I have just completed week 6 of my training……only 17 more weeks to go!! As I say to my trainer, only 17 more leg workouts! Does anyone enjoy leg workouts? Well, I have to confess, they aren’t my favorite, especially split squats. Anyway, I am down 6.4 pounds in weight and have about 15% body fat. Not too bad considering that I haven’t done any cardio yet and just traveled to an all-inclusive resort in the Domincan Republic! On our trip, I was able to enjoy myself and did fairly well on my food. I did allow myself some alcohol though—I can’t deny the fact that I love champagne! Cheers!
This week, I wanted to share some examples of the types of food I am eating on a daily basis. Hopefully, it will give you a better idea of what types of foods and how often I am eating. I definitely supplement with protein powder. Some of my favorite protein powders are Beverly International UMP Whey in Chocolate and Cookies and Cream, Cellucor Whey in Cinnamon Swirl, and GNC Pro Performance Amp Whey in Delicious Strawberry and Vanilla Ice Cream. The Beverly protein powder is the creamiest of all of these and I think is the yummiest!
Almost every single morning, so far, I eat Hodgson Mill oat bran for breakfast with one scoop of protein powder. Most mornings I add the GNC Pro Performance Amp Whey Protein in Delicious Strawberry. It gives me an additional 24 grams of protein while only 2 carbs. Some mornings, depending on my macros, I add 2 Tbsp. of PB2 which is powdered peanut butter. If you like peanut butter, it is a great lower fat alternative. It is peanut butter with most of the fat removed–only 1.5 grams of fat. PB2 can be found in most grocery stores on the peanut butter aisle. On really low carb days, I will probably replace my oat bran with an egg white and cheese omelet with a side of whole wheat toast which I also enjoy. I usually work out in the mornings, so around 10:00, after I have worked out, I eat a Clif Builder Protein bar—-I love the Vanilla Almond flavor. With a whopping 30 grams of carbs, I will probably have to cut out this bar on low carb days and replace it with a scoop of protein powder and some sort of fruit or no fruit.
For lunch, let’s just say that I am a “lady that lunches”! My good friend, Cathy, and I eat out lunch at least 3 times a week—it’s just what we do. We eat regularly, usually once a week, at a locally owned restaurant called Fig. Their food is so flavorful and very well prepared, and they have quite a few healthy choices too. I typically will order the roasted chicken breast (it’s so tender and juicy–not sure how they do this) with their Caesar salad or with lentils and Brussels sprouts. They also have a wonderful salmon dish if you like salmon—I am learning to like salmon! Sometimes, I order their lemon-lime shrimp risotto—it’s divine and one of my favorites! Most other places we eat, I try to order grilled chicken or grilled shrimp on a Caesar salad or some kind of salad. I almost always order roasted, sautéed, or steamed Brussels sprouts if they are available at any of the restaurants where I eat. They are my favorite veggie right now!
About 2:30 or 3:00, I have my afternoon snack and a shot of espresso. I just don’t think I could function a whole day without coffee! My snack usually consists of one or two scoops of protein powder, depending on how much more protein I need for the day, with a side of fruit. For this protein powder, I usually have either the Beverly Cookies and Cream flavor or the Beverly Chocolate. To me, it’s like eating cookie dough or chocolate pudding—sometimes you just have to tell your brain that that’s what it is! My son, John, and I have been eating tons of fresh Florida strawberries and Cuties clementines. They both are so good and sweet right now. Another afternoon snack is a scoop of protein powder added to Dannon Light & Fit Greek No Fat Yogurt—–the banana cream is my fav, but all of them are really tasty! Also, Turkey Perky Jerky is a great low carb high protein snack.
Then, there’s dinner. My dinners really vary depending on how much of my macros I have left for the day. So, some nights I eat a good amount, and some nights I don’t. Lately, I have been eating a lot of egg white omelets with 2% Mexican Cheese Blend with an Arnold Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins. It is actually one of my favorite meals, believe it or not. I am so glad that I love egg whites. I use one cup of All Whites 100% Liquid Egg Whites with 1/4 cup of the 2% cheese and a little salt and pepper. But, you could add whatever veggies you like—onions, peppers, tomatoes, etc. For our Valentine’s dinner, we had filet mignon with roasted balsamic Brussels sprouts and stewed buttered potatoes. Of course, I didn’t eat the potatoes—those were for my husband and son. I was also able to have a glass of a really nice Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon wine! Yummy! There have been a few dinners that I didn’t have many carbs left so I ate cold boiled shrimp (0 Carbs) or a scoop or two of protein powder. I have actually found a lot of healthy dinner recipes on Pinterest—it’s a great resource for healthy eating recipes! Believe it or not, at the end of the day I usually feel very satisfied and not hungry!
Please remember these are just a few examples of what I eat and is definitely not the only things I eat and is by no means all inclusive—just a sampling. You know as well as I do, our lives can be hectic at times, and no matter how much we prepare, sometimes you have to go with what your day gives you!
I leave you with this quote that I think is appropriate for this journey that I am on: “Dream big, work hard, stay focused, & surround yourself with good people.”