I have been asked on many occasions how I am letting go of the weight and what my secrets to success are.
I will let you in on all my secrets if you promise not to tell anyone. Are you ready for my secrets? My secrets are that there are no secrets. I am letting go of the weight the way it should be done...by exercising and eating right.
I have changed my diet in a big way. I am eating much cleaner which means eating more fresh fruit, vegetables and lean meats. I eat a lot of chicken, tuna and salmon. I bought the Eat Clean Diet Recharged book by Tosca Rena. I read the first few pages and went from there. I am not thinking of how I am eating as a diet. I think of it more like a lifestyle change. I actually hate the word diet because it usually means that you are hungry and feel deprived. I do not feel deprived at all. I allow myself a treat now and then (about 1 per week, sometimes more than that). I am very rarely hungry because I usually eat 4 times a day. I am eating between 1200 and 1400 calories a day depending on whether I am doing weights that day. The day I lift weights I eat about 1400 calories and the other days I am eating about 1200 calories. I have 120 grams of protein a day and I am watching my sodium levels in a big way. At the end of the day, about 40 % of my calories comes from protein, 15 % is from fat, and about 45 % is from carbs.
Like many of you know, I am a nurse and I work 2 days, 2 nights and then have 5 days off. I love my schedule and it is awesome for allowing me time to go to the gym. I go to the gym 7 out of 9 days. I lift weights 3 days a week, meet with my trainer 2 days a week and do cardio every day that I am there.
I have got to go for now to take my son to football practice, but I will let you know what I am doing for weights and for cardio later tonight.