Just as I promised on my @pristinefitness Instagram account, here are my answers to questions I have been asked!
For those who are not following me on Instagram or may not even know what the heck the 28 Day Jumpstart Challenge is, allow me to share!
The 28 Day Jumpstart is an eBook from Fit Girls Worldwide and they held a challenge on August 4. In addition they are holding a second challenge beginning September 22nd. Even if you joined the August 4th challenge, you are still eligible to participate in the second round. Or….you can start following the eBook (after purchasing) whenever you please if you’re not interested in joining the challenge for a chance to win Amazon gift cards.
So, what is the challenge exactly? I think I will let FitGirlsWorldwide (<—click that) answer that question for you!
Questions regarding the eBook:
Question: How are the meal plans like? Are there options or substitutions for picky eaters or diet restrictions/preferences? Do I have to go to a special store to buy some of the ingredients? How much did you spend or how much should I expect to spend on groceries?
The meal plans, in my opinion are really thought out. It takes a lot of the guess work out for you. So, if you’re not a picky eater or have certain food restrictions (i.e. gluten, dairy, egg, etc.) then, I would highly suggest sticking to the meals as closely as possible so you can achieve the most results! On the other hand, it is possible to substitute certain ingredients for other things you might enjoy more. The eBook gives substitutions or you can use foods you already substitute for other things! Most stores should carry everything on the grocery list. Even chia seeds are sold in most Safeway’s since they carry Bob’s Red Mill brand (there are other brands as well, especially if you choose organic). If the stores near you don’t carry a particular ingredient, don’t fret…it won’t be the end of the world. Pick a substitution, leave it out completely, or be creative – this is a learning opportunity!
Some of the meals they have include fridge oats/no cook oatmeal (click here for my previous post about this recipe), oatmeal or parfaits if you don’t care for the fridge oats, breakfast sandwiches, pita pizzas, stuffed tuna salad peppers (or chicken if you prefer), power bowls full of protein and veggies, pumpkin lasagna rolls, veggie stuffed zucchini boats, spinach feta wrap, polenta, and even desserts and DARK CHOCOLATE!!!…oh man the list goes on! The eBook gives you a lot of options and flexibility! Don’t be scared to try new things either, these are all healthy meals that will nourish your body the way it deserves!
I began to venture into healthier options and substitutions back in college seven years ago. And trust me when I say that I DID NOT always like the food I totally enjoy now! It took some time for my body to adjust and my taste buds to be “cleansed” of processed and overly salty foods! The healthier I eat, the more my body craves for wholesome food! And the less I do with my food (especially salt), the more sensitive I am to the flavors of veggies, fruits, and food in general. This also means I can tell when meat isn’t of high quality or too salty, I can taste the chemicals on certain non-organic produce and overly processed foods. It’s amazing how “junk food” can completely alter our body’s natural mechanism. I am talking about the whole system here! The more you do research and venture out to try new healthy foods, the more knowledge you will have in succeeding in your health journey! Me…I am STILL learning and I am eager to continue.
With this said, you can’t put a price tag on your health. If you don’t nourish your body with the right kinds of food, then you will most likely end up paying more for medical bills….now or later. But, I understand that times are tough and with the recent droughts in many areas affecting crops, food in general has increased greatly. I personally prefer organic and ‘healthier’ brands – think Whole Foods so, I end up paying more but I am okay with that. Not to mention, I live pretty far from a big city therefore grocery stores are limited which causes the price to increase. In addition, I live in Washington which has one of the highest cost of living in the country. Here is an example of one week’s of groceries I bought (week 2 I believe).
How much you spend will depend entirely on your preferences. However, I feel you should save money from these meal plans because you won’t be eating out, buying overpriced drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), and also less food will be wasted. Again, if you choose the food and brands that pack the most nourishment, you will reap the benefits! 🙂
Question: What are the workouts like? Are they okay for beginners who never really exercise? Are they challenging enough for someone who has been exercising frequently? Do I need to join a gym or take extra classes such as yoga, zumba, spinning, etc.? Can all workouts be done at home? How many days and for how long are the workouts?
I personally enjoy the workouts. I have been an athlete nearly all my life and the workouts still challenge me. Even if I was the fittest I have ever been (that would be high school), I know it would be challenging because you can make it as easy or as difficult for your preference. If you haven’t caught on already, the eBook is pretty flexible. This is a love and hate relationship as you can imagine the pros and cons to this. However, in my opinion, there are more pros because you can really cater to your personal preferences and this is really a good thing. It makes the guide more of a “one size fits
all most”. Here is a excerpt from the eBook. explaining two of the moves they have.
So yes, it is great for beginners and experienced exercise enthusiasts. You don’t need to join a gym if you don’t want. I mean, getting any kind of exercise in is better than nothing at all. So if you prefer going to the gym…go for it! If you want to start going to the gym…go for it! If you absolutely hate gyms….no problem! Want to do exercise classes like zumba or yoga…what’s stopping you?!?! 🙂 You have lots of options…okay…I’m just going to come out and make this official, the theme for this eBook is flexibility! All the work outs can be done at home, at a park, in the gym, on the lawn, on the beach….if that’s what you want, you can make it work!
The guide has you down for working out 6 out of 7 days but don’t be alarmed! They really are not that bad because like I said…flexibility! One day cardio and the ‘rest day’ is stroll and stretch! They call their workouts the “DIY Home Challenge” and they have all 28 days of workouts listed out for you. They get progressively harder as the week goes on as it’s aiming to strengthen your endurance. Some of the moves include: sumo squats, plank, russian twist, bridge, wall sits, push ups, mountain climbers, and the like. These can be done low impact or high intensity. In addition, they have what they call “extra credit” which are extra workouts for when you’re feeling extra motivated!!
Question: What kind of results can I expect from following the 28 Day Jumpstart Challenge eBook?
Each body really does respond differently to even the same routine. But I can guarantee you that if you follow the guide or even do your best, you will definitely feel results. Any little bit counts and it’s always better than sitting on your arse all day!
What should be important is that you are doing this because you want to be healthier and fit. When I say fit, I am not necessarily referring to being all muscular and toned and running a marathon, I am talking about being fit in all ways, especially emotionally and mentally. Strength isn’t always about how much you can lift, it should most importantly be about having the strength to wake up every morning and making a conscience decision to be more active, nourish your body the right way, exercising your will power, and choosing to be happy and stay positive! All this can be done easier when we treat ourselves right and feed our body and soul with wholesome food and feel good exercises and stretches! Also getting enough sleep and choosing to let go of the things we cannot control!
Questions regarding my own experience:
Question: How much did you weigh before and after the challenge? How much weight did you lose?
In my opinion, we shouldn’t focus on how much we weigh, rather we should focus on how we feel and how we fit in our clothes. And body fat percentage if you want to get super technical. People come in all shapes and sizes. What is healthy and fit for one person isn’t going to look the same on another. We should strive to feel and be strong and healthy! Muscle weighs more than fat but also takes up less space. Therefore, two people who are the same height, weight, and body shape can look different if one has more muscle mass than the other. Here is a great example of what I mean, considering it is the same girl in both pics but weighs more when she is more toned (muscle). If you want to read more, check out this beautiful girls blog, I think many of you will find it motivating, inspirational, and helpful: Train Like a Beauty
But to answer your question anyway, I am 5’4″ and I weighed 157 (my heaviest) in my before pic and in my after pic I weighed seven pounds less. I don’t know, you might be thinking wow…she doesn’t look like she would weigh that much but underneath all the flab I put on my body from unhealthy and uncontrolled eating habits, is a body that is strong and muscular. I am by no means a dainty framed woman. I have always had meat on my bones which always made me weigh in more than my peers even though I was shorter and more toned than them. Here’s a pic of me after my senior year of high school around the same time I began to slowly, but surely gain weight. Here I weighed between 125-130 lbs.
And then again less than three years ago between 136-140lbs.
Now that I’m done with my show and tell, hopefully you understand how comparing bodies and weight really isn’t the best indicator for your own self. It took me a while to really accept and grasp this. My motto in this regard is “make your body the best body you have”…..or I, more often than not, like to translate it to “work what your momma gave you!”
Furthermore, losing weight doesn’t always mean a good thing if you’re depleting your body of the calories and nutrients it needs. Because more likely than not, your weight loss is coming from your body ‘eating’ up your muscle for nutrition it lacks from your lifestyle instead of fat.
Question: How often did you work out and what other things did you do? Did you do more cardio or weight training?
In all honesty, I didn’t always do all the workouts from the eBook. This is one reason why I want to give it a second go around because I can only imagine how my body will change when I am more strict on the plan. Even though I didn’t do all the exercises from the guide every day, I did make sure to stay active and have high energy. I stretched 5 days out of the week on average and I also did some yoga. I went on walks and hikes. And did random squats, pushups, donkey kicks…you name it randomly throughout the day. I knew I wasn’t sticking to the guide so I made sure to do what I could do when I could do them. Like doing yoga the best I could with all my three dogs and cat trying to ‘coach’ me….
I definitely did more weight training than cardio. I like to lift heavy weights but I never made it to the gym because of schedule conflicts and the gym literally being out of the way (as in I need to catch a ferry that is on a strict schedule to get there). But I do have two 20 lb dumb bells and a 35 dumb bell that I used nearly every day for squats, arm curls, lunges, or for added weight and intensity. My cardio literally consisted of running after my dogs, who like to be escape artists, around the neighborhood, going on long hikes, but mainly having solo dance parties in my living room….in my undies…<—-this happens quite frequently. Oh, one time while staying in a hotel during a wedding weekend, I did use their fitness room treadmill! Yay for me!
Don’t get me wrong, I love me some cardio, but I really prefer HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts and weight lifting. I also have a pull-up bar that I use every day. Sometimes just doing a pull-up when I go in and out of the doorway it is placed on! Like I said, sometimes I just do what I can.
The second time however, I am going to really do all the workouts so that I can give a better “review” of the eBook!
Question: How much did you stick to the eBook?
I’ll keep this short and sweet. Less than I wanted but I did the best I could at the time I was doing it and to me, that’s all the matters. I’m not going to give myself a hard time about it! What’s that going to do….? Yup, make me feel crappy. So I am taking the opportunity to give myself a second chance! “Dust yourself off and try again”
Question: I have a big sweet tooth, how did you manage cravings?
Will power is like a muscle. The more you “work it out” the stronger it becomes. I completely limit the amount of junk food I have in our kitchen. I really don’t have any and that helps to fight off cravings because it’s not there tempting you. I also made these delicious protein dance parties in your mouth treats! You may have seen it on my @pristinefitness Instagram account but here it is again! SO YUM!!!!!!!!!!
If you’re interested in my experience the first time, the following links should take you to those posts!
28 Day Jumpstart Challenge: Accepting the Challenge
Update Week 1
Update Week 2
Update Week 3 & 4
I apologize for the lengthiness and perhaps some errors or things that may not have made sense. First off, I wanted to be as detailed as possible! Secondly, I would normally re-read my posts before I publish them but this beauty needs her rest! I am nearly falling over my computer as I type! Thank you so much for visiting my blog!! I love you guys!
As always….love yourself!!