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Fat Loss Round 2 

Ok let’s try this again…. like I mean really try and not quit because it’s hard and it sucks and I wanna eat….. whine over 

Time to put my big girl pants back on and do a cut… aka fat loss phase. 

You see , my lean muscle gain was good and I was making the appropriate increases in weight but my overall body fat was out of control .. 36.2% is far too high for my liking. Hence the decision to attempt another fat loss phase. And yes I am going to do cardio again because I have to, not because I want to. Have a look at my new macros for the week

This is doable so long as I stick to filling carbs like veggies and fruit and fill up on lean protein at every meal. 

Today I did a fasted cardio workout which was 30 min of hiit sprints on the mill 

I’m still sick as a dog with a head cold and my lungs have not recovered fully from my pneumonia but fuck it , I’m still giving it my all. Then I still had a full leg day workout , this was a struggle today. I could barely squat 135 today. Changed up my plan a bit to incorporate some RDL on the smith machine, worked glutes and finished with some abs. 

After all that I was famished so I downed my protein with creatine and came home to eat this

Now to figure out the rest of the days meals and hit those macros …. Happy Victoria Day friends 

Big Lifts Need Big Fuel!

Guys , if I can share one piece of advice to y’all it would be ” Ya gotta eat” 

Everyone has different goals in life and mine right now have changed for like the billionth time. I thought I wanted to cut and go into a deficit while still lifting big , but guess what??? That’s pretty freaking hard to do! I was “hangry” and it affected my lifts. So back to the drawing board and my conclusion is this ” big lifts need big food” I gotta eat! 

I’ve altered my macros again 

Focusing mostly on getting as much protein into me as I can. Hitting 279g is really freaking hard for someone who has a reduced sized stomach- I can only eat up to 4oz of meat at a time. I also cannot eat much more with that meat so I need to spread it out over the course of the day. I’m also chugging back about 3-4 shakes a day because if ya gotta drink water ya might as well put some protein in it! My fats are kept higher because eating eggs is important to me, I can knock back 3 eggs in a sitting so I need those fat grams. My carbs are sitting at 0.5g per lb of body weight. 

My typical day of food goes something like this 

Pre workout 

2 cups coffee with Splenda and fat free creamer

C4 

Protein bar or protein bites 

Post workout 

Shake with 2 scoops protein and water

8 ju jubes ( get that fast acting glucose to those muscles) 

Lunch 

Eggs, salad, meat, cheese whatever makes up around 390 calories 

Snack 

Shake with 1 scoop protein water 

Cheese, meat, apple, tangerine 

Supper

Meat, veg , cottage cheese

Bedtime 

Casein shake with 1 or scoops depending on where protein is sitting 

Then I will macro cap for the balance of my fat and carb grams , could be anything but I don’t typically have carbs leftover at the end of the night. 

So where is this getting me? Well I’m lifting hard and heavy

Today I was able to hit some good numbers and pull my pr deadlift of 250 after doing working sets ​

Squats are doing ok , work still needs to be done there 

  

I’m loving Kris Gethin’s hardcore trainer and the accessory work is definitely helping me form muscle definition , all I can say is ” I love my traps” 

There is no way I/me can build muscle in a deficit, some can but I know my body and I need to eat. Being a bariatric patient protein is the number 1 macro so it fits this lifestyle. Gaining weight is ok because there is a huge difference between “gaining weight and gaining fat” !!!! I’m all about the muscle weight gain! 

Lifting Is Easy – Nutrition Is Hard!

Ain’t that the truth! 

For me staying motivated in the gym is no problem, finding programs to keep me interested- no problem. 

Figuring out how to fuel these workouts BIG PROBLEM! 

I’m someone who needs to read everything , every study , every internet snippet of info I can find on what diet/lifestyle is the BEST OUT THERE. Well guess what – I ain’t found it yet? I have been following Avatar for months now and the reverse dieting was easy – you just keep on eating more. Then I decided I got way too fluffy and I needed to cut – so I entered into fat loss phase- no bueno! No pounds lost no body fat lost. So what do I do ? Start researching again. I go and pay for a custom meal plan ( which was ok but I’m not convinced yet) , then I start researching Keto again – oh god No Dawn remember what happened last time see link Here

Then I find Jim Stoppani’s 6 week Shortcut to Shred plan. I started reading and I do not like his workout plan – I’ll stick to Kris Gethin Hardcore Trainer 2 plan that I’ve just finished week 1 BUT his nutrition plan piqued my interest. I Fear Carbs! I always have and as a Bariatric pt I have to. It is rule #1 to eliminate carbs!!!!! So , Stopanni suggests that you eat 1g of protein per lb of body weight (1.5g preferrably) and 0.5g of fat. He uses a scenario for carbs but I picked the phase 3 one which was 0.5g carbs per lb of body weight. Now – listen up ! I set my new goals is My Fitness Pal to read 

I weigh 185 – so I went with a little more than 1g of protein but not 1.5 because I simply cannot eat 277g of protein in a day. 

Fats are perfect at 0.5g = 93g fat per day

Carbs 155g which is a little more than 0.5g per lb. I’d have to be at 93g /day if I calculated it. I chose to go a little above it the first week , then I’ll reduce next week. Monday is my weigh in day with avatar so this is when I will start this plan- give it a week see how I feel and if I want to continue. 

I’m kinda at a point right now where I just want to give up on the macro tracking and constant weighing of myself. I’m becoming too obsessed with numbers and targets. I think I’d rather focus that energy in the gym lifting. That’s the easy part! 

After I weigh in tomorrow my kid is hiding my scale, I won’t step on it till next Monday. If I find the tracking and counting becomes to obsessive then I’ll stop. Easy as that , I’ve lost weight in the past just intuitively eating – I can do it again. 

My bariatric program is great and I still have all the paperwork and handouts and notes from my surgery. I will just go back to the those easy simple basics- Eat All Your Protein and Don’t Eat Carbs! 

Until then , you will catch me searching the web for the perfect weight loss solution and googling fat loss help! Lol – mostly kidding but other than that I’ll be in the gym 5 days a week killing workouts and making fat cry! 

High Protein Egg Bowl Breakfast 

Looking for a grab and go breakfast that is high in protein , good carbs and fat? Get yourself an egg Bowl! 

I used Old El Paso stand n stuff taco bowls 


I used 5 eggs, splash of milk, 2 cheese sticks , 3 oz deli ham and 1/4 diced orange pepper. 

Just fill up the bowls , pop in the oven at 375 for about 15 minutes – until eggs have set! 

Here’s the macros stats 

Enjoy! 

Vega Apple Pie Smoothie 

This absolutely amazing smoothie recipe is sponsored by my good friends Vega and Silk ! 


I was tasked to #BuildABetterSmoothie with minimal ingredients and wicked yummy taste. SO I DID! 

We had some apples that were picked from a local orchard so I knew it had to be Apple Pie flavored! 

You will need 

1 Apple peeled and diced

1 scoop Vega vanilla protein powder

1 cup Silk unsweetened Almond Milk

2 graham crackers 

Dash of Apple Pie spice 

Put everything into a blender and go ​


I topped it with coconut whip and a little crushed graham cracker!

Enjoy , now go Build Your Better Smoothie with Vega and Silk- get creative! 

Quest Strawberry Protein Muffins

This “recipe” makes 24 mini muffins and No Guilt! Eat and enjoy! 

You will need 

P28 Foods strawberry pancake mix 1/3c X 3

2 scoops Quest Nutrition strawberry protein 

2 strawberries

2 cups water 

Candy sprinkles

Mix together and fill greased muffin tins 

Bake at 325 for about 10 min, here’s the calorie/macro info. 


Now these aren’t sweet so if you want you can add some stevia to the mix. 

Enjoy 

What the heck do you eat 6 yrs Post RNY ? 

I get a lot of interest from followers on my diet/lifestyle . I hate to use the word diet because it is just such a negative term. I love to eat and before I had a revision WLS ( weight loss surgery) it showed 

See! You don’t get to be 284lbs by not loving food. My problem was my food intake was atrocious! I made bad choices and I admit it. I remember driving to the hospital to work one day back in 1998 ( I had my first WLS in 98) and stopping at a donut shop. I ordered 6 eclair cream filled donuts and ate them all before arriving at work. So guess what , I did it again the next day too! I have a very addictive personality , hence why I am now sober, and when food becomes your addiction you pay for it. Luckily I have been able to positively change my addictions to fitness and weight loss now. 

So I needed to change. WLS helped me. It was my tool. When I first had my old school surgery in 98 I was not healthy , I lived on liquids. I barely consumed protein and I wasn’t well. 

Fast forward to 2010 when I had a revised RNY gastric bypass and had a team of professionals to guide me. I learned to make good choices. Always chose protein first, veggies second and never drink while eating. So what the heck do you eat in day? 

I’m a creature of habit and when something works I stick with it! Now that I’m lifting heavy 6x a week I actually eat quite a bit for a WLS patient. 

Breakfast – everyday it’s 2 coffee with lactose free creamer and stevia. Typically I don’t eat before the gym and do fasted cardio and a lift. On the days I don’t work out I eat a lot of eggs, protein waffles or rice cakes with protein butter.

I drink a pre workout and lift. 

Post workout – now I’m freaking hungry!!!! I always drink a protein shake mixed with water immediately after! In my car in the gym parking lot I’m smashing my face full of 3.5 oz chicken mixed with 1/2 sweet potato. I still can’t eat chicken without feeling sick so I have to almost blend it into my sweet potatoes. Or I’m eating hard boiled eggs, Deli turkey slices or just as much protein as I can! 

Lunch – typically its cucumbers/hummus and a salad with a ton of pepitas, almonds, egg, cheese and low calories dressing. 

Pm snack – another shake with water. Rice cake (caramel with pumpkin protein muscle butter) oh yeah! 

Supper – always a meat and vegg combo. My problem is I fill up on the protein so I have trouble eating all the veggies. Again , I blend them together on my plate. Somedays I seriously feel like a 5 year old. 

Bedtime – Yes I eat before bed! Always a casein shake with water and cinnamon! Depending on my macros left for the day it could be simple toast and PB. 

I like snacky type foods and my car is always filled with healthy treats like These 

I’d love to hear from my fellow WLS peeps for ideas on new snacks , meals and recipes to share! 

Alpha Female Week 2 Progress Pics

Week 2 Done! 

Weight lost 0lbs , I went from 175 down to 173 and back up to 175.8 this morning. This is frustrating. Yes I know muscle weighs more than fat but really, I’m logging all my food, hitting so close to my macros and working out like a beast- move scale dammit! 

Macros

My targets are 175g protein 170g carbs and 51g of fat. 

I’m always over on fat and my carbs and protein get pretty close. Carbs do go over some days too. Coach reevaluates these macros after 3 weeks on the program. I’m curious to hear what she has to say. 

After doing Keto I find it hard to eat low fat because I always understood that low fat meant chemical shit storm !!!! Added in sugars and crap to make things low fat. This was last nights low fat high protein meal – shrimp, low fat cottage cheese and cucumbers.

Workouts are going well and I’m even bumpin up the weights a bit. I still feel challenged so this is good. But, the proof is in the pictures so you tell me if you see changes. The scale sure doesn’t.

Now for the measurements 

Bust before 40

Bust now 40 same

Waist before 36

Waist now 36 same

Hips before 41.5 

Hips now 42 up .5

Left Bicep before 12

Left bicep after 12.5 up .5

Right bicep before 12

Right bicep after 13 up 1 

So my guns have grown but nothing else is shrinking urgh. 

Morning abs???? Are you in there Let’s see what happens in week 3 and pray that changes start. 

Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes – iifym

This totally fits my macros and I love to eat these before a heavy lift day!

Today is back day and lots of pulling sets going down – deadlifts and rows so I need my mix of carbs and protein. 

You can make a batch of these, freeze and just pop in the toaster to warm – FYI ! However I made these and ate them right away. All you need is 

I used 1/3 cup of pancake mix and 1 scoop of protein, added in just enough water to make it smooth. 

This made 3 pancakes

Once cooked I warmed up 1 tbsp of peanut butter, drizzled over top , poured my sugar free syrup (just under 1/4c) and sprinkled a few candy sprinkles. Here’s your macro breakdown 

Look at that protein count! 

Enjoy 

Strawberry Protein Waffle

Oh yummmmmooooo! 

When it’s leg day and ya gotta get those carbs and protein in pre lift this is the perfect meal! You can basically eat waffles any time of the day right? 

Does this not look fabulous! 

Here’s what you will need – I purchased the protein and pancake mix at Vitamin Shoppe FYI. 

Missing from the photo is Buff Bake Birthday Cake Protein batter and fresh strawberries. 

I simply took 1/3 cup of pancake mix and 1 scoop of Quest Protein and mixed with enough water to make it smooth consistency. Poured into my waffle maker, set on medium, and cooked for about 2-3 minutes. 

Top with 4 strawberries, 1 tbsp Buff Bake and 1/8 c syrup. 

There’s your macros for the recipe. 

Enjoy 

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