So, I thought now that I’ve been following the Eat to Perform recommended eating program for a week now, I would check in with you and let you know how it’s going.
For a week now, I have been eating at least 1,800 -2,000 calories and at least 100 grams of protein. I gave myself 1 rest day to not track my calories and not worry so much about jamming protein in. I still was conscious of what I was eating but not so strict about it.
First thing I discovered, there is still plenty of room in this plan for carbs. I had a half a donut, I had cake, I had pizza, I had homemade apple crisp. . .but one thing this eating plan does NOT track is alcohol. Alcohol is a whole different group of calories – it isn’t a carb, a fat or a protein and right now, those are the only things I am monitoring so I have to be careful not to go too far over my calorie guidelines with too much alcohol. However, I can tell you in this past week, I have on at least 3 days for sure.
Second, as I mentioned before, it is tough to get enough good fats in there. I am working on that – I bought 1% and then 2% milk rather than skim this week, I bought 2% fat yogurt rather than nonfat and I am eating the whole egg now, rather than egg whites. I have also added more nuts, cheeses and hubby has jumped on the bandwagon grabbing locally made beef jerky and beef sticks at our local butcher.
I know, I know – all you want to know is, have I seen any results? Well, I am astonished that in just one week, I think I have!!
Weight change – Down 2.2 pounds
Body Fat change – Down .5%
OK, so the body fat hasn’t moved down too much just yet and while my goal isn’t to lose more weight, it is definitely coming down. I heard you have to reach a plateau before you gain a little weight back in muscle then the body fat will start to come down more. The most fun thing so far is – I AM EATING MORE!
Now, while I’m eating more, I definitely have been working out more too. Here is what my workout schedule looked like the past week:
Sun, Oct 4th – 2.5 mile walk
Mon, Oct 5th – 45 minute Pilates class
Tues, Oct 6th – Off
Weds, Oct 7th – 1 hour Boot Camp class
Thurs, Oct 8th – 2.5 mile walk
Fri, Oct 9th – 20 minutes of Crossfit and strength training
Sat, Oct 10th – 15,609 daily steps tailgating at a local college campus
Sun, Oct 11th – 7 mile bike ride, average speed, 10.9 mph
I have to keep in mind, yes, it has only been a week but I am hopeful since I appear to be moving in the right direction. Also, this plan is pretty easy, I can plan out almost my entire day of eating ahead of time to make sure I am going to hit my grams goals. Please let me also note – I HAVE worked out like this before. In fact, this has pretty much been my normal routine for years but I have NEVER seen results like this before! My husband is also quick to point out that he has been saying I’ve been eating too little for a long time. Strictly following MyFitnessPal or Fitbit calorie counters, I am usually right on the money but as Eat to Perform points out, those targets are WAY too low for someone who works out regularly. I am beginning to see the light!
Now, for week 2, I am leaving on vacation on Thursday and will be dining out a majority of the time. I may not track my meals but I think as long as I stick with making a protein source my main meal and add things here and there, I should be able to stay on track. Of course, I am going to have some amazing things available to me (i.e. Bloody Marys at brunch!) so I will definitely be splurging more than usual.
The other issue with be workouts – I won’t be exercising regularly on vacation but will do my best to keep myself moving. Get up and take a walk before we head out for our days, one day we have planned to go hiking in a local park, sightseeing, hopefully, it will add up. I told my hubby, we need to try and make it fun and maybe do a burpee challenge one day, just to mix it up. Note – he will totally kick my ass but at least it will be something to motivate me and push myself more than if I just did it on my own.
So, stay tuned to see how week 2 turns out and how my numbers change by then!