I’m a big believer in losing weight while still consuming delicious food. Only when I competed in a swimsuit on stage did I cut out yummy stuff like cheese, bread, and any condiment other than yellow mustard. Those were dark times.

I’ve wanted to lose 5-10 lbs for the last 1.5 years, but haven’t put forth much effort because A) I’m not delusional, and realize that 135 lbs is a totally healthy weight for someone who is 5’7 3/4,” and B) My life has been going unusually well, and I can’t help but credit the fact that I’ve been eating pretty much anything I’ve wanted. Fat and happy is definitely a real thing.

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Nonetheless, I finally started cracking down these past few weeks because, as my mother always said, 10 pounds is a whole lot easier to lose than 20 pounds, so get a hold of weight gain while it’s still easy to lose. I am unusually open about taboo subjects like weight and finances, so don’t be surprised when I throw around some numbers here.

I personally like weighing 128 pounds. I know, I know, “the number on the scale doesn’t matter.” But it kind of does when my jeans barely fit over my backside. Like I mentioned, there’s nothing wrong at all with my current weight– I just feel a whole lot better when I’m lighter. Maybe that makes me a victim of Hollywood ideals, but I also don’t think Hollywood has anything to do with the fact that running is significantly easier when I’m down a few pounds. #bottomheavy

Anyway, I’ve managed to get rid of two pounds in the first week, which feels pretty awesome. When I’ve lost weight in the past (outside of pageant prep), all I did was cut down portion sizes so that I only consumed 1200-1500 calories a day. Lasagna? Sure, but just one slice. Milkshake? Um yes, but that’s your entire dinner. French fries? Go for it, just only eat half of the burger.

I’m implementing the same portion tactic this time, and surprise surprise– it still works!

Every time I write about my food habits, I’m scared someone is going to start yelling at me for not taking the trendy, healthy path, but I’m just trying to keep things real. Coming from a girl who works out semi-regularly, is a very normal and healthy size, and yet doesn’t feel motivated to do weekly meal preps every Sunday night– I can confidently say that it is entirely possible to go through life without living in extremes.

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like I’m failing at life when I see everyone’s gym posts and healthy meals on social media. But then I remember that I’m really happy not being obsessed with what I put in my mouth (most of the time…I occasionally go through waves of concern). Some people really enjoy health and fitness as a hobby, and as something they use to engage other people. That’s great for them, but for me, I have to remember that I’m doing just fine.

And that is why I’ll share with all of you what I’ve been eating to lose weight, even if it’s not “pretty.” That way, maybe– just maybe– you’ll feel less overwhelmed to start your own weight loss journey, whether it’s 5 lbs, 25 lbs, or 100 lbs. I know I’m not the only one who tends to give up before she starts because I feel like I can never be one of those people who makes homemade kale chips and uses at-home workout videos! Not to mention, I’m never satisfied after a salad, no matter how hard I try. Well, I’ve decided that I don’t need to try to be what I’m not. I can be healthy without being a workout master or Pinterest cook.

Alrighty, this is an unadulterated look into the food life of Shanny the Granny:


Tall Chai Tea Latte (190 calories)

*I am not a breakfast person, and have decided to stop trying to force myself to eat in the morning just because everyone tells me I’m supposed to.

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Lunch options:

Turkey Tom from Jimmy Johns (550 calories)

Chipotle Chicken Flatbread from Tropical Smoothie (550 calories)

Chipotle Burrito Bowl with rice, beans, chicken or barbacoa, tomatoes, and lettuce (540 calories)

Schlotzsky’s Fiesta Chicken Sandwich (570 calories)

….the list goes on and on. But basically, I’ve found that a sandwich satisfies my bread cravings and keeps me full until dinner, which is better than eating a 400 calorie salad, then binging at 3 p.m. because I’m hungry, or simply because I hated my lunch.

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Snack options:

100 calorie granola bar

Skinny Pop (just enough to make the hunger pangs subside)

Baby carrots + hummus (only 5-10 scoops…or else I’d get carried away and eat the whole container)

A little bowl of cottage cheese

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Dinner options:

Anything people cook when they invite us over to dinner…I just say no to seconds.

Spaghetti meat sauce over broccoli

A Smart Ones/Lean Cuisine

Some sort of meat and vegetable that Aaron and I cook

*I try to stay away from substantial carbs at dinner, but if I have them, I’m not terribly concerned. It’s just a matter of only eating one serving, and putting down the fork when I’m no longer hungry (not when I’m “full”).

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Dessert options:

1-2 Dove Chocolates

1-2 glasses of wine

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Generally, I’m coming in right around 1300 calories with this current diet plan. Not too shabby, right? I mean, I’ve already lost weight, and don’t feel like a hangry monster, so that’s a small miracle. I’d be stupid not to mention that you should do some cardio to help things along, and maybe some weights, too. But you’ll see results either way, since diet alone works miracles on the body.

Happy almost-beach-season!