Bridal Fitness: The Gameplan

by jacin on January 25, 2011

From Jonny Chai, our Bridal Fitness editor:

I’ve mentioned in previous posts how important it is to have Goals, and hopefully by now you have a detailed description of what yours are. You know exactly what you’re going to be working hard for, making sacrifices for, and doing those consistently for. But is that enough?

What’s your Gameplan?

Seeing the end result is of great importance. But that doesn’t help any if you don’t know how to get there. That’s where your gameplan comes in. “The Gameplan” as I like to call it, is what you’re going to implement that will bring about the results you want to see. It is what keeps you accountable for your actions. It keeps you focused. And if you don’t have one, you’ll be wandering aimlessly, only to let that “Bride Body” you’ve been working for, evade you.

What is the Gameplan?

The thing is, most people don’t know how to implement a proper gameplan. They pick up bits and pieces from magazines, what their friends are doing, or maybe even from watching the Biggest Loser. But that’s where people usually make the first mistake. As much weight as I’ve lost in the past, and as much weight as I’ve helped my clients lose, there is one thing that stands true. There can be any number of gameplans which work. There is no single trick or exercise or anything else which will get you to where you want to be. The point of the gameplan is to implement certain changes to your daily routine, whether it be eating or exercise, which get you closer to that goal of yours.

How to create a Gameplan

There are 2 things I always give my clients when they start training with me. One of which is a training routine, the second being a Nutrition Guideline. Now most people would think the training program followed would be the key to getting in the best possible shape, but they’d be wrong. Considering the goal of most women is to lose some weight in the form of bodyfat, the main factor to be considered is Nutrition. In order to get a nice flat stomach, toned arms and legs, and lose the muffin tops and bat wings, you’ll need a combination of training and nutrition. But every time, if you work your tail off in your workouts without addressing your eating habits, you’ll never see the results you want. For this reason I’ll show you how to set up a proper nutrition Gameplan, and save the workouts for a future post.

Nutrition: How to Optimize your Results

I’m going to lay out a simple format, the same format that I provide for my clients. If you follow this program with consistency, you can count on seeing that number on the scale drop at a rate faster than you’ve seen in the past.

Now on to what you need to eat. Instead of counting Calories like many fad diets, it is best to choose certain foods, and eat “controlled portions” of those specific foods. If you do this consistently, you can expect your calories to be where they need to be without you stressing the numbers.

Basically what you will do is eat 4 times a day. So you can eat your breakfast/lunch/dinner with another small meal in between as a snack. You will have these food groups to choose from, and you can arrange your meals with the food groups of your choice.

3 food groups:

Protein = P
Carbs = C
Fats = F
(see the list below for good choices of all these groups)

Your four meals will consist of the following food groups:

Now it doesn’t matter when you eat your fats or your carbs, just as long as you eat protein with every meal, and stick to the prescribed servings of each food for the day.

Protein Foods NOTE: 1 serving is a palm sized portion. This means the size of your hand with no fingers, like the size of a deck of cards.
Chicken breast
Turkey breast
Lean ground turkey
Lean ground beef 96/4
low fat or ff cottage cheese
low fat or ff greek yogurt (plain)
Protein powder
Eggs 1 serving (1 whole egg plus 3 whites. 4 total eggs)

Carb foods NOTE: 1 serving is a (palm) sized portion.
Old fashioned oats, steel cut oats
brown rice, wild rice
sweet potato, red potato
apple, orange, plum, all berries

Healthy Fats (serving size)
Extra virgin olive oil (1 tblsp)
Raw almonds (20 almonds)
Raw almond butter (1 large tbls)
Flax seeds (2 tbls)
avocado (1/2)


Beverages: Stick to calorie free drinks. If you drink coffee, try and do a cup with a bit of added cream. Ditch the latte

Heres what sample plan might look like:

Eggs (1 whole, 3 xtra whites)
1 serving oatmeal or strawberries

Turkey/chicken breast, 1/2 avocado, celery sticks

1 serving low fat cottage cheese w/ 1 serving fruit

1 serving Chicken breast (any sugar free seasonings)
veggies (unlimited) w/ 1tbls olive oil

Stick to this format of eating and I promise you’ll see incredible results, quite shocking actually. After you have been compliant with this plan, you can implement a “cheat meal” on the 7th day. The cheat meal is implemented for ease of mind, as well as a time you to be social with friends and family. I’ve found that cheat meals are best saved for friday or saturday nights, as it is easier for most people to stay compliant through the week days.

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment below or contact Jacin so we can include in my next post!


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Nicole-Lynn January 25, 2011 at 7:22 AM

This is pretty much how I've been eating for a couple weeks now and I've already lost 7 pounds! I've been loading up on protein and veggies, and reducing my carb intake. It definitely works!


Teenage Bride January 25, 2011 at 8:10 AM

I think I do pretty well with the whole carb thing, really well actually haha I suppose I could use soem help with the other two.

have a great day!!!


Anonymous January 25, 2011 at 8:10 AM

This is so helpful! Would you be able to provide protein suggestions for a vegetarian? I know it's important not to have dairy be my only protein source.


Mich January 25, 2011 at 8:22 AM

This is great, thanks!-I've been eating like this for a couple months now and it's gotten much easier along the way.


Laura @ Wine and Cheese, Please January 25, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Great post—I agree completely with having a "game plan".

Since our wedding is in 25 days (omg) my gameplan is just to GET to the gym 4-5 days per week :)


Alia January 25, 2011 at 8:54 AM

GREAT POST! I love this!!! …and I'm officially even more motivated! Thanks Jacin & Jonny! Keep it coming! :)


Jonny Chai January 25, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Congrats to you and your fiance Laura! With 25 days to go I'm sure the anticipation is killing you! Going to the gym 4-5days is great, but I cannot recommend enough a solid nutrition plan, if you really want to reap the benefits of all those workouts :) Trust me, the combination of the two will triple your results


Jonny Chai January 25, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Vegetarian Protein
This something I'm familiar with, as I do have a couple clients who are vegetarian. Of course your options will be more limited, which just means you're going to have to be more prepared. Here are a few great options:
-Low or no fat cottage cheese
-Low or no fat plain greek yogurt
-Whey or casein protein shake
-Lower carb beans (lentils)
If you eat the quinoa and Lentils as a protein source, limit your carb intake as they have plenty of carbs


Anonymous February 1, 2011 at 8:13 PM

I am doing "Julian's 30 day shred" and trying to eat well but i'm super busy (I am a college student, I work a lot of hours and am student teaching), I tend to skip meals or eat out because I don't have time to go home and make a meal. What are some healthy meals on the go or snacks on the go. I have been eating yogurt, grapes, carrots and whole wheat bagels. I just get tired of the same-ole-same-ole. I am 21 and weigh 140 pounds. I would really love to lose 10-15 pounds. I can't seem to find anything that helps with what to eat. Thank you so much!!! :) I loved your post and the post about push ups :) Thank you!


Fitness Freak February 1, 2011 at 11:20 PM

Will follow the food plan and let you know about the results.


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