Moving forward in reverse? What in the world?! Let me explain. I’m talking about working your butt off and not seeing results. Talk about frustrating!!!! Why is it happening? Most than likely three words…your, eating, habits. (and mine too!)
Although I have been active most of my life, in the past 4+ years I have really made daily exercise a priority. I plan my runs, my workouts, my training. I figure out when is the best time “get er done” as to not interfere too much with family time. I sometimes run in the heat or the cold of the day because that is just when it fits in. Some days I get up a little earlier to do HIIT, and when all else fails I just make sure everyone knows it’s “Mom’s time” and they need to keep themselves occupied for a while…or join in.
However one thing I have failed to take seriously enough has been my eating habits. I hate the word “diet” and in this case I don’t mean diet as in counting calories, etc. I’m talking about eating healthy. Being part of both Fit Approach as a Sweat Pink Ambassador and Girls Gone Sporty as an Ambassador has really opened up my eyes to the importance of eating well. It’s not like I never thought about it, it’s just that I never made any serious effort.
One of the biggest advantages of eating well….results. You can run, sweat, lift, HITT etc but it’s true what they say:
- “Healthy bodies are made in the kitchen“
- “killer abs … 30% gym 70% diet“
- and my favorite…”You can’t outrun a bad diet.”
True, true and true. In other words:
You’ll still move forward to a point. but if you are results driven, as in inches and pounds, you HAVE to include a healthy diet.
So when I started my HIIT program about 2 months ago, I also started to take a much more serious look at my eating habits. I had been kind of here, nor there on my diet. I mean I didn’t eat bad all the time, but I also didn’t go out of my way to eat “healthy” every meal. I am making a lot more effort now, but it’s NOT always easy. (cause you know I loves me some cupcakes and apparently Smore’s because I downed a few of those this weekend)
I find it WAY easier to plan to exercise than to plan to eat well. It’s definitely still a work in progress, but I am seeing results in how my body looks. My next step is to try meal prepping for the week, but for now this is what I am doing:
- I try to include lean protein and veggies at EVERY meal.
- I drink water all day and when I am out I choose unsweet tea or water (lucky for me I am not a soda fan so no biggie here)
- I include healthy fats sometimes refered to as MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acid) found in things like nuts and seeds, oils, olives, and dark chocolate. Avocado is also a great one, but I am allergic 🙁 so sad as its an allergy I developed just last year, bummer
- I limit my sweets…but I do eat dark chocolate IN MODERATION
- for snacks I switched to things like greek yogurt, fruit and homemade trail mix
- I eat a meal or snack every 4 hours max, but usually more like every 3, throughout the day
I also love these two ideas about what kind of food you should choose…”If it didn’t grow out of the ground or have a mother (sorry to my strict vegetarian friends and husband)…don’t eat it” and “If you can’t pronounce the ingredients than why on earth would you want to put it in your body?
Am I 100% perfect with my eating habits….um NO?! But I have made a much more concerted effort to be more careful about what, how much and when I eat. Cause girl I am NOT going to turn a cupcake down all the time 😉 I’m sticking to the 80 – 20 rule of eating well 80% of the time.
But in the meantime I have found a few things I love:
I make my own trail mix. I find store bought usually has extra stuff that I don’t like
Runfyhp Trail Mix – split into portion controlled sizes of 1/4 cup so I can take it on the go 🙂
- all natural whole almonds (unsalted)
- sunflower seed kernels (unsalted)
- dark chocolate chips
- and sometimes craisins (limited amount, but I like the little extra sweet)
Runfyhp Easy Post Workout Smoothie
smoothies help me get some extra protein each day
- 8 oz almond milk
- frozen strawberries (about a cup)
- scoop of protein powder ( I love Raw Protein from Garden of Life)
- 1 tablespoon all natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (I like Chobani)
- 1/2 tablespoon flax seed powder
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1/2 to 1 cup of organic spinach
Coming soon…some healthy and easy “switches” to add to your diet
thanks to my Sweat Pink Ambassador friends!