Friday, January 31, 2014

Fixing Breakfast

If you're nervous about making the leap from living without a care in the world, to living a cleaner, less weighed-down lifestyle, I feel ya.

It wasn't easy, and it's not easy, but the progress I've seen so far, and the end goal I have in front of me is more than enough motivation to keep me on the straight and narrow.
Lolllll thank GOD I never had to report my weight to the DMV. RUDE.

I'll be honest with you: I had some fat free popcorn last night. I wanted some. I've also had a few more Justin's dark chocolate peanut butter cups this week than I probably should have, but it's all about balance. About not obsessing. And about making sure that if you do have a few slip-ups, or indulgences, here and there, that they're just that: here and there, and not your day-to-day habit.

So, where do you start? Tomorrow is the first day of February, and the perfect, quite literal, day one.

Let's break it down. Today's post is dedicated to breakfast, and I'll update through the weekend and week with lunch, dinner, and snack ideas. You can do this, and we're in this fight together.

  • 1-2 Eggs, any way you want them, with a little bit of salt, some veggies, like spinach/tomato, if you want, and maybe some dried parsley, or a couple spoonfuls of salsa/healthy fat, like a sensible portion of avocado. (To eliminate guesswork, if you can find it, try and get Wholly Avocado. I've only found it at Sprouts on Coit & Campbell in Richardson, TX thus far).
  • Fruit bowl (1 cup or so of whatever you want, like strawberries, blackberries, kiwi) with 1/4 c almonds, or pumpkin seeds to give you crunch and a little more satiety from this
  • Banana + healthy fat (Watch the portion if you're going for things like almond butter or natural peanut butter, or just get something "guilt-free" like PB2 powdered peanut butter)
  • 1-2 Egg cups (Make these on Sunday, and pop them in a large Tupperware, and reheat them in the microwave for 30 seconds-1 minute), maybe with 2 tbsp. avocado or a few spoons of salsa, and a side of some fruit
  • Paleo "pancakes" (1 banana, 2 eggs, cinnamon, and optional toppings of choice)

And to go with these great choices, drink plenty of water (invest in a solid water bottle, if you don't have one already), and for fun, you can add in tea (No no no no to the fake sweeteners. Learn to love it plain!), hot water with lemon, or maybe some coffee with a splash of half and half (not fat free, and not the caramel/thinmintcookie/whatevercrap CoffeeMate out there. Just drink motor oil with lard, and you're accomplishing the same thing)

Why not start tomorrow? Hit up an AM workout class, the pavement, or your cardio machine of choice, and then go home and whip up a smoothie or an awesome egg scramble/omelet.

I know that brunch, at least in Dallas, is anything and everything, and it's really tempting to let yourself go on just one meal. One of my friends used to do "One-and-dones" on the weekend, and yes, it's exactly what it sounds: eat one meal, and be done with it. That's absolutely the dumbest thing I've ever heard. She was skinny, but she was not healthy, or fit. They're not the same thing.

Eat regular meals. Eat real food. Make good choices, even when the easiest choice is to pick the worst thing on the menu, like French toast, muffins, pancakes, overdoing it on the buffet know the drill.

Until you've done this for a month or so, try and either cut out, or drastically limit your alcohol intake. I know what you're thinking... but...but...but... what about the bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys at brunch? Sorry, Charlie. Try plain tomato juice, sparkling water, or just get lots and lots of coffee to keep yourself busy and engaged in the conversation.

Trust me: you'll feel better, you won't have wasted your entire day/weekend, thanks to the bottomless beverage/buffets, and you'll also look a hell of a lot better, in due time.

You're welcome.

Here's to making February (and this weekend) your bitch.

PS Want more? (Until I post more later) I've got lots and lots of good stuff on Pinterest. FYI, I keep the food porn stuff (AKA, DO NOT MAKE THESE THINGS) under "if calories didn't count."

I won't miss these last 10 lbs or so in a few months :)

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