First of all, what the HELL is going on in this country?!? 300 million people and the best we can come up with are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? #weneedmorechoices and that is all I will say about that.
I have a confession to make. After I started Crossfit last year I lost about 10 lbs and got down to a new low since my wedding, about 135#. Then I gained it all back + another 5. Now, I continue to get stronger so I know there’s some added muscle in there but more fluff than I would like. I attribute this to working from home and traveling. I have 24/7 access to my fridge now when I’m at home, and to some BOMB.com restaurants when I’m on the road. Not a great combo. Now here we are, a mere two months away from the 4th of July when I’ll for sure want to be in a swimsuit. Time to get serious.
Rule #1: KISS. KISS stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid. I don’t eat the same thing every day, but I eat variations of the same things for a week or so at a time. Get some meat, get some veggies, pick a carb, mix and match. Repeat.
Rule #2: Eat VEGGIES. I know this is a total no brainer, but in the past I have not been a huge eater of the vegetables. The important thing for me about Rule #2 is that veggies add VOLUME. Volume is important to me because after a long period of stuffing myself on a regular basis, I don’t feel like I can stop eating until I feel full. The thing about veggies is they are tricky to prep (I think). You have to wash them, cut them up, and if you cook them ahead of time they don’t usually reheat well. So veggies frustrate me a little. But I have found that I love Brussels Sprouts and they keep well, and cook quickly, and go with everything, and if I just bite the bullet and trim the whole bag at once, then the rest of the week is easy.
Rule #3: Fail to plan, plan to fail. Now, I am not talking about meal planning. I’m just talking about having things on hand, and minimally prepped if necessary. I like to get a couple of rotisserie chickens from Costco and getting all the meat off and separated into light and dark. I take something out of the freezer on Sunday so it’s not hard as a rock when I’m starving on Wednesday night. Then, I actually LOG my food in myfitnesspal BEFORE I eat it, so if my macros don’t add up, I can adjust and not end up having to eat a spoonful of butter for dinner (AS IF I had any trouble getting my fats in).
Rule #4: Don’t give up. Just because one meal was terrible doesn’t mean my whole day is shot, just get back on track. And just because I ate like crap one day doesn’t mean the whole weekend goes out the window. Just keep going!