Remember a few weeks ago when I started that whole DietBet thing? I did really well the first week and lost 2 lbs. Right on target! After that I fell right off the weight loss wagon and didn’t get back on until the other day. I have been kind of tracking on MyFitnessPal but it is just so time consuming to add every single ingredient for everything in there…
I’ll be honest with you. I kind of suck at “staying on track” with this weight loss thing. I used to be really good at it but there are a few things that have really stood in my way recently:
#1- pretty much everyone that I spend time with (and eat meals with) on a regular basis can eat pretty much whatever they want (and far more calories than me) and maintain their weight. For me to lose weight, I have to be strict and it doesn’t matter how much or how little I exercise – it’s all about what/how much I eat. It is what it is.
#2- I go out to eat a lot. Much more than I ever did in Maryland. It’s tough to always make the healthiest choices when you go out (and beer is too good!). I also get together with friends a lot more and there’s more social eating, drinking, etc. I tend to just throw in the towel when I eat/drink too much and then eat like crap for the next few days. Anyone with me here?
#3- the BIGGEST factor: I don’t plan. I know that planning ahead is definitely key to my success, but I’ve been fighting it. It just seems like so much work… but really, it’s not. I know that if I plan my meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) ahead of time I won’t have to think about what to eat and am much more likely to make “good” choices.
So that’s what I’m doing now- planning! I downloaded Cassie’s awesome meal & exercise planner at the beginning of the week and started filling in the boxes:
So simple, yet so effective. You can download yours here.
I know that some folks will say “why don’t you just practice intuitive eating?” I wish it was that simple! My intuition tells me to eat all the time so that’s not really effective. I know that a lot of people are very quick to judge how others go about weight loss (and I’ve been guilty of it too) but for me it comes down to PLANNING and TRACKING. That’s it. Everyone has got to find what works for them.
For my WIAW eats today, I’m showing you a day in the life of “good eating,” which was Monday of this week. I also made sure to stay away from another bad habit: eating in front of the computer while I work. All meals and snacks were eaten on my patio with no computer, phone or interruptions. Oh yeah- and I have also been slacking with drinking enough water and taking my vitamins. I’m working on that too.
I began the day with a little cycling and Bodypump, followed immediately by breakfast:
2 eggs, 2 Applegate Farms chicken sausage links, saurkraut, avocado and tomato (and vitamins). I can’t believe I’ve turned into such a savory breakfast fan. This combination is my new favorite thing! And you see that water bottle? It’s also my favorite. I’m trying to drink 3-4 of those a day.
A little bit later I had a coffee smoothie.
This was delicious. It had about a cup of cold coffee, 1/2 small frozen banana, 1/2 scoop Designer Whey vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, a little bit of Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Vanilla and ice.
For lunch I had an open-faced sandwich with various veggies and turkey breast on top of Dave’s Killer Bread thins (60 calories a piece!), veggies and roasted red pepper balsamic hummus.
I also had some yogurt with almonds (for extra healthy fats and staying power).
I know that this particular brand of yogurt isn’t the “cleanest” thing out there, but I like it anyway. It’s a bit too sweet for my taste, so I stir in a little bit of plain 2% yogurt to mellow it out.
For an afternoon snack I had an apple with some peanut butter and a glass of Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Vanilla.
I got a ton of those little single serve packets (they’re about 1 1/2 tablespoons) from the Bolder Boulder 10k.
Dinner was very typical of something that Greg and I eat at least once a week: tacos! We make tacos all the time but rotate through about 6 different proteins for the filling. My favorite protein in bison but these were ground turkey breast and black beans (still really good!).
I roasted some zucchini and red bell peppers as my side. The tortillas are also worth noting- they’re made locally (from Abbondanza Organic Seeds & Produce) and are the best I’ve ever tasted. They also hold up really well and don’t fall apart halfway through eating the taco!
No matter how much I fight it, I have to have a little something sweet after dinner. This has been my go-to lately.
That’s 1/2 (!) of a Quest bar that I nuked for 10 seconds, flattened with a rolling pin (put aluminum foil with canola oil spray on the top and bottom), cut into squares and baked in the toaster oven at 350˚ for about 3 minutes. If you do this, watch it carefully- it will go from good to burnt in a matter of seconds! I also had the last little bit of cottage cheese left in this container.
This was definitely a good day. I’m hoping that if I stick with my planning (except for maybe on Saturdays- within reason) I can kick this weight loss thing in the ass. FINALLY.
What tools help you lose weight?