accountability blog

  • I am taking an idea from Champster09 and starting an accountability post for myself.

    This is the first day of my week 3...I struggled all weekend with diet. I defenitley ate some unauthorized foods (including beer - yikes!) and it was spread out throughout the weekend (meaning I did eat authorized meals too). I think I allowed myself to do this because even though these foods were unauthorized, I was still eating great compared to the way I ate before starting BFL.

    I am not going to beat myself up about it though and am going to start fresh today. Week 1 I ate perfectly and could feel changes so I know that the eating is as important as the working out, which I have been putting my all into.

    I feel good about myself and I can see myself changes in terms of making better choices when going out to eat and NOT finding excuses not to work out, even if I am tired.

    Here is to great workouts this week and clean eating.

    Does anyone have tips on cheap meals? That is another aspect I am struggling with. I guess my protein would be the one I need help on. I use the lite shakes a lot, and eat lots of cottage cheese and egg beaters. I know chicken is affordable but I can't bring myself to touch raw chicken. Does anyone use tofu for a protein?

    Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can.

  • Good for you Therese.  I'm going to start one too once I finish Active Rest.

    Remember this isn't a diet.  You are changing the way you eat, the way you can eat for life by making better healthy choices, not food that taste terrible or seems crazy, i.e. a typical diet. :-)

    I have no tips on cheap meals and I used to have issue with touching chicken too but I just got over it by not really thinking about what I was doing.  If I think about it, I still have issues. :-)

    How about looking at the authorized list of proteins (http://bodyforlife.com/library/food-list).  How about tuna.  You can get those in packets at Wal-Mart, Salmon packs too.  They are great for using on a whole-wheat wrap.

    Love you some you...PERSEVERE!

  • hey Sharon: thanks for the tips. I do realize this is not a diet and that i need to change my way of eating. I will admit that i feel a million times better when i eat clean!!

    i have been eating lots of tuna! thanks. i should eat more.

    i have asked this question before of other people, but is active rest just not lifting weights?

    Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can.

  • today's eating plan:

    8am - myoplex lite

    10am - protein powder (serving size) and 1/2 cup plain oatmeal

    12:30pm - egg beaters and low carb wheat wrap; apple

    3:30pm - fat free cottage cheese and sugar free, fat free yogurt

    6:00pm - tuna fish and whole wheat wrap

    workout - 7:45pm (lower body workout - my fav!)

    8:45pm - myoplex lite

    i need more food and i don't know if i will have time to go food shopping tonight.

    Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can.

  • Your meals look good.  Yes, active rest is not lifting weights and no HITT cardio.  You want to do things like sit ups, push ups, roller blading, rock climbing...anything fun.  Try to stay out of the gym for hardcore stuff.  I usually just walk briskly on the treadmill while changing the incline every couple of minutes.  You just want to stay busy doing something while also eating as you do while in a challenge.

    Love you some you...PERSEVERE!

  • oh i am glad you approve of my meals. that is the easiest way for me to eat. i would like to get more interesting stuff once i get the hang of it.

    oh ok...i think i get the active rest, sounds good.

    do you ever do egg beaters? i am never sure how much to eat at once. (serving wise) i have been trying to do like 20g protein and 20g carbs because it seems like that is along the lines i should be doing. is that accurate?

    Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can.

  • Therese - I jst read your bio and hey congrats to yourself!  You broke your three week barrier!!  It's Monday so just reset your clock and tell yourself, "I've  done three weeks before, I can do it again!

    It's great you're taking accountability and learning about yourself.  I tell ya free day is such a learning experience!

    As far as cheap eats -  It really just depends what you compare it to.  If you compare it to fast food, then eating healthy is way cheaper, I mean large soda's these days are touching 2 dollars and they ain't good for ya!

    The chicken - My suggestion is just get some gloves, and then running water, removes most of that slimy stuff.  I'll get my baking pan and then bake like 6-7 chicken B's so I only have to deal with it once.

    Great Job and keep it up!

    ~Marqui D.  C1W8D50

  • thanks, Marqui!

    that's a good idea. I will think about preparing my meals more on the weekend. that will also keep me mindful of eating clean.

    Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can.

  • Hey T, Jst thought of something - ramen is a good way to go with cheap eats.  Not sure if it's on the approved list, but I figure it is a carb, made out of flour so can't hurt.

    After cooking &eating chicken all week (or any other protien for that matter) sometimes, if I am short on time, I'll take a half pack of ramen, boil water, then replace the other half with my protein and then throw a veggie or two.  Complete meal, got my protein, carb, veggie and water intake.  

    (I might do this on a Friday-Saturday, when I'm just about done with chicken.  At least the soup makes it softer and bearable)

    ~M

  • thanks Marqui! never thought of doing Ramen. definitely inexpensive though.

    Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can.

  • Day 16

    Today I woke up feeling like I had been hit by a truck. I didn't sleep well Sunday night and so I was exhausted last night, especially after my LBWO. I have concluded that I will probably do all my workouts at night.

    The "truck" feeling isn't really a bad one - I feel sore and feel like I worked out well. I actually ran on Sunday for my cardio and even though it was only 20 minutes, the sides of my stomach still hurt - that along with doing LB yesterday probably has me feeling this way. My sister showed me a great stretch for the sides of my stomach though.

    The meal plan for yesterday went pretty well. I ate a partial meatball.

    Today my plan is

    8am - 1 scoop protein powder and water; oatmeal with 1 tbl natural PB

    10am - cottage cheese and yogurt

    1pm - chicken sandwich and low carb wrap (maybe get some salad at the salad bar too)

    3:45pm - myoplex carb control bar and an apple

    workout (cardio) stairmaster at 5:30pm (done @ 5:50)

    7pm - turkey chili

    9pm - myoplex lite.

    Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can.

  • Day 17

    Yesterday I had egg beaters and a potato instead of my myoplex lite. I worked out in the evening. I wish i could work out in the morning but i am so exhausted lately.

    Today has gone well so far, I have had three meals that I planned...and I am doing upper body tonight.

    8am - protein powder and oatmeal

    10am - cottage cheese and yogurt

    1pm - chicken *** with bean salad and regular salad.

    3:45pm - almost fat free thin sliced pastrami sandwich on low carb wrap and a small apple

    6pm - turkey chili

    7:45 workout!

    8:45 - myoplex lite.

    Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can.

  • also, the first time around i bought the official body for life journal and actually used it, but only til day 17. so now i can go back and finish it! yippee

    Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can.

  • Yesterday was a great day. My eating was perfect and my workout was really intense. Although I don't see many physical changes, I definitely feel better. I never knew there were muscles in my back before. LOL. Meal plan for the day is:

    meal 1 8am - myoplex lite

    meal 2 10am - yogurt and cottage cheese

    meal 3 12:30 pm - tuna with low carb wrap and salad

    meal 4 3:30 pm - protein shake and an apple

    workout - when i get home from work.. probably like 5:30 or so

    meal 5 7pm - veggie burger and rice.

    meal 6 myoplex lite  

    Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can.

  • Hey T - Great job keeping yourself accountable!

    Have you ever thought of using the Myoplex Nutrition Bars as one of your meals?  I like them because they are quick and I don't have to prepare anything.  They make several flavors.  Cookies and Creme is my fav, but hard to find.  Sometimes I'll take this with a handful of Almonds, or an apple or whatever depending how I am feeling.

    Also for my last meal I'll take a AdvantEdge Carb Control shake, sometimes with some strawberries or some other fruit that I'll need to eat before it spoils.

    It just keeps it fresh as I notice you take a myoplex lite in the morning and at night.

    My body has gotten used to the AdvantEdge shakes at night that literally within two hours I'm ready for bed and that's a good thing!

    ~Marqui D. C1W8D53