Jeri’s Corner: Fitness and Food

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My Lite Bites

Well this was the first week of switching up my food habits and making them a little more cleaner for this fitness challenge. I feel like I am on The Biggest Loser. My feelings are whatever it takes to get me through the next couple of months. My motivating words are, FOCUS, SACRIFICE, DETERMINATION and COMMIT.

I’ve had to go back to the basics in terms of portion sizes, which reminds me of the time I was on the weight watchers program. As I was preparing to put a compilation of 5 meals to eat everyday, one of my favorite fitness magazines landed in my mailbox, Muscle and Fitness Hers, January/February 2012. In this issue, there is a workout and meal plan for losing weight. Perfect timing. The basics of what I ate for breakfast, mid-breakfast, lunch, mid afternoon, dinner and snack was:

Breakfast

  • Egg Whites
  • Cream of Rice
  • Grits

Mid Day Snack

  • 2 Rice Cakes
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Whey Protein

To be honest, I would have never imagined that a rice cake would grace my lips. They are actually pretty good with peanut butter. I have just found a new staple in the kitchen for a snack!.

Lunch

  • Brown Rice
  • Shrimp
  • Salad
  • Chicken
  • zucchini
  • Green Beans
  • Spinach

Mid-Day Snack

  • Ground Turkey Breast
  • Sweet Potato

Dinner

  • Salad
  • Shrimp
  • Tilapia
  • Asparagus

Snack

  • Whey Protein
  • 1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter
  • Greek Yogurt

Now this is just a sample of what I was eating on a daily basis. If you want to try something different, go pick up the issue.

One thing I did realize is that I am eating more protein than what I am use to. I like the feeling of being full all day long without looking for something to snack on, like donuts that frequently float around the office! The only problem that I find is that my body is not digesting the protein very well. Even though I am suppose to follow the same meal plan for one more week, I just can’t.

Next week, I will keep some of the meal suggestions, replace some of the meals with equivalent substitutes and cut back on some protein. Another book recommendation is Clean Eating Magazine. Love this book. A clean way of eating and cooking while maintaining flavor.

My Fitness Scene

“Don’t Bunt. Aim out of the ballpark” David Ogilvy

Fitness Contest

I can’t say it enough, I LOVE LOVE LOVE THE GYM!.

This month, I am following the plan from Muscle and Fitness Hers. I am normally in the gym for 4 to 5 days a week. This plan, I am in the gym 6 days and let me tell you I look forward to my one day off. Yes, that includes my strict meal plan. The thing is, if you eat clean or strict throughout the week going off course for one day is not going to through a wrench in your plans. If you know that you are unable to get back on track the next day, then just do not stray and stay the course.

The fitness routine for two weeks is:

  • Upper Body Workout
  • Lower Body Workout
  • Cardio/Abs

The routine starts over again on day 4. I am definitely use to doing more in the gym, but I am trying to cool my jets and follow another plan.

For the first week, I weighed in at 130.5 and after the first week, I am down to 128.

That’s it for now!

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