Macros & Real Life + My Routine

I started counting macros and following the flexible dieting route 3 or so years ago, and back then I feel as if flexible dieting wasn’t hugely popular. Now it seems that a lot of people have heard about macros or follow a flexible dieting way of eating, and it’s not as uncommon as it used to be.

It can be hard to explain macros to your direct and extended family, or when you’re going on date after date, but you’d be surprised that your friends and family will come to support you once they have a better understanding of how macros work and what it consists of. They might find it confusing or give you a hard time in good fun at first, but trust me when I say that they hopefully will come around and fully support you.

And when it comes to dating, I’ve found that if you are attracted to healthy, athletic men or women, that the chances are good that they have eating habits that will make you feel less alone with how you eat.

Just the other day I was telling a guy that I was meal prepping for the week and he asked if I was on a strict diet or if I’m type A (haha). I simply informed him that 1) meal prepping keeps me from eating like an a-hole, and 2) that I follow macros and work with a coach. He surprised me by saying that he was starting with a coach the following day and had a meal plan to follow as well.

So, if you’re dating and counting macros, be honest and upfront if the topic comes up. I don’t bring it up unless I’m asked about my nutrition or training, or asked about my meal prepping routine.  If that person is right for you, they won’t give you crap and will be interested in supporting you. Some days counting macros can be a pain in the butt, like when it comes to events out of the norm, but if you don’t hit your numbers that day, it’s not the end of the world. You will not gain weight if you eat a slice of cake or go over your carbs for the day. If you continue to eat over your macros and eat junk food every day, then yes, you might gain weight.

And also, don’t let macros rule your life. Don’t stop having fun and going out just because it might prevent you from hitting your macros that day. If you’re just starting out on macros for the first time, maybe try to avoid eating out right off the bat if it will prevent you from getting stressed, but as you get into the routine of it, you’ll be able to eyeball portions when you’re out to eat.

This is why macros, or flexible dieting, as it’s referred to, is so great. It allows us to be flexible with what we eat. Technically speaking, as long as you hit your numbers, you can eat whatever, but you can’t just front load your body with junk. Macros allow me to eat the meals and snacks that make me feel good, but that also satisfy cravings that I might have.

I try to make my main meals as healthy as possible, and by that, I mean getting my protein from chicken, beef, and eggs. My fats from coconut oil, eggs, almonds, and peanut butter, and my carbs from veggies and oatmeal.

The first half of my day is almost always pretty static from day to day, and the afternoon and evening might be more geared towards cravings. That’s why I try to get most of my veggies and lean proteins in during the first half of the day, that way if I want to indulge or enjoy a dinner date with friends or a guy, then I can without guilt, as I know that I’ll have carbs and fats to play around with.

If you’re a long-time reader, then you know that I get my workouts in during the early morning hours. I either shower at work or back at my apartment if time permits, and on the days that I shower at my apartment, I will always have a handful of raisins in my car right after the gym, and will then enjoy a shake when I get home.

imageAshley and I made friends with a guy at the gym, and several weeks back I noticed him eating after his workout. He told me how he learned from a Navy SEAL that consuming a handful of raisins after your workout and then a shake are great for helping your body recover from the workout. I trust Brian, so raisins and a shake it is. I found these extra mini containers at Target, and they are the perfect amount for post-workout. My carbs are precious, so I was happy when I saw that these boxes are only 11 grams of carbs. The raisins help replenish your muscle glycogen almost immediately, which helps with your recovery.

The raisins are usually eaten around 6:40, with a shake around 7:10 am.

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Around 8 am and later in the afternoon, I take 1 scoop of Xtend BCAA’s in Pineapple (OBSESSED) mixed in with water, in order to replenish lost electrolytes. I swear by this brand, and always have at least 2 tubs of this on hand. One at work and one at home. I’ve tried fruit punch, green apple, sour green apple, grape, strawberry kiwi, and watermelon, and love all of them, but pineapple and sour green apple are my absolute favorites. The regular green apple tastes exactly like apple juice!

imageI typically don’t get hungry again until 9 am, so that’s when I will have the first part of my breakfast. I usually have oatmeal first to make sure that my body gets the carbs it needs. I’ve been obsessed with the OatFit pouches of oatmeal, and I will top it with 1 tbsp of peanut butter and maple syrup.

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Around 11 I break into the second part of breakfast, which is an omelet. I put spinach and 1 Laughing Cow cheese wedge in the omelet, and then top it with another cheese wedge. Sometimes I’ll eat the oatmeal and omelet together, but I’ve really enjoyed breaking this meal into 2 smaller meals. If I don’t put peanut butter in my oatmeal, then I will put coconut oil in it instead, which is a fabulous addition!

Later in the afternoon, maybe around 1:40/2ish, I’ll have lunch, which is a stir-fry, usually made up of squash, zucchini, asparagus, red peppers and either chicken or chicken sausage. I love everything about this meal, mostly because I get to eat so many veggies and can get the micronutrients that my body needs. If my chicken sausage is low in fat, then I’ll add in a single-serving pouch of almonds to my meal.

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An afternoon snack can vary from cucumbers and hard-boiled eggs, another bowl of OatFit with peanut butter or coconut oil, or a packet of almonds with carrots. I know that those don’t sound too exciting, but I enjoy them, and I feel good knowing that I’m giving my body the veggies, proteins, and healthy fats that it needs to keep me healthy and satisfied.

Dinners vary, depending on what I have left for the day, but it might be another omelet, chicken and sweet potatoes, stiry-fry, or a thick protein shake. My last meal depends on my remaining macros and what I’m craving. It might be a Quest protein bar, another protein shake sprinkled with powdered pb, or maybe it’s an English muffin with peanut butter.

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The later parts of the day all vary, but I like that, mostly because it allows me to be flexible. If I’m invited for a spur of the moment dinner that night, it allows me to say yes since I’ve made smarter choices with how I allocate my macros earlier in the day.

If you’re interested in counting macros on your own or with a coach, do your research. Instagram is my go-to for finding coaches and IIFYMers to follow. Some hashtags to search under include:

  • IIFYM
  • Macros
  • Flexibledieting

A good resource on how to calculate macros on your own:

My awesome coach Ashley of Grit Health.

Other great macro resources:

I’ll be back tomorrow with a recap of how week 3 went on the current cut my coach has me on!

If you follow a specific way of eating, how do you handle telling others?

Are you lenient or strict when out to eat?

Lenient baby! Just the other night I enjoyed chips & salsa, a quesadilla, and dessert! Eating out =  high carb day

Do y you have any additional great macro resources?

 

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Back On The Macro Accountability Train

Since my trip to the Bahamas last fall, I have “loosely” counted macros, with most of the calculations being done by myself. I wanted to save money and was growing frustrated with the plateau I had hit, so I just kind of said “meh, I need some freedom.” More like freedom from having to check in with my coach weekly, not freedom from tracking my meals, because I had no issue doing that. I just wanted a bit of a break.

I actually took a break from working with my coach before, and I think like anything that you stick to, sometimes you just need to take a step back for a recharge. I have friends who also work with macro coaches, and they too took breaks every now and then before signing up for another installment of months.

I had been toying with the idea of working with Ashley again for probably a solid month, before I decided that it was time. I emailed her about a week before the 4th of July, and after a quick catch-up, I immediately signed up for 3 months. It was one of those moments where I knew it was the absolute right choice.

I wasn’t feeling my best, and I knew from prior experience that if I did what Ashley told me to do, which is follow the macros as close as possible, that I would see the results and make the progress that I wanted. I had lost 17 lbs with her previously, so it now relied on my motivation and diligence to see losses like that, this time around.

The first week was a bit rough. I hate listening to people and doing what they say, mostly because I love food and eating. The second week was a lot easier, and now that I’m on to week 3, I feel a heck of a lot better than when I sent Ashley that email several weeks back.

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The first week was hard simply because I was eating less. Obviously when I didn’t have a coach to report to, I could go over my macros without fear of letting her down. It’s just funny, well not really, because by overeating, I would be letting myself down. Once I knew I was paying for her service, I became hungry with motivation. Motivation to hit my numbers. Motivation to watch my performance in the gym get better. Motivation to watch my body slowly change.

And while this is only the beginning, I’m feeling incredibly happier, more fit, and determined. Putting my jeans on yesterday morning before catching my flight to Dallas, they fit better than they did last Thursday. It’s crazy what several days can do, and that makes me motivated to keep the momentum going.

I plan on working with Ashley for more than just the 3 months that I paid for – I simply just chose her 3-month plan because it’s less expensive than paying monthly, and it’s less of a hit on my savings account than paying for 6 months upfront. Since I find macros fascinating and love following the journey of others who 1) count macros, 2) work with a macro coach, and 3) are on a fitness journey, I definitely plan on making this a weekly blog topic.

As I plan to cover this topic each week, I’d love for you to let me know if there are certain things you’d like me to touch upon. Would you like to see some of my favorite meals or snacks from that week, progress that I made from the prior week, struggles, thoughts, tangents about macros? Let me know and I’ll make sure to include those!

I just want to end this post by saying that counting macros is not for everyone, just as eating Paleo, or being vegan, isn’t for everyone. You have to find what works best for your body, and once you find what that is, stick to it! Don’t let the opinions of others keep you from trying to become your healthiest self. It’s your life, and we only have one life, so live it how you want.

I will be back tomorrow for another post regarding macros, and then back again on Friday!

Please leave a comment below on what you’d like me to discuss in my macro posts going forward!

Day In The Life #19

I’m finally getting back into my blogging groove, and am coming at you with the 3rd post of the week, and with tomorrow’s post, that will be 4 posts. Home girl is back, and back with another day in the life post for ya!

4:50 -5:15 am

My alarm goes off, so I roll out of bed, and get my life together. I respond to text messages while brushing my teeth & pooping (sorry, it’s true!), and get my gym and lunch bag packed, and am out the door at 5:15.

5:35 – 7:10 am //

I get to the gym at my new favorite time, and get going on the day’s workout. I start with a 1 mile run, which is tough. These legs weren’t made for running this morning! I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do shoulders or legs when I got to the gym, but after the run, I decided on shoulders. This mini shoulder workout might look easy, but it’s tough! My arms were jello by the time I completed the 3 different moves!

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Lindsay texted me at 6:20 telling me to crush my leg workout just as I was finishing shoulders, and that was the motivation I needed to add on a leg workout. I had 50 minutes to kill and extra motivation and drive, so why the heck not! I pulled up the programmed leg workout for this week from my coach, and got to town. I didn’t have time for the entire workout simply because my legs couldn’t move anymore. It was a tough one! This workout reminded me of a “silent but deadly fart.” Sounds easy, but it kills, ha! Instead of finishing the leg workout, I used the 20 minutes I had to walk and get my legs moving.

7:45 am //

I am ravenous! That workout not only left my booty sore, but it left me with a raging appetite. I dug into my new favorite oatmeal bowl combo. You are so beautiful, to me!!

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8-11:45 am //

Work, work, work the day away.

11:45 am //

I can’t take it any longer. I am starving and need lunch. I always try to make it to at least noon, but it wasn’t happening today. As I mentioned yesterday, this is my favorite lunch ever. I ate this in 5 minutes and did not stop to breathe.

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2:05 pm //

I break for my lunch hour and head to the grocery store for a few items before swinging by my parent’s house to grab my PEScience order that came in!!

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3:05-5:00 pm //

Work. Rather be napping. Or eating. I snacked on the leftover banana from my oatmeal with some powdered peanut butter. I hoarded my fat for dessert, which is why I went the powdered pb route instead of the good stuff!

5:15 pm //

Get home from work and immediately nose dive into dinner.

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5:30 – 7 pm //

I read for a little bit before my brother calls me to update me on his and Chelsey’s current adventure. It’s killing me that I am not allowed to talk about it yet, but I think soon I will be able to! I hate keeping secrets!!image

7:05 -7:30 pm //

Dessert in bed, while reading. Lights out at 7:30 because I am a grandma and waking up in the 4 o’clock hour earns this bedtime.

What was the highlight of your day yesterday?

Whole30: My Life Changing Results! Let This Motivate You

You. Guys.!!! Today is Day 30 of the Whole30! I honestly feel like those were the quickest 30 days of my life. I’m not positive if I will make it a Whole32 or a Whole35 or a WholeWhatever, but I hit day 30 and I’m incredibly happy with my ability to succeed! So let’s get into some of the changes that I’ve noticed! For why I decided to do the Whole30, read here.

Body Composition

My clothes absolutely fit better, and I feel like my body has leaned out a little bit as well! Actually, leaning out was one of the biggest physical changes that I noticed which makes me incredibly happy! I weighed myself maybe 4 times throughout the course of the 30 days, but I didn’t let the number on the scale bother me. In total, I lost about 2.5 lbs, but my body changed, which is better than a number!

Macros

I also loosely tracked my macros. Well, I tracked them, but if I went over for the day, it was because my body needed it. I knew that I was making great food choices, so as long as I was close to my macro goals, I was happy. I AM glad that I tracked because it allowed me to see how much I was taking in. One day I didn’t track because the battery in my food scale died, and I didn’t like it. In the late afternoon I had such a bad headache, and I didn’t know if it was because I hadn’t eaten enough carbs or fat. Had I been able to track, I would have known what my body was craving!

Sleep

I finally began to sleep through the night. Before starting the Whole30, I would wake up a handful of times, but now, I might only wake up once to use the bathroom, which shows that my cortisol levels are in a great spot!

Energy

Unless I have a one-off night where I don’t sleep well, I almost always am full of energy for the work day. In the first few weeks, I found it very hard to have the energy for workouts, especially without relying on a pre-workout supplement, but now I’m finding that I don’t even need pre-workout. My goal going forward is to continue to use my body’s own natural sources for energy and to not go back to pre-workout. Not only will these be better for my body, but it will save me so much money every month with not spending $30+ on pre-workout!

Eating

Before the Whole30 I was eating 3 meals and 3 snacks, and I shifted to the Whole30’s preference of 3 big meals and as few snacks as possible. I’ve actually grown to love and prefer this as well! I make my 3 meals between 400-450 calories, and then have 1-2 snacks. I might have a banana  in the afternoon, and that’s it, or it might be an afternoon banana and a mini Larabar as my evening treat for my sweet tooth.

Sweet Tooth

It is gone for the most part! Yes! No more waking up in the middle of the night craving a pint of ice cream, nor do I have any desire for sweets. Between Thanksgiving, my Mom’s birthday, and office treats, I managed to make it through all of those events without a single craving… although my Mom’s birthday cake did look really good. Sometimes in the evening I want just a little something sweet, so I will enjoy a mini Cherry Pie Larabar, and that’s all I need.

Now What?

I want to keep going for a few more days because I want to test out how my body reacts to not eating nuts, and in order to notice a change, I want to keep things the same as they have been. I think on Saturday I’ll choose a food to reintroduce, making it a Whole32. The truth is that I don’t feel the need or want to bring back foods that have been off-limits, simply because I’m not craving them. Like peanut butter. Not once did I crave pb. That’s huge! As much as I’d like to see how my body handles it, I figure I won’t try it until I really want it, but for now, that probably won’t be the first food that I reintroduce!

I want to stick to Paleo as best as I can going forward, but I know that there will be a meal or a snack that is far from Paleo, and that’s 200% okay! I like nourishing my body with healthy fats, tons of veggies, and lean protein, and I want to do that as best as I can going forward, because I truly love how I am feeling!

If you completed a Whole30, what food did you reintroduce first?

If you eat Paleo, what do you like the most about the lifestyle?

What are the key foods that keep you from going Paleo?

Whole30 Update – 3 Weeks In

Hello my friends! I hope that you all enjoyed your long holiday weekend. Having a 5 day weekend was such a wonderful treat, but now it’s back to reality and the work world. Since I spent most of my weekend shopping, eating and watching Christmas movies, I’ll spare you a boring recap, and instead talk about how the Whole30 is going!

One of the biggest remarks I received when I told people that I was doing the Whole30, was “why would you do it during Thanksgiving?” Easy, I literally had to do it to get back on a healthy track. The truth is, Thanksgiving was such an easy Whole30 day.  I didn’t have any cravings for stuffing, cranberry sauce, or desserts. My dinner plate was full of turkey and roasted root veggies, which in my opinion, were so decadent and delicious that I didn’t miss not being able to enjoy the typical sides. As for dessert, I did get hungry later in the evening, so I munched on grapes and cashews, which are 2 of my favorite foods, so again, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on pies and cakes.

It’s Monday, which means I’m on day 21 of the Whole30, which just seems so wild to me! Not only have most of the 21 days been easier than I thought, but I continue to feel better and better.

For those unfamiliar with the Whole30 (official website).

A few things of note:

I’ve grown to love eating 3 big meals, with one tiny snack each day

I typically can go 4-5 hours in between meals because my meals are full of protein, fat and carbs. Having 3 large meals and a tiny snack means that I don’t have to split my macros into 6 meals. Over the weekend my brother even made a comment about how large my breakfast was. Eat like a queen!

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I’m addicted to cooking with olive oil and coconut oil

Before the Whole30, I refused, literally REFUSED to cook with oils because I wanted to eat my precious fat macros. Now, I’m addicted to cooking my veggies in coconut oil. They not only make the veggies taste wonderful, but the healthy fats are truly keeping me satisfied

I don’t miss eating my fats, such as nut butters or nuts

The fats I do eat are typically eggs, avocado, and sometimes ground beef. The craziest thing is that I don’t miss eating peanut butter or any nut butter at that. What the what?! I try not to make a habit out of eating nuts because that is one food that I can just eat and eat, but if I do have them, I try to pair them with a banana or plantain chips, and I always buy the single serving packets because nuts I do need to portion control

Body definition is coming back!

My back is becoming more chiseled again, which is the body part that is the first to notice both slacking off and progress – score!

More energy & happiness

I can be sitting at the kitchen table and just be bouncing around and dancing because I have happy, natural energy.

I don’t have the need to workout

As a result of my food choices and new eating habits, I can go a day without working out and not feel awful, in fact, I wake up feeling great the next day. My workouts haven’t even been hard since starting the Whole30, yet I feel and look better. On Saturday I went for a 3 mile walk and that was it. I felt great that day and the following morning. I can do a quick 20 minute run and 20 minutes of weights and I’m content. I’ve broken free of this idea that I need to lift hard and long in order to see results.

imageSo friends, that is the current update on my Whole30 so far!

Would you ever do a Whole30 during a holiday?

What were some of the biggest differences you noticed on your Whole30?

Would you do a Whole30?

Why I’m Tracking My Macros While On The Whole30

I feel like a common question that I’ve received is why I’m still tracking my macros while on the Whole30. I completely understand that the Whole30 is a means to provide your body with healthier food options to kick the built up crap out of your system, and to more so eat intuitively. It is just my belief that those that eat a more Paleo-aligned lifestyle eat intuitively. I respect that.

I also feel that a lot of people who have not followed the macro/IIFYM lifestyle might believe that we only feed our body donuts and cookies. That’s not why I needed a detox. I needed a detox because I treated my body like crap, and not like a temple. Your body fuels you to succeed in making it through each and every day. I’ve failed at fueling my body properly. Maybe it was one too many protein bars, or sugar-packed peanut butters, or lots of chocolate. Over time, my body got hooked, and it needed a time-out.

I’ve done Paleo before, and while I felt awesome on it, my body didn’t look awesome. I went from IIFYM to Paleo, where I didn’t track my macros at all. I got fluffy. I got fluffy because I was eating endless amounts of fat. I would demolish a container of cashews or almonds simply because they were Paleo.

When I got serious about IIFYM last December, I dropped 20 lbs and looked my best ever. I didn’t feel deprived one bit. Somewhere along the summer and fall, I became extremely lax, and to be quite honest, I couldn’t tell you when the last day was that I actually hit my macros.

My positive and negative experiences in eating Paleo and tracking macros have been the key factor in why I plan to continue with tracking my macros while on the Whole30. Through experience eating Paleo, I do know that my body felt amazing, and while tracking my macros, I know that my body is capable of dropping weight. If I combine the two, I have a really great inkling that I’ll look and feel better than both of those time periods.

I’m not doing the Whole30 to lose weight, although that would be an added benefit. My main focus is to kick my sugar-addiction, gain a healthier relationship with food, and then, in the end, I hope to experiment with non-Whole30/Paleo foods to see how my body reacts.image

The night before starting the Whole30, when I was planning out my meals for Day 1, the first thing that I noticed was that it was A LOT of food! Funny how you can eat more when you’re choosing from real foods instead of processed foods. In regards to tracking my macros, I will do my best to hit my numbers, but if I’m too full to reach them, then I will stay under for the day, but will do my best as always to not go over them. Sometimes life happens and we have days where we are ravenous, but at least I know that if I do need to eat more, then at least I have healthy options in my fridge to choose from, like sweet potato slices that taste like candy! {Sweet potatoes simply roasted with coconut oil}.

In Week 3 I might make the decision to stop tracking my macros, but for now, this system is actually working wonderful for me, and I am feeling simply amazing! Today is day 8, by the way, and I haven’t once felt the need to quit or have a food that is off limits! Woo! 🙂

Have you done the Whole30 before? Tell me about your experience!

Would you ever do the Whole30? Why or why not?

Day 2 & Day 3 Recap of the Whole30

Here it is, beautiful Friday, and I am on day 4 of my Whole30! As you’re reading this, I’m probably either on the road or just about to get on the road to head down to PA for a long weekend to visit my brother and sister-in-law! They eat healthy and love to cook, so I know I will have no problem sticking to the Whole30 while I’m with them. Plus, I can bring with me food for my main meals, except for dinner and be good!

Enough of that, let’s jump into my day 2 and day 3 recap of the Whole30!

Day 2

Woke up feeling extremely rested and really good, but I also woke up hungry, which doesn’t happen too often. I had a few bites of a mini Larabar, grabbed my water and headed out to the gym. While my body adjusts to this incredibly new change, I’m taking it easy at the gym and not looking to push myself too hard. I did about 15-20 minutes of back/legs, and then did an assortment of cardio. My only current fitness goal is to be active and move around. I’m not worried about anything else while at the gym. Not taking pre-workout is certainly an adjustment! I felt sluggish lifting weights, but once I did cardio, I actually had energy. Maybe my body just needed to wake up a bit.

By the time I left the gym, my stomach was talking to me and a headache started to develop. Yup, the cold-turkey headache is here! To be expected though, so really, it is what it is and I’m going to ride it out!

My breakfast was the same as day 1, minus the eggs. Looking back, I almost wish I had included the eggs! 25 grams carbs / 12 grams fat / 30 grams protein

whole30-breakfastI dug into my lunch around 11:30, instead of my mid-morning snack. Lunch was turkey, avocado and roasted sweet potatoes.

whole30-lunchBanana with almond butter around 2:30, and by 4:40 I was STARVING. I went into “give me all the food” mode, and rushed home right when work ended to eat dinner.

almond-butter-banana-whole30-snackI couldn’t eat this fast enough… and then my brother called halfway through and I must love him more than food because I picked up.whole30-dinnerBefore bed, I enjoyed a warmed-up sliced apple, sprinkled with cinnamon and drizzled with warm almond butter!apple-almond-butter-whole30I noticed that I’m sleeping better throughout the night, and instead of waking up literally 4-5 times, I believe I only woke up once! When I woke up I was starving, so I ate bacon. Whatever, at least I’m being honest haha.

Day 3

When I wake up I feel extremely rested, but on the drive to the gym, I feel tired. How the heck do people workout without taking a pre-workout? I’m still taking it easy with my workouts at the gym. I ran for 20 minutes, did a few weights, and left. Even though my workout was maybe 45 minutes, I still felt really accomplished, and I also feel that because I’m eating really well, that my workouts don’t have to be so intense since I don’t need to work off sugar or crap food. I can’t wait for more intense workouts, but just saying!

Breakfast on day 3 was an omelette (1 egg & 2 egg whites), 2 chicken sausages and sweet potato slices! I did set the fire alarm off making those chicken sausages. That’s one way to really get your heart racing!whole30-breakfastBy the time 3 pm hit, I started getting an extremely bad headache, and by the time I left work at 5, I was in a total mood. I wanted to play bumper cars with traffic, and would have hit a pedestrian if they tried to cross the street. I believe this is what they call having “Kill All The Things” syndrome, which is typical around day 4 or 5. Thankfully I also read that it only lasts 1-2 days, so lets hope it doesn’t return today or this weekend! I’m a little bit relieved that my anger has a name and I’m not just crazy mean!

Once I ate dinner, which was meatloaf muffins with Steve’s PaleoGoods ketchup, with a side of sweet potatoes, I was in a better mood. I had visited my parents, and I was actually able to laugh about my attitude, so I think that alone made it disappear for a bit!

whole30-meatloaf-muffinsAll in all, it’s been a great first 3 days, and I’m just hoping that each day continues to be good!

Have you done the Whole30?

How bad has your anger gotten while doing a detox or a cleanse?

Did I Survive Day 1 on the Whole30?!

Hello, it’s me. I survived my first day on the Whole30! Lindsay reminded me that I actually had done the Whole30 several years ago, right around this same time, so if I can survive it once, I can survive it again!

I absolutely plan on documenting my journey with the Whole30 on the blog, and am really excited to document how it’s working for me, changes I begin to notice, and also document new meals! Hello inspiration!

On Friday I’ll document how days 2 & 3 went, but today let’s take a look at my first day on the Whole30 program!

It didn’t start off good at all. The night before I slept from 8-10:30 pm, and then from 3:15-5:45 am. What the heck! I have no idea why I was so wired for almost 5 hours during the middle of the night, but I was ripshit! I naturally began to play on my phone, then I tried sleeping on the couch. Moved back to my bed, and then finally at some point fell asleep. I woke up at 5, changed into my bikini for my “before-pictures,” and then decided that I could sleep a bit longer.

I packed my bag with my food, grabbed my water, and was out the door at 6 am. No BCAAs or pre-workout for me during the next 30 days, which actually works great as I can use this time period to cycle off of those supplements.

I used the next 50 minutes at the gym to walk and jog, but nothing strenuous since I was exhausted. I just wanted to move, especially since my body felt awful. A sure fire sign that this decision for the Whole30 was necessary!

The biggest struggle I found was not being able to chew gum. I prefer to chew gum while I workout because it keeps my mouth from getting dry. I had cotton mouth the entire workout, and by the time I made it to work, I chugged water ASAP. My water bottle I brought to the gym had a funky built-in taste from my mornings of BCAAs, and apparently washing it multiple times a week doesn’t get the lingering tastes out of it. Note, get a new workout bottle! Basically, this hiccup made me not want to drink my water during my workout because it simply made me want to gag.

Even though I felt like a fluffy bunny after my shower, I still dug into breakfast, which was 2 slices of bacon, chicken sausage, sweet potatoes and eggs (1 egg & 2 egg whites). This kept me full from 7:50 am until 12:30 pm. Goodness gracious! I am planning to track my macros during the Whole30, and the macros for this meal were: 27 grams carbs / 17 grams fat / 45 grams protein.

whole30-breakfastAt 12:30 pm, I was ready for a snack, because in all honestly, I wasn’t ready for my lunch. I’m hoping to have 3 big meals and then 1-2 mini snacks throughout the day. I had a medium sized banana, sliced, drizzled with almond butter. I forgot how good almond butter was! 34 grams carbs / 17 grams fat / 9 grams protein.

banana-almond-butter-whole30That snack left me absolutely stuffed, and I think it was the fact that up until this point, I was heavy on carbs and fat, which isn’t a bad thing. Maybe I felt extra full because I also felt extra fluffy? I knew that I still hadn’t had lunch and had dinner on the menu as well, so around 3:30 I had 2/3 of my lunch, which was turkey & roasted sweet potatoes. I decided not to have half an avocado that was originally planned simply because that would be overload. 24 grams carbs / 2 grams fat / 20 grams protein.

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6 pm chicken stir-fry for dinner! Made with chicken, broccoli, peppers, onions, marinara sauce and oregano! Super filling and good! 23 grams carbs / 3 grams fat / 44 grams protein.

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And ended my night with a mini Cherry Pie Larabar!  14 grams carbs / 4 grams fat / 2 grams protein.

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Overall Thoughts: I’m not sure if my day long headache was a result of the Whole30 or just from the few hours of sleep that I had, but I was happy that my meals kept me extremely full and I didn’t feel deprived. We’ll see how the feeling of deprivation changes throughout the 30 days!

Have you ever completed the Whole30?

Do you eat Paleo? What is your favorite Paleo meal or snack?

I really want to try banana slices, coconut milk, shredded coconut & almond butter all warmed up!

Addicted to Sugar = Whole30 Starts Today

Ahhh! I cannot believe that I am going to say this, but as of today, I am starting Day 1 of the Whole30, and I’m going to do it while sticking to my assigned macros.

imageI’m not sure if this decision happened over night, or if it accumulated and my ultimate decision was made Sunday night, but I can owe it to one girl; Brenda. Brenda is my homegirl Jen’s best friend. Jen is an NYC based blogger who I met several years ago through blogging, and from day 1, Jen has been so inspirational in my life. Several weeks ago I saw on my Facebook news feed that Brenda was starting the Whole 30, which got me excited. Excited for her, not for me. She posted pictures of her meals, and it made me miss really cooking. Now I’m not saying that I haven’t “cooked” while following macros, but when I ate Paleo, I always felt like I was extra dedicated when I cooked my meals, or that they were more elaborate and felt special.

meal-prepBrenda posted several times on her blog about how it was going, and then this past Sunday night, I stumbled upon her latest 2 & 3 week update. What truly inspired me and made me decide to do my own Whole 30, were the changes that she has seen in the 3 weeks. I found myself on Pinterest, reading all of the Whole 30 guides, and one in particular encouraged you to figure out WHY you are going to embark on the Whole 30. Decide on your why, write it down, and post it where you will see it the most or where you need to see it in times of temptation.

So what is my why? I’m not going to sugar-coat my reason. I’m tired of being a bitch about my eating habits. I am addicted to sugar like Justin Bieber was addicted to Selena Gomez. The past few months I have found that I’ve been adding sweeteners to things like my oatmeal, shakes, tea, etc. All I crave is sugar, sugar, sugar, and it’s making me feel incredibly out of control. My sugar cravings hit at night, and I find that I want to eat sugary snacks even when I’m stuffed to the brim.

Example 1. In the evening or in the middle of the night I will wake up and crave ice cream. A craving so bad that I have debated crawling out of bed, changing clothes and buying a tub of ice cream at the store. Who the hell have I turned into. Thankfully I never did that, but still. That’s friggen scary.

Since the Bahamas I just haven’t felt like I’ve had control of my body. I don’t hate my body at all, and while I do feel like I’m the happiest that I’ve ever been, I also know that I need to change. My health is of most importance to me, and if getting control of my cravings is the first step, then that’s the step that I will take.

30 days is scary. In a sense, 30 days, compared to 365 days isn’t long at all, and committing to 30 days really isn’t hard. Another category where the “easier said than done” line can be used. This is how much of a sugar bitch I am. I originally said, “Allie, do it for 21 days,” because I wasn’t sure that I could last 30 days. But I’m tired of being a sugar addicted food bitch, and so I am going to do my best to succeed with the whole Whole 30.

Am I concerned that I will be on the Whole 30 during Thanksgiving? Not at all. Several members of my extended family eat Paleo, and several years ago I actually had an entire Paleo Thanksgiving meal. I’m sure I won’t be Whole 30 on Thanksgiving, but I will do my best to stick to Paleo foods. And you know what, if I’m that concerned, then I can simply bring my own dish.

Paleo vs. macros. I’m still going to stick to my macros during this journey, and I know that it can be done. Every one is different, and I believe that tracking my macros is what works best for me. I know that I won’t eat Paleo once I complete the Whole 30, but I do know that at this moment in time, that the Whole 30 is something that I need to do.

I think what I’ll miss the most is my oatmeal with peanut butter in the morning, but I’m not incredibly sad, because back when I ate Paleo, my breakfast included sweet potato hash, avocado and chicken sausage, and well, that meal was the bomb as well.

Little tweaks like almond butter instead of peanut butter. Fresh fruit instead of english muffins. Wraps made with lettuce instead of a tortilla. Miss you already!

pb-english-muffinI know that I’ll have days where I want to murder anyone that comes into contact with me, but let’s just hope that those days are few and far between.

Have you ever done the Whole 30? Do you have tips for it?

I’ve never done the Whole 30, but I have done a 30 day Paleo challenge before.

Better Macro Choices & What Is Making Me Happy

Good morning, good morning & happy Friday! I didn’t intend to take 2 days off from blogging, but the past few evenings I’ve immersed myself in my life project and well, that just took precedence over a post… plus, I really didn’t have anything new to say, so there ya have it!

It’s Friday though, so let’s catch up!

First things first. My favorite topic. Food. Well, talking about hunky men is my favorite topic, but, after that it’s food. I’ve been making a conscious effort to incorporate as many healthy fats in my meals and snacks as possible. I think my favorite and healthiest fat swap has been in my daily lunch wraps, and instead of a slice of cheese, I’ve added half of an avocado.

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Weird fact: I hate guac but love cold avocado. I’ve noticed that this alone has been making my lunch keep me full a lot longer, some days making it not even necessary for me to have my afternoon snack.

imageWhen my macro numbers were changed and I was given extra fat to play with, I did tell you guys that I started using natural peanut butter instead of JIF Whips all of the time. In looking for foods that would be the most beneficial, I recently swapped my english muffin and peanut butter for a banana with peanut butter. Even though my body has no trouble digesting processed carbs, I knew that a banana would be the better choice, so that’s what I’ve been doing!

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I’ve also upped my vitamin game. I’ve always taken Glucosamine because of the running that I do and I like to keep my joints healthy, but after struggling with energy, my friend told me that maybe I’m Vitamin D deficient. Add that to my cart! The hair, skin and nail supplement is a test, so we’ll see how that works! Although when looking at the label, I realized that the hair, skin and nails has the same amount of Vitamin D3 that I have been taking, so I’ll probably save my bottle of Vitamin D for when I run out of HSNails.

imageAs far as workouts go, I’ve still been taking it pretty easy at the gym. I’ve really been enjoying just running again, so I’ve been incorporating a run/lift every other day type of schedule, which is working for me! Maybe next week I’ll bring make more lifting days, but for me this week, this is what is making me happy! Also, let it be known that 3 days my workouts have been shorter because my stupid iPhone alarm won’t go off! Granted, instead of 5 am, I’ve gotten up at 5:20 and 5:45, but still, that’s annoying!! Come on Apple!!

Other things making me happy this week? 72 degree weather in November!

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Unwrapping a new protein bar {FitElite} is like Christmas…

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Because you see glorious chunks like this one! Verdict: super good! It has a chewier texture than Quest, but I still think I prefer Quest! I would buy this again though!
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Chocolate chips in banana bread mini muffins are the end all of happiness.mini-chocolate-chip-banana-bread-muffins

What are your weekend plans?

Linds and I are going to see Brett Eldredge & Thomas Rhett VIP style!!

What made you happy this week?