Exciting news, followed by this week's weigh-in (at the end): Yesterday officially marked the start of the Chicago Achievers Project, a really awesome fitness/motivational program I'm really excited to join (...can you tell?). Basically for the next four weeks myself and 249 other Chicagoans are embarking on a fitness journey with the help of some truly inspirational coaches and weight loss experts.
Last night was our kickoff. I didn't know what to expect, so I actually went to work out at my office gym beforehand, so I was appropriately sweaty and smelly to meet everyone (nice). When we walked in we were given our FitBit Flexes (score!) and two CorePower protein drinks (...one of which I promptly chugged because I was hungry from the gym.) Keepin' it classy.
|Check out my sweet scar-- this is what happens when you mess with me.|
Just kidding, I had a cyst removed.
The meeting began with a brief introduction to the program, and an informal meet & greet with the personal trainers. The participants really are a hodgepodge of people in every stage of the weight loss journey from very beginners to people who are pretty fit, but still looking to lose weight. The excitement was contagious, to be among a group of people so motivated to really change their lives.
The trainers all introduced themselves and they are quite the seasoned bunch. We have a running coach (who writes the running program for The Biggest Loser run/walk series), an actor/writer, a former bodybuilder, a professional dancer, a former wildlife firefighter and more. Each Achiever will be paired up with a trainer who will be checking in our progress via our FitBits, and appropriately pushing us to meet our goals.
Next, Andrea Metcalf gave us a breakdown of our nutritional goals which was the part that I was most curious about. I've really been nailing my nutritional goals (per MFP and WW) lately, but I feel like it's not reflecting on the scale. Andrea told us that the rules are simple: we need to eat 9-11 servings of fruit and veggies per day, and 80-100 grams of protein each day. Once we accomplish that, we're free to eat whatever we want! Bring on the Jimmy Jo---
Wait, hold the phone, I was only at 57 grams of protein and 5 servings of fruits and veggies for the day. At 7:30pm. And that was including the protein drink I chugged in the first 5 minutes of the meeting. WUT.
Suffice to say, I'm more than ready to change things up nutritionally if that means getting better results. They're not crazy changes, but just being more mindful of the quality of foods I'm eating. I can do that.
So I hit up the grocery store for greek yogurt, and plan on starting my day with greek yogurt smoothies to knock out both protein and freggies at once. My goal for the next week is to focus on these things, while still being mindful of WW and MFP principles. In addition, I'm aiming for 10,000 steps a day, as logged by the FitBit.
Today's weigh-in Wednesday will also serve as my starting point for the CAP, and hopefully I can knock a few el bees of this number by the end of the program:
Current Weight: 169.4
Total Loss: -58.6
Do you have a FitBit? Let's be friends!