Monday, February 25, 2013

Learning to Say NO & Meal Prep


I've written a few "rant" posts about being frustrated with others views about living a healthy lifestyle, and after this weekend, I think I've come full circle from those times and it feels pretty awesome. After a couple years, I feel like not only have friends and family accepted and realized this is me, and it's not just a phase I'm going through, but I've learned to deal with those few that still don't get it in a much better way.

I'm finally okay with saying no thank you to a drink, or a cupcake and not feeling like I have to explain or defend myself and it's pretty awesome. There aren't many times that I'm super duper strict to the point where I alter my schedule or really freak out when I don't eat every 3 hours on the dot. BUT when I have a goal in mind, I'm going to do everything the exact right way so that when that day comes and goes I can say I did everything I possibly could to achieve my goal. I'm not afraid to explain this to anyone who asks, but it is SO nice knowing I don't have to.


We had a fun weekend with lots of birthday parties and of course temptations everywhere, but I used my no thank you skills and made it out just fine :)


Then came Sunday and we allll know what that means. Grilled chicken, turkey fajitas, salmon, and bison burgers are on the menu this week as far as protein goes.



The veggie stack: oven roasted broccoli, zucchini, asparagus, and green beans.


As far as my nutrition plans this week, they're staying pretty much the same. I'm at about 1500 calories a day, 30-40-30 macros. I hope I won't have to drop very much lower than this to get my abs to pop a little more, but we'll see. I'm officially 4 weeks away, so I'll re-evaluate after this week!

Have a great week!


12 comments:

  1. Hate having to explain myself still those who are SUPER hard headed!!!! Thankfully my family and close friends accept it and don't freak or weird out when I bust out my clean eats at restaurants or ask for specifics or say no. Buuut there are just those that don't get it and ironically they are the same people who complain to me that they can't lose the weight no matter how much they exercise (cardio) saying they haven't had ANY donuts (Uh didn't I see your facebook post about donuts the other days???) as they eat cookies in front of me. OOOKKKAY!! Just breath and move on.

    Girl your good always looks so YUMMY!!! Its photogenic lol :0). So, your macros are they 40 protein 30 fat and 30 carb? Oh AND I was hoping you would post that recipe for the DELICIOUS late snack you made yesterday. I want to try to eat less Casin but not sure what else to have besides cottage cheese or eggs but sometimes a girl just wants here PB and chocolate :0).

    Happy Monday!!!

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    1. I will try to post that recipe later this week!!

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  2. I think that a lot of the time the pressure we perceive is more in our heads than from those around us. They might poke or prod for a moment, but then they are on with the rest of their lives while we continue to play it over and over in our heads. If you are happy with what you're doing then the right people will be happy too

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  3. Great job!

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

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  4. can you do a post on working out around your menstrual cycle?

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  5. It's one thing to explain yourself/your goals to someone. It's another thing to have to explain over and over again to the same people! That's what I find frustrating.

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    1. I agree-- there will always be those few people that you just have to try your best to shrug your shoulders about and move on :)

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  6. Sometimes I think people question or expect an explanation because they are worried that the person is too extreme in their behavior (headed to/in the midst of an eating disorder). I used to get mad when people questioned me for declining a drink or dessert, but now looking back my relationship with food was unhealthy. So I think people are coming from a good place sometimes.

    It is great to be free of the criticism and questions in your case since you are clearly pursuing healthy goals.

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  7. I agree Meghana. Most people have no ill intention in mind when they ask (if they ask...) why we don't eat a treat of sorts. It's funny we sometimes get so defensive. That's what I love about the Olympian Champion Erin Stern. She's truly inspirational. She's so positive and enlightened in every conceivable way. She lives by the example that the only person who we should really aim to please and impress (where fitness goals are concerned) is the person staring back at us in the mirror; and she manages to do this without any hint of retaliatory comments to those that don't share her views; without bitterness or insecurities. Clearly that's why she is where she is! I peak in on dozens of fitness experts on FB and other blogs, but I follow Erin Stern because of how inspirational she is. You will literally never hear any negativity coming from her. It's amazing! She pulls off her fitness goals with a quiet and HAPPY determination. Such an example :)

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    1. You're right, most people don't have ill intentions, but some do. Erin is great and I love how positive she is too, however I also appreciate when people are real and expose themselves when things may not be so positive. I don't think it's very realistic to NEVER have anything negative happen in your life and I would personally never want to portray my life that way. It's not always rainbows and butterflies and it's important to show that you're real. I know there are countless people out there facing the issue of others not being supportive of their fitness goals, and I'm not afraid to admit I was one of those people.

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  8. How do you store all the meals you cook in bulk? Do you freeze and de thaw as needed? If so how does the food taste come the middle of the week?

    Also how many times a week do you bulk cook and how long does it last you for?

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  9. I don't know, I just don't agree with feeling compelled to explain anything to anyone. To those who genuinely want to know, I love to engage and share knowledge with. But I've had people say some unbelievably ignorant things like, "Why lift weights, you'll only look like a man." To those people I say, well...nothing. I don't think we gain anything by getting defensive or frustrated. Anytime we allow someone to "ring our bell," we willingly grant power to that naysayer or to their comment or attitude. I'm curious to know what I would gain by taking time and energy to respond in a snippy "I'll show them!" sort of way, or getting upset. Probably nothing. It messes with my focus and if I'm on a roll and I'm seeing the beautiful, exciting results that I am working for; I most certainly will not divert my attention to address any negative (or more than likely just ignorant) comments. That is what I mean by Erin Stern's approach. It's not that I think we should pretend that working towards reaching our goals are without challenges. That would most definitely be unrealistic. But keeping our eye on the prize involves an ongoing effort to stay focused on the good, to attract more good, more positive, and more of what you're about :)

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