Sunday, July 10, 2016

Changing the Eating Plan!

So, this has been building for a while.

Basically I'm sick and tired of how I've been eating.

Yes, I have lost weight but I have not been eating healthy at all. My focus was all about low carb/high protein and nothing about health. I ate almost no fruit (outside of blueberries and occasional watermelon), very, very few veggies (if any) and whatever was easy that was high in protein; lunch meat, cheese, pepperoni, protein bars, shrimp (I'm not giving up the shrimp), chicken wings; basically I was eating highly processed food, if you can call it food, and I just can't do it anymore.

I think my breaking point came the other day when I grabbed a couple of rolls of turkey lunch meat with swiss cheese and ranch dressing after a workout and two bites in I couldn't stomach any more. I felt like I never wanted to see another piece of lunch meat again and the fact that it's full of nitrates and sodium isn't great either.

So I started thinking about what it was that I wanted to accomplish in the long run. I don't want to be skinny, I want to be healthy and fit and the way I'm eating isn't getting me there. On top of that I'm working out quiet a bit and I need more carbs to help me with that.

So the new plan is clean eating and whole foods. Yes, I'm still going to track calories and macros and keep it low-ish carb and higher protein. I'm still going to weigh and measure my food and weigh in weekly. I'm just going to cut out as much processed food as possible and focus on high quality, healthy, fresh food.

Charles is totally with me on this (as is my trainer) and he's happy to cook so that'll work out really well. I've been doing a lot of reading and I have some good ideas planned out. Right now I'm planning for about three days of eating and will tackle the next three days after that.

I'm giving this six weeks and I'm going to be writing about it and how it affects me as I go. What I need to do is find what works best for me and, if in the end I need to go back to low carb, at least I'll have some ideas of how to do it healthier. I'll never learn anything new unless I give it a try!

I'm also prepared for my weight to either stall or go up a little. That will suck if it happens but I'm sure it will even out eventually and that I'll keep losing weight. If not I will need to reevaluate.

I'm really looking forward to this and to actually focusing on my health over the scale!

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