Alright, time to kick off another clean eating sprint! These are my S.M.A.R.T. goals for this sprint:
- Specific — what I will and won’t eat (below) from April 16- May 21
- Measurable — I’ll track all of my food using LoseIt (1425 calories/day; 40% carbs / 30% protein / 30% fats) and by planning all of my meals.
- Achievable – This will be my 3rd time doing this, the first was guided through the Plus Program at my gym, so yes, I know I can do it!
- Relevant — Yes, I set up this goal and I want to do it. It’s relevant to what I want to accomplish with my life.
- Time Bound — Now until May 21, 2014*
* At the end of each of these I’ve done a BodPod up at the University of Utah. I haven’t yet decided if I’ll do that this time.
I am doing this to lose weight — and I have three numbers I am tracking against (which is kind of silly but go with it). These are:
- My all-time high
- My current baseline
- My absolute current weight (which is a little high from eating crappy for a few weeks + just returning from Las Vegas). I’ll drop this number from consideration once I’m back to my current baseline.
What I will and won’t eat
Ok, so here is the meat and potatoes of how this works (except, not with potatoes…)
I will eat:
- Leans — chicken and fish mostly
- Greens — lots of veggies, some fruits
- Carbs — I find I tend to go overboard and focus only on leans and greens for the first week and I can barely make it through a workout — so I have to make sure to include complex carbs (brown rice, wheat tortillas, sweet potatoes, quinoa, that kind of thing)
I will also make sure to eat breakfast (protein shake ~ 300 calories), a snack (~200 calories), lunch (~300 calories), snack (~150 calories) and dinner (~400 calories) .
What I (mostly) won’t eat:
- Sugar (real or fake) – I do have very little in my protein shake, fruits or in my small after dinner snack.
- Dairy – there may be very little in cheese or greek yogurt used to substitute in recipes.
- Simple Carbs – no white flour, white rice, potatoes, corn or other simple carbs.
- Red meat – again, maybe a tiny amount, but it’s never been worth the caloric tradeoff when I’m doing clean eating.
Yes, there will be some. This Sunday will be Easter brunch with my family; there will be others, yet to be determined.
I just completed my second week of this clean eating sprint. I wasn’t really as on it as I should have been my first week, but I’m still on track.
The numbers so far:
- Total this sprint: -7 pounds
- Below baseline*: 1.2 pounds
- All time total: -28.2 pounds
*The baseline I’m tracking is the lowest I hit after round 2, I let some weight creep back on in Costa Rica, Moab and Las Vegas (and generally being pretty lax), so while the 7 down in two weeks sounds incredible, it’s really dropping vacation weight which is always easy on, easy off for me—assuming I get it back off quickly.
I’m so close to 30#s lost I can almost taste it (and it tastes like salmon and cauliflower).