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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Today's a just-the-facts post as well. Yesterday, I laid out my fitness plan. Today I figured I'd give you a little bit about my nutrition planning.

*I'm trying to keep calories under 1650 this week, and I'm giving myself a secondary goal for carb-fat-protein intake. This week, I'm attempting to see if I can keep to about 30% of my calories from fat (55g), 30% from carbs (123g), and 40% from protein (164g). My husband is doing a ketosis diet that he loves and it involves higher fats and proteins and practically no carbs. I'm not stalling out on my weight loss the way I'm going now so I don't see the need to do something as drastic as he is, but it's an interesting challenge to cut my carbs down so much and to try to eat that much protein.

*Last week, I tried different smoothies for breakfast everyday. I always thought that was insane, but I beefed them up with greek yogurt, kale or spinach, weird flavors, etc. Totally worked. I think I'm becoming a convert, and I'll be keeping smoothies as part of the regular rotation.

*I try to eat every three hours, not for weight loss reasons or anything, but just because that way I don't seem to get wicked hungry and grumpy.

*I also feel a LOT better when I eat mostly whole foods. I try to stay away from packaged things, but I do use some processed things as staples - protein powder being the main sin-against-real-food. I also like peanut butter crackers (you know, in the six pack) and some low-carb tortillas (although those are out for a bit). Last week, I had some of those yocrunch packets with chocolate chip cookie pieces, but I do feel like they weren't worth it - they didn't really keep me full.

*I also try for a "boring" in terms of diversity. I generally repeat the same types of meals over and over during a week. You can see them all in my nutrition tracker if you want, but the main components this week are:

Vanilla frappucino smoothie: Almond milk, ice cubes made of coffee, vanilla protein powder, truvia, vanilla.
Sausage & Egg muffin: modified a spark recipe.

Lunch (one of these):
Stuffed turkey meatloaf
Beef Pad Thai

Dinner (one of these):
Chicken & Broccoli Casserole: Sparkrecipe
Foil Pack Chicken:

Greek Turkey patties
Almond milk & protein powder
Cottage cheese

Most weeks, I stay on-track anywhere from 70%-80% of the time. I need to shake things up a bit, so I'm committing to be ONE HUNDRED PERCENT on track through my weigh-in on Friday morning. I need some tough-love on this, so if I screw this up, feel free NOT to tell me I'm still good enough, smart enough, and doggone it people like me.
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    That is awesome. I try to keep my calories under 1600 and if can't at least under 1700. The smoothie for breakfast sounds delicious. Sounds like a great plan.
    1864 days ago
    I'm amazed by how precise you are with the measurements and the intricate mathematical formulas of your workouts. I can't imagine being so organized and there is no way that I could keep track of such numbers. I am content If I hit my calorie range and have sweaty workouts 3 times a week. Good luck with all the counting!
    1865 days ago
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