Sunday, January 19, 2014

Operation Get Fit Link-Up!

As most of you know, I've been doing the Advocare 24-Day Challenge for the past 14 days. And it's been an interesting experience and definitely been the kick in the butt I needed to get my fitness and weight in a better place.

I've found that what shocked me the most about this plan how much I was dreading the dieting... But it's been the easiest part really!

All my life I've pretty much been a terrible eater. A lot of my friends grew up in families where carrots were snacks and you had a salad with dinner and veggies were required with meals. Not I. I was such a picky eater as a child that I spent most of my childhood eating macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets for dinner. It honestly wasn't until my freshman year of college that I even began to branch out and eat things I'd never tried before.

Now I honestly will try just about anything once. And it's been amazing what I've found that I actually like that I never thought I would eat... and actually like.

During this diet, I've found some amazing ways to cut corners and avoid the foods that I always crave.

Instead of pasta, I'll do some sort variation of spaghetti squash. 
Last night I went to Mexican with friends. I dodged the cheese dip and went with guacamole instead (for those of you that know me, you know that's essentially a miracle.) 
I've found that I actually love almond butter and almond milk. 
You can add a lot of flavor to food without oils and sauces that are full of awful things. 
Instead of pasta sauce, cook ground turkey with tomatoes and onions and oregano. Boom. Tasty.
Veggies can be extremely filling... and you can eat all of them you want.
When I want a snack- I reach for something filling versus something that's a waste of calories.

I've honestly shocked myself with how well I've been able to stick with my diet (with a few modifications, of course.) If you are trying to cut back on calories and eat healthier-- I suggest trying a few new things and see what really works for you. 

I know I can't live without cheese. So I make room in my diet for it. I know I love carbs, so I eat them in moderation, but substitute where possible. And when it comes to sweets, I try to eat some fruit with nut butter. It's better for you, fills you up, and takes care of that craving. 

Don't be discouraged when you fall of the wagon for a day... Hop back on and start over. Your whole diet and weight loss plan will not be derailed by that one night you broke down and ate some pizza. 

It happens.

All I'm saying here is that if I, the queen of terrible eating and awful cravings, can control my eating habits-- anyone can.

Linking up with Sarah over at Venus Trapped in Mars for Operation Get Fit!
What diet tricks have you found work best for you?

xoxo, jgp


  1. Hahaha.... I too was a hell of a picky eater and such a junk food addict. I still am not good at branching out too much. I have found starting the week by doing a salad food prep for the week's lunches has helped so much!! I have began a Sunday weekly link up for Eat Good! Feel Good posts and I would love you to join in too :-) The more of us supporting one another the better - healthy eating can definitly be a challenge!
    Missy xx

  2. Way to stay on track. Sweets are my downfall so I just try to keep my portions small so I don't feel like I'm missing out.

  3. I'm a picky eater, too - I just like really bland food for some reason, so even though I think I eat healthy, I don't necessarily get my daily doses of veggies and fruits. But those are some great tips you posted, I'll have to try them! :)

  4. That is so great that you are doing so good and are aware of what you are eating. I have been trying to eat more and more veggies, they are just so good. & that is a great idea for sauce, that I have never thought of. Keep up the good work girlie, can't wait to hear your story at the end of the 24 days :) glad I came across this, stopping by from the link up today.

    xo. Kailagh

  5. Ok so this is totally a sensible way to look at healthy eating. I'm trying to remove diet from my life, it seems like you are kinda on the same page with me :)