studies show it takes 21 days to break a habit and i completely agree. today marks 21 days on my diet. on march 23rd, i decided to cut out all fast food, snacks and desserts. examples: pretzels, chips, ice cream, cookies, donuts, cake, chocolate, etc. i also cut out meat and white bread from my diet and will ONLY drink water. i refuse to drink my calories so i stick to water. i can honestly say i don’t crave any junk food, or have any intentions to eat it. when i feel like eating, i mainly have veggie burgers, salads, fruits, vegetables, eggs, a grilled cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread, and plain pasta but i limit my pasta intake. in the beginning, i was craving EVERYTHING but i fought my cravings and you can too. i KNOW you can do it. i believe in you. it will take time but you’ll get there, don’t give up. 💕✨
First off I just want to say that it is frustrating and kind of difficult, but completely possible of course!
*****This Is Just What I Do!*****
Number 1 rule, consistency is key! I have a hard time with that, but when I’m eating consistently that’s when I see results.
Number 2: The key to gaining weight is to eat more! Sounds simple but I know it can be difficult. You need about 500 extra calories a day to gain 1 pound a week. (*I personally don’t count calories though) Eat all the time, more than you usually do, eat until you’re absolutely full. Until you can’t take another bite! It’s going to be uncomfortable at first but it’s important. The more you eat the more your stomach will stretch, the more you’ll be able to eat!
Good things to eat: Starchy foods like pastas and potatoes. Bread, cheese, peanut butter sandwiches, chicken, fish, rice, beans, anything calories dense but healthy. Drink lots of milk. Mix things, like beans and rice. All kinds of sandwiches. Bagels w cream cheese. Snacks like granola bars, peanuts… Not Junk food!
I usually eat a bowl of oatmeal and some eggs with cheese on top for breakfast. A sandwich with some type of snack and a yogurt. And whatever my mom cooks for dinner lol. It’s usually some form of protein, chicken or fish and rice or pasta. And I snack throughout the day.
Also to get extra calories in I drank nutritional supplements. There’s name brand ones like Boost and Ensure but I just drank the rite aid brand. I would mix a can with milk and it would end up being around 400+ calories. I’d drink them twice a day.
Number 3: Lift heavy! You want to do exercises that are going to shape your body. Squats, deadlifts, lunges, stepups, bridges, donkey kicks, the leg press machine all build up your booty. But there’s tons of moves you could do and tons of variations!
Work your abs to keep them tight. Keep in mind though, you can’t control where the weight you gain goes and everyone carries their weight differently. So, it’s possible you might gain a little on your tummy area and just doing ab work isn’t going to get rid of it. You’ll have to do some cardio, which probably sounds scary to someone trying to gain. But it’s okay, you can do sprints/hill sprints! You’ll burn fat and gain muscle!
This is like a basic plan, which just starting out is all you really need. There are weight gain supplements and protein shakes you could take, but I don’t think that’s necessary to begin with. It all depends on your goals, so research bulking and female body building if you’re going for a more muscular look. I personally just want to look thick, with abs.
*I don’t count calories because I know my eating habits. I normally eat two small meals. So changing that to three large meals plus adding snacks, adds more than enough calories for me to gain, no counting needed.
Because you know, I can’t headcanon something and then not write it. I wrote this super fast so sorry for any mistakes!
“Why are you up so early, babe?” Astrid asked, pulling a tank top over her sports bra. “You don’t have class until eleven.”
Hiccup stretched. “Well, you know, I thought I’d take you out for coffee and a bite to eat before you have to go to practice. I miss having breakfast with you.” With the start of the new academic year meant the start of early morning volleyball practices for Astrid, and Hiccup was evidentially disappointed that, between the practices and his weekend job, he rarely got to sit down to breakfast with his wife anymore.
A smile crept across Astrid’s lips as she pulled her long, thick blonde hair into a messy bun. “Where are we going?”
“I was thinking that little cafe by campus.” Hiccup tossed on a t-shirt. “You know, the one with the breakfast sandwiches?”
“Sounds good.” She glanced at her phone. “I only have an hour before I have to be at the gym, so we might want to catch the train soon.” The couple went to NYU, and seeing that parking was a financial nightmare in the city, they’d opted to buy train passes instead when they’d moved off-campus.
“Yeah, I’ll be ready in five,” Hiccup promised, buttoning his jeans.
After putting on a sports headband to hold her bangs out of her face, Astrid quickly threw a clean washcloth into her volleyball bag, as she’d need to wash the sweat off her face after practice. She then headed to the kitchen, where she grabbed a Gatorade out of the fridge and tossed it on top of the washcloth before zipping the bag shut.
The blonde turned around to look at her husband. “Yeah, are you?”
The two hurried to the elevator, and after it reached the ground floor of the apartment complex, quickly made their way to the nearest train station. Luckily, a train arrived in only a few minutes, and they soon found themselves at the cafe.
“Get whatever you want,” the auburn-haired young man said as Astrid read the board behind the counter. “I’m paying.”
Eventually, the couple were ready to order. Hiccup got a sausage, egg, and cheese bagel sandwich with a hazelnut coffee, and Astrid opted for eggs, toast, and a fruit cup with a mocha latte.
“Alright, milady,” Hiccup said when they finished their meals. “I’m gonna go back home until it’s time for class. Kick some butt at practice.” He wrapped his arms around his wife and gave her a kiss on the lips. “I love you.”
“I love you more,” Astrid insisted, returning his embrace before rushing off to the gym. There, the other girls were already warming up as they gossiped about boyfriend problems.
It was moments like these that reminded Astrid how amazing it really was to have a husband who loved her.
i’ve been seeing people ask how i lost 4.8 pounds this past week, so here is what i did.
i restrict my calories to 500 a day but sometimes i eat less than that. (500 is my limit) i start out my day at around 10:30-11:00am by eating 5 apple slices OR 5 grapes. the apple slices are 30 calories and the 5 grapes is 15 calories. i don’t eat at all through out the day until 6:00-7:00pm but i NEVER eat after 8:00pm and before 8:00am. for dinner this past week, i had a veggie burger, eggs, a small bowl of penne pasta, a tiny grilled cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread, and mixed vegetables. i have cut out meat and all junk food which means i don’t eat fast food, cookies, cake, ice cream, donuts, chocolate etc. i refuse to eat snacks like chips and pretzels. also, i don’t drink anything but water. TIP: DO NOT DRINK YOUR CALORIES. DRINK WATER. IT WILL BE YOUR BEST FRIEND WHILE LOSING WEIGHT. i ALWAYS have water with me. i have had the absolute worst cravings for fast food, and anything sugary but i simply tell myself no. i fight my cravings because i know that if i give in, i will gain weight and i can’t let that happen. it’s been hard but it’s worth it. please remember to stay safe💕
i’m so capital b Bad today that i almost didn’t make it out of bed this morning but then i made myself a massive grilled cheese sandwich with a poached egg and beef brisket on top for breakfast so i guess i’m not entirely a disgusting failure