Eating to Loose
Last summer, I tackled my last 15 pounds baby weight. The pounds seemed to melt off-I was super disciplined in my eating, I worked out and I went into the school year feeling (and looking!) great.
Fast forward a school year and I have been re-united with my long-lost weight. Oh, hello pounds! How I HAVEN’T missed you so!
When school ended this year, I was certain that I would be able to drop the weight as easily as I did last summer, but somehow my motivation didn’t get the memo. I indulged in lunches of mac and cheese with Henry, stuffed my face with s’mores, binge watched Netflicks and generally felt super lousy about whole situation. But seriously, something has to change. I have a closet full of super cute outfits I can’t fit in to and a really poor sense of self.
One of the ways I have succeeded in loosing weight in the past is sticking to a very strict eating plan. When I know I’m eating the same thing every day, it makes grocery shopping easy (and cheap), and I’m less likely to grab something on impulse. Here is my 710 calorie breakfast/snack/lunch/snack plan!
My breakfast consists of a yogurt and 1/4 cup of Nutty Nuggets. They are the local off-brand of Grape Nuts, and I’ll admit-I buy them because I like the name better. 😉 I’m really squeamish about dairy and Yoplait is the only brand I’ll eat. You could substitute something healthier in, like Greek yogurt. This breakfast comes in at 190 calories and keeps me full for a decent amount of time. I drink a tall glass of water with it.
For a morning snack, I turn to carrots and humus. Our local grocery store sells these super cute petite carrots-I love them because they are thin and easy to snap. I dip them in 1/4 of a tub of Trader Joe’s humus. The carrots are 35 calories and the humus is 60 calories, making this snack a cool 95 calories for a whole lotta munchin’ action!
Lunch consists of a large salad from Trader Joe’s. I love this cous cous chicken salad and have been eating it for months, but they have a huge variety to choose from. I like to grab an extra bag of lettuce to add to the salad toppings, as it extends the size and amount of eating time for only 25 extra calories. The total calories for my lunch is 325, although I only use half the dressing so it’s probably a bit less.
I have two snack options in the afternoon. The first is a single serving of these amazing crunchy snap peas from Costco. I could sit on the couch and shove these in my mouth all day, but because I’m being disciplined, I count out 22 of them for 100 calories. Disclaimer: I think these area love ’em or hate ’em food. I love them. My husband and mom do not.
My other afternoon snack option is an apple. I use to eat an apple and peanut butter after going on a long run or walk, or even before heading into a class at the gym. But really, the peanut butter is LOADED with calories. We’re talking over 150 calories! So while super delicious, I now skip the PB and just eat some apple slices to get in more fiber. There are about 100 calories in an apple.
One of the areas I’m really working on is my sugar consumption. My name is Kat, and I’m a sugar addict. If I find the craving is strong, or I’m just looking to relax with a treat, I have a cup of tea. My preference is English Breakfast tea. Two teaspoons of sugar and one tablespoon of cream (whipped-I think it tastes better!) makes this sweet treat come in at 82 calories. This is not included in my 710 calorie count, but can be worth the extra calories if it keeps me away from the s’mores. 😉
If I stick to the plan, My Fitness Pal tells me I’ll make my 12 pound weight goal in 5 weeks without a problem. And that’s not including exercise! The trick is keeping to the 550 remaining calories for dinner-portions need to stay small and everything needs to stay healthy. Tonight we’re dining on baked salmon, wild rice and a small side of mashed yams.
If you’re ready to get serious about weight loss, keep check in for more articles. I’ll be launching a workout challenge this week that will be a blast from the past! Good luck eating to loose!
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