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3 Weeks In

Yesterday was my 3 week check in at Max Muscle.  How did I do?

Stats as compared to week 2 check in:
Weight: -5 lbs (yeah…I don’t know.  but I also don’t care and am happy!)
Body Fat: 41.1% (down .8%)
Excess Fat lbs: -4 lbs
Lean Weight: -1 lb

I don’t have all of my inches recorded from my sheet since she didn’t send me the update yet.  But I did lose basically everywhere except my forearm and my hips.  Those stubborn hips!  I lost over an inch on my thigh and I could tell before she even measured.  The last few days I have been feeling like my thighs look better, so it was interesting to see the tape confirm.

Leslie was really happy with my progress so far (duh, right?) and I don’t think she is going to update anything as far as the plan and what I’m eating.  I think it’s interesting that she thinks I’m hungry and I always tell her no.  I’m not hungry.  I actually struggle sometimes to eat all the food on the plan because I’m so unhungry.  I think it’s because most people assume that being big = eating TONs of food.  I didn’t eat tons of food.  I’m not saying I didn’t overeat, because I did have larger than necessary portions.  But every meal wasn’t a whole pizza or a snack of a box of doughnuts or a whole this or entire that.  90% of the time, I just ate the wrong stuff.  Like a Panera Sandwich and soup and cookie isn’t a ton of food.  But it still can be over 1000 calories in one sitting.  So food wise, I’m eating much much more at one time than I was before.  Also things like lettuce and fresh vegetables and oatmeal fill you up FAST.  Yes, I can probably eat half a box of captain crunch in one sitting with milk.  But I cannot eat that equal volume in oatmeal at all.  I spend less in groceries eating clean because of this and actually find it MUCH easier to stick to the budget.  I imagine once I finish stocking my spice rack and some other clean eating basics, I will be under easily.

Anyway, 3 weeks in, I’m down 8 lbs and a whole lot of inches…who can complain!  Still working on doing better, being cleaner, and being more active.  But I’m happy with these steps I’m taking and the results I’m seeing!

Breakfast Woes

Well it’s time to address the breakfast topic.

My nutrition plan requires the following for breakfast:
3/4 C DRY oatmeal (this used to be 1 C dry but I begged for some relief, this is what I got)
8 egg whites (can be subbed out with a scoop of protein powder with similar macros)
1 cup melons (although I do sub in different fruit b/c really, who can eat melon every day??)
These ingredients don’t really seem to go together all that fantastically.  At least to me.  But a quick google search showed me that these ingredients are very common in the bodybuilding and clean eating world.  So I sucked it up, and started working on how to make this work.  Especially considering I’m eating clean – so watching the sugar and sugary toppings for the oatmeal.  
Trial 1 – Cook up the oats and scramble up the eggs.  Verdict? HELL NO.  Not sure if you realize – but 1 cup of oats is MASSIVE when cooked.  That amount is what I normally would cook at home to feed multiple people.  And scrambled egg whites – uh no.  
Trial 2: Oatmeal Pancakes.  Verdict?  Better – but still massive.  I used some maple syrup on top to get through it (and didn’t have the fruit thinking the sugar would cancel…a little).  It’s a better option, but I only ate about 3/4 of this.
Trial 3: Oatmeal Cake.  Verdict? Okay so this chick said it tastes like cake right?  I think she needs to find better cake.    It was dense.  Like I ate 1/4th of the portion I was supposed to eat and was so full.  More choking down of food.  And it wasn’t cake by anybody I know’s definition.  
Trial 4: Give up and eat Subway.  Yeah – see I figured I could just eat a subway egg white flat bread and let the bread sub for the oats.  Pile with veggies.  Verdict?  Delicious of course – but I knew this wasn’t a long term solution.  It got me through some days where the thought of more oats made me want to throw people.
Trial 5: Protein Oats.   Protein powder mixed into the oats.  Verdict?  Not bad with some stevia and a banana mixed in.  But still too much.  The bottom line with oats is that 3/4 cup dry makes a metric ton of oats when cooked.  I still want to try egg white oats, but maybe when I’m down to a much lower amount of oats.  After this, I decided I will never eat oats again…I managed to eat about 3/4 the bowl.
Trial 6: Panera is healthy…right?  Breakfast power sandwich w/ fruit cup.  Verdict?  Of course it tasted delicious.  And again, like the Subway, it’s not sustainable.  But I think it was a good option for when I was desperate and tired and trying to keep myself from eating pizza for breakfast.  And guess what.  No effing oats!
Trial 7 (TODAY!!): Oatmeal Smoothie.  Verdict?  Folks – we may have a winner.  This is by far the BEST option I have found so far with my ingredients.  I made some modifications – used some 0% fat chobani, no honey, added protein powder, used 3/4 cup oats, a mix of strawberries/peaches/bananas b/c that was what was in my freezer, a little extra banana for creaminess, and used plain water.  Oh and a spoonful of chocolate PB2 because what isn’t better when it’s flavored with PB2?  Nothing, that’s the answer.  Anyway – this is the first time since starting this plan that I actually finished an entire serving of protein + oats for breakfast.  Accomplishment for sure.  This is a keeper.
So that is my story of breakfast tried and failed for the last 3 or so weeks of the plan.  Mind you, I’ve only been in town for about 2.5 weeks of the plan – so these 7 breakfasts happened over that time frame.  I really have been experimenting!  I pin a lot of my internet ideas on my Max Muscle Nutrition Plan Board, so follow me over there if you want more ideas or try anything and want to leave a comment.  I leave a comment on all of the pins (on all of my boards) if I use/cook them so if you check out an idea you will see my comments if I have any.  If you make something please share so I can learn from you!
I think my next idea is to run the macros on theese egg bake  and spinach quiche recipes.  I’ve had the egg bake before and LOVE it.  If it fits, it’s a good keeper to rotate.  I also think quiche is a good fit for breakfast and will be very filling in a decent portion size.  

2 Weeks In

Tuesday night I had my 2 week check in with Max Muscle and my nutrition plan.  Want to see how I did with 2 weeks of eating right?

Weight: -3 lbs
Body Fat: -.9%
Fat Mass Lost: -3.78 lbs
Lean Mass Gained: +.78 lbs
Chest: +1 in
Waist: -.5 in
R Bicep: -.25 in
Hips: -.5 in
R Thigh: -1.75 in

Note that initial measurements were in the morning wearing sweats and now I check in at night after work and eating 4 meals of my 6 wearing my usual layers on top and fitted thicker leggings on the bottom.  So the measurements are hard to read into a lot considering I know my clothing was very different.  I’m going to consistently wear the work clothing from here on out so that should help.  I’m most excited about the almost 4 lbs of fat that I’ve lost.  That’s more important than the 3 lbs on the scale because that means that I’m actually losing fat – not just water weight and muscle mass.

I’m pretty pleased with this info and it was exactly what I needed after a rough day.  I was really down on Tuesday and seeing that my hard work is making a difference really helped me perk up and have the motivation to keep it moving.  My nutrition coach made some tweaks to my program – dropping the overall calories a bit (about 200) and bumping up my protein for a few meals and down on the carbs.  I’m happy about those tweaks because I do struggle to eat all my food sometimes.  I also get BREAD for lunch – hello sandwich 🙂  I still have sweet potatoes that I made before I got this tweak so I’ll probably have those this week, then next week I can have a sammy and salad for lunch, nice and a few more options open up for sure.

Okay I’m beat – I just knocked out an Insanity workout (Plyo Cardio Circuit) and now I’m going to get ready for work.  I have a meeting up north and I’ll have possibly the afternoon to work at home meaning I can finally knock my laundry out while reviewing some documents and answering emails.  Multi-tasking is my thing 🙂

Weekday Holidays Should Be Banned

Today is the weirdest Thursday ever.  Having a holiday yesterday, so a random Wednesday off was odd.  And it’s odd because the 4th of July is specifically a night time holiday.  Yes people bbq and all that jazz – but the joy of the fourth happens after dark.  Which means I was up until about 11:30 pm listening to cannons outside my house being set off and then car alarms going off from said cannons.

The 4th of July is distinctively less fun when one is (1) by herself and (2) has no children and (3) has to go to work the next day.

Anyway, I did manage to get up at 5:30 AM and knock out my 3rd Insanity dvd – cardio strengthening or whatever. Okay, let’s be real and call it what it really is – cardio jump around with a few pushups and squats.  Okay much better.  Seriously though – I kind of love Insanity so far (and no I’m not a beachbody coach, I don’t plan on becoming a coach either).  It’s hard, intense, and designed to make you basically feel like you should crawl into a corner and die after every workout.  I get that most people don’t like that – but I do.  I’m pretty sore everywhere after this workout – upper back, core, thighs, bum – and it was only 45 minutes (with a good length warmup, stretch, and cool down).  Tomorrow is cardio recovery – because those two words go together?  I’ve watched bits of it and it looks like it’s a yoga based workout so we’ll see.  I am excited for a good stretch going into pure cardio which I’ve heard is hell on earth.  Like I told my friend who got me into this mess in the first place – if you don’t lose weight doing this, you didn’t want to lose weight in the first place.  It’s that hard.

I’m also on day 4 of my nutrition plan.  Whoa.  I’m actually really proud of myself that I’ve stuck with it through the holiday.  I’m getting creative with making foods for dinner at least.  Lunch has been pretty standard salad with chicken and mashed sweet potato (oddly delicious).  Maybe I’ll do a day of eating in pictures to show what I’m eating.  I did create a Pinterest board that shows some food ideas that I’m collecting that fall within the plan OR I think I can make fit the plan with very minor modifications.  I figure if this is going to be a lifestyle, I better collect ideas that make it work for me so I don’t just give up.  I will be looking for more ideas for raw veggies (I’m supposed to have 2 cups at lunch time…and salad greens will get old really fast).  That board should grow a lot over the next 12 weeks at least.  I will probably be getting an update (minor I’m sure) in a few weeks based on how things go.  I’m positive eating the plan and doing insanity will be a sure fire weight loss plan.  I’m definitely going to be doing mainly Insanity for my workouts for the full 60 days (I may throw something else in here or there depending on travel or if I get bored or something).