28 to Great! Challenge


I’m going to be taking part in barre3’s 28 to Great challenge this month. And how appropriate is it that it begins on my birthday? It would be cooler if I was turning 28 instead of 27… but you can’t have it all, right?

The barre3 blog has all the details, but to summarize… you pay $28, receive the barre3 core ball and wristband in the mail with a meal plan and recipes, and have access to unlimited monthly online workouts. Luckily, I have a studio nearby and will be taking classes 6 days/week with Courtney and the other awesome instructors.

Last night, I created a meal plan and prepped for an entire week’s worth of meals. I chopped cucumbers and tomatoes, grilled chicken, hardboiled eggs, put almonds into Ziploc bags and made a ton of salad dressing. I also made 12 servings of rice! The prep took me about two hours, but it was well worth it. My actual “cooking” this week is going to be minimal, and I’m sure I saved a ton of time in the long run.

The meal plan is based around eating non-processed foods, so my basic eating for the day looks like this:

  • Breakfast: 2 hardboiled egg whites, banana
  • Morning snack: Handful of almonds
  • Lunch: Grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, cucumbers, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, mushrooms and cilantro balsamic vinaiggrette
  • Snack: Carrots and hummus
  • Dinner: Grilled chicken, avocado, rice and black beans

The plan calls for eliminating or greatly reducing coffee and alcohol intake. I’ll be taking the latter approach. I love my morning coffee and am not ready to part with it just yet 🙂 Wish me luck!