Tuesday Eats

In keeping with my April goals, I thought I’d do a quick post on what I’m eating. One of those goals was to have a lower carb breakfast & lunch, so here’s what we’ve got for today—

Lunch is leftover Whole30 compliant Hibachi Chicken from Alex at The Defined Dish — the sauce is everything, y’all!

I drink a ton of water + cold brew coffee with collagen peptides. I also had 2 cans of sparkling water for a little something different just to break up the day. I just tried my first can of bubly sparkling water. What is your favorite brand? I’m really loving the Kroger brand- blackberry citrus flavor.

This was my dinner: a chocolate sea salt RX bar with compliant nut butter. Is it a perfect meal that fits the Whole30 template? Sure isn’t, but it’s still compliant. Let good enough be good enough! I also had some gingerberry kombucha. Have you tried kombucha? I love it!

So there ya go! A day of meals for me – easy peasy. I’d love to hear what you’re eating! Tomorrow is a fasting day for me, so I won’t eat until dinner. Lots of water, some coffee, & a little booch to get me through.

Stay golden!

Abby

4 Keys to Weight Loss

Wanting to lose weight can be so overwhelming, especially if you have a lot of weight to lose. Today, I want to share with you 4 simple things you can start doing to jump start your weight loss.

  1. MAKING A FOOD PLANĀ 

The first key to losing weight is planning out your meals the night before. This is so easy, y’all. Simply get a sheet of paper or use the notes app on your phone & write down exactly what you plan to eat the next day. Don’t try to complicate it by changing anything- literally just write down what you plan on eating AND follow through with your plan. Following through on your plan is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to weight loss. Every night, assess your plan. Did you stick to it? Do you need to make a more realistic plan for the next day? I will share my planning method with y’all in a future post.

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2. EAT WHEN YOU ARE ACTUALLY HUNGRY & STOP AT SATISFIED

I promise that if you only eat when you are actually hungry & stop at satisfied, you will lose weight. Satisfied is before full. It will probably take some trial & error to find that sweet spot, a helpful hint is to listen/look for the ‘sigh.’ Your body will naturally sigh when it is getting to the point of having enough food. Even if you are eating clean or very healthy, you can still be overeating. Trust me, I’ve been there. I’ve done several rounds of Whole30 & I now know I was overeating a lot of meals.

3. WATER

You should be drinking enough water so that your urine is a pale yellow. That amount will be different for everyone, but let’s start with a minimum of 64 oz/day of water. There really isn’t any pretty way to say it, but until you are serious about being hydrated, you won’t lose weight. Your body craves water, not cokes or other sugary drinks. Commit to drinking a few glasses of water before you have anything else. The first thing I do every morning is drink a bottle of water. Get a new water bottle or cup that you love – one with a straw or sport top works best for me.

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4. SLEEPĀ 

Again, another boring, but crucial part in losing weight is getting enough sleep. Aim for 7-9 hours/night. I understand that sometimes that just isn’t possible. You may have a child who doesn’t sleep, or you may work nights & have to catch sleep where you can in between other things, or you might be a caretaker for someone who needs around-the-clock care, but try to fit in sleep when you can. This may mean saying no to invitations that require you to be out late or not watching the next episode of that show on Netflix, or getting off your phone earlier. Giving yourself a standard nighttime routine will also help you fall asleep easier. We do it with our kids, why does it have to stop just because we get older? Most people, myself included, thrive from having a routine.

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Seems pretty simple, right? Notice I didn’t mention a thing about counting calories, points, macros, etc. Listen to your body, it is SMART!

If you want to learn more about this no calorie counting approach or need some accountability, join me over on Facebook or Instagram – @abalancedblonde. I have a totally free private accountability group on Facebook & I promise no one will try to sell you a thing! Email me or fill out the form below for more information.

Stay golden!

Abby

Weekly Weigh-In

I am going to start posting my weekly weigh-ins here! Once I am at goal, I will plan on doing a monthly update. I actually do weigh myself every morning. I have conditioned myself to look at the scale as a tool. It’s just data. It does not mean anything about me. I don’t let it control my emotions. I weigh mostly to see my trends. The app I use to track this is called Happy Scale.

Friday 3/30/18: 174.4

Friday 4/6/18: 173.3

Difference: -1.1 pounds

I stuck to my fasting this week & had lower carb meals. Carbs hang on to water, so by reducing carbs I reduced how much water my body was holding onto- this may be the reason for a bigger loss this week. My last two weeks have been -0.6 & -0.7 losses, respectively. Either way, I am moving in the right direction.

I am going to start a mini Whole30 reset on Sunday. I am committing to 9 days. I love the Whole30 program & attribute it to a lot of my success in overcoming emotional eating. I just don’t need 30 days right now. I am going to continue my fasts and lower carb meals while on this mini Whole30. So, we will see how that effects me over the next couple of weeks.

Do you weigh in every week? If you need some tips on how to master the scale, I would love to help you! Leave me a comment, email me, or find me over on Facebook or Instagram at @abalancedblonde.

Stay golden!

Abby

My Story

Growing up, I was always overweight. Not morbidly obese, but always just a little bigger than most of my friends. I honestly remember being in preschool & hoping that my teacher could pick me up to carry me to the bus one day when it was raining. What 4 or 5 year old has those thoughts? Me, apparently.

The summer before my 21st birthday was my first experience trying to lose weight. And I did. I lost 25lbs, but I didn’t keep it off. Over the next 9 years, I tried it all. Weight watchers (many times), keto, not eating, prescription weight loss pills, “clean” eating, Whole30 (for weight loss which is not how the program is intended to be used). I also ballooned to my highest weight of 208lbs, 49lbs up from my lowest. I was so miserable.

While I am currently still 15lbs up from my lowest, I am heading in the right direction. The journey has been up & down & all over the place, but I have finally found what works and guess what?! I haven’t counted a calorie, macro, point, weighed or measured a thing in MONTHS. Excuse me? That’s right- stop paying someone to tell you what to eat, when to eat, & how to eat. How can I do that & lose weight? Well, let’s start by listening to our own body. These dang bodies are SMART. Why are we letting someone else tell us what works best for our own body?

The key to losing weight, keeping it off (for good), & not being miserable is getting to the root of why we eat. Until I started dealing with all the chatter in my head, I was miserable. I could not imagine having to count/track/weigh food for the rest of my life. Ugh. Anyone else feel me? Once I started really dealing with my own thoughts & feelings, I uncovered the key to weight loss. Not only weight loss, but keeping it off.

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My passion is to teach other women how to lose weight for good & not be miserable while doing it. I literally always had the mindset of “I’ll lose the weight and then I’ll deal with all the mental stuff.” I know I can’t be alone in this.

If any of this is ringing true, I would love to help you! Find me over on Instagram as @abalancedblonde where I share my journey daily. I also have a completely free private group on Facebook with other like-minded women. Seriously, this group is FREE & no one is trying to sell you a thing. All I ask is that you invite your friends if you like what you hear. Fair enough, right?

Contact me: abalancedblonde@gmail.com & I will send ya a link to the Facebook group.

 

Stay golden!

Abby