Six Weeks With Suzi

Follow Suzi's 6 Week Challenge

Lose 10-12 pounds in six weeks without starving.  
Healthy food choices, sensible portions, and daily exercise are the keys to this fitness plan.
The first time around I lost 10 pounds. Second time, "Take 2," it was 12 pounds.  And, I ate plenty of food, even had some cheat days. The idea is to develop healthy habits and patterns with food and fitness that will be more than a diet, but a continued way of life.

It's not a diet, it's life.

The trick is planning your meals and sticking to your plan.  And, if you do eat something not on the plan, be sure and record it.  Writing down your daily food is a proven diet aid.  My biggest downfall is what I call "mindless snacking" - eating chips or some other snack without even realizing how much I'm eating.  When you know you have to write down every bite, it will make you think twice before stuffing your face, I promise!

The meal plan for Six Weeks With Suzi focuses on high protein, low-fat dairy, whole wheat fiber and lots of vegetables.  Sugar is all but eliminated, including alcohol, except for a few cheat days.  It's important to allow yourself occasional cheat days, because life can't always be about denying yourself.  To avoid major melt-down cheat crashes, enjoying a little cheat day now and then will help you stay on track in the long run.  But, as a rule, a typical day would look something like this:

   1 egg, 2 egg whites – scrambled w/PAM
   Oatmeal :  ½ c Oats,  ½ c sugar-free Cashew Milk

   Salad – Romaine Lettuce, Cabbage, Red Bell Pepper, Green Bell Pepper, Celery, Carrots
   Dressing – Olive Oil and Red Wine Vinegar 
   4 oz can Tuna (white albacore in spring water)

   10-12 med Shrimp sautéed in 1 T Olive Oil
   2 c Broccoli
   ½ c Whole Wheat Pasta

   6 oz Fat Free Greek Yogurt (Yoplait Greek 100)

It's not a fitness plan, it's life.

Exercise is the key to a healthy life.  It's important to keep our bodies strong and working at peak efficiency.  Not only does exercise burn calories to help with weight control, but it keeps our muscles, joints and most importantly, our heart, more healthy and less likely to give out on us.  
Move your body every day if you can.  Walk, run, swim, ride a bike, or perform some kind of aerobic activity at least 3-4 times a week.  Every other day, work on strength training and core building exercises:  weight lifting, crunches, pilates, yoga, etc.

Your reasons for getting fit are your own business!  Regardless of your reasons... I would have to check "All Of The Above" myself... taking control of your body and watching it transform is an empowering experience.  You, and only you, can make it happen.  Get off the couch, get out there and get healthy!

Good luck on your journey to health and fitness.  It's a continuing work in progress for me.  It's impossible to be perfect all the time, but adopting the basic ideas and guidelines of this challenge will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, keep your weight under control and your body fit.

I would love to hear about your experiences, tips, advice, recipes, exercise ideas, etc.  Leave me a comment and share your thoughts.

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