Every Sunday, I tell myself the same thing. This is the week I am going to eat clean and exercise everyday. I leave myself notes. I pronounce this to my husband and my children. I tell my friends that I will be at my goal weight by my birthday. I’ve been doing this little charade for years. I beg my husband for his support. He says yes, but honestly the poor guy loses no matter what.
But this really is the week. (cue Rocky music) For real this time. I really want to be back in a healthy weight range for my height…instead of just toeing the line. (meaning I am overweight if I gain .2 pounds) Me and Stella just gotta get our groove back. Why is it as soon as you pronounce you are eating clean your body is all like- GIVE ME BREAD, DOUGHNUTS, AND MAC AND CHEESE. (cue poltergeist music) AND CHOCOLATE. AND SOME FRENCH FRIES OR YOU WILL DIE. OR KILL OTHERS.
I used to be so good about having a cheat meal be just a meal. Just that meal. I lived that 90/10 rule to a tee. I’ve veered away and I desperately want to get back on track. I am doing more of a 70/30 and it doesn’t work. So, I am bringing my A game. Not just to lose the extra weight. When I am eating clean, I sleep better, my skin looks better, I am more confident, I have way more energy, and it also helped to get me into remission a while back. (which is soooo where I want to be. It has been almost a year of this crap, no pun intended and this is not fun.)
I went swimming last week. I used to swim competitively and was actually really good at it. I bought some goggles and everything. This was going to be my new thing, but I didn’t last long. My ADD kicked in after I thought I swam at least 87 miles, but I looked at the clock and only 3 minutes had passed. Then Mark Spitz’s twin brother got in my lane and basically hunted me down like he was a shark. I was seriously swimming for my life. To catch my breath, I had to keep going under the rope and joining the water aerobics class, then dipping back into my lane and doing laps. (Yes. The water aerobics instructor hated me.) So, I am sticking to walking, yoga, and barre/sculpt classes. Bottom Line #1: You have to do what you like or you aren’t going to do it!
I am not waiting until I am super hungry to eat either. I do best when I have 5 mini meals. Breakfast pictured above is spinach and our first egg from our new chickens. Mid morning I’ll have a protein shake or a Fage 2% plain Greek yogurt. Bottom Line #2: eat a lot of mini meals with protein and veggies.
Lunch is usually a salad with a protein on top, or a meat and veggie combo. This is the Power Chicken Hummus bowl from Panera. I have blogged about this before because it is amazing and deserves a medal of honorary awesomeness. Bottom Line #3; Go get this salad. (It’s actually supposed to be get 7-9 hours of sleep. But you have to eat this salad.)
Afternoon snack is either a quest bar, smoothie, or an ounce of almonds. This is rare that I have a package like this. (but I was unprepared and made a great decision at a gas station.) I usually buy it in bulk and measure out the almonds in 1 ounce portions to take on the go. Nuts are one of those things that can be hard to stop once you start. I love to eat, so I have to be very careful! Did you read foods not to buy if you are a binge eater? Bottom Line #4: portions are important!
This is what the Easter Bunny brought me since I gave up diet soda for Lent. I did really enjoy that, but I have tried to be very conscious of my diet soda intake. (Some days only 1 a day…some days none!)
Shaken green tea replaces my skinny lattes.
Sparkling water. This is when you are bored of still water. Bottom Line #5: Stay hydrated!
Adding up all the bottom lines, I am basically going to eat protein/veggie combos 5 times a day, watch my portions, do an exercise that I like, get lots of sleep, and drink my water. Let’s see what happens over the next few weeks! Following these 5 things to a tee had me out of remission and in my skinny jeans a few years back. Wish me luck!