I gained about 15-20 pounds with my last pregnancy that I never lost. I had resigned myself to just being bigger and gave away all my smaller clothes, when something just clicked for me, and in early May 2020 I decided to lose the weight. It is easier since I am forced to work from home and if I return to the office, I will probably have to adjust my eating habits again. I am currently down about 10 pounds and would like to lose at least another ten.
On a “good” day, my daily diet is scrambled egg whites (with one full egg, otherwise I use the liquid egg whites) and raspberries for breakfast, carrot sticks with greek yogurt (some kind of seasoning mixed in, I hate plain greek yogurt) for a snack, chicken breasts with honey mustard or BBQ sauce (caveat- I measure out one Tbsp of BBQ sauce, each bite of chicken gets a tiny tab, just enough for flavor) and steamed broccoli or brussels sprouts for lunch, and some kind of fish for dinner with more steamed vegetables.
I do not eat this way every day (although my breakfast is really standard- I eat that 99% of the time). I also will eat a handful of chips here and there, eat a bite of my kids’ pancakes or their Dino Bites (chicken nuggets), and if my kids are eating ice cream, I’ll usually snag a bite of that too :). We call that the “ice cream tax” at my house.
I do generally have some form of chicken every day. Sometimes I mix it with a little olive oil and fajita seasoning mix. I bought a steamer from Amazon and I usually steam at least one vegetable a day, sometimes two or three. I eat carrots and peppers raw. Sometimes I’ll eat squash or sweet potatoes, but my veggie staples are broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, and to a lesser extent, peppers and cucumbers.
I eat raspberries, strawberries, and oranges every day. I will usually have an apple too, either snagging some I sliced up for my kids, or eating my own. I also like watermelon, cantaloupe, and pineapple, but those are maybe once a week at our house. We run through a lot of produce here.
I usually buy a big bag of frozen chicken breasts, and boil the whole lot. I’ll shred it and use it for salads, fajitas (no tortilla for me), chicken salad sandwiches I make for husband, and to eat with the honey mustard or BBQ sauce. We go through a lot of chicken and eggs in our house too.
I also buy different types of frozen fish, and usually have them with one vegetable and baked potatoes for dinner. My family likes a lot of different casseroles so I will make those, and either just eat the meat out of there, or leave some meat out and cook separately. I am not a huge fan of casseroles even if I am not trying to lose weight.
The most annoying thing about eating better is just how freaking time consuming it is. I feel like I am constantly washing/chopping/steaming/boiling and then cleaning all the utensils just so I can do it all over again. Not to mention the grocery bill.
For exercise, I bought a subscription to Sweat (it’s like $10/month). You pick the program and there are I think 3 resistance workouts and 3 cardio workouts per week. The program I follow is basically a mix of burpees, mountain climbers, multiple variations of squats, lunges, and pushups, skipping rope, tricep dips, and some abs exercises that I usually skip because they’re boring. If you have instagram, you can follow the Sweat trainers and they post a lot of workouts for free.