Since yesterday’s post my inboxes have exploded with messages asking me questions about how I dropped 30 pounds in 6 months.
Since a lot of the questions are similar, I can answer you faster by addressing them in one blog post. I’ll still try to answer individually, but for the moment this is faster.
Q: What do you eat besides 310 Meal Replacement Shakes?
A: A lot! I snack on raw almonds, raw peanuts and (as of this week) cocoa nibs all day long. When I want a salty snack, air popped popcorn drizzled in coconut oil and salt gets rid of that craving. I avoid sugar and processed grains and stick with lean meat, vegetables and fruit. A typical meal for me is chicken on mixed greens. I keep a packet of 310 Lemonade on me for when I want a quick, sweet drink when I’m out. When I feel like I need something extra I add a scoop of 310 Juice to my regular breakfast shake. I’m never starved and have lots of energy.
Q: How do you work at Cafe Bienville and not overeat?
A: I couldn’t do it at just any cafe. I’m lucky—where I work the food is natural, healthy and minimally processed. I can indulge in just about anything on the menu and be safe. I do try to keep the affogato, my new all time favorite indulgence, as a reward for my long runs. I love the food and atmosphere so much I ‘retired’ from my newspaper job so I could hang out in my favorite spot all the time.
Q: What other things have helped you?
A: Sleep has been a big one for me. I used to stay up until midnight or so every night and get up by 6 in the morning. I thought I could run fine on 4-5 hours of sleep. I kept hearing that sleep really helps your body metabolize and repair so I made it a goal to be in bed by 10 now. I see a dramatic difference. The weight drops off much easier and I have better workouts.
Q: Has running helped you lose more weight?
A: Surprisingly, not at all. When I started running last November I stopped dropping the pounds as my muscle increased. Through the holidays I didn’t mind and I gave myself a break as long as I didn’t gain anything back. That part was easy. Having the 310 shakes for breakfast each morning starts me off healthy and charged. They also offset any over indulgences I have later.
My journey isn’t done yet—I have about 20 pounds I’d like to lose—and now that the holidays are finished I’m ready to get back to shedding. The trick is balancing getting enough calories to maintain muscle but not so many that I maintain the extra pounds. I’ve dropped my long runs, which are up to 6 miles now, to once a week and just have a short 2.5 run every morning to keep that metabolism going.
I’m also going to start going back to 2 shakes a day again—my regular breakfast shake and replace dinner with a shake. I have no doubt that the last 20 pounds will soon be a memory.
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