What I had for dinner.
If you are anything like me… you probably grab a bag of chips or something else really unhealthy and sit down in front of the TV and munch away mindlessly. This can be a very difficult habit to break so we’re not going to try to break it right away. Instead we are going to replace that unhealthy snack with a healthy one, like the snack pictured below. Throw together a few veggies and hummus or fresh air popped popcorn. You are guaranteed to eat less calories this way then eating chips directly from the bag.
The snacks don’t have to take a lot of time to put together either. These snacks are organic store bought baby carrots, some peas, and cherry tomatoes. Along with store-bought hummus this becomes a very healthy and filling snack. Maybe someday you will feel so good from eating so healthy that you will want to try making homemade hummus like I did. I don’t always have time to make homemade hummus though so I like the option of buying it at the store (try to find a version of hummus with no added oil).
On May 26th I created a post titled Burn more fat. Today is exactly one month and I am ready to report my results so far. I am ecstatic to report that I lost 5.2 lbs using the “slow down” method of running with MAF heart rate training. One of the reasons I am so ecstatic is that I had hit a plateau in my weight loss until changing to this MAF training with my Polar heart rate monitor. I started noticing a difference in my face first, a coworker asked me one day if I had lost more weight, that my face looked thinner, and I was excited to say yes and tell her my MAF experience. Then I went on vacation for two weeks and didn’t exercise as much and didn’t eat as well as usual, and I still lost weight. I was very active on vacation though, my sister likes to be active too, which helps. I drove to her house in UT ( an 11 hour drive) and stayed for a couple of weeks. During my stay we ran a few times, hiked once, camped 4 nights, and went paddle boarding 2 days. I usually run 3 to 4 days a week.
With all of this in mind I should see better results in another month. It is really hot here in AZ though, so my training is suffering (especially since I am not a morning person). The coolest it has been lately is 85 degrees and that is at 6am, by 8am it is 91 degrees. Today I started my run at 9:45am and it was 94 degrees and overcast. I ran for an hour. By 10:45am it was 96 degrees.
As far as eating, I have been trying to avoid processed sugar and junk food. I have been eating more higher fat plant foods like nuts, seeds, and avocados. After reading Finding Ultra I decided my body would be ok with the higher fat foods since it is switching to burning more fat. Rich Roll talked about eating avocado sandwiches, and I have been enjoying a few since then. I eat more fruits and VeggEase and less pastas, grains and beans.