CARDSNOB

Paper Goods | for the Greater Good

Health

Fit Girl's Guide 28 Day Jumpstart Review // Week 1

HealthMeganComment
ombre running shoes

Let's talk about fitness! 

Lately, I've been feeling a lot less fit than I'd like to be, which I think was exacerbated by my recent wedding dress shopping (yay, I found my dress!). It's hard to maintain a healthy relationship with your body, especially when you've noticed a few extra pounds lingering around. I knew I wanted to shed a few pounds but I really wanted to get back into a healthier lifestyle that I could maintain long term. ::Enter FitGirlsGuide:: 

Now let's get down to the nitty gritty!

Fit Girl's Guide 28 Day Jumpstart - What is it? 

An easy to read and entertaining ebook including a meal plan, exercise program and a boatload of additional tips to keep you healthy, happy and successful in your fitness pursuit.

How about that Meal Plan?

The goal of the guide is to help you learn to eat clean. That doesn't mean that you're required to eat like a rabbit. Fruits and veggies are definitely a big part of the plan but there are some super delicious recipes - like a Chipotle-esque bowl (with chicken, rice and beans!), lasagna rolls and egg mcmuffins! Plus, you're allowed to eat out if needed for an event, etc. The point of the meal plan is to teach you what clean eating is, that way should you find yourself at a restaurant, you can still maintain your clean food diet.

You won't be starving on this plan, the meals fill you up and satisfy most of my cravings. PLUS, you're allowed two snacks per day in addition to some dark chocolate...whaaaaaat!!!

The cost to buy the groceries needed is hard to determine as my fiancé is also following the meal plan. It's Important to note that we haven't been cooking much over the last few months so we weren't stocked up on spices, etc., but I would estimate that the cost for one person is between $50-$65. That's not bad considering it's breakfast, lunch and dinner for 7 days. 

How about that Exercise Regimen? 

The intensity of the exercise plan is going to be different for everyone, depending on your current level of fitness. But, the great part about it is you can move at your own pace and you can do everything right at home! Yay, now I don't have to worry about all the fit people at the gym see my #struggle. Each day the program targets a different group of muscles-- arms, booty/legs, and core. For me, the plan is just challenging enough to feel like I'm getting something done but not so hard that I want to just say, "Screw it all!" 

You don't have to follow the exercise plan, but I would recommend it. You can totally do your own thing, just follow their guidelines of 30 minutes of cardio/day (6 days/week) and strength training at least 2 days/week. Easy Peasy!

What Makes it so Special?

It's a challenge, yes, but you gain an entire community of ladies that are taking up the same fight, all at the same time! Fit Girl's Guide has an incredible Instagram following. Once you join the challenge, you can participate in this super supportive network. Seeing everyone's progress and receiving their encouragement makes a huge difference! Seriously, check out these before and afters

It's flexible. My favorite thing about Fit Girl's Guide is that it's super flexible. I don't do well with super strict regimens, they make my inner toddler want to rebel (even if it's against myself). Surprisingly, I haven't really struggled too much with veering off of the meal plan or DIY home exercise plan (but I'm only a little over a week and a half in).

Results. If you follow the plan, you'll see some baby results within the first week. That's enough encouragement to keep anyone going! I can't wait to see my progress after 2 and 3 weeks. 

My Progress

I guess it would be important to note that I started my period in the first few days of week 1. Assuming this skewed my results a tad, I was still able to notice a flatter tummy. Overall, I felt pretty good during week 1. The food was easy to eat but the challenge was keeping up with the cooking and exercise all in the middle of moving house! I say, if I can manage to stay on the plan in the midst of a pipe burst, a second leak and on and on, so can you! 

You can join the 28 Day Challenge whenever you like. If you've thought about it, you should seriously give it a try! It's on sale for $25 right now; a healthier life is well worth that investment!

Questions? Have you tried the 28 Day Challenge or the Fitkini Challenge? If so, let me know what you thought about it below! 

3 Reasons why you should try Organic Milk

Health, home, LifeMeganComment

1. It actually tastes BETTER!

Call me crazy but I can taste the difference. I urge all of you to try it if you haven't already! Can't you taste the difference? 

2. It Lasts Longer! (counterintuitive, I know)

Maybe this is a bad sign...but the organic milk keeps longer than the processed and hormone filled options. If you're like me and you don't drink milk every day, you end up throwing out a lot of it when it goes bad. I'm really skeptical of milk already, if it is the day before it goes bad, I'm already less inclined to drink anymore of it so this is a great benefit in my opinion. I don't feel like I'm wasting money by buying the more expensive milk if I know that I will be able to finish it. 

3. It's better for the Cows and maybe for you! 

Anything that makes the cows happier makes me happier! Cows that produce organic milk are required to have 4 months per year to graze in the pasture.

There has been a lot of controversy over the health benefits of organic milk compared to non organic. Recently though, a study found that drinking organic milk can help balance your omega-3 and omega-6 ratio. Which basically means, you'll reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, depression, Alzheimer's, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes! (see more on this here

 

Fun Facts About Milk and Cows

Women between the ages of 19 and 50 need 1000mg of calcium each day, or 3, 8oz glasses of milk!

In order to absorb the calcium you need, your body requires vitamin D, also found in milk!

There are about 11 million cows in America. They will make about 57.5 billion quarts of milk this year. 

An average dairy cow weighs about 1,400 pounds

 

Have you tried organic milk? What are your thoughts and opinions on organic food, is it really better?

<3 Megan 


Fun Facts Sources:

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/much-milk-drink-day-strong-bones-adults-3901.html

http://www.umpquadairy.com/recipes-more/cool-cow-facts/