Ok, so this is just my personal plan and I am currently doing it right now, so I will just have to let you know as I go along whether it works or not ha! I am not a dietitian or anything, but this is what I’m doing and thought I’d share it with you just in case you wanna join me;)
I will talk a little more about this in a minute, but I want to explain a little bit first. I was so so healthy just a few months ago, but went a little crazy after my toddler weaned. It started out as a “yay! I can eat bad now!” kind of thing that I thought would stop once I had my share. However, then it didn’t really stop. A couple of months into that, I realized I had gained almost ten pounds and decided I was going to get healthy again. Then our life was flipped upside down. The process of us finding out we may be moving, then packing and moving took a toll on all of us. We switched to a “just eat whatever”, stress eating, comfort food, and convenience food diet. We had so much pizza, I don’t even want to talk about it lol. Anyway, here we are now. We’ve settled in to our new life and we’re getting a routine again. Now is the time for me to get back on track! So here’s my plan:
Getting Healthy Again!
100 Calorie Snacks:
——Ok, I’m not really going to be counting calories, but I think that just knowing a good serving size for snacks is a good idea. I don’t know about you, but I am a snacker. Snacking is healthy….well I guess I should say…..good, healthy snacking is healthy. It gives you more fuel (energy) and keeps you from becoming so hungry that you eat too much later. ——
1 boiled egg
2-3 Caprese Salad tooth picks with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar
2 celery stalks and 2-3 Tbs hummus
2 celery stalks and 1-2 Tbs peanut or almond butter
1 large apple alone
1 medium apple with 1 Tbs peanut or almond butter
1 small to medium apple with 1-2 Tbs cheese cubes
2 cups of kale chips (I LOVE these)
30 pods of Edemame (I just steam them and sprinkle a tiny bit of Real Salt)
100 Calorie Workout:
40 Jumping Jacks
10 Push Ups
Do one full set to burn 100 calories. If you want to burn 200, do two full sets and so on. I would suggest doing this once or twice a day. For example, one full set in the am when you wake up and another full set in the afternoon after lunch. Since you’re doing these quick and easy sets that just takes a few minutes throughout the day, you won’t have to work out for so long later in your full workout time because you are burning extra calories earlier in the day:)
I am doing the once a month freezer/crock pot cooking method. The meals are pretty healthy and most have a good amount of vegetables. The best part about these is that it’s already portioned out. When there aren’t any leftovers, you can’t go back for unnecessary seconds;)
When we eat out, I just need to remember to choose healthy options. One of my favorite tips for eating out is to ask for a to go box as soon as the food is brought to the table. Go ahead and cut the portion in half and box it up. This was you aren’t tempted to eat more than you need.
Fried eggs (fried in coconut oil) with a heaping portion of sautéed spinach or kale and fresh blueberries
Steel Cut Oatmeal with fresh fruit, almond milk, cinnamon and raw local honey
Juice-freshly juiced. My favorite is Green Machine with spinach, kale, cucumber, green apple, ginger, and lemon.
Turkey (or any deli sliced meat), hummus and raw veggie lettuce wraps
Sautéed greens and veggie “salad”
Tuna salad stuffed tomatoes
Salad (any, just keep it real- homemade ranch, lots of veggies, vinaigrettes, etc)
General Weight Loss Tips:
-For me personally, I ate really well when I was pregnant or nursing because I thought of food as fuel and what nutrients were in it that I needed for that day. Once Gavin weaned, I started eating badly because it was just for me. However, taking care of myself IS taking care of my kids still. If I’m healthy then I’m ready to take care of my kids better. It’s hard when Mom is sick, and by taking good care of myself I am preventing myself from getting sick. (Generally lol)
-I know that for me personally, burning about 500 calories a day with no effort just because I was Breastfeeding caused the baby weight to literally drop of. Now, as I said earlier, I was eating healthier too. I am trying to simulate this same scenario. I will be eating healthy again and keeping a goal of burning about 500 calories per day. However, this time the 500 calories will be burnt through exercise rather than Breastfeeding.
-So, with doing two sets of 100 calorie workouts during the day, my goal for my full workout each night will be to burn 300 calories. If I am just really enjoying my workout, then I will keep going beyond the 300, but it will just be for fun. (Lol)