The road to health is paved with good intentions. It’s also littered with quinoa & chicken breasts.
– me (erin) just now
(picture from @trainerbob’s instagram and he totally does)
In the blogging off season some stuff happened, not the least of which was my baby brother Mike got engaged. And, there’s nothing like an impending wedding of epic eternal family pictures to light a fire under one’s post-anniversary-trip-with-10-bonus-lbs behind. So, I made a new goal: 40 pounds down by the wedding in October.
(Now, while it may flatter me, do not say I don’t have 40 lbs to lose. Believe me, come the fall I will still be 20 pounds heavier than my 18 year old self.)
So, we have ramped up our efforts. JR posted about our commitment to Tone it Up’s spring Bikini Series (which is bomb btw, check out their workouts here here here). But, in order to get extra serious I have added another trainer to the mix: Bob Harper from tv’s Biggest Loser (his Instagram @trainerbob is worth checking out).
All the lovely Paleo bloggers we have enjoyed in the past continue to serve us well. And, the ladies over at Tone It Up are righteous to be sure. It’s just that Bob came out with a new book recently, Jumpstart to Skinny, that’s all kinds of fabu and, frankly, is exactly what Karena & Katrina suggest in their plan (except K&K say yes to greek yogurt. golly gee, do we love greek yogurt).
Then, BONUS, my little sister Rocket decided to join us. She comes over every week to hang with my kids while I work on becoming a novelist (yeah, i know, newsflash. more on that later. promise.) and we are partnering for success.
Health Protip: Get a partner. It is next to impossible to get healthy inside a vacuum (have you ever seen what’s inside your vacuum? Gross. SO, Game. Set. Match. Get a friend to support and join you!)
Bob articulates a 3-week plan to reprogram your metabolism and “jumpstart” the weight loss. Similar to his persona on tv’s Biggest Loser, TB’s book is charismatically on point. He is humorous, empathetic and no-nonsense.
The problem came after I read the first week’s plan and was all set to get going. I realized there wasn’t a grocery list. Whaaaaaa? So I utilized our Weekly Plan sheet, filling in all Bob’s meals (reframing a few meals that are not Paleo – he has a meal with Oats and two with Ezekial bread, thankfully dairy has been left out, besides a few sprinklings of Parmesan I will skip.).
And, like the gracious host that I am, I will share my list with y’all. You will have to get the book to find the recipes and meal plan (don’t want to infringe on Bob’s copyright. You’ve just been Lawyer-ed.)
Bob Harper’s Jumpstart to Skinny Week 1 Grocery List
(for one person)
2 Bell Peppers
4 Plum Tomatoes
Baby Bok Choy
Shredded Cabbage (Trader Joe’s)
Power to the Green x3 (Trader Joe’s)
Olive Oil Spray
Low Sodium Vegtable Broth
32oz crushed low sodium canned tomatoes
Unsweetened Almond Milk
Ground Flax Seeds
* Ezekial Bread
35 Egg Whites (4 TJ’s containers)
8 4oz chicken breasts
4 oz cod fish
4 oz salmon fillet
ground turkey breast