Fit 4 '14

Jan 7, 2014 11:42 AM by Danielle Lerner

Fit 4 '14: New year, new goals

The new year is upon us and just like millions of Americans out there, improving my physical health is one of my top resolutions for 2014. This is a weight loss challenge, and going up against the KIIM-FM crew always makes for a fun competition, however for me, it's not about getting as skinny as possible. I've struggled with my weight for years, and know all too well how tough it can be to not only lose those pounds, but also to keep them off permanently. That's why for me, these next several weeks will be about working hard, getting fit and turning my body into the efficient, fat-burning machine it can be. We've been given a fantastic opportunity to learn from our trainers at Amped Fitness, and I look forward to sharing our newfound knowledge and results with all of you!

So how will we do it? Well, for starters I've spent the past 16 weeks training for my first full marathon, which is January 19th. All that cardio has done wonders for my endurance, but when it comes to weight loss? Not so much.

Here's the plan, John and I will be working out 3-4 times a week for about an hour each session. Our first workout on Monday included exercises like burpees, planks, rowing, running, sit-ups, bicycles and V-ups, and that was just the first time!

The physical part is important, but as any trainer will tell you the diet is equally, if not more important. Our trainer recommended a basic plan from the "4-Hour Body" diet. Six days a week you eat protein/beans/greens for EVERY meal, 4-6 times a day, eating every 3-4 hours. Then you have a "cheat day" on the 7th. I'm also switching from coffee to unsweetened tea on those days (that way there is no temptation with the creamer), eliminating diet soda, and drinking lots of water.

I've done almost every diet out there so I know eating right can take a lot of planning. I included a picture of the breakfasts, snacks and lunches I'll be bringing to work the next couple of days. Late afternoon snacks and dinners will be made at home. Took me about 45 minutes total to prepare, and that included baking three chicken breasts seasoned with only lemon juice and pepper.

Breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs, black beans, asparagus spears
Snack: Diced cucumbers, chickpeas, Tuna
Lunch: Lettuce, black beans, chickpeas, chopped grilled chicken

This is only the beginning of our journey to get "Fit for '14," and we're excited to have you along for the ride! Don't forget, you can join in by heading to Amped Fitness at 3603 W Cortaro Farms Rd. on Saturday, January 11, at 10 a.m. They'll weigh in the first 100 people and offer some diet and training tips to help get you going on your own goals! Whoever loses the highest percentage of their starting weight by the end of February gets 6 months FREE GROUP TRAINING! Good luck and go Tucson Today!

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