I have been going to a new gym, The Fitness Shack, which is conveniently located between my house and work. It was started by Renee Mason, an MD who wanted a way to help her patients get healthy.
I had heard about the gym from my friends who raved about both the Food Revolution service they offered and the classes. I started out by buying a few fitness passes. I have been especially loving the rowing classes. So when they offered a "Five Pack" that included their food and fitness classes, I decided to give it a try.
I'm a good cook and I feel like a health and fitness expert after all my years working on weight loss, but I'm finding that not only is this food convenient, but it's teaching me a lot.
1. My day is happier when I know what I'm having for dinner. Tonight I teach a class from 6:00-8:30. I come home from my evening classes exhausted. If I don't have a healthy meal planned and ready for me when I get home, chances are that I will go rummaging through the fridge and pantry for whatever is convenient. Tonight's dinner is not just already planned, it's already cooked and ready to be heated up.
3. I need to pack a lunch. I pack a lunch every day for my husband, so I should pack myself a lunch at the same time. I ended up getting two of the Five Packs, so I used some of the meals for dinners and some for lunches. It has been so easy having my lunch already packed. Even if I end up eating it at home, it is really simple to have things already planned, packed, and tracked. I have been supplementing the lunches with a piece of fruit and some extra veggies.
|Today's lunch and late afternoon snack|
5. Sometimes time is more valuable than money. It really isn't in our budget to do something like the Food Revolution every week. For the two of us, it would cost $300 per week. We could definitely cook at home more cheaply than that, but during busy times like the first few weeks of school, it would be worth the extra cost to stay on track and not have to worry about weight gain. And this is much cheaper than takeout and way healthier.
I had only been doing this service for two days before my weigh-in at Weight Watchers, and I was down 1.4 pounds this week. I'm hoping that I can take what I learned from this week using the service and start to see similar results on my own. To be honest, I am also going to start paying attention to how much we really spend on groceries so I can see how the price of Food Revolution compares with cooking at home -- maybe it is closer than I think.
Have you ever tried a meal service? Did you get good results?