I’m averaging a pound a day loss (barring the week that I thought AF was coming and I didnt lose anything for 9 days).
I swear it’s the healthy way – the right way! No hidden tricks. No extra supplements (although they may not hurt). Just being smart! I mean I eat, I wish I didn’t want to eat so much, but sometimes, I do and I do eat.
Eat breakfast on the go around 8:30am
[most likely my breakfast protein bars (which I just realized I NEVER posted! eek! ), a non-fat greek yogurt, my egg sandwich (a whole grain english muffin with 2 egg whites, a pinch of reduced-fat cheese, and a slice of TJ turkey bacon (super high in protein & fiber) but low in calories & fat) or worse case scenario, a pre-made protein bar)
I go to the Y weekdays at about 9:15. I do about 70-80 minutes of good solid cardio. I’ll change up my routine soon but I want to build up my cardio and my endurance a bit first. My goal here is to be able to run 8 mph for well, a mile, which is about 7-1/2 minutes. I want to be able to run without thinking I am going to die. During the workout I drink 3 cups of water.
Eat mid-morning snack at about 10:45am
[greek yogurt, some sort of homemade protein bar or energy bar (I have recipes on this site which I have made over & over and find work awesomely), fruit, or my egg sandwich.
Lunch time is between 12:30 & 1:00
[a Lean Pocket, a Lean Cuisine meal, egg sandwich, leftover dinner, or my favorite tuna sandwich (1 slice toasted whole wheat bread topped with 1 can white tuna in water, scallions, dill, salt, and either 1 T lite mayo (1g fat) or 1/2 avocado (13g good fat)]
Afternoon snack 1 around 2:30
[Chips (baked barbeque form Aldi’s), a homemade bar, simple cookies, or fruit.]
Afternoon snack 2 is around 4:30
[nuts, fruit, chips]
Dinner is at 6:30 when Tom gets home
[I post my recipes on here but they are all healthy… Meat is lean, items are reduced fat (like cheeses), items are whole grain, things are steamed…]
Evening snack is about 8:30 – I know, know….
[fruit or chips – usually chips]
MAYBE evening snack 2 at about 10 – shut, it!
Honestly, I don’t miss anything, I either make a better, tastier, healthier version already, or I eat whatever it is in moderation (like NY pizza). I choose wisely! I read labels!
I drink water more than anything else!
I eat a lot of grapefruit!
I do something moving like more housework or cleaning that makes me sweat and bets me going in the afternoon. Besides, if you know me, I am always on my feet cooking or baking.
I weigh myself about 20 times a day. I obsess but in a good way. I know my body & where it likes to be at different points in the day. I might go up a bit and I know to not eat those extra chips and maybe grab another grapefruit and drink more water.
As you can see, I still eat a lot but at the end of the day, the 1200 calorie-limit I set for myself never gets hit. I do too much activity, and the calories I do consume are burned off and they aren’t just empty calories that I’m eating. Things are natural & whole. Nothing refined.
This isn’t a diet anymore – this is a way of life and one my whole family enjoys. The boys love my food but then again, I still let them have doughnuts or ice cream or candy.It’s easy to stick to something when it’s this easy.
This may not work for you, but as I said before, I have never been able to lose weight without prescribed medication since I was in high school (not that I dieted then – I was a happy ideal weight) so it works for me.