Motivation needed

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-19-2011
Motivation needed
Mon, 04-01-2013 - 6:18pm

Hi All,

I'm a fit twenty-something who's a bit of a gym bunny and love sport in general. I have my summer holiday rolling round in 9 weeks time and after having had a few personal training sessions to "up" my workout, feel it is necessary to start eating a little bit more healthily. I have a rather sweet tooth and although allow myself sweet treats now and then, think sugar is addictive, so want it out my system for a while! Generally just want to feel better, lighter, have more energy and better skin etc. 

I have therefore decided to embark on the Clean & Lean diet from tomorrow. I am aiming for the 2 week kickstart to begin with and then following another 14-day plan, after which I will continue to eat Clean & Lean until my holiday.

I've decided to post every day to explain how it's going (a method I've not yet tried, but am hoping will motivate me, as I get tempted too easily to fall off the wagon). 

Hope a few of you will be there for support. Let's see whether I can resist the sugar temptation and eat Clean & Lean for 9 weeks...

Speak soon!


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Registered: 07-04-2011
Tue, 04-02-2013 - 8:30am

HI and welcome. Good luck on your diet plan. I have tried many diets and can't stick to them so I know better than to even try. I always disappoint myself. Instead, I limit my sugar and try to get in fruits and veggies each day. I feel like I am doing fairly good.

I am not great in the exercise department but am trying. I'd love to hear about your workout routines. Do you have children? How do you workout with your kids around?

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-19-2011
Wed, 04-03-2013 - 1:38pm

Hi Jenna,

Thanks for your encouragement. I'm now day 2 of the Clean and Lean diet and am coping alright! Bought the cookbook and the actual diet book a while back but never got round to actually doing it properly. Thought I have 9 weeks til my holiday and I spent money on the books, so I MUST use them.

I don't have children, but a full time job. I'm sure exercising when having kids and a job must be hard. Does your gym have a creche at all?

Luckily, I'm able to go to the gym after work, or play tennis or something similar.

Just trying to eat as healthily as possible. They do say its 80% food and 20% exercise, so yesterday I ate the following:

Breakfast: Small bowl plain yoghurt with drizzle of honey, handful blueberries and toasted flaked almonds

Snack: 1 raw carrot and 50g grilled chicken

Lunch: 100g grilled chicken, salad with 1 tomato, 2 inches cucumber, spinach leaves

Snack: 5 brazil nuts

Dinner: small portion risotto

Today, I'm being more strict with dinner (as risotto is not on the C&L)

Breakfast: same as yesterday

Snack: 1 raw carrot

Lunch: 2 egg omelette with spinach, iceberg lettuce, 2 inches cucumber

Snack: 5 brazil nuts, 8 almonds

Dinner: 100g lamb with spinach, cauliflower and peppers

Tryingto drink 2L of water a day plus herbal teas (no caffeine) and a peppermint tea before bed.

I'll let you know of my progress! Weigh in is on Monday morning! Let's see if I've lost anything by then.

I don't want to lose a lot of weight, but just generally want to feel healthier which is why I'm trying this. I have noticed that fatty/unhealthy food is EVERYWHERE and it's just about making the right choices.

Have you got any goals?


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Registered: 10-15-2001
Fri, 04-12-2013 - 8:04am
Hi! Welcome to the board. I'm excited to see some activity here! My goal is to lose 5 pounds by May 31. That will put me at my pre-baby weight. I don't really mind the lingering 5 pounds, but we would like to have a fourth child, and I don't want a head start on the weight gain! I've always been pretty active. I love walking and doing martial arts. I do some yoga, and I recently became interested in doing ballet for exercise. In terms of food, I'm trying to add more greens and lean protein. Nice to meet you!