Josh and I follow RP (Renaissance Periodization) templates for our meals. RP is the best program we’ve found so far (and believe me, we’ve tried everything- not tracking anything, just counting calories, Paleo, IIFYM, the list goes on). The templates are set up according to if you’re male or female and what your weight is. There are massing (muscle gain) or cutting (fat loss) templates. Each template comes with a list of “approved” (aka recommended) foods and the breakdown of what to eat when. The templates show how many ounces of protein, grams of carbs, and servings of fats and vegetables to eat for each meal throughout the day, according to whether it’s a rest day or a workout day. Nutrient timing comes into play as well and the templates have options for eating based around any time of day you workout. It takes ALL the guesswork out of what to eat and when! It’s been a lifesaver for sure. We have gone through two cuts along with maintenance phases. Currently, we’re on our fourth week of maintenance after our second cut. Throughout our whole time on RP, both Josh and I have PR’ed on multiple lifts, increased endurance, improved body weight movements, and seen body composition changes. Neither cut was 100% compliant, because life. There were holidays and birthdays, cupcakes and pizza. There was also a lot of white rice, chicken, and broccoli and saying “no, thank you” to offers of eating out. RP has helped me learn how to find the balance between enjoying food and fueling my body to be the best it can be. I guess I wanted to say all this because so many people struggle to be healthy and juggle all of life’s activities at the same time. But you don’t have to be perfect all the time. Eating one cupcake won’t make you fat, just like eating one cup of broccoli won’t make you healthy. So enjoy that piece of cake on your birthday and get right back to eating healthy as soon as you can. Continue to make healthy choices each day, choices that you can maintain for the rest of your life. Pretty soon it won’t even feel like a choice has to be made, it will just become second nature to eat healthy and feel the best you’ve ever felt.
This weekend was the perfect example of balance. Josh and I have been having an ongoing conversation about this whole balancing life with eating healthy thing and with being on maintenance it’s been easier and easier to have cheats here and there. I mean, you all know how much I love food…especially sushi. And cake. And most especially cake from the Cake Bake Shop. So, Saturday was an incredible day because I got to eat sushi and Cake Bake Shop cake! We met up with Des, Chris, Kalee, and Jeffrey at Sushi Bar in Broad Ripple to celebrate Kalee’s birthday. Did we stress about going out with friends and eating sushi and cake? Nope, because we chose to eat healthy leading up to dinner then shared our sushi rolls and one piece of cake (Ok, maybe a peppermint iced brownie too). The rolls were quite yummy. We got the Christmas roll (spicy tuna, avocado, and tobiko) and the Valentine’s roll (tuna wrapped with crab meat topped with spicy mayo). The weather was so pretty, so after dinner we walked the few blocks up to Cake Bake for the best part of the night! Broad Ripple is such a cute area, full of boutiques, bars, coffee shops, and restaurants. On the way to Cake Bake, we stopped in at Broad Ripple Vintage. Completely not what I expected, but they had a very eclectic collection from floor to ceiling of vintage clothes, jewelry, and accessories that would be perfect for costume parties. We finally made our way to Cake Bake and went right in to check it out. It is a little girl’s dream (I can’t lie, it’s my dream as an adult woman) walking in to see the shop decorated with pink, princess pigs, flowers, and a cherry blossom tree. They have every dessert you can imagine- brownies, macarons, dessert bars, cakelettes, cakes, pies, and cookies- displayed in a beautiful glass case! And everything (the desserts and the decorations) is covered in glitter! Deciding what to eat is always such a tough choice because everything looks so delicious and decadent. Josh and I ordered a princess bar (a brownie topped with peppermint buttercream) and a slice of cookie dough cake. The cookie dough cake was delightful- there were three layers of vanilla mini chocolate chip cake filled with chocolate ganache, vanilla buttercream, and gooey chocolate chip cookie dough, complete with a mini chocolate chip cookie on top. We all ordered a different slice of cake, so of course we had to pass our plates around for everyone to try. We tried the lemon cake, the raspberry champagne cake, the Earl’s Court chocolate cake, and the peanut butter, honey, marshmallow, and banana cake. They were all so delicious and the perfect end to our trip to Broad Ripple. I promise, you will never leave there disappointed. It’s impossible. So plan a trip there now!
Josh and I woke up early on Sunday and headed over to Cincinnati with my family for the Reds/Cubs game. While I don’t watch any baseball and don’t know much about the sport, there’s just something about sitting in a ball park with the smell of peanuts and popcorn in the air singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” with the crowd. The game was actually super fun and the Reds pulled off a win which made the guys in my family very happy. My brother-in-law, Tommy, caught a fly ball off Ben Zobrist (a Cubs player) which was such a cool experience. I’ve been a few sections over from people that have caught fly balls, but never actually known someone or been next to someone who has caught one! Another great part of the ball park (for Josh and I) was they allow soft coolers, so we planned ahead and packed lunch meat, grape tomatoes, and cucumbers to eat there so there would be no worries about what to eat from the concession stands if we got hungry. You CAN eat healthy and still do fun stuff with your friends and family! It’s crazy, I know! Believe me, it was not at all easy to sit and watch my whole family enjoy ooey gooey oh-so-cheesy brick oven pizza at Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria later at dinner while Josh and I ate our tiny side salads with dressing on the side, but it is worth it to us to try to find that balance and be healthy.
PS how sweet is Rocko? He wouldn’t leave my side after we got home from the baseball game, he missed us so much!