After posting yesterday about my running routine and beginning cycling, a few people asked if I had lost weight. Unfortunately, I really haven’t. I think it’s a combination of the fact that I don’t drink enough water so my body retains most of what I drink and the fact that I have pretty much been eating whatever I wanted since “I’m running so much!”.
It’s not that I go to eat Mexican every night with bottomless chips and guac after a chik-fil-a value meal for lunch. I don’t eat junk food a lot, it’s just that I snack a lot. AND, I’ve been really bad about compensating for running so much by snacking so much without really thinking about how many calories each thing I put in my mouth has.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m in the best shape I’ve been in since I swam in high school I’d venture to say, but I really would like to lose some weight so that I feel more comfortable in pictures (specifically engagement pictures and wedding pictures), and I’m going to wait to try on wedding dresses until I lose at least 15 pounds.
I joined Weight Watchers again last weekend
for the fifth? time, but overall last week wasn’t that successful in my change. Yesterday, though, I bought something at Starbucks that helped turn on a lightbulb.
I bought a bistro box protein plate (I only bought it because I was meeting someone at Starbucks, didn’t want a coffee, and wanted a light lunch…I don’t make a habit of paying that much for something so small). It was small, but everything in the box was delicious (and it’s rare when I buy a variety sampler and like everything inside). And I didn’t get hungry until I ate dinner at 7:30. It’s rare for me not to want to snack, but the protein really held me over well.
It helped me think about empty carbs that I so much love, and it also helped me realize that eating protein doesn’t mean I have to gnaw on a turkey leg or get out my steak knife. With that in mind, I’m making a new grocery list for tomorrow to fill the house with light snacks, high-protein foods, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
How easy would it be to hard-boil half a dozen eggs and keep them in the fridge for an afternoon snack? Or spread a little peanut butter on an apple?
I really think making some smart changes in my diet by not only cutting calories but also changing what my calories are made up of will help me hit those weight loss goals and conquer Weight Watchers once and for all.
What are some high-fiber or high-protein snacks or light meals you like that are also easy or require little prep?
What other snacks do you eat that fill you up without using a lot of calories?