Hi everyone. I am new here and starting on Monday. I still have a lot questions after reading the book and reading some posts/sample menus here. I have 10lbs of scale weight to lose but obviously more body composition changes (37 yo female).
My questions revolve around certain foods like skim milk, plain low fat Greek yogurt, low fat mozzarella cheese. What do you consider these? Proteins or complex carbs. I don't love egg whites or plain oatmeal. Can I do Kashi with milk? Greek yogurt with fruit? I think I can figure out the rest of the meals/snacks but I can't stomach eggs/oatmeal everyday. Also, had a question about nut butters and if these were allowed in moderation. How about olive oil mayo, light mayo. Out of principle I don't do fat free dressings/ mayo or sugar free stuff. I think these make people more fat with all the gunk they put in them.
Also, so,I was thinking of going to GNC today to get Myoplex light/ bars and was wondering how these tasted. Do these use sugar substitutes? I already mentioned my disdain for sugar substitutes.
Thanks in advance.
Congratulations on starting!
Before buying your supplements at GNC, check out Target. I have found them to be considerably cheaper there. They are even slightly less expensive at Amazon, keep that in mind for next time around.
I don't have an answer for sugar substitutes questions. Regarding Kashi, be careful. I have fallen in the Kashi and Quaker Oatmeal trap. I think they are healthy, but both can have a lot of sugar. For the past 11 weeks I have stopped eating all cereal and oatmeal and instead make a healthy omelet for breakfast.
The bottom line is it is not about being perfect, it is about creating habits that are sustainable for you.
Dan is correct in that creating habits for your food eating times are very important. Your body wants you to keep on a schedule for eating.
I never used any condiments during the challenge. I only used seasonings and spices. Keep trying different meals. One of my favorites that I ate often was 5oz ground turkey or the leanest ground beef with low sodium taco seasoning and chopped onions into a Flat Out Multi Grain flatbread.
Most important stay focused, don't give up and know that your body and mind is the most important thing.
Count your macros. Meal timing is irrelevant. Put some peanut butter, berries/brown sugar/chocolate chips in them.
Yes I'm serious. Force feeding plain foods that you will inevitably not eat for life is a recipe for failure.
Congratulations on your Win (Men 46 plus - 2013 champion) - you must be very happy with the results you achieved after working hard for the challenge. You are obviously a very humble man, please put your achievement in your tag line so people no you are a champion - you deserve it and whatever you have to say is important, I am listening to you.
Obstacles are the quickest way to decipher the
winners from the losers....
Thank you everyone for your advice. I made it past day one and I know it will get harder but it actually wasn't as bad as I thought it could be. I usually eat pretty healthy but need to get rid of some junk carbs/sugar. I was able to make some simple meals for that I was able to tweak a little to feed myself and my family. I am aiming for progress not perfection.
Weight lifting is new for me so I definitely felt like a fish out of water being the only female in the free weight section of the gym yesterday. Feeling a good sore today in my upper body which signals to me that I was able to hit some 10s.
A group at work is running stairs during our break time so I am going to use that time to get in my cardio today.
Congratulations Laurablou. Not only did you "make it past day one", you made it one day closer to completing the full 84. : )
@laurablou - Awesome! Keep with it. For the duration of the BFL Challenge, do keep with the BFL plan and foods list. There's so many delicious things you can have and enjoy. A great part of this process is finding new meals you love that are so much healthier, while not forcing yourself to have what you don't like, and also not feeling you must have certain things... the very things that were part of the problem.
I was ultra careful about condiments during my challenge. I also chose to reject all dairy and grain. It's not just about what you "can't" have. Remember that during the challenge you are creating a deficit, so it's about what you need to make you run at your best.
You've got this and we're here for you!
Jessica Mighty Max ~ 2013 Body-for-LIFE Champion ~ Champion is a VERB!
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