Omg you look Amazing!!!!! What is your diet and did you start with a super low cal diet to get started?
Thanks! That is a great question!!! Many people assume that I eat next to nothing to stay so fit.. that couldn’t be any further from the truth! (just not junk) I was never over weight so I never needed to eat at a calorie deficit.. I just wanted to be in great shape. When I started exercising at age 23, I really didn’t know much, so I did my workouts and I ate the same way I always did. What I didn’t realize was that I was gradually getting too thin because I should have been eating more to support my exercise since I didn’t need to lose any weight. I didn’t even drink any water back then and don’t know how I’m even still alive! Water is really important and I drink about a gallon a day or so.
Normally, people start exercising to begin weight loss, but in my case it was not what I needed to do. I just wanted to be fit and strong and not jiggly. I eventually realized I got too thin and started eating more.
There is a lot of info out there on ‘losing weight’ but not so much on ‘staying fit’ after you actually reach your goal.. which is completely different because you get to a point where you have to make sure you don’t lose anymore weight.. and a fit body requires eating more calories (otherwise you won’t be fit). I eat all plain food from the list on my website and never junk! I used to eat tons of junk when I was younger but I find that I look and feel so much better without it :)
So in answer to your question, noooooooo.. not low calorie.. in fact just the opposite!!!
Just curious as to what your diet looks like. Calories, macros etc. (Also if you don't mind telling me your body weight/fat%) just out of curiousity. I'm a weight lifter and currently experimenting with bulking/cutting. Thanks.
Hey! My fitness method seems to be very unique from the standard I see here with everyone counting and measuring everything.. being that I don’t count calories or macros (just estimates), and I have never bulked or cut. I’ve never gone a day without carbs.. I need them for energy!!! I just eat right and exercise consistently to keep fit and I NEVER eat junk, shit or crap ever. I do not need to lose any weight so I eat to prevent weight loss everyday. That means I need to eat back anything I burn when I exercise in addition to standard calorie requirements for my size.
I also do not weigh myself. I use my tight jeans to know if I gained weight or lost weight, and I have never had my body fat measured because I use my eyes to tell. If I look lean, that means I’m lean.. I don’t see a need to be measured.. If I don’t look lean then that means I am not lean. I do stay consistently lean by never eating crap and exercising consistently. I know it is not very scientific but my common sense approach works well for me!
I need more adult fitness blogs because no offense to the high schoolers, but they live a totally different life. And I wonder how accurate some of their information they share is.
In other news, eating a bowl of oatmeal for the first time right now. Not too bad! I just hate hot foods. Not warm food… hot foods. Hahaha. I’m going to the gym in probably about 45-60 minutes. Gonna work out upper body today! And as I promised myself, I’m gonna beast it :)
ChickenTuna:I started working out and eating right when I was 23.. I’m 44 now and have been fit since I started because I never stopped :)
Hi Laura! You are a huge inspiration phisically and menthaly talking. I've read somewhere that you usually don't cook much. I like cooking but sometimes I dont have the time and feel that if I don't spend time it's gonna be very dull or not healthy. Would you tell me couple of your best quick recipes that you like? Even so if the recipe is as simple as a can of tuna and a can of peas with some vinegar. I'd appreciate it very much. KEEP STRONG!
Thanks! You are right, I do not do much cooking at all.. and you will probably think my food is very dull, but here are a few things I do..
After a workout I pop a bag of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice (brown) in the microwave for 90 seconds (photo).. then I chop up some grilled chicken and mix it together and I think it tastes great with some hot sauce on it!
I buy marinated chicken breasts and cook a bunch of them at one time on my grill and I also cook marinated vegetables on the grill. When I’m ready for a quick meal, I just heat it up in the microwave.
I go to restaurants a lot and one of my favorite things to get without cooking is from Chili’s. You can order online for pick up which is really easy and I always get the Guiltless Salmon and broccoli without the cheese.
I'm stocking up on all my healthy eating grocery items and I was wondering what protein powder you would recommend?
I don’t use protein powder or shakes.. not that there is anything wrong with them, I just prefer food I can chew because I found that shakes didn’t really fill me up so I like to eat egg whites, grilled fish or grilled chicken mainly for my protein source. Maybe other friends here may know a good one to recommend?
Are you trying to find the ‘right fat burner’ that will give you a fit body tomorrow while you are still enjoying your cakes, cookies, ice cream and pizza?
Are you looking for the ‘right exercise’ that will make a certain body part look perfect after just one session?
Are you not even concerned with exercise or eating right, and looking for a magical potion, book or scheme to lose weight and be fit?
Are you eating 5 or 6 small healthy meals a day but thinking there is a magical combination of food and eating times? …so after over analyzing food plans for months and months,.. you think maybe you need one less serving of carbs or an extra serving of protein and then you will wake up the next day with your dream body once you crack this crazy caper of finding the right magical nutrition combination that everyone is keeping secret from you? Or maybe you’ve been eating right for an entire 3 days and you are wondering why your body hasn’t transformed yet. There is no secret magical food combination. In most cases of over analyzing and micro managing food plans, the problem is not the plan.. it’s YOU! You are not following it or eating lots of crap in addition, thinking ‘what difference will a little cookie or pizza make’ and you are sabotaging results.
Are you debating if you need to do your weight training in a full body work out style, or a body part split? Or maybe over analyzing whether you should do weights first or cardio first? And once you figure out the right answer you will be in top shape after one session? Either style workout is fine as long as you do it consistently.
Are you attempting to figure out if eating oatmeal is a better carb than brown rice? If so, you are seriously seeking some magic. It doesn’t matter, they are both good carbs to eat.
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you are searching for magic and probably won’t reach your goals until you get real about being consistent, dedicated, and hard working all the time to reach your fitness goals over a long period of time, not 2 days.
Many people are in complete denial that exercising and eating right consistently is required to be fit. Most problems happen when people are looking for a scheme to eat all the food they love and also have the best looking body possible. It comes down to a choice. I know if I were eating crappy foods I love everyday ( like peanut butter cheesecake) I would not have a fit looking body, I wouldn’t feel healthy and would not be happy about that, and nobody would be checking out my website to find out about being fit because I would be in terrible shape.
Magical exercises don’t exist. Magical routines do not exist. If legs are your weak spot, do LEG exercises. Make sense? If arms are what you want to focus on,… do ARM exercises. If any magic happens, it is when you do your workouts consistently, when you work HARD while working out, and when you eat right all the time. There is no magical routine. Regardless of all the exercising you do, you will no see any defined muscles or have that ‘toned’ look unless you lower your bodyfat. You do that by eating right!
Magical food combinations don’t exist,.. All you can do is eat the proper amount of food for your goals and eliminate the wrong food. Nobody on the internet knows what you need to eat. Nutrition and workouts can always be improved, but there is no magic formula. If you need a sample meal plan, google “sample meal plans”,they are all free… If you want to see any magic happen, stop eating crap for a few weeks and you’ll be amazed.
Progress takes time and only happens when you are consistent, so don’t give up.
Advice for Success
1. When you don’t feel like doing your workout, do it anyway. You’ll feel better afterwards.
2. When you feel like eating pizza for dinner, eat grilled chicken instead, you will survive. You’ll feel great about your choice the next day.
3. Keep doing the above every week consistently. Consistency is KEY.
You can keep searching, hoping and praying there is magical potion, scheme, or pill to get you where you want to be, but you’ll just keep spinning your wheels. You already know what you need to do,… put down the crap and you won’t be wondering where your results are because you will see them for yourself.
It would be really nice if you could go out buy some cream, rub it on your ass, and get rid of cellulite… but its just not going to happen that way. Cellulite goes away as your bodyfat goes down by eating right and exercising consistently.
Why is this section here? Because over the past 21 years while I’ve been struggling each week to squeeze in my workouts on a regular basis, and say no thank you to all the junk food that is offered to me each day… I have seen many people around me try every scheme possible, (anything but eating right and exercising) from pills to crazy diet schemes, and I have yet to see anyone ever have any success or achieve becoming fit that way. For anyone who becomes fit or who is getting in shape, you will experience these questions from those who come in contact with you so get ready for it!!
That’s ok, you still know enough to realize that candy, fast food, pizza and ice cream won’t get you to your goals…. I don’t know how to refine petroleum but I can still put the right kind of gas in my car!!!!
I love how you are so down to earth and up front about your health and workouts!! Are you willing to share your diet plan? There are so many plans out there and I think I have a good one but I would really like to see yours to compare! thanks!
I am very willing to share my ‘diet’ plan, but there is no plan for me that I follow and from what I see out there I stand alone on this but here’s how I do it… I have a ‘method’ not a plan…. I eat ONLY plain food (the list is on my website http://www.ChickenTuna.com
I never eat any junk or crap… A fit body requires more food to support than someone who doesn’t workout. I don’t count calories(this doesn’t mean a free for all, it means I roughly estimate what I eat), I don’t micro manage my eating schedule or obsess, and I eat in restaurants everyday… I require a lot of food and probably wind up eating about every few hours.. I’m familiar with the portions I need to fuel my body.. Every restaurant makes grilled chicken or fish and rice and now even starbucks serves oatmeal!!!!! Please do not think there is a magic diet plan out there… its all about making consistent good choices and not eating crap and finding out what works for you!!!! If you read over my website all my advice is there :) I use common sense to tell if I’ve been over eating.. if my pants don’t fit me anymore and I can’t button them, that means I’ve been over eating… It may not seem very scientific but this has always worked for me. If I had to guess I eat about 40 percent carb 40 percent protein 20 percent fat.. Once you have a method instead of plan you will always be successful and can eat anywhere… (some people like specific plans though and it comes down to whatever works for each person) Does that help?
Many people at work have asked me why I eat chicken, tuna and healthy food all the time if I am not trying to lose any weight…. here’s why…. I like being lean.
It is VERY possible to lose weight eating crappy unhealthy food, or even maintain your weight while eating crap. I can start eating at Dunkin Donuts every morning, then stop at McDonalds for lunch and pizza for dinner and still maintain my size, as long as I am burning equal calories for what I consume. However,…it is very possible to maintain a certain scale number and actually look like total shit. ( you can be skinny and have HIGH body fat = skinny fat)
Scale weight tells you a few things…. If you are over weight, the scale will tell you,…. if you are underweight, the scale will tell you…Will the scale tell you if you look good ? or if you are fit? NO . Does your body look nice because you ring up a certain number on the scale? No it does not.
Eating properly changes your body composition and makes you look better. How strict should you be about not eating crap? It depends on the look you want and how much sacrifice you are willing to make, everyone is different. If you want to be a certain weight and wear a certain size clothing, and you don’t mind having cellulite….,belly rolls, and hanging flab…. eat all the crap you want while maintaining your special number on the scale. Throw some liquor into the mix and sit back and watch the cellulite spread…..still while maintaining that scale number.
If you want visible muscle and a lean “toned” looking body, staying away from the crap and eating properly is what makes the difference… regardless of how great you do your workouts.
Some people become so fixated on the scale and getting a ‘magic’ number to settle on for a goal. That is such a small part of the picture.
My grandmother used to make sure she always weighed her ‘certain’ special number throughout her entire life. But what she didn’t seem to realize was that without exercising and eating properly, (although she kept maintaining that number), she had 6 inches of hanging flab swinging on the backs of her arms and she always looked 9 months pregnant from eating so much crap. It didn’t have to be that way, it’s just a matter of exercising regularly and eating the right food. She was attempting to ‘watch her weight’, but she had it all wrong.
My body composition has been all over the map over the past 20 years, from skinny, to skinny fat, to lean,… all within a small margin of weight change on the scale.