Holiday Challenge: Week 2 - Progress!
Dec 2, 2014
Hello FT Fam!
Week two of the Holiday Challenge is in the books and I just got home from weighing-in for the first time since my initial weigh-in two weeks ago (218lbs) and I am very happy with what I saw on the scale today. Since this is a competition I don’t think I am going to say what I weighed in at but may be able to be convinced otherwise. How about this: If anyone that is currently involved in the Holiday Challenge does 5 days of cardio (30+ mins) from tomorrow through next Tuesday (12/9), I will post my current weight in next week’s blog and give everyone a peek into how I am doing (Let any of your amazing trainers know that is your goal)!
So week two was certainly an adventurous and challenging week for me. We had the button popping Thanksgiving Holiday dead-smack in the middle of our challenge week. Ashley (your spy) and I hosted this year. We had a small group of close family and friends come to our place to eat (8-10 people depending on the time) and it was a wonderful day/night. There was turkey and gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, squash, meatballs, lasagna and a massive amount of desserts (pies, éclairs, and cannoli’s oh my!). I limited myself to one plate and no dessert. On my plate I loaded up on green beans, squash and a few meatballs. I allowed myself to have a nice serving of stuffing to reward myself for the great food choices I had been making for the 8-9 days leading up to Thanksgiving. You know what, after that many days of eating small portions of healthy calories, that one plate kept me full from 3pm until 10pm which means my inside stomach is shrinking and doesn’t need as much food to feel satisfied. This is very good news, I honestly felt sick and I didn’t even have a huge meal. Brett- 1, Thanksgiving-0.
So now a little bit about what and when I have been eating. I am typically a huge foodie, and I would say on average I consume 3,000-3,500 calories per day. This is why I was in the predicament I found myself in before this Holiday Challenge. Now I stick to a simple food plan with as little prep and thinking as possible. I eat 5-6 small meals per day and try to keep them between 250-400 calories each and have them be 2.5 to 3 hours apart from each other so that my cravings never get out of hand and my metabolism is constantly burning. I am only drinking water for the full 8 weeks (besides a grown up drink here and there, no beer!). I try and taper my carbs throughout the day, meaning as the day goes on my meals contain less and less carbs. Here is what I have been eating for the past two weeks and it has led to a realllly good first two weeks on the scale. Breakfast- Maple and brown sugar oatmeal, mid morning-handful of cashews and a banana, lunch mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices (high in sodium and fat I know but low in carbs and high in protein). I try to cancel out that sodium with lots of water and bananas. For pre dinner I eat an avocado with Franks Red Hot sauce like an absolute savage and for dinner I usually have a few teriyaki pineapple chicken meatballs/grilled marinated chicken/or steak with some steamed broccoli/cauliflower/ or carrots mixed with hummus. I try to be done eating for the night before 7:30 but if life doesn’t allow for that I try and keep my late meal very small so I don’t throw wet leaves on my en fuego metabolism. I shop on Sunday and bring everything into work so that I have all my options right there and don’t have to worry about what I’m eating next.
I hope everyone is working hard, put in the work and the results will be there. 80% of your weight loss comes from what you eat and the quality of calories you put in your body help to fuel your intense muscle building and fat burning workouts.
Keep up the great work and as always, please feel free to comment and ask me anything (besides my weight).