My posts for the rest of the year will be spotty since I’ll be on vacation for the next week and a half, but once January 1 hits, be ready for twelve solid weeks of detailed workout and meal plan write ups…on a strict budget.
Oh yes, it will soon be time for my Cheapass Challenge 2006, a real-world experiment with myself as the guinea pig to prove that you don’t need to spend buckets of money to get into shape following a plan like Body-for-Life. I still need to work on the details of the challenge because I plan to post the exact recipes, shopping lists, equipment, tightwad strategies, workout sets, and resource links needed to participate right along with yours truly from January 1, 2006 through March 25, 2006.
Some of the basic guidelines will be:
– Spend $25 or less each week on groceries per person
– No supplements besides a daily multivitamin and whey or soy protein powder
– Weekly grocery receipts will be posted
– Final 12 week total for all food, gym fees, and equipment used will be posted by April 1.
– Progress photos and measurements every two weeks
– Workouts will be 6 days a week using the BFL exercise plan (with extra cardio sessions)
– Meals will follow macronutrient ratios of carbohydrates/proteins/fats between 50/30/20 to 40/40/20.
– Five to six meals a day will be eaten.
– One free day or two free meals (to be taken at any time during the week) each week, which count toward both my calorie and budget totals
I think that the addition of the budget constraints will help control free meals and the urge to have extra portions because, darn it, food is money. :tongue:
Be warned: There will be quite a bit of monotony in the diet. Sorry, but them’s the breaks when you want to keep the food bill low. The positive side of the monotony will be the fact that my daily intake will be pretty standardized, which should create a consistent daily caloric deficit as long as I don’t sneak in any extras from the company candy jar. It will also make it a lot easier to adjust my diet for faster or slower fat loss.
Any readers who share my dual interests in fitness and tightwaddery are welcome to check out my progress over the next three months. (Disclaimer: Given the level of detail I plan to employ in my posts, I realize that some of you will be tempted to follow my diet and routines. Do so at your own risk. I am not a doctor, dietician, or exercise physiologist. If you have any health issues or special dietary needs which might affect your ability to follow my plan as written, please, please PLEASE consult with your doctor before diving in and use your own common sense when it comes to your own body.)
Speaking of challenges, Kyra will be posting a new challenge on January 1 at PinkDumbbells.com that will be open to the public. I doubt that the PDB challenge will require you tally up your grocery receipts, so those of you who don’t exactly rub your hands together with glee at the thought of tracking both calories AND dollars might want to keep an eye out for the Pink Dumbbells New Year’s challenge over the next week or so.
Nutrition: Training Day Menu
(SGX nutrition details omitted by request of trainer)
1: SGX Meal, 1/2 c. Fiber One
2: Free meal (2 slices pizza), 1/2 c. Fiber One
3: SGX Meal
4: SGX Meal
5: Father’s birthday dinner free meal
Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter
Water: 16 cups minimum
The Awful Truth:
1. Overslept this morning. Blargh.
1. Finished Xmas shopping and wrapping.
2. Staked and tied plants.
1. Update HandBase workout module.
2. Work on paper doll book.
3. Work on holiday cards.
4. Get gym ID card.
5. Work through pile of mending and alterations in my sewing box.
6. Plan spring veggie garden.
7. Finish moving out of apartment.
8. Clean apartment.