Elimination Diet: Days 1, 2 &3

Hey everyone! This elimination diet has been killer so far. I’ve also made videos, which you can check out below.

Elimination Diet: Days 1, 2 &3Day 1

What I ate:

  • Throughout the AM – Watermelon Juice
  • 9 am – Rice, unseasoned ground turkey and a pickle
  • 12:30 pm – Sweet potato, unseasoned ground turkey, and squash soup
  • 3 pm – Pineapple
  • 5 pm – A hell of a lot of pickles and grapes (random, but easy to grab)
  • 5:30 pm – Tilapia, rice & green beans

How was I feeling:

Like absolute garbage. Seriously, the caffeine withdrawal and hunger was off the charts. My head was killing me all day I was very bloated and so incredibly irritable. I also had outrageous brain fog and couldn’t keep a thought in my head for the life of me. And I was SO TIRED. This day was awful – plus I did it on a Monday … who does that?!

Day 2

What I ate:

  • 8:30 am – Small banana
  • 9:15 am – Squash soup
  • 1 pm – Sweet potato, unseasoned ground turkey and green beans
  • 3 pm – Baby carrots
  • 5:30 pm – 4 pickles (pickles are life) and a rice cake while I waited for my food to cook
  • 6:30 pm – Unseasoned ground turkey, asparagus and rice (with a tiny bit of hot sauce, which you’re not technically supposed to have, but I found one with no “off-limits” ingredients and literally put two drops in to help with my sanity)
  • 8 pm: A bazillion strawberries and some frozen green grapes

How I was feeling:

So.incredibly.dizzy. I seriously couldn’t even take the train to work because I was afraid of getting sick. I also had a slight headache on and off throughout the day, but my mood wasn’t AS BAD as it was on Monday. I also got very bubbly by the end of the day and my stomach bloated up a bit, which was so frustrating. I was so starving and it was so hard not to say F*CK IT and go to Chipotle, but I didn’t do it.

Day 3

What I ate:

  • 8:30 am – Jasmine rice, unseasoned ground turkey, asparagus and black pepper
  • 10 am – A small gala apple
  • 12:30 pm – Sweet potato, unseasoned ground turkey, asparagus
  • 3 pm – Baby carrots
  • 5 pm – Pickles & a rice cake
  • 6 pm – A LOT of rice, couple pickles (obsessed), unseasoned ground turkey, half an avocado
  • 9 pm – 5 strawberries

How I felt:

I was still struggling without caffeine, but more because I was bored at work. It took me a bit to wake up and I felt great on my way TO work, but as soon as I got there, I really craved caffeine. Quite honestly it’s what keeps me movin’ and groovin’ at work all day. However, I did notice a significant change in how my clothes felt. I actually noticed that my hands, legs and stomach felt less bloated. My legs I noticed because I was wearing jeans with holes in them and I didn’t feel like I was popping out of them like a cheese grater. 😂

However, later in the night I felt very “backed up” … again. So the bloating came back as well as a stomachache because nothing was moving through.


So where do we go from here? Well, I’ve got at least 10 more days of this crap (boooo). I did talk with Ben after how I was feeling the first two days and was actually thinking that maybe this specific elimination diet wasn’t right. We actually think that I struggle with too much fiber as well (and I’ve had a TON more of that with my food these last few days) so depending on how I’m feeling this weekend, I might tweak.

I’m also thinking of adding in chicken and some sort of hot sauce, even if it’s just the one that has barely anything in it. I just cannot imagine eating the same damn thing with absolutely no seasoning or sauce. I’m also more of a “spicy/savory” type person, so I haven’t felt satisfied with anything I’m eating. Too much sweet for me. Though I will say, the strawberries on Tuesday tasted amazing. 😍

I’ll keep you guys updated on the days to come!

Workout Wednesday: IIFYM Week #6

Happy Hump Day! Time for our weekly fitness update. How are you liking these, by the way?

Workout Wednesday

Macros:
I was actually very consistent with my macros last week, until I hit the weekend. For the most part, I still stayed within my calories (apart from Friday since I had a couple of drinks) but I was pretty good! We’re thinking about messing with my macros a bit so I have more room to “play” on the weekends since I have so many friends coming to visit in the next few weeks. Ben is also finding it difficult being a coach AND a boyfriend. He made me pancakes for breakfast on Sunday and they’re not exactly macro-friendly, but he wanted to do something sweet for me. I’ll take pancakes from the BF over abs any day. 😉

Workouts:
I did alllll of my five workouts last week – yay! I was extremely sore after my workout last Tuesday, but still managed to push through. My lower back is still slightly irritating, but so far no injuries (fingers crossed).

How it’s going:
So much better! I feel much stronger this past week plus motivated to keep at it. I’ve been trying to separate work and my workouts (since I workout at work) and that’s been helping. Remembering I LOVE working out, and it gets me away from the painful day for a little bit.

Progress:
I weighed in on Friday and I was feeling lean. I lost about a pound, which is pretty good. Hopefully I am able to shed some lbs this week, too, especially after a crazy weekend! Still trying to figure that part out.

What’s your favorite healthy food? Unhealthy food?

Workout Wednesday: IIFYM Week 5

Good morning! Sorry my workout Wednesday post is a bit late – I’ve been at the DMV all more (gag). It actually wasn’t a horrible experience and I officially have an Illinois license and plates.

Workout Wednesday

Macros:
Struggled again last week with macros and the weekend was pretty much a guessing game because I went out to eat twice. But so far this Monday/Tuesday I’ve been perfect on my macros so that’s great! Still no change in them … we’ll see how this week of consistency goes.

Workouts:
My workouts were a bit off again last week. I ended up working from home on Tuesday (so no gym) due to the snowstorm, then again on Wednesday because I fell on the ice on my way to work (no gym). Thursday is normally my off day + I work in the city (no gym). So FRIDAY I finally worked out upper body with Ben and Saturday I had an awesome lower body workout with him as well (and then we got burgers YIKES!) Yesterday I actually did a lower body workout that kicked.my.butt. but I loved it. Have to get in cardio/abs today over lunch!

How’s it going:
Better. I’ve still be struggling with self image issues, though. Working through those!

Progress:
My weight stayed the same this week, but since I had a few times of overeating and not tracking, I understand why. I’m just happy I didn’t gain weight. My thyroid seems to be regulating itself, so that’s a step in the right direction!

What did you do to keep your body healthy this week?

Weekend Recap: So. Much. Food

It’s Monday again AND the first day of spring. I’m excited about one of those things, so while trying to get in the head space for the other, let’s do the weekend recap! 🙂

If you saw my post on Friday, you know I was missing Ireland like crazy. I spent a lot of the day re-reading my blog posts from the trip and remembering how beautiful it was there. Of course, I got some work in as well, though Fridays tend to be incredibly quiet. I took my lunch break around 12:30 and headed to the gym for Ben to train me.

Weekend Recap: So. Much. Food

We’re super spectacular at taking photos together.

After my workout, I went back to my apartment, worked the rest of the afternoon and logged off around 5. I honestly don’t remember what I did next, but I’m sure at some point I went over to Ben’s apartment and hung out there for the rest of the night.

Saturday morning I got up around 8 and got ready for my hair appointment. I found a salon called Edit just a bit from my place, so I made an appointment for a hair cut and color consultation. Loved my stylist and made an appointment in April for a hair color!

Weekend Recap: So. Much. Food

After the cut, I walked over to the gym to meet Ben. The gym was crazy busy, so we sat and chatted for about an hour before hitting a leg day. My lower back was a little finicky, but we got in a good, solid workout. Of course, Ben was talking about burgers the whole time and I realized I haven’t had one in over a year (what?!) so we headed to a new-to-us burger place called Burger Bar right after working out. We both got bloody marys (yummmm), Ben got some ridiculous burger with like three meats on it (#protein) and I built my own with sweet potato tots.

Burger Bar Chicago

Our food was soooooo good and the music they were playing was AWESOME. We’ll definitely be back. 🙂

After the burgers, we headed back to our places to shower and then I ended up back at Ben’s at some point. It was our four monthiversary (heh) so we decided we’d stop being hermits like we are every other weekend and go out to a bar for a drink. I don’t have any photos, but the bar was packed, I didn’t love my drink (Ben loved his) and then we left around midnight to go to bed. Party-ANIMALS.

Sunday we slept in a *tiny* bit before heading to Starbucks. I went before Ben and played around on my iPad because I apparently decided I wasn’t having a productive weekend.

Weekend Recap: So. Much. Food

Ben met me there, but I left soon after to meet my friend Amanda for brunch at The Dawson. I was able to walk there which was the BEST and I got a bloody mary (typical) and avocado toast. SO GOOD.

The Dawson Chicago

We sat and chatted for awhile, then randomly decided to go get a manicure down the road. Our nail tech was so fun and it was a nice way to end the afternoon!

Later in the day, Ben and I watched a few episodes of a documentary series we’re into, then watched a funny movie before calling it a night. Both of us start getting stressed by Sunday evenings (for different reasons) so it was fun to watch a ridiculous movie (Penguins of Madagascar if you’re curious) and forget about everything else.

That was my weekend! This week is going to be a little interesting, but nothing crazy. My coworker is out of the office later this week and I get to cover for her, so I’ve been invited to way more meetings than I’d like. At least it should keep me slightly busy, right?

How was your weekend?
Are you a brunch person?

Linking up with Katie! 

Workout Wednesday: IIFYM Week 3

So I’m officially through with IIFYM Week 3 and it.was.a.struggle.

Workout Wednesday

Macros:
I actually stayed pretty on track with my macros this week, minus a “treat meal” on Friday night. I did have a few slip-ups, but mostly stayed within my calories. Unfortunately, I think we’re going to have to knock down my calories. I’m not a “lucky one” who can diet on 1600+ calories a day. BOO.

Workouts:
I was pretty on track all week and only missed one HIIT workout. My Saturday workout was a bit short (as you read about in my Weekend Recap) but I got it in. Everything felt good, minus the back pain on Saturday so I did have to go a little lighter. HOWEVER, Friday’s upper body workout with Ben … he upped all of my weight and I’m stronger than I thought. Imagine that. 😉

How it’s going:
It’s all going well! Unfortunately we really thought we’d be able to get my metabolism under control so I didn’t have to cut calories much to diet, but I kinda knew that wouldn’t work in the back of my mind. Don’t worry – dieting won’t be forever. I just want to get back down to a more comfortable weight before summer. Remember, I’m 5’1″, so even 2 pounds on me feels like 7 on a normal human.

Progress:
I actually gained another .4 lbs this week. Not too worried about it. I do actually feel a tiny bit leaner in my upper body, though. My stomach is holding on the bloat like a fiend, but I’m hoping things will even out soon. I’m feeling super strong!

What is your favorite workout?
Do you diet? What do you do to lose a few pounds (or gain)?

What I Eat in a Day: Unprepared IIFYM Day

Hey friends! I’ve done these “What I Eat in a Day” videos on my YouTube channel (which homegirl needs to get back into…) but I thought it might be interesting to write about, especially since I’ve started counting my macros again for If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM).

One thing Ben and I are working on with me is not being so unbelievably meticulous with counting instead and using macros as a way to live. Granted, I want to get lean so I need to be stricter than a normal human, but I’m not in competition prep so there’s no use killing myself to hit my macros by the gram. Today (well technically yesterday when this is published) is Monday, February 20 and I am NOT prepared. Normally I’d meal prep most of my meals, but I didn’t have time this weekend and I have nothing in my apartment.

Also, I don’t think I need to tell you my exact macros, but I try to stay around 1600 calories and we’ll start cutting calories once my weight doesn’t seem to be coming off. If you ever want to know anything about macros or IIFYM or personal training or secrets about me, seriously contact Ben. He’s extremely insightful – I promise I’m not just saying that. 😉 I’ve had three IIFYM coaches now and he’s definitely the most knowledgeable I’ve ever had.

So, now that I have four paragraphs of nonsense for you to read, here’s my What I Eat in a Day! FYI: I track all of my food in My Fitness Pal.

What I eat in a Day

8:30 a.m.: I thought I forgot my Quest bar, so I stopped quickly at Starbucks and got a Reduced Fat Turkey Bacon Sandwich + a Skinny Vanilla Latte. SVL is a great option if you’re like me and don’t like straight coffee. A grande is 80 calories, with 12C, 0F and 7P. Not too shabby! Now I would love to get rid of the ~$4-5 price tag …
Calories: 310; 40C, 6F, 20P

Starbuck

^^ Repurposed photo because I’m pretty sure 99% of my pictures on my iPhone history are of Starbucks so … you get the idea.

11 a.m.: Upper body workout

12:15 p.m.: Overpriced salad and Diet Mountain Dew from cafeteria at work. Obvioulsy I can’t weigh anything and I’m just guessing on brands, but I tried to get as close as possible. The salad had romaine lettuce, a hard boiled egg, mushrooms, cucumber, black olives, shredded carrot, a little bit of small noodles, little bit of tortilla strips for crunch and as much turkey as I could fit in the box #protein. I put a small amount of light ranch on it and shook it all up! Probably not the best choice of stuff + I’m sure I over-exaggerated the amount in the salad, but it’s the only option since I was unprepared.
Calories: 461; 43C, 19F, 32P

12:55 p.m.: Start sipping on BCAAs because I’m already feeling hungry after that stupid salad. I’m pretty sure I underestimated calories but …
Calories: 0

2:45 p.m.: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest bar time. Not a huge fan of this flavor anymore unless I can broil it because they’re SO HARD. I have a meeting at 3, so trying to hold myself over. Honestly, it tasted awful because it was so hard, but I had no other option so down the hatch …
Calories: 190; 20C, 9F, 21P

Cookie Dough Quest Bar

6:50 p.m.: Chipotle burrito bowl! The best part about being unprepared. I nixed the guac this time (BOOO) because I didn’t have enough fat left for the day, but still tasty nonetheless. Brown rice, chicken, fajita veggies, pico, medium salsa & lettuce. I also got Ben a bowl because I’m the best girlfriend ever and also he cooks for me all the time and I eat all his food. I ate that bowl SO FAST 10-minutes before my call with my coach. 
Calories: 420; 48C, 13F, 37P

Chipotle Burrito Bowl

Speaking of being unprepared, I spent $40 on food just for today (granted, $10 of that was for Ben). So $30 on three meals. That’s dumb – don’t do what I did. #MEALPREPFTW

9 p.m.: Cinnamon Toast Crunch with almond milk. Just a few carbs to cancel out my night.
Calories: 145; 26C, 4F, 1P

Totals:1526 calories; 177C, 51F, 111P

I can’t be 100% sure how accurate I was today, but I’m working on not letting that bother me!