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my how you’ve changed

POW!!!

not everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, i get that. if your goal is weight loss/maintenance though, this applies to you too.

real quick:

  i tweeted a pic of my breakfast earlier this week:

yep, that’s it.  until my trainer says otherwise, this is what it’ll be!  oats, egg whites, fruit, and green tea.  i was eating this for bfast already, so no big change there.  and also no need to tweet that over and over again, boring.  i had to cut out my beloved brown sugar for now, but i’ve been adding the bananas, a splash of vanilla, and cinnamon to my oats and i don’t miss it.

SO,

i’ve been sticking to my new diet for a little over a week now and amongst a handful of changes, here are the 4 you should know about:

1. there has been a nice surge in my milk production outta no where.  take note, b-feeding mommies.  and again, this was just from dropping white sugar/processed foods, and eating healthy, well-balanced meals alone.  that’s it.  i was hit with Mastitis twice last year, once in each breast.  the first time i was prescribed penicillin which got rid of it, but my production really suffered.  talk about emotional- i was terrified it would dry up completely and it scared me enough to turn to natural supplements, e.g. fenugreek.   i was also downing mother’s milk tea all day long and doing everything i could to save my liquid gold.  i see now that i didn’t even have to go to such great lengths.  if you put premium fuel into your body, expect it to run and operate at its best, simply put.

2. my wedding ring is loose.  i’ve lost a few inches (mainly in my waist/hips) and i’m tighter and firmer all over.  my workouts have remained the same for now,  so again, this only proves that your diet is A REALLY BIG DEAL, yall!!  as annoying as they are, there’s a reason J-Hud is singing all over your tv screen in those WW commercials *eye-roll*.  remember  i conducted that little experiment this past April two weeks before my birthday? no sugar (only from fruit) or processed foods.   i got similar results then too, but my diet was not nearly as strict as it is now and the results are pretty fantastic.  i kept on snacking after my bday passed, well, just cause i can. lol.   you don’t have to go cold turkey, but drinking soda twice a week instead of once a day WILL make a difference over time.

3.  my sugar craving levels have dropped from uncontrollable to mild.  i honestly can’t remember a time when i didn’t  crave sugar, especially following a meal.  this is a new feeling; one i didn’t think existed for me.  will i eat a donut if you put it right down in front of me?  maybe.  prolly.  but this time it feels more like, ‘yeah i see it.. i’ll get some if i want some though.’  very empowering.  also, my attitude is not as crappy these days 🙂

4. **tmi** helloooooooooo regularity!  no detail needed.  Chiso is regular too now though- bless his heart and our noses.  this feels like a junk food detox.  i see that processed foods can really back up your plumbing.  that’s prolly cause they’re NOT NATURAL.  you think?  or maybe they started out natural, but fillers, hormones, preservatives, and other stuff we can’t pronounce were added.  sad situation.

my food scale has arrived!

i’m honestly considering re-selling this thing after the competition is over (although it might not be my last;)) cause weighing my food is just not crucial for everyday life.  i’ll stick with this nifty chart.

25 bucks on amazon.com.

i hope you’ve had an amazing week so far!

tell me, what’s the first small change will you implement in your diet?

le

18 replies »

  1. first, your hubby’s comment above is hilarious! 😉
    and Second, you are amazing and such an inspiration. Starting tomorrow I will be eating the same breakfast you do. I crave sugar after every single meal…it’s crazy and uncontrollable. I gave up white flour/processed foods for one year while I was breastfeeding Anthony and remember how great I felt. I am going back to those healthy habits, thanks to your inspiration! Wishing you all the luck with you competition. Hope I will see you at Cinco soon 🙂

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    • don’t entertain Sonny, lol!

      i am so happy to have been able to inspire you Melissa- WOW at you going 1 yr without flour/processed foods!! that is totally admireable and totally DOABLE. keep it up and thank you so much for the well wishes 😉 yep, i’ll be seeing you a lot more @ Cinco this summer lol!

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  2. First I have to say, GET IT GIRL!!!!!! You are going to rock the competition in September. You are my shero!

    Well there goes my Dreyer’s Frozen Fruit Bars out the window, well into the trash is more like it. But I gotta get it right, get it tight!!!

    What do you consider processed foods? For example I eat bread occasionally. Its a 15 grain bread but its something I bought and not made. I like baking but that’s not that crucial.

    Also, what are some good filling snack ideas? I feel kind of limited at the moment and I’m usually hungry too soon afterwards. I try to eat every 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

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  3. I have cut out sugar, cold drinks, rice, bread and pasta. I’m craving a waffle sooooo bad, sushi, and a good ole chopped beef baked potato. Uggghhh help!

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    • Casey you are doing SO GOOD!!! once you reach your goal, you can totally add your favs back in moderation. you are almost there, don’t stop now! sushi is doable- brown rice but no tempura yet, lol. on the potato, try chopped chicken or turkey for now.

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  4. Hey Leah,
    Was curious to know what a “typical day” diet looks like while you are in your training phase. What great progress your have seen! Thanks! 🙂

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    • i’m sorry i missed this, Adaeze!!!!! i think people are sick of reading it already lol, but i eat 5-6 small, balanced meals per day, every 3 hours. they consist of lean protein (chicken, tilapia, sirloin steak), veggies (green beans, cauliflower, spinach, etc.) a starch/carb (sweet potatoes, brown rice, white potatoes, whole wheat tortillas, oatmeal.) and a good fat (avocado, oil/vinegar dressing, almonds, pistachios..). now that i’m carb cycling i dont get fruit on some days, but on my high day i do a piece with every meal except my last one (banana, apple, strawberries, and blueberries.) thanks girl, it’s almost show time!!

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