Disclaimer: The Title can definitely be misleading, but it is not my wedding lol
Hello Loves! I have been completely incognito because my father is getting married next month on the beautiful Island of St. Lucia, and I will be serving as a bridesmaid, to which I feel the need to drop a few pounds (and save a few dollars) for. I decided in the middle of February that I was going to crack down on my fresh fruit and vegetable consumption, carbohydrate intake, and physical activity. I decided to organize my diet significantly since I’ll be on the beach in the Caribbean, living my best life.
First off, I usually don’t set goals when it comes to my weight control/loss, mainly due to the fact that it is incredibly easy to become consumed with staying on top of a scale to reach a number as opposed to getting to a size that you’re comfortable with visually, as well as actually being healthy. So I’ve organized my breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals despite having a hectic schedule. I work for a catering company, and getting there earlier in the morning, since some orders go out before the crack of dawn, there must be someone to troubleshoot, if there is an issue. Since that’s the case, sometimes I just skip breakfast, even though I try to make it a habit to keep a few boxes of maple brown sugar oatmeal at my desk. Since there is lunch provided, I usually end up just eating what is served, and since the main thing that I am able to consume is rice pilaf, rice and beans, potatoes, pasta or some type of vegetable soup, I eat a lot of it, and when I feel like it, I run over to Sweet and Natural and get a full meal that almost always includes vegan mac and cheese and at least one other carb. And for dinner, consuming anything that I come across at some of the amazing restaurants that I’ve posted, or something slight that I have at home, which may end up being heavy or greasy and consumed late in the evening. I realized that even though I’m vegan, my lifestyle isn’t completely healthy. If you keep up with my instagram stories, you’ll see that I cook and eat a lot of rich foods that include Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs, Chili, Beyond Cheeseburgers, Grilled Cheese, Funnel Cakes, Vegan Eggs (the JUST Egg is sooooooo amazing), Pancakes (which are very fluffy and sometimes include chocolate chips, or apples, and topped with organic pancake syrup as well as whipped cream when I’m feeling extra naughty), Sausages, French Toast, Cheesy Grits, Alfredo, and believe it or not, a lot more including desserts that I can’t even get into fully. Cooking full meals and not checking to make sure that there is a significant amount of fiber or balance in my meals, as well as eating out and living my best life, has contributed to my weight flat lining, to where it is now (don’t get me wrong, being a thick vegan is something that I love). So I listed my plan to whip myself into shape, not just for the wedding, but in general. Check it out!
Three Meals a Day that Include:
- One Drinkable Yogurt (I prefer Calfia Farms Strawberry Yogurt)
- One Packet of Steel Cut Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal
- 1 Granola Bar or Banana
- One Kale and/or spinach salad with limited toppings and dressing. I try to include beans of some sort, falafel, and avocado.
- Roasted Vegetables, with one serving of carbs (roasted potatoes, rice, beans, etc that have not been fried)
- A piece of fruit on the side (an orange or fruit salad that includes grapes, strawberries, pineapples, and apples
- Treat yourself as long as You include a workout at least three times a week.
- If you can’t fit in a workout in your hectic schedule (which is almost always the deal in my case so I try to fit one in where I can), definitely don’t starve yourself or deprive yourself of a good dinner, but don’t eat anything that is loaded with sugar or carbs or snack after 8:00 pm (sneaking yourself a few bites of your so delicious salted caramel ice cream pint isn’t prohibited though).
When I workout, I always mix abdominal workouts with another part of my body. For example, I will do an ab and leg day, ab and arm/back day, or on days when I’m exhausted, I’ll do ab and extended cardio or just cardio.
Three Workouts a Week that Include:
1 hour on the treadmill on the highest incline and a speed walking pace (for those nights you want to give it your all, but you’re just far too tired).
30 minutes to 1 hour on the treadmill either on the highest incline, or a jog/running pace
15 minutes on the bicycle or stairmaster
2 sets of 10 crunches, and then increase when you feel comfortable
100 abdominal twists set to a moderate weight
100 abdominal crunches on machine
2 sets of abdominal crunches and then increase when you feel comfortable
2 sets of 10 hanging leg raises
2 sets of 10 twisted leg raises
1 set of 20 squats with 20 lb weights
2 sets of 10 leg presses (I don’t want to brag, but my record is 290)
2 sets of 20 leg extensions on each leg
1 set of 50 leg adductions
1 set of 50 leg abductions
2 sets of 20 lateral pulldowns
50 chest presses
2 sets of 20 of cable triceps
2 sets of 20 bench presses at a moderate weight
It has definitely been a challenge keeping up with the plan, but challenges come with the territory of being an adult, and the thing about being a vegan who avoids soy for the most part, is that I already have a tremendous amount of discipline as is, so pushing my boundaries is not just something that I love to do, but I’m good at, as all vegans are. There is no stronger, more disciplined, ethical, or compassionate being than a vegan.
P.S.: I have made a deal with myself that as soon as the wedding comes and goes and I do a little bit more traveling, I will be treating myself to a dozen assorted vegan donuts from Sugar Shack (not all at once though lol).