I am not doing the Ignite program. I am trying a whole-foods approach with lots of veggies and lean meat, along with workouts at 4-5 days a week. I have lost 6 pounds the first week, but I believe that will slow down as my body adjusts to the new plan--I just hope I can stick to it! The paleo diet is similar to the whole foods; they both cut out processed foods and processed sugars, which is really essential to any diet regime. I looked at the ignite, and decided that I am not ready for that strict of a plan at this point.
Don't try to cut out every single "bad" food in the whole world all at once! Just be aware of what you are eating and the portion size. Example: if you want ice cream after a day of healthy eating and a good workout, have ice cream! Just modify the serving you would usually have--I've found that a small scoop will satisfy me as much as a whole bowl, and then I don't feel guilty. Good luck!
Congratulations on your amazing lifestyle change! I am just beginning, and I hope I can be as successful as you have been!
First off, congratulations on your wedding! This will be an exciting year for you as you plan your dream day!
I do a lot of what I call "prep-ahead" meals when I have a day or evening off. I prefer things that can be safely frozen--you can pull it out to thaw the night before, and all you have to do when you get home from work/school is pop it in the oven. Portion out enough for 2 meals, and you also have lunch for the next day! Do a web search for "freezable healthy meals" and you'll get lots of hits! Make sure any containers you use are freezer safe. Glad makes oven-wear that is freezer and oven safe, and can be reused if you wish.
A simple on-the-go breakfast or snack I like is "mini quiches":
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1 carton egg whites (or 12 eggs worth if you like to separate eggs)
Fresh or frozen spinach, however much you prefer
Chicken breast, chopped (you need to cook it first: bake, pan cook, grill, etc)
You can add cheese if you'd like, but remember that fat-free cheese doesn't like to melt very well.
Divide whites evenly into 12-cup cupcake tin (with or without wrappers)
Add spinach to taste. Tear up if using fresh.
Add chicken and cheese if preferred (could use other meats or just eggs if you'd like!
Stir in each cup to blend together.
Bake for 12-16 minutes. They will rise way up above the muffin tins, but will relax as they cool.
Pop into snack sized zippered baggies (1 or 2 each) and you have an easy, quick snack or breakfast! They can be frozen, so making a whole batch won't waste any if they aren't eaten.