Wishy Washy Dieters

 Disclaimer: This post is my opinion. I know everyone has different lifestyles and choices.

We’ve all heard the term before yo-yo dieters or I’d like to call it wishy washy. People who try a bunch of different diets they lose weight for a while, then they fall off the wagon and gain weight, they try another diet, lose weight again then fall the wagon yet again and gain even more weight. I know because I’ve been there.

Why I am writing about this a friend I follow on social media IS a yo-yo dieter. I didn’t realize it until recently. This person has tried EVERYTHING that I can think of. They’ve done well but then they slip and they try yet another diet it is a vicious cycle. I feel bad for them because they have made excellent progress they just struggle when it comes to the diet part (mostly). I for one get it because I have not been on point at all either but I’ve seen this many other fellow weight loss people I follow they do super great for a while then suddenly they fall off the face of the planet (ahem like me and this blog) and you don’t hear from them for a long until they resurface trying something yet again that may sound great to them but they set themselves up for failure.

My story: If you remember, I joined Curves (is that even still around?) in early 2005-ish? And I was a solid member for almost two-years before I ended up quitting for personal reasons. But I did their weight loss class not once but twice because I really thought it could help me. The cost was about $70 it included the course for 30 minutes (I think) where we watched a video, then had a small discussion and weekly weigh ins, their “products” including a protein shake and their vitamins and a book on how to do their diet. They were three phases: The first being a don’t eat a whole lot phase, to a little more phase to a plateau phase where you increase your calories or whatever then when you felt you repeated phase one again. Strange I know but I did benefit from it. But it was hard because I was still living at home, so I really didn’t have control in the food that was purchased I had some say but I couldn’t strictly put my whole family on a diet.  However, I made it work. This was the only “diet” I really tried before I gave up and gained 217 pounds.

I never tried anything like Atkins, Weight Watchers, South Beach diet to name a few I did attempt Keto not long ago and also I tried to menu plan (which was failure) but mostly I would try to just cut back (like I did before) and try to exercise then I would lose weight but after some time I just fell back into my old habits. We all do. It happens its life. Find something that you’re able to do and stick to it. For me it was what I mentioned including drinking more water, cutting back on pop as well.

Back to my friend. A few days ago they admitted that they hadn’t been on point in their diet or their workout, they had been on a program for a while (a new one) and were going back to another original program before they tried this one, they admitted that: “eating clean was expensive, it’s the holidays, and they were going to eat processed foods”.

I am going to break this down for you from my view using some true and false with a bit explanations on my point of view on this.

  1. Eating clean is expensive. False. Yes and No. This all depends on you (plus your budget) and what YOU consider expensive. You don’t have to all clean but you can do simple modifications to eat healthier. I will be doing a post on that how to do it.
  2. It’s the holidays. True but that does that mean you give into temptations? No. I wrote last year how you can still enjoy the holidays without over doing it. “Everything in moderation” You can still have your cake or cookie and eat it to. Just don’t go overboard.
  3. Processed Foods. Tough subject. Depending who you ask too. I am guilty of eating processed foods as the next person. But I don’t guilt myself over it. Nobody is perfect. I think as I mentioned anyone can make simple changes to their diet.  Also you don’t have to eat out as often (I chose weekends) or make healthier options when if and when you go out.

But the good news is my friend plan to continue their workouts and will add healthier options to their meals. I think they will be ok in the long run they have come this far they just have to keep going. They struggle with nutrition (as do I) and getting things to work. I know how that is! I’ve been there done that. Just finding something that works and sticking to it is the hardest thing we have to do. But we must not give up!

Here’s to not giving up!

Mags

 

 

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Menu Plan take 2

Well the week is almost over and ending my 2nd attempt at the menu planning! If you remember I kind of fell off the wagon after the first week. I am pleased to report that I did a lot better this time around!!

I did make some alterations but for the most part I stayed on task. By the time Thursday rolled around, I had gotten home late from class which I am usually home by 1pm but I didn’t since class/training ran late. Plus my sinuses reared it’s ugly head and by the time I got home I didn’t want to put together my leftovers, I was hot, stuffy, and tired  so I settled for a Lean Cuisine meal but I had some unsweetened apple sauce with it then prepped hard-boiled to have for a light supper along with a bowl of cereal (I know an odd combination).

This weekend is when I will grocery shop so I will do a tentative menu plan. I think going week by week is way better than two weeks out. So look for pictures of everything soon.

I am excited I found some more mushroom recipes that I am going to try! (Post on that soon!!)

I’ll be back hopefully with weigh in results!

Have a great weekend!

Mags

 

 

Weekly update!

Hello!

I start my 3rd week of school this week and last week was our first week of training the new PT students. I keep thinking how INSANE it is that I was in their position a year ago!!! Also at a different gym. And now I am creating and writing workouts.  What a difference a year makes! Still a work in process!

I have looked back at last year and I struggled so much. If I could go back and tell my last year self “Hey girl (yes I did say that!) you’re struggling right now but guess what? You get through it and you come out the other side!”

Last week, I mentioned I didn’t do well with the whole menu plan so I am trying it again this week. I made it loose so I not fully committed and have done some minor changes. Monday was a full on meal prep day, I made my food for work for the week with my crock which I have been using a lot more lately (it’s getting to be that time of year!), I made taco meat and I finally tried a new recipe (remember when I wanted to a while back??):

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Veggie Pizza!! Here’s the recipe.  I did make round as opposed to square and used 1 tube of crescent rolls (low fat), only 1 block of cream cheese (low fat),  half the dry ranch packet, (low fat) miracle whip. Oh and I used a little bit of (low fat) Mozzarella shredded cheese. I made the crust ahead of time then I topped the pizza later in the morning. Turned out really good! I have been this whole pizza kick lately because I have been craving Domino’s so I have been trying to find somewhat healthier options. Last week, I did portabella stuffed mushroom pizzas (mushrooms are my jam!) too.

Last but not least I finally went back to the gym Monday! As you know I have been struggling emotionally and my motivation has been low but finally I went in and did a simple workout.

I have weigh-in this week which I might wait till Saturday.

Goal for the week: Is to stay on track with my menu plan and at least attend 2 classes of Jazzercise since I haven’t been in almost a month!!

I will be back later to report my 2nd round of menu planning!

Have a great week!

Mags

 

 

 

 

Menu/meal planning

I thought what would help me maybe to make better decisions in my eating habits is to menu/meal plan. I have never really done it before so I thought as they say “Give it the old college try” and it’s fitting since I am a college student!

As I’ve mentioned before, I go with the flow on my meals mainly because:

  1. I work overnights
  2. I go to school part time
  3. My schedule is way different
  4. I grocery shop every two weeks
  5. Whatever I have on hand is what I prepare
  6. Plus it’s just me, myself and I

So why plan? For starters it will help me eat out less, not eat junk, stop relying on processed food as much and maybe help drop the weight I gained. Also to try new recipes too. Plus also to use leftovers more too so I don’t waste food.

I typically eat your three meals a day plus I suppose an extra since I work overnights where most would consider that lunch? I’m not sure but working 8 hours does make you hungry and you have to fuel your body.

I do eat breakfast depending on the day if I have class I will eat a bigger breakfast to help curb my appetite until I get home, I also take a small snack if need be, I have lunch then I sleep and then in the evening, on those days I will have a light meal mainly because I sleep later those days and I want something quick and easy to eat. Then I take something that I prep ahead. On non school days, if I go workout I eat a lighter breakfast, followed by lunch, sleep and then a filling supper.

Well, I had a great menu all planned out and I didn’t follow it. Basically it feel through after a week!! #EpicFail.

The original plan was to cook Sunday supper then meal prep for the week…. I ended up falling asleep at 4pm and I got once had a snack then went back to bed and I got up later in the morning. I did throw stuff in the crock pot for the week on Monday plus I did put together tuna salad as well, but it wasn’t I had planned originally and I tried to alter my menu as I went along but I gave up too quickly I might add. Although, I may start over and try it again for next week. It is definitely trial and error!

I’ll be back with another update I’m sure!

~Mags

 

 

 

 

Weekly update

Hello!

Today starts my fall semester of school and I’ve been in school officially one year. This semester I have to train the new students-the same position I was in last year when I started!! I have the pre first day of school jitters.

I have been working since Friday and still 3 more nights to go. My sinuses acted up again Sunday night and all morning Monday my nose is sore! The only positive is that I got 10,000 steps in!

I still have yet to ease back into my workout routine. I have been thinking about hiring my own trainer to help me get motivated still on the fence and money has been tight for awhile. So we’ll see!

I have non stop meal prepped as well. Since I have been working so many nights, I’ve had to prep more than just Friday and Saturday. I made taco meat to get me through the rest of the work week and taco salad is my go to. Also I had put together chicken Parmesan in the crock pot Monday for me and my friend for lunch but he ended up not having any so I have my lunches for the rest of the week. Also I have a squash to cook shooting for Wednesday to put that together!

So my goal for the week is actually to menu plan! I have never done it before I just go with the flow but I am going to attempt it to see if it will help me in the long run. I have been back on not eating out during the week as much as I had been but I want to reduce eating frozen meals on my class days when I get home late in the afternoon. I actually only bought two of them the last grocery shopping trip to break that habit.

Also I have some new recipes I am eager to try along with a new food prep option which I am really excited to put my spin on it!

Have a great week!

~Mags

 

College Life: Snack Prep

I am back on campus the semester after being on-line during the winter months so I would not have to commute in the snow.  It’s an adjustment like everything else!

Once of the things I started doing since starting school this fall is a snack prep. I am at school for about four hours twice a week, so I’m not getting home until late afternoon. That’s a long time between breakfast and lunch!

As always meal prep is important so is snack prep. Because it keeps me going until I get home, and also I don’t have to run to the vending machine for unhealthy snacks. Yes the machine does provide some healthy snacks, but you’re saving money by prepping your own snacks (with items you already have at home) and it’s better for you too!

I try to bring simple yet filling items with me here is an example of what I took Monday to class:

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  1. Baked Goldfish crackers only 150 calories. It says a serving is 55 but I just poured to fill my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles container so approximately about a 1/4 of a cup.
  2. Colby jack cheese pieces. I LOVE cheese and it is my snack go to (I love string cheese too)
  3. Of course a cutie

I carry them in my thermal from Thirty-One, and I use ice packs that I got with another container:

Thermal

My backpack also contains a thermal part too which is awesome so if stuff doesn’t fit in my mini sized one I can just throw my food in, the ice packs and I’m good to go.

School does have a fridge too, since I have a long drive in the mornings I want to keep my food nice and cold!

~Mags

 

 

Let’s talk meal prep

pizza
How not to meal prep but it is funny. I do like pizza!!

Finally! I am now getting around to talking about meal prep!

As you know, I work graveyard (11pm-7am) so that makes my eating schedule uber hard. I am in the process of changing my diet a little too (going Keto), so prep is super important! Since doing prep it has made my life 100% easier.

Mainly, I prep for my meals at work. That way I am not deciding (at last minute) what to eat at work. It’s been an adjustment of trail and error (there’s another post for that). I prep the mornings I don’t work.  I am sharing what I prepped for this week. (sort of I didn’t get a chance to photograph my food. Prepping with a cat is fun said no person ever).

Usually, I have a main course of some kind, fruit or veggie, and yogurt. This week I am using Tyson Grilled frozen chicken by itself, fruit this week is blueberries and raspberries, I also had some babybel cheese wedges left over, so I used them and string cheese. Then of course yogurt. I use My Fitness Pal as I’ve mentioned before to keep track of everything for my daily intake. In the past, I have paired the chicken with seasoned rice but I am cutting back on that (carbs).

Of course when you prep you’re going to use a lot of containers:

containers

Then finding lids is a challenge too but it is worth it!

 

If you don’t have to meal prep, I recommend these awesome sites:

Blue Apron

Eat Fit Go

Muscle Maker Grill

I haven’t tried any of them yet but I’ve heard great things! Hopefully I can in the near future!

Have a great day!

~Mags