So I made a few changes to the meals today. I don't enjoy strictly protein meals, especially so many of them, so I blended some today to have protein and vegetable together. I am not eating any extra so I hope it doesn't affect things too much.
Meal 1 (2 protein) was scrambled eggs and bacon. I know there have been a lot of eggs and bacon. I have had eggs everyday since starting this but it's only 10 days so hopefully I won't be too sick of them :) Also had a decaf coffee with milk.
Meal 2 was a caprese salad. It was supposed to be 4 vegetables or 2 protein but I combined meals here to have the salad. It's only tomatoes, mozzarella, balsamic, olive oil & basil. So really only 1 protein and 1 vegetable.
Meal 3 was also a combination of 2 meals again; 2 protein and 4 vegetables. I had a lobster, mmmmmmmm. Then we had grilled Tuscan Chicken and grilled vegetables. The vegetables were onions, mushrooms, green pepper, & broccoli with some olive oil; a mix of garlic, lemon and regular olive oils.
I will admit I had a little cave-in moment today. We have had an excellent weekend for weather and I have really wanted to enjoy a cold beer. I caved this evening and opened one; but after drinking less than half of it I realized I more wanted it because I felt like I couldn't have it, and I didn't really want it. So, I stopped drinking it :)
So I am over halfway through the 10 day Beyond Calories cycle, yay! I am changing up the meals a little as I mentioned yesterday. I am having trouble with all the protein, I am not a big meat eater (I was vegetarian for a year) and I like having more of a mix of foods such as protein and vegetables together. I am not changing it too much but a little to better suit me.
Meals today were suppose to be:
Meal 1: 4 foods from any group
Meal 2: 2 protein
Meal 3: 2 protein
Meal 4: 4 vegetables
Meal 5: 2 protein
Meal 6: 4 vegetables
For me, meal 1 was 2 protein, eggs & bacon. I also had a decaf coffee with milk. Meal 2 was just 1 protein. I had some pistachios while out grocery shopping and found myself getting hungry :)
Meal 3 was 2 protein. I had a chicken salad with added walnuts. The salad was made with chicken, celery, onion, mayo, and spices.
Meal 5 was dinner at The Keg. I had forgotten we had Father's Day reservations for dinner tonight before I started this 10 day program. I decided to try and stick to it the best I could. Since there is no red meat listed in the protein list I went with a different option. I had shrimp to start (1 protein) and I didn't eat the dipping sauce. Then I ordered lobster and vegetables (1 protein & veggies). Not bad choices for me :) Also did not have anything alcoholic to drink :(
I will admit this diet is challenging and I'm finding it a little hard; especially as the weather is getting nicer. I am sticking with it though because it is only 10 days and I am losing weight. Now if it stays off afterwards that is another question :) I like the fact that I am still sticking to real foods and see that I need to try and eat more fish and vegetables on a regular basis.
Meal 1 (2 protein) was 2 fried eggs and some bacon, along with my decaf coffee with milk. I will admit I am really getting tired of all the protein :( but I keep telling myself it's only 10 days.
Meal 2 (3 veg) was a salad because I didn't want 2 more protein right then. I had baby romaine, peppers, tomato and lime olive oil with blueberry balsamic vinegar. I am really enjoying the oils and vinegars :)
Meal 3 (2 protein) was some leftover roasted chicken and almonds. Again with the protein :(
Meal 4 (you guessed it...2 protein). I had tuna salad with walnuts. At least the tuna salad also has onion, celery, tomato and mayo.
Meal 5 (2 foods from any group) was blackened cod and grilled broccoli all done outside on the grill. All was done with olive oil and just spices.
Meal 6 (2 more protein), I won't be eating today. I have yet to fit in all 6 meals in 1 day.
I think I am going to start changing the meals up a little. I really don't like having a dinner of only protein like yesterday, or only vegetables. Also, I often skip 1 and sometimes 2 of the 6 daily meals. So I will start combining 2 meals to get a nicer dinner, a mix of protein and vegetables, and to help cut down on the number of pure protein meals. I know this may affect results but I think it's worth it :)
Meal 1 (2 fruit) was a couple of kiwis and some watermelon. I admit I was starving in less then 2 hours after this meal. I can eat more fruit but find I'm not a big fruit person so I don't want to eat more at the specific meal time.
Meal 2 (2 protein) was a couple of boiled eggs and some sliced cheddar cheese. I will admit I find some of the earlier/breakfast meals more difficult when there is no grain option. I know I'm eating a lot of eggs but without cereal or toast as an option, breakfast is harder. I also had my decaf coffee and milk.
Meal 3 (2 protein) was a chicken salad with added walnuts. The chicken salad I made last night with leftover chicken, celery, homemade mayo, tomato, onion & spices. This was really good.
Meal 4 (2 protein) was a chicken breast (marinated and cooked in Chipolte olive oil and Maple balsamic vinegar from O'Leva and a PC Free From sausage. An awful lot of protein, and I really would have liked to have something with this meal, like a vegetable :(
I will say that other then the fruit meals I am not overly hungry the last couple of days. I did get a slight headache again today but only slight.
I still have 2 meals left for today: meal 5 (3 vegetables) and meal 6 (2 protein). I may make a salad later tonight if I'm hungry because I don't think I can go anymore protein today :)
Meal 1 (2 protein) today was 2 boiled eggs and some bacon; along with a decaf coffee and milk.
Meal 2 (2 protein) was some leftover roasted chicken from the other night and some sliced cheddar cheese (it is cheddar but it's white because there's no added colour).
Meal 3 (1 veg & 1 fruit) was a little harder to decide. I ended up having a very simple salad with baby romaine and watermelon. I drizzled lime olive oil and chocolate balsamic vinegar on for dressing. It was really good.
Meal 4 (1 protein & 3 veg) was a pan-fried tilapia fillet with a salad. The fish was fried in avocado oil with salt and pepper. The salad was mixed greens, tomato & bell pepper; again I had lime olive oil and chocolate balsamic. Very nice meal.
There were 2 more meals for today but I actually didn't eat them. Today I found I wasn't starving like yesterday. I did end up with a headache mid-day though; figure it's from the no carbs. The other 2 meals were meal 5 (2 protein) and meal 6 (4 veg). I ate dinner a little earlier than usual because we were going out to a movie. I figured I would eat the 2 protein meal when I got home. I made chicken salad but I wasn't too hungry so I just had a handful of almonds instead. So now I have chicken salad for tomorrow :)
So day 2 of Beyond Calories is just about done and I will admit I found it a little harder than day 1. I was much hungrier today and feeling a little tired, figure it's the lack of grains.
Meal1 (2 fruits) for me was a kiwi and some watermelon
For meal 2 (1 protein & 1 veg), I had scrambled eggs (2 whole eggs & 1 egg white) with tomatoes. Also had my decaf coffee with milk only.
Meal 3 (3 veggies) was leftover veggies from last night's dinner. It was onions, mushrooms and peppers; roasted with olive oil and spices.
Meal 4 (2 proteins) was a tuna salad and almonds. I made the tuna salad using homemade mayonnaise, celery, onions, tomato, salt & pepper. Tuna salad is listed in the proteins.
Dinner tonight, which was meal 5 (2 foods from any group), was roasted turkey breast and roasted asparagus. Both were roasted with olive oil and spices.
Again, I don't plan to eat meal 6, which was 4 vegetables today. Having dinner at 7:00 is late enough for my last meal of the day.
Here are the meals for day 2 of the Beyond Calories 10 day diet plan. The meals and food groups are listed on the Beyond Calories link; scroll down to pages 10 and 13.
Meal 1: 2 fruit
Meal 2: 2 foods from either groups (fruit, veg, protein)
Meal 3: 3 vegetables
Meal 4: 1 vegetable and 1 protein
Meal 5: 2 protein
Meal 6: 4 vegetables
Again, you can eat the meals in any order.
Today was my 1st day following the Beyond Calories 10 day diet plan. I will admit you get to eat often but I don't find many of the foods very filling. Now you can eat as much as you want but not enough to get stuffed, but I don't think anyone wants to eat that many apples :) Meal 1: was 2 fruits, so I had an apple and a kiwi.
Meal 2: was 2 proteins, so I had 2 fried eggs and some bacon, along with a decaf coffee with milk.
Meal 3: was 2 more fruit. I had some blueberries and an apple. Remember you get to choose the foods you like from the groups and you can eat the meals in any order.
Meal 4: was 1 protein and 1 other food from any category. I made a caprese salad; one of my favorite easy dishes. It's simply tomatoes and mozzarella, basil and balsamic vinegar. I also added a drizzle of olive oil. This was delicious.
Meal 5: was 1 protein and 3 vegetables. I made oven roasted chicken and roasted vegetables (mushrooms, onions, and peppers). This was delicious and really felt like the only real meal I had today.
Yes, I am eating every 2.5 - 3 hours but I don't find some fruit or just protein very filling so I'm getting pretty hungry within a couple of hours.
There is suppose to be one more meal for today. Meal 6 is 2 more fruit but I didn't have dinner until 7 and I figure I shouldn't be starving later so I will likely skip my fruit at 9:30 tonight :)
I suggest planning what you will eat each day and have items ready. It makes things easier and then you are less likely to fall off the wagon :)
Today I am starting a 10 day program (still using real foods) called Beyond Calories. Please, check out the site if interested. I will give very limited info here.
A breakdown of the meals for day 1:
Meal 1: 2 fruit
Meal 2: 2 protein
Meal 3: 1 protein and 1 either fruit, veggie or protein
Meal 4: 3 veggie and 1 protein
Meal 5: 2 fruit
Meal 6: 2 fruit
The meals can be eaten in any order, and try to eat about every 2.5-3 hours. Day 1 is high in fruit but every day is different and fruit seems to be weaned down after the first few days.
Check out the food lists online. From what I can see there are no bananas listed for fruit, not sure what else is off limits. For veggies there are no potatoes, corn or carrot. The protein consists of lean meats (chicken, turkey, ham, fish) and nuts, eggs, and cheese. Oh and also bacon, go figure :)
I will post at the end of the day what I had for my actual meals.
So, I have been on the 100 day real food challenge. I lost 12 pounds during my 100 days. It wasn't easy but it wasn't overly hard either. It is a lot of work and planning but like everything, once you get into the routine it gets easier. After the 100 days we went on vacation where we pretty much ate anything and everything. I gained 5 pounds in a little over a week. We've been home now about a month and a half and I haven't went back to real food 100% and I seem to be stuck at my current weight. So I chatted with a good friend of mine and she's been doing this diet called Fat Loss for Idiots (formerly weight loss for idiots) and says it really works, it isn't overly hard and I should try it. There is an online menu generator that you pay a one time fee for and then you diet for 11 days and eat regular for 3 days. You can do this for however many cycles you want. It seems to be a low carb, calorie shifting idea, and boasts high weight loss results. There is also a handbook which the above link shows for slower weight loss. My friend has lost several pounds in a short time using the paid, online version.
Now I like to look into things first so I spent the weekend looking into these types of diet plans. I found a similar one (by accident, thought it was the same plan at first). Beyond Calories seems to follow the same principals. There are 3 food categories: 1) Fruits, 2) Proteins, and 3) Vegetables. You eat 6 meals a day but they come from specific food groups. As you see there are no grains, but it is only for 10 days. You can continue on doing more cycles or take a break between cycles. This also boasts high weight loss.
I will admit I am curious. I always lose weight slowly and never the amount diet plans promise. I am going to try this plan but I will be sticking to more real foods only, therefore some of the food options I will not be eating. The thing with this plan is that you get to choose which foods you want to eat from the groupings, so you don't need to eat things you don't like or don't want to eat.
I will post my starting weight tomorrow morning and again in 10 days, we shall see how I do. I will also post daily regarding what I am eating. Feel free to check out the above link and follow along.
My name is Michelle and I am tired of struggling with my weight. I am stopping the struggle.