Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Shape Up Series: Getting Fit and Healthy for 2011

By: Finance Foodie

Happy New Year folks! Can you believe that it's already 2011??? Wow 2010 sure did fly by fast!

....BUT with the start of the new year comes... you got it...the start of new resolutions. Like every year past, my biggest problem has always been weight gain over the Christmas break, also known as the "Holiday 15".  Something about getting together with the family + yummy Southern large portioned meals + suburban life in Texas (i.e. watching movies and driving everywhere) always leaves me happy but much heavier upon my return to the North.
Chikin' & Waffles -- a Southern tradition!
This year was no different. 10 pounds heavier in a mere 2 weeks, I am determined to shed the unwanted weight THE HEALTHY WAY and get back to 130 pounds, my normal weight. Thus begins ....

THE FINANCE FOODIE SHAPE UP SERIES!
Each post in this three part series will showcase different techniques I will be using to get back into fighting shape, including yummy low calories but healthy snacks, exercise tips, and maybe a healthy item giveaway or two (because I love it when my readers to join me in my journey!)

Too many chikin' & waffles!
Week One Stats
Weight: 140 lbs
Height: 5'1''
Body Fat: 25% (eeks!)

Today, I will share my exercise plan. At my peak fitness, I followed this plan below, prepared for me by a trainer at my gym. Please note that I am NOT  athletic (been an asthmatic kid my whole life) and really despise running, therefore this plan below might be a bit "novice" for you marathon rockstars out there (do feel free to adjust to meet your own fitness level!).

Day 1:  45 minutes on the elipitcal trainer, level 5
Day 2: 30 minutes on the recumbent bicycle, level 7; 30 minutes weight training using 5lb to 8lb weights
Day 3: 45 minutes on the treadmill, speed 3.5, incline 2.0
Day 4: 30 minutes on the recumbent bicycle, level 7; 30 minutes weight training using 5lb to 8lb weight
Day 5:  30 minutes on the elipitcal trainer, level 5; 20 minutes on the recumbent bicycle, level 7
Day 6 &7: Rest


Stay tuned for the next part of this SHAPE UP SERIES, where I will share my favorite diet friendly snacks that don't taste healthy and are super filling!

***Giveaway***
Congrats #2 - Erica C! 

Yoplait Light sent me a workout kit consisting of a gym bag, a reflective wrist wallet, a free cup of Yoplait Light for post-workout and a pedometer to keep me moving and motivated for this SHAPE UP SERIES, and they want to give one of my readers the same gift!
There are THREE ways to enter:
1. REQUIRED In my comments section, tell me your favorite Yoplait Light flavor or a flavor you want to try (mine is Red Velvet Cake -- cause I can have my cake, and eat it too without all the fattiness of a real red velvet!). Also, leave an email address so I can contact you if you win! 
2. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (leave separate comment telling me this)
3. Reblog / Retweet this giveaway (leave separate comment telling me this)

This is a quickie! Contest ends Friday, January 7, 2011 at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random integer generator on random.org announced on the financefoodie.com site shortly afterwards that night!

Disclosure: Yoplait Light provided me with the prize pack for giveaway.

77 comments:

Rachel said...

the red velvet cake sounds yummy, haven't tried it yet though

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Erica C. said...

Wow I didn't know there was red velvet...I'd like to try that. I like the strawberry banana. Keep strong working out!

Miranda Ward said...

the apple turnover looks yummy.

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Angelene said...

I like Key Lime Pie

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Angelene said...

i tweeted

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crystletellerday said...

i like boston cream pie crystletellerday@yahoo.com

tattwo said...

I want to try the Blueberry Patch flavor. Thanks.

Shan said...

I would love to try orange creme. I think it would taste a lot like a dreamsicle but healthier.
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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

key lime pie/

Nicole C. said...

My favorite is the Lemon Cream Pie.

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kelly said...

My favorite yoplait flavor is vanilla, when it comes to yogurt I am a plain jane.

kelly said...

I also follow you on twitter (cupcakekellys)

littlelatina said...

I like Key Lime

llinda29 said...

I like blackberry

Ashley said...

I love the strawberry flavor.

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Noelle said...

White Chocolate Strawberry is THE flavour for me!
Thanks!

Liz said...

Strawberry yoplait light is so good :) good luck with your weight loss, I'm trying to lose some weight too!

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Leona P said...

would like the sttrawberrry

Ketakoko said...

1. Cherry yogurt!! There's chunks of fruit floating around :)
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Ketakoko said...

2. Stalking *cough* following you on Twitter :)

Good luck slimming it down with Yoplait ^^

Ketakoko said...

And now for a regular comment!

Gosh.. I thought the chicken was chocolate whipped cream >_< Why would you eat that heart-attack, haha?? Mm, goal is to lose 10 lbs too before heading back to school! Jia you~

Wehaf said...

I love strawberry; I stick with the basics!

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Nancy said...

I'd like to try the White Chocolate Strawberry version!

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Lyudmila said...

I`d like to try the red velvet
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kroch said...

I want to try the raspberry cheesecake.

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kroch said...

I follow you on Twitter @Katier6678

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Melissa said...

I'd love to try the Boston Cream Pie flavor!

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kohndr said...

Following Finance Foodie on Twitter

kohndr said...

Raspberry cheesecake is my favorite flavor!!

Sarah said...

Red raspberry!

Sarah said...

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tristatecruisers said...

i like the blackberry and strawberry :)

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Anonymous said...

Strawberry Orange Sunrise would be my flavor of choice!

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hiann88 said...

My favoriteflavor would be the Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

hiann88 said...

I Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter.

hiann88 said...

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hity88 said...

My favorite flavor is the Key Lime Pie.

hity88 said...

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hity88 said...

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jim.coyne2 said...

i like the strawberry shortcake

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jim.coyne2 said...

I follow you via twitter

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jim.coyne2 said...

I tweeted

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theolotto said...

I'd try the key lime pie.

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kerri69 said...

The White chocolate strawberry looks yummy to me




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taxchyk said...

Boston Cream Pie taxchyk at gmail dot com

Heidi Helene said...

I wanna try the Pineapple Upside Down Cake yogurt!! Yum :-)

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Heidi Helene said...

I am following you on twitter!

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Heidi Helene said...

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Tweeted!
Thanks for giveaway!
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Valancia said...

Blackberry for me!

Notorious Spinks said...

The key lime is good!

Valancia said...

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susansmoaks said...

key lime pie is my favorite
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susansmoaks said...

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susansmoaks said...

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purango said...

I want to try Black Forest Cake. garrettsambo@aol.com

kngmckellar said...

Key Lime Pie is my favorite.

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kngmckellar said...

follow twitter @kngmckellar

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Amanda S. said...

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is my favorite!

jaime hancock said...

There isn't a flavor I haven't tried and liked. My favorites are red velvet cake and the berry torte.

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~*~lilshuga2001~*~ said...

strawberry banana~! yum

Julie said...

Love to try the apple turnover one-
thanks for the giveaway
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kathy pease said...

i love the boston cream pie :)

kathy pease said...

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cjbstar said...

I would try the red velvet cake

Ginny said...

Yum, the Orange Crème

Ginny said...

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melvin_and_rooster said...

strawberry yummy!!!!
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tina reynolds said...

I love key lime pie thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

tina reynolds said...

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Tracy said...

I would love to try the pineapple upside down cake! Yum Yum!

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naynays1 said...

I like Boston Cream pie
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RaettigFamily said...

My favorite is Raspberry Cheesecake!

Atreau said...

I'd love to try the Lemon Cream Pie.

amyd said...

would like the apple turnover
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amyd said...

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