What foods have I eaten and what exercises have I done to lose all this weight, you ask?
When I go grocery shopping, my list usually looks like this:
Boneless skinless chicken breast.
Whole wheat bread.
Whole wheat pasta.
Whole wheat cereals.
On a typical day, for breakfast I usually eat two overeasy eggs on a slice of whole grain toast. If I don’t have that, I’ll eat a veggie & cheese omelet. If I don’t have that, I’ll have scrambled eggs seasoned with pepper, salt, garlic powder, and cilantro. And I’ll have it with a slice of whole grain toast. If I don’t have that, I’ll have oatmeal or some other healthy cereals like post selects banana nut crunch, kashi go lean cereal, or post selects blueberry morning cereal. For snacks, I usually make fruit bowls that consist of strawberries, bananas, grapes, and kiwis. Or I’ll make a parfait out of plain yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, and granola. If I don’t have that, I’ll make vegetable bowls and dip it in light ranch. If I don’t have that, I’ll have a fiber one bar, snack well’s yogurt pretzels, or a special K bar. For lunch, I love making different kinds of sandwiches. But my dinner always varies so I couldn’t really give an example of what I usually eat for dinner, but it mostly has something to do with brown rice, lean meat, & vegetables.
If you need help figuring out what to eat, look on google for healthy recipes or buy a cookbook. If you don’t have the money to buy cookbooks, check them out at your local library.
My cardio is always running. On a good week, I run 5-7 days a week. On a not so good week, I run 2-4 days a week. I do it for a minimum of 30 mins and a maximum of 40. I only started running a few months ago, so I’m still training and working on running longer than 40. I also exercise to different exercise DVD’s which you can find my favorite ones in my exercise DVD’s link. For strength training, I have 3lb, 5lb, & 8lb dumbbells that I use. I also have a resistance band and the shake weight. But I mostly use my dumbbells which I like doing bicep curls, tricep setbacks, tricep extensions, etc, etc! I do sets of two, 50 reps each. And I like doing different types of crunches for abs. That’s honestly about it! I’m working on trying new exercises like yoga, pilates, dancing, etc.
When I started, I ate around 1,500 calories a day, but now that I’ve lost so much, I’ve had to decrease my intake to 1,200-1,300, depending on how many calories I burn through exercise. I typically burn around 200-500 calories when I exercise. I don’t drink my calories unless I decide to have a cup of juice or a cup of coffee, but I never choose juice that’s fake or has added sugar, it’s always 100% pure.