#MotivationMonday: Making the Cut + Adventures in Pescatarianism – life+running

#MotivationMonday: Making the Cut + Adventures in Pescatarianism

(Trigger Warning: this post could be triggering to those who have had experience with eating disorders.)

chimesdesign wedding and party stationery // www.weddingchimes.etsy.com

To keep #operationpantsfit going strong, I’m bringing you a weekly update in the form of #MotivationMonday. Today’s motivation is brought to you by badass trainer, Jillian Michaels. how will this choice affect your goal? — jillian michaels // lifeplusrunning.com (paraphrased from Making the Cut) I just started reading Jillian’s book Making the Cut and, according to the quiz in the book, I’ve been eating totally wrong for my metabolic type. I’ve been eating 40% carbs / 40% protein / 20% fat. I’ve not been able to lose any weight, and I’ve been counting calories to a T and working out like a madwoman. Jillian’s advice for my “slow oxidizing” type is to eat 60% carbs (mostly complex) / 25% protein / 15% fat. This makes sense to me. I’ve been searching through my old food/workout logs to find the “magic key”, and when I ate closer to this diet, I had much greater long-term success. Though I’ve had minimal success with weight loss on low carb/high protein diets, the success wasn’t long-term. Also, I’ve decided to go back to pescatarianism. Little-known fact: I was a pescatarian (which I mistakenly called “vegetarian) for about 4 years from high school through part of college. I didn’t eat any meat other than fish, and I ate dairy and other animal products. I switched back to being a regular omnivore because I started running heavily in college and thought that meat was the best way to get protein. I was wrong! There are TONS of other ways to get protein. Since I basically eat this way now, I’m going to officially declare myself a pescatarian again — with benefits though. I am not going to be crazy picky about animal ingredients in things (like chicken broth in a vegetable soup), and I will likely have a slice of bacon or two on occasion. But I’m going to mindfully scale back on my meat intake (I’m also reading Master Your Metabolism … and ingesting animal is scaring me right now). I’m hoping that this diet will positively impact my health in less noticeable ways (like cholesterol numbers). I’m giving this a try for 30 days to see if anything changes. I’ll likely eat a bit more protein than Jillian’s diet recommends because I don’t want to lose muscle. If I lose muscle weight, I’m not going to be happy, and that’s not going to make my pants fit any better anyway. Participating in #operationpantsfit? Share your progress by linking up below. 

Not yet participating, and want to join the fun? Grab a badge and jump in! It goes until November 22 (a.k.a. US’s Thanksgiving Day) #operationpantsfit because the only muffin top I want is pumpkin-flavored \\ life + running \\ lifeplusrunning.com

<div style="width:300px;margin:0 auto"><a href="http://www.chimesdesign.com/blog/?p=10885" title="life + running"><img src="http://www.chimesdesign.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/pantsfit.jpg" width="400" alt="#operationpantsfit because the only muffin top I want is pumpkin-flavored \\ life + running \\ lifeplusrunning.com" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

#operationpantsfit because plumber's crack is never in season \\ life + running \\ lifeplusrunning.com

<div style="width:300px;margin:0 auto"><a href="http://www.chimesdesign.com/blog/?p=10885" title="life + running"><img src="http://www.chimesdesign.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/pantsfit2.jpg" width="400" alt="#operationpantsfit because plumber's crack is never in season \\ life + running \\ lifeplusrunning.com" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

#operationpantsfit because I said so \\ life + running \\ lifeplusrunning.com

<div style="width:300px;margin:0 auto"><a href="http://www.chimesdesign.com/blog/?p=10885" title="life + running"><img src="http://www.chimesdesign.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/pantsfit3.jpg" width="400" alt="#operationpantsfit because I said so \\ life + running \\ lifeplusrunning.com" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

#operationpantsfit because belts aren't in style this season \\ life + running \\ lifeplusrunning.com

<div style="width:300px;margin:0 auto"><a href="http://www.chimesdesign.com/blog/?p=10885" title="life + running"><img src="http://www.chimesdesign.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/pantsfit4.jpg" width="400" alt="#operationpantsfit because belts aren't in style this season \\ life + running \\ lifeplusrunning.com" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

#operationpantsfit challenge \\ life + running \\ lifeplusrunning.com

<div style="width:300px;margin:0 auto"><a href="http://www.chimesdesign.com/blog/?p=10885" title="life + running"><img src="http://www.chimesdesign.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/pantsfitbutton.jpg" width="200" alt="#operationpantsfit because belts aren't in style this season \\ life + running \\ lifeplusrunning.com" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

11 Comment

  1. This is really interesting! I had never heard of Jillian’s book before, but now I want to give it a read. It definitely seems like personalized eating/exercise is the way to go – our bodies are all different and therefore respond differently. Congrats on figuring out how you’re going to approach your goals!

    1. Thanks! I will see if it works … Hopefully.

  2. Back when I ate very little meat, I used to say that the main reason I could never go fully vegetarian is because I love seafood too much! Pescatarianism is where it’s at! 🙂

    1. YES. I love seafood. That’s why I never quit eating it last time I did this. 🙂

  3. oh my gosh! these buttons are hilarious!

    1. chimes says: Reply

      thanks. i thought you might enjoy the pumpkin one after your pumpkin post last week. side note, do you need a TT video still? I forgot to film this weekend … but could try to do something over lunch or after work!

  4. […] in #OperationFitPants? Let me know below what your motivation is this week! If you blog about it, head over to Calee’s page and leave your link for everyone to check […]

  5. Emily says: Reply

    Yes!! I agree, I love that we picked our similar quotes. Obviously, this is important! It’s all about the choices we make in this moment. Not yesterday or tomorrow. I forget that (a lot).

  6. Missy says: Reply

    OperationPantsFit here! I’m down 4 lbs this morning. YAY!!

  7. Being a pescatarian in Iowa pretty much means being a vegetarian, because our seafood consists of A. stuff that’s really hard on the environment and not fresh in any way, and B. catfish. So good luck with that. And how are you going to be a GF pescatarian?! Sorry, i don’t want to badmouth your choices but jeez… seems like you’ll be able to eat about two things now. 😐

    1. chimes says: Reply

      Haha … good point. I have a lot of frozen tilapia and salmon, and I pretty much hardly ever eat meat (except for bacon apparently).

      So mostly plant-based, and dairy/eggs.

      And, I know, right? My foodie pen pal was like, “what the fuck, really?” when I got back to her with my dietary needs (add “whole foods only” to that too).

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: