Happy Monday! And the only reason this Monday is a happy one is that it marks the start of a 3-day work week.
This weekend was all about starting fresh for me. A little while ago, Whitney told me she was going to start training for a bikini competition, and she’s inspired me to push further with my fitness goals. I’m pretty content with where I am now, but I know I have a long way to go to catch up to her and reach my own goals.
Last week, Whitney shared with me some of her diet dos and don’ts, which I’ve been trying to implement this weekend. The focus is on fresh foods, and lots of them, with low sugar and sodium intake.
Best advice I can give is to simplify, simplify, simplify. Only eat green veggies. only eat low sugar fruit. Get fats only from avocado, fish, nuts (no peanuts) and olive oils. Eat lean meats.
Break your diet down to a few items:
Romaine, spinach and spring mix salads
Condiments: sugar free syrup, sugar free jelly, mustard, vinegar, olive oil, canola oil, vinaigrette dressing
CUT OUT SUGAR! No honey, agave, or fruit flavored yogurts. No grapes, bananas or pears.
No flour based carbs. Even whole wheat should be kept to a minimum. No carrots, no snap/snow peas. No spaghetti squash. No white potatoes.
The more simple the diet, the less room to mess it up. No gray areas here!
After getting over my heartbreak about bananas and carrots, I dove right in. First, I focused on finishing off all the “don’t” foods in my fridge and pantry, mostly fruits, and only eating them in the mornings. I made huge veggie omelets both days to start off with protein, and kept the fruits to a minimum.
On Saturday, I went grocery shopping and picked items on the list to fill my fridge with. Whitney mentioned that fruits like watermelon and grapefruits were OK, so I stocked up on some gorgeous, tasty ruby red grapefruits.
If you know me, you know that I’m a bit of a wino. I saw this at Marshall’s while running clothes shopping and almost couldn’t pass it up, but it was $15. Almost.
I ended up getting home with a ton of groceries, a few new outfits, and an absurdly expensive pair of shoes. I discovered that you have to spend a lot of money to get comfortable heels that don’t assault your pinky toes. Who knew?
Afterwards, I was super productive and cleaned my room, washed my car, and even fixed the closet door that no one had been able to fix.
Saturday night, I went downtown with my new friend, Tabatha. I met her through my roommate and she’s the coolest person I’ve found here so far. We went to a bunch of bars and clubs, and while I broke my diet, it felt like my last hoorah as an unhealthy person.
I must admit, I was pretty hung over Sunday morning, but I crawled out of bed, walked Trina, made breakfast, and made a conscious effort to be productive. I inflated my bike tires and planned a quick 3-mile ride. Once I was on the trail, I felt like I could ride forever. It was just so liberating and meditative. Now I can see why distance riders get hooked on cycling.
I rode for about 3.5 miles before I turned around, and I stopped by LA Fitness on my way home for chest day. By the time I got home, I mapped 6 miles and I hardly broke a sweat. Once I get the gears down, I’m sure it’ll get even better, and I can already anticipate spending weekends riding.
After the ride, my roomie and I went to Chili’s to watch some football. I cheated again and had Buffalo wings, but I decided to make lunch on Sundays my cheat meal since I love to go out and watch the 1:00 PM games.
When I got home, I continued on my cleaning spree and prepped some lunch for the week. I realized that when I prep out my meals on Sundays, I’m more motivated to eat healthy throughout the week. A little prep time on the weekends also cuts my prep time later since I don’t have to individually portion out each meal.
I chopped up a huge spinach, romaine, veggies and fruit salad, and grilled 3 pieces of chicken to last through dinner and two lunches. I topped it with a little raspberry balsamic vinegar for a quick and easy meal.
Last, but definitely not least, I got the urge to bake cookies Sunday night. I know, I know. “What happened to NO SUGAR?” Well, I had the ingredients to make them, and I’d rather satisfy my sweet tooth now and get it over with. Plus, I can bring them to work and home for the holidays.
I made whole wheat oatmeal chocolate chip cookies following this recipe from Chocolate and Carrots. This had to be the best cookie dough ever, and it made for a small army of cookies (2.5 more batches not pictured).
So. Many. Cookies. 42, to be exact.
Hopefully I can convince my parents not to go overboard with the holiday food this weekend so I can try to stick to my nutritional guidelines. (Notice I didn’t say diet. Not a diet, but rather guidelines for a healthy life.)
The average American consumes between 3500 and 4500 calories at Thanksgiving dinner. (Holy moly!) What are your favorite healthy holiday foods?
My mom makes all these yummy Russian salads that help keep the calorie count low. My favorite holiday classic has to be turkey. It’s high in protein, and it’s baked instead of fried: win-win.