In January 2011 I dropped 20 pounds in 20 days eating no carbs…and it wasn’t fun…at all. In fact, I was a downright beast at some points during that 20 days. Ask my husband…it didn’t make for a cheery home life. I also had no energy. But…losing 20 pounds is good! It makes for a cheery Amanda afterwards.
I kept at the no carb diet and threw in a little running here and there and ended up shaving another 13 pounds of fat off my frame. 33 pounds down and feeling pretty good about the new body I was in, I slowly started incorporating carbs back into my diet.
Two years later, and I’ve put back almost half of what I lost in 2011. A no carb diet is a fantastic way to kickstart your weight loss and see immediate results but it’s not a lifestyle that can be sustained for very long. I’ve scoured the internet reading other weight loss success stories and it seems that the solution for me will be…Running, Clean Eating and Meal Prep.
If you’ve followed me for any length of time you know that I like to run. I especially like to runDisney. The half marathon is my favorite distance. So…the new goal is to run a sub 3 hour half. If you’re not a runner, that basically means that I want to run 13.1 miles in less than three hours. Almost all of my half marathon times have hovered in the 3:25 range. To break it down even further, I would need to maintain an average 13:40 minute mile pace. (Here’s a cool pace chart I used to find that number) The next half marathon on the books is the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon in November. That’ll be the half I shoot for to sub 3. Coincidentally the Wine & Dine was also my very first half marathon.
Saturday I laced up my running shoes and went for a 4 miler. I hadn’t run since the Disney Princess Half Marathon on February 24th. 20 days gave me very fresh legs and I was able to maintain a 13:16 minute mile pace. That time would surely grow had I been running 13 consecutive miles. I need to just keep working and building up my endurance.
Clean eating is based on the idea that the best way to eat is to abundantly enjoy whole foods. That means foods as close to their natural state and you can get them. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats instead of pre-packaged, processed foods or fast food. When I was on the no carb diet I couldn’t even have fruit. I’m excited that with this plan I am allowed natural sugar in the form of fruit. I’ll also only be drinking water, milk or unsweet iced tea.
In order to keep my blood sugar stable and fight off overeating, I’ll be attempting to consume 5 small meals per day. This should keep me from being hungry and will aide in speeding up my metabolism.
I plan on exercising and eating clean 5 days per week with two cheat days thrown in…foodies die hard.
This is probably going to be the largest part of my success. I’m going to try and prepare all of my meals at least three days in advance. Leftovers over three days old kind of skeeve me out. I’ll be portioning out my meals and then refrigerating and/or freezing them. This will make my meal choices effortless during the week. That seems to be one of my biggest barriers to healthy eating…not wanting to take the time to prepare the food.
This past Saturday it took me about 2 hours at the grocery store and then 3 hours of cooking to get everything prepped for the next three days. But that was breakfast, lunch and dinner meals. I’ve shared some photos on Instagram and have been asked for the recipes so over the next few days I’ll be sharing how I made:
- Knockoff Chipotle Cilantro Lime Brown Rice
- Curried Chicken Salad with Golden Raisins and Slivered Almonds
- Crustless Veggie Breakfast Quiches
I started with this plan on Sunday morning and on Monday morning I weighed myself on the wii fit board and I had dropped 2.4 pounds. Looks like a great start! Tomorrow I will show you how I did it…all meals, exercise, etc.