Since my bikini competitions and since summer has started I’ve been finding my own way in enjoying foods I love, drinks and working out in moderation. I’ve been doing a really good job at it as I really don’t cheat at all (with the exception of something like a cookie here and there) mid-week, but my weekends I’d say I eat about 80% on track.
The summers in Boston are short, so they need to be lived to the fullest. I usually eat sushi on Friday nights, workout on Saturdays, let myself eat/ drink whatever I want on Saturdays then get right back on track on Sundays.
The day of Fitness Atlantic and Fitness America I believe I weighed in around 122 pounds. But I was also depleted of carbohydrates and dehydrated. Prior to my super low carb intake I maintained about 125 pounds for a couple of weeks before my shows. So even 125 pounds is on the low end for me.
Today I weighed in at 128 pounds. I have seen 135 pounds in the last two weeks, but that was also after Memorial Day weekend when I had a big party, a BBQ, ran a half marathon and started TOM all within one weekend. YIKES!!!
A certain number on the scale isn’t something I value greatly. I do weigh myself regularly as it’s how I track my body and keep tabs on myself. If I see a number like 135 I don’t freak out – I simply acknowledge it and try to figure out why. (I am my own fitness experiment.) If I see a number beyond 130 pounds that wasn’t caused by some sort of major shift or change like a weekend of crazy carbs or TOM I know I need to check myself before I wreck myself
Anyway, today I was in the Lululemon dressing room and I wasn’t thrilled with how my stomach looked. And my dinner Friday night was 100% Paleo (we went to a friends’ house who follow the Paleo diet) and my dinner Saturday night was steamed veggies and tuna sashimi – not high in carbs!!! I also did circuit training and HIIT Saturday morning.
But this is something I need to take a step back from and get real so I took progress pics….
I’ve been avoiding these since my bikini competitions. Partially because I don’t feel like changing and doing the photos, but partially because I have been nervous. There are definitely things I don’t love about my body, but all in all, I bust my ass and I’m proud of myself.
I walk around with a lot of confidence because of the fact that I have come a really long ways from the girl who used to refuse to eat anything that didn’t have cheese oozing from it. Partially because my body is capable of amazing things like running impromptu half marathons.. Partially because I went from 165 pounds to 128 and I’m strong. I like knowing I could use my physical strength to get me out of situations. So to be honest, I really do focus on those things most of the time, but there are times I see nit-pick. I’m human!!!!!!
So here I am today… I’m pretty happy overall and I’m doing a really great job staying lean in my attempt to get stronger and put on more muscle and find balance and moderation between having fun this summer and also eating clean and working out. But Thursday Ryan and I are heading to the Hamptons for my friends’ Amanda and Nick’s wedding and I’d like to shed a little bit of water so my abs are more visible for the beach Friday!!! (I know.. it always comes back to that doesn’t it???)
So here’s the sample plan…..
Meal 1: 1/4 cup oats, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1 T PB2, 1 T flaxseed; 1 whole egg, 2/3 cup whites, 1 cup spinach and mushrooms
Meal 2: 3.5 oz chicken, 1 cup mixed veggies, 1 T avocado (I add a bit of fat when I take away a carb to keep my calories up and energy up)
Meal 3: (PWO) 1/4 cup oats, 1 banana, 1 scoop About Time whey protein (more carbs to help deliver the protein to my muscles)
Meal 4: leftover coconut and walnut chicken and green beans
Now, the calorie count here is probably around 1500 – 1600 but remember, I am creating a defecit so I can splurge on the weekend, and I think that Thursday night – Sunday in the Hamptons will absolutely call for a calorie surplus, don’t you?!
So the moral of this story? Love your body. Love it for all that it does for you. But if you want to change something, then do it. Don’t wait for someone to do it for you or for it to happen on it’s own because only YOU can do something. Me, I’m lowering my carb intake temporarily
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