain free as I can.
Meal one 8:30 AM:
1 C Yogurt Fage Non-Fat
½ c blueberries
1 whole boiled egg
1 scoop whey
4 tsp Almond butter (when you eat nonfat items double your fat)
*First thought was holy shit this is a lot of food. I totally forgot to drink the shake and that’s probably because I was full!
Meal two 12:00 PM:
6 oz. ground turkey
1 C tomato
¼ C black beans
4 tsp Yumm dressing
1 C chopped broccoli
*This was all mixed together in a salad and it was BOMB!
Snack 2:30 PM:
½ juice from half fresh lemon
1 hard boiled egg
Dinner 6:00 PM:
4 oz. sirloin Barbecue steak
2 C iceberg lettuce
1 C tomato
½ C blueberries
½ C Fage NF yogurt (I didn’t drink my protein shake earlier so I added a protein, wait….is that allowed?!)
4 t Almond butter (quick fat)
Snack 8:00 PM (I’m totally not hungry and it’s too late for me to eat, but I am.)
1 C strawberries
1 oz. sirloin steak *leftovers
*I guess I should add my two cups of coffee made from home plus my 2 Grande Americanos and a Venti Americano from Starbucks. I drank about 90 oz. of water. I’m also taking Omega Plus and BCAA’s in the morning.
Tonight I plan on doing more research about the different types of macros and try to avoid so much fruit. I have discovered the unfavorable macros will have to come in play a few times a week so I don’t die of boredom or feel like I’m dieting for a show. I don’t plan on posting my meals every day, however I will share pictures and new things that I have discovered. If you have questions or want to Zone it up with me, let me know.