Thursday, May 20, 2010

Nutrition and Workout Update

As many of you know, my doctor has put me on a 1300 calorie a day diet. I am so not excited about it but am getting more and more used to it every day. In case you are wondering why we have taken such drastic measures, we are trying to find out if my thyroid is acting up again or if it's just a case of my not realizing how much I'm eating. I have Hashimoto's (hypothyroidism) for those of you who do not know my story, you can read all about it HERE. After two weeks at 1300 calories, I have lost a total of 3 lbs. the last I checked. I only weigh myself on Mondays so I won't have an update until then. The goal was to have me lose 6 lbs. by next Tuesday. It will be a big goal but I hope I can do it.

Here is my menu:

7:30           Green Smoothie
9:30           Pure Bar
12:00         Green Smoothie
2:00           Carrots and Raw Hummus
4:00           Chocolate Raw Protein Smoothie
6:00           Salad w/ lots of veggies and my Tahini Dressing

Yep, pretty boring. The doctor wanted me to get more protein in because of all the weight lifting I am doing. I am to drink 3 protein drinks a day. To do this, I added the Raw protein to make a chocolate shake and I add hemp protein to my green smoothies. I am keeping track of my protein intake and I am getting around 70-80 grams a day. This is a far cry from the 130 I used to eat when I was non-vegan and I was averaging about 25 grams on my Raw diet before I added the extra smoothies.

When I go back to see the doctor next Tuesday I'll be able to tell if all of this extra protein was worth it. She will be taking my body fat and cell hydration levels again. She will also check if my basal metabolic rate is up because of the extra protein. I hope it's been worth it. I also hope she lets me add more calories in so I can have some variety. You can only drink so many of your calories before your jaw gets bored and wants to chew something. At this point, I REALLY want to chew something!

The good news is I don't have to put a lot of thought into my meals right now. The bad news is my creativity in the kitchen is yearning to get out again and it can't : ( My beloved kale chips, oh how I miss you, sniff, sniff.......

My workouts this month:

4/26- 4DS Bootcamp
4/27- Yoga
4/28- 4DS Kickbox
4/29- Yoga
4/30- 4DS Lower Impact Step
5/01- 4DS Higher Intensity Step

5/03- Muscle Endurance
5/04- CTX Leaner Legs
5/05- Drill Max
5/06- Walking around Sea World
5/07- Muscle Endurance
5/08- Yoga

5/10- Cardio & Weights
5/11- Yoga (High Intensity)
5/12- Butts & Guts
5/13- Yoga (High Intensity)
5/14- Low Impact Circuit
5/15- Yoga

5/17- Gym Style: Chest & Triceps
5/18- Gym Style: Legs
5/19- Gym Style: Back, Shoulders & Biceps
5/20- Kick Max
5/21- Yoga
5/22- Low Max 

Regardless of what the scale says, I do feel much better. That was the goal for this eating plan this month so I'm happy. I am very competitive so I really want to meet the goal the doctor set for me. I only have 10 more lbs. to lose so the road won't be that long. I am losing below my normal weight so I have a cushion of 5 lbs. or so.



Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

I am sooooooooo happy for you that you're making the progress YOU want to be making, whatever that goal, number, etc's what YOU want and so I am thrilled for you!!!


I am so happy that yes, indeed we will be meeting up...soon! We will be living in Hillcrest and there starting June 9th so after the unpacking chaos happens, etc we will defi have to get together!!

I gave you a shout in my "Big Announcement" moving back post to all the CA bloggers and friends I can't wait to see.

So happy for your progress Nicole!


scrapwordsmom said... are doing great. I think calories is so huge. Before my husband and I began our weight loss journey I was eating way to much...but really thought I was on track. Keeping track of the calories really opened my eyes!

You are so healthy. I have a lot to learn from you:)


Kelly Michelle said...

Wow great progress!

One idea for you that could help is to make your own bars instead of having the pure bars. This would at least give you a little time and creativity in the kitchen and might be cheaper too. You could potentially also up your protein by adding your powder into the bars. I make one that is just dates, nuts, and protein powder- even my bf thinks they taste good, so just a thought!

TheFitnessFreak said...

Thanks Les : ) It has made a big difference to see the calories on paper.

Kelly, That's a great idea! I know Averie(LovesVeggiesandYoga) does that. Thanks!!

shannonmarie said...

I know it sounds crazy, but I'm loving your menu. That's how I eat most of the time. Cupcakes are just an occasional indulgence.

TheFitnessFreak said...

I agree Shannon Marie. Unfortunately most of my "treats" were becoming my staples. This has really out me back on track : )

simpledaisy said...'re making progress!! I know i'd actually meet my goal weight if I could give up the "little" nibble here and there and the nightly vino:)
You keep me inspired!

Megan said...

I hope that you are able to see more results and figure out what was wrong! :) how do you like the green smoothies? I'd be interested in trying that out along with your protein powder...what kind do you use?

TheFitnessFreak said...

I love my green smoothies! I use Nutiva 50% Protein Hemp Powder once a day and Garden of Life's Raw Protein powder other time. I actually did a review on it a couple of posts ago. I have a couple recipes on the post too. Check it out : )


Tina said...

Good luck on accomplishing your goals!! consistency & balance are key!


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