Growing up I never thought twice as to what I was eating. I never had to because I was naturally “thin” and I was an active kid and young man, so whatever I ate was usually worked off throughout the day. The last 5 years have proven that theory dead, as my once flat stomach has now established a nice, round pillow type shape while the rest of me has stayed the same. I’ve tried to ignore it, I’ve told myself everyone has a little gut and it’s no big deal, but the fact is I hate it! So, I’ve decided to jump the gun on my New Years redo this year and start getting healthy now, in December.
First things first, lets look at what the culprits could be. When I put drinking behind me couple years back I discovered how delicious deserts and sweets were, and having a bowl of ice cream or a few cookies every night after dinner are probably the biggest contributor to the bulge in my mid section. Second, breakfast. Yes, that delicious bagel from Tim Hortons I love to have, alongside a steaming hot cup of joe with 2 18% creams and a tablespoon of white sugar — gone. Now some might say, and they’re probably right, that just by eliminating the junk, I could successfully lose the gut in time. But if I’m cutting out my guilty pleasures, I have to fill them with something or I’ll just feel as if I got ripped off!
So, the #BeHealthy regimen begins, and it’s pretty easy so far. Who knew fruit was so delicious!? How about cottage cheese? Smoothies with yoghurt, milk, fruit and protein powder? These are all things you’ve probably seen before on my Twitter or Instagram, but they’ve now become a part of my daily routine.
To become healthy you have to commit. It’s like anything you want to change, 21 days and it becomes a habit. Once you choose to become healthy and change things up, you have to continue making small, smart choices each time you go to eat, and that’s the biggest challenge. I’ll show you how I’ve chosen to do it, and if you can take some ideas or tips from it, great!
I work a 9–5, as do a lot of us. That means my lunch and snacks are mostly consumed at work, so I’ve chosen to pack a luck every day so I don’t have any temptation to get takeout–ever! The idea of bringing a lunch to work everyday seems to be an unattainable task to so many people, so here’s how I do it.
- Saturday or Sunday go grocery shopping. Keep it simple, chicken breasts, berries, bananas, 2 or 3 other fruits (enough for the week), eggs, cottage cheese, thin buns, cheese and lettuce-that’s all!
- Sunday night: Bake 4 chicken breasts (skinless boneless, cajun seasoning, 350 degrees for 30 minutes) and chop them up.
- Also Sunday night, hard boil 5 eggs.
- Sunday night and every night during the week, make yourself a damn sandwich!
- Mornings, eat the hard boiled egg, and if you have a blender make a shake (berries, milk, yoghurt and protein powder if you have it)
- Pack your lunch, consisting of your sandwich, bananas, berries and cottage cheese, and your fruit choices.
- Try to eat something every 2–3 hours, and that’ll get you through the day.
Believe it or not, but that’s 2 out of 3 meals done! By this point you’ve maybe consumed 1500 calories, and if you play it safe you can have just about anything you want for dinner that is relatively healthy and you’ll be fine. I like Subway, ham and cheese, toasted with veggies for $5. Otherwise, a bit of pasta, a pre-made dish, or even a bowl of cereal will get me through. I also drink a ton of water, and i piss 100 times a day!
So, that’s it. Day 5 is over, I feel great, plus I lost 5 pounds this week… not too shabby! Next week it’s time to start training!