Starting My Meal Planning Business

Two years ago, I earned my certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. My goal in achieving this certificate was to continue on my path of health and wellness. Fitness and nutrition are two things that I am passionate about, even though there are many times I have lost motivation.

Last week, I was challenged by my husband to create meal plans. I am starting with both vegan and vegetarian meal plans. Once I have proven success with that, I will narrow my plans down to strictly vegan meal plans. With the money I earn from my meal plans, I will get re-certified as a Fitness Trainer through ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association).

Before I made my free 5-Day Meal Plan, I started to reflect on why I want to go down this path. Currently, our world faces a deadly pandemic, and it’s clear, now more than ever, how important it is to take care of yourself. Not only by staying home whenever possible and wearing a mask in public, but also by eating right and exercising.

Personally, my anxiety has been worse since this pandemic hit our state. Worrying about getting sick in addition to the challenge of homeschooling my daughter has been difficult. Exercise and a healthy diet has proved to be great ways in improving my mood. Despite knowing that, the motivation to continue my fitness journey has declined and become almost non-existent lately. While I am lucky enough to have a gym inside my home, my fridge and pantry have been stocked with unhealthy junk food. And in the four short months since the pandemic hit, I’ve gained almost fifteen pounds. Yikes!

Learning to embrace every part of my fitness journey

Creating these meal plans, and filming live videos making plant-based recipes, I am gaining the motivation to eat healthier. Diet has always been a struggle for me, but I know with Plant POW! I will be able to stay consistent.

There are so many benefits to meal planning, including saving time and money. And if the weeks meals are already planned out, there’s no temptation to turn to unhealthy foods. My personal goal in meal planning for myself is to lose weight and feel better about myself. I will be taking this journey alongside everyone who chooses Plant POW! Meal Plans.

I can customize meal plans based on your goals, whether those be to lose weight, save money or make healthy meals for your family. Send me a message here and check out my Facebook page for more details!

-Toniann

My Fitness Journey: The Ups & Downs

My passion for fitness started way back in high school when I was on the wrestling team. The practices we had were so intense, it was normal for me to lose 2 pounds in those 2 hours, and I loved it. My junior year of high school, I took a class called Weight Training, which was basically lifting weights and our final exam was to create a workout routine for one week. I wanted to learn more about fitness and to study Exercise Science in college. I even got accepted to the University at Buffalo in New York. Unfortunately, I didn’t attend because I wanted to stay close to my high school boyfriend, who turned out to be a real shit head. I can’t say I regretted staying and going to school in the city, because it was there that I was reconnected with my now husband.

After dropping out of college, and being in love with the most wonderful guy in the world, I gained so much weight. My normal weight is around 130 pounds and I had gotten up to around 175 pounds in a year and a half.

And then I got pregnant.

So of course, I gained more weight but along the appropriate lines, according to my doctor. When I went in for my final prenatal appointment, I weighed 201 pounds. I was mortified that I got over 200 pounds, pregnant or not.

38 weeks pregnant, and yes, she grew more in the last 2 weeks.

About 6 months after my daughter was born, I decided I needed to start working out and get my shit together. I borrowed the P90X DVD set from my brother-in-law and got to work.

In 6 months I lost 25 pounds and my passion for fitness was reignited.

I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a Personal Trainer. So I studied and became a Certified Fitness Instructor through the International Sports Sciences Association. I started working as a Group Fitness Instructor at a local gym and I felt at home in front of a class.

2014, in the best shape of my life. Goals AF for me now.

But my father was diagnosed with cancer, and making many trips from Florida to New York meant I couldn’t dedicate myself to my clients, so I eventually left the gym. My workouts became sporadic and stopped altogether once my father passed away.

I didn’t study to renew my fitness certification either.

But after having my second daughter years later, I knew I wanted to get back to working out.

It took me a while to stay consistent, but I finally got my groove back.

I know it’s only going to get harder the older I get, so I’m making sure that I workout at least 6 days a week for at least an hour. I have so many days where I just don’t want to work out, but having a gym in my house certainly helps. I associate working out with brushing my teeth: I wouldn’t go a day without brushing my teeth and the same applies to hitting the gym.

Exercise is a form of self-care.

With my anxiety as bad as it is, I make sure more than ever to work out. I truly feel better after I work out. And even on those days where I’m so sore, I never regret working out. Even though I’m not at my “ideal” weight, I love the way my body looks now. And the amazing part about fitness for me is the journey. Realizing that not too long ago, I was unable to do one push-up to now doing 20 without stopping for a break.

It’s definitely been a roller coaster ride for me, from gaining almost 50 pounds and losing it, gaining and losing, and gaining and losing again. What a wild ride it’s been.

To anyone who is on their own fitness journey, I’ll tell you this: it doesn’t matter where anyone else is. As long as you commit to exercising everyday and eating healthier, you’ll reach your goals. It all starts with a single step.

-Toniann