What have I been eating?

It’s been a month since I started on my new nutrition plan.  What does it look like?

a.m. breakfast

1 slice whole grain toast w/ natural peanut butter

1 low-cal yogurt

coffee w/ international delights french vanilla creamer

1 grapefruit

a.m. snack

almonds

grapefruit (any leftover from breakfast)

3 eggs (1 yolk) with spinach

lunch

salad

meat protein w/ veggies (beef & broccoli, shrimp & broccoli, roast chicken)

a piece or two of dark chocolate

p.m snack

almonds

pre-workout

3 eggs (1 yolk) with spinach

OR

meat protein w/ veggies

*** WORKOUT ***

post-workout

protein shake (w/ 2% milk)

That’s pretty much it.  In terms of my proteins I have alot of eggs (mainly whites).  And I don’t have any other bread except for breakfast.  In the past month, I have not had any pasta for lunch or dinner.

Once a week, I allow myself a “cheat” meal.  Past cheat meals have been sushi, dim sum and chinese food.

What have I cut out of my diet?

  • White rice
  • Fried potatoes (hash browns, potato chips)
  • Donuts
  • Muffins
  • Noodles
  • Creamy soups
  • Breakfast sandwiches (egg, bacon and cheese)

Do I miss the food?  Not really, I find that I ate the foods out of habit.  I remember there would be some mornings where I’d be eating hash browns and noting that they didn’t taste very good, but I’d still continue to finish off the plate of food.

Eating better definitely requires more organization and planning. I find that each evenings I’m spending 30 minutes preparing meals/snacks for the following day.

Progress pictures will be taken in a couple of days.

I can’t wait to see my progress.

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My starting point

… keep in mind that these photos were taken back on January 3, 2012.  I’ve decided to take pictures on a monthly basis, so I will have new pictures posted next week.

It’s hard to look at these photos and I’m not very happy with the shape of my body.  But that will all change, and it is already changing.

Front view

 

Back view

The exact moment

… when I told myself that it was time to get serious about getting back into shape.

Late last year I started feeling that my clothes weren’t fitting me well and my pants were starting to feel snug.  Even worse I had invested in an expensive pair of jeans earlier in the year (we’re talking $200 jeans) and by November they no longer fit.  And what I mean by no longer fit, I mean I couldn’t even get the button closed.  It was quite depressing and I knew I had to do something about it.  My youngest was 2 years old, turning 3 at the end of February.  Shortly after he was born, I always told myself to work on getting back into shape, to get back to that pre-pregnancy weight.  And over 2 years later, I was still telling myself that I was working on it.

I couldn’t do it anymore, I didn’t want to do it anymore.  I didn’t want to tell myself and others that I was “working on it”.  Plus I really wanted my pants to fit again and I refused to buy new pants.

And so, I decided that I would set a goal for myself, a deadline.  I would give myself until my son’s 3rd birthday (Feb 26th, 2012) to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight and even more, to be in the best shape of my life.

So what were my biggest challenges?

  1. My weakness for fried potatoes.  I’d have to say that I ate fried hashbrowns 3-4 times a week.  And then there would be the times I’d indulge in potato chips.
  2. My weakness for lemon poppy seed loaf.  MMm.. so good.  Oh and double chocolate dipped cake donuts.  MMm.
  3. My weakness for most things fried: chicken fingers, french fries, spring rolls.

I knew that overcoming my bad eating habits was going to be extremely difficult, and so I decided that I would start slow.  I’d eat as clean/healthy as possible but I wasn’t going to the extreme.  I’d just substitute where I could.

For example:

Rye bread –> multi-grain bread

Regular peanut butter –> all natural peanut butter

White rice –> brown rice

When I started this journey, I knew that this would be a big lifestyle change for me and I felt comfort in knowing that I had full support from my husband.  When DH and I first started dating, he was exercising and dieting for a bodybuilding competition.  And for the first 4 years of our relationship, I was by his side supporting him while he reached his bodybuilding goals.  At the last Canadian National Bodybuilding competition, DH finished 2nd in his class.  And so I’ve seen the dieting and the exercising and I know the determination and focus required.

I know that I’m not dieting and exercising at that level, but it’s just very comforting to know that DH will understand what I’m experiencing.  If I’m grumpy due to a craving or tired from a work out, he’ll completely understand.

And so I started my journey on January 2nd and can proudly say on February 26th, 2012 I will be at my pre-pregnancy weight and in the best shape of my life and most importantly “No longer working on it!”