Recently I noticed my stomach was a bit puffier and jiggly, my clothes weren’t fitting quite so nicely, and my energy was down. It doesn’t take a Jillian Michaels to conclude that the culprit was my lack of movement and increase in poor eating. So I joined a new gym and figured out a new way to eat that works for me (although lets check back in in a few weeks and see if I’m still saying that).
Ironically, I joined my new gym exactly 1 year from the day I joined my old gym. I have the timehop app to thank for that revelation.
So my new gym is Crunch Fitness which is closer to my house than to work and is significantly cheaper than the boutique gym near work, CanDo, I was previously a member of. I decided to give a gym closer to home a try in the hopes that I would go on the weekends (so far I haven’t). I don’t know how well it will work because part of the incentive with CanDo was that if I went, I would miss rush hour traffic. Now I am driving through rush hour to get to Crunch.
But so far I like it. The classes are 30 minutes (with the exception of Zumba which is 60) which makes it really easy to fit in to whatever else I wanted to do. Last week I did a quick run/walk, took Absolution, then ran to take a quick shower and head to a Junior League meeting. It fit in perfectly with my schedule. What I don’t like, and go ahead and call me a snob, is the clientelle. CanDo is in Princeton, which is a much nicer area than where I live and is full of people who work in NYC. Crunch is in Fairless Hills, which is a working class area full of people who work hard to make ends meet. Nothing wrong with those people; I come from those people. But their attitudes at the gym are different. At CanDo everyone had a routine and you always saw little piles of weights and other equipment around the gym that people set up for their workout. At Crunch, people mindlessly walk from machine to machine doing a few things here and there. I definitely get some weird looks with the things I do, but whatevs. Crunch is much cheaper than CanDo so I’m trying really hard to make it work.
So that’s what I’ve been doing on the fitness front; here is the food front. I have decided to follow an every 2 hour eating schedule with each “meal” being the same size. So there is no “meal” and “snack” size; every portion is around 200-300 calories. It’s working really well thus far. As far as I know, I don’t have any medical issues like diabetes, but I definitely suffer from some majorly swinging blood sugar. My Mom calls me a bear; when I’m hungry, feed me. So the every 2 hour same size meal seems a really good solution. I never have a chance to get starving and I’m being really mindful of each meal, whereas before I would just grab whatever looked good. To help make sure I’m on track I set my phone timer for 2 hours. The first day I really felt tied to the clock/timer and worried it would become an obsession. By midweek though the timer was super handy as I wasn’t checking it every 30 minutes to see when I could eat. I think most of my obsession with the timer on the first day just came from my excitement to eat the yummy stuff I brought. Anyone ever make their lunch, notice how good it looks, and then just eat it right then so now you have to make a second lunch for the next day? Guilty.
(PS why is this woman eating a sandwich topless)
I like to get as much done for my week on Sunday as I can. I’ve always prepped all of my breakfasts for the week because I sleep late. And I usually prep as much of my lunches as I can. These past two weeks I have prepped every work-time meal and it’s been great. I have really noticed a huge difference in my energy level, my mood, and my gut. My stomach is no longer hanging over my pants and everything fits normally again. There hasn’t been a shift on the scale, but I am fine with that. Here is an example of my day.
Shake consists of 1/2c greek yogurt, half banana, 1/2c frozen strawberries, 1tbsp pb, and 1/3 scoop chocolate protein powder.
This week’s plan:
Steel cut oats is Quaker brand and uses 1c oats that I make in to 5 servings of cooked oats. Homemade vegetarian chili recipe can be found here (I omit the corn because I can’t eat it).
I wasn’t sure how much of a difference it was making until this weekend. On Sunday I threw on a tshirt and jeans and was looking down at the counter. I noticed then that my stomach definitely deflated and Ken said something earlier too. Then later that night I had a horrible headache that wouldn’t go away and I got really nauseous. The headache started from a cramp in my neck from sleeping funky, but it was weird how it travelled and wouldn’t go away. I thought the nausea was from the pain, but that’s weird for me too. Then I started thinking about what I ate that day to see if it could have caused anything and I realized I barely ate. I had coffee, eggs with cornbread and a bit of leftover apple crisp, and steel cut oats with more apple crisp and coffee. So I heated up a bowl of chicken noodle soup and crackers (kept it simple in case I really was sick). At first I could barely eat it, the nausea was that bad. But after a bunch of forced bites I started to feel much better. The nausea and headache were disipating and I quickly deduced everything I had been feeling was because I went from eating good food every 2 hours to barely nothing but sugar and coffee only twice. An hour after I finished the soup I decided more food was a good idea so I had some soppresata, cheese, and triscuits
I’d love to hear what you’ve been doing lately. Any “meals” around 200-300 calories for me?