MERRY FITNESS: Christmas Gift List for Fitness Enthusiasts

PFIT Ppfit pfindsFINDS: Christmas Gift Ideas

As a blogger, I get an opportunity to try all kinds of fun fitness gear, accessories, devices and products. Every year I use my findings and share gift ideas for the fitness enthusiast (from my favorite products I’ve either found on my own or done a product review for). As I continue to discover new products, I will be adding to THIS page all through November and December. So, bookmark this page because it will be growing leading up to Christmas Day.
Look for this Pfit Pfinds logo in blogs for more Christmas Gift Ideas. :)

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DIET TALK: Do You Have Plan B?

Atkins Breakfast SandwichWhile I primarily eat whole food on the Atkins Diet, I am also enjoying their frozen dinners. Let’s be realistic. We can’t always do Plan A, and cook a fresh meal. Life gets hectic and we need to have a Plan B. Plan B for Atkins is pre-packaged meals – and it’s been a relief to have that option in a pinch.

The first Atkins meal I got to try was the breakfast sandwich. Since Atkins allows for more fat in their foods, a small breakfast sandwich stuck with me longer than low-fat, high-carb versions. I threw some hot sauce on this bad boy and it was quite tasty! (Marley wanted to taste it too! Lol)

Atkins Frozen Meals:

  • High quality proteins without fillers
  • Premium cuts of vegetables
  • Gravies and sauces made with real natural creams and butter
  • No added sugars or preservatives
  • 4-7g Net Carbs per meal
  • Fits all 4 phases of Atkins

Pre-Packaged Food: Good or Bad?

ATKINS FROZEN MEALSI have to laugh when people slam pre-packaged foods. While I absolutely agree that whole foods are ideal (and the healthiest option), ideal isn’t always realistic. Ironically, it’s often times the same people who want to argue about frozen food who never think twice about eating out – not realizing many restaurants relay on pre-packaged foods too. (Granted, I do know some of my fit-friends are totally and successfully dedicated to eating organic and completely healthy – and you are our idol. But, for the rest of us mere humans, we just do our best. ;)  )

Here’s my take on pre-packaged foods for the health-conscience:
They are convenient, and much better than other convenient options. So many people would be so much thinner and healthier if they chose frozen dinners over eating out. Some people complain they are too expensive, yet they’ll drop double the money on a biggie size meal. While it is an initial investment upfront, they can save you money in the long run.

summer saladHealthy intentions are wasted if it never turns into healthy actions. This requires honesty – to your self and to others. You can never succeed if you aren’t realistic about what you are willing to do, or not to do. People set their sites too high, with great intentions to cook healthy food. But, as life gets busy, they find themselves in a bind, sitting at a drive-through window with a car full of kids because they didn’t have time between school and soccer practice to actually cook a real meal. Meanwhile, their fresh veggies are rotting in the fridge because they haven’t had the time to cook. Good intentions? Yes. Bad actions? Yes. Easy and convenient trumps healthy yet once again. However, this wouldn’t happen if you had go-to meals on hand, or you had prepared your meals in advance.

Plan to Succeed

Plan A – You can’t cook healthy if you don’t shop healthy. Plan A begins with shopping smart. Atkins actually gives you a shopping list of foods you can buy to help you shop healthier when you sign up for their free online tools. They also offer recipes and meal plans to help you you’re your meals. http://community.atkins.com/Login.aspx

Plan A2 – The 2nd part of Plan A is you actually have to do something with the food you buy. My suggestion is to set aside time over the weekend to prepare food for the week. We grill out a bunch of chicken, cut up veggies to cook later and do any food prep on Sunday so we are ready to eat right on Monday.

Plan A3 – Yes, there is one more step to Plan A. You can’t eat healthy if you don’t shop healthy or cook healthy, but you also can’t eat healthy if it stays in the fridge. Be sure to have a good selection of Tupperware and Ziploc bags on hand so you can pack your food for lunch, or so you can grab a meal to go in a hurry. The more convenient you make your healthy selections, the more likely you are to eat what you prepared.

Atkins barsPlan B – Finally Plan B. Plan B stands for your “Back-up plan”. Think of frozen dinners as your plan B. Always choose healthy whole foods first, but have other options when Plan A isn’t doable. This may include some frozen dinners, bars, snacks, shakes and other convenient selections. Plan B is much better than Plan C – which is to “Cheat” on your diet! Say no to Plan C!

Plan D - What? A Plan D? Yes, it’s called “Do-Overs”. Seriously. So many people fail because they mess up once or twice and decide that diet didn’t work for them – when, if you were honest, YOU didn’t work for you. Eating healthy takes work. The diet doesn’t fail, WE fail. If you rely on a diet to do all the work for you, you will be disappointed. Diets are there to give you guidance, but you need to learn as you go so your diet can be a permanent life change.

While you won’t need to be in a caloric deficit forever, the principles of healthy eating should continue to be applied while in maintenance. Explore the Akins website, learn why their eating principles work and learn how you can apply them in your normal meal planning. The more you learn, the more you can change the way you eat forever – and that’s the difference between dieting and just eating healthier. Go the distance. Keep doing Do-Overs until you get it right. Eventually, healthy habits will stick!

Fight Cravings

self-controlAtkins offers some healthy alternatives to help fight cravings. I’ll brag on their tasty bars another day, but I have to admit I was very happy to have some Atkins chocolate covered almonds when I faced a sweet craving. I popped 3-4 in my mouth and it was exactly what I needed to end the fixation on chocolate I suddenly had. I’m afraid to think of what I would have done if all I had in the kitchen was ice cream!

Eat this, not that:

Salty Craving Fix

When I craved chips and popcorn, I cut thin slices of low-fat sharp cheddar cheese and sliced up a dill pickle to end my salty craving. Here are some more salty fixes.

  • Sliced Cucumbers with Red Wine Vinegar & Cracked Pepper
  • ¼ Cup Hummus with Celery & Carrots
  • 2 T Peanut Butter with Celery
  • ½ C Cottage Cheese and tomato on a bed of lettuce with a Splash of Balsamic Vinegar
  • Celery & Sliced Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Sliced Tomato with Shredded Parmesan Cheese & Garlic (Roasted is even better!)
  • Sliced Lunch Meat with Laughing Cow Cheese, Sliced Egg White & Hot Sauce

Sweet Cravings

I don’t crave sweets often, but I am thankful for Greek yogurt when I do! Here are a few sweet treats to end s sweet tooth.

  • ½ C Cottage Cheese with Pineapple
  • 2 T Almond Butter with Celery or Apple
  • ½ C Greek Yogurt with Blueberries
  • Decaf coffee or tea
  • Protein Shake
  • Endulge Atkins Treats
  • Advantage Bars

Follow Atkins for More Tips & Recipes

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  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/atkinsinsider
  • Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/atkinsinsider/
  • This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins.

4 Ways to Find Your Fit

SHAPE MAGAZINEShape Magazine has challenged me, as one of the 10 East Coast against 10 West Coast bloggers, to put our new Fitbit Charge to the test. Each week we compete to see which Coast can take the most steps or log the longest distance, leading to one Coast to be declared the most “Active Coast”.

1st Challenge: Take a Hike!

Shape FitBit ChalllengeEach week we will get a challenge to complete (follow #MotivationMondays and #FindYourFit to follow the challenge). This week’s challenge was “Take a Hike“. I don’t know about you and where you live, but there isn’t a lot of “hiking” here. There are no mountains, hills or parks to go “hiking” around – at least, not how I think of hiking. While there IS one trail called Jungle Trail, one town over, hiking isn’t something you think of when you think of Vero Beach.

On top of it, Monday for us was a crazy travel work-day for us Pfiesters. We were up at 5am, on the road by 7am to Boca Raton where we shoot our LiveExercise workout shows, then we had to fly back to train clients, teach kickboxing and teach BCx Shred Camp at our gym, Max Fitness Club. But, I still planned on getting my hike on despite my insane day! Did I mention I was also temporarily blind?

Bonnie Pfiester 4-eyesI’m going through a special contact fitting (created for hard-to-fit blink folks like me). This fitting requires me to wear a special contact lens (and I still have to wear glasses over them to see! That’s how blind I am! haha). Anyway, I have to wear these contacts for a few days to help the doctor (Dr. Joyce Desrosiers of the Eye Clinic of Vero) measure my eye. So, not only did I not have an ideal path, I can’t even really see a path at all. Ha! So, instead of sitting on the couch in the office waiting for Steve’s show to end, staring into space, I was on a mission to prove to everyone you can have all the excuses in the world and still choose not to use one of them. So, in between shows, I decided to hike my semi-blind self through Boca’s industrial area.

image8To my surprise, I actually had a lot of fun exploring through parking lots, loading docs, sidewalks, breezeways and side streets – and even found a pretty lake-veiw spot to sit and relax a bit.

Even when your day is busy, even when your circumstances are not ideal, you can still #FindYourFit!

Follow me on Intagram & Twitter to join in the weekly challenge and follow my teams progress at Shape.com.

FindYourFit

Here are a few pics from my city hike! lol ;)

4 Ways to Find Your Fit

circles1. Don’t be afraid to walk in circles. Before I decided to walk through the entire industrial plaza on the street where our studio was, I first decided I’d just walk around the building. Even if I had to do 20 laps, I would still get some steps in, burn some calories and find my fit. I think many people are looking for the ideal path, not just any path. To #FindYourFit, you have to improvise.

10-minute-clock2. 10 minutes is ok. When it comes to exercising the heart and lunges, exercising for only 10 minutes at a time is effective. Don’t feel like you have to have a whole hour to workout. While your co-worker takes their 10 minute smoke break, take a 10 minute walk break! You’ll come back more refreshed and alert than your nicotine-filled friend.

HIIT3. Make the most of the time you have. If you are limited on time, incorporate HIIT (High Intensity Hit Training) into your walk. You can set your Fitbit Charge to cue you every minute (or desired time). Rotate between a run and a walk, or a sprint and a jog, to burn more calories and take your cardiovascular training up a notch.

Blue-Jump-Rope-14. Walk a mile without leaving. There are other ways to take steps without even leaving your house or office. Butt-kicks (jogging in place), jump rope, high marches and jumping jacks can help you get your steps in even if you can’t step out. Here’s an example of a workout you can do with nothing but your bodyweight and a jumprope to get increase your steps and #findyourfit!

Warm up: Watch Video

25 Butt-Kix (jog in place, heels hit your butt)
25 Jax
(repeat 2x)
25 Squats

25 2-Step Heismans
(repeat 2x)
Jump Rope (2 minutes)

THE PUSH: Watch Video 

(3 rounds for time)
30 Jogs

30 Butt-Kix
30 Jax
10 High Knees (one big jump in the air lifting both knees as high as you can)
1-Minute Jump rope 

SSS (SkaterSquatShuffle): Watch Video

3 sets for time
20 Skaters (lunge from side to side, touching opposite hand to the lunging foot)

20 Butt-Kix
20 Squat Front-Kix (squat with alternating kicks)
20 Butt-Kix
20 Shuffle (quick switch)
20 Butt Kix
Record your time at the end of the third round!

WIN A FITBIT CHARGE

Check out all the blogger’s pages (you can click on each blogger’s pic to see their blog) to see how they’re tackling the challenges and get your hands on your own new Fitbit Charge by entering our weekly sweepstakes below. Come back weekly to see which Coast is in the lead and to enter to win 1 of 4 new Fitbit Charges we’re handing out!

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This post is sponsored by the Shape/Men’s Fitness FitBit Charge Challenge.

5 Ways to Stay Motivated

There are many reasons people are motivated to get fit. Some people are motivated to start working out because they want to look better. Other people are motivated to exercise in order to feel better. No matter what motivates you to start a program, the key to success not just figuring out how to GET motivated but how to STAY motivated.

Staying motivated takes effort, but it can be done.
Read my recent article on Answers.com5 Ways to Stay Motivated

motivation vs perseverance

MORE MOTIVATION:

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100+ Fitness Memes & Quotes

Fail Yesterday, Succeed Today

failure is historyToo many people let their past failures define them. They dieted before and failed, so they believe they are doomed to never lose weight. They joined a gym before and quit going, so they fear they’ll just waste their money again the next time. They have a tendency to be lazy, selfish, and lack self control, so they fear they will always be lazy, selfish and lack self control. This type of thinking uses past failures to sabotage tomorrow’s successes.

My grandmother once quoted Barbara Johnson, an encouraging author known for helping women have hope and joy in discouraging times, saying, “Worry is wasting today’s time to clutter up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles.” Focusing on past failures causes us to worry about continuing to be a failure, and Barbara reminds us worrying wastes time and interferes with tomorrow’s opportunities.

Free From Failure

failure or successWhat we think about is a choice. We have the choice to think about all the mistakes we’ve made, and what mistakes we could make in the future OR we can think about changing our actions, breaking the cycle, becoming the person we want to be, learning from our mistakes and succeeding. Sure, it’s easy to look at the facts. Believe me, I know about failure. I remember paying for a gym membership for 2 years and never going. Did that stop me from joining a gym again? No. The next time I went a little more than the first. I continued to join gyms until I found the one that kept me going, and I learned to make working out a part of my life, and not an option.

Of course, this is just one type of failure. There are much worse failures than just wasting a gym membership or quitting a diet. However, the application applies to all failures. Just the same way you can list off all the good reasons you’re sure you could fail again (where statistics could help prove your point), I can shoot off some statistics of my own that prove you could succeed.

Aim for Success

never-give-upI have countless encounters with people who have never had weight loss success who joined our gym, or did a boot camp, and got the results they wanted after many failed attempts. I could remind you of all the failed relationships who decided to never give up and who made it – stronger and better than they ever hoped. We can look at all the countless men and women in history that led lives of failure, but are remembered for their great successes because they didn’t let their failures define them or stop them from continuing to try to become a success.

No matter what your struggle is today, decide now to accept your failures as HISTORY. You can be a failure yesterday and be a success today. Be a success for several days in a row, and before you know it you ARE a success.

No matter how bad you were on Thanksgiving, no matter how much you’ve let your workouts slip, no matter how many poor mistakes you’ve made with your finances or relationships, decide to stop making the mistakes that haunt you, decide to think about the possibilities if you succeed, and and decide to make this week a successful week!

What if he quit trying?

mystery man“This was a man who failed in business at the age of 21; was defeated in a legislative race at age 22; failed again in  business at age 24; overcame the death of his sweetheart at age 26; had a  nervous breakdown at age 27; lost a congressional race at age 34; lost a  senatorial race at age 45; failed in an effort to become vice-president  at age 47; lost a senatorial race at age 49; and was elected president  of the United States at age 52.”

This man was Abraham Lincoln.

I have failed over and over, and that is why I succeed” Abraham Lincoln.

Read More Amazing Failure-to-Success Stories

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Fat-Melting Heart-Pounding Upper Body Workout

Here is one of our latest BCx Boot Camp workouts on LiveExercise.com. This workout is designed to sculpt your upper body, as well as burn a ton of calories in a short period of time (normally only 30-40 minutes). Follow the written workout below, and subscribe to LiveExercise to the workout WITH US!

BCx Boot Camp Workout

Shoulders:
Do the following exercises with NO rest between exercises.

12 Push Press
12 MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS
12 Lateral Raise
12 MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS
12 Rear Delt Raise
12 MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS
X 3

Back & Chest:
Do the following exercises with NO rest between exercises.

12 Pull Ups or Pull Downs
12 KETTLEBELL SWINGS 
12 Bent-over Row
12 KETTLEBELL SWINGS 
12 Push Ups
12 KETTLEBELL SWINGS
X 3

Abs & Core:
Do the following exercises with NO rest between exercises.

15 Rope Crunch
15 BICYCLE CRUNCH
15 Toes to Bar (or Reverse Crunch)
15 BICYCLE CRUNCH
15 Side Plank Pulses (L)
15 BICYCLE CRUNCH
15 Side Plank Pulses (R)
15 BICYCLE CRUNCH
X 3

Arms:
Do the following exercises with NO rest between exercises.

12 Heavy Pants
12 TUCK JUMPS
12 Dips
12 TUCK JUMPS
12 Bicel Curls
12 TUCK JUMPS
X 3

ONE-MONTH BOOT CAMP

BCx Boot Camp

If you liked this workout, click HERE to follow a whole month of BCx Boot Camp for only $7.99/month! Seriously, that is SO cheap! Our local boot campers pay $250/month to workout with us 3 x a week. Give it a try – you can cancel anytime. There really is nothing to lose! Hope to see you there!!!

FITNESS: You CAN Afford It!

money where your mouth isIn this economy, many people would say they couldn’t afford to get fit. However, it is likely they can afford more than they think. Most people simply spend too much money on things that make them fat, instead of things to get them fit.

As a result, you can easily nickel and dime yourself right out of a healthy lifestyle. For instance, many people don not think twice about going through a drive-through at lunch or buying a five-dollar latte for a caffeine boost. One modest dinner date would cover a gym membership for the month, offering endless fitness opportunities. Sadly, people keep putting their money where there mouth is – literally.

1 drink alcoholic drink per night can average $90.00 a month.

In my recent article on Answers.com, I show how some of our food and drink choices add up if you aren’t careful – and it’s AMAZING how even a cup of coffee a day can add up! CLICK HERE to read the whole article, 7 Ways to Afford a Healthy Lifestyle and see other ways to cut back and make more room for fit choices.

What have you given up to help you afford to get healthy and fit?

MEN’S PFITNESS: Get Your Fitness Mojo Back

BULKING UPAnyone who has worked out for any length of time realizes there are different seasons in the gym. Definitely not referring to Summer or Winter.  The seasons I am talking about are “the lazy season”, “the lean up season”,  “the bulk up season”, or even “the I’m on fire to workout season”.

If you are like me, one week you want to be bigger, then a week later you want to be more shredded. Then, maybe you get bored, then you just don’t care – only to see something that inspires you or motivates you to get back and “train like a freak”. For me, this is usually a picture of my fat face or brand new belly!

Whatever season you’re in, we all aspire to see or experience that “one thing” that organically creates a deep burning desire to be sold to get in shape once more. (Side note: the true desire to get fit has to be because you want the change for you, not to train for anyone else!)

“The Lazy Season”

Steve and Bonnie PfiesterRecently Bonnie, my wife, and I competed in a pretty large bodybuilding and physique event in Daytona Florida. We both were completely motivated to train and eat like a “Pharisee” for over 4 months. Our motivation never wavered. We were relentless in our pursuit of the goal laid before us.  During the training we vowed to have tighter parameters of our weight and diet, making sure to maintain all of this hard work and higher level of fitness. But here I am, 2 Disney trips, 3 nights on the town, 1 week of company at our house, and 6 weeks later, disappointed and rather stale with my eating and training. We had the best intentions, we even set limits on our diet and I have definitely been training. So what happened?

Good intentions and even setting strict parameters are futile if left unchecked. Laziness quickly sets in. Arbitrary goals with no finish line are a sure way to fail.  Our goals need to have a finite beginning and end that depicts some entity of time, and reward. Give your self a start line and a definite finish line that you CAN NOT continue to move every time you mess up. If you keep restarting your diet and training every Monday, it is probably because your finish line is as “wishy washy” as your efforts to get in shape.

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“The Get Back on Track Season”

Even after establishing some goals, how do we get back (and stay motivated) to “train like a freak”?

TLF Apparel1. New routine and exercises to facilitate the goals you established (bigger, stronger, faster). Sign up for another show, race, competition or event.
2. Get some food and supplements that will enhance training.  New recipes and doing research on vitamins will help motivate you.
3. Grab some new music and make a sick playlist specific for each workout (cardio, arms, legs, ect…)
4. New gearMy favorite motivator. A new outfit from TLF Apparel, new shoes, gloves or straps, a new med ball, speed rope, kettle bell, did I mention a new outfit?

So whats the deal?  Establishing the goals in a finite time is by far the most important, but making an investment into that goal is paramount.  If every Monday you are starting over you need to feel a loss of your investment.  It needs to cost you something when you mess up or quit. In order to look freaky good, you have to “train like a freak”.

pfit pfindsCheck out this gear I got from TLF (Train Like a Freak) apparel that got me back on track to train like a freak.  Thanks TLF, you guys motivate me!!!

CONNECT WITH TLF:

Follow the Train Like a Freak hashtag for motivation.
Follow them on Instagram
Follow them on Facebook
Follow them on Twitter

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TLF Apparel – for men and women

Infinity Rep Sleeveless Hoodie

I can wear this hoodie to the gym or I can throw it on with some jeans and go to a movie. It’s really that versatile – and yet it’s cozy as my most comfy pajamas, so I tend to throw it on when lounging around the house too. It’s definitely one of my favs. As much use as I get out of this, it’s worth the money. Price tag: $54.00. Available in grey or black.

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Product Highlights:
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Lightweight soft comfortable fabric Flat seamed for chafe resistance
Mesh back shoulder and hood panels for added style
Reflective Infinity logo on the upper front left chest
Reflective Infinity “punched out” logo on the back right shoulder
TLF engraved drawstring caps

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Infinity Longevity Shorts

TLF’s™ Infinity Longevity Shorts is made with Infi-Dry™ technology, these lightweight, moisture-wicking shorts provide you with comfort that will last throughout your entire workout or any sports activity. Price Tag: $44. Available in grey or black.

TLF Apparel

Product Highlights:
High-quality Infi-Dry™ fabric keeps you cool & dry, wicking away the sweat and moisture
Custom “Property of TLF Crest” artwork on front of left leg
TLF woven skull patch on center back
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Drawstring waistband for a custom fit
TLF engraved drawstring caps

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Up Next:

I will show off my next outfit. You can get a sneak peak of it, before my review goes out in this recent video (where I talk about sculpting tips).

I’m Getting a Pface Lift

PfitBlog.comDid I get your attention?! A facelift IS happening, but NOT on my body – on my blog!! PfitBlog.com got a new look, and is still going through a little nip and tucks. It will now be the main hub for workouts, fitness tips, recipes, diet tips, product reviews and fitness news for both Steve and I. No more BonniePfiester.com or StevePfiester.com. No more PfiesterPfit.com. PfitBlog is the one-stop shop!

During the transition, you might have missed a blog or two, since it took a while for my subscribers to get moved over. So, after you read this update, check out some of my recent posts – especially my new Christmas Gift Guide and my Fivesse Gym Bag GIVE-A-WAY on my Tips to Finding the Perfect Gym Bag blog!! Visit all the tabs and look around to see how the site is laid out. Again, things will continue to change, but I wanted to give you all a formal update. So much great stuff to come!!!

Introducing PfitBlog.com
Pfitness • Pfood • Pfaith

Pfitness Pfood PfaithAs we were planning our merge, I began to think about what we really are passionate about. The answer: fitness, food and faith. In order to be complete, and truly healthy, I believe you must have all three in check.

Your fitness can only be so strong if you are not fueling your body properly. You can eat right, but not be fit enough to save yourself in an emergency situation if you don’t purposefully exercise. Lastly, you can be fit as a fiddle, but if you are spiritually dead and hopeless, your physical body will be quickly destroyed by your defeated and tired spirit.

As we approach a new year, we both look forward to helping more people than ever, so each of you can become the best you possible – inside and out!!

What’s up with the “P”?

wedding pictureWhen I was single, my maiden name was easy. It was Talley. It never once got mispronounced. I was Bonnie Talley from Tallahassee, Florida and (at one time) I actually lived in Talla Villa Appartments! ha! How easy was that? Then Steve came along and had the gall to make him fall in love with me and my name changed to Pfiester.

One advantage to having a challenging name is you know who the telemarketers are because I get every pronunciation possible – from Pfeeyster, to P-Fister! lol! But, the downside is, no one seems to know how to spell it, say it or to know what in the world to do what that random “P”.

Pfiester is German, so if we lived in Germany, we’d be Ok! They have “Pf”s all over the place! Ha! Germans say “Apfel” for “apple”, “Pfeffer” for “pepper” and “Pflaume” for “plum”!

Say My Name, Say My Name… (sing with me!)

"Pf": Silent "P"
Pfiester is pronounced: “Feeeeester“,

or as Webster would say /’fēster/. The “P” is just silent.

Why so much “Pf”s every where? One day, I decided to play up the “Pf” in everything that started with a “F” with “Pf” to help people know how to say our name and to put a personal Pfiester touch on our fitness business. That’s when PfitBlog was born. So in case you were one of those people who always wondered what the P stood for, it stands for nothing (lol), but just a little creative Pfun! :)

 

Meet the Pfiesters

Not sure who the heck we are? Well, here’s a little video clip introducing ourselves, and showing you what we do.

Atkins Meal Plan & Diet Tips

As you may have heard, or seen on some of my social media posts, I am in the first phase of the Atkins 40 Diet. What is Atkins 40? Basically, Atkins 40 the new Atkins that lets you have more (healthy) carbs, even from the start.

You may think of Adkins as the no-carb diet, but Atkins has changed over the years, and is also misunderstood (I admit I was one of those people). An all-too-common misconception is that this first phase of Atkins is the whole program, but the key to Atkins is finding the maximum number of grams of carbs, known as your personal “carb balance”, that you can consume while continuing to lose weight, keep your appetite under control, and stay alert and energized.

In this first phase, the Atkins 40 allows you to start the Atkins program with 40 grams of Net Carbs, which is a new entry point into the program. This means you can eat from all food groups from day one on the program, and still enjoy the weight loss success on a fat burning metabolism.

What are Net Carbs?

“When you follow the Atkins Nutrition Approach, you count Net Carbs, which means the total carbohydrate content of the food minus the fiber content. The Net Carb number reflects the grams of carbohydrate that significantly impact your blood sugar level.”

You can calculate the approximate number of Net Carb grams of a low-carb product yourself by looking at the information provided on a food label:
Total Carbohydrates
– Dietary Fiber
– Sugar alcohol
= Net carbs

For example, I ate 2 cups of spring mix, 6oz of chicken, ½ an avocado and balsamic vinegar. My total carbs was 25.3gms of carbohydrates and my fiber was 8.8gms of fiber, totaling only 16.5gms of Net Carbs for that meal. By labeling carbs, and getting dieters to really look at fiber too, it teaches you the us the difference good carbs vs bad carbs.

More On Carbs:

Learn more about Net Carbs
Net Carbs vs Total Carbs.
Download the Atkins Carb Counter to help you track your carbs.

 

The Atkins 40 Diet

“Increasing health fat and protein means you stay fuller longer and you have more steady energy through out the day.”

On Atkins 40, I’m eating:

  • More vegetables than the USDA recommends
  • Proteins including meats, fish, poultry and plant-based proteins
  • Healthy fats including olive oil, avocado and nuts
  • Dairy including whole Greek yogurt and cheeses
  • Variety of fruits and whole grains

With Atkins 40, I’m learning:

  • The difference between good carbs and bad carbs
  • How to eliminate added sugars
  • How to incorporate healthy fats
  • How easy it is to adapt to a low carb lifestyle
  • How to lose weight, feel great, while enjoying healthy delicious foods with a wide range of food choices.

The Diet: Pfiester Approved!! 

I honestly can say I have really enjoyed my meal plan. It isn’t much different than I have been eating, which is higher in protein and lower in carbs, with a good dose of healthy carbs. I only had to make a few minor adjustments.

1. I can eat BACON!! Yahoooo!! (granted, I can only have 2 pieces occasionally, this has been like striking gold for me!! YUM!). This was my breakfast yesterday – 2 eggs scrambled with bell pepper and 2 strips of bacon. What’s funny is I don’t even like eggs, but anything tastes amazing with Bacon! haha!

2. I am eating more meat. Instead of eating 3-4 ounces of chicken, I’m now eating 6 ounces!! This has definitely helped me stay fuller longer and is helping me get the protein I want with very little supplementing.

3. I am reducing my carbs a little. Since I already don’t eat a lot of carbs, this wasn’t a big shocker (even though I admit I was a little freaked out about having only 50gms of carbs a day!). Truthfully, I have been just fine without them. When I normally would want some popcorn, I cut a few slivers of some light sharp cheese and nibbled on that instead. It satisfied my salty craving and my growling tummy.

4. I am paying more attention to fiber. I have always known fiber is good, but I’ve never tracked it as much as now.

Healthy fats5. I am being more generous with fats. Normally, I would barely drizzle a teaspoon of oil on a salad (if I used any at all!), but now I fill up that entire tablespoon of olive oil! I used to only eat egg beaters, but now I’m eating one whole egg with 1 egg white (even though it says I can have 2 whole eggs – I’m working my way up to that. lol).

6. I am eating more simply. Now that I am following a diet plan, I am using fewer ingredients and making better choices than even before. Following the Atkins Diet is teaching me to be OK with simple meals. For instance, yesterday I ate the salad I mentioned above in the Net Carbs section. The salad was only 3 ingredients – chicken, greens and avocado. Before, I would feel like I needed a fruit or something else to “dress it up”. This time, I stuck with what Atkins said (like a good girl) and it was plenty yummy and completely filling.

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Week 1 – Getting Started

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Week 1 Meal Plan:

Here is a sample of my first week’s diet plan.

2014 Atkins 40 week 1

 

Keep checking in for more tips and feedback on my Atkins diet experience!!

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