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The (updated) Plan

So, last week, I talked about a new eating plan that I was trying out.  I didn’t want to go into any details until I had given it a little bit of time so that I could give a fair opinion.  Well, friends, I’m afraid I still can’t give a very fair opinion.

I changed the plan after the third day.  Basically, it was a plan designed for maximal fat loss (which is my goal), and the eating plan looked similar to this:

Egg whites, steamed broccoli, tuna, steamed broccoli, steamed chicken, steamed green beans, protein shake, chicken, lettuce, tomato, protein shake.

And that was it.  (I could sub other leafy greens for some of the vegetables, and I could sub white fish for the chicken.)

I don’t know about y’all, but I actually enjoy cooking and eating.  By the end of day one, I was dreading my meals.  By day three, the smell of broccoli was making me nauseous.  So, I had a heart to heart with myself (don’t judge).

I asked – what are my goals?  Do I want to sacrifice all pleasures of eating and cooking just so I can be a little slimmer?  Do I see myself entering a figure competition?  Do I want to be miserable for the next eight weeks?

No, no, and no.

I am all for sacrificing some of my treats (that had becoming way too common) so that I can see results, but I don’t want to be one of those girls that can’t be around others because of the terribly crabby mood that hunger brings on.  It was quite serious – I couldn’t even read all my favorite food blogs!  Tragic.

Even though I knew this plan wasn’t the best fit for me, I knew that I couldn’t just give up and go back to eating whatever I wanted.  So, I chose a new plan!

It has similar principles to the strict plan I attempted – very low carbs, no added sugars or fruits (for now), and high protein.  It’s a plan you may have heard of before…


It’s hard for me to join in a “fad” diet, but I like fact that this plan is designed by a cardiologist and it builds into a eating plan that you can literally follow forever.  I switched to SB Phase 1 (the no fruit, no starches phase – like a detox) on Thursday, and I’ll continue it this week and the next.  Phase 2 allows some healthy carbs, such as sweet potatoes and fruit (!!!) to gradually be added back in.  I’m trying to do a whole foods approach to this plan, and I’m not allowing myself to buy any of their packaged foods.

I’m just thankful I can have some more variety in my foods!  I’ll be posting some SB recipes throughout the next several weeks, and if you have any ideas, please feel free to leave them in the comments!

*In case you were wondering how I did on the first week – I lost a few pounds.  However, I’m trying to go more by my body fat percentage and how my clothes fit.  I will say that today I felt a LOT more comfortable in one pair of pants than I did two weeks ago.*

I’m heading to bed – all that sleeping in last week made getting up and working all day today extra hard!

So tell me…

Did you ever do one of the fad diets?

What are your thoughts on South Beach Diet?


The Plan

Happy Monday, friends!  I hope that today was a good one for you.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous again here today, and I am so thankful to be on SPRING BREAK!!!!!!

After sleeping in until 8 this morning (which was glorious), I got up to make breakfast.  On a normal day off from school, I would spend my time in the kitchen making something delicious that I normally wouldn’t have time for on a school day.  That was not the case today.  Today marked the beginning of my eight week eating plan.  I’m calling it a plan because the word diet makes me cringe.

I’ve been stuck lately.  Well, that’s not completely true, because you can’t be stuck if you’re gaining weight, can you?  For some reason, my body has decided to rebel against any attempts to stop the numbers from climbing higher on the scale.  I’ve noticed that my body fat percentage has gotten higher, and I’ve also noticed that my pants are a little quite snug.

After ranting about it and having a meltdown (sorry Daniel), I decided the best way to fix this problem was to develop a plan.

I felt like I didn’t even have a “pl” as Phoebe said.:)

Sure, my “plan” has always been to eat clean and make workouts count, but I haven’t been pushing myself to make changes and see results.

That changed today.  Last weekend, I came across an eating plan by Cassey at blogilates.  It’s one that she did to drop her body fat percentage, and it definitely worked for her.  I’m starting by following the eating guidelines as she did, and after the first week I’ll be able to see if I need to make any changes to suit my needs and lifestyle.

I don’t plan on posting the full plan until after I’ve been able to evaluate it and give it some time.  The basics are what you would expect – low carbs, no sugars, extremely high protein, and a TON of water.  If you have some specific questions about the plan, just shoot me an email at southernfitfoodie AT gmail DOT com.

So tell me…

What’s your eating/workout plan?

Do you have a plan for anything else?

DIET – the ultimate four letter word

Most people cringe when they hear the word “diet” because they think of eating small amounts of tasteless food, giving up all their favorite foods, and waking up in the middle of the night so hungry they start gnawing on the bedpost.

I think it is interesting that the word diet actually means “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.”  The origin of the word diet comes from a Greek word meaning “a way of living.”  Looking at the word from this perspective puts a much more positive spin on it. 

Lately, I have noticed that I have allowed too many empty carbs (sweets) back into my regular eating habits.  Accordingly, I have noticed a few extra pounds creep on my waistline.  In order to get this extra weight off, I am not GOING on a diet, but I am going to ADJUST my diet  way of life.  This means less refined sugars (so long, mini kit-kats, it’s been real), more vegetables, and also a change in my workout routine. 

My body has gotten used to my routine, and now the hour long sweat session of Zumba that occurs 3-4 times a week is just “the norm.”  This week, I have added in two Piloxing classes (have y’all heard of this or taken the class?  It’s so much fun!), some Jillian Michaels (6 week 6 pack), new weight lifting combos, and HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts.  I bought the Women’s Health Big Book of 15 Minute Workouts and have been mixing those in with my other workouts.  Needless to say, I’ve been sore all week!  I know I’m not the only one who rejoices when I wake up and my muscles are stiff and sore from an effective workout! 🙂 

Even though I’m cutting back in some areas of my eating habits, I am DEFINITELY not eliminating things I love (chocolate, frozen yogurt, carbs, cheese).  I have recently fallen in love with three new (to me) forms of chocolate.

Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

Zico Chocolate Coconut Water

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Caramel Bar with Sea Salt (this one is still an indulgent and decadent treat, but it counts because it’s a new obsession – and dark chocolate has antioxidants).

I will keep you posted on my adjusted eating habits and way of life in general! 

Do y’all ever get “stuck” and have to jumpstart  your healthy lifestyle?  (I seriously hope it’s not just me!)

What’s your favorite treat that is somewhat healthy but doesn’t “taste healthy”?

Any words out there that you can’t stand or make you cringe?


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