Plan With Me: First Week of Carb Cycling!

February 28th, 2016 | Posted by Erica House in Fitness | Health | Life

Happy Sunday! I hope you are all having a relaxing weekend. We are planning on taking baby for his first hike today. The weather is unseasonably warm (in the 30’s) so I’m trying to get outside as much as possible.

This week I used elements from February’s Planner Society Kit to decorate my Happy Planner. I love the planner clip!

I normally don’t like the color blue, but this all has such a lovely Victorian vibe to it. I went through a period a few years ago where I was completely obsessed with the Victorian era. I only read Victorian literature, watched Victorian period pieces and documentaries, … I didn’t get out much. IMG_1649

As a scorer for Pearson I will start training to begin another project this week. I love having multiple steams of income and being able to work from home, but it’s always so stressful when I’m scoring and adding another 20-30 hours of work a week to my schedule.

Travis and I have some big financial goals for the year so I know every little bit helps! We should have his car paid off in a few months and will be 100% debt free. Then, I’m hoping to save up at least 50% down for a new car for myself (my poor car is 12 years old now) while continuing to max out some retirement accounts. Adulting, yay!

We went to the grocery store yesterday to stock up for the week. I am so excited to be starting my six week carb cycling and intermittent fasting program on Monday.  IMG_1656

Next week I will have two low carb days (under 50 grams of net carbs), two regular calorie days, one fast day, one feast day and one low calorie day. Since I am still nursing every two hours I’m going to be very vigilant on how my supply may be affected by a fast day. On fast day I’ll just fast until late afternoon, so it won’t be for a very prolonged period of time. If I start to see any dip in supply I will break my fast earlier in the day after working out (around 10 a.m.)

My meals will vary based on what day it is but here’s what I’m planning to eat:

Breakfast: scrambled eggs with Amy’s chili (SO good) or peanut butter oatmeal

Lunch/Dinner: miso split pea soup, dairy free egg salad, or steamed broccoli with a faux hotdog and ‘cheese’

Snacks: roasted chickpeas, sweet potato with peanut butter or mixed nuts

Workouts on each day will be specific to what the nutrition plan for the day is. For example; we will be doing interval work on low carb days to really rev up fat burning. I’ve been researching fat burning strategies and how to really lean out and get the sculpted body I’ve always wanted and I’m excited to share what I’ve learned and help motivate others. If you would be interested in joining an online boot camp could you take this quick survey so I could better design an online training program? Thank you!

How is your weekend going?
Let me know if you have any good GF, dairy free, snack ideas!

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6 Responses

  • Maria says:

    This is awesome! I am doing another bootcamp right now, but I would love to hear what you learned about fat burning and leaning out. I am also trying to get the last five pounds off and there are SO many conflicting things out there….anything you can share would be so appreciated!

    • Erica House says:

      In a nutshell – coordinating workouts with how you are eating for the day is huge. Even though I plan on my workouts for the week I never plan on my nutrition to go with them. So, the program I’m enrolled in now, and the one I will be starting next month, focuses on making sure you get the most out of your workouts by planning HIIT/speed work on low carb days and strength training on high carb days. It’s pretty simple in concept, so we’ll see what happens when I actually put it into practice!

  • Kim says:

    I’m interested in this carb cycling thing! Obviously not now, but just hearing how it works for you! I love how you’re open about finances. It’s odd to me when people are so hush hush about it, but I’m a pretty open book, haha. We spent the weekend getting ready for our trip home (they just had a blizzard in Chicago, boo) and relaxing. I’ve been working on the nursery (got the crib and bedding in last week) and giving some old decor a facelift to use in the room. Some people ask why we even bothered unpacking things and putting together a room for her since we’ll be moving again when she’s 4-5 months, but why not?! The army packs our stuff and I’m not living in chaos for 9 months, haha. Hope you guys had fun today!

    • Erica House says:

      I think our culture is so materialistic and places so much emphasis on money that people make so many judgments on someone when they know how much they make. My spending and lifestyle haven’t changed at all even though my income has nearly tripled (partly due to combining finances with someone, but even then our expenses hardly changed.)
      I’d have to be completely unpacked and organized even if it was only for 4-5 months too. After every move I’ve made I’ve been 100% set-up in 2 days! This last move with the baby was a little different, as we had the office in chaos for a few weeks, but everything else was set up. My counselor is working with me on letting go the idea that everything must be in it’s place at all times before I can relax. She’s not making much progress with me lol.

  • Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections says:

    I’m so interested in hearing more about how this goes for you! I am doing a workout program right now that has me scheduled to carb cycle for the last three weeks. At first I said I wasn’t going to do it but after hearing more about it lately, I think I will. Definitely want to hear more! Good luck!

    • Erica House says:

      I’m on day two of low carb and the first day was a STRUGGLE. I feel amazing today though. Much more energy, I slept great last night, and I’m eating less overall. I can’t wait to try it a few more weeks to see what it will do for my weight/measurements. I’m definitely going to run a boot camp that incorporates carb cycling in a few weeks!

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