We made it to Hump Day, my friends! Can I get a YAYYYYYY?!?
This week is actually flying by for me so far which is good, because I'm looking forward to relaxing and getting caught up on my stories this weekend. I'm also planning on doing some spring cleaning, which I'm not looking forward to, but I really need to clean out my junk closets.
Most people have junk drawers - we have a junk closets. As in multiple.
Before I start with my food from yesterday, I have a huge announcement to make...
I got Justin to workout with me on Monday!
I know, I'm shocked too. He keeps complaining about wanting to get in shape and I'm sick of hearing about it without him doing anything about it. So I made him workout with me after work. He whined and complained, but he did it. And he even took part in my pre and post workout selfies...
The first 3 are before our workout and the rest are after - he was trying not to smile the entire time, but I got him both before and after #sucka. We did the Cardio 1 workout from 22 Hard Corps, and I really enjoyed it. It wasn't too hard for me, which is good because it was my second workout of the day and I didn't want to kill myself. And Justin was able to complete most of it without modifying or complaining too much, so I call this a win.
Moving on, today I thought it would be fun to show you guys what I eat on a fasting day. I've talked about this in the past so some of you are already aware, but just in case you're new here, I follow the 5:2 style of eating. This is an intermittent fasting plan where I eat low-calorie two days a week and then eat normally 5 days a week. Now some of you might be like, THAT'S CRAZY, you can't starve yourself two days a week! To be clear, I'm definitely not starving myself - according to the real plan you're only supposed to eat 500-600 calories on your fasting days, but that's just not enough for me with how active I am. So I actually eat closer to 800-1,000 calories on my fasting days. Then on my non-fasting days I eat pretty normally, but try to keep it as clean and healthy as possible (during the week...). Since starting this way of eating in September, I have been able to drop 17 pounds that I had not been able to budge after having Jules. And surprisingly enough, I'm never starving on my fasting days. Additionally, I am super productive and almost manic on the days I fast - I tend to get more work done, clean around the house more, and just get shit done. The only downside I have experienced is that I struggle to fall asleep on my fasting days, but I'm usually able to get it done by reading or listening to a sleep meditation and using my sleep ease essential oil that I found on Amazon.
I am currently fasting on Tuesday and Thursday. I start my morning off around 5:00, when I wake up to do my running/ab workout. I do not lift on my fasting days - I've tried it once before and it failed miserably since I tend to be more hungry on days I lift. I always have some watermelon aminos before my workout to give me energy, so this is the only thing I consume (other than a TON of water) before breaking my fast.
I like this flavor of aminos since there aren't any artificial colors - they use beet juice to make it pink! I've been using this for about a year or so and find it gives me clean, non-jittery energy and does not make me want to shit myself, which is what happens to me whenever I take a "real" pre-workout. On the days I take these aminos I do not drink any other caffeine, since 2 scoops gives me 160mg of caffeine, similar to a cup of coffee. Any more than that and I will be anxious and panicking all day long.
I usually try to completely fast other than drinking a TON of water until between 12-2, when I eat my first snack of the day.
I used to eat just an egg when I'd break my fast, but have been combining that with my favorite protein shake the past two weeks and find it's really helping with my hunger throughout the rest of the day.
A side-note on my protein shake: I originally found this brand at Costco a few years ago. I wanted to find a plant based protein shake that I liked, not because I'm a vegetarian #steakforlife but because I try to limit the amount of meat/animal products I consume, more for environmental purposes than anything. The problem with all of the vegetarian protein shakes I've tried before this one is they all taste like grass and/or dirt and have a gritty texture. Gross.
I love the Orgain Chocolate Fudge protein shake and drink one almost every single day. On top of the protein it provides, I really love that it also provides some fiber, when most protein shakes don't have any fiber at all.
And fiber is really important because it keeps you regular. So eat your fiber, kids!
Let me know what you think if you try it out!
Back to my food yesterday - my snack will usually keep me full until lunch, which I usually take around 2. Yesterday I was so busy I didn't stop to take my lunch until 3. Which is dumb. I am a big fan of taking a full-hour lunch and going at the same time every day and I hate being so busy that I can't do that. Womp womp.
While I'm heating my lunch up I always shove another egg in my face. I prefer my eggs to be prepared soft-to-medium-boiled so they're not dry. I know I always used to struggle with getting my eggs to the perfect consistency when I'd boil them, so here's how I get my eggs to the perfect consistency that works 100% of the time:
Soft-ish Boiled Eggs
- Place your eggs in a pan and cover them completely with cold water
- Put a lid on your pot and turn your stove to high
- Start doing your make-up and wait for the water to start to boil (God forbid you don't multi-task, #amiright)
- As soon as the water turns to a hard boil, set a timer for 6 minutes
- Once the timer goes off, dump out the water and then run cold water on the eggs for a minute or two. Done and done.
If I'm eating the eggs immediately I will usually have them sit in cold water with a few ice cubes for a couple of minutes before eating them to ensure they reach the perfect level of cooked.
Now onto the main meal:
An Aldi's Chipotle chicken sausage, a ton of broccoli with a pat of butter and some salt and pepper, and a bunch of sauerkraut from Trader Joe's. I love this meal and hope I never get sick of it since it fills me up and is healthy as crap (mostly...I'm sure it could be less processed with the chicken sausage, but it's nitrate free and honestly IDGAF).
After lunch I continue to drink a TON OF WATER until I can get home and get dinner prepared. Yesterday the rest of the family finished off our spaghetti and garlic bread from Monday and I ate this:
It may look bland, but it was really good. I have about 4 oz of ground turkey that I sauteed with a little EVOO, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper and topped with sauerkraut, some jasmine rice with a little butter and salt, and a shit ton of asparagus sauteed with EVOO, salt, and pepper. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
I also ate two of Julianna's potato chips that she was snacking on when we got home, because I'm not perfect and they were delish and I wanted them. I love chips. #worthit
Then I continued to drink water and brushed my teeth so I wouldn't be tempted to shove any chocolate in my face. And I didn't, so it was a successful fast day!
Before going to bed I walked Jax and we made a new friend. His name is Frederick.
Look...my welcome mat is facing the wrong direction. What a huge shocker... ;-)
As with anything else, check with your doctor before you start doing any type of diet/eating plan. The 5:2 works for me simply because I know that while I'm not going to snack on chips and chocolate on my fast days, I can have them if I want them any other day. And guess what...most days I don't even crave them anymore. Plus, I'm so effing productive on my fast days that I need them so I can get shit done! Once I reach my goal weight I will cut down to one fast day a week, only adding the other back in when I go off the plan completely and shove all of the Christmas cookies in my face for 2 months in November and December...
It's worth mentioning that there are a ton of different fasting styles out there - I've also tried the 16:8 method, where you fast for 16 hours of the day and eat pretty much whatever you want for 8 hours, and I hated it. So to each his/her own. It's also worth mentioning that "they" (the experts) do not recommend trying any type of intermittent fasting if you have or are suffering from an eating disorder. So no matter what...check with your doctor before you do anything!
Have any of you tried any crazy eating methods? What works for you? Do you think I'm insane? I actually did a lot of research before trying this out and have had a lot of success with it, so I might be crazy, but it's working!
Also, did anyone notice I used the word shit a lot today? Weird. It's probably because I completely overslept by 2 effing hours and not only did I not get to work out, but I also got in the shower 20 minutes later than I should have. So my day is completely thrown off and that makes me say shit a lot. Hopefully I can work out tonight so my schedule isn't completely messed up, but I doubt it will happen because I really want to watch Dancing With the Stars.
Have a great day!
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