May Trial

May

New month, new trial! From previous posts, you can see that I love counting macros. However, the point of this blog was for me to try out different things so for May I’m going to try out…the South Beach Diet! The only difference with this trial though is I’m just going to do the first phase which is two weeks long and then decide if I want to do phase two for the final two weeks, continue on with phase one, or go back to counting macros. Time will tell!

What I’m looking forward to with this trial is that I’m going to follow the exact meal plan as much as I can.  I’ve done South Beach before where I just eat any of the food that’s “allowed” but I thought it would be good to actually follow exactly what they recommend for the three meals and two snacks every day.

I’m also considering (emphasis on that word) doing a two week caffeine detox at the same time. I had previously decided to give up pop starting on May 1st but I was thinking about it at work last night and I think it might be beneficial to give up coffee for two weeks. We shall see, it’ll probably be determined on Friday morning when I wake up depending on how tired I am haha

March Macro Summary

My march trial was counting macros and I absolutely LOVED it! So much so, that I’ll be doing it for April (if not longer). I even invested in a better digital scale yesterday so you know it’s getting real for me. Even if in May I decide to try a different diet approach, I think I’ll still incorporate counting macros into it.

I lost about 2 pounds this month but the first two weeks of the month I took the entire weekend off counting macros so reaaaaally, it’s been about 2 pounds in the last two weeks 🙂

My favorite part of this is how you can fit in treats that other diets would restrict you on and not feel guilty! For me, I fit in plenty of Reeses Oreos and on several occasions an Arctic Ice (obsessed).

I think for April since I’m doing Macros again, I’ll focus more on doing “What I Ate In a Day” type of posts. I’ll start next Monday!

(also I am .3 pounds away from my first goal weight in my fit journey and then I can buy new tennis shoes!)

First week of counting macros

After going to IIFYM.com and calculating my TDEE and using their macro calculator, I ended up changing it up a little which left me with macro goals of: 167 grams of carbs, 37 grams of fat, and 85 grams of protein.

I really enjoy counting macros! I find it fun, almost like a puzzle, to calculate what I’ll be eating each day so I hit those numbers. Depending on the day, I usually somehow end up with one category that I still need to hit but it gets hard to meet the goals because even though I might have 30 grams of carbs left, I can’t use any more grams of fat or protein which makes the food choice harder. Today though, I’m like right on it so GO ME.

For this past week, my typical breakfast looked like this:

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Or I would put the egg whites and bacon on an english muffin.

I discovered the magic that is Kodiak Protein Pancake mix this week. Life changing. (Might be dramatic but IT’S SO EASY AND GOOD).

Picture of my life-changing waffles here:

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Last picture I want to share is of this snack that I’ve been dying to try since they got released last year:

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Verdict? Disappointed 😦 They were super crumbly and had a very…bland?…taste to them. If I was craving chips and was going to use this to try to replace them, I don’t think it would work. I’m still sort of curious to try the cheddar and sour cream ones but they’ll have to wait for a while because A. They’re 2.50 a bag B. They were sold out

I’m really enjoying this process so far and I’m excited to see if it yields some positive results for me. I’ve also started lifting as of last Monday which I already love!

Vegan Month is over!

Officially done with trial 1! While it was a good experience and I enjoyed the diet change I definitely don’t think I’m one who is meant to be vegan. I noticed that as the month went on I got less healthier with my choices because I’m fairly busy so I was continuing to get lazier. For instance, this past week I ate a lot ( and I mean A LOT) of bananas with peanut butter. Oops. Enjoyed every bite though haha Last week I also got chips and guacamole twice.

Here are my lists of pros and cons of being vegan-

Pros: ate way less processed food, tried some different recipes, ate more vegetables and fruit

Cons: if I didn’t have time to cook I grabbed unhealthy items, my food choices were repetitive (this is more my fault than anything), I learned fairly quickly that a lot of products have milk derivatives in it which was annoying

Now, to address my sleeping. As you know, I set out on this whole trial experience to figure out what would help me actually stay asleep at night and feel more rested during the day. Did being vegan help this? I did actually notice a difference. I more often slept through the night AND that afternoon slump that I was used to getting everyday I wasn’t getting which was AMAZING. Part of me thinks this has to do with just eating less processed food but it might have been because I cut out dairy and meat. Time will tell!

Measurements: I lost a half inch on my hips, inch on my waist, and half inch on my thigh! Wish I would have had more time to work out this month so that the difference could have been greater. Lost about 4.5 pounds as well.

So….what is my March trial? I’m counting Macros! #MacroMarch (so creative, I know). For those that don’t know what counting macros means, it means you track how many grams of protein, carbs, and fat you eat daily. If you go to IIFYM.com, you can use their calculator to figure out how many grams of each you should be eating to fit your diet/goals. I’m VERY excited for this flexible dieting approach.

P.S. First thing I did this morning was run (literally) down the stairs and make my coffee with dairy creamer. OH HOW I’VE MISSED YOU ❤

Week 3 of being vegan-recap

I unfortunately didn’t get any pictures this week…though it is probably a good thing because I didn’t eat as healthy as I wanted to.

My vegan eats this week included:

vegan waffles with sugar free syrup, chili, salads, veggies & hummus, protein smoothies, and wraps. THEN on Saturday night I decided to order a vegan pizza from papa john’s (aka just skip the cheese) and was very disappointed 😦 I think next time I would just go to the store and buy a frozen vegan pizza that actually has the cheese on it.

As with the past few weeks, it’s not that hard to eat vegan- just annoying at times if you go out to eat and you have a limited selection. I have continued to notice that I don’t get that afternoon slump anymore where I struggle to stay awake at work so that has probably been the most positive change I’ve noticed from switching up my diet this month.

At the end of this week, I’ll post if I lost any weight or inches from this diet change. For March, I’m deciding between being pescetarian (only allowing fish-no other meat) or counting macros. I’m also open to suggestions if anybody has any recommendations!

P.S. still VERY much miss my coffee creamer

Getting Ready

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Went and picked up those above items to get ready for the next week! Luckily I already had some food here at my house so I didn’t have to get a ton more items. The only thing that changed off my list was that when I read the ingredient list of the veggie burgers, it had egg whites in them so I ended up getting vegan chicken strips instead. I also found a recipe for Vegetarian chili so I’m going to make that tomorrow to have for a couple nights worth of dinner.

Later tonight I’m going to take measurements and weigh myself just so I can document if I lost any inches/pounds!

February Trial

Feel free to read the “About Me” section at the top of the site to find out the reason I started the blog!

In case you’re not feeling up to reading that though, to sum up my blog it’s basically where each month I choose a different healthy lifestyle and then see what effects it has on me. My main goal is to find a dietthat helps me sleep through the night (and not wake up a million and one times) and gives me the energy that I need to get me through the day.

So…what is my February trial? I’m going vegan! I’ll be the first one to tell you that I NEVER thought I would say that sentence in my life. But, this blog is all about trying out different things and February is the shortest month so I thought I would just get this one out of the way first 😉 Who knows, maybe I’ll find out that being a vegan is what my body wants and then I can just change the title of my blog to The Vegan Trials!

I have a pretty busy schedule in my life so I’ll be honest in that I won’t be posting every day on here. My goal is to do a post at the end of every week to give an update on how I’m feeling and what I’ve noticed, and then hopefully another post sometime during the week. If I have time though, I will try to post even more than that!

I’ll be back to write another post today or tomorrow on what my grocery list is for the week.

-Rachel