Bootcamp Day 1 [+ The Bootcamp Diet]

I survived! Day 1 of fitmixer bootcamp is under my belt… just 11 1/2 more weeks to go!

I’m feeling GREAT but am a little bit tired. Fitmixer has set up a weekly conference call for all of the participants to call into on Thursday nights at 10:00. (Since they’re based out of Salt Lake City, it’s only 8 PM there!) I generally am fast-asleep by that time, since I get up so gosh darn early, but really wanted to participate this time. And I’m glad I did! It was really great- and very cool to her from the girls and some of the participants! Luckily, school is over in a few weeks, so I’ll be able to stay up later after that and participate every week.

Rewind a bit…

I started the day with a good attitude and a smile. Sorta.

(I don’t have a full-length mirror, so I stand on my tub!)

Let’s talk about the fitmixer boot camp nutrition plan, shall we?

Here’s the personalized plan that Candice sent to me:

I’ll be honest- when I first saw this, I got a little freaked out. I thought that eating between 1300-1400 calories would be a big challenge. I eat anywhere between 1,500- 2,000 calories per day on average now… but obviously this isn’t working for me. It’s funny (well, not really- it actually kind of sucks) but when I was tracking in My Fitness Pal before, my calorie suggestion was 1,500 per day. And I would “earn” calories back based on exercise. I generally ate around 1600-1700 on most days, and due to the calories I burned through exercise each day (anywhere from 500-1200, depending on how many classes I was teaching that day!), I would get a little message from My Fitness Pal at the end of the day stating that “if every day were like today I’d love x amount of lbs. in 5 weeks!” And that amount was anywhere from 5-15 lbs. less than what I weighed. Well, obviously that wasn’t true for me- which is why I’m at where I’m at.

Let’s face it- pretty much any other person in the world could eat 2,000 calories a day and work out like I do and drop weight like crazy. But for me, eating that much makes me slowly gain. It’s time that I ACCEPT that, stop feeling sorry for myself and do something about it.

Hence, bootcamp. I’m going to try to just trust the experts this time.

As you can see from the plan, you are required to eat six times a day. This keeps your metabolism revved up, because it takes 3 hours for your body to digest food. After three hours, your metabolism slows way down to hold on to whatever it stored. When you eat again- it speeds back up! (I learned this on the conference call last night!) I should aim hit the goals for the percentage of carbs, fat and protein each day (and for each meal). That’s something I really haven’t paid much attention to before. It will definitely be hard to stay under 29 grams of fat each day too- since I’m such a nut and avocado freak! I emailed Candice about this (and a billion other questions- God bless her for dealing with Type A people like me!!) and she said it was okay to tweak it a bit- as long as my fats are “healthy fats” and I get enough carbs.

I also asked about the calorie count- making sure it was not too low. Candice assured me that she took in every consideration when calculating the numbers for me- and is well aware of my exercise/dieting history. She also told me to listen to my body and if I am feeling extremely hungry, tired and low energy all the time, to add a few more calories (but not go above 1500). I will definitely focus on being in tune with my body and hunger signals, but will try my darndest to stick within the range that she gave me. I know that my issues with food are much more mental than physical anyway, so my body really shouldn’t feel “starved.”

For my first day “on the diet” I actually didn’t really plan it out much. I had already prepped a lot of my meals for the week a few days ago, so I decided to stick with what I’ve been eating for breakfast and lunch and see how it stacked up to the plan. I’ll have much more time to plan things out and grocery shop this weekend, so meals next week will be a bit different.

So how did my first day go? Check it out.

(Lemon-Blueberry Protein Muffin, plain Chobani, sliced banana, peanut flour)

Celery sticks + 2 T homemade hummus

Mixed greens with avocado, 2 hard-boiled eggs, fuji apple

Workout: I couldn’t do the prescribed workout on Wednesday because I was already teaching Spinning and Bodypump, so I added the one from Wednesday on to Thursday’s. Each workout is no more than 30 minutes long, so it’s definitely manageable to do both! I printed them off, grabbed my Amino and iPad and let Robin kick my butt.


Wednesday’s workout was crazy! It’s pretty insane that a 20-minute workout can kick my butt so much more than an hour or two of cardio! And Thursday’s workout was no joke either- it was a real booty burner- literally! (I’ll talk a little more about the workouts soon!) Both workouts together took less than an hour to do and I was beat! But I still had a smile on my face. :)

After my workout, I refueled with snack #2:

1 scoop Sun Warrior Vanilla protein powder, 1/3 c frozen peaches, ice, guar + xanthan gum and water, 2 T granola

About two hours later, we had dinner:

This was a repeat from last week (because it was SO DARN GOOD): Taco salad with roasted veggies, 3 oz lean grass-fed beef, avocado salsa, chobani and a few crumbled up Beanitos.

I could eat this every single night for dinner (and it’s SO filling!)

The plan requires that we also have a snack after dinner. Okay… if I must!

This is a cocoa/pb microwave muffin (made with 2 T cocoa powder, 1/2 T coconut flour, 2 T egg whites, 1 T pumpkin puree, 1 packet stevia and peanut flour + water swirled in). When I grabbed it out of the microwave, I noticed that it looked odd- I forgot the baking powder (which makes it get really big and fluffy). But, it ended up being really dense and fudgey- and really good! I don’t know the exact stats, but based on the ingredients I used, it’s around 60 calories.

I stopped eating for the day around 7:45 pm, because I hate to go to bed with a full stomach- it totally messes with my sleep. I didn’t take a picture of every single calorie I took in- there were also a few glasses of flax milk, an Adora calcium disk and maybe one other thing… I don’t remember. All in all, I did pretty good and stayed right under that 1400 calorie range.

Not too bad. I need to increase my carbs a bit though (oh darn!). My Fitness Pal automatically adds in the extra calories that you “earn” from exercise, but those are not factored in on this plan (they create a deficit instead).

How I ate yesterday is pretty similar to how I eat on a daily basis- the difference is, I probably also eat an extra 500+ calories from mindless snacking, which I was SUPER aware of yesterday. And most of that occurs in the evening, leaving me feeling icky by the time I go to bed and full and bloated in the morning.

And you know what? At the end of day one, I felt awesome. I didn’t feel hungry or deprived- I felt like I had some small sort of victory. Now the key is to keep it going. I’ve got a pretty long journey ahead of me, and I’ve got so much support going on, it’s crazy (and wonderful). I can’t wait to see where the next 11 1/2 weeks lead!

I’ll be getting my Fitmixer protein delivery at the beginning of next week, so I can start using that as a protein source for some of snacks and meals after that. I’m also going to do some very careful shopping over the weekend based on my nutritional needs- and I’m excited about that. Let’s just keep this excitement and motivation going…

PS- Thanks so much for your kind comments and support on yesterday’s post. It means the world to me!


If you are trying to lose weight, Would you rather eat all pre-made foods or continue to cook your own food? I would prefer to cook my own, hands down. But, it is nice to a have a few quick and “convenient” things on hand when you’re super busy or in a hurry.






  1. 1) I love your outfit in the first pic
    2) I TOTALLY stand on my tub too!!!
    3) Your meals look great and I look forward to seeing your progress. I can’t count calories – but I will watch you do it :)
    4) Love ya and miss ya!!!! Can you move to Colorado yet? (Heather’s doing it!)

    • I’m not into calorie counting either, but it DOES really make me aware of just how much more I’m eating than I think I am. Whatever works… I’ll take it! But I refuse to be a calorie-counter for the rest of my life. NO thanks.

  2. Nice work!! I love a good, sweaty workout that kicks my butt in a short amount of time :) Your eats look awesome–have fun with that! It is nice to check in once in awhile and see where I am at, but now I know that I eat tons of protein medium carbs and a nice amount of fats. So tracking CAN be a good thing when we don’t allow it to mess with our heads! Cheers, Lauren-and HAPPY Friday!!

    • Exactly- there’s a very fine line between accountability and obsession. I don’t want to cross it!

  3. I love all your pictures! Twenty minute workouts are awesome. You can kill yourself for that short of time but not for an hour. I’ve never been good at eating six times a day it I know it’s good for you! Good luck with the next couple of weeks.

    • Yeah, I’m all for taking less time to work out and having it be more effective overall. And seriously- the 20 minute workouts make me sweat and hurt the next day more than any other hour or two long workout I’ve been doing. Eating 6x a day certainly takes a lot of planning.

  4. I have the same deal with no full-length mirror and standing on my tub. No lie, falling into the tub doing that is how I screwed up my back. Please be careful! :O)

  5. I can’t believe all that food is under 1400 cal. It just goes to show that if you make the right choices you can get filling healthy food and be satisfied. It all looks delicious so I am sure you’ll stay on track. Good for you Lauren, I am excited for you.

    • I know, right? That’s why I make my own food. I am definitely not satisfied by some microwave dinner that’s 1/4 of my daily intake. If you love veggies, you can certainly bulk up any meal!

  6. LOVE THIS POST. So many thoughts! First: “Let’s face it- pretty much any other person in the world could eat 2,000 calories a day and work out like I do and drop weight like crazy.” WRONG. I was talking to my two co-workers today and we were talking about how NONE of us can eat very many calories without gaining weight and we ALL watch our diets and work out 6x a week. So actually, my friend, you are quite normal. Damn those metabolisms as we age.. damn them to hell.

    Next, I love seeing your full day of eats. I actually viewed your log on MFP earlier today so it is fun to see the photos that go along with those meals! What a perfect day!

    I am JUST like you–where I eat my normal meals and snacks (all healthy)–but then I randomly snack at night on things that are JUST THERE.. for no reason at all. And I DON’T NEED THOSE CALORIES. Just don’t. I have found myself CONSTANTLY putting my hands in check this week. I can’t believe how often I reach for random bites of food! No wonder I have landed in a not-so-awesome state!

    I love you to death. So glad you’re doing the bootcamp! xoxo

    • THANK YOU for that first comment. It helps to know that I’m not the only one- because I seriously feel like I am. It seems like everyone else I know can just stop drinking soda or go do the elliptical for 30 minutes and drop a ton of weight. I’m glad I’m not in this alone (and Robin and Candice have been the first people to make me GET that!)
      The snacking that occurs when I get home is definitely the biggest challenge- BUT it actually wasn’t hard to curb. I just really tried to stay in touch with my levels of hunger and gave it a second thought each time I was tempted to grab a handful of granola, spoonful of butter or cup of cereal. And I know that I’m accountable now to the fitmixer crew- and THAT helps because I really, really want to succeed.
      Love you to death to- and can’t thank you enough for bringing fitmixer into my life! :)

  7. love seeing the eats!! looks like a good day. btw, whered u get ur iphone case? haha thats random but its super cute. i just got a new phone and need a case baddddd

    • I actually got it at the Verizon store when I bought the phone! I wasn’t in love with it, but it was the best they had. Now I kind of like it. They might have it on their website… and I think it was $20.
      I saw a gold sparkly one the other day that I want now…

  8. First off love the outfit. You look great! Second I am totally with you on your dinner salad. Looks like something I usually do. As for food I would rather make it…just seems more indulgent that way and I know exactly what’s in it. Also taking the time to make my food makes me think and plan my meal. I like having quick stuff around for hectic days but its too easy to mindlessly grab and snack on that stuff too :(

  9. that is crazy that the calorie allowance they allow is so low!! mine is about that “goal” if I was trying to lose weight cause I’m only 5′….and you are so active!! Whatever you are trying to achieve I hope you do it but calorie counting and everything can REALLY f*ck up your day…cause it’s constantly in your head.


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