Last night was my first time adding nutritional yeast to a meal and I loved it!
Featured: chicken breast, sliced grape tomatoes, red pepper, asparagus, avocado, broccoli & the star of the show- nutritional yeast. It added a cheesy flavor that I adored.
Also, I rarely do “progress posts” or pictures because I really don’t care about having ripped abs or giving off the impression that this blog is focused on appearance. That’s not what this blog is about. I wanted to post this picture for those who have a fear of lifting weights because they think they’ll get “bulky” and to show others that if you live a normal life & eat healthy 80% of the time, you will still make progress. It should be a lifestyle that is maintainable. Can you eat chicken breast for every meal, every day, forever? Didn’t think so. Here ya go:
(Left: March, I was a vegetarian eating a healthy diet. Focused on running and not lifting weights… Right: This morning, mostly weight training & HIIT, no longer a vegetarian)
The last place I ever lose weight is in my stomach, so it was nice of my baby morning abs to come out and say hi today. This is after having ice cream last night, might I add. I know I’m not perfect. My abs aren’t chiseled at all and I don’t care for them to be. I’m making progress and living healthy & that’s what matters to me.
When I stopped focusing on results, I started seeing them. I was obsessed with diet and exercise. Until March, I was focused primarily on running and cardio and I had just starting lifting weights again (I have been consistently ever since).
I had a phone app that tracked my calories macros and I would log every meal to the tee to make sure I was doing everything I could to get the body I wanted. Then something happened; it’s like some sort of light switch went off in my head. I woke up and realized that there is more to life than counting calories, obsessing about the timing of my meals or making sure that I ate 5-6 small meals per day.
I stopped chasing the body that I so desperately dreamed of having. I started eating like a normal person — free of worry. If I wanted ice cream, I would have it. If I felt the urge to eat pizza, I would. This worked wonders for me, both mentally and physically. I didn’t feel like I needed to splurge/go all out in fear of knowing I “wasn’t allowed” to have it again for a while. I would eat one (or two… I love my pizza ;-)) slices and be content. I could eat one scoop of ice cream and be happy.
What’s funny is that once I stopped focusing on the physical aspects of training and started focusing on WHY I’m doing it in the long run, I’ve noticed a remarkable change in my body. Surprisingly enough to me, I don’t wake up fat if I eat ice cream. I’m much happier knowing that if I go out and have a drink with friends or eat bad on occasion, it’s not detrimental to my progress. It actually helps me.
I’m not saying that you should go out and eat ice cream and pizza all the time and expect to lose weight. I AM saying that it’s perfectly OK to have it once in a while and not completely beat yourself up over it. You are human. You don’t need to be perfect — get that idea out of your head. Allowing yourself the freedom of eating what you want, when you want it prevents many detrimental binges that will halt your progress almost completely.
I’ve learned just to be happy. Live in the moment. If that means enjoying a good meal or some ice cream, I’m going to do it. I won’t feel bad about it. I won’t feel like a horrible person. And hey – I’ve even seen better physical results since I’ve had this mindset :-).