I’m determined to take steps toward my goal this year, and I’ve decided that what I need is to get radical. I don’t mean that I’m going to do or eat anything crazy, but I going to spend the next 90 days restricting myself in a way that I have not in the past.
It is important to point out that I know some things about weight-loss, but there’s so much more to learn. My goal is to substantially increase my protein intake, eating about 120 grams or more) while putting some major limits on sugar. I’ll probably eat things that contain sugar at some point over the next 90 days, but I eat it every single day, and yeah..yeah…I know that isn’t going to cut it.
I ate oatmeal for breakfast this morning because it’s quick, easy and delicious. It’s loaded with vitamins and nutrition, and it can help reduce cholesterol and late morning cravings. I also “fried” eggs in a skillet of water. Lance walked me through that process, and it was easy. (Thanks, bro.;) Ha..)
For lunch, I was on-the-go, so I brought it with me. I packed 6 oz of cooked shrimp that I could eat cold, chicken breast and a boiled egg. The chicken was gross so I skipped it, but I liked the rest.
I’ve been out of town for a week so I will load up on high-protein foods and vegetables when I hit the supermarket tonight. I already have shrimp and chicken. I’m trying to stay away from nuts for the most part because I don’t need to consume more than an ounce a day, but what else would you add to my list of high protein foods?
- Greek Yogurt (I need some new toppings!)
- romaine lettuce
- sugar snap peas
- turkey breast
- fresh sweet potatoes
I don’t eat a lot of bread, pasta or rice, but I’ll allow myself to have a 100(ish) calorie pita or bagel flat if it works well with the meal. If I eat rice, it’s usually half a cup of brown, but I haven’t decided if I’ll eat that or not now.
My 90 day process won’t be complicated, but I think it will work. I’m excited to have more direction when Project H.O.P.E. arrives in the mail, but I’m not waiting to make good choices. It starts today. I’ve decided to that I’d rather feel dramatic and miserable about not eating sweets instead of feeling dramatic and miserable because the scale isn’t moving in the right direction, or because I’m embarrassed that I haven’t made progress.
This is personal. In my mind, the next 90 days will be all about making choices that might feel selfish, but I need to find my confidence again. I need to make my health the biggest priority in my life long enough to feel like I’ve created a new habit so here it goes…
I asked earlier in this post, but I would love to hear your high protein and clean food suggestions. Do you pay attention to the amount of protein you’re taking in? Do you eat enough protein everyday?