Do you have that one friend where you both experience the same things in life, or have moments where you think, “we should have our own reality show?” Well, I have that friend. Lindsay is my best friend, and we always seem to go through the same things at the same time. Shitty guy in our life? Yup, both got one (no, we don’t right now though!), creepos coming out of the woodwork? Yup, usually we get hit with a flood within 24 hours of each other. The list goes on and on. Lindsay and I usually have a handful of conversations going on at once, all different topics, all different social platforms. Text, Instragram, Facebook, email, Snapchat. You name it, we are talking on it.
Yesterday while I was working, I thought to myself, “wow, our daily emails could be a blog in and of itself.” Later in the day, my coworker who just signed up to track macros, was in my office asking me how in the world she can eat her remaining 50 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fat and 100 grams of protein. My emails with Lindsay yesterday revolved a lot around motivation, macros, and becoming our best version of ourselves. And that was when this idea for today’s post came in my mind. Lindsay was asking me several questions, and I thought that our conversation was perfect for a post because there are probably a lot of you out there tracking macros with similar questions or thoughts. So here we go! I grabbed a few of Lindsay’s comments or questions and followed them up with my exact answers to her questions! This is going to be a long post, so if you’re not into tracking macros or planning your meals, feel free to skip this post!
Do you ever notice how a lot of fitness people post a lot of motivational quotes? I get that everyday won’t be sunshine and rainbows, but maybe they do have this whole mental game down pat (for the most part).
I have noticed that fitness people post a lot of motivational quotes, but ya know, they could be posting it because they might be going through a struggle where they need to post it to just keep reminding themselves that it will get easier or to just stick to it. I think a lot of it just needs to click, and once it clicks, the motivation stays with you. Like I mean, I did macros for a year and it didn’t click with me until last December where I stayed committed to my macros and finally saw results. The past few months I’ve been struggling to find that “click” again, but I think I’m getting really close to it. You’ll get that click back when you are ready to tackle it head on. Just keep trying to do your best each day and then one day it will just happen.
Do you plan a full days’ worth of meals ahead of time? Or do you sorta just wing it?
So I always, always, always have the same breakfast and the same 1st snack of the day. Lunches are typically always the same each week because it’s easier. Whatever I meal prep on the weekend is my lunch for the week. It used to be tuna wraps or grilled chicken with butternut squash and potatoes, but turkey wraps with cheese, spinach and relish have been keeping me so full, it takes seconds to prep the night before, and it’s cheap! Dinners are usually winged, but I plan it the day before.
So right now I have taco turkey prepped in my fridge, so I just decide what I’m craving. Monday I had taco bowls, last night I made chocolate chip protein donuts for dinner, and tonight will be the omelet. Then I plan on my afternoon and evening snacks based on my cravings, what I have on hand and my macros. BUTTTTT, I always go to bed knowing what my meals for the next day will be.
If I want to change something the day of, I will, and the snacks or dinner will just have to be modified. Like right now, I’m almost thinking that I won’t put the pumpkin square in my omelet and will instead use those carbs for maybe half of a bagel to enjoy with the eggs. Having a game plan going to bed really helps me feel like I can accomplish hitting my macros the next day. I’m Type A when it comes to my food, so I like knowing what I’ll be eating, etc. Phew!
So wait, do you eat 5 or 6 meals a day? 6? I think I need to find a breakfast that I can stick with like you do. Breakfast is usually a crap shoot in the morning for me lol. I crave different things constantly!
Always at least 6 meals! Sometimes 5 if I’m not hungry for my afternoon snack, but then I just have a double dessert haha.
I think you should try ple-planning the night before that way you can go into your day with more structure and just see if that works better for you! When I find a meal or snack that works well in a certain time spot, I really don’t switch from it because I know it works. I’ll eat my oatmeal at 7:50ish, and it keeps me full until about 11:30. Then I have my English muffin with pb and I don’t need lunch until about 1:30/2, etc. But I mean, my breakfast is oatmeal with nuts, maple syrup and melted peanut butter, and then the snack is carbs and more pb…
I mean, I REALLY look forward to those meals the most and never want to replace them. Maybe try creating one of those dessert oatmeal bowls. Something to keep you super full in the morning and that tastes amazing.
On one of Elle’s Youtube vlogs she mentioned that as her last snack she’ll just put a protein bar in its slot that way at the end of the day she has a good amount of carbs/protein/fat if she wants to replace it with something else or add more carbs to her dinner and have a smaller dessert.
There are obviously a bunch of little tricks that work well, it’s just finding what works best for you! 🙂 I hope this post was some what informative or eye opening to see what I do.
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