And no...I'm not sucking my stomach in! That was bonafide hard work of 40 minutes a day for six days a week, every week since starting this January first. Three months and my pants are feeling nice and loose for a change.
We're talking Aqua Fit two days a week which is fabulous core work on those stomach muscles. Then a class of run spurts mixed with weights called Circuit Training with Jenny at 6 a:m Tuesday and Thursdays followed by a 20 minute slow jog to the Industrial area and back to the Leisure Facility.Friday and saturday is skiing on Hudson bay Mountain. Burn those buns!!
Diet Change was substituting all oils (butter, mayo, olive oil, fats) to coconut oil- the type for cooking which is unscented and tasteless. All cheese was LOW fat and scarce. Any carbs were Quinoa, quinoa flour, brown rice or brown rice flour, brown rice pastas or sprouted grains. Only organic red meats like moose and deer and only in small quantities. More salmon and trout, some chicken and beans.
Vegis included yams instead of potatoes, lots of leafy greens including Kale chips when a salty craving hit. A variety of colours with yellow and red peppers, green zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant, parsnips, asparagus, always trying something different to get the unique nutrients each variety offers.
Fruits- well an apple a day with a Tbsp of natural peanut butter for dipping for a snack at 3 p.m.
The snack at 10 a.m is usually the same or another fruit with no fat yogurt as a dip. Papya is known to keep you healthy, so I used plenty of it as well as red grapes, oranges, kiwis, bananas, again a mix.
Breakfast is always the same- oatmeal with fruit puree, no-fat yogurt, pumpkin and sunflower seeds with ground flax seed and almond milk. Lunch is a bowl of soup, never cream soup when on a diet, and dinner is less meat based than plant based. One quarter meat, one quarter a carb mentioned above and half the plate in vegis. It's not uncommon for us to have 5-6 vegi options for dinner. I'm quite fond of one pot meals where I cook things separate and throw them together into a casserole. Hamburger with onions, zucchini, mushroom, peppers, whatever needs to be used up, mixed with a can of diced, no-salt-added tomatoes and pre-cooked brown rice pasta.
Dessert? I cook my famous chocolate macaroon recipe that has no flour or sugar and is sweetened with pureed dates. Top that with no fat yogurt, seeds of choice and fruit and you have a royal treat happening. Keep that up for one month at a time and see what happens. I bet you'll have your own success story like I had. If I can do it, you can too. It takes a few more feet being raised instead of more "treats." Treats are for people that have lost weight. Not for those trying to lose it. There will be a time and a place for spoiling your slimmer half once you get there.
Now, what else shall we work on inspiring you to do? Want to learn to play the piano? Naw, me either. There will be an app out soon enough for that.Now if we could only get an app that pipes up when the urge to consume your body weight in chocolate arises??