In the beginning of January, I began an 80 Day Obsession program. I was nervous, I was scared, I was unsure – but I decided to take the leap. I finally hit a point in my life where I’m sick of eating like crap all the time and I’m sick of using my busy schedule as an excuse for not taking care of myself. Obviously, one of my goals during this program was to lose weight. But, another one of my goals was to learn how to eat right. I’ve never been good at portion control, I’ve struggled with emotional and binge eating my entire life, and I’ve never had great discipline. Besides being one that will strengthen my muscles and shrink my waist, this program is also teaching me how to eat. I’m learning how to fuel my body – giving it what it needs before a workout, what it needs to replenish after a workout, and how to keep it energized throughout the day. I’m not saying using portion containers and timed nutrition is for everyone – but it’s definitely doing wonders for me.
Since my journey began, I’ve had numerous people that are curious about what I’m doing… and not only what I’m doing, but also what I’m eating. When you think of a diet plan or a workout program, the stereotype may be starving yourself and working out all day long. But this isn’t the case. I eat more food now than I ever did before starting this program. The difference is this: I’m eating more food that’s good for me, and less food that’s bad for me. In the past three months I’ve never felt starved, I’ve rarely felt deprived, and I’ve constantly felt energized. I feel better knowing I’m putting better things in to my body.
So what I wanted to do today was walk you through a typical day for me! I workout six days a week – each day being a different workout – along with teaching classes (these stay the same), and taking a rest day on Sunday. My nutrition is portioned out according to my weight, and my weight loss goals. I eat about every two-three hours, including a workout block (eating specific things, at a specific time, before and after my workout). So if you’ve been curious about what I’m doing, but too nervous to ask, then read on!
Breakfast – and my all time FAVORITE meal! So easy, so filling, and so good. I scrambled up two or three (usually three because I’m always starving in the morning) eggs along with one cup of organic baby spinach – I also add a little bit of natural sea salt and some black pepper! I toast one slice of whole grain bread, top it with half of a mashed avocado and more black pepper! I slice up one whole banana to get my fruit in for the morning, and I never forget my coffee! On the two days I commute to school I treat myself with Caribou, but otherwise I keep it basic without all the additives. Altogether this gives me one protein, one green, one fruit, one healthy carbohydrate, and one healthy fat 🙂
About three hours later and it’s time for my pre-workout meal (the times change from day to day depending on when I will be working out). One cup of natural greek yogurt, along with some granola. I have about 50 different kinds of granola – but for today I chose one with dried berries in it – YUM! Ten baby carrots, that I have quickly become addicted to. And lastly, two cuties! These things are the bomb, as long as you can find good ones that are mushy or brown. Altogether this gives me one protein, one healthy carbohydrate, one green, and one fruit. What you eat before a workout is crucial to fueling your body the right way, to give its best performance.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – traditional pre-workout is not for me. It makes me shaky, tingling, and unsettled. BUT, I do like having a little extra energy when I’m about to do a hard workout (and especially when I’m doing 2 or 3 workouts in a row). So, something I’ve found that works for me is aminos. They come in all sorts of flavors, you just shake them up with your water and you’re good to go.
Post workout recovery is SO important. I used to drink this stuff religiously after my workouts, but then stopped for awhile. When I stopped, I noticed it. My muscles were sore for longer, and it just took me longer to bounce back overall. About 30 minutes after I finish my workout, I mix up a scoop of protein with a cup of fruit. I take a pure, basic protein that I get at Hyvee (it’s always worked really well for me). I have both a vanilla and a chocolate flavor, so I can mix it up as often as I went! One of my favorites is mixing the vanilla protein with pineapples, a little water, and some ice – it tastes like a pina colada and it’s so refreshing after an hour of drenching myself in sweat!
An hour and a half after my workout (an hour after my recovery) I have my post workout meal. The point of this meal is to replenish your body from your workout, giving it the necessities to recover properly. For a lot of my carbs throughout the week I like to prep sweet potatoes, mostly because they’re easy, but also because they taste great! With my sweet potatoes today, I had a small bowl of turkey chili. This chili is packed with ground turkey, beans, peppers, and onions – so good! Altogether this gives me one healthy carbohydrate, one serving of vegetables, and two servings of protein.
*Another thing I love about this recipe is it makes 8 servings! So I portion out four for one week, and freeze four for the next week. It’s also really easy to make, is filling, and tastes great!
Two or three hours later (depending on how hungry I’m feeling that day), it’s time to eat again! This is a smaller meal, so I like to keep it pretty simple. One slice of whole grain bread, some low sodium turkey, mustard (one of my free foods) and celery sticks with some peanut butter! This is a good go-to for me, because it’s quick, but still leaves me feeling satisfied. Altogether this gives me one healthy carbohydrate, one vegetable, one protein, and one tablespoon.
Last meal of the day! I either like to have my shake right away in the morning for breakfast (especially on the days I commute), or right at the end of the day (to trick my mind into thinking it’s dessert 😀 ). Our daily shake is called Shakeology. It’s a “basic” shake packed with all the good stuff (protein, fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, prebiotics, probiotics, and digestive enzymes). I’m not much of a shake person, but this one has me addicted! It’s not a meal replacement (although it works as one) and it’s not full of unnecessary additives. It’s just straight up good for you. Since starting to drink this stuff I’ve noticed my hair grow faster and stronger, my nails are stronger, my digestion is better, and overall I feel healthier. I’m known to get sick a lot, even it’s just a cold, but this bad boy is even helping my immune system. I’ve messed around with a couple different flavors and recipes, just to prevent myself from getting bored. I have a couple packets of the chocolate that I use to make “cake in a mug” when I’m feeling like I REALLY need dessert in my life! BUT – this is one of my favorite flavors because it’s fruity and ultimately delicious. Along with my shake I mix in: one cup of spinach, one cup of fruit (today it was a cherry berry frozen mix), half a banana, chia seeds, water, and ice – blend and enjoy! Altogether this gives me one vegetable, one fruit, and one protein (my shake).
So there you go – that’s what a typical day looks like for me! Is it always easy, no. But it’s always worth it. It definitely takes a while to curb your cravings, especially when you quit junk cold turkey like I did, but it DOES get easier. Three months later and I KNOW I will be meal prepping on Monday, I’m craving healthy foods, and I look forward to finding new meals that will work for me. I’m beginning to understand why my body needs certain foods, I understand why it’s so important to eat healthy. This journey has not only had a major impact on me physically, but emotionally has well. Eating better, having the structure of timed nutrition, drinking more water, eating less junk food.. it has all given me more stability and piece of mind.
Since beginning this program I’ve lost a total of 10 pounds and 16 inches! The change I feel is incredible. I’m down a jean size, I’m wearing things I haven’t worn in years, and I’m feeling more confident overall! Once I’m finished I will post a blog all about my experience and my results. But I wanted to share a little progress with you as of now! These two pictures are not far apart.. the one on the left is Christmas Eve 2017, and the right is just a couple weeks ago. It’s amazing what can happen when you make yourself a priority!
If this sounds like something you might be interested in – contact me, lets chat! I’m starting another round of 80 Day Obsession on April 23rd, and I would LOVE for you to join me! Send me a message on Facebook, direct message me on Instagram (ellestackfitness), or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
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