For the past seven years I have counted my macros. I can tell you how many grams of protein, carbs, and fat are in almost every food. I can pretty much guess 30 grams of protein with my eyes closed.
I started this way of eating when I was preparing to step on stage in a bedazzled bikini. It worked like a charm and I loved the discipline and dedication it took… and ohhh how I LOVED the way my defined muscles looked and felt. Have I mentioned that bicep vein? Oh yeah… But in all reality, being in competition shape year round is not realistic or sustainable.
The thing is, I have still been doing it like this and I am continually disappointed in myself when I don’t stay within the allotted macro range. I had an epiphany a few months ago… I have been working toward a goal I no longer have. Duh. I don’t plan to get back on stage, so why am I trying to eat like I am? No wonder I have been so frustrated and not attaining my non existent goal. Crazy! Talk about old habits dying hard.
I‘ve been doing some research and for me what it is coming down to is the basic, old school calorie deficit method. You know, calories in, calorie out. Doing it this way has been a process for me mentally, but I feel like my world has kind of opened up. There isn’t that pressure to make sure my carbs and fats are within a certain number. (I do still track my protein). I can go to lunch/dinner with The Love of My Life and enjoy both the company AND eating the food. Sure, I still have to make wise food choices, but I have a new found freedom. It isn’t so rigid and it just feels good. I am actually excited about my nutrition again, it has become fun and kind of like a game… figuring out this new-ish way of eating.
Change is a good thing. I’ve got this!
Several weeks ago I came across this:
I have been thinking about this question nonstop. What would I do if I wasn’t afraid? A LOT of things probably. So much of what I do, or don’t do, rather, is based on being afraid… Afraid of the what if’s… Afraid to take that leap… which in reality means I haven’t been fully living my life.
If someone were to tell me that I only had 365 days left to live, would I be living the life I’m living now? Would I be satisfied with the relationships in my life? Would I be content with my decisions? Would I be happy with what I’ve done so far with the time I’ve been given? What would I do different? How would I treat myself? How would I treat others? Nothing in life is guaranteed, so it’s important to appreciate each moment and not let fear or the opinions of others limit our potential. Clearly, I need to work on this, so in lieu of New Year’s Resolutions, I have decided to have a theme for the year. 2018 is going to be my year of NO FEAR!
Missed opportunities and waiting for something to happen is going to be a thing of the past, because everything I want is on the other side of fear!
I‘ve got this!
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Bill Phillips was spot on when he made that statement several years ago. More than half of American adults today are overweight or outright obese. I get that people use food as a drug. It makes you feel good. It numbs whatever “it” is. It is a sense of control, in a crazy out of control way, if you know what I mean. I have struggled with using food to “medicate” feelings and emotions, but I ALWAYS notice a difference in how I feel, not only physically, but mentally as well, when I am eating right.
I can also relate to exercise being an antidepressant. When I went through my divorce, I made sure I exercised daily. Even though I felt like crap, I knew it was good for me. I knew mentally I needed that escape, that stress release. More importantly, my kids benefitted from it. I am pretty sure exercise was the ONLY thing that kept me sane … Ok, exercise and… Pinterest.
I honestly think that if people would just take a few minutes every day and get their bodies moving, even if it is just for 15 minutes, it WILL make a difference. Make the time… just walking out the door is the hardest part. You’ve got this!
Enough with the excuses. Get out of your way. What is it that is holding you back? Is is fear of failure? Is it fear of success? What happened in the past no longer matters. Today is a new day, so get back on track and move closer to your goals and dreams. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can or can’t do. YOU create the life you want.. All you have to do is believe, just DON’T stop believing! Decide what you want and go after it… Go after it with EVERYTHING you have! NEVER quit! You’ve got this!
Five pounds of fat and five pounds of muscle.. Both burn calories. 5 lbs of muscle burns 35-50 calories during the day whereas 5 lbs of fat burns 10-15 calories during the day. You decide..