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Eating Out Without Outing Yourself « Bikini or Bust!

So, you’re trying to eat CLEAN, but you’re invited out to eat. Do you blow your diet for the sake of fun or even for the conflict in restaurant - image from bigstockphoto.comsake of avoiding ridicule and mockery?

A few weeks ago I went out to eat with 9 other people.  When it came my turn to order, I asked about how much chicken was given on the salad (because I might want to order double the order).  Our waitress was an irritating and terrible waiter anyway, but she gave me this look of disdain and said “um, how am I supposed to know”.  Whatever… My whole ordering process was painful as I tried to sort out what was good and exchange out what was not. EVERYONE was looking at me and I know they just thought I was being complicated. (except my husband of course since he knew why I was asking my questions).

I wish I read this post by Donloree ahead of time.  Now I know…

You have to read this post: Eating Out Without Outing Yourself « Bikini or Bust!. I highly recommend this! You CAN eat out and eat right – stay true to your diet! It’s go time!

Couch to 5k: Week 8

Summer has certainly kicked in full speed – Be sure to drink lots of water before and after! If you have noticed your knees are feeling a little achy, start icing them for 15-20 minutes post-run.

Now is not the time to slack on your diet, be sure you continue to balance your meals and get regular good-night’s sleep – your body depends on consistency in order to operate at optimal capacity.

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Week Workout 1 Workout 2 Workout 3
8 Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes). Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).

I am using this C25k schedule for my injury recovery.

Turkey Vs Beef

Is turkey really healthier than my much loved beef?Worried turkey holding sign "Eat beef"

Here’s the skinny: ground turkey is not always just white meat, it may contain fatty skin and dark meat making it actually a lesser choice than beef!!  When you eat out, be sure to ask if they use all white meat (The restaurant will be proud of the fact so it will be specified on the menu if they do).  If your goal is to buy lean meat and you opt for turkey, be careful when you shop to look out for “extra lean” or “super lean” on the packaging.
Cartoon cow between burger buns

…Whereas ground turkey sounds healthier than ground beef, if the package or label does not specify lean ground turkey breasts, it may contain dark meat and fat-laden skin. In that case, extra lean ground beef may be a slimmer pick. Be a smart consumer and check your food labels. ~WeightWatchers

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Not Enough Hours in a Day: Cut Gym (?!)

Priorities!  You have a hundred and one responsibilities including your fitness goals, but when push comes to shove, something’s gotta give and it should NOT be your health/well-being.  If you stretch yourself thin and overdue it, you could be doing counter-productive work towards your fitness goals.  Sometimes, your trip to the gym will have to be skipped in order to get more sleep and not wear yourself down till your immune system calls it quits.

What Not to Quit:

Your impeccable meal plans.  Whatever you do, do not compromise.  Key phrase: “Plan ahead”.  Write that on the chalk board 100 times for me.  We tend to compromise when we are in a rush, short on time, short on groceries.  The key is to not let yourself fall into those situations by planning ahead.  I jot grocery things down as I think of them, but Sunday is my meal planning day.  It’s when I decided if I need to bake lunch the night before or if I need to allot time in the morning to prepare it. Sunday is when I grocery shop for all my breakfasts, snack-meals, lunches, dinners.   Once you find your groove, this is SO EASY.  If you need meal plan ideas, check out Fitness RX magazine (men or women’s) or Muscle and Fitness magazine (His or Hers) OR check check out my “Diet” page on here 🙂  I will often post our meal plans.

While busy, stay healthy!

Restaurant Food: Ignorant Bliss

I love to cook.  No, I don’t think you really understand…I LOVE to cook.  And I cook all the time.  I cook twice a day to make the 5 meals I eat.  Love it.  Because I am in the kitchen a lot, when I DO eat out, I see [almost] everything.  I see the oil they basted the grilled salmon in, I see the nutrient-empty, over-steamed broccoli florets, I see the butter in my brown rice….I see fitness-ambushers! Haha!  Don’t get me wrong, I have my occasional outings when I indulge in green tea ice cream, or garlic mashed potatoes, or white pasta in garlic lemon cream sauce.   My husband and I are less likely to go out to eat, because you really cannot get the same level of nutrient packed foods at a restaurant.  You have to remember that they are stocking and cooking for the masses.  They have to do what it takes to prepare great tasting food, their job is not to make sure you are staying on fitness track (that’s your job 🙂 ).

So, just because it is a healthy option does not necessarily make it healthy, it’s just healthier. I encourage everyone to cook at home! It is hard to get in the habit of assuming you will cook (and get over the idea that it is a chore) and you WILL STILL have lazy days where you just need to order to-go, but all-in-all, you can be healthier and leaner if you are controlling your ingredients.  Try something new! Eat at home tonight!

Bon appetite!

My favorite to-go item: Pei-Wei Thai salad rolls
My favorite cheat food: 80% Cacao chocolate
My devil-may-come food: pizza

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