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Reward meals and Bovine Bitchiness

Posted on March 13, 2011. Filed under: Food, Progress, Ranty |

I’m big on rewarding myself. it’s the way I’m made. Carrots are yummy, sticks suck, etc etc etc. Part of my reward for toughing out the diet plan is a reward meal once a week. Some weeks I get so excited it’s all i can think about. Some weeks it’s just yay! something different. When we were in San Antonio all I could think about was pasta. We saw a sign for the olive garden and it was ON! My imagination went into overdrive until I was pretty sure that some seafood alfredo would taste like manna from heaven. It did by the way. It was the first time I cried biting into a scallop in my life. I’m not sure it’s gonna be the last though.

The point is, saturdays I indulge in a reward meal with several intentions:

1. with dieting, there is also a slowing of the metabolism effect. The body senses starvation and tries to lower the amount of energy it needs to continue to function on a daily basis. This means you will be burning less calories just sitting there than if you hadn’t been dieting, which makes weight loss even harder.

When you shock your system with a high influx of calories at one time, the body’s metabolism will show an increase and you’ll kick start your ‘furnace’ into high gear once again.

This will help you body to get less accustomed to running on a lower caloric level and make getting lean easier.(via bodybuilding.com)

2. Allowing myself a reward meal on saturday nights gives me a chance to eat the foods that I crave and work hard for them, leaving me far less likely to nibble on forbiddens during the rest of the week. In addition, that cheat meal tastes pretty darn amazing and not just par for the course.

3. I get to spend time with family and friends enjoying a meal without hyperfocusing on the details. As a competitor it can be very taxing on my social life/family when hubby wants to go out on a dinner, or friends of ours want to go out together. When I constantly have to decline because of a diet and goals that very few understand or support, it can strain things, depress me as well and weaken my resolve for my goals.

4. As I diet and train consistantly and hard through the week, my muscle glycogen levels can become easily depleted, leaving me feeling tired and fatigued by the end of the week. A cheat meal allows me to replenish my glycogen stores and come monday, I’m raring to go again. The key is deliberation and moderation. A half a plate of pasta with a small slice of cake, or a steak house hamburger with a baked potato. Two slices of pizza and a cookie. Etc. Nobody is saying eat the whole pizza, gorge yourself into oblivion etc.

Now as I get closer to competition my cheat meals might be eliminated alltogether depending on how lean I already am and how close to my show I am. However for someone who is dieting down for personal satisfaction and/or health, a break one evening a week done correctly, will do wonders to further your resolve. And yet, yet there’s always that one jealous bitch who can’t do moderation and chooses to eliminate it altogether. Goody for her. I’m fine with that. Until she takes her jealousy and her anger out on me, the one with self control.

All this went down on one of the message boards I frequent and have developed some good friendships. We were discussing my reward meals and why I have them when this woman gets downright beligerant.

According to her, my trainer is an idiot and I lack drive and self discipline because I have cheat meals on saturdays. Even funnier she suggests that I eat fruit with fruit dip instead. because fruit dip is somehow healthier than a regular cheat meal. Whatever.

I admit I was pretty mad. I don’t see how someone who’s idea of a full body workout involves 20 minutes on the Wii fit before they collapse on the floor gasping for breath like a beached whale has any reason to call my self discipline into question. I also unfortunately said as much. I admit I have a bit of a temper and it can come out from time to time when provoked. I was nice the first time. The second time I let loose. Then I apologized to the rest of the board and felt madder at myself for letting someone elses issues and self image problems get to me like that.

I KNOW I’m on a good program. I KNOW my trainers with Team Bombshell are some of the best in the country. I KNOW I have research proven reasons for my trainer sanctioned cheat. And I KNOW it’s mean to pick on the metally disabled. So I may even apologize to her. Or i may post pictures of my awesome booty to make her hate herself more. We’ll see how bad she pokes me.

At the end of the day, the proof is in the pudding:

Current pic. March 11

Starting point, December 4

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if you thought PMS was bad…..Progress Report

Posted on January 18, 2011. Filed under: Food, Progress, Ranty |

It’s been an interesting and exhausting week. I was PMS’ing and I’ve been carb cycling so I’m experiencing for the first time the pms/no carb combo. Apparently…I wasn’t a pleasant person on my no carb days…lol.

...ok....so maybe I did.....sorry ben! I'll make it up to you next week when the sight of you doesn't make me want to rip your head off!

Also be prepared for some really weird dreams. Like the dream I had where Ben his bread from me in the fridge, so I strapped the fridge to my back, and ran off with it so I could eat my bread in quiet.

 

Hubby has been back at work and the older children are back in school so this week we’ve been using the am cardio at home on the elliptical before babies wake up and weights after they go to bed at night. it’s usually 7 before I can leave the house but not too many troubles. I had a really hard time staying motivated as tired as I was but found that once I really got into my workout, my motivation came back hard.
I’ve been prepping all my food in advance and storing it and/or freezing it that way I’ve got no excuse about my diet, and learned that chewing sugar free gum while I cook dinner for everyone else keeps me from wanting to eat their food.

My split right now is legs/calves, chest/back/abs, rest, shoulders/calves, bi’s/tri’s and abs. I do HIIT every other day. I’ve got things set up so on my leg and shoulder days my carbs are high when I need them, medium for my other lifting days and carb free on rest days. All in all I’m very proud of the progress I’ve made this week and pushing through when I was so tired i just wanted to stay home. I’ve got this. I know I’ve got this.

Current Progress:
151 lbs and 25.8%bf Seems I’m either putting on muscle…or retaining some serious water. Either way…body fat loss!!!

So the moral of this story is…while yes carb cycling is effective, be careful and be prepared for a lot of apologizing when you’re rational again.

I WANT BREAD!!!!

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What’s for Dinner: Steak Tacos with Avacado cream sauce

Posted on December 18, 2010. Filed under: Food | Tags: , |

This is by far my husbands favorite clean eating meal.  Matter of fact he loved it so much that when we traveled to oregon to visit his family in June this was the meal he wanted me to make his father to show him how tasty eating right could be.  My father in law has a heart condition, is shaped like santa clause (and just as jolly) and a diabetic to boot.  He loved this meal even though my Mother in Law Gail looked at me weird when I put cinnamon in the seasoning…lol.  But I was right wasn’t I gail??  😀  Anyway this was our dinner last night.
Ingredients
3/4 lb lean round steak, thinly sliced into strips

Yummy! Love fresh cilantro!

1 tsp Mexican seasoning
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper
cooking spray
8 corn tortillas
2 tomatoes, cored, seeded, and diced
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and sliced
1 c torn green leaf or romaine lettuce
1/4 c fresh cilantro, minced
1 avocado, peeled and pitted
6oz nonfat greek style yogurt
1 jalapeno pepper, cored and seeded
1/4 c fresh cilantro, whole
Directions
1. Prepare avocado cream sauce. Add avocado, yogurt, jalapeno, and whole cilantro to a food processor. Pulse until well blended. Set aside.
2. In a large ziploc bag place steak, mexican seasoning, cumin, cinnamon, garlic, salt, and pepper. Seal bag and shake evenly to mix seasonings and coat steak.

3. Heat a large nonstick skillet or cast iron skillet over high heat for 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium high, mist skillet with cooking spray and saute steak, turning occasionally, for about 5 minutes for medium doneness (Steak will be slightly pink but not red in center).

4. To serve, lay out tortillas. Add steak, tomatoes, red pepper, and lettuce, dividing evenly among tortillas. Sprinkle with minced cilantro and top each with 2-3 tsp avocado cream sauce. If you have any leftover sauce store it in the fridge (sealed tightly) for up to 4 days. Could be used as a salad dressing.Notes:

 

4 2 taco servings

360 calories
13g fat
29g protein

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Whats for Dinner: eat clean Chicken and Rice

Posted on December 17, 2010. Filed under: Food | Tags: , , |

Ingredients:
6 Boneless Chicken Breasts-cooked or almost cooked thru
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion peeled and chopped
4 cloves of garlic pressed through garlic press
1 tsp fresh Thyme
1 tsp fresh rosemary
3 cups of low sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups of brown rice
3/4 lbs fresh broccoli
1 cup Carrots, peeled and cut into penny slices
1/2 cup edamame, frozen

Directions:
In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium temperature. Add a onions, garlic m thyme, rosemary, and sea salt. Cover and cook over low heat until the onion has softened about 10 min. Add chicken broth. Stir in the brown rice and cook uncovered over high heat for 5 in. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 20 min.
Place the chicken breasts over the rice in the skillet. Cook for another 15 min, making sure the chicken is cooked. through. Once the chicken is done remove it from the pan and put it on a clean platter. Cover it with tin foil or another plate.
Add the broccoli, edamame and parboiled carrots to the rice mixture. Heat through 10 min. Season with sea salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Serve ri9ce immediately, along with one chicken breast.

Calories: 356
Calories from fat: 71
Protein: 35
Carbs: 44
Fiber: 4
Sugar: 2
Fat: 7
Sodium 616mg

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