So after skipping a month or two (because I didn't feel like I did anything exciting enough) I am back for the #sayyesproject with Amber from Mr. Thomas and Me. This month's say yes project isn't something I thought I'd be featuring and it's not really anything "huge" but it's something I want to talk about on this blog and hopefully get some input and advice.
While trolling around some fitness hashtags on Instagram one day, I came across this account. When I first started stalking her looking through some of her pictures, I thought to myself, GAWD she is in great shape. I'll never look like that. Then I scrolled past her "before" pictures and I was in shock. She had gone from a size 6/8 (my size) (and she's about my height too) too this teeny tiny super fit beast of a woman. So I began reading her story and became inspired.
After reading a good bit, I learned that a huge part of her success was attributed to her diet, to "eating clean."
Let's face it, getting in shape is hard work. I've been going to the gym 4-5 days a week for 45-60 minutes for over a year now. Have I had results? Yes. But I've hit a plateau. I've been the same weight and pants size for over seven months now and it's time for a change. Instead of looking for new work outs, I'm looking for new meals. Meals that consist of natural ingredients. Meals that don't come from a box, a can, or the microwave.
One of my all time favorite snacks - Granny Smith apples and peanut butter. Really just anything with peanut butter.
The thing about clean eating is, I absolutely love the food. Lean proteins like chicken and fish are my favorite and don't even get me started on broccoli - I could eat it every day and not get tired of it. The part I don't love about it: the price tag and the prep time. If you don't know, I'm currently working part time while going to school full time. That equals not a lot of money or time to be cooking and prepping meals every day. That means sometimes it's easier to grab a Smart One or Lean Cusine for lunch. It's easier to eat a pop tart in my car for breakfast. But being healthy isn't about doing what's easy.
A typical dinner for me and Derek (sans broccoli for him).
One thing I do pride myself on is cooking a healthy dinner for myself and Derek on average five times a week. But is that enough? Is five "clean" meals out of twenty something enough to change my body? No. No it is not. I usually eat pretty healthy but I want to go from pretty healthy to really healthy.
Yummy green meal for me (more broccoli - I told yo I love the stuff)
But there are a few things about clean eating that scare me. Mashed cauliflowers being one of them. The lack of grilled cheese (or anything cheesy for that matter) being another. Tell me, how exactly, is one supposed to live without things like Velveeta mac and cheese? One thing I'm not going to do is give myself a hard and fast rule of "no ice cream" or something ridiculous like that because that will only make me want it more. My rules are going to be more like, "less ice cream, more strawberries" or "less grilled cheese, more zucchini" because those are the rules I think I can live with.
So starting today (actually last night because that's when I made myself breakfast) I'm saying yes. I'm going to give this whole "clean eating" thing a try. I know it will be good for me, I just also know it will be hard. It will be hours in the kitchen on a Sunday (or other off day) preparing meals for the next week. It will mean watching my friends eat a pizza while I eat a salad. It will mean days of failure and days of ginger ale and grilled cheese for dinner. I know I won't be perfect, but I'm going to try. Will you help me?