Losing Weight with Hitch Fit

Just wanted to stop in and leave a little message, a kind of commemoration if you will. A week ago today, I started following a specific diet plan as part of what I’ve called my “soft opening” of a full-scale overhaul of my daily nutrition and exercise. The diet was put together for me specifically by Diane Chaloux of Hitch Fit, and is a pretty simple affair – five meals a day, with close attention to protein vs. carbs vs. fat in each meal. Even though it’s nothing earth shattering, it’s still more than I was ever able to figure out and follow on my own. I typed out every meal on a sheet of paper and put it up on my fridge. I’ve followed it for a week, mostly to the letter but with a few alterations here and there in places where I knew I could substitute a protein source or carb source, etc. Last Sunday I started out my day at 160 lbs. Today I am 153.6 lbs, and I haven’t even started the hard part of the program yet – weight training three days a week and cardio pretty much every day. That starts tomorrow, and I’m ready.

The biggest changes for me on this plan so far have been eating a lot more than I’m used to (weird, right?), avoiding a lot of stress by knowing what I’m going to eat at my next meal, foregoing starchy carbs at dinner (my favorite), and not drinking even the tiniest glass of wine all week. I’m also using this opportunity to work towards cutting out dairy and meat as much as possible, and I haven’t had any kind of cheese or cream-based sauces all week, which is also a really strange thing for me. I do, after all, live to eat brie. But overall it’s been pretty easy. I love the physical experience of eating, and eating until I’m stuffed – with this plan I get to do that, just that now I’m filling up on kale stir fry instead of Cheetos and Diet Coke. I also like not feeling any pressure to go out to lunch, or eat whatever fatty stuff people have brought in to share at work. They all know I’m on a special meal plan, so I don’t have to explain myself or ask forgiveness for not trying out the newest baked goods.

Mostly there’s the fact that I know, and have known, that too much wine and cheese have been my downfall. I used to eat at least a pound of brie a week, sometimes more when I lived in Chicago and hated every single moment of my job. It’s not a huge problem anymore, but it’s a slippery slope. I’m a brie fiend. So for now I’m drawing a hard line in the sand, and avoiding drinking and dairy all together.

My biggest goal right now is to be at least 145 by the time I see my two best friends at the end of the month. I can’t wait to surprise them with a much more fit and focused me. I also can’t wait to use whatever gift certificates I get for the holidays to buy new jeans in a smaller size!

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9 thoughts on “Losing Weight with Hitch Fit

  1. laceyejones says:

    I know this is an older post, but I am considering Hitchfit. Did you like it? What are your suggestions? I live in a foreign country…in a village…so I won’t have access to a gym, treadmill, or weights. Suggestions welcome 🙂 Love the blog!

    • Anna says:

      Hey Laceye! When I started Hitchfit, I was told that I needed to buy weights. You might want to contact them first to see if there are any ways around this before sinking money into the program. Honestly, my success level fell off pretty quickly once I realized that the diet plan didn’t allow me a lot of leeway, and that there was no way I was waking up to lift weights of my own volition. It did get me started with a couple of healthy practices, though – eating every two hours and upping my protein intake. If you’re looking for a program that takes very little equipment, and are interested in yoga, I’d recommend a new program called The Ultimate Yoga. It’s a 108-day series that has strength training, cardio, stretching, and other core fitness concepts all wrapped in, plus a healthy dose of meditation and affirmation. It’s about half the price of Hitchfit, and only requires a DVD player and a yoga mat. You can find it on Amazon.com, or at http://www.theultimateyogi.com. Good luck!

  2. jessica says:

    Does anyone mind if I ask how much the 12 or 16 week program is? I’m meeting with them later this week, but I don’t want to go and waste my time if I know it’s $9 and I only have $1 ya know? I have enough for training at a gym I’m sure, but I feel like hitch fit is going to be a lot more.

    • Anna says:

      I’m sorry, but I honestly can’t remember. It was too long ago. I do know that I watched their website and social media for awhile, and waited until they were running a deal of some kind, though. Good luck with it!

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