So.... This whole macros thing? It's working. The first week has been tricky. Figuring out what exactly I can eat, how to fit everything in, and find the balance.... It's not simple at first.
I can tell things are getting easier.
Since starting tracking my macronutrients, I've lost four pounds. I haven't been able to lose much of anything since July so this is awesome for me.
At the same time, I don't feel neurotic about eating. I'm actually unafraid of eating over 1500 calories a day. In the past, I would freak out if I went over my 1200. I know that's unhealthy and it's not how I want to live. There comes a time that calorie cutting will work against you. I was there.
Looking at my food choices over the week has been enlightening as well. It's no wonder I wasn't losing anything. Sure, I was eating "clean" and eating low calorie. But..... I wasn't eating the right combination of things. At times, I was overloading the carbs and then I would go periods of not eating nearly enough of them.
There was no balance.
My Fitness Pal has been my biggest support this week. I've tailored it to fit my nutritional needs and I have logged everything this week. Before I was just kinda guessing on things and that got me absolutely nowhere.
Where am I struggling?
Finding good protein and fat sources without overloading on carbs. It's kinda tough to work with just fats and proteins when everything seems to have carbs. I would have never guessed! I've been looking at #IIFYM on Instagram and I seriously want to eat the high amounts of carbs some of these amazingly fit people are eating. I know I have to put more work into my strength training before I can step out and do that. Their muscles have to be revving their metabolisms something crazy. I've just gotta get there.
I admit that I'm totally a wuss. I don't do pain. I lifted weights with Ryan once last week....I was sore for three dang days! Um, I am totally not into that. I could actually see progress in my arms from just that one session, but it hurt! I mean, my muscles are literally tearing and rebuilding. It's supposed to be sore, but I am a weenie.
I'm at the point of whether I want to suck it up and do it for the sake of eating more in general and getting more carbs in my diet. There's a pretty big reward in it.
Ryan and I ate really well all week and then decided to balance things out by trying a new local frozen yogurt place. Turning this girl loose in a frozen yogurt shop with an insane number of toppings?!? Yeah, it wasn't pretty. But then again, I didn't really stress out this time. I worked my butt off for that treat so I enjoyed it with my guys. I knew that the very next day, I was going to buckle down and work towards my goals.
Ryan and I are totally different when it comes to sweets. I prefer lots of chocolate, peanut butter, mint, and fruit. Ryan is all about the gummies.
I never noticed it until last night, but Caleb is the perfect combination of me and Ryan. He starts with chocolate yogurt like his mama and finishes it out with the sour gummies like his dad.