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It is that time again. The time to start my healthy eating challenge (Tony will be starting, too). I will be starting on Sunday, August 23rd and will continue until Thanksgiving. Are you with me? Will you join me?
Everyone who knows me knows that I was on a 90 Day Fitness Challenge that Renee Jones, my trainer, from Camp Gladiator came up with. (Yes, I have a trainer! and Yes, I have been going to Camp Gladiator—an outdoor boot camp for four years! LOL)
Prior to the challenge, I had already stopped drinking soda and eating desserts. Sweets are my weakness and I had to have them every day—cookies, cake, ice cream, brownies, peach cobbler. There was no cutting back for me, I had to just stop. NO SWEETS at all. I was committed.
I had some concerns about this 90 Day Challenge and decided to do it with modifications. I do not think that my trainer would have approved if she had known. LOL! I did it my way and was able to do it for five months. By the way, I lost 17 pounds! I still do some aspects of the challenge, but I am eating desserts and have been eating more carbs. My body can definitely tell the difference—indigestion, bloating, and a too full feeling that does not go away.
My Healthy Eating Challenge:
Weigh and/or measure on first day (how are you going to know if you are making any changes if you don’t?). I weigh in every Sunday morning (Emerson weights in with me, it’s part of our Sunday routine). It keeps me accountable and I like to know if my body is responding.
Chicken, fish, and lean turkey
Turkey bacon, turkey sausage, eggs (boiled I eat the whole egg, scrambled I eat 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites)
Vegetables and beans/lentils (I add a little corn to my taco soup)
Small apple, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, ½ banana
No beef or pork
No carbs for dinner (pasta, rice, bread, tortillas, roll, potatoes)
No soda, sweet tea, juice
No fried foods, gravy, barbecue sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise, cheese, chips
No grapes, pineapples (no super sweet fruit)
What I eat for Breakfast:
Oatmeal, 2 hard-boiled eggs, 2 slices turkey bacon (I eat oatmeal first and wait about an hour or so to have the eggs and turkey bacon) and a glass of Mootopia Fat Free Chocolate Milk on M/W/F (after my workout), coffee (one sugar packet and Vanilla Mootopia)
Chicken (baked/roasted), turkey, asparagus, broccoli, ½ baked sweet potato or baked sweet potato rounds (homemade)
Chicken (ground, rotisserie, roasted, grilled), Fish, Turkey (smoked, ground), homemade soup with quinoa, black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, roasted tomatoes, diced tomatoes with green chilies (I make soup every week, it is very feeling and I don’t feel hungry after eating it), broccoli
Roasted unsalted almonds and/or Walnuts (just a handful) or Almond Butter
I have one cheat meal per week. I choose Saturdays after my son’s classes and my weekly errands.
The purpose of my healthy eating challenge is to change my mindset. This is what I will be cooking and eating. I am cutting my sugar and salt intake so I can really appreciate my food. Cutting out processed foods and eating clean(er) will help my overall health and will make me feel better and look better. 🙂
Are you willing to commit to healthy eating? Tell me how you plan to do it?