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Diet

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One of the issues I’ve been having with “dieting” lately is feeling deprived. I don’t mean the “I’m denying myself food” kind of deprived. More of the, I’m not eating smart and it’s leaving me feeling unsatisfied and hungry. I wrote about this a little while ago and talked about eating more protein and healthy fats. While I do that most of the time, I find that Monday-Friday I pack my food with calories in mind. I have breakfast at home, then bring a morning snack to work (usually fruit) then I have a low calorie lunch and if it’s a gym day I have an afternoon snack.

This has left me feeling low-energy, cranky, irritable, moody AND HUNGRY. I think Michael got sick of hearing me complain about being hungry all the time so he asked me if I’d be willing to try eating “his diet” for awhile. I said maybe. I feel pretty stuck in my ways, honestly. Eating low calorie foods. I’ve gone back to eating soup or Lean Cuisine type lunches at work that never really stick with me too long. BUT they were portion controlled and I knew how many calories I was eating. Besides, it worked for me 8 years ago, right?!? So why isn’t it working now?

Probably because I’m used to eating more. After I reached goal weight and spent 6.5 years in maintenance mode, I was used to eating a little bit more. I wasn’t trying to lose weight, really. Maybe lose that fluctuation I saw but it was never more than 5 pounds.

Also, my activity level is way different NOW than it was 8 years ago when I first started working out AND of course doing 30 minutes of swimming was going to shock my body into losing a lot of weight because it wasn’t used to activity like that. Now? After 8 years of having a fairly intense workout regiment, my body is used to this. So losing is harder.

It’s not that I was unwilling to give Michael’s ideas a try, it’s really just that I can’t let go of the calorie counting. IT WORKED. For a long time. It’s easy, I know how to do it. It’s become a habit that is part of my normal every day routine. He was asking me to ignore counting calories for awhile while I just focused on eating a high protein, healthy diet of whole foods.

Sounds good in theory right?! But ignoring calories is how I gained 15 pounds on my honeymoon. That and the daily pina coladas and Bloody Mary’s… 😉

Anyways, I decided to give it a try. I was definitely in a food rut so it couldn’t hurt, right? Plus I was tired of feeling tired, hungry, cranky and unsatisfied during the week from a too-low calorie intake. (Which would inevitably lead to me eating crap at work.)

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Breakfasts

I picked up some ground chicken at the store. It came in a tube, like the breakfast sausages (think Jimmy Dean sausage). It was made of chicken thigh and breast meat and didn’t have a bunch of weird ingredients in it. I cooked it up in a skillet with grapeseed oil and some chopped onions. It cooked up exactly like lean ground turkey meat. The color, consistency and taste was pretty close to turkey, too.

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The package of ground chicken had 4 servings in it, each serving 140 calories. I was getting a little more like 5 or 5.5 servings out of what I cooked up. I added some of the ground chicken to two scrambled eggs and topped it with hot sauce. It was a low calorie, high protein and VERY filling breakfast.

CALORIES: 365 total (that number includes my cup of coffee with creamer in it).

Lunches

So during the week I had two different kinds of lunches: the gym days and non-gym days. Non-gym days didn’t have carbs. An example of a lunch for non-gym days was lettuce with low-calorie dressing and a fillet of blackened salmon. (Salmon blackening below, the ground chicken for breakfasts on the right.)

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CALORIES: Around 400 calories (for the salad, salmon and dressing).

Gym days: Michael made me this crazy delicious salad for gym days. It was quinoa, chickpeas, kale, carrots and chicken with pesto. Having carbs on gym days was required. This was the second week of food prep:

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Carrots, blanched kale, chopped red cabbage, chopped pickled beets. The quinoa was cooking, the chicken was baking. The second week Michael skipped the chickpeas and added raw spinach to the salad and I added some raw peppers. It’s a delicious salad!

Dinners

This hasn’t changed much. A protein and a vegetable.

One dinner Michael made was a burger with a piece of bacon on top of a bed of lettuce with a fried egg on top, topped with some hot sauce. Talk about protein! It was absolutely delicious and filling, despite lacking any carbs.

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Snacks

I was still sticking with the fruit for snacks at work. Pre-gym snacks were either pre-packaged servings of hummus from Costco (they are 150 calories) with veggies or plain Greek yogurt with some fruit in it.

Desserts

This is where I fall short. The sugar. I am trying REALLY hard not to indulge in candy at work and trying to skip the desserts at home. Protein shakes are dessert on gym days. This is also beneficial for days I lift weights. 🙂

Will it Work?

I’m on week 2 of this diet, with a few slip-ups due to the holidays and parties. I am trying not to beat myself up over that because for most of the week I was doing well and sticking with it. I was also limiting my sugar successfully! That’s a huge thing for me. Right now I am just trying to get through the next two weeks of holiday foods and festivities and hopefully I’ll start to see some real progress in January.

Anyways, I wanted to share some of the foods I’ve been eating lately because it’s been really delicious and satisfying. So much more so than frozen meals…

How Fit is Your Fridge?

First, the Giveaway Winner! Thanks for all the comments and positive comments on yesterday’s post. I appreciate the concern and support.

The winner of the running skirt is…….

NIKKI!!

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I missed the #fitblog chat on Tuesday because it was too sunny to stay inside! I was bummed because I really wanted to participate after reading the questions. They bring up some good discussion points, so let’s do them here!

And because of the challenge to take photos of the fridge, it gave me an excuse to clean the fridge! I threw away tons of expired, old, nasty bottles of stuff that was growing things I don’t even want to know about. Usually I’m not that lax but it’s been a crazy few months.

Q1: What do you consider healthy eating?

For me, healthy eating means eating lots of fruits, veggies, proteins and grains. I try to stay within my calories range (1570-2,000 a day) and  I honor the “90/10 Rule.”

Healthy eating means eating a lot of protein, less processed foods, fruits and veggies for snacks, Greek yogurt instead of sugary yogurts, low-calorie ice cream in small packages (single serving), and wine!

Q2: Do you consider your diet healthy?

Compared to how I ate when I weighed 250+ pounds YES! My diet is very healthy. When I started to lose the weight I was very restrictive and my habits changed. I ate a lot of processed food because I could count the calories. I learned what serving sizes were (which was very helpful) too. In that way the processed food like Lean Cuisine Meals helped me lose the weight.

In the last year it’s become more and more important to me to not eat as much processed food. It’s a slow process but I’m trying to eliminate things from my diet that come out of a box.

Q3: What’s your favorite healthy food?

Fruits and veggies are my favorite. They are things that I can always sneak into my daily intake. I don’t feel like it’s a chore to eat veggies–I like them!


Our veggie drawer is currently pretty bare. It’s time to go shopping. Right now we have broccoli, cauliflower, onions and carrots. Usually we have Costco spinach, lettuce, and celery.

Q4: What’s one thing you could do to improve your diet?

Part of me wants to reduce the amount of sugar in my diet but I struggle with that. I also want to be able to eat sweets in moderation. Completely restricting something from my diet is not how I want to live, and it’s not going to work either. I’ve learned the hard way over the years that Strict Restriction = Binge Eating for me.

The Fridge

We currently have tons of bread. We were eating less bread for months and then had a house guest that bought a lot and we had some leftover ham we needed bread for sandwiches. We normally don’t have this much bread in the house.


We have sandwich thins, bagel thins, regular loaf of Dave’s Killer Bread and half a loaf of Dave’s Killer Light Bread (75 calories a slice) for me. We also have a package of tortillas. Starting May 1st the bread better be gone!


String cheese from Coscto (Michael’s), one pudding pack, Chicken Broth, and Cougar Cheese that was a gift.


Regular Pepsi cans! Not mine, Michael’s.


The meat and cheese drawer! We have an insane amount of cheese. White Cheddar, Colby Jack, Shredded Italian Mix from Costco, Gruyere, Goat cheese and Parmesan.


1% Milk, Bottle of Chardonnay, two pitchers of unsweetened iced tea, leftover mac n’ cheese and leftover soup.

Now for the door of the fridge…I am a Condiment Queen!


Several different salad dressings: Light Raspberry Vinaigrette, Goddess Dressing, Light Kraft Ranch, vitamins, Light Chocolate Sauce.


Anchovy paste, Sriracha sauce, BBQ sauce.


And the Mustard Drawer! We usually have more varieties of mustard, but here are just a few. 😉


Pickled peppers, pickled cheese, pickled garlic, pickled olives, ketchup. Hmm…Noticing a theme…


And the pickling theme continues with actual pickles and pickled jalapenos. Plus more chocolate sauce and homemade pimento cheese.

Since we are at the end of the week and need to go grocery shopping you do not see the proteins we usually have: chicken, pork chops, steak, eggs. We also have tons of apples, squash and sweet potatoes in a bowl on the counter. In the freezer we have: homemade turkey burgers, ground turkey, frozen veggies (peas and spinach) and tons of fish.

I’d give our fridge a solid 7 out of 10. It could be better, but it’s pretty good.

QUESTION: How would you rate your fridge? And how would you answer those questions?