Humpday Confessions

I have put on a lot of weight.

humpday confessions - how do i lose the weight I recently put on
Here I am on Saturday, looking thick.

I have no idea how this happened…other than overeating and undermoving, I suppose. I had a goal to have a 26-in waist by Beachbody Summit in July, and when I hit my goal, I totally fell off the clean-eating wagon.

When I got home from Mexico a couple of weeks ago, I popped on the scale and was horrified to find out that I was 155 pounds. I have never weighed that much, even when I was at my Law School Heaviest. And it’s not like I didn’t know I was putting on weight; all my clothes were extremely uncomfortable, especially in the waist.

Fortunately, 5 pounds dropped off quickly (probably because I ran out of Shakeology in Mexico and was a bit…backed up), but I’m still 15 pounds over my ceiling weight of 135. I’m a  only 5′ tall; that’s a lot of weight for me! A LOT OF WEIGHT.

Now, as a Beachbody coach, I tell my customers not to worry about weight. I tell them they should focus on eating properly for their workouts, and the weight will kind of take care of itself. I’m going to try REALLY REALLY hard to follow my own advice, and not focus on the scale.

This is my game plan to get back down to a manageable size (because I had to buy one new pair of jeans in a bigger size AND they’re uncomfortably tight and I’ll be damned if I’m buying anymore)

  • Wear my fitbit again, because I like the motivation to hit my step goal (15k) everyday
  • I started a new round of Body Beast on Monday. The weight’s not going to come off with this workout, but I should drop inches and firm up
  • Eat 40-50% of my calories as protein so I can power through my workouts
  • Start training for the Hollywood Half Marathon in April

Wish me luck! I totally need it because it’s Pumpkin Spice Everything season and I like to eat.

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What I’m eating these days

I’ve been living in a hotel with a few breaks for about 18 months now. Fortunately my hotel room has a kitchen area with a fridge, microwave, and sink, so I can sort of prepare my own food.

Here’s what I’ve been eating:
Protein shakesShakeology after my workout, casein before bed. I blend Greek yogurt with the casein because otherwise casein is quite gritty. I keep a Hamilton Beach Blender with me.
Tuna – I mix this with Greek yogurt and mustard, or sometimes I mix it with tzaziki sauce.
Pure Protein bars – I reviewed them here. I’ve always got one in my purse…I never know when a hunger emergency is going to hit.
Fruit and Veggies – Some of my co-workers are afraid to eat vegetables here in Mexico, but I don’t mind. I get them from Costco, and they’re the exact same packages as I buy in the US. I get a banana everyday from the local fruit stand. Bananas are a super food to keep you young and protect muscles from cramping, perfect for my Insanity workouts.

Eggs – we have a breakfast buffet at the hotel, and I order three eggs over easy every day. Every day! Let’s hope that whole eggs-raise-cholesterol is in fact a myth.

Well, I don’t eat this way every day…after all, I’m in Mexico City so I’d be crazy not to indulge in the local cuisine!

What’s for lunch today?


Baked Oatmeal

Good morning! Do you like oatmeal? I eat it nearly every day and was looking for variety. I also wanted something that is easy to pack as a snack. I found this recipe for baked oatmeal muffins on (I think I first found it on Pinterest) and gave it a try.

baked oatmeal recipeThe recipe is flexible so that you can use different ingredients – for this first try, I used frozen blueberries, craisins, and sliced almonds. Next time I might use a banana and walnuts, and reduce the maple syrup in it because the fruit makes it sweet enough.  I could have used pretty much any kind of fruit that was fresh, frozen, or dried. That’s key for people who don’t like to eat the same thing everyday.  I will probably make some sort of baked oatmeal once a week.

baked oatmeal recipe

Here’s the finished product. I don’t have a cupcake tin, so I just baked it in a Pyrex. When it cooled, I just put on the Pyrex lid and popped in it the fridge. I got about 12 servings out of it.

What’s your favorite way to eat oatmeal?


Tasty Tuesday – What I Ate Yesterday

Good morning!
My Beachbody coach challenged our accountability group to take pictures of everything we ate on Monday (let me know if you’d like to join our accountability group). I thought this would be a smashing idea for a blog post (my poor neglected blog). So here goes!

For breakfast, I whipped up some black coffee (pumpkin spice!) with some non-fat milk.

black pumpkin spice coffee with non-fat milk
I made an omelet with a cup of liquid egg whites, mushrooms and salsa verde (my omelet-flipping skills need work). I also ate half a cup of plain oatmeal. Sometimes I add frozen berries or pumpkin pie spice to my oatmeal, but I like it just fine plain, too.

Kirkland Egg Whites, mushrooms, quaker oats

For lunch I had vegan Tropical Strawberry Shakeology. My glass doesn’t look like the one on the package because I added a cup of spinach and two giant frozen strawberries.

Shakeology Vegan Tropical Strawberry

This was my afternoon snack: a very sad banana and a piece of Babybel cheese.

afternoon snack, sad banana, babybel cheese

When I got home from the gym, I had a protein shake. I added spinach and frozen strawberries to this, too.

CytoSport 100% Whey Vanilla

For dinner, I had veggies, hummus, and cottage cheese. I love me some Trader Joe’s cottage cheese.

red peppers, cherry tomatoes, hummus, Trader Joe's cottage cheese

Before bed, I had a casein shake. You guessed it – I added frozen strawberries to this, too. Of all the protein shakes I drink, casein is definitely the one that needs stuff to be added to it.

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Casein

Here are my totals for the day:

fitbit, food tracking

Four months of hotel buffets and I need to start counting calories again, so I logged into my Fitbit account. I like the Fitbit food tracker because it works backwards – you determine how much of a deficit you want, and then you eat according to that. This works great for me since I do a lot of exercise – I can add in more food for days when I’m famished. Today I came in way under budget (I’m trying for a deficit of 750 calories each day), but I felt pretty satisfied.

What’s for breakfast?



Non-meat sources of protein

This month, I’m “cutting” with Body Beast, which means it’s time to make my new muscles pop!  I’ve reduced my caloric intake by 20% to 1600 calories/day, and the calorie break down should be  40% protein, 30% fat, and 30% carbs. This is how I eat when I stray above my weight ceiling, so I’ve got this system worked out pretty well. It’s not always (or ever) exactly 40/30/30, but I do come quite close most days.

Now, I don’t eat meat. I do eat fish, but not everyday, so I have to rely on other methods to get protein. Here are a few:

  • Egg whites – I buy a box of these from Costco on a regular basis. I use half a carton, one real egg, a cup of broccoli and four mushrooms for 230 calories and 35 grams of protein. I usually dump some salsa on there too, but I don’t measure it out because a. I’m already obsessive enough; and b. the 30 or 40 extra calories isn’t going to make or break my diet. The sodium might, but that’s a topic for another blog post.
    Kirkland Egg Whites
    Egg whites and salsa verde
  • Cottage cheese – My favorite is the low-fat cottage cheese from Trader Joe’s. One cup has 28 grams of protein.
  • Greek yogurt – I buy whatever single-serve brand is on sale at Target. Sometimes it’s plain Fage and I’ll chop in my own fresh berries, or sometimes it’s something like Chobani or Oikos that has more sugar and less protein.  Whichever one I get, it’s around 15-20 grams of protein for one container.
  • Veggie Patties – I don’t eat these too often because they are chock full of sodium, but Morningstar patties are pretty good! They have 16 grams of protein. I slap some mustard on there and and it’s a party on my plate.
  • Protein bars – my favorite is Pure Protein. These bars have anywhere from 18-20 grams of protein for ~200 calories. They’re a good snack to keep around in case of emergencies!

I also drink three protein shakes a day. A friend told me that I should eat Real Food instead and sent me an article from WebMD stating how unnecessary they are…but I’m pretty sure protein shakes help me maintain my weight so I’ll stick with them. Here’s what I drink:

  • Whey protein – I have this in the morning and gives me around 25 grams of protein. A PR company just sent me a bag of Vanilla Raspberry MyProtein for evaluation (apparently it’s a European company that’s moving into the US market) and it’s freaking delicious.
    I also drink CrioSport (I buy this at Costco) and Optimum Nutrition (I wanted the graham cracker flavor for my Pumpkin Pie protein shakes).

    My Protein Impact Whey Protein Vanilla Raspberry

    Thank you PR company for bringing this into my life

  • Shakeology – I have this every night instead of having dessert because the chocolate flavor is like drinking a liquid brownie. I’m pretty sure I’ve saved myself thousands of calories with this switch. Shakeology has 15 grams of protein and it seems to keep my plumbing in good working order, too.
    chocolate shakeology
  • Casein protein -I drink this before I go to bed. Casein is slow-digesting so it’s supposed to help with hunger. Cottage cheese has casein too, so I could just eat more of that, I suppose. But casein is good enough for Craig David, so it’s good enough for me.

    craig david shirtless

    Completely gratuitous shirtless photo of Craig David

For carbs, I might have oatmeal or a sweet potato or a couple slices of bread. But I get most of my 30% of carbs-calories from produce – carrots, red peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, berries, maybe an apple or an orange or a banana or all of the above. My one and only food rule is that I eat at least 5 servings of fresh veggies, whether or not I’m counting calories or macros. I used to limit myself to 2 servings of fruit…but nobody ever got fat from eating too many bananas.
With all that produce-eating, we go to Costco once a week to load up. It ain’t cheap, but what can you do.
Produce shopping at Costco

For fat, I eat a little bit of cheese, nuts, and/or my beloved peanut butter.  I have to measure all this out lest I go overboard.

There you have it – not much cooking, and no meals; I pretty much just snack all day. I’m pretty happy with this eating plan since it got me down to my current weight of ~135 pounds a couple of years ago. Since I’m ~135 now, I don’t know where I’ll be at the end of my Body Beast program. I’d like my new ceiling weight to be ~130 pounds, but that will take some discipline that I’m not sure I’ve got. (At my height, those 5 pounds are pretty noticeable).

Do you stick to any sort of eating plan?


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