I had a physical two weeks ago and had to be weighed. I used to weigh myself regularly but lately I have been avoiding the scale. It is because I know I have put on some weight. I can feel it, my jeans are tight and my stomach is not as flat as it usually is. As I stepped on the scale I found myself closing my eyes. Praying for a certain number. When I opened them I was shocked. I thought I had maybe gained 5lbs but that number showed 10lbs from what I normally like to weigh. Now I was fully dressed with shoes on, so I like to think that maybe that accounts for 1-2lbs, but either way I have 10 pounds I need to shed.
My main problem is portion control and snacking. I eat fairly healthy for the most part but I have just felt hungry lately, eating more than I normally would. I found myself finishing off the kids dinner and then eating a dinner of my own. I have been eating way more bread and pasta then I normally do and eating seconds after dinner. Part of the problem too is I have not been eating enough protein. Matt lost weight when he turned to a meat free diet and I gained weight because I was eating more cheese, pasta and fillers.
I am sharing all this on here because I want to hold myself accountable.
It has been 10 days since I started trying to control my portions and I can already tell a difference with my appetite. I did a similar diet to this before my wedding and it really worked. It is heavy on protein with minimal carbs and sugar. During the week I try and be really strict but on the weekends I accommodate for some splurges. So far I have lost 3lbs. It is a slow process but I know it works and the weight will stay off.
I wanted to share a sample daily meal plan of what I eat during the week. I know there are a million different diets out there and I am no nutritional expert but this is just what works for me. My mom and dad have been following the plan with me as well. We all felt like we had a fairly indulgent summer.
1 Boiled Egg + Morning Star Sausage Patty + Avocado + Tomatoes
I try hard to stick to this breakfast because the egg really keeps me full. I do get sick of eating boiled eggs and when I do I have oatmeal instead for breakfast. I also drink a cup of black decaf coffee and a cup of hot lemon water.
Asian Kale Salad + Two Turkey Cheese Roll-Ups + a Pickle
I have really tried to be consistent with this lunch as well. The turkey also keeps me full. If I don’t have a pre-made salad made I sometimes have sauerkraut on the side.
Salmon Cake + Butterbeans + Heirloom Tomato Salad
For dinners I have tried to mainly eat salads, veggie plates or fish with veggies. I have also tried to eat early like before 7 if possible. If we make tacos, I use lettuce for the shells and make substitutions like that to avoid carbs.
I have really tried to cut back on snacking but sometimes you just need a snack. When I do I will have nuts, usually pistachios or drink a V8 because it helps fill me up.
I have also been trying hard to up my water intake. We have a measured fill on our fridge and I try and drink at least 50 ounces a day.
I still have wine, I can’t totally cut that out- I need it for my sanity! However I only drink water and unsweetened green tea during the day. No other drinks with sugar.
I hurt my back this Summer right after St Maarten and I am still not sure exactly what happened to it. I tried to run once on our beach vacation and that really pushed it over the edge. I was in so much pain and could barely move certain ways. 6 weeks later it is finally better but I have avoided running because of that. Instead I have tried to do barre class more regularly and walk some. I aim 4 days a week at barre. The barre class I attended is called extreme barre and I frequently leave class drenched in sweat so I know I am getting a good workout!
It is always fun to have new clothes to workout with. I treat myself as a reward of losing weight and getting to the gym more often. I know its silly but I get a little excited about the gym when I have a new outfit to wear. Below are a few of my go-to favorites. Many are on sale and I denoted that beside them.
Sports Bra (on sale)
I love this style sports bra because it really supports you when you work out. It hooks in the back like a regular bra ad really keeps your chest area secure.
I like light weight tanks and ones that are not super fitted when I work out. This style is great and only $20 right now.
These high waisted leggings are my favorite because they really suck everything in! I am partial to the black but a few colors are on sale now.
They also come in some really fun prints in the high waist style.
I own like 4 of these tanks. I love them especially for running but they are great for yoga and barre too. I sized up to a medium in these because I don’t like my tanks fitted.
I enjoy this style for yoga and barre class. It is a lightweight material.
Brooks Running Shorts (on sale)
My favorite shorts. I love the fit of these because they have a thick waistband and the leggings are not fitted. Also on sale in blue print.
Nikes are my favorite workout shoes. I just ordered these from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and love them. They come in 4 color options.
My sister gave me this Yoga Mat for Christmas and I love it. It is a good thickness and I don;t have trouble sliding on it like I did my old one. They come in a bunch of other patterns here too.
Great to toss on for those chilly mornings. I sometimes run in mine too if it is really cold.
Zella Double Breasted Jacket (on sale)
This is s bit thicker then the previous one.