Tampa Bay Parenting Parenting with Angela Cater Me Fit

Wanted: Healthy Lifestyle

I am the drive-through diva. The queen of all things fried and served in a paper bag. When I get into my car on my lunch break, if I don’t have a plan, my car just magically ends up at Chick-Fil-A. In fact, you cannot enter my car without finding at least one fast food wrapper, cup, napkin or receipt. 

See? Even my niece has a fast food cup!

See? Even my niece has a fast food cup! I hope I am not rubbing off on her!

Before we dive into my personal journey though, I would like to preface it with this: I am a medium sized girl. I never really realized I was getting chunky until the button popped off of my favorite pair of jeans and nearly blinded my sister. People never say things like “You are so skinny!” but they never say I am big either. Like Amy Schumer, I exist somewhere in the middle, in the place that nobody really talks about.

I am all about body positivity and loving the skin you’re in, but I realized that if I wasn’t going to proudly declare my weight instead of pretending to have a coughing fit anytime someone asks, I should probably do something about it. Accept it, or change it. I was sick of being winded after walking up the stairs to my office on the second floor. Not to mention, I am not in my early 20’s anymore. I can’t keep eating fast food and not expect a bout of heartburn to come knocking.

So, I tried a few diets. I have tried nearly every fad diet out there (remember the Atkins diet? My family went on a short-lived meat-fueled journey with that one), but I wanted to make sure that I started to understand not only how to lose weight quickly, but how to eat healthy foods and how to feel truly good. In an effort to gain knowledge and drop pounds, I started trying to lose weight with the app, My Fitness Pal. I was restricted to 1200 calories a day, which I was able to meet– as long as I only ate rice cakes and lied to myself (and the app) about what I was actually eating. I learned little about nutrition and even less about good healthy meals to eat. After two weeks, I was still winded and additionally had gained more frustration over having to do math every time I wanted a snack. 

Then, I tried Weight Watchers. I had previous success with the popular diet, but this go-round I felt that I had the same issues that I had with My Fitness Pal. Not enough time and too much frustration to sit around and count points.

Tampa Bay Parenting 2016 Cater Me Fit

So, when I heard about the Tampa-based meal delivery service, Cater Me Fit, my first thought was “yeah, okay. Like tiny frozen dinners will make me any healthier.”

But, as with sky-diving, flying, and zip-lining (among other daring feats), I decided that I would try it. After all, I will do anything in the name of journalism. I decided to combine the Cater Me Fit meals with a routine of boxing to see if I could really lose weight and, more importantly, walk up the stairs without being even a little winded.

Cater Me Fit is delivered three times weekly beginning on Sundays. You receive Monday and Tuesday’s meals on Sunday evening, Wednesday and Thursday’s meals are delivered Tuesday evening, and Friday’s meals come on Thursday night. All you have to do is set the refrigerated bag that they brought on the last delivery outside if you don’t plan to be home after 5 p.m., and when you get home you find a fresh bag with all new goodies in it.

Just a few of the first round of meals I received from Cater Me Fit.

Just a few of the first round of meals I received from Cater Me Fit. The containers are fairly deep and packed with delicious food.

The first week that I got my bag, I opened it expecting to see tiny meals. Instead, I found meals that aren’t frozen and are actually pretty big. The colors of the food made me excited as well, no more all brown from a bag food for me! With Cater Me Fit, you can do a vegetarian, Paleo, or traditional plan. Since I am a wuss about new things, I went traditional. You can always change plans to your needs, however. 

Cater Me Fit is all about clean eating, organic, and locally grown when possible. A far cry from fast food, that is for sure. Each meal also has a calorie count on the outside of the container, and I was amazed that filling meals could be under 400 calories.

My first Cater Me Fit breakfast. Egg whites with pesto, Canadian bacon, tomatoes, toast, and the best jelly I have ever had.

My first Cater Me Fit breakfast. Egg whites with pesto, Canadian bacon, tomatoes, toast, and the best jelly I have ever had.

I had chicken, beef, green beans, wraps, eggs– all of the things I order at restaurants, except all I had to do was take it from the fridge and put it in the microwave. This made breakfasts and lunches especially easy. I didn’t have to spend a lot of time making my lunches and I didn’t have to waste half of my lunch break hunting down food. My coworkers were jealous of the food smells coming out of my office. It was fantastic.

One of my favorite meals: salmon with quinoa, plantains, green beans, and other goodies.

One of my favorite meals: salmon with quinoa, plantains, green beans, and other goodies.

My husband, bless his skinny heart, was on the journey with me and was pretty surprised and excited when he saw what was for dinner every night. I am a terrible cook, and when we married I had a slight fear that he might be disappointed that I lacked the Betty Crocker lifestyle. But as Anna, the sweet woman who helped me at Cater Me Fit says “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”

Anna was right. “This is so good! I can’t wait for tomorrow’s dinner.” was all my husband could say between bites.

The second part of my journey to health was boxing. I am not a gym person– I much prefer singing out loud and yelling when I want to give up on exercising (which makes people around me at the gym irritated), so I have a personal punching bag in my apartment.

My husband hanging our punching bag for some at-home boxing fun. Note: starting at a boxing gym where you can learn the proper punching techniques is recommended.

Since apartments aren’t typically boxing friendly, I created a little work-around. I bought a $15 pull-up bar from Walmart and bought a 70 pound Everlast cardio bag from Dick’s Sporting Goods. By shopping sales, I got the whole set-up for less than $80. To make a boxing area perfect for two people, I use the pull-up bar that sits in the doorframe to hang the bag from. I opted for a longer bag for kicking, but there are smaller (and cheaper) bags available. If you are worried about what your doorframe will support, I suggest getting a 40 pound bag. Before boxing, always make sure that your hands are fully wrapped and that you have a good, comfortable pair of gloves. After using the bag, I also recommend taking it down from the bar and storing it somewhere away from kids (while it is cute for the kids to punch, a heavy bag falling on a little one is not).

My best friend and I decided to box at least twice a week in hopes that we could easily monitor our strength. The first boxing session was brutal. It had been since my wedding in March when I had last put my gloves on and I was more than ready to get back to throwing punches. By the second session, four days into my Cater Me Fit plan, I had more energy than I had before. I punched the bag harder than I ever had and I was able to keep going for a full 50 minutes. I am convinced this was related to my new and improved eating habits.

Sausage and rice pilaf meal. One of my husband's favorites so far.

Sausage and rice pilaf meal. I was halfway through eating it when I remembered to take the photo– it smelled too good to wait to eat! One of my husband’s favorites so far.

I also spend a lot of time with my three-year-old niece, who, like all toddlers, exhausts me to no end. However, I found that once my eating habits were different, I was able to actually keep up with her. When we did our routine “dance party” in my living room, I was able to dance with her for much longer without feeling bogged down and exhausted. Who knew that after all of these years of people telling me that food can affect these areas of life, they were right!?  

I was able to eat healthy lunches at work without having to stress about counting calories or preparing the night before. Ultimate lazy girl luxury.

I ate healthy lunches at work without having to stress about counting calories or preparing the night before. Ultimate lazy girl luxury.

After three and a half weeks of daily Cater Me Fit meals and boxing, I am down 7.8 pounds. What I found different about Cater Me Fit was that I really didn’t need “cheat days” like I got with Weight Watchers, because the meals already tasted like I was cheating. They didn’t taste or feel like diet foods at all. Now, my body is used to better food and when I smell french fries I feel a little less inclined to want some. Plus, by fueling my body with healthy food, I was able to actually ENJOY my boxing sessions like never before and am finding new muscles that I never knew I had. 

My biggest takeaway from this, though, is that if I can do this, anyone can.

In the next few months, I have vowed to continue my journey to health with Cater Me Fit and boxing. Stay tuned to see if I hit any pitfalls or if I become a person who is healthy enough to say things like “I love to hike!” and “I am not even winded at all!” without lying.

Healthy and filling lunch that left my coworkers jealous. Chicken, pasta salad, and brussel sprouts.

Healthy and filling lunch that left my coworkers jealous. Chicken, pasta salad, and brussel sprouts.

To read more about Cater Me Fit, visit Catermefit.com

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