For about the past 2-3 months I’ve been eating eggs and fish as my only animal protein. I still make other meat for the rest of my family but I have completely lost any and every desire to eat chicken or beef. It doesn’t look appetizing at all no matter how it’s being cooked.
I’ve also completely overhauled every eating ritual and exercise routine I ever had and started anew. I’ve kept muscle and energy but lost fat…so far so good! :)
What I’m doing in the kitchen:
I’m very strict on my food for two days:
Wake up: coffee, unsweetened almond milk, splenda/stevia
During my workout: Vanilla whey protein shake- I have bought Optimum Nutrition from www.bodybuilding.com for the last 6 months.
post workout: 1 small organic apple
1 hour post workout: 6 egg whites, 1/2 cup rolled oats, handful frozen berries, 1/2 oz of sliced raw almonds
lunch: 4 oz fish, 1 c mixed vegetables, 1 TB olive oil
midday: 4 oz fish, 1 small sweet potatoe, 1/2 oz sliced raw almonds
dinner: 4 oz fish, 1 c mixed vegetables, 1 TB olive oil, 1/2 c cottage cheese
After 2 days I take a break and my menu is very open to variety. I try to keep my food clean but I will report that Fruity Cheerios are delicious and Commerce Kitchen in Huntsville has THE ABSOLUTE BEST CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE that was ever made in this planet! On my off day, I start off “right” but after my breakfast, there is definitely several scoops of peanut butter in my future along with other good foods and other not-so-good foods.
I look forward to my “off” day but I will say that when this day has ended, I’m not sad either. I’m always just 48 hours from having some fun with my food so it hasn’t ever felt like deprivation. I’m not going to live my life battling with my food and that is why I have been experimenting so much. I have certain goals of how I want to look, how I want to feel, and how much time I’m willing to dedicate to food preparation. All those things have to match up or else I’m just not going to follow through.
When I meet new clients who have been dieting and they tell me about some of the things they do, my question is always, “Can you see yourself living that way for the rest of your life?” I’ve asked myself that question too, and right now I can answer that with a YES so I’m going to continue on this route.
A WORD OF CAUTION: I did have one day where I didn’t “make it” the full 48 hours and I had a big splurge at dinner so the next day I didn’t have a full off day. I simply went back to eating like an “angel”. Two days later, I woke up nauseous and lethargic and I thought I had the flu. It wasn’t until I had a small slice of apple that my demeanor began to change and I felt healthy again. I went ahead that day and took an “off” day and have felt fabulous ever since. That day taught me that following the menu above and exercising the way I do means that I absolutely must have a day to refuel. I am sure that I could simply just add those “off” day calories to my other eating days, but I like the complete separation between “good and evil” in this meal plan. There is no confusion on my good days as far as what goes on my plate and how much and I like not having to guess when it comes to eating right.
How I’m training:
7 days a week 40-60 minute sessions mixed with running, plyometrics, and free weights.
My results: Ha! I’m so not posting pictures of my belly cause I’m too grown for that! The picture above my son took last week and that’s as revealing as I can muster! I set out to lose at least 4 lbs that I was unhappy carrying around. I’ve lost 5 lbs, my jeans (that I bought a bit too small) are now a bit too big, and I feel healthy. So far, so good! :)