Every once in a while I am inspired by just looking at the internet and finding people who have gone through amazing transformations. Whether Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram, I find them all an amazing way to get inspired daily. While looking through Twitter Lisa and I began tweeting and, after checking out her site, I knew she had to be a spotlight. So, I am so excited to introduce Lisa Magoulas…
What did you change in your diet?
I think the biggest change in my diet is that I eat 5 – 6 small meals a day. I use to eat 3 big meals and I never felt satisfied. Plus I would get headaches. Now, my blood sugar stays regulated and I have energy all day.
What is your current nutrition plan?
I usually have a protein shake for breakfast, fruit for a morning snack, veggies for an afternoon snack. I try to make lunch my heaviest meal of the day and supper my lightest. So lunch will be the time I have my animal protein: grilled chicken, salmon burger or fish. I also like black bean burgers. I’m not a big meat eater. For supper I usually have a salad with all kinds of veggies in it. For protein, I use nuts and seeds. I also try not to have fruit or carbs after lunch. I do my workouts in the morning, so I’m less active in the afternoon. So I don’t want the sugar from the fruits and carbs to turn into fat. I had hit a plateau for a bit, once I made this change, I started losing weight again.
How do you maintain your current weight?
I make sure I exercise at least 6 days a week and I watch my nutrition. The key is to be consistent. If I fall off track, I make sure I get right back on. I am always pushing myself to workout harder and eat cleaner. I feel so sad when I see people lose weight and then put it right back on. I’ve had it happen to me and I didn’t want that to happen again. I made the lifestyle change and I’m consistent with it. And believe me, it pays off. I don’t take any medication and all my blood levels are in excellent shape.
What were you most excited about when you lost/started losing weight?
This may sound silly, but before I lost weight, I hated going clothes shopping. I knew nothing stylish would fit me and I loathed going. I pretty much lived with the “safe” color and wore black most of the time. Now, I can pick clothes I like that are pretty colors. I’ve actually become a clothes hog. Lol bad habit.
How do you avoid temptations to keep you from falling back into old unhealthy habits?
I allow myself treats. I think it’s very important. I try to keep my diet 80% clean eating and 20% fun. I was never much a sweet eater, so I don’t have to worry about that. But, I do like my salt. So if I want something salty, instead of eating chips or pretzels, I’ll have a few Triscuits with hummus. If that doesn’t cut it, then I will get a single serving size bag of pretzels or chips and I only have a few then stop. I remember that I’m only eating it for the taste, not the hunger. So I’ve learned to enjoy the taste and satisfy my craving and then stop.
What do you do in social situations (restaurants, parties) to make healthy decisions?
LOL this is a good one. I drive everyone nuts. When it’s time to order at a restaurant my friends will say “Oh no, here we go”. 😉 If I can look at the menu online first, that’s what I do. I always look at what I like on the menu and ask for it to be grilled. I don’t eat any bread or carbs and I get extra veggies. I know folks have a tough time with parties. I try to stick to the veggies – there’s always veggies and dip, right? But I omit the dip. Once in a while, I may grab a pretzel or chip, but usually not. I do like to drink a martini or wine now and again so I try to fill up on water and sip my drink alternately.
What advice do you have for someone first starting out so they don’t get discouraged?
First, I’d say write down all the reasons you want to lose weight and eat healthy. Prioritize that list. Under each one, write down 1 or 2 things you can do to achieve that item. Then start that day, don’t put off for another day. Start right there; eat something healthy, drink more water, and start moving. The key is to just start. Every little bit you do counts. Start slow so you don’t get discouraged and do something you like; walking, biking, gardening, etc. The same guidelines apply to your food. Don’t just stop eating everything you love. Replace one unhealthy item each week with one healthy item. Before you know it, you’ll be eating healthy all the time. Support groups are great too. Find a support group or friend that will help you through it.