Think good thoughts, think good thoughts, think good thoughts:
Last night I got in my 3 miles on the treadmill, womp womp womp, but it got done. Madeline showed up like my own little ray of sunshine as I was at about 2.5 and asked me to do Jessica Simpson's Daisy Duke Work Out from Pinterest with her. Der , I said, "hellllsss yes". This was a fantastic work out. It's an interval training routine with lower body concentration. The bad news is, I messed up my left knee some kind of way, ya more injuries what's up holler!, honestly I'm so accustomed to working around an injury at this point it doesn't really phase me. Wear flats, take Motrin, keep running. Do not stop running.
Today I want to talk about FOOD. It's the biggest piece of the weight loss puzzle, and the hardest to slide into place. Some people have to diet super strictly in order to lose (a HEM like me) and some people are lucky and can just switch up a few things and start dropping l-bs. I know, I know life ain't fair. Get ova it already! The biggest component is being prepared. If you do not prepare and plan you will fail. It's pretty plain and simple. Womp Womp! but if you prepare it's Woop Woop! See how that works? It's a beautiful thing!
At my house, I'm only cooking for two, which make things easier in some ways and more challenging in others as my better half doesn't always want to eat what 'm cooking, so I frequently am left with left overs. I don't necessarily plan out what I'm going to eat each and every single day at the start of the week before I head out grocery shopping. I have staple items from which I can prepare many different dishes. So If I get home in the evenings and decide- meh I want spaghetti tonight instead of grilled fish and veggies- I can have spaghetti! If I want soup, I'm prepared to make that as well!
I keep my house stocked with the following items at all times-
2 Cartons Egg Whites
Gallon of Skim milk
2 Bell Peppers
2 Bags Fresh Salad
Frozen Berry Medley
Dannon Greek Yogurt Fruit on the Bottom (80 Calories Double Protein)
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
Sliced Turkey (Deli Meat)
Lean Ground Beef
2% or Reduced Fat Shredded Mexican Cheese
Natural Peanut Butter
California Blend Fresh Frozen Vegetables
California Blend Frozen Broccoli
1 Head of Cauliflower
Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls
100% Whole Wheat Bread and Tortilla Wraps
Reduced Fat String Cheese
Assorted Fresh Fruit
Salsa (I use as Salad Dressing)
Think Thin Bars &100 Calorie Think Thin Bites
No Salt Added Corn & Green Beans
Reduced Sodium Black Beans
Non Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
Prego "Smart" Tomato Sauce
94% Fat Free Act 2 Popcorn
100 Calories Bite Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Stealing a handful (or three) of my husbands potato chips
I'm not perfect. I eat things I shouldn't, and I'm not eating squeaky clean each and every day. Recently, I've been going long stretches (4-5 days) without consuming simple carbohydrates, bread and bread products, When I begin to feel a diet has become to restrictive, I take a step back, reevaluate my plan, and take a break. Recently, this has begun to feel extremely restrictive. When I diet is too restrictive, it will typically lead to a major binge, which is bad bad bad. I used to be a chunky monkey girl, I really like to eat, and that has not changed. Habits that we've built over many years will take much longer than a year or two to break. While I won't say it is a challenge every single day, because at this point it isn't. The way I eat is my way of life. I do have days (usually on the weekend when structure has been taken away) when I want to say, "I'm over this. I'm eating whatever I want today because I deserve it. I worked really hard this week.".
It is incredibly hard to stop the cycle of rewarding yourself with food. Don't undo your hard work!
The most obvious problem in changing the way we eat- making poor choices is significantly easier than making the right choices. If you have no plan and your hungry when someone says to you, "Oh come on it's just one meal. Let's go eat Chinese, I'm just itching for shrimp fried rice and wontons". What are you gonna do? You probably going to say, "OK, I'll get back on track tomorrow. Shhhh don't you tell anyone I'm eating this" and maybe tomorrow is a good day. What happens the following day when you're running late and you convince yourself you have no other choice but to grab Taco Bell for lunch (Well everyone else at the office is doing it) or stop for a McGriddle for breakfast? or you just had that one piece of cake for a co-workers birthday? or it's Friday, we always eat bad at lunch on Friday cause we made it through another week, YAY bring on the burritos! Guess what? You ain't losing weight this week, and it's not even weekend time yet!
You give 100% of yourself to your kids, your spouse, your family, your friends, your job, why wouldn't you give 100% of you to you? Give 100% commitment to yourself and your goals. You deserve it!
Eat like Crap=Feel like Crap
Eat Clean =Lean Machine
Follow me on Instagram @ellenoelfitness, I'm pretty good about taking pictures of nearly every thing I eat.
Here's a look at some recent choices...
What have you planned to eat today!?