Friday, May 6, 2016

BEACHBODY: 22 Minute Hard Corps Meal Plan at the 1,200–1,500 Calorie Level

Hey everyone. I usually do not share diet and fitness stuff on this channel but with the summer fast approaching, I really want to make a change in my lifestyle for the better. In an effort to clean up my diet, I adopted the 22 Minute Hard Corp Meal Plan (1,200-1500 Calorie Level). Link here

Now first, let me say that I'm actually not doing this workout program but I'm doing Shaun T's Focus T25 Instead. I neglected to take measurements, partly because this is just an experiment and mostly because I'm lazy 😄  I can honestly say though, that my clothes are fitting just a tad bit looser. 👍🏿  (Let me just say, the week prior, I did also cut calories, but not this drastic, and was also working out)

This particular plan is mostly vegetables and protein which was a HUGE change for me. What I like about this program is it only cost me around $40 for all of the items and this is a 5 day meal plan which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I did make some modifications though and didn't exactly follow this program to a T although I stayed pretty close. I did substitute some of the protein as well (I will explain which ones later). I only used this plan for my breakfast and lunch. For dinner, I just watched my portions and stayed away from junk.

Let me just say that this program was extremely tough the first few days. Mostly because it was a drastic change to my diet in regards to quality and quantity of calories. I felt very hungry at first and had to fight the urges to over indulge in junk food (my guilty pleasure 😉).

Now enough of my rambling and on to my meals.


BREAKFAST (8:00 AM)
According to the plan this meal consists of:
Spinach Egg Cups with Steel Cut Oats and 1 cup sliced strawberries
(2 eggs, 1 cup spinach, ½ cup steel cut oats sprinkled with cinnamon and vanilla extract, 1 cup sliced strawberries)
The only modification to this meal is as you see, I added protein powder on top of my oatmeal.


One thing I would do differently is to freeze my eggs after baking and take them out daily to use. I think they would have lasted a bit longer had I done that. They do not look their best in this picture.

LUNCH DAY 1 (1:00 PM)
Sesame Chicken with Asparagus
(¾ rotisserie chicken breast, 5 roasted asparagus spears, ½ cup steamed snap peas, 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds, ½ cup brown rice sprinkled with cumin and chili powder, and chopped fresh cilantro)

I followed this one to the T. Sorry but I forgot to snap a pic of it.

LUNCH DAY 2 (1:00 PM)
Quinoa Shrimp Cocktail

(1 cup lettuce, topped with ¾ cup cocktail shrimp or cooked shrimp, ½ cup cooked quinoa, 1 chopped green onion, wedge of lime, chopped cilantro, drizzled with vinaigrette = 1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 orange)

I subbed the quinoa for brown rice and the shrimp for grilled chicken. There were no limes at the grocery store at my time of purchase so I did not have any this day.



LUNCH DAY 3 & 5 (1:00 PM)
Bison and Broccoli Stir Fry
(4 oz. ground bison, cayenne, garlic powder, 1 tsp. coconut oil, 1 cup broccoli florets = 1 red, 1 green, 1 tsp.)

So I definitely subbed the bison for lean ground beef (cause I ain't tryna eat bison)


LUNCH DAY 4 (1:00 PM)
Grilled Turkey Lettuce Wrap

(4 oz. turkey patty with 2 lettuce leaves, 2 tomato slices, balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp. olive oil = 1 red, 1 green, 1 tsp.)

I did not have any balsamic vinegar so I didn't have any for this day.


SNACKS (10:30 AM)
¼ cup hummus with 2 lettuce leaves
1/2 banana with 2 tsp natural peanut butter
8 pecan halves

Like I mentioned, this plan was challenging but I'm so glad I did it and made it through all five days. If you try this plan, comment below. I'd love to see how you did.

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