WIAW 48: Keep It Up, Lauren!

Cute title for today’s post, huh? Truth be told, I copied it from an amazing guy named David that I met (all too briefly!) at Fitbloggin’ this year. Check out his blog- his transformation is pretty incredible. I don’t know about you, but I love a good weight loss story. 🙂

First of all, thanks for your very nice and supportive comments on yesterday’s post. That’s one thing I love about having a blog: when I’m struggling with something in my life, I can share it on here and know that I’m not alone! You all rock.

Speaking of yesterday’s post, I mentioned that I’ve been eating by “the rules” that I set for myself after returning from Portland and I’ve been kicking butt for a solid nine days now! I’ll be honest- tracking food and calories is a big huge pain in the neck and takes too much time. But, it’s a necessary evil that will enable me to establish healthy eating patterns again and eventually I won’t need to track anymore. For now, it’s a big help to make me aware of just how much I eat in a day.

Here’s what I ate on Monday, which was a pretty good day!

Before heading to the gym for a butt-kicking LiveFit back and cardio workout (that ended up taking a freakin’ hour and a half), I grabbed one of Lindsay’s Healthy Bites (along with two huge bottles of water).

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I have restrain myself from just eating the whole bag of these because they are SO darn good. I save them strictly for pre-workout fuel.

*and this reminds me, I desperately need to post about Phase III of LiveFit. It is kicking my BUTT!

After finally finishing up my workout I came home and made a stack of FlapJacked High Protein Pancakes (Buttermilk flavor) layered with cottage cheese (mixed with chopped up cherries and banana).

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I really like all three flavors of FlapJacked mixes, but the buttermilk is my favorite. I really like being able to add in my own flavors and this particular batch is my current favorite combo: cherry cinnamon.

I’ve been eating the same salad for lunch for over a week now because it’s so darn delicious and easy to make!

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Romaine lettuce, chicken breast, turkey bacon, avocado, tomato and red onion.

I also had some of this funny-named yogurt that’s always on sale at King Soopers for something like fifty cents.

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That’s black forest cake, if you can’t tell. Soooo yummy.

Later on in the afternoon, I whipped up an incredibly delicious and filling smoothie to tide me over until dinner time:

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It included: 1/2 frozen banana, 1/4 c frozen spinach, a big handful of ice, Silk coconut milk, water, 1/2 scoop Designer Whey Sustained Energy (vanilla), 2 T PB2 and xanthan gum. And, as you can see, I threw a handful of peanuts on top.

Dinner that night included a fish that I never usually eat or buy- mahi mahi. I’m not a huge fan of “steaky” fish (except tuna- and I like it rare), but I know that Greg is. I think mahi-mahi is usually on the list of fish that you should stay away from because it’s “over-fished, right? Anyway, I saw it on sale and wanted to see how it would do on the grill (and it was actually really good!).

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I topped it off with a salsa made of red onion, red bell pepper, white peach, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper. On the side was a white sweet potato (thanks for the recommendation, Paige!) and some local squash that was purchased at the Boulder Farmers Market.

I had my usual dessert, which SUCH a great way in satisfy my sweet tooth with very few calories:

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Man I love me some GoodPops.

This was eaten while watching the Bachelorette, which is my usual Monday night ritual. (Anyone else watching this season still??)

Every other week that ritual includes changing out my Jamberry shields. Here’s this week’s design:

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Mint Chevron! If you want to learn more about Jamberry, go here!

Total calories for the day (not including the spoonful of peanut butter I had before bedtime):

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Based on my metabolic testing, I was advised to stay between 1600-1700 per day to lose a pound or two a week. (And on days when I have a super long hike on top of my workout, I’ll eat a little bit more.)

Now, if I can just keep it up I’ll be back to that “happy body” in no time! I’ve got this. 😉

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