The most important thing is to have the right mind set. I stay focused on my goals and the end result. Dieting is never fun, but seeing the results is a lot of fun! When I want to eat something not included in my diet, I shift my thinking on why I’m making certain food choices and the results I want to see.
I believe in living a healthy lifestyle and eating healthy the majority of the time, with the occasional splurge. Everything in moderation. I could never give up pizza or chocolate forever. Living a healthy lifestyle I maintain my weight. But if I want to lose weight I have to go into diet mode. What I’m sharing today is specifically on what I do to lose weight.
Dieting to lose weight is very different than maintenance mode. I like to focus on weight lose for 6-8 weeks then switch over to maintenance mode for a few weeks. I go back and forth until I have reached my goal weight. Taking the break from dieting and switching to maintenance mode helps me to stay on track and not feel too overwhelmed when I’m dieting. I do think it’s important to stay focused and not cheat for a minimum of 6 weeks. It takes my body 3-4 weeks to get into fat burning mode and about 6 weeks before I see any results that are noticeable. If I am able to continue with a diet and not switch over to maintenance I keep the momentum going! I will reach your goals faster.
I focus on the foods I get to eat rather than the foods I’m not allowing myself to eat. “I get to eat this delicious salad” rather than “I don’t get to eat pizza”. I have found healthy snacks that fit into my diet and have them always available. I love eating chips, so instead I found freeze dried okra. It gives me that similar crunch while being healthy. I often explored my grocery store for new foods and healthy options.
I have lost 20-30 pounds several times in my life (why I keep gaining it back is a whole other story!) and this is the only plan that works for me:
- I set myself up for success! I look at my calendar and pick a day to start. Giving myself enough time to put a plan together and mentally prepare.
- Focus on eating protein with veggies and some fruit (I’m not much of a fruit person so I rarely eat it). I eat a small amount of carbs (3-4 times a week), consisting of sweet potatoes or quinoa.
- I cook all my own food. I was ordering healthy take out and still not losing weight. Once I started cooking everything from scratch I started to lose weight.
- I try to do intermittent fasting on as many days of the week that I can. But if I’m hungry early I do eat. I don’t starve myself. Drinking black coffee or a sparkling water can help to curb my appetite to push back eating an hour or 2.
- I love to eat things like tacos, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, etc. I substitute the bread for a lettuce wrap. Small changes like this make a big difference. I was actually surprised that most of the time I prefer a lettuce wrap. I taste more of the food I’m eating rather than just bread.
- Don’t eat after dinner
- Eliminate sugar and dairy. There are so many great options to substitute dairy products. I like almond milk or oat milk.
- I get 1 cheat meal per week. I eat whatever I want and as much of it as I want. I typically have my cheat meal on Saturday for dinner. Some weeks I plan it out based on what I’m craving. This also gives me an opportunity to go out to eat and order whatever I want with zero guilt!
- Drink tons of water (I drink a gallon a day) and limit alcohol. I don’t drink soda or any drinks that have calories or sugar. If I do drink alcohol it is a basic vodka, soda with fresh lemon.
- Be active at least 3 times a week, the more the better. I mix it up with gym, running, biking, rollerblading so I don’t get bored.
A typical day of meals:
-eggs with avocado, I’ll make turkey bacon if I have time
-smoked salmon with avocado
(it’s usually leftovers from dinner or meal prep)
-salad with chicken, add any healthy toppings to mix up the flavor
-taco bowl with lettuce as the base
-protein shake, I make mine with frozen fruit, water and protein powder. I also buy plant based protein drinks for something quick and it can travel.
-veggies with hummus
-nuts, trail mix, hard boiled egg, protein stick
(I started cooking every night and not doing take out, this made a huge difference!) depending on how much time I have determines what I will cook.
-fish or chicken and veggies, add sweet potatoes or quoina to make it more filling
-I’ve been making a lot of bowls with lettuce or quinoa and/or sweet potatoes as the base. I add anything I want: chicken, steak, peppers, broccoli, green beans, roasted kale, avocado, corn, beans, etc. I’ve been playing around and having fun with different flavors. If it’s healthy I’ll throw it all in a bowl and see how I like it. So far I haven’t had a bowl I don’t liked.
-grilled chicken with roasted sweet potatoes and veggies
-tacos, I make shredded chicken or ground turkey. I either do a lettuce wrap or a taco bowl with lettuce as the base. I add salsa, hot sauce, avocado, peppers, jalapeños, cilantro.
In years past I would eat the same thing every day and it was very boring. This year I have explored more food options and flavors. I like to mix it up and keep my meals interesting while still being healthy. I have researched recipes online, walked around my grocery store exploring healthy foods I have never tried. The more fun I can make it the better chance I have to stick to it!
What makes the chicken so delicious is I cook it all day in my crockpot. It’s slow cooked so the chicken is tender and amazing with tons of flavor. It’s incredible!! I use this crockpot. This makes my life so easy with the kids busy schedule with sports and after school activities to have dinner ready. And I love knowing it’s healthy for all of us. I choose a lettuce wrap with healthy topping. My kids will do a tortilla with other toppings ;)
- Chicken crockpot ingredients:
- 1 jar of salsa, I choose mild so it’s not too spicy for my kids. I add hot sauce to my taco (I like spicy)
- 2-3 pounds of chicken
- Packet of taco seasoning
- Diced red onion (I chop it up the night before and keep in my fridge for an easier and quicker morning)
- One hour before the chicken is ready, take it out and shred it. Then put it back in the crockpot for the final hour. Use this shredding tool to make your life easier.
I showed my chicken crockpot recipe on my IG stories and saved it to my highlights. If you are a video person you can watch on my IG story highlights.
Add all the topping you want. I like salsa, hot sauce, avocado, peppers, jalapeños, cilantro. When I’m in maintenance mode and not in diet mode I will also add cheese, sour cream and crushed nacho cheese Doritos.