Out of all the questions I get in my in box, this is the one question that pops up the most-“How do you stay so thin?”Ladies, I have to be upfront and honest- I am at a healthy weight, but I do not consider myself super “thin”. I have curves and I am content with that- would I like to loose 10 pounds? Yes. But, again-I am not overweight, refuse to obsess about my weight, and am thankful for a healthy body. With that being said, I am conscious to make wise decisions for my health. I may eat a homemade meal with my family most nights, but I make to balance the rest of my day out right.
- I typically eat a healthy cereal for breakfast
- I typically work out 4-5 days a week (coming up on 8 years now!)
- I don’t eat a lot of fast food
- I keep snacks to a minimum
- I typically make my lunch
- I enjoy a home cooked dinner with my family most nights
An “On the Go” Diet
You run through Starbucks and grab a Grande Caffe Mocha and a Reduced Fat Lemon Berry Coffee Cake
=560 calories and 18 grams of fat
You only have a 1/2 hour, better make it quick!
You go through the McDonald’s drive through and order a cheeseburger, medium fry and a medium Coke
=890 calories and 31 grams of fat
The kids all have games tonight so you order pizza on your way home…
You have just 2 slices of Pizza Hut Pan Pizza with Pepperoni
= 760 calories and 38 grams of fat
On a side note:
You drink a Coke during dinner and throw in an extra one during the day
=280 calories 0 grams of fat
Late Night Snack:
Potato Chips n Dip while you are watching The Biggest Loser
(3 handfuls of chips and 4 tbsp of dip)
530 calories and 38 grams of fat
Grand Total= 3,020 Calories and 125 grams of fat
A Typical Day for Me
GoLean Crunch Cereal and home brewed coffee with fat free cream and a tsp of sugar
=236 calories and 4.5 grams of fat
I go to the gym:
30 mins of cardio and 30 mins of light weight lifting=
=Approximately 500 calories BURNED
(I am not even counting all the calories I burn running after my 2 year old and cleaning my house every day!)
A Peanut butter filled banana=
205 calories 8 grams of fat
Fried (in butter) egg and cheese sandwich that I make at home:
=420 calories and 15 grams of fat
Dinner: (based on Cracker Barrel’s nutritional facts from a third party for the same menu items-this is an estimate)
Homemade Chicken n Dumplings, Green Beans, Baked Caramel Apples=
985 calories and 43.4 grams of fat
While I am blogging and Geoff is watching ESPN
Pop Secret Homestyle Popcorn=
80 calories and 5 grams of fat
On a side note:
I try VERY hard not to DRINK my calories, so I drink water with my meals. Do I drink enough of it? Probably not. But, I try to steer clear of milk, juice, and pop because I would MUCH rather EAT my calories than DRINK them. Once in a while I drink Diet Coke, but I haven’t been buying it for the home for a few months now. I cave with coffee and warm drinks every now and again.
Grand Total with BURNED Calories= 1426 calories and 75.9 grams of fat
(A difference of 1,594 calories from the “On the Go” Diet.)
Did you notice that my “work out” NEGATES MORE THAN HALF of my home cooked supper?!
There you have it. The reason why I can eat a hearty dinner with my family is because I exercise, I try not to drink many calories, and I stay away from fast food (for the most part). There is definately room for improvement in my diet and if I ate a healthier dinner I would probably lose those dreadful 10 pounds, hehe.
Please comment away girls…I would love to know your methods to keep those girlish figures!
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