Welcome to the 40 day challenge. Tomorrow (19th April) is officially Day 1. I’m very excited for this as I’ve been a little too relaxed with my diet lately and have heard a lot of our members have been struggling too. I’m hoping this is the kickstart needed to get us all back on track and motivated before winter really comes 🙂 We will be taking before photos and measurements tomorrow which is exclusive to the members of our gym and we will repeat this every two weeks until day 40. The photos will serve as motivation to stay on track throughout the challenge. Our personal training sessions combined with the below eating plan will result in maximum benefits of this challenge.5 days active training days and 2 rest days is ideal.
This challenge isn’t necessarily about losing weight but about looking better overall as well as implementing a sustainable way of eating which can be followed well beyond the 40 days. We will have some great prizes for the person with the biggest transformation.
Below is Day 1 of the meals. It’s all low carb, sugar free and a good combination of different types of food. For the men following along, portions can be increased. Jason has about half a portion extra per meal. I sometimes add in a little extra carbs for him too which I’ll share day by day.
Just a side note,
*You will see below, all dairy has been replaced with almond milk. I decided to go to dairy free over a year ago and not only have I seen a big difference in how my body looks, but I physically feel better as well. (I will do a post on this sometime and go into a little more detail for those interested)
Ok, Here we go….
Protein smoothie / Health bar smoothie
(If you don’t have the time to make your own, pop into our Health Bar and grab a smoothie on the go. I enjoy the skinny peanut butter one on days I am running late. We are open from 6am – 11am every day 25a Schmidtsdrift Road)
1 serving of protein shake
(I’m currently using the Vegan Wild Protein Vanilla shake because it’s gluten free, dairy free and soy free. (This means no bloating or upset tummy) but any protein shake of preference will do.
1 slice pineapple
1 tablespoon oats
12 small blocks of ice
1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 sachet stevia / 1 tsp honey (I prefer stevia but the honey is just as good)
1 small handful of raspberries
Blend it all together
(Add a little water as needed if it’s too thick to blend)
Its that easy! Enjoy 🙂
(Total 280 cal)
Almond Butta sachet (32g)
1 medium carrot (optional)
(I eat this straight out of the packet, but some prefer to dip a carrot into it which I’ve heard to be a yummy combination)
( Total 113cal )
This is a winner. It’s a big portion which is guaranteed to leave you feeling full. (If you aren’t a fan of fish replace the tuna with 100grams of grilled chicken.
1 x baby gem lettuce head
(These are great and can be found at Woolies. The leaves are so small and are the perfect size for the boats, but any lettuce will do)
1 tin tuna (in water)
1 tbs mayonnaise
1 medium Tomato
1/4 cup yellow peppers
Salt and Pepper as needed
( Total 250cal)
(This snack can be eaten either before meal 3 or after, depending when you need it the most)
1 x small packet of salted cashew nuts 30grams
1 x cappuccino with unsweetened almond milk, no sugar
(Total 198 cal)
Grilled chicken and veg dish
120 grams chicken breast grilled in 1/2 tsp of coconut oil
1/4 butternut (200grams)
1/2 red onion
1 cup cauliflower
1/2 cup baby marrow
4 Tbs Tomato and herb tin mix
(I steam all the vegetables in my steamer in the microwave and once soft, add the veggies and cut up chicken into an oven safe dish. Add some salt and pepper and allow to grill for 20 mins)
1 x cappuccino with unsweetened almond milk. no sugar
*Try and drink a minimum of 1.5l of water throughout the day. This helps with cravings and will keep you hydrated, which means glowing skin 🙂
Don’t forget to exercise!!!
Total for the day = 1368cal
Be on the look out, I’ll be posting some yummy recipes to keep those sugar cravings at bay and to survive the weekend CHEAT FREE 🙂
Which was your favorite meal from Day 1?