Evolution

Posted: April 8, 2015 in Misc. Good Stuff, Rambling, Updating
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That’s really the tract my weight loss has followed.

It all started about a 100 years ago when I lost about 60 pounds doing Atkins. Learned super quick that low carb was totally for me. I could live without pasta and bread, I couldn’t live without bacon.

Like I said, I lost about 60 pounds doing that. Kept it off too. Well, minus the 10 pound gain back after eating normally again. And okay, it wasn’t 100 years, that just might have been an exaggeration. It was probably more like 10 years ago.

Then, in 2013, when I really count this journey starting, I was trying the calorie counting route. Blerg. It was all egg whites and turkey bacon and steamed broccoli and chicken breast only. I went to culinary arts, man. I know how to make food taste amazing. And it’s not by watching how many calories are in it.

About 2 months into what I call Calorie Counting Ickyness, Ideal Protein became a thing. I saw how it worked for a lot of people and I hopped right up on that wagon. It totally works. If you have the extra money and mindset to stick to it – it allows for absolutely zero cheating – I suggest doing it. Only problem was that it really isn’t geared for people who are active. I wasn’t looking to just get skinny, I wanted to be fit too. (Hey, if you’ll notice I changed the title of this blog from “Skinny” to “Fit” – nice yeah?)

So, I kinda followed IP and it did work, but I wasn’t happy because I did not have the energy I needed to work out. So, I lost about 40 pounds doing it, gained back 10 when I added in carbs and normal eating.

Seeing the 10 pound gain back pattern? I did! Good reference for when I was all about the number on the scale. Set my goal for 10 pounds less than I actually wanted to weigh so I’d be at goal with the gain back.

Anyway, my super awesome friend Juice/Jen and I decided to go back on IP and keep each other accountable. Sadly, it didn’t stick, but I did get a copy of the IP for Athlete’s plan out of that endeavor. This allowed, like, half a serving of dairy, whole grain carbs and fruit along with the standard plan. I liked this. My body needed the extra natural sugar and carb boost for fitness. That lasted a good chunk into 2014 before I got tired of the extra cost of IP foods.

Around the end of April 2014 I found the best thing ever for keeping me accountable in weight loss. Diet Bet. I will now and forever sing the praises of www.dietbetter.com – Holy Hell, will I never stop loving that whole deal! You have to put up your own real cashy money and either lose 4% of your body weight in a month or 10% in 6 months. It’s super simple, everyone who reaches the goal splits the pot, those who don’t reach their goal, get nothing. Amazing motivation to stick with your plan. And, I’ve made (actually made, as in not counting the money I put up) around $500. Keeping it all in the bank and going to use it for new clothes!!

Using what I learned about watching carb gram counts from Atkins and cutting out fatty stuff from IP I came up with my own eating plan. And, it’s not a diet, it’s a total eating makeover. Totally easy for me to stick to as well, I mean, there are days when the doughnut spread at work is super tempting, but for the most part, it’s not a struggle to stick to it.

Wanna know what I’m doing?

Of course you do.

Here goes. In a day I can have:

  1. As much lean protein as I want – cooked healthy – no frying!
  2. As many veggies as I want – cooked healthy – steamed, roasted
  3. One cup of tea or coffee and one cup of milk (I drink unsweeted almond) then nothing but water. NOTHING but water. I can toss some lime or lemon in if I want, but that’s it.
  4. At least 10 8oz glasses of water – I usually blow this out of the water by 11am.
  5. One serving of whole fruit – it has to be low carb/high fiber fruits: berries, avocado, apricots, lemon, lime ect.
  6. One serving of whole grain based carbs, two servings if I’m working out that day
  7. No added sugar foods
  8. Low carb whey protein powder or similar high protein/low carb drink for 2 of my three snacks out of the day – or any time I feel hungry and it’s not a meal time
  9. 90% of my fat from healthy sources – avocado, olive oil, unsweetened nut butter, nuts ect. (I say 90% because sometimes I just need bacon)

My workout day menu typically looks like this:

Breakfast:                  1-2 eggs, 2-3oz turkey sausage, 1/2c oatmeal, 1/4 berries, 2ish oz milk, coffee/tea w/milk

Mid Day Snack:         Protein shake or drink

Lunch:                       Lean protein – typically baked, and veggies – typically steamed – As much as I want

Post Wkout Snack:    Dave’s Killer Bread: 21 Grain, 2 tablespoons unsweetened nut butter, protein drink

Dinner:                      Same as lunch

Water Consumption: About 90-150 ounces. Seriously. I have a giant pink water bottle that is 70oz, I drink almost 2 a day.

Non workout days I typically have my carb at dinner – baked sweet potato (NO sweetener) or whole grain dinner roll or small serving of potatoes ect.

Now, I do have a sweet tooth flare up once in a while. And man, the doughnut spread in the Cafe…. dude. I’m there when they get dropped off. The boxes are still warm, the glaze still dripping, and smelling like they just came out of the fryer….. Yeah, it gets tempting. The protein powder I use is much sweeter than I like, so I’ll have a little bit to kill the sweet tooth at work, at home I’ll have a piece or two of Russel Stover’s sugar free candies. So good and a few pieces will not kill your carbs for the day.

Working out followed an evolution as well.

Started with DVD’s at home. Loved The Biggest Loser work out DVD’s. Pretty sure there’s a post forever ago about my love affair with them. The DVD’s were great and so was the treadmill and elliptical I had at home.

Then after about 6-8 months of doing the stuff at home, I joined Planet Fitness. I know there is a ton of Planet Fitness hate out there. But seriously?! Just ‘cuz you think the “Lunk” thing is bullshit or are a total CrossFit snob , doesn’t mean you need to get down on people joining any kind of gym. And yes, by hatin’ on the gym, you really make the people who use it feel like you’re looking down on them too. Anyway, I digress. I joined Planet Fitness and found the elliptical. Loved the elliptical. Rocked that bitch for about a year. I did trow in a class or two with the trainer at PF, but I totally cardio bunnied it up in there.

After I talked with the trainer at PF and he explained that burning calories doing cardio vs. lifting weights was like feeling full by eating soup vs. oatmeal. One lasts a lot longer than the other. So, I started with weight machines. Do the row of leg machines and elliptical one day, row of arm machines and elliptical the next day, do the circuit area and elliptical one day…

And on and on and on.

Let me tell you, there is some weight to be moved using machines. But then I took the next evolutionary leap. See, using the machines really doesn’t push you. It’s a start, but you work so much less because you don’t have to use a million other little muscles to keep form. I can do, like, 65 pounds for flies on the machine, but like 20 with free weights, and I hurt so much more when I use the free weights.

So, with the help of a few friends who have gone down a similar path with weight loss/getting toned, a trainer and Fitness Buddy (totally worth the money to buy the app) I now sit down at the beginning of my week and map out what muscle groups I’m doing on what days and make sure I have five balanced days scheduled out.

After moving to free weights, I totally get the whole “Oh Damn, leg day was yesterday. I can’t even sit to pee today” thing.

I mentioned earlier about when I was only worried about the number on the scale. To a degree, I still am. I figure I have about 40-50 pounds before I quit worrying about the scale and worry only about the mirror. See, a girl who doesn’t lift and is 5’5″ at 130 pounds won’t look at good as a girl who lifts and is 5’5″ and tips at 160.

Don’t want to be skinny, want to be fit.

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So, best thing about all this?

The energy and endorphin spike I get from eating right and working out.

It totally rocks.

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