I signed up for a free personal training session at my gym which was great - i'm really trying to add more definition/tone to my upper body and gain muscle. He showed me some great exercises to do that and pointed out that all the cardio I do actually ends up burning some muscle (i'm normally just a runner but signed up to the gym so I could start adding variation), so definitely lots of potential on the exercise front to make the changes I want. My goal for my wedding day is to weigh the same as now but with less fat and more muscle
Anyway the main thing he said though was that I had to change my diet if I wanted to see any significant changes - not to cut down on the quantity i'm eating but to drastically up my protein. My diet right now is probably 50% carbs, 40% vegetables/fruit and 10% protein... i'm not a vegetarian, I just don't particularly like the taste of meat. I'm guessing if I up my protein, i'll naturally eat less carbs because i'll be full... so not so worried about that, I know I eat too much.
My question is some suggestions on foods - I really, REALLY hate chicken/turkey but know it's the one food with the most protein, was wondering if anyone has any good recipes that involve chicken but where it's so disguised you wouldn't know you're eating it? Has anyone else been trying to up their protein? What has worked for you?? Thanks everyone!