Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What Does a Personal Trainer Eat?

I get this question at least once a day, and every time it comes up, before I can honestly answer I ask, "Do you mean today or yesterday or in general? Because whatever you mean, I'll tell you the truth."

Sometimes the truth is embarrassingly perfect, and other times it's so far beyond humiliating that there are no appropriate words in the human language. Most of the time it's somewhere in between.

Just like most women in the world, I have my angelic super-food days where it's been nothing but 1,800 calories of lean protein, organic greens, nutty snacks and angel dust. This is about 10% of the time.

Another 10% of my days are the days where I eat Lucky Charms, Cherry Coke, Cake, the Wendy's $1 menu, and maybe an apple. For lunch. 3,000 calories of pure ugh.

But most days are somewhere in the middle--and those days are my favorites. I'm having one of those days today, so I'll share what that looks like. But before I do, I'll give you a few fun facts:

1) In my world there aren't any off-limit foods or food groups.
2) I'm prone to eating too much fat...like 100+ grams a day if I don't pay attention kind of prone.
3) I used to be a hardcore sugar addict, took me about two weeks to kick the habit, and now I'm able to eat sugar in moderation.
4) However, I cannot, under any circumstances eat brownies in moderation. Sometimes I make them any way. I always regret it.
5) I'm 5'8" 145-150ish pounds, and wear a size 6-10...mostly an 8.
6) I probably have more stomach flab than your average coach/trainer. But man I'm a happy person!

I'll share my menu with you a couple times a week. Here's today:

BREAKFAST: 2 slices of whole grain toast, 2 fried eggs, and a smoothie made with blueberries, strawberries, kale, pumpkin, water, and a little big of agave nectar.

LUNCH: A sweet potato, half of a cucumber, half a can of chick peas, with light poppy seed dressing. A scoop of sunflower seed butter, and a grapefruit.

DINNER: That'll be 2 slices of pizza and a salad with light dressing.

That just about takes me to 2,000 calories and 60 grams of fat, so any other snacks will be fruits and veggies. I'm planning to run tonight, 3-5 miles, so I'll definitely have a recovery smoothie or a Greek yogurt to follow that up.

I'll check back in tomorrow and let you know how it all turned out.

But before I sign off, can you see how I balanced the super healthy breakfast and lunch with the gas station pizza for dinner? There's NOTHING WRONG WITH PIZZA!!!!! You just have to plan around it a little bit!


  1. well HA! i'm your first follower here, at least using that follow thingy up there.

    i'm glad you started this blog because you balance the science and the fun and the real life, all of which are mutually exclusive. i live approximately 800 miles away from you, so i can't join your party. maybe some of your coaching will rub off on my corneas this way.

    i'm a marathon, half marathon, and 5K veteran going back about 5 years. i know how to do this stuff, but i just can't get back into it. and i can't get into my jeans either. something's gotta give. (catchy name for a movie, eh?)

    basically i like to eat more than i hate to run. i never like running when i'm doing it. so maybe you can write a post to fix that. kthxbai.

  2. I'd like to know where I can buy this "angel dust" because I think that would really help :)

    Jen (Harder)

  3. DOH!! I wanted to be the first commenter. Oh well. Nice to see I'm not the only sugar addict (in recovery) out there:) Can't wait for Gingerbread Bootcamp this week :>

  4. YES! Top 10 in followers, top 4 in comments and 1st in my age group/gender to comment. If only my race finishes were this good. Aren't you supposed to be giving out really cool prizes for the first ones to visit and comment?

  5. Your gas station pizza is the best!