***UPDATE*** I’m just finishing up week 3, I’m down 5 lbs, and I definitely notice a difference in my muscle definition. I have been sick for a little over a week and my workouts and meals have not been where they should be this week (I missed 1 day at the gym) and I STILL see a difference!
Hellllllllp!!! I can’t keep track of what day it is! Last week we received an astronomical amount of snow (like almost 2 feet with in just over 24 hours and in all of the 24 years I’ve lived here, I have never seen that much, seriously you guys, it was NUTS!) So the kids were all home last Thursday and Friday…. and Saturday and Sunday…. And today you better believe I’m singing praise that they’re back in school, but I still can’t think straight and can’t keep track of the days… Anyway, the snow is pretty much all melted, the roads are pretty clear and even though there are some really ugly patches of dirty snow around town, the blanket of white that lingered for a few days was the most beautiful sight. Sunday at church on the screen there was quote from the bible that said something about “our sins will be white as snow” from Isaiah 1:18 and it made me think about all of the snow we had. Gods beauty can remind us everyday that He is good and that He wants us to enjoy His amazing creations. I love how simple things like snow can remind me if His love, grace and mercy. Praise HIM!
Ok, this is not a Sunday Seven post, I promise! I just wanted to share that with you because when beautiful reminders pop up it feels too selfish to keep them to myself!
Alright, now for the other good stuff! It has been almost two weeks that I have been doing a 30 day cut with I Heart Macros. I’m not sure if you remember but about 9 months ago I mentioned on my IG that I was trying Macro counting…well… it didn’t last long! I felt it wasn’t very sustainable for me because for so long I had been eating lots of fat (good fat) and not thinking too much about it. I love the idea of Paleo and I loved how I felt on the Whole 30….but I wasn’t consistent with those plans/lifestyles either. I was working out at least 4 -5 days a week and I had not really seen a change in my body. I started CrossFit again hoping I would see some changes and I have, but not exactly what I was hoping for. So, here I am again, plateaued, bloated and uneasy about my body. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not crazy psycho about trying to weigh 110 lbs (that will never happen!) BUT, I do know what weight I feel best at and I’m really learning what foods make me feel sluggish. So I’m back at giving macro counting another go!
With this 30 day cut I count my macros (macronutrients like fat, carbs and protein) and I have 5 low carb days and 2 high carb days. The high carb days are the day before my leg days (which I always thought you should eat more carbs the day of leg day?!) and honestly, those high carb days kinda feel like Christmas! Counting my macros is such a learning curve for me so I purchased a scale so I can try to be precise on my food for entering everything into the My Fitness Pal app… which is a freaking pain in the a%$! Although I have already noticed a difference on the scale (down 3 lbs) and when I eat less fat I feel SO much better and I don’t feel so bloated all the time. (I still have healthy fats, just not as much as I use to) I also have a history of digestion issues and I had my gallbladder removed a few years ago, so my body is very sensitive to what I’m putting in it (goodbye gluten and so long dairy (kinda)!), although I sneak a bite in every now and then… I just pay for it the next day. Anyway, I have had a day or two where its been reeeeeeeaaaally hard entering my macros because of eating out or being out of town, but instead of beating myself up about it I start over the next day. I over did it last weekend with mimosas and brunch with my best friend for her birthday so the next day I did IF (intermittent fasting) and gave my tummy a little break. I have my fridge stocked and some meals planned and I feel pretty good about next week.
So to try and explain this macro counting a little further, my meals look kinda like this:
Macros for a low carb day are 140 grams protein, 103 grams carbs and 30 grams fat.
Macros for high carb days are 140 grams protein, 161 grams carbs and 33 grams fat.
Some of my meals look like here are some of my go to’s:
1/2 cup organic whole milk cottage cheese, 1 chobani fruit filled yogurt, 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder with water
30 grams carbs, 56 grams protein, 7 grams fat
I like how this gives me great start at meeting my protein goal and i still have plenty of fat left over for the day.
Cauliflower sandwich thins (2), 2 laughing cow light cheese, 4 slices lunch meat
8 grams carbs, 9 grams fat, 40 grams protein
These sandwich thins are SO good! Like I am freaking obsessed. One of these may be sufficient for most people, but I raelly like food and when I work out a lot I REEALLY like food ;). (I found them at Natural Grocers in the freezer)
Cauliflower pizza thin, mozzarella cheese, roma tomato, chicken and spring mix
9 grams carbs, 11 grams fat, 34 grams protein
Having the scale has dramatically helped macro counting and I highly recommend getting one for anyone interested in trying it. I tend to go over my fat more than anything so if I go over my fat I really try not to go over my carbs. Hitting my protein is really hard since its so high but it’s usually my main goal. Also if I go over I make sure my calories for the day don’t go over.
I have really been enjoying this “flexible” way of eating ( I had a delicious fat chocolatey caramel today with ZERO guilt!) and after this cut program is finished I will continue macro counting but my numbers will shift. Also, I have learned the hard way that getting full on healthy carbs like veggies is way more satisfying than simple carbs like cereal. Its not worth eating a small bowl of cereal that chews up my allowed carbs and I’m starving 5 minutes later where if I eat 2 cups of veggies I am full and satisfied way longer for a lesser carb count. ( I hope that makes sense!)
Oh, and in case you’re wondering what the heck this program is that I keep talking about, you can find the 30 day cut program I am doing here, Quincey is AMAZING and her IG has the best tips for workouts and meal ideas.
Also, click the links below for some of my favorites!