I have done several posts on this, but it's always changing.
If you've followed the blog for any length of time you know that I first began with Weight Watchers.
I did it, at home, on my own, without attending meetings for the first 3 months.
I weighed in weekly at my house and wrote down EVERYTHING that went into my mouth.
In those first 3 months I lost 15 lbs.
After that is when I began actually talking about my weight loss on this blog more openly.
I wanted to share some knowledge with y'all about how I was losing weight and I wanted to stay accountable and keep going.
I thought, "okay, this is basically just Calories In vs. Calories Out, so I'm just going to count my calories."
And I did that from then on out.
No more POINTS counting, just me writing in a journal EVERYTHING I ate.
I do believe Weight Watchers is a great program and it's essentially what I continued to follow- PORTION CONTROL.
But I did it without counting their POINTS and instead counting calories.
In the beginning I ate 1200 calories a day.
I do NOT recommend this. I did this because I was uneducated and I didn't know any better.
That being said, it DID work for me. BUT I WAS STARVING!!!
Seriously, I was ALWAYS hungry! 1200 calories is NOT enough food.
I had just started the Couch to 5K and that was the only form of exercise I was doing at that point.
Just eating 1200 calories and running for 30 minutes a day... if you could even call what I was doing "running."
It was totes a fat girl bounce, as Holly says.
I averaged about a 16 minute mile y'all.
It was ugly.
But I did it.
After losing the weight and educating myself more I began to eat more.
I ALWAYS recommend for anyone trying to lose weight to COUNT YOUR CALORIES!
You would be surprised at how many calories you eat on a daily basis without knowing it.
I, personally, don't count my calories anymore. I don't NEED to.
I retaught myself how to eat while I was losing weight.
I KNOW what my body responds to now and what I can and can't get away with.
You will figure that out through trial and error.
If I had to guess I'd say I eat around 1800-2000 calories a day now.
That's a lot of food, y'all.
And I'm never starving.
I stick to an 80% clean diet for the most part.
I try to eat mostly clean on the weekdays so I can indulge a bit on the weekends.
Typically for breakfast I'll have my Mango Strawberry Spark at the gym (I mix 1 1/2 scoops per 40 oz. of water).
If I'm really hungry before heading to the gym I'll grab a banana or a protein bar on the way out the door.
At work I drink five 25 oz. bottles of water A DAY. That is 125 oz. of water. I pee every 30 minutes.
But I notice that my skin, hair and nails are always so healthy when I drink a lot of water like that.
For lunch I'll usually have a salad with grilled chicken or leftovers I brought from home or a conction of things I keep in the break room.
My go-to lunch when I forget food is Chipotle.
Dinner I usually try to make some kind of clean recipe, but sometimes we order pizza (once a month usually) and sometimes we go out to eat (once a week or so).
It really just depends.
I always keep fresh fruit, protein bars, almond butter, and weight watchers individual ice cream bars on hand.
And I try my hardest not to eat off my kids plates.
These days I don't really focus TOO much on my food or what I'm eating.
I crave good, healthy food, so I don't need to stress over it too much.
I also know what I can have and how Taco Bell will affect me. I'm a former Taco Bell addict y'all and I still have a relapse probably once every 6 months.
And I ALWAYS regret it.
Look, it's taken me years to figure out my body. To realize that FOOD IS FUEL.
Sure, it can be good, too, but it's not what I live for anymore.
I don't spend every waking minute thinking about what I'm going to eat next.
It takes time and retraining yourself how to eat, but if a former fast food addict can do it, SO CAN YOU!
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