Don’t count me out just yet… I am not referring to saying goodbye to you or my goal. But, my new diet plan is in and it’s looking like I am going to have to bid adieu to all the delicious foods I stock my kitchen with every week.
I’m not usually one to stroll through the supermarket filling my cart with cookies, chips, etc. I like to eat fairly healthy and get excited about stocking up my fruits and veggies. Today however, I spent time walking down the isles dreaming about eating things I haven’t had in forever. I contemplated buying my final Dove dark chocolate bar to enjoy tonight, but no worries I resisted.
Reality set in. I even have to give up fruit. So I literally just ate my last apple :(. Even my dog is sad about it (she loves apples).
Here is (hopefully) the golden ticket to reaching my goal:
- 8:00A: 1/2 cup oatmeal w/ water & 6 egg whites
- 10:00A: 4oz grilled chicken, 1 cup brown rice & 1 cup broccoli
- 12:30P: 100grams sweet potato & 4oz grilled chicken
- 3:00P: 3oz tilapia, 2 cups romaine lettuce, 1TBSP balsamic vinaigrette
- 6:00P: 4oz grilled chicken & 3cups broccoli
- 8:00P: 6 egg whites
Total Calories approx 1,435 :: Total Fat approx 6.3g :: Total Carbs approx 102g :: Total Protein approx 186g
Now, I don’t know if anyone else was counting, but that was a dozen eggs a day! OOOF!
I called Paul when I hit the grocery store today to go over my diet plan and see where I can add in some variety. Chicken, fish, eggs always acceptable. Vegetables… stick to the green kind I was told… broccoli, snow/snap peas, cucumbers, string beans, etc. NO FRUIT! Which may be the hardest thing to avoid! We decided to track my progress every two weeks and tweak my diet accordingly. It’s never set in stone.
Although I don’t officially start cracking down on this diet until Sunday (I’m out of town Friday and Saturday), I decided to give the prep a go and see what I have in store for me. After I got home tonight I cooked dinner- baked tilapia with fresh squeezed lemon, garlic salt and basil, with 1 1/2 cups of steamed broccoli and 1 1/2 cups of steamed snap peas. YUM!
Here came the time consuming part. I baked 2 fish filets thinking 1/2 would suffice for my 3oz and could get my next 4 meals of out it (they were out of boneless chicken breasts at the supermarket… weird I know). When I weighed the fish, I realized each filet was about the size I needed per meal, so I made another two. I made some scrambled eggs- 6 egg whites with sliced onions & peppers- to bring for breakfast, as well as a serving of oatmeal (not the instant kind) and sprinkled some cinnamon over it. Breakfast DONE!
Meal 2: Luckily I had some quinoa that I made the night before left over in the fridge to sub for brown rice. I grabbed another cup of steamed broccoli and a fish filet and popped them in a to ziploc container. DONE!
Meal 3: I’ve never made a sweet potato before so I bought the ones that specifically said “microwavable ready”. Poked a few holes in it and nuked it for about 5 minutes. Cut it in half, weighed it, mashed it and threw some cinnamon on top! Oh, and yeah, another fish filet. DONE!
Meal 4: Half a cucumber, 1 cup romaine lettuce, 1 cup fresh baby spinach, and a fish filet. I’m not a huge condiment person and definitely not a salad dressing fan so I cut a lemon in half and threw it in the container to squeeze on tomorrow.
I have quite a bit to “pack” for lunch! This new meal plan is going to be a job in itself.
Thinking a little bit ahead, I figured I probably don’t want to have to actually cook 12 eggs a day. So, I hard boiled 18 large eggs. Having never hard boiled an egg before, I googled it. Just in case your as inept in the kitchen as I am, this wiki, “How to Hard Boil an Egg“, helped me out.
Besides taking my first stab at my new nutrition plan to help get me “cut”, I did have a great session at Yoga. It was a power vinyasa yoga class and definitely helped me loosen up my body from the last few days. However, it was not quite the walk in the park I thought it would be. I have a new appreciation for people who are avid yoga goers. It takes a lot of strength to control your body and focus on the flow of the movements and your breathing. Most definitely something I plan on incorporating into my overall fitness regime!
Until next time…