I am a 31yro woman who has struggled with my weight my entire adult life. I love food. Love probably isn't even the right word but it is as close as I can get to describing my affinity for creating and eating wonderful meals. As a child I spent countless hours cooking with both of my parents, grandmothers and eventually at my grandfathers as a teenager cooking meals for him weekly. I went to culinary school right out of high school, that did NOT help my weight struggle. It became an excuse to cook/bake and eat in mass quantity. I spent years focused on the evil number on the scale, inactivity and a highly processed, high fat and sugar diet lead to 100+ pounds of excess weight.
I have spent years taking that weight off and putting it right back on, my weight fluctuated like a child repeatedly blowing up a balloon. At one point I had lost so much that I rewarded myself with a TUMMY TUCK and BREAST LIFT! Of course I gained after surgery. I had not changed my approach to food or exercise. I have worked out off and on for years now. I have been a runner for many years and it is still odd for me to call myself one, even though I have several half marathons, countless 5k and 10ks under my belt.
All of that brought me to another unhappy weight gain and a late night search for a personal trainer. I for years thought "I don't need to pay someone to tell me what to do, I know what to do! I have done this so many times!" Well that was the problem. I have done it with out it ever sticking. I enlisted a friend to go with me for a consultation for the trainer. We began seeing him 3x a week, food journaling and following a few food rules. The first time we re-took my measurements I was SHOCKED!!! I had lost so many inches I couldn't believe it especially because I eat. I am not one of those girls who doesn't eat, never have been and never will. I'm eating a turkey burger as I type.
Most of the time I eat like this:
Lettuce Wraps with Coconut Peanut Sauce
- 2 chicken breasts
- 2 carrots
- 2 celery
- 1 can water chestnuts
- 1 stalk broccoli
- 4 cloves garlic,
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 1/2 cup cilantro paste
- 1/2 cup Braggs
- 1 bunch green onions
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 can coconut milk, (no sweeteners added)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (chunky works nicely)
- 1 clove garlic chopped
- 1 tsp ginger
- Bibb lettuce (romaine and iceberg work as well)