The other day I sent out a tweet and a Facebook status asking people to send me any questions that they might have in regards to my weight loss journey over the last 2 years and I was blown away by all the questions that came flooding through! So, I will answer as many as possible over the next few blog posts and you are definitely welcome to keep sending them through!
I’d love to see an example of a food diary for a day from your old life compared to your new life.
I’ve been thinking about doing a post on this for a while now! So here it is:
Breakfast – would usually be toast with vegemite and margarine or 3 weet-bix with a teaspoon of sugar and milk.
Morning tea – cup of tea with milk and 2 sugars and biscuits from the biscuit jar at work.
Lunch – I used to buy my lunch a lot so I would either get a sandwich, sushi, salad… whatever I could grab really. I tried to eat healthy where I could but I didn’t really understand nutrition the way that I do now so often my food choices were not the best but I rarely ate fast food so I thought that I was being good!
Afternoon tea – muesli bar, diet yoghurt or a piece of fruit always followed by… more biscuits.
Dinner – I used to use those Masterfoods meal bases a lot or jars of sauces like Kang Tong or Chicken Tonight to make casseroles, pasta dishes and stir fries. I used to think I was a really good cook when using these things! A regular Martha Stewart! I didn’t realise how full of sugar, salt and preservatives they are… Also, my dinner servings would be HUGE and were always washed down with soft drink. I’d also make buttery mashed potatoes and fatty cuts of meat (pork chops, sausages, lamb cutlets etc) but I would always serve them with salad or vegetables and this made me think that I was being “healthy”.
Dessert – I’d generally always have something sweet after dinner like ice-cream or chocolate.
I’m not really able to give out my full diet in its exact entirety as my coach has devised it for me and it is her intellectual property but I can say the basics!
I eat a lot of oats, eggs, low fat natural yoghurt, berries, tuna, brown rice, fresh vegetables, fresh salads, fish, chicken, lean cuts of red meat, sweet potato, whey protein, rice cakes, low fat cottage cheese, natural peanut butter, fruit (one piece of low sugar fruit daily)… It’s very varied at the moment! I don’t know exact calories, I just eat as clean as possible.
I do not have artificial foods or diet soft drinks – everything I eat is as close to its natural state as possible (except cheat meals where anything is fair game)! This is the way I have been eating for a good 6 months or more now and have gotten great results.
I use flavourings like herbs, spices, chilli, garlic, ginger, tamari and stevia. Essentially it’s pretty much a typical body builders diet. In the next week or so it will tighten up A LOT and I will go into a strict comp prep diet that isn’t reasonable for anyone to follow, except if you are competing!
I would like to know how you conquered seeing food as a fuel and not pleasure – my BIGGEST problem.
Some time ago I wrote a blog post on this called It’s Time to Disconnect. I just read it then and I still feel the same way. Actually, I feel even MORE comfortable with seeing food as fuel because of the results I have gotten from eating clean and the close proximity of my comps!
I guess when you want something SO BADLY all temptation falls away. I am so intently focused on my goal of rocking it on stage and achieving the best physique that my body is able to give me that I find it easy to switch off the little voice in my head that is begging me for tasty treats when I need to. You just have to make your goal THAT important to you.
But I will be honest here, over the last week or so I have been having more cheat meals scattered throughout the week because I know that in a weeks time I will be going 100% clean so I’m getting any last bits of cravings out of the way now so I can totally switch into machine mode when I need to without feeling like I’ve missed out on something.
I also thrive on routine and repetition. Knowing that I have all my meals set out for me and ready to grab when I need them is extremely comforting to me and makes me feel really at ease, even if it is the same meals over and over again. I don’t know exactly why, but I guess it’s because I just don’t have to worry about it and I can focus my mental energy into my training and getting through my day-to-day life. It’s just one less thing to worry about. If you make it not an issue, it won’t be an issue. It really is a mental thing that takes quite some time to figure out, I won’t lie!
Well, there’s 2 questions answered! I’ve got a whole heap more coming up! This has been fun actually and has helped me get my blogging mojo back! Looking forward to what else you guys come up with and I hope this helps.