Nutrition & Fitness

This has been an area where I’ve spent a lot of years researching and learning and still know I have a lot of learning to do! But I can say I feel content with knowing that what I know is sufficient for the long term.

I have read all kinds of books over the years and I even participated in a program for a few years called Balance 365. I have also spent a lot of time paying attention to my body to determine what makes it feel good. I’m not perfect at anything, but I think that’s the point.

Street Parking

I joined the Balance 365 small group coaching (which I had to stay in for 6 months at $60 per month), and I actually gained weight. I realized at the end of that time that it’s not for me anymore. I needed something new and fast moving + more structure. I needed encouragement to do my best every day and to show up even when life is hard.

My friend has been sharing about something called Street Parking for a year +. I asked a lot of questions for a few months and decided to give it a try. At $20 per month, it seemed like it was safe to try.

I will never look back. It is the most amazing program there is. I have made so many gains (in weight and ability to do the hard workouts) and lost inches and pounds. Part of it is the 5 workouts that I do per week now, and part of it is the focus on eating to feel good and fuel my workouts.

I bought the fat loss template and have been using it loosely. It’s whole foods based and there’s a big focus on getting the macros that are needed for working out and for fat loss.

Protein

This helps build and repair tissues; makes enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals.  It builds bones, muscle, cartilage, skin, and blood.  (From WebMd)

We eat fish: salmon, cod, and flounder.

We eat mostly grass fed beef. I get this from my friend’s ranch most of the time. I like supporting local when I can! We use lots of ground, roasts, ribs, steaks, stew meat, etc. We love tacos from this beef!  When I can’t get beef from my friend, I get some good meat from our store.  

We love chicken and I tend to make whole roasted chickens and baked thighs and legs the most. We do breasts also, but only if we pan sear it.

Pork is another common thing that we eat! I try to buy from my friend but it’s very expensive, so I usually just pick it up from H‑E‑B. We love carnitas, pork chops, pork tenderloin, summer sausage, etc.

Then there’s axis venison when we can get some!

I also have a lot of eggs (also has fat), egg whites (no fat), and protein smoothies (with collagen and egg white protein), etc. My family has Greek yogurt and cottage cheese.

Fats

These are important because they help your body absorb vitamins, help us feel satisfied, help the nervous system, build cell membranes among other benefits.  (From Healthiest Best)

We eat nuts and seeds. We love peanut and almond butters.

We eat the yolk of the egg. We have backyard chickens so it makes sense.

Avocados are a huge favorite of mine.

I use avocado and olive oil mostly. I also like sesame oil in some dishes.

Sometimes I use ghee.

The fam eats cheese and has full fat milk.

I like olives at times.

I like coconut sometimes, but I have to limit it because of the amount of saturated fat.

I prefer a leaner meat, but I also prefer dark meat in chicken. Some beef and pork cuts have some fat and I account for that in my balanced meal. I eat a little bit of bacon.

I attempt to get less than 12g of saturated fat in a day, but it’s a process.

Veggies

Veggies are so important. They provide so many nutrients in the form of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and they provide energy. I truly feel so much better physically when I eat a lot of veggies.

I eat these freely: greens of all kinds (lettuce, kale, spinach, etc), asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, green beans, mushrooms, onion, tomatoes (including canned), cabbage, yellow squash, and zucchini.

I try to have about 800g/6 cups of fruits and veggies per day.

Carbs

These are your body’s main source of energy.  I cannot function without them. These fuel my workouts.

There are all kinds of sources, but here are the ones we have often: oatmeal, granola, homemade whole wheat breakfast foods, couscous, quinoa, brown and white rice, beans of all kind, lentils, whole wheat pasta, tortillas, whole wheat bread, etc.

Some veggies and all fruits are considered carbs. Some examples of veggies and fruits as carbs are sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, golden/yellow potatoes, red potatoes, spaghetti squash, acorn squash, delicata squash, butternut squash, pumpkin, carrots, corn, apples, bananas, berries, melon, grapes, kiwi, mangoes, oranges, peaches, pineapple, plums, etc.

My Specific Plan

Macro/Food Amount/Type
Fruits and VeggiesMinimum of 800g/6 cups
Protein150g per day
Fat60g per day
Saturated Fat12g max per day
Carbs (not from fruit)150g per day
DairyONLY in butter and Greek yogurt
Water60oz minimum

Sources

Fruits and Veggies: Any and all

Protein: chicken breast, chicken thighs, drumsticks, chicken sausage, pork chops, pork tenderloin, carnitas, grass fed beef, venison, salmon, other fish, Greek yogurt, egg white protein powder, whole eggs, egg whites

Fat: eggs, avocado oil, olive oil, butter (minimal), coconut oil (minimal), avocado, nut butters, nuts

Saturated Fat: Reduce butter, coconut oil, eggs, red meat

Carbs (not from fruit): oatmeal, whole wheat/whole grain products, couscous, rice (white and brown), legumes

Foods that are not from a whole food source that I’m okay with: Clif Bars; Rx Bars; Perfect Bars; bottled dressings; creamers for coffee; diet soda (1 per day); sparkling water; sweeteners such as maple, coconut sugar, honey (in moderation); and more.

What I Eat

Here are some meals that I have made and/or that we have often (some of the pics are from restaurants)! 

This is all food that I’ve had recently. The macros aren’t perfect as I’m still working on that.

Here is some food that I’ve had in the past. Again, macros aren’t perfect.

Weight Loss

Last year I lost 25 pounds just by eating well. I didn’t even exercise.

I gained back 17 of those pounds last school year because I stress ate every day.

Since June, I have lost 21 pounds and 7 inches around my waist (in addition to 3 inches off of my hips and 2 off of my thighs).

I still have 15-20 pounds to lose, but it’s obviously possible since I lost this just since June. And most of that I’ve lost since the end of July. I have lost this by eating balanced meals and working out 3-5 days per week.

Movement

This has been an area of struggle for me. In 2012-2013, I ran consistently. I ran 2-4 miles 2-4 times per week. I did a little bit of strength training but didn’t have great consistency with this because I had no direction. I didn’t really know how.

Until this summer, I didn’t work out much at all. I have started many times only to stop after a few times. I knew, though, going into the summer that I needed to develop a movement habit so that I would continue it into the fall.

Street Parking has been life-changing. I went from not working at all, to working out some (before SP), to working out all the time. I have a well established habit. I enjoy it. The workouts are simple, short, but intense. I have gotten stronger and have gained muscle. There is an amazing community with-in Street Parking in the form of Facebook groups and Instagram. People joke about it being a cult because so many people love it. Technically the program is CrossFit, but it’s not affiliated so I don’t really focus on that part. I never ever ever thought I’d be doing CrossFit. Ever. But here I am. I don’t think I’ll ever stop.

I recently decided to stop trying to run because it causes significant sciatic nerve pain that lasts for days after I run. My chiropractor and PCP both suggested that I do different cardio. Currently I’m just doing Street Parking workouts but plan to add in some mountain biking soon. OH. I also started rock climbing again and hope to continue to improve.

I’m so grateful to my friend for sharing Street Parking with me because I wouldn’t be where I am without it.