I am not as strict with my diet as I was before just because I have lost a majority of what I wanted, At first I was aiming for 1200 calories a day and I think that is just too low for me. If I was working on losing a large amount of weight, I probably would keep at that but for now, I am aiming for 1500 to 1800 calories depending on what workout I am going to do that day. I noticed when I ate more calories, I saw better results. I think that it is because I had more energy from the extra food and allowed me to get a better workout in but that is just my theory! I have noticed that if I eat a bigger breakfast, I am less as likely to give into bad cravings because it keeps me full for longer. I have been keeping it simple for lunch and doing mostly sandwiches. I love the Flat out bread and the Orowheat Sandwich Thin bread which are both 100 calories. For dinner, I have been still modifying what I make for my family to meet my diet. I have been thinking about taking up IIFMY (If it Fits My Macros) but I am not sure I want to focus that much on my diet.
Turkey sandwich with veggies and hummus,
A BLT (turkey bacon), 100 calorie greek yogurt with granola, half a banana, and strawberries.
For exercise, I am still sticking with the YouTube videos, mainly Melissa Bender. She is amazing and kicks your ass! her website is Benderfitness.com and has a breakdown of all her exercises. I have trying to get cardio in a little everyday so I can shed the last few pounds I would like to lose and I have layer of fat on my tummy I need to shed to get these little baby abs to show! They're there I swear! I like HIIT since it incorporates hard and then less hard cardio also. My endurance is def picking up even though cardio is still kicking my ass. I consider activities with Chloe to be exercise so I like to go swimming, go on walks, and just play with her. We went to the zoo over the weekend and I walked my butt off of course. It was so much fun but I still got a good little workout in. Talk about a win/win!
My goal for the rest of this month is to focus more on abs, specifically my lower abs because I have this pooch going on I would like to see gone! Also, I want to raise my endurance for cardio. If you are reading this and have any suggestions, let me know because I would love some input into what I can do to help me on my journey!