You might’ve noticed that not every post is a short story, and well, this one isn’t either. But hang in there. It might actually be useful for you.
So, around August time, my lovely boyfriend Daniel decided to challenge me to a fitness/diet competition. To anyone that is my friend on Facebook, you’re probably well aware of the fact that I am destroying him. Yeah, I’m winning. By far.
Anyways, Daniel has nonetheless taught me lots of valuable information on dieting and fitness that I’d love to share, since it’s working so well for me. And I’m also going to be completely honest with you. I’ve cheated on my diet. A lot.
Okay, back to the helpful stuff. I’m going to give you a sample of my average day, not taking into account the fact that I cheat. I’m also not going to include my workout routine because that’s a whole other post. Here we go.
Meal 1 (around 8 o’clock): Oatmeal with Sugar Free Maple Syrup, Egg Whites with Bell Pepper and Mushrooms—add Salt Substitute to taste.
Meal 2: (around 10 o’clock): Protein Bar (I make these myself—I’ll attach some recipes that I love).
Meal 3 (After my workout around 12 o’clock): Protein Shake and 1 oz. Almonds
Meal 4 (Around 3 o’clock): 4 oz. Chicken, 1 cup Broccoli, 1 cup Brown Rice
Meal 5 (Around 6 o’clock): 4 oz. Salmon, 1 cup Broccoli, 1 cup Brown Rice
Meal 6 (Around 8-9 o’clock): ½ cup Cottage Cheese or 1 cup Low-fat Vanilla Yogurt
So, I might not have it completely perfect, but this works for me. Now, you’re probably thinking what about that cheating you were talking about? Yeah, well, I’m a sucker for chocolate and ice cream and cheesecake and candy bars and… you get the point. I cheat a lot. It got to the point where every time I saw Daniel, I’d cheat. So, then I started associating Daniel with unhealthy food, and everything got all out of whack, because I was blaming him for making me cheat and he was blaming me for making him cheat.
Either way, I’m working on only cheating once every 12 days or so (which is a really negotiable topic right now).
I hope you aren’t intimidated by this. I hope you feel inspired to start eating healthy, because this may look like a sacrifice, but I am telling you—feeling energized and being healthy, I mean really healthy, not crash diets or salad diets—it does something to you. You start glowing and suddenly you wake up really happy. Suddenly you’re ready to face Mondays, you’re ready to run 5 miles, and you’re ready to cook up something deliciously healthy. It’s a wonderful feeling. So it really isn’t a sacrifice. It also isn’t a diet. It’s a lifestyle.
I’m actually about to challenge you. I know what you’re thinking: Quick! Exit! I don’t want to face a diet challenge!
I challenge you to write down everything you eat tomorrow. I won’t even ask you to look up the calories or carbs or fats. Just write it down.
Because if you start by writing down what you eat, you might scare yourself into doing the rest.