Another day, another punch at my daily routine. A loyal subscriber requested I give y’all an inside look into my daily routine of eating well and staying fit! Not to sound like a total Susie Home[b]aker, but I truly believe that good food is power. I’m not just talking about good-for-you food; I’m talking about food that tastes like Heaven and fills you up, too. Good food is key to your weight-loss (or weight-maintaining) journey!
My day usually begins with rest. “Of course it does,” you’re probably thinking, but I’m not referring to sleep. I’m talking about rest. For about fifteen minutes each morning, I allow my body to recharge in bed. I spend this time going through emails, checking Pinterest and talking to God. This time is so important, and I’ll explain why. Hopefully (to keep your metabolism up), you’ve gotten your full 8+ hours of sleep and are ready to rock & roll by morning, but how’s your mood? Have you thought about it yet? In the first 15 minutes of your day, you have already decided what kind of attitude you are going to have (whether you realize it or not). Will you yell at the barista for giving you a 2% vanilla chai latte instead of one with skim? Or will you politely request another, smile, add a $7.00 tip and scribble on your receipt, “Enjoy that latte, I bought it just for you:)”? To a certain extent, we can choose happiness. And happy people work out, take care of their bodies, and succeed.
Out of bed, I run to my kitchen and grab a bottle of cold water, chugging it until my teeth freeze. Why? My body has been resting at the same temperature for a long time, now. When you chug cold water, you pretty much kick your metabolism in the gut. You force your body to work extra hard to heat itself back up again. You’re burning calories and you essentially did nothing to deserve it (no offense ;))
From there, I grab a room temperature water and a packet of Plexus Slim, my 10-calorie superfreak of a vitamin supplement. The thought of life without my pink drink terrorizes me. Ahhh, the horror! Not only does Plexus Slim rev up my metabolism, burn fat and sustain muscle, but it also regulates my blood sugar, lowers my cholesterol and jolts me with long-lasting energy. Oh, and it tastes like Jolly Ranchers. After two weeks on Plexus, that stubborn little pudge in my belly I had been trying to get rid of for so long just vanished!Side note: If you suffer from diabetes, Lyme, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Crohn’s, depression, PCOS and several other diseases, you may want to consider giving Plexus a little go! I can’t say it will work for you, but I can say it has worked for many, many others 🙂 Order Plexus here. 30 minutes after Plexus, I eat breakfast. Every thing I eat is either up on my blog or pending in iPhoto. I have a sweet tooth in the morning, so I’m usually making a muffin, coffee cake, pancakes or waffles loaded with chocolate! No, chocolate doesn’t have to be bad for you. It can actually be really good for you. People who eat chocolate tend to be happier than people who don’t, and cocoa has a lot of health benefits! It’s just a matter of portion control (it always is). That’s why my entrees are typically single-servings 🙂 I also love blueberries in the morning because they’re packed with antioxidants and fight off cancer! Hiiiii-YAH! [Side note: I typically have my breakfast around 10:00am]
Because of my size, I eat about 1200 – 1500 calories a day. This means for breakfast, I take in 240 – 300 calories. If you don’t snack, your breakfast should be a bit larger in portion 😉Every other day, I work out in-between breakfast and lunch (if I have the opportunity). Truthfully, I should be working out my muscles a lot more than I do – I typically do cardio. I need to start lifting and completing 45 minute sessions of yoga and Pilates. I have no excuse . . . BUT I’ll get there! Those with greater muscle masses burn 3X as many calories as those with smaller muscle masses at REST – that’s essentially a work out on the couch while you watch Game of Thrones.
Around lunch time, I’m craving salt. I’ll drink a room-temperature water bottle to keep me full and make a 240 – 300 calorie dish, often times whole wheat pizza or pasta, mac & cheese, rosemary sweet potatoes, a homemade healthy hot pocket or a carrot salad.[Side note: I typically have my lunch around 2:00pm]
At some point between lunch and dinner, I’ll get hungry. I’ll opt for a 100-calorie snack, such as popcorn, yogurt, or fruit to hold me over.
Before I continue, I want to say this: While I try to stay low-carb before I go to sleep, I am a walking testimony that carbs before bed are honestly not a huge deal. In my opinion, calories are much more important! People always want to tell you to pay attention to the “calories from fat,” not the over-all calorie count. DON’T BUY INTO THIS NONSENSE. According to your body weight, you should only consume so many calories in a day. Counting your calories isn’t crazy – it’s a way to keep yourself in line. Think about it this way: some kids didn’t have to study in school and they always aced the test. I had to study. I had to work hard to earn my grades. And today, I continue to study and work hard in order to stay lean and healthy!
Now, for dinner. Sticking to my beloved 240 – 300 calorie limit, I typically reach for spaghetti squash, eggplant, zucchini, portobello mushrooms, baked bell peppers – pretty much any vegetable I can drench in tomato sauce and cheese.I’m a big fan of eating in bed – I just think it’s such a comfortable and wonderful thing to do (as long as I don’t drop any crumbs), and if I can make it a part of my daily routine, believe me – I will. I’ll typically end my day with a 200-calorie dessert. I love popcorn, cookies, muffins, ice cream, or – you know – healthy Zebra Cakes . . . pretty much anything sweet. Recently I’ve been making a lot of cinnamon sugar popcorn! People say, “Don’t eat after 8:00,” or “Don’t eat carbs after lunch,” but hello! I’m going to enjoy life, sacrificing a few things without feeling like I’m sacrificing anything at all. That’s the entire point of my blog. You shouldn’t feel like you’re wasting your life eating boring, healthy food – you should eat healthy, delicious food instead! I like to think of my entrees as masters of disguise. Tastes like it’s clogging your arteries because it’s so yummy, but it’s really just giving you more energy and burning all of your fat! Yup, my favorite part of my daily routine.As you can see, I stick to a serious daily routine. Having a schedule makes it easy to control what and how much I eat. Some people think that is crazy, but I haven’t lost – and kept off – 20 pounds since high school by accident. Living healthy is a 24/7 deal.
**I also have a cheat day once a week.** This gives me something to look forward to and work hard for during my daily routine. It’s just like getting a bonus at work – you enjoy it because you’ve worked for it and you deserve it! It’s easy for us to take food for granted. If you don’t have the delicious, but not-so-healthy meals all of the time, you are made aware of how they make you feel (a bit sluggish) when you do consume them, and you learn to appreciate them in a new way. Think about Christmas. If Christmas were every day, would we spend so much time and energy throwing ornaments at big pine trees, lighting peppermint candles and frosting gingerbread houses? No. And that sounds like a terribly sad life 🙁
I hope this gave you some helpful information on healthy living and has maybe inspired you to make some small (or large) changes in your daily routine! 🙂 Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard, it doesn’t have to take a lot of time, but it does require knowledge. Educate yourself on food. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish!