their Web site and saw that these perfectly sculpted ladies had a blog, nutrition tips, printable workouts, and lots of YouTube work-out and nutritional videos. A lot of their stuff is free, but it you want their comprehensive diet and fitness plan including recipes, workouts and a 7-day slimdown, you've gots to pay. You can choose between the original plan, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, gluten-free vegetarian or pescatarian and it will cost you $149.99. Go to their site to read more about the pricing and what you get for your money.
I was mesmerized by how perfect they looked, but didn't think much about it again until very recently. You see, I'm completely out of shape and that's putting it nicely.
Simply put, I'm fat. I'm not saying this so you can tell me, "You are not fat. You are beautiful." I don't need to hear that. I don't want to hear that. No, I don't need to be craned lifted from my bed every morning, but I'm unhealthy, it's not cute, I'm not happy with body and it is time to do something about it.
Prior to committing to the Tone It Up plan, I stumbled across another girl on Pinterest named Laura who blogs/vlogs about her weight loss. I spent hours watching her body transformation videos and started following her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. She is truly an inspiration and has a blog Laura Must Lose Weight if you want to check it out.
What I like most about the TIU girls and Laura is they are all about clean, healthy eating and working-out. None of it is a quick fix. It's not a fad diet. It's about avoiding processed foods and eating balanced meals of carbs (yes, you eat carbs, but at the right time of day and the right portions), lean proteins and lots of fruits and veges! You also eat fats, but good fats like fat from olives, olive oil and avocados. You even can sneak in a few glasses of red wine a couple times a week if you like to hit the bottle.
The plan is so sensible. It's not an extreme diet that inevitably sets you up to fail (i.e. cabbage soup diet, Atkins, egg white diet, etc.). On the TIU nutrition plan, you eat five meals a day, you drink lots of water, you work-out and you have an entire online community of TIU members who are there to encourage and hold you accountable. Hence, if you follow me on Instagram/Twitter, you have seen me blowing up your news feed with pictures of healthy meals. These are called "check-ins" and that's what every member of the TIU community does on the daily.
Now you know more about the TIU plan and why I've decided to do it. I am in no way associated with TIU or Laura. I simply stumbled across them and was compelled to make a life change. With that being said, there are a few changes I've already made that are easy changes any of you can incorporate into your lives if you are looking to become healthier versions of your already fabulous selves. Tomorrow I'll blog about those and some recipes that are easy to make and yummy!
It's only been a little over a week since I started TIU, but I'm extremely committed and determined. I lost about 3 lbs last week. Even if you don't have weight to lose, this plan could still benefit you. The girls implore you to be TONED, not "skinny soft". I'm an ex-gymnast so I can co-sign. I have muscles and as much as I'd love to, I'll never have the build of a super model. Even if I starved myself.
So there you have it; my take on the Tone It Up plan. I'd love to talk more about it with any of you, just leave your questions in the comments.