A Day in the Studio

Today, I had to wake up extra early, which was a feat in and of itself, since I went to sleep around 3AM and it was pouring rain.  There is nothing like enjoying the rain, cuddling further into blankets and letting the pitter patter of the raindrops against the windows take you away into your dreams.

I woke up at 6:45AM on this Sunday morning, took a shower and luckily had the help of Ray who cooked a phenomenal breakfast for himself and my mom.  I just had very quick cereal because I was in a rush.  I knew I’d be away from my mom, who is visiting me this week, for a large part of the day, so I at least wanted to have a nice breakfast and tea together.

Breakfast: Apple Muesli and Skim Milk

Studio: At the studio, the first thing that happened is we were weighed and measured, although that information was kept from us!  I will tell you that on my home scale, it looks like I’ve lost around 5lbs.  I’ll know exactly how much I lost on Wednesday, according to their scales.

We had to get our hair and makeup fixed up before we went on camera and described our first week of exercise and diet.  I am still pumped about this whole thing.  I love having a schedule–that works so well for me.  Knowing that I need to eat three meals a day and two snacks, within specific calorie ranges really makes me motivated.  Now, that I’ve gotten through this first week, I feel like there’s no turning back.

I have to admit it is difficult to add something new to your life like this and it’s not just an hour of exercise a day, it’s also a total life style change because I have to eat differently and within calorie limits.  I’m trying to eat at home as much as possible and eat interesting things that don’t bore me. I think one thing that I’ve definitely learned is that you can eat really interesting and exciting foods, it’s just all about portioning it out appropriately.  As you’ve seen this week, I’ve had various pastas and carbs, but I still lost weight because I’m not eating for 3 people anymore.  As one of my fellow workout partners stated today, “Now that I know the portion of fish I should be eating, I realize that I was eating enough for a 6’4″ man.”

This week, I’ll be eating around 1200-1500 calories a day, but it’s still important for me to not just randomly eat stuff and if I do get take out, control it, put it on pretty plates and enjoy every bite.  I will try my absolute best to not fall when I’m asked out to go on social occasions and platters of food are placed in front of me.

Lunch:  Lentil, Tomato and Feta Wrap. The key with a wrap is to put it in the toaster oven for a few minutes.  I put mine in at 250 degrees for about 6 minutes and it tasted amazing warm and toasty, with the cheese melted. It’s also more enjoyable when I can read a good book while enjoying my delicious wrap!

Dinner:  Beef with Edamame and Various Veggies