I may have mentioned one, twice or a thousand times that I am not a morning person. Yes, I get up at 5-5:30 a.m. but it takes me a while to function. So I have been struggling to make breakfast so I went back to my tried and true protein shake. It takes the least amount of time and I can take my cup to go with me on my drive to work if I don’t finish it.
Breakfast: Protein Shake Recipe: 1 scoop Raspberry Cheesecake protein powder ~ 1/2 cup of frozen Strawberries ~ 1 TBSP Natural Peanut Butter ~ 18-20 ounces of water ~ 1/4 cup of Almond Milk. Blend.
Mid-Morning Snack: This was 300 grams of cucumber (about 1-1/2 of medium cucumbers) and 100 grams of cheese sliced.
Lunch: My lunch consisted of 400 grams of broccoli sprinkled with Mrs. Dash. This is about a 10 oz bag of broccoli!! Holy broccoli I know but it is so low in calories. I also had 4-5 ounces of grilled Chicken.
Mid Afternoon Snack: This is packed full of protein to keep me going until my workout. This was 200 grams of 0% Greek Yogurt with a sprinkle of Sugar Free Jell-O powder for flavor.
Dinner: This was a Steak and Cheese Sub without all the bread. Add a little bit of hot sauce and you have a Steak Bomb! Click here for the recipe! I used a Low Carb Pita so it was Low Carb too! Bonus!!
It was a little ironic that I was writing this post while watching Extreme Weight Loss with Chris Powell. He switched places with the contestant to show how toxic her diet was to her body. He only made it to lunch when he started to get sick and called it off. For breakfast it was to McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches, 2 hash browns and a Medium Soda. Then a few hours later it was 2 donuts. Lunch an hour later was a large fry, 20 piece Chicken Nuggets and a soda. I lost count but it was about 5,000 calories by lunchtime!!
It was shocking to me (I don’t eat a lot of fast food) but I know that it is the reality for a lot of people. I sometimes feel guilty for having pizza but I stay around 1500 calories on most days. It broke my heart. It was also visual evidence that when you eat a poor diet it effects you in many ways. It isn’t just weight gain, it is being tired, not wanting to do anything. I mean super fit Chris threw up and then had to take a nap.
I am not a size 2 and will never be one and I am okay with that, I want to be an athlete. I want muscle. I want to be able to run half-marathons and triathlons and any crazy feat I want to put my body through. I aim for healthier than yesterday. Some days I struggle, sometimes it is the easiest ever. I commend that contestant for showing her struggle and her hurt as I know it can not have been easy for her. Sorry for this rant just know I show the food I eat to keep myself accountable, hopefully inspire others, and to see where I can make changes.
Hugs! Know that you are all beautiful!
“I aim for healthier than yesterday.” This is a wonderful mantra. One that I love and will remember. Thanks for your honesty and bravery at sharing your own journey with us.
Thanks, Heather! It is always a journey and so glad to have you in my life! You have seen me at my worst and been there for me always. You are such a gift, and I am proud to call you sister!
SMD @ Life According to Steph says
I often bring a crap load of broccoli for lunch! You can’t beat it.
I wish I could do shakes. I don’t like the texture of shakes or smoothies. I just can’t get them down.
I love Broccoli!! People at work for asking for my cucumbers too! So easy to travel with. I hear you, I couldn’t make the eggs or protein pancakes every morning. It was sabotaging me in a way, so I went back to the shakes. It takes a while but you have to find what works for you. If you have to fight it everyday it is not going to work for the long haul!
You are so good!!! Way to go!!! I’ve started making green smoothies and that’s about as good as I can get…sigh
Thanks!!! Green smoothies are good!! Just try to add one veggie to every meal and it will make a huge difference.