My weight loss journey has hit many plateaus, but not surprisingly, I’ve always seen the biggest improvements when I’ve eaten a really “clean” diet. For me, that means finding something high protein that I can eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for about five days straight, then switch to something else. And when I’m eating really healthy, I’m also more likely to workout. Conversely, if I’m in a “bad” eating rut, I’m not likely to be hitting the gym.
LEFT: 2 Weeks Post Partum with James | RIGHT: 17 MONTHS Post Partum with James (photo shot at bootcamp!)
First, I’ll let you know that my goal was to build muscle and get lean, with Jamie Eason as one of my inspirational goals. I like her shape, although she is a fitness model who is way leaner and more muscular than I’d like to be. She is about my height though, 5’2 (I’m a shorty at 5’1).
To obtain the kind of shape she is in, you have to eat a super-strict diet, and I’ve never been that disciplined. I still eat Mexican food, ice cream, iced mochas from Starbucks, and drink wine (but all in moderation of course).
Although I don’t really count calories, Jamie provides a formula for you to use if you are trying to lose weight.
Here’s what I typically do. I try to eat approximately 100 grams of protein per day, broken into about 5 small meals. I love my Starbuck’s iced mochas in the afternoon, but will get an iced tea instead if I’m trying to watch my calories.
I usually work out in the evening, so when I get home and am hungry, I’ll have bacon and eggs. Sometimes, for breakfast, I’ll eat oatmeal with skim milk, raisins, cinnamon, and sliced almonds, then drink the protein shake later in the day.
For me, the easiest thing to do is find a few healthy meals I know I like and eat them over and over. Boring for sure, but since getting high-protein meals in is key, it works best for me. I might eat one of the meals for a week, then switch to something else. Of course, I “splurge” on cheeseburgers or nachos or something every so often too.
I make the rice in a saucepan while I brown the turkey meat. Then I add the seasoning and black beans to the meat. Combine the cooked rice into the meat and top with low fat sour cream, low fat cheese, salsa, and sometimes I crunch up a couple of tortilla chips on top. (James actually loves this too).
I cook a package of chicken tenders and portion them out for 2 tenders per salad. I usually mix a couple tablespoons of the peanut sauce with a tiny bit of lowfat peanut butter because the sauce is kinda spicy and I want to mellow it out. I add a squeeze of lime and toss in the salad and chicken, topping with some sliced almonds for crunch.