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My Take on Diet...

So I get a lot of questions about my diet and I can't even remember them all right now so if you have one that I didn't answer just post it to the comments.

THE BACKSTORY:

When I first started I wanted the weight off and I wanted it off NOW. I started out trying to lose 2lbs/wk. This made my caloric intake 1200cal/day. That is just not enough for someone who works out as much as I do. The first two weeks I was STARVING and miserable. I would wake up in the middle of the night feeling like I was just dying of hunger. I did manage to stick with it and I did lose 2lbs/wk the first few weeks. I eventually reset MFP to lose 1.5lbs/wk, then 1lb/wk, then 0.5lbs/wk. I slowly increased my calories. With each increase I did notice a fluctuation up on the scale for a little while then the numbers dropped again fairly quickly.

HOW MANY CALORIES DO YOU EAT IN A DAY AND DO YOU EAT YOUR EXERCISE CALORIES?

I am now at 1500 calories per day + my exercise calories. I usually burn at least 500 calories each gym visit so I consume around 1900-2000 calories a day total. I DO eat back most of my exercise calories. I will let myself go under on some days because I know that I will always go over on the days I do not go to the gym. I never work out on Sundays and sometimes I miss a day during the week because of work or some other event. I just try to make sure everything evens out for the week. 

ARE THERE CERTAIN FOODS YOU AVOID?

YES! I was a former sweet-a-holic and since sweets are my nemesis I stay away from them. No cookies, cake, candy brownies, etc. I know myself. I can never use moderation with those. I loooooove peanut butter and this is how I fill my sweet tooth. I eat it every day on toast with bananas. I also like the Fiber One bars, Oats and Chocolate is my favorite. The protein shakes are pretty yummy too. I do not cut carbs though. I still eat bread, pasta and rice regularly but in moderation. 

ARE THEIR CERTAIN FOODS YOU EAT REGULARLY?

I eat the same breakfast every morning and the same snack every night.

Breakfast: 1 cup Fiber One Honey Oats, 0.5 cup Kashi Go Lean with Flax seed, 1/2 a banana, 1 cup of milk

Snack: 1 slice of toast, 4 tbsp of PB2  (mixed with almond milk instead of water), 1 tbsp of flavored peanut butter (the real stuff... right now it's cinnamon raisin swirl... mmmmm), with sliced bananas on top.

On the days I work out I usually drink a shake when I get home.

Protein shake: 3/4 scoop of Dymatize Elite powder, 1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop of PB2, 1/4-1/2 of a banana

Other regular snacks: apples, carrots, turkey breast (sandwich meat) with cheese rolled up inside, Lays light potato chips, boiled eggs, Luna bars, Fiber Bars, etc.

My diary is actually pretty boring. I eat the same stuff over and over. I have come to think of food less as something to be enjoyed and more as just fuel.

DO YOU STOP EATING AFTER A CERTAIN TIME A DAY?

Nope. I often eat my snack at 10pm. I don't think it matters one bit. I like to eat it late so that I don't wake up during the night hungry. 

 

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8 comments:

Nikstergirl wrote 40 months ago:
I like that I'm not the only one who will snack into the late evening! Sometimes that's the only time I have to eat a snack!!! And I love not feeling weak and starving in the morning... but I am always ready for my breakfast! My diary is usually repeats as well, but I'm ok with that. My newest fav snack on-the-go is either a Larabar (all fruit and nuts, no additives at all) or Clif bars (all organic and taste like cookies to me).
bwyne03 wrote 40 months ago:
Do you find that sometimes you have to make yourself eat? I've found since I've started mfp and have gotten rid of the junk food that I am not near as hungry and it's like I am making myself eat to bring my calories up for the day.
stephanielynn76 wrote 40 months ago:
@bwyne03... nope... I can honestly say I've never had that problem... LOL I am ALWAYS hungry!
bwyne03 wrote 40 months ago:
LOL Good to know that someone who looks so fabulous actually eats! Keep up the great work and thanks for inspiring us all!! Your blog is so helpful!!!
lovemyhellokitty wrote 39 months ago:
I love your story! You have the same thought process as I do! Eating back exercise calories, eating enough so you don't wake up hungry, even your workout schedule! Thanks for posting this! You look amazing and keep up the great work :)
tamcrit wrote 37 months ago:
Thanks for sharing. Nice to know someone so fit and buff still eats their carbs...lol!! Do you take any supplements, amino acids, fat burners, anything??
angshaner wrote 27 months ago:
I'm loving your blog. So real! I am exactly where your before pic is. I have 4 kids and I also work out a lot and try to eat healthy for the most part. Do you ever go on a binge? I find that if I try to stay away from sugar I eventually go on a binge because I've felt deprived....ugh!! I just recently started counting calories, I didn't want to have to do that. But, I now realize that it is key. :)Thanks for all the info. I, too write about my "fitness journey" as I try to find the best thing that works for me.
-Ang
<a href="http://www.sparklesandbugs.blogspot.com">Fit Mama WannaBe</a>
GiaBellDebbs wrote 24 months ago:
I just read your blog. Thank you for writing this. Easy and straight forward. Hopefully I can attempt this.

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