announcement, announcement, annoouunncement!

at my camp, the campers used to sing the title when the head counselor got up to speak after the meals. anyone with me? no? ok, i get that i’m weird.
 
ok. so as you know, i have been following the body for life plan, which is an eating/exercise plan that involves eating 6 mini meals a day with specific carbohydrate/protein/fat ratios (40:40:20) and an exercise plan involving some serious muscle work and HIIT (high intensity interval training). i have actually really been enjoying the gym portion of this – my legs are firmer, i sweat more during my workouts, and i finally feel like i know what i’m doing when it comes to strengthening my muscles instead of prancing around the gym doing 5 lb. bicep curls and pretending to be a spartan cheerleader.
 
the food thing, however, was messing with me. as most of you know, meat and i are in an open relationship — meaning sometimes i’m into it, sometimes i’m not. because one has to eat so much protein on the body for life program, i felt (and this is totally my neuroses) almost forced to start eating meat full time again, which i really haven’t done for the past year. i no longer have a blender and don’t like beans, so that rules out protein shakes and another natural source of protein, and i also don’t have time to cook a lot, so i felt doubly pressured to eat meat. i also don’t eat breakfast until at least 9:30 every day (i don’t wake up early enough to eat it at home, and i enjoy eating it at my desk and reading all of your blogs!), so it felt like 6 mini meals a day were a lot – i almost never got my 6th meal in. so, i called it quits.
 
BUT! on tuesday, june 1st, i went back to the one place where i know i will have success losing my poundage – weight watchers. i’ve had great success with this plan before (losing 20 lbs for 2 consecutive summers, only to gain it all back in beer and munchie weight). this plan works for me, and i feel a huge sigh of relief that i finally took the plunge, paid the monthly fee, and will lose weight healthfully, slowly, and hopefully, for good. no more college and binge drinking to go back to!
 
i don’t consider this quitting. at all. in fact, i’m proud of myself for recognizing that  i wasn’t happy doing something, and then taking the necessary steps to get where i need to be. i will be sticking with the body for life workout plan, mixing it up a little more (doing more cardio, swimming, yoga, spinning) – if there is one thing i have learned about myself, it’s that while i might like to feel confined in a strict program for the first few weeks, i eventually become disheartened because i’m so hard on myself if i don’t stick to the plan to a T. that’s why weight watchers has worked for me in the past, and i’m hoping, no ensuring, it will work for me now.
 
NEWAYZ, after all that rambling, here are my eats:
 
 

klassy.

  

1 egg, 2 egg whites, 1 tbsp. parmesan cheese and chili flake nuked at work, 1/3 c. oats with 1/2 c. frozen mixed berries and cinnamon.    

those peppers kind of look like fries, no?

  

a yellow pepper, and a trader joe’s veggie burger with asiago cheese, tomato slice and mustard on a whole wheat english muffin.    

treat!

  

 my stomach was feeling funkypants this afternoon, and my snack of cottage cheese was perhaps the least appetizing thing i could think of. luckily, i found a starbucks card on my desk, and took a trip downstairs to get a small skim latte. mm mm good.   

i then went to the gym, where i got in a solid 30 minutes of elliptical HIIT – such a sweaty beast, it was actually embarrasing. i did the cardio hill climb program, and operated on a cycle of resistance 6.0 – 9.0. it was grand, and them my roommate met me at my gym so we could go over some toning stuff. i showed her some quad presses, calf presses, hamstring curls and squats, we stretched and then hightailed it to the movie theater down the block to see sex and the city 2. i didn’t hate it! i can see how critics would pan it, but after all, it’s not supposed to be a critically acclaimed film – it’s made for the fans who loved the series so (like me!). i did think it was largely shallow and disrespectful, but all in all, a great night out with a friend. i also scarfed a luna nutz over chocolate bar in the theater, along with a liter of water so i had to get up to pee twice. oops.   

i got home, more food was had (morningstar chikn meal starters with 1/2 c. peas, broc and soy sauce, 3 whole wheat melba toasts) and then BEDTIME FOR BOZO. a packed day, i’d say.   

do you love when your days are packed? or do you prefer having more downtime? i really feel like i’m living when my days are chock full of things, but i also need some downtime now and then.

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5 responses to “announcement, announcement, annoouunncement!

  1. Good for you for figuring out what’s best for you!! There are so many ways to have a healthy diet, and as long as it incorporates lots of fresh, wholesome food, you can’t go wrong :) I like having a lot of downtime, but too much turns me into a sloth, so it’s a balance! And we absolutely did the announcement thing at my camp too, so don’t feel weird haha!

  2. Good for you for knowing what works and what doesn’t. I find that I can never fit a 6th meal in. Too much for me.

    I love being busy and having stuff to do, but I usually burn myself out, so I’m starting to enjoy downtime more.

  3. I love to have lots of down time, a day or two of crazyness is okay, but then I need a low-key routine.
    Glad you are not only recognizing what you need (or don’t), but trying to honor it.

  4. I like to have down time, I hate being too busy.

    I’ve always wanted to check out Weight Watchers. I know a lot of people who have been successful on the plan. Best of luck!

  5. Congratulations! I’m glad you know what works for you, and from what I know about Weight Watchers, there’s a lot of wiggle room about what you can eat! And I’ve been really into the HIIT workouts lately… I sort of want to buy the BFL book just for that! And I also love that you are in an “open relationship” with meat. Who needs labels?

    I appreciate my off days so much more when I’ve had a week or so of crunch time.

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