What a refreshing long weekend! I had Monday off for Presidents Day, and want to take you along for a full day of eating! This weekend was filled with lots of relaxation, a little bit of working out, watching movies, reading, connecting with new people, sitting outside sipping decaf Americanos working on some exciting upcoming projects (and getting sunburnt!), biking, bubble baths (seriously…), and making homemade pizza for Valentine’s Day!!
We used THIS recipe for the whole wheat dough and it was incredible.
Also, after many emails regarding how I improved my metabolism while living a life of #balance and also staying lean, I thought I would go over my top tips!
You can see my physical transformation/progress above which doesn’t show ANY of my mental progress!
Breakfast on Monday was this gorgeous bowl of protein cream of wheat that I posted HERE. Sometimes I eat really ugly food. When I decide to make pretty food, I take pictures…
20+ pictures of the same bowl of cream of wheat. SO EXCITING HUH?!
Snacked on an organic brown rice cake and Trader Joe’s salted peanut butter at some point.
Also had a slice of my cinnamon swirl protein cake!
PSA: I GOT A BIKE!!! And have been trying to ride it once a week. The man and I did a 15 mile ride down to St. Pete, FL and enjoyed the beautiful weather! Hoping you all can keep me accountable to my goal of doing a triathlon?!
Lunch was a prepped meal which consisted of garlic and herb tilapia (literally tilapia roasted with Mrs. Dash garlic and herb and pink himalayan sea salt), roasted asparagus, and brown rice.
Grocery essentials. Those corn and wheat tortillas are AWESOME and super thick and the kale sprouts are my new favorite side! I also love that Trader Joe’s carries their own raw and fermented sauerkraut!!
Had a slice of leftover vegan BBQ chicken pizza (made with almond cheese and mock-chicken!).
And finished the night with a Cookies n Creme protein cake filled with a peanut butter core and a pool of Enjoy Life chocolate chips, plus one of the new Filled Cupcake Oreos (review HERE).
Finally, I feel I improved my metabolism because of six main reasons:
- I worked with a coach and TRUSTED in him. I didn’t doubt when he increased my carb intake. I didn’t doubt him when he had me eating massive amounts around my workouts. I didn’t doubt him when he had me consume simple carbs, complex carbs, and ALL foods in moderation.
- I cut out cardio and focused solely on strength training. All of the workout classes I was taking at the gym combined with the running I was doing was hurting my metabolism. I wasn’t listening to my body! That doesn’t mean I wasn’t active in general at my job or taking walks but I stopped taking high intensity classes and spending time on cardio machines. Now, I do a mix of both but still believe weight training is key!!
- I focused on eating all foods in moderation instead of cutting OUT foods. I could eat a full serving of ice cream if I wanted it. Or a half serving if I wanted it. I could eat 1 Oreo, instead of a whole sleeve. I learned how to control my cravings and fit any foods in at any time instead of going overboard if I did finally consume those ‘off limit’ foods. My body finally stopped batting me since I was consistently giving it calories instead of the restriction cycle.
- I didn’t give up after a week. Change takes time. A LOT of time.
- I ate more throughout the day, instead of subsisting on protein bars and oatmeal until nighttime rolled around. I never thought I would be the person who recommends eating 5-6 times per day but this WORKS for me. And it did wonders for my metabolism as I used to be the 2-3 big meals and 1 small snack (with no protein) type of girl.
- I started eating more protein. I know, it sounds so cliche. And being a pescatarian, its always been difficult getting in protein. But once I started focusing on this nutrient more, I realized how it truly keeps me fuller for longer. So many women think protein powder or eating more protein is meant to BULK you up!!! UM HI, NO. I aim for 10-25 grams of protein at most of my 5-6 meals.
And I’m pretty happy with the results As always, ALL things take time and dedication. So I honestly suggest you hire a coach to help you on your path to a better metabolism and end your dieting days!