Tuesday, July 26, 2011


After posting yesterday about my running routine and beginning cycling, a few people asked if I had lost weight. Unfortunately, I really haven't. I think it's a combination of the fact that I don't drink enough water so my body retains most of what I drink and the fact that I have pretty much been eating whatever I wanted since "I'm running so much!".

It's not that I go to eat Mexican every night with bottomless chips and guac after a chik-fil-a value meal for lunch. I don't eat junk food a lot, it's just that I snack a lot. AND, I've been really bad about compensating for running so much by snacking so much without really thinking about how many calories each thing I put in my mouth has.

Don't get me wrong. I'm in the best shape I've been in since I swam in high school I'd venture to say, but I really would like to lose some weight so that I feel more comfortable in pictures (specifically engagement pictures and wedding pictures), and I'm going to wait to try on wedding dresses until I lose at least 15 pounds.

I joined Weight Watchers again last weekend for the fifth? time, but overall last week wasn't that successful in my change. Yesterday, though, I bought something at Starbucks that helped turn on a lightbulb.

I bought a bistro box protein plate (I only bought it because I was meeting someone at Starbucks, didn't want a coffee, and wanted a light lunch...I don't make a habit of paying that much for something so small). It was small, but everything in the box was delicious (and it's rare when I buy a variety sampler and like everything inside). And I didn't get hungry until I ate dinner at 7:30. It's rare for me not to want to snack, but the protein really held me over well.

It helped me think about empty carbs that I so much love, and it also helped me realize that eating protein doesn't mean I have to gnaw on a turkey leg or get out my steak knife. With that in mind, I'm making a new grocery list for tomorrow to fill the house with light snacks, high-protein foods, and fresh fruits and vegetables. 

How easy would it be to hard-boil half a dozen eggs and keep them in the fridge for an afternoon snack? Or spread a little peanut butter on an apple?
I really think making some smart changes in my diet by not only cutting calories but also changing what my calories are made up of will help me hit those weight loss goals and conquer Weight Watchers once and for all.

What are some high-fiber or high-protein snacks or light meals you like that are also easy or require little prep?
What other snacks do you eat that fill you up without using a lot of calories?

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Rachel McPhillips said...

Yes- I have started hard boiling eggs for lunch! A little avocado and lettuce- it's a delish salad that keeps me full!

Jen said...

I love empty carbs soo much! Try elminating them for 2 weeks and it will kill the cravings!

Michelle said...

I'm a big fan of boiled eggs/fruit for breakfast or a snack.

Also, a very filling breakfast (that sadly I haven't been able to stomach since getting pregnant) is to lightly toast one of the Healthy Life bagels and spread peanut butter on both slices then put sliced apples in the middle. It runs around 200 calories but would always last me for about five hours.

Zara said...

I use to hard boil eggs on Sunday for the week. I use to keep lots of fruits and veggies. I also love substituting bread with tortillas. Drinking water can also fend away the need to snack.

I really need to get back on track with all of this.

Casey said...

I eat beef jerky(high in protein low in fat), crystal farms string cheese sticks(50 cal/stick), fruit, a protein shake. I'm such a picky eater so hard boiled eggs aren't something I would eat! I've been doing the Game On diet(there's a book that lays out all of the rules and healthy eating/lifestyle habits) and we have to eat 5 small meals a day, drink 100 oz of water, workout for at least 20 mins 6 days a week, and is based on a point system. You compete against another team and it's really fun and a great way to lose some weight and get healthy while you're at it! Good luck with whatever you do! Losing weight and getting healthy is one of the hardest things to do!!

Emily said...

I think that's a great idea. I'm sure you'll be able to lose that 15lbs you want in no time. And with your mad couponing skills, you'll be able to get all those good foods for such a great price!!

Amber said...

Good idea! I love hard-boiled eggs, and need to start making them more for snacks! That bistro box looks delish too.

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I've been trying to eat more protein too. I think I eat too many carbs as well. Breakfast especially. I'm just too lazy and cereal is easy. But I ave tried turkey bacon, egg whites, hugh fiber tortilla and salsa a few mornings. For snacks, try the special k protein snack bars.

Kristin said...

I'm a huge tuna salad gal!

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