I gave it to Jim.
We headed to a(n awesome!) holiday party on Friday night — complete with a dance floor, live band, valets, open bar, and endless unhealthy treats. I turned to Jim when we walked in and simply said, “Oh, it’s on.”
I told him to keep me away from the treats.
That’s actually a lie. I had about 2 bite-sized crab cakes at the party. And that’s all.
I call that success.
Yes, I’m following the plan. However, I am allowed to cheat — like I said, when I don’t allow myself any wiggle room, I typically set myself up for failure later. So, two baby crab cakes it is. Jus’alilbit.
Your Nutrition Plan Questions Answered
Q1: Have you listed your personal goals/hopes with this nutrition plan?
A1: Jim took my measurements on my first day of the plan. We took my weight, waist, hips, abdomen, body fat, and BMI. Although we knew it’d be interesting to see how easy it would be to attain a certain goal over the holidays, we set a goal of losing 6.2 pounds (that extra .2 is because my starting weight had that tacked on the end), 1/2 inch off my waist, 1 inch off my hips, 1 inch off my abdomen, and 3.7% body fat.
As for an update… I have one week to go, and so far, I’ve lost 5 pounds.
Q2. What is the difference between almond butter and peanut butter?
A2: SO many people asked this question. Although peanut butter is a good source of protein, it can be filled with hydrogenated oils and sugar. Almond butter contains no added ingredients or preservatives and is literally crushed up almonds. AB is a good source of protein, is packed with omega 3s and monounsaturated fats (good for the heart), and helps to control blood sugar. Also, almond butter is the only nut known to be alkaline, which is good for metabolism. All other nuts fall into the acidic category.
If you can’t make yourself like almond butter (it took me a few tries, but now I like the MaraNatha Crunchy), go for completely natural peanut butter.
Q3: “I CAN’T FIND ALMOND BUTTER ANYWHERE HAAALLPPPPMEEEE”
A3: If it’s not with the peanut butter (that’s where it is in Walmart), check the organic section of your grocery store.
Q4: How good are VitaTops?
A4: THEY. ARE. AWESOME. I like mine heated in the microwave with a touch of cottage cheese on top. If you like them as much as I do, you can order them online for a sweet deal.
Q5: Are you sure you’re eating enough to support your training?
A5: Since I’m not actually in training yet for my next race (the Shamrock Half Marathon in March… Round 2), I’m actually not doing all that much compared to when I was training for the marathon. Jim was my running buddy for the marathon, so he knows how I run, and he knows my weightlifting regime/what fitness classes I take. I’m confident he’s got me covered. Plus, I’m eating a lot more than I used to because this plan calls for so many small meals throughout the day. I find myself forcing myself to eat my morning snack.
Q6: I want a plan from Jim. Hook me up.
A6: Shoot me an e-mail and I’ll get you in contact with Jim.
Q7: Why no fruit juice?
A7: Fruit juice is really high in sugars. It’s the fruit without the fiber. My plan has me eating fruit with almost every small meal, so I’ve got the fruit down there. I’m told to stick with Powerade 0 and water for drinks. I also go for almond milk in the morning.
Q8: Almond milk is gross. Why did you switch?
A8: Silk (what I was drinking before… for the taste) isn’t awesome for hormones in girls my age.
Q9: Is alcohol allowed?
A9: Have you met me?
I’m kidding. I joke a lot on here about how you “can’t take away my booze.” However, that’s a gross exaggeration. I almost never drink during the week, unless there’s a special occasion. I drink a normal amount with my friends on the weekends. I don’t choose to cut it out of my diet because, well, I’m at a point in my life right now where I don’t need to cut it out. At some point down the road, I won’t be able to go out drinking with my friends, and that’s not now. So I’m keepin’ the booze and sticking with the lower-calorie choices (vodka diet, SF redbull vodka, etc.). If losing weight was my #1 priority, I would cut out the booze. As of now, it’s not.
Q10: When are you measuring your results?
A10: Jim and I will measure my progress a week from today – December 21.
Theere you have it. If I missed anything, feel free to shoot me summore Qs.