What Do I Do If….

I’ve asked my Facebook friends to suggest what they want me to write about.  Caitlin wants to know what I do when in social situations such dining out, drinking socially and even home partys.  This is a big opportunity for anyone to f*ck up but if you are mentally committed to your goals it isn’t so hard.

Date Night

I’m dining out on a date or with friends, what do I order?  

Watching what you eat is a HUGE part of being healthy.  Even though the diet I am following is very specific with a lot of protein and very little carbs it can be difficult to eat out.  You need to keep in mind what you need to eat and what you don’t.  A great tip I received from my friend Stacey is to focus on the protein and build around that.  So for example, you order chicken or fish (not friend of course!) and if it comes with a veggie and potato then ask for double veggies in place of the potato.  Or only eat a little of the potato.  If you are out for Italian where it’s hard to avoid pasta, most restaurants offer whole wheat pasta.  This doesn’t mean you can have whole wheat Fettucini Alfredo so get that out of your head!!  (Let’s be real, good Italian alfredo is amazeballs but so not worth the calories after busting your butt in workouts.)

Shots!

I’m going out drinking with my friends, can I drink?

This subject couldn’t be more perfect for me at the moment since I’m going to Atlantic City tonight with about 20 people!  Yes, you can drink but if you drink often then you have a bigger problem than watching your calories.  Last Friday night I gave in and had a glass of red wine.  Typically I could drink 1-2 glasses with a meal but about three sips in it went right to my head.  This is good because it means I don’t need to drink a lot.  Stay away from mixers (cranberry juice, orange juice and sour mixes) because they are high in calories and sugar.  The SkinnyGirl lines of cocktails, vodkas and wines are a great alternative or just have vodka and club with lime.

Snacks!

What do I do at family gatherings where I don’t have options?

I don’t know about your social gatherings but everyone always brings something such as appetizers, wine and dessert.  If you know there won’t be anything healthy for you to eat, why not bring it with you and share with everyone?  This way you know how it’s made.  There are great ideas on Pinterest that you can find if you need suggestions.

It’s important to follow a healthy diet but it doesn’t mean giving up all the delicious things you love.  You can have what you want but in small amounts.  I already know that I’ll be partying in AC tonight, having a family dinner tomorrow, dinner with friends on Saturday night and Easter brunch so I need to make sure I stick to my diet in between and make smart choices in those situations.

(Taking a few days off from the blog…Happy Easter to all!)

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Food!!

I love cooking especially during the holidays.  In fact, for Christmas Eve I cooked everything from Ina Garten’s recipes.  Ina, better known as the Barefoot Contessa, cooks mostly French for entertaining which means butter, cream and oil.  These were my 3 food groups and I was a huge fan of carbs!

Taking on this change in my life has meant changing the way I eat.  Luckily for me I have always loved vegetables but eating them for every meal can be challenging.  I am not a nutritionist or doctor but I have found meals that work for me to follow in these simple rules:

  • 1 gram of protein per pound of weight
  • No carbs after 4pm
  • No sugar
  • Eat every 2.5 to 3.5 hours
  • 1 gallon of water a day

Do I follow these rules 100%?  No, but 90% of the day I do!  That is a big improvement of my old habits.  Now, I’m working on new and healthy habits.

This weekend I went food shopping and bought everything I need for the week.  This helps me stay on track without seeking the bad stuff.  I bought things like chicken, turkey sausage, chicken sausage, spring mix, veggies for my salads, bananas, strawberries, eggs and egg whites.  Below is a sample of what I’ll be eating today:

  • Breakfast:  1 egg with 3 egg whites, turkey sausage patty, Ezekiel bread
  • Snack: Strawberries
  • Lunch: Salad (spring mix, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and balsamic vinaigrette) with grilled chicken
  • Snack 2 hours before gym: Grilled chicken and sweet potato
  • Snack after gym: Banana
  • Dinner: Turkey sausage with green peppers and onions
  • I drink as much water as I can during the day but if I want something with flavor I make my own brewed ice tea

I also have a large collection of plastic containers to help me prep my meals so I can grab ‘n go each day:

dishwasher

Here is also a sample of my turkey sausage with veggie prep:

sausage dinners This is a lot of work compared to how I was but it’s helping me get to my end goal so it is worth it.  A good prep day is Sunday and I’ve also started writing out my meals for each day so I know what to throw in my bag.

Week 1 DONE!

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Yesterday was a very hard day for me mentally and physically at boot camp in Ocean NJ. I felt defeated by the pain in my body, the exhaustion and the food. I received a lot of feedback, tips, and quotes. I appreciate it all!

Someone told me that the diet I am following is like a light switch to my body. On Saturday I flipped it on and went full force. While it is important to follow a healthy diet I also cannot put my body in this type of shock or I may give up. At first I thought, but this is what I was told to do. But in reality, I have to do what’s right for me and my body.

I had planned a turkey sausage with green peppers and onions lunch but it’s been days since I’ve enjoyed a sandwich and I craved that full feeling. So, I took my fat butt over to Panera and ordered the “You Pick Two”. I got the French onion soup and 1/2 smoked turkey sandwich, dry. After consuming this decadent lunch (decadent compared to what I have been eating) I instantly felt better. I felt more focused and my energy increased. I was ready to get back into class.

My boot camp in Monmouth County class went great last night.  Was it hard?  You bet, but I finished 2nd in one of the circuits which, to me, is pretty awesome.  It is definitely not a race but I’ve already seen improvement since my first day.  I’ve also found that I’m better at some workouts vs. others.  While I’m working out time does seem to slow down but when I’m done I feel like I just got there.

Like I said before, I’m having my good days and my bad days but the good are more often.  Now if I could only get out of bed in the morning more quickly!  I’m taking 2 days off from the class but plan on doing the elliptical atleast 1 day.  Til then, I’ll update you on the flip side.