mr. brett – > part 2

by Holly on June 11, 2010

in guest posts

Hey dudes and dudettes! Since I am kickin’ it in the Canadian Rockies with Susan and Karen, my dear friend Brett is back with a fabulous guest post sharing his journey to lose those last stubborn pounds. Many of us have been in this exact same position, so show him some love as he shows us what he is eating to shed the LBs and get into tip-top shape! Be back sometime this weekend with a Day 2 + 3 recap of the trip – check out Day 1 here!

Peace, love and Canadian beer.

P.S. Today is also BRETT’S BIRTHDAY! Read his post, and wish him a happy 28th year of life!


First of all – I survived the Madison Half-Mary! Thanks to all of you for your comments on my last post in preparing for the HM.

What an exciting day! Because the Madison HM was my first major race, I was not prepared for the number of people that lined the streets of the entire route to provide encouragement, water, music and even beer.  That’s right, in Madison at about mile 4, there was a beer booth were runners could slam a quick Dixie Cup filled with a shot of good ol’ Miller Light (or as my little brothers like to call it, “blue yum-yum”). Thanks Madison for coming out and making the HM so special for me and all the participants!

After the HM, I’ve decided to shift and focus on my eating habits. I will continue to do some lighter running and other forms of working out like the 30-Day Shred, but the month of June for me is the month of counting my calories.  At the suggestion of Holly, I found a free calorie calculator online to determine what my goal range for calorie intake should be every day.  For me, a 28-year-old male weighing 205 pounds, is 5’ 10” and works out about 3 times per week…

Maintenance = 2630 cals/day

Fat loss = 1640 – 2100 cals/day

From that I set my goal at 1600-1800 cals/day.

Here is one day of cal counting –

I started out the day with some yummy cereal…

That would be 1 cup Kashi GoLean (190 cals) with ½ cup low fat milk (65 cals).  For an even lower cal count, go with skim milk. I like the Kashi because it is very high in protein.  Because I am not eating as many cals per day, I have to make sure that all the food I eat is exciting and filling. GoLean has a good amount of protein which fills me up first thing in the morning.

For a mid-morning snack, the Clif Bar (240 cals) is perfect.  While they have a huge variety of flavors, I love the chocolate chip ones.  Again, the Clif is high in protein and is surprisingly filling for a bar.  And, I always have to have my morning coffee with creamer (35 cals).

Lunch was a yummy grilled chicken salad (320 cals).  I try to grill a chicken breast or two at the beginning of the week and keep in the fridge to throw on my salad.

Lettuce (20 cals), grilled chicken with black pepper and crushed red pepper (220 cals), baby tomatoes (20 cals), non-fat Italian dressing (30 cals) and topped with some salad crunchies (30 cals).

For an afternoon snack, try pineapple (100 cals).  I love fruit and I LOVE pineapple!! It is exciting, tasty, and filling.

Dinner was a Jennie-O turkey burger infused with a buffalo barbeque sauce (310 cals), topped with a big slice of tomato (20 cals), served on a fresh white bun from Madison’s Oakhouse Bakery (110 cals). I grilled up some fresh asparagus (30 cals) that my friend Natalie picked up from the Madison Farmer’s Market.

With dinner, I enjoyed a tall glass of water and a tasty Capitol Brewery Supper Club Brew (approx. 110 cals) which goes perfect with a burger on a summer night…

To review a day-in-the-life of eating Brett-style…

  • Kashi cereal w/ Milk = 255
  • Cliff bar = 240
  • Coffee w/ Creamer = 55
  • Salad = 320
  • Pineapple = 100
  • Turkey Burger w/ Asparagus = 470
  • Beer = 110

Total = 1550

I admit, 1550 is a bit below my goal range, but that is ok.  The key is to make sure that you are not hungry at the end of the day, I wasn’t.

As Holly always says, life is to be lived. We are humans and humans make mistakes.  There is bound to be a day or two, or three that I don’t make my goal – and that’s ok.  However, if I work to put enough healthy eating days together in a row, I might be able to break some of the bad eating habits that have stood in the way of weight loss and overall healthiness for me in the past.

I hope that we get to talk again soon – until then, what are some of your favorite summer meals?


claire June 11, 2010 at 11:15 pm

How exciting that we get to hear from Brett again! It is great to read about your efforts to get a little fitter! I can’t believe that amount of calories for you though mr! I eat more than that at 5’3″ and a little over 100 pounds so I definitely think you should be eating more to keep your metabolism moving! It seems like you had a pretty fat free day which can hinder more than help. A sports nutritionist in college told me that fat is good when eating veggies to help metabolize the nutrients in them. I always eat some olive oil, avocado, and/or seeds in my salads for some healthy plant based fat…the best fat out there!

I hope I wasn’t sounding too preachy mr! I just love helping others work towards goals of becoming a more healthy individual. My boyfriends diet has changed so much since we’ve been together and it is so great to hear how much better he is actually feeling from the changes. That pineapple and asparagus looks great!

p.s. I can’t wait for the rest of the Canada adventure recaps Holly!

Garet June 11, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Brett! First of all, happy birthday!

Second, what great ideas! I keep intending to try turkey burgers, but I never remember to pick them up. I should make it a point to try it out this weekend.

One of my favorite summer treats is strawberries. When they’re in season, they’re so much sweeter, and they’re essential in smoothies.

Katie June 12, 2010 at 7:34 am

Great Post like last time Brett and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love that Kashi Cereal as well, very filling and yummy!!!!!

Uncle Tommie Timbertoes June 12, 2010 at 8:03 am

I enjoy these guest posts. Keep at it Brett. Starting your healthy life style following Holly’s groove is a good way to start.

Angharad June 12, 2010 at 4:23 pm

You are adorable and wonderful Mr Brett! High five again on the half M. I think we kicked that humidity and 13.1 miles in the crown jewels. Rubbish!

My favorite thing for the summer is grilling – salmon on the grill with brown rice and asparagus or salad is immense. Beer is a given of course…


Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 12, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Happy, Happy Birthday! :D

One of my favorite summer meals would be a large salad with strawberries, grilled chicken, feta cheese and flatbread on the side. It’s so simple to throw together and doesn’t require the oven.

Jess June 12, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Happy Birthday!!

You are so wonderful mr. brett! I really enjoyed your post :)
<3 jess

claire June 13, 2010 at 12:48 am

omg, i missed the bday part! Happy Bday Brett!

maxinthegym June 13, 2010 at 4:57 am

Happy birthday Brett! Wow you’re really cutting calories! I’m about 5’3 and 110 pounds and I eat about that :S

I really hope you achieve your weight loss goals!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans June 13, 2010 at 10:49 am

Happy Birthday Brett!

skinny latte June 14, 2010 at 9:24 am

Happy birthday Brett – and I’m happy to see some beer in your consumption log for the day! It’s so important to find ways to still enjoy the things we really like as we work towards being fit and healthy.

My favourite summer meals usually involve salad of some kind – and finally here in the UK it’s warm enough to bring out the barbecue, so I like doing haloumi and vegie kebabs. So delicious!

I’m also a big fan of the 30 Day Shred!

All the best and well done on your achievements so far! :)

Sami June 14, 2010 at 9:40 am

Happy Birthday, Bretty!

Your eats are yummy looking! I’ve been wanting to try those Jeanie O turkey burgers for awhile now, and I think you just inspired me to finally take the leap :)

Good luck and well done keeping a healthy lifestyle!

samantha June 14, 2010 at 9:48 am

happy birthday brett!

i was at a dinner party on friday and the host whipped up a watermelon, feta, basil salad and it was amazing – light, sweet, crunchy, salty and cold. wow, that was a lot of adjectives, but so worth it.

Kailey (SnackFace) June 14, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Mr. Brett, I love your posts!

Some of my family’s fav summer dishes: ground turkey burgers with feta mixed into them (so good, you must try…even though I don’t eat meat anymore); gazpacho; bean salad with black beans, chickpeas, corn, red onion, red bell pepper and any dressing you like; um, I’ve already run out of ideas. Anyway, summer eating is the best! I also load up on watermelon, froyo, Greek yog…yums!

Molly June 14, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Happy Birthday Brett! A little belated now :/ But love your posts and can’t wait to hear from you again soon! Hmm, favorite summer meal…corn on the cob with anything grilled…I love pineapple on burgers with bbq sauce. yummmmm.

Simply Life June 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Nice job with the half!

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