Fsh. I have to say THANK YOU for all of your steel cut oats wisdom. Thank you for your tips and your recipes. Seriously, you guys are the bomb. Apparently whatever blogs I've read in the past about putting protein in oatmeal were completely fabricated because ALL of you told me you hated it. Detested it actually. I'm going to work on this one, and when I come out with the best steel cut oats recipe known to man that is not a breakfast FAIL, I'll gladly share it with you. I can promise you that it will be sans protein powder, and NOT cooked in the microwave as you so wisely advised me. I am also glad to hear that all of you seem to love breakfast as much as I do. It is what gets me out of bed in the morning.
Upon returning back to work on Monday all of my coworkers and I were feeling a little "over-Christmas-ed," if you will. As I've mentioned earlier this week, I was rip-roarin' ready to get back into my routine and get in gear. All of the staff at Elevate, my place of work, was feeling the same. So, we decided that we should engage in a little competition as to who could lose the most weight in 4 weeks and then keep it off for 6 weeks. (This is so people don't just attempt to starve themselves to win.)
Now, there are a few things you must know...
1) Elevate...my place of work...is a triathlon training gym. We also do physical therapy, chiropractics, basic weight loss coaching, personal training, nutrition counseling...etc. I am a personal trainer and nutrition coach there. Best. Job. Ever.
2) My coworkers are HARDCORE. We're talking marathon runners, iron men, personal trainers, athletes...etc. The owner of Elevate is planning to run a 100 miler in UT in September. These people aren't wussy by any means.
3) They know what they are doing. This competition isn't between a bunch of people who, "might go for a run tomorrow," which makes the competition that much more exciting. I know everyone is going to be intense about it. Fun huh??
This is the reasoning behind all of my talk of wanting to get my protein percentages up. I'm shooting for 25-30% of my calories coming from protein, 50-55% from carbohydrates, and 20-25% coming from fat. I've been keeping very strict track of my calories, and putting in some serious time at the gym. I'm not going to lie...it feels SO good. I forget how much I love to be in control of my food...I'm totally weird, I know. I have some specific goals I want to meet, and win or lose, this is a GREAT way to help get me there.
You should know that I HATE fish. I know it's an amazing source of lean protein...I tell my clients this all the time. I just can't do it. I hate the taste, the texture, and THE SMELL. For some crazy reason I decided to give Tuna a try today. (My mom is going to fall out of her chair when she reads this.) You know I'm serious about my goals when Tuna comes into the picture.
I had a La Tortilla Factory Wrap, with spinach and tuna mixed with a little bit of light miracle whip. I'm usually not a fan of mayo or miracle whip, but something had to be done to disguise the tuna. 190 calories and 26 grams of protein in this bad boy.
I ate it with an extremely large side of steamed veggies over spinach drizzled with fat-free honey dijon dressing. Veggies are extremely low in calories and really filling, so you can eat a lot of them. Plus, I just love them.
The verdict: I didn't die! I had to not think about what I was eating, and certainly not breathe through my nose, but I actually didn't mind it.
Don't forget today is the last day to enter the bondi band giveaway. The winner will be announced tomorrow!!
So, tell me...What is your best, "high protein meal?" I know some of you have said you struggle getting protein in like I do, so I can't wait to hear all of your great ideas. Is your workplace/family having any sort of weight loss competition? Do you track your calories? Although it can be super annoying, and it's not for everyone, it's the best way for me to stay on top of where I want to be!