Monday, September 20, 2010

Changing It Up - Daily Calories & Activity

Drat! Ran off and left my water bottle on the kitchen counter! Must be something in the air today, as Bill left his & his dad's lunches, too. I did get my cardio done... 20 minutes of intervals on the elliptical, followed by 10 min of steady state.

Yesterday was my usual Sunday Food Prep & The Counter of Chaos. :-) Proteins prepped for the week are hard boiled eggs, grilled chicken breast, grilled mahi mahi, grilled london broil (beef), browned beef (for taco salad), and browned bison (for the chili). Veggies are kale, spinach, cabbage, portabello's, snow peas & cherry tomatoes, orange cauliflower, beets, broccoli, zucchini & yellow squash, and spaghetti squash. I also prepped sweet potato fries. Fruit: peaches, gala apples, strawberries, pineapple, and raspberries. Additional snacky stuff for Bill & the kids: Newman's Own Organic pretzel sticks, POP's BBQ & Salt 'n Vinegar, Dr Kracker flatbreads, and a variety of granola and cereal bars.

Dinners will be:
Sun. - Chili
Mon. - Taco Salad
Tues. - Bacon Burgers w/Sweet Potato Fries
Wed. - Pizzas
Thurs. - Enchilasagna
Fri. - Shrimp (scampi style with quinoa pasta). I will be skipping the pasta.
A variety of veggies will accompany each meal.

I'm embarking on a new experiment... I'm changing up my food ratios. I've maintained my 33/33/33 split for quite some time now. Over the last year, my weight has crept up to 130 (from 123-125); my muscle mass has increased, and my body fat has stayed the same, so I wasn't concerned about the weight. However... I've decided to kick some serious body-fat a$$, and reduce. My goal is to cut 10 lbs in 5 weeks. To do this, I am increasing and focusing on intervals for all my cardio, increasing my weight routine, and keeping yoga. As far as food goes, here's where the experiment comes in... I'm reducing carbs and increasing fat. My goal is to have 130 g protein per day, and I'm not decided yet on my carb & fat... still researching. I have started a fat supplement (remember previously I have not been supplementing, and this one contains a series of great healthy fats). I'm also going to increase my water intake. I hope to have my fine-tuning and overall plan complete in the next 2 days. The biggest factor I have to settle is what carbohydrates I will eat, and when.

My purpose is to force my body to use fat for fuel, rather than carbohydrates. Yes, it can be done. No, it is not easy. Bill has been warned. LOL! And, it's a temporary state. Once I reach goal, I will return to my 33/33/33.   You can see by my fitday profile today that pre-dinner, I'm at 25% carb, 41% protein, and 35% fat. It's a start. J

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