Cutting for the Spring

When I grew up in America, I was deprived of Buttons, Crunchie, Flake, and Smarties and whenever a Scottish relative came over, I demanded they bring a month's supply of chocolate (which I would devour within three days). Hmm, I wonder why it was so hard to lose weight when I first moved to Edinburgh...? My flatmates hid chocolate in the flat to feed me whenever I got a bit cranky, like a wild animal.  

I've managed to calm down with the Smarties intake, but I am sure everyone can feel my pain around Easter when every grocery store is lined with chocolate eggs. In March I could not resist a creme egg or two, or three and I was going to Rome so I told myself Eh, I'll cut after I get back

In Rome I ate a lot of gelato and pizza, which I do not regret at all, but on the flight home I had the promise I made to myself to get strict looming over my head.

GOALS

Weigh 57 kilos/125 lbs 

Visible Abs

Squat 70 kilos/155 lbs

I gave myself the rest of Saturday to eat a shit ton of cereal and then the cutting commenced on Sunday. It's only Tuesday... so, we'll see how this goes.

Saturday, last day to eat a shit ton: 60.0 kilos

Sunday, first day of strict cutting: 59.9 kilos

Monday: 59.7 kilos

Tuesday: 59.4 kilos

Not bad so far.


HOW AM I CUTTING?

make mini-goals

A quick calorie calculator online can tell you how many calories you should eat per day to maintain your weight. Cutting means you eat less than that. I used Mike's Macros app to figure out how many calories I should be eating through grams of protein, carbs, and fat. It is a daily goal for me to eat exactly what the app tells me to.

 

Hold off that first meal

You can read about why I don't eat breakfast here. I'm still not eating breakfast, clearly, which makes it much more satisfying to eat lunch and dinner because there's more macros to play with! *Tip* If I get hungry during the morning, drinking water or chewing gum helps. 

A typical morning for me is:

7:30 - Wake up

8:30 - Gym

10:00 - 1 cup of coffee

12:00 - 1 piece of fruit 

1:30/2:00 - Protein-packed lunch

 Today I had a burrito bowl with double chicken for 60g protein, 38g carbs, and 14g fat.

Today I had a burrito bowl with double chicken for 60g protein, 38g carbs, and 14g fat.

 

measure everything

It's not as hard as you think. There are restaurants, like Bar Burrito and Nandos, that give you all the nutrition facts online. Grocery stores also have all the nutrition facts online under each item. I've got a kitchen scale in my flat that I use to measure everything that touches my plate and I plug the macros into my app for results. 

 Before

Before

 After baked for 20 mins

After baked for 20 mins

Doesn't this look disgusting? I just chucked things into a bowl. It tasted pretty good though. 

Ingredients: Oats, pea protein powder, almond milk, sweetener, cinnamon, salt, cocoa powder, dark chocolate chunks

Bake: 180 C° in the oven for about 20 minutes. I put the chocolate chunks on after 10 minutes. 

35 protein, 40 carbs, 14 fat 

 

be active

I eat when I'm bored, and I'm normally bored once I get home after a day of working. (I blame UK Netflix for having such a crap selection.) I make sure to stay out of the flat for most of the day and give myself a lot of tasks daily. For example, if I'm not in a writing mood, I can blog, read, or do part-time work instead. 

I eat when I watch TV and I watch TV when I eat. I would find it almost unbearable to eat dinner at the kitchen table in silence. I also found it unbearable to watch TV without something in my hands or my mouth (I mean my phone or food). I'd snack on empty calories and exhaust all TV watching options, then come 8 o'clock, I've got nothing to watch so I just want to eat more. 

Now that I've separated eating from watching TV, I focus on what I'm eating, I don't snack, and I have more activities to pass the time with before bed. 

 

save the best for last

I know me. I know I want chocolate every night so I have to keep that in mind every day not to eat up all my fat and carbs. My last meal is almost always chocolate or cereal and if I don't have enough calories to eat either of those things, do you really think I'm able to stop myself? Nope. 

Being conscious of my eating habits makes it possible for me to enjoy chocolate every night. #SmartiesForDays


I've been making good progress so far and I'm squatting 67 kilos right now, so my goal of 70 is just within reach! I'll keep you updated. :)