Calories Now vs. Calories Before

I've had a lot of people ask how many calories I'm eating now versus how many I was eating before the joruney started.  I figured it was only fair to give everyone a sneak peak into what I was eating before, that helped me achieve the body I used to have (so long, my friend). 

Now don't get greedy.  I'm not spilling my secrets to a healthier you while I try to see how many Cheetos I can fit into my mouth at once.  So the details will be scarce, and the calories are approximate.  But keep this in mind...I attribute the majority of my health success to the food I eat and not so much the workouts I do.  Yes, how you exercise is EXTREMELY important, but the key is is the fuel you give your body - your food choices.

The "Before I Discovered How Many Types of Cap'n Crunch There Really Are" Menu

  • 1st Breakfast
    • Spinach shake (500 calories)
  • 2nd Breakfast 
    • Low-carb protein bar (200 calories)
    • Almonds - (200 calories)
    • 1/2 banana - (50 calories)
  • 1st Lunch
    • Grilled chicken w/ low sugar marinade and steamed veggies (600 calories)
  • 2nd Lunch
    • Spinach shake - 1/2 before, 1/2 after workout (500 calories)
  • 1st Dinner
    • Fajitas without the tortilla and veggies - (600 calories)
  • 2nd Dinner
    • Protein shake with water (250 calories)

The "After I Single Handedly Kept 3 Fast Food Restaurants Open" Menu

  • Breakfast
    • Cereal (600 calories)
    • Juice (100 calories)
  • Snack
    • Granola Bars (200 calories)
    • Soda (150 calories)
  • Lunch
    • 2 peanut butter and nutella sandwiches on white bread (800 calories)
  • Snack
    • Chips (200 calories)
    • A "few" cookies (250 calories)
  • Dinner
    • Pasta with sauce and ground beef  (800 calories)
    • Soda (150 calories)
  • Dessert/Late Night Snack
    • "Small" bowl of cereal -(300 calories)
    • or Cake (400 calories)

TOTAL CALORIES: Approx. 3,950

The moral of the story?  You can still eat like a "Hobbit" (I know you're giggling at the fact that I have 1st and 2nd breakfast in my healthy stage), but be the healthier you.  Of course, I'm also starting to appreciate that so many tasty treats are available to me in my "learning stage".  I'm learning that the Pringles motto fits so many foods.  I've learned that my late night snack is becoming the 'cherry on top" to my day. 

And if I keep this up, I may be looking at a Spinach Shake and wondering if it is really a big deal if I exchange the spinach for banana flavored Twinkies.  Mmmmmm....

 

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