Dieting For A Student And Weightlifter

As a student taking five classes during the week, and being a competitive weightlifter, my time has to be calculated by the minute. I have to plan out when I am going to eat at a specific time, to avoid the embarrassing stomach growl in a quiet lecture that I’m sure we have all heard or experienced. I have had a few of those, and I apologize to whoever is next to me when I haven’t had my protein bar and banana before class.

I plan my school schedule to accommodate my weightlifting schedule. I also coordinate with my coach what my training schedule will look like, and whether I prefer to workout three to five days a week. I used to workout five days a week before my first meet, Iron Cat, but after that schedule, I dropped it to three days during the week for school.

Breakfast and Snacks

For breakfast, my diet is usually the same.

  • Half a cup of egg whites
  • One English muffin
  • Deli ham or sausage patty

I will make this pretty much every morning, and then pack a snack to eat before my 11 a.m. class begins. My snack will consist of a banana, protein bar or yogurt if I don’t have a protein bar, and after my class is done at 12:20 p.m. I will come home and eat lunch.

My lunch varies from time to time, but if I were to pick my favorite that fits my macros that would be.

  • 3-4 Ounces of chicken
  • 2 Cups of spinach
  • Half a cup of black beans
  • 3 Tbsp of salsa

After lunch, I have about an hour or two before I have to go to the gym, so in that time I will try to get a head start on assignments. I will eat a snack again that will either be a high carb snack like an apple with peanut butter or another English muffin with cheese.

I will get to the gym at 5 p.m. and stay to about 7:30 p.m. depending on my training schedule that day. After I am done with working out, I complete my diet with my remaining macros, so for dinner, I will eat the following.

  • 3 Ounces of chicken or ground turkey
  • 2 Wheat tortillas
  • 3 Tbsp of salsa
  • 1 Cup of spinach

After I have eaten and completed my assignments for the day, I finally lay down to go to sleep by 11 p.m., and then I wake up seven hours later and do it all over again the next day. My friends and family ask me why do I do all of this? Honestly, if it wasn’t for CrossFit and Weightlifting, I would not have the willpower to push through these assignments and tests. We all need an outlet to get away from school, and Weightlifting is mine. I study for tests and complete assignments at all hours of the day, and think to myself,”this is cake compared to the workout I had to do last night.” That drive and commitment that I have for this sport follows to other aspects of my life, so without it, I know it would be ten times as hard to get things done.

Published by Illianna Degollado

Hi, my name is Illianna! And I'm from Austin, Texas. Fun fact about me, yes already into the first sentence here's a fun fact, I am what the locals call a "unicorn." I have lived in Austin for 28 years now, and have yet to love another city as much as this one. Do I need to get out more? You betcha! I live with my fiance, Matt, and our two doggos. My two-year-old Boxer named Katrin and my 10-year-old miniature dachshund named Marley. And, yes, it's never a dull moment with a dog that doesn't know she weighs 65 pounds and the other who still tries to own the house at a whomping 15 pounds. When I'm not escaping the beautiful traffic of Austin, I am a local marketer for an up and coming marketing consulting agency. I specialize in helping clients with their LinkedIn Marketing Strategy to drive more sales, brand awareness and become a thought leader for their field and network. I love my job for one reason, I love helping people. My passion for marketing, pr and social media started in my late teen years. I was going to high school and was blessed to have hard-working parents. So much so, they would own their own businesses and become entrepreneurs. I saw the struggle and the difficulty it took on both of my parents, and what made it even more frustrating was the passion and skillset for their profession, but their marketing efforts weren't executed effectively. Now, we swing it back to today! I love my field and I love what I do. There are sooooo many thought leaders, influencers, content strategist that tell us all the time...this is the correct formula to follow to reach "X", but in reality, just like technology, it's always changing.

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