I posted on my FB page this morning about my slip up. See what had happened was, after I posted here about my decision not to compete in February I rationalized that I could have some fried chicken (1st mistake). Then instead of going to the chicken joint and ordering a three-piece I went to the grocery store and bought an entire chicken (2nd mistake) and fried it up. At least if I would have settled for the three-piece I would have eaten it and it would be over. Now, after last night’s ratchedness (I ate a breast and a wing, two pieces of bread and steamed mixed veggies) I have six pieces of leftover fried chicken sitting in my refrigerator. I told my son he has to save me and eat the chicken!
I’ve gotten way too comfortable. After being so stringent with my diet and exercise during contest prep I decided to take a break from the super strict guidelines. Don’t misunderstand, I haven’t been that bad. It just feels that way. I haven’t weighed my food since September. I haven’t tracked my calorie intake on myfitnesspal since September. I mean, how do you know what you’re eating if you don’t know what you’re eating? Tracking my food was always a helpful tool in keeping me under control. The thought of having to write down “fried chicken” was embarrassing. I would much rather write down “baked boneless skinless chicken breast”. There’s
much less no guilt that way. I have such a weird
relationship with food.
I’m restructuring my meal plan. I’m going to allow myself a variety of different healthy choices so I won’t feel like I’m deprived. During contest prep, the constant diet of egg whites, oatmeal, chicken, sweet potatoes and broccoli always left me wanting and I was more prone to want to cheat. After the contest was over, my lack of structure led me to just grabbing whatever popped into my head that day. I need a plan. I need the structure. I need to be more disciplined. I’m still relatively new to this lifestyle so I cannot leave anything to chance. It would be perfect if I had a personal chef who just cooked for me everyday and I wouldn't have to think about it, I would just have to eat. I can dream, right?
I’m adopting a nutrition plan from The New Rules of Lifting for Women
There are some really good choices in this book and each meal has a macronutrient breakdown so I know exactly what I’m consuming. I’m going to try it for 4 weeks and re-evaluate if necessary. My plan will probably look similar to this:
Breakfast: Fiber One cereal w/vanilla whey protein, 1% milk, raisins (300 cals)
Morning Snack: Cottage cheese and cashews (220 cals)
Lunch: Greek salad w/chicken (285 cals)
Afternoon Snack: Fat free plain yogurt w/vanilla whey protein and chopped walnuts (253 cals)
Various Dinners: Ground turkey chili; Grilled turkey burgers w/black beans; stir fried steak w/brown rice; spaghetti squash w/ground turkey tomato sauce