Hey guys! With my girls only vacation 23 days away, crunch time is officially here! For extra accountability for myself, I’ll be checking in once a week on the blog with how I’m doing sticking to my macros and workouts!
This week I had a few days where I didn’t hit my macros. Sunday I BLEW through them, while Monday I just barely went over, but it’s okay. I’m not stressing over it at all because I’m feeling really good! This week my coach increased my macros even more, even though I only dropped about half a pound. I received 5 more grams of carbs and 1 extra gram of fat, while my protein remained the same. 2 months ago when coach told me I was going to start reverse dieting, I immediately freaked out and thought more food must equal weight gain, but it’s been the opposite.
The past two weeks I have hit new low weights, and while I know it’s not about the number on the scale, I’m happy that it is going down. I’m even seeing noticeable differences in my muscle definition… ie shoulders below. Hi!!
I’m continuing to push myself in the gym. This entire week it has been a humid sauna in the gym even at 6 am, and while I could keep my sprint speeds not as intense, I know that change occurs outside of my comfort zone. I have challenged myself and not given up when I feel like quitting. Instead of going semi-hard, I’m making sure that I challenge myself with the weight that I’m lifting. After a proper warm-up with weights, I will attempt several challenging weights before finishing supersets with a slightly lower weight.
So if a superset calls for 6 sets of 10, I will try as many sets with 20 lbs before I have to move to 15 lbs if my form is slacking due to muscle fatigue. Plus, more carbs means more energy to push hard.
My lunches and dinners have been really fun this week. I’m trying to focus on healthy proteins such as chicken and ground turkey, with lots of veggies. This was my favorite lunch of the week, which was on Wednesday. Grilled chicken with sauteed zucchini, steamed green beans and sweet potatoes.
I’m trying to move away from bread with peanut butter and over to a banana with peanut butter.
Ohhhh and my favorite trick to not overdue my peanut butter addiction, I actually portion out an entire jar of peanut butter right when I buy it. I portion them into 3 sizes: 1 tbsp, 1.5 tbsp and 2 tbsp.
I keep some at work and in my apartment, and when a meal or snack calls for peanut butter, I just grab the little container with the appropriate amount and enjoy it, because it is SO easy to eat 1 or 2 extra spoonfuls of pb, and that stuff adds up quickly!
ICE drinks have been a huge savior. I’ll have one around 3 when I need a bit of a boost from carbonation to get me through the day, but mostly I try to save my daily ICE for the evening. I like having it in between dinner and my last meal. I love the sweet, bubbly taste, and the carbonation helps keep me super full. It prevents me from needing to have an unneccesary snack between my last 2 meals.
I switched flavors of Orbit gum. I chewed Sweet Mint for probably the past 7 years I would say, but I realized that the Peppermint actually lasts a heck of a lot longer, so I chew this in between meals. I allow myself up to 6 pieces a day, but no more.
AND…. on Monday while I was getting food at Target, I browsed the clearance bikini selection. I found the prettiest bikini bottoms on sale for $4.48. They fit, but they’re not a perfect fit, however, I know that if I do really well the last few weeks, they will be the perfect fit. Those bottoms are now my ultimate motivation to stay strong!