It’s a good morning…
When you get to start it out with that. ^ Costco sized peanut butter jars make for a mean OIAJ.
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup egg whites
- 1/2 cup pumpkin
- scoop of chia seeds
- maple extract, cinnamon, and ginger
- cherry jam for topping
After that extremely pleasant start to the new week, I got ready and headed out for my yearly exam at the doctor’s office to make sure I’m in good shape before leaving for college. I don’t love going to the doctor’s office (who does?) however I was somewhat curious to find out how much I weighed. I do not own a scale nor do I really care about that number…but I saw it as a way to track my progress since the beginning of Summer. The main change I have made since then is that I have been eating MORE. My schedule during the school year was super busy and with my bank teller job on top of that, I did not have a lot of time to eat. Now that my schedule has significantly freed up, I have easily been able to increase my calorie intake. I have been eating 6-7 meals a day and not just little nibbles either. Just good, quality, nutrient filled food. What results has this produced?
- more energy
- less moodiness
- able to accomplish harder/longer workouts
- a strong, lean, and shapely body as apposed to stick thin
- NO FAT/WEIGHT GAIN
My body had become accustomed to surviving on too little of calories. I wasn’t getting much results from my workouts. I got used to feeling blah and weak…thinking that was normal. Wrong, wrong, wrong. With eating more good fuel, I feel more alive than ever and believe that I have set my metabolism back into “fired up” mode and away from “survival” mode. I love that I don’t just look skinny anymore. I look toned! I look healthy. I feel healthy. And I get to enjoy a ton of delicious food! What more could I ask for?!
I thought it was so interesting to find out that my weight has stayed pretty much exactly the same since the last time I was there (probably 6 or so months) yet I now eat much more and have more muscle. It is easy to underestimate how much fuel your body really needs, but just think about all the things you do in a day. Even without exercise, I get a good amount of movement in. Just sitting here breathing burns calories! Throw workouts into the mix and it’s no wonder I need to eat a lot.
Guys, our metabolisms are very precious things. Please don’t mess them up by not eating enough for your activity level! As you age, your metabolism decreases, so you want to keep it as high as possible right NOW before that decease starts happening. If not, you’re going to have a miserable time maintaining your weight in your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and so on. I think I’d much rather bypass that nonsense and make good decisions now!
If you are not sure if you’re taking in enough calories or not, think about how you feel. Are you weak? tired? moody? have a hard time making it through workouts? Try eating more for a while and see how you feel. I’m not talking about gorging or binging. That is a bad path and I am unfortunately speaking from experience on that one. Just use good judgment by slowly adding in more good, quality food. Sure, it can be scary. There are days when I feel like, “wow, I eat SO MUCH. Maybe I should cut back down.” But then I come to my senses and realize that is not the answer and it is just insecurity coming into play. I know I’m making good decisions for my health and feeling great…So I’m going to keep right on going.
Whew, that felt really good to say. Thank you to anyone who made it through all of that! Need some ideas for food? Gotcha covered!
eggwhite oats (1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup egg whites, 1 cup water) with 1 tbsp flaxmeal, blended sillken tofu and fresh raspberries and blackberries
more egg white oats with bluebrries and Marantha peanut butter
baked tuna burgers with ketchup and dijon
stirfry with tofu noodles, scallops, and frozen mixed vegetables in a cream sauce. sauce = 2 laughing cows mixed with a dash of almond milk and seasonings
stuffed chicken, falafel, and broccoli
wild rice mixed with hummus and salsa, roasted zucchini and green beans in coconut oil and garlic salt, and baked tofu
roasted broccoli and turnips in coconut oil and seasonings, sesame seed shrimp, and baked sweet potato with black pepper, nutritional yeast, and cinnamon < favorite topper combo for sweet potatoes!
carbs! Spelt flakes and kamut puffs
evening snack: chocolate casein shake with popcorn
favorite thing to drink after a workout during the Summer. Coconut water is so refreshing and hydrating…and has more potassium than a banana!
Do you feel like you fuel yourself properly?
Are you at your “feel great” weight?