(Closed) Fitness advice, toning and weight loss…….with kids

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
984 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m no fitness guru, but I just started a beachbody program where I am REALLY meal planning (even snacks) every day and my eating has drastically changed by doing this.


There are three different tracks depending on the number of calories you should eat, for me I fell into the middle, 1400-1600 calories/day

5 servings of Primary Veggies<br /> 2 servings of secondary veggies and grains<br /> 2 servings of fresh fruit<br />5 servings of lean protein<br />4 servings of healthy fats

(I think the 1200-1400 is just 4-2-2-4-3)

so when I started doing it, I realized I need a lot more veggies and a lot more protein than I had been eating even though I thought I was eating “healthy” (similar to your typical day)

now, a typical day looks like this for me:

Breakfast: 2 eggs, 1 serving fruit, shakeology shake (protein shake) <<this is tyipcally really filling so I need to remind myself to eat a snack a few hours later)

Snack options: Celery w/ pb, Guacamole, Hummus, fruit, raw veggies

Lunch: salad w/ some sort of meat for protein or another lean meal like a turkey wrap (wrapped in lettuce instead of a tortilla)

Dinner: I try to stick with 1 serving meat, and the rest veggies. Sometimes a grain (whole wheat when possible).

If I eat the veggies first I eat less of the graina nd not missing the veggies.


I also have 2 children and only work out at home. 🙂 udaya.com is a great source for yoga, and there are a ton of good options on youtube. I like the “blogilates” series, though Cassey can be kind of annoying bc she’s so chipper lol

Post # 4
213 posts
Helper bee

springbee2015: Check out If It Fits Your Macros. They have a calculator that will calculate how many calories you need, and how much should come from protein vs Carbs vs Fats. 


That is really the best system for losing weight, but to do it right you need to track what you eat closely and weigh everything that is not portioned for you. I have been doing it for 2 months, with quite a bit of success, and it looks tedious at first, but it isn’t too bad once you get into it.

If you don’t want to track that closely you can always look into Weight Watchers or simmilar. They are really based on the same concept but they assign points to your food based on calories and macros so you can track without all the little details.

Post # 5
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m not sure if it was an error in your typing, but you said it’s 80% exercise and 20% diet. By ripped I’m sure you mean you want to be lean with visible muscle which is an equal combination of diet and exercise in my opinion to acheive this physique (I’m a fitness competitor). If you’re not into weights, then I’m sorry but you need to lift HEAVY weights consistently to be ‘ripped’. If you want to get really lean then it’s a VERY strict diet that would be necessary to get your body fat that low. 

I really hate the word ‘toned’, what does it even mean? You can’t ‘tone’ muscle, you can either build muscle or lose muscle.

Defintely find out your caloric requirements for a 15% deficit and track everything you put in your mouth if your serious about this. Make a workout schedule and stick to it. Then be patient with yourself and change will happen.

Post # 6
2616 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

i have three kids- so i work out before the house gets up- got to gym at 4:40 am every day i dont have personal training. my husband goes and works out when i come home in the morning before work. i do personal training when he comes home from work 2 a week. its diet based to loose weight.  drink lots of water and eat very clean. no fat no sugar no salt

Post # 8
358 posts
Helper bee

springbee2015:  I think you may have your numbers backwards.  I’ve always read weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise.

Your meals seem pretty good.  What are you having the protien shakes for?  Are you trying to build muscle?  Maybe try swapping it out for a green shake?  

For me, constantly changing my excerise routine works best.  


Post # 11
8862 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

be fit with them.  take them to a park and walk, get a jogging stroller. 

use your kids as weights, bench press them and do airplane (for leg resistance)

your kids will have a blast too!

there are plenty of things you can do.

Post # 13
2616 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

springbee2015:   i dont work outside the house- in the school year i work out when kids are at school on days im not a volunteering in their class rooms.. right now because of summer schedule i have to do before hubby goes to work cause waiting til the evening im exhuasted and i HATE going to the gym at night when everyone else goes… i got to bed around 10 now days. the one or two years ago i was in bed by 7 because of pain and injuries .. so my health has improved since i started working out this year…i started in jan 2014- i think the 35 pounds i gain in two years was a wake up call…

Post # 14
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Do yourself a favor and DO eat healthy fats and proteins. Stop eating the oatmeal/porridge and potatoes and rice and refined sugars and flours that are probably in those bars. Interval training is great, and you can find workouts oine that you can do at home. 

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