I’m in my second week of Curves Complete, and feeling great! Here is a recap of week 1:
For the first week, you are in Phase 1 and the higher protein version of that. At least at my Curves club, this is the only level they have each lady on. Otherwise the level of carbs is a lot higher. I personally love protein (the types of food, the way it fills me up, etc), so this suited me fine! It’s a total of 1200 calories per day, although I don’t need to count them. This was a huge cut back to what I normally have, although I’m honestly am not sure what I ‘normally have’. I was worried about being hungry, but looking back – I wasn’t!
I have a feeling that many of the women who use this program are not used to cooking every meal they have. There is a lot of emphasis on what they call ‘Heat and Eat’ (things like Lean Cuisine) or ‘On the Go’, which is a pretty comprehensive list. So far The Hubs and I have eaten at Panera Bread and Moe’s Southwestern Grill on both this meal plan and what I normally get being gluten free. However, I do like to cook most of my meals. The first week I didn’t feel that was a great ‘canned’ option with the limited amount of recipes they offer. Don’t get me wrong, there is a decent list. But at first glance, if you’re gluten free, it looks very limiting.
So I started out by choosing the meals they had pre-loaded, but then used my own substitutes as necessary. Because I was just getting started, I also stuck to the same meal each day, more or less. As you can see from the pictures, I also made EVERY meal ahead of time. I probably won’t do it this meticulously each week, but I wanted to start off on the right foot :) Here is what I planned for and had:
Option 1 – Sunny Egg Sandwich (their name, not mine ;)), includes 1 slice whole wheat bread, 1 egg, 2 oz cheddar cheese, and 1 romaine tomato.
—–> My version: 1 slice Udi’s gluten free bread, 1 egg, 2 oz Cabot’s lactose free sharp cheddar cheese, and sometimes I had the tomato.
Option 2 – Peanut Butter Toast & Egg Whites, includes 1 slice whole wheat bread, 1 tbs creamy peanut butter, 1 cup egg whites
—–> My version: 1 slice Rudi’s gluten free cinnamon raisin bread, 1 tbs extra crunchy peanut butter, 1 cup egg whites, 1/2 cup diced white onion, 1/4 cup green pepper, and 1 romaine tomato. The last three ingredients are on the ‘free’ veggie list (F). I sauteed the veggies then scrambled the egg whites in, with the pb toast on the side.
Option 1 – Chicken ‘Fried’ Rice, includes 1 chicken breast, broccoli (F), carrots (F), 2 tsp butter, 1/4 cup brown rice, 1/2 egg, 2 tsp soy sauce
—–> My version: 1/4 cup black beans (chicken substitute), broccoli (F), carrots (F), 2 tsp sesame oil, 1/4 cup brown rice, 1/2 egg, and 1 tsp rice vinegar. I put all of this on a bed of cook kale with curry powder. I actually made a very large batch of this meal so that The Hubs and I had the appropriate amount each day of the week, except Sunday.
Option 2 – Panera Bread salad
Option 1 – Grilled Chicken & Zucchini (F) w/Mashed Sweet Potatoes, includes the list there but also 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp butter for the 3 oz of sweet potatoes. It also specifies about 6 oz of grilled chicken.
—–> My version: Grilled Chicken, grilled asparagus, mashed sweet potatoes w/liquid stevia and no butter, and cauli-rice (cauliflower coarsely chopped with the texture of rice)(F). I also pre-made this and had enough for the whole week.
Option 2 – Ruby Tuesday Grilled Salmon with grilled snowpeas (this is an actual meal item in Curves AND on the menu at RT right now). I also added a trip to the salad bar. At the salad bar, I had spinach (F), carrots (F), peas (F), cucumber (F), 1 tbs olives, 2 tsp sunflower seeds, and 2 tbs fat free Italian dressing. We went to Ruby Tuesday’s the first day I was on Curves Complete! It was our anniversary though, so it was exciting that I could still go out and enjoy myself while sticking to the diet!
(allowed 2 a day)
Option 1 – Peanut butter on a rice cake, includes 1 rice cake, 1 tsp peanut butter
Option 2 – Applesauce and cottage cheese, includes 1/2 cup of each
Option 3 – 3 Dove Promises
—–> My version: I melt 1 oz of 100% baking cocoa in a microwave container. Once melted, I mix in about 15 drops of NuNaturals liquid stevia. This ‘sweet treat’ option is from a list that is meant to be used sparingly, and in place of another snack. So I had this once on the weekend instead of a rice cake. Here is my ‘recipe’ for it.
Free option – Baby carrots, raw green beans, and raw sugar snap peas. I had this every day in addition to 2 snacks and 3 main meals. It was great to have these because sometimes I like to snack for no real reason (not hungry). These are perfect because they are crunchy, sweet, and have enough variety between the three of them. I highly recommend to have baggies of these made up in the fridge so you can grab and go anytime!
Workout and Activities
Curves: 5 Curves Smart/Circuit (35-40 mins each)
Stationary Bike: 6 days of 20 minute morning sessions (I read my bible, pray, and journal during this – it’s not intense)
Pedometer Steps: Goal is 10,000 – hit an average of 7,000 a day this week
Other: 1 hour of volleyball with church league, some light yoga and stretching throughout week
Week Summary and Results
At my weekly check-in meeting, we found a few issues with the way I was handling the diet. I was consistently missing my mid-morning snack (the rice cakes and peanut butter). So my goal for next week is to make sure I am snacking. At first, that sounds funny right? That is completely against all the efforts I’ve made to loose weight in the past. I figure, if I can make it to lunch without snacking, why wouldn’t I force myself to do it? But my Curves instructor explained it with an analogy of logs on the fire. If I only have 1 log on the fire, it will burn hot for a while, but then the overall fire will quickly loose it’s heat when that log is gone. Then it takes another big log to start it up again. If I have multiple logs in the fire, the fire will remain steady all the time. Simple, but completely understandable!
Also, I’m happy to note that from being on this plan for only 1 full week, I have begun to see the results. I didn’t loose any weight, but I went down in body fat by .4%!!! With my current weight, that is the equivalent of 4 sticks of butter! WOW! And I feel a lot better to boot. I have energy, am fitting a little better into my clothes, and am encouraged about moving forward in becoming healthier :)