I’ve been talking about it a lot on Instagram Stories lately so I thought it would be only be appropriate to elaborate here on my blog! I’m talking about all of the fitness content, “pre-workout” and “macro’s” talk. First, I thought I should divulge in why I’m embarking on this health and fitness journey (let’s call it that, shall we?). My biggest mantra is, and always has been, you look your best when you feel your best. Whether it’s a pair of great fitting denim or what you ate that day, you’re only going to be able to look as good as you feel on the inside. That’s why I wear comfortable clothes, low heels, and go to the gym, among other things. It’s why I’m currently trying to drink a gallon of water everyday and why I’m counting my macros.
Macro’s is short for Macronutrients. Macronutrients are fats, carbs and protein. They are what helps your body perform at it’s maximum potential. From Wikipedia:
“Macronutrients provide the bulk energy an organism’s metabolic system needs to function while micronutrients provide the necessary cofactors for metabolism to be carried out.”
Here’s the meal plan I’m eating everyday to hit my goals:
This is what I’ll eat on days when I workout. If I don’t workout, I just need to eat 500 less calories, because I want to always be at a caloric deficit. This is why I think counting macro’s is cool – If you want to incorporate a glass of wine into your diet, you can! Just make sure you count it in your macros. I use My Fitness Pal to track everything, they have a great mobile app and I like the desktop version too.
UPDATE: I asked my (informal) nutritionist for some ideas of what I could eat for lunch to switch things up but stay within my macro-counting goals. She recommended Amy’s Non-Dairy Burrito Organic Beans & Rice. It has 10g of protein, 8g of fat and 52g of carbohydrates. I serve it with a dollop of plain greek yogurt and a dash of hot sauce on top!
In my experience of macro counting, I’ve accepted the fact that I have to eat the same thing every day in order to keep up with it. Otherwise, it can become too much work. So, pick foods that you like and just adjust as you get sick of them! And, while eating the same day once sounded so dreadful to me too, I have learned to appreciate not having to think about what to eat everyday and it’s actually saving me a lot of time.
Based on your age, activity level, gender, height and weight, you can determine the amount of each of these that you should be consuming in a day, along with your caloric intake. After using this simple BMI calculator, I determined that my BMI was “Normal” for a woman of my height and weight, but on the higher end of the “Normal” scale. This translates to that I’m in a healthy weight range, but it’s important to note that BMI does not take body composition into account. Then, Wes (my love interest) calculated what my daily macro’s should be. I don’t know how to do it, but I can have him write it out for us in another post or I’m pretty sure it’s easy to Google. All that being said, the BMI calculator is what helped me determine what my goals are – To both to burn fat as well as strength train.
Now, on to my workout regime. At first I didn’t do much cardio because I was trying to grow muscle and muscle burns much faster than fat. Now, I’ve been working it back in since one of my goals is to burn fat. To do this I run on the treadmill at the beginning and/or end of my workouts, I do simple cardio exercises between sets when I’m lifting to keep my heart rate up (like high knees, burpees, jumping jacks or jump squats), and I incorporate HIIT circuits into most of my workouts as well. All of this, plus a good stretch session, requires that I’m at the gym for almost 2 hours every day. But with the pre-workout and a good playlist I hardly even notice the time these days.
Speaking of time, I was always the first to say, “I’d love to workout, but I just don’t have the time!” Wrong – There’s always time. Just go. Getting there is half the battle after all, isn’t it? The other half is knowing what to do once you get there though. I’ve been sharing my daily workout routines on Instagram Stories if you need some inspiration too. But, really, #JustGo.
I’ve discovered that on days when I work out, I’m really able to clearly focus on my thoughts, while simultaneously clearing my mind of any worries, insecurities, stress, or any other negative feelings I may be having. And taking a pre-workout before the gym helps increase my focus ten fold. Pre-workout is used to enhance your performance and, essentially, help you have a better and more energetic workout. It comes in powder form and its best to take 10-15 minutes before you work out. You can see the full list of ingredients in the one that I’ve been using here. If you want to try it out for yourself, they gave me a promo code for 52% off for my readers: Nat52. With my code, it costs less than $1 a day and it’s so worth it. I love this specific one because they come in individual packets, so you don’t have to measure & they’re easy to grab and go. And it tastes delicious!
I’m 4 weeks in, working out 5-6 days a week, but only on day 3 of counting my macros. A lot of fitness experts say that eating right makes up 80% of the work to get results. I eat pretty healthy, but eyeballing it just wasn’t cutting it anymore. At this point I’m already feeling stronger, more energetic, and I no longer dread working out. I’m excited to see what my body and mind can do! I definitely plan on having my cheat days, especially with the holidays coming up. But I’m going keep working out as much as I can and keep a healthy mindset about it. Like, I’m not going to stress myself out about those mozzarella sticks I ate the day after thanksgiving when I was lounging around with family and enjoying that processed, melted cheese. Maybe one day I’ll hate eating processed food, but I doubt I’ll be that person. Everything in moderation, right?
I think that about covers everything for now, but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out! While I’m still pretty new at all of this, I’ve learned a lot in a short time and am happy to share it with you guys. My main goals right now are to feel good & be happy and healthy in life. I’m excited to see where this journey takes me… And I’ll be sure to update you along the way! So let me know what you think of posts like these in the comments below so I know whether or not to continue writing them. 🙂