Over the past few months, I’ve noticed that I’ve been gaining weight, and all of my hard work in the gym and in the kitchen hasn’t been having the positive effect I was hoping for. Several weeks ago, my friend recommended me to Erin, a nutritionist 2 cities over, and yesterday, I made my way into her office. Turns out that Erin actually taught my friend’s nutrition class at his college. My friend is a runner and also puts himself through ridiculous workouts at the gym, so I trusted his recommendation (and planned to put the blame on him if she was a dud).
This past week I have been keeping a detailed journal of every single thing that entered my mouth. For each meal, I totaled all calories, carbs, fat and protein, and then totaled it at the end of the day. The result, consuming so many more calories than I thought!
A lot of those calories came at night, go figure.
Erin and I talked about what was going on, she looked at my macros in regards to my workouts, and she came up with 2 things. Not enough carbs and too much protein. I picked her brain on proper pre/post workout meals for every possible workout schedule I do. If I was dishing out $100 for this session, I wasn’t leaving until I was satisfied. Am I right?!
At the end of the session, with meal ideas in hand, I left with a goal to carry out over the next 3 weeks. Aim for 350 g’s of carbs and 60 g’s of protein. I have been consuming roughly 120 g’s of protein, as I’ve been told 1 g per lb, which would put me under that “thought to be correct” goal. My carbs have been way under, I’m talking 170 ish. The lack of carbs definitely makes sense for my intense headaches and constant tiredness the past week.
By the time I left the appointment, I was ravenous, and headed into the grocery store for carb heavy fruits, veggies and wraps (I’ve been eyeing those pb & banana wraps, ermergherd!).
After Erin mentioned dried fruit as a carb option, I immediately had to pick up a container to curb that craving she created. I noshed on those foods on the drive home, and then proceeded to make a bowl of GF oats with blackberries, a good carb fruit.
Then, after the hangry-ness wore off, I went to Facebook for help, where my cousin Jenn, who is a Crossfit goddess, and blogger bf Jen, gave me advice, or left me more confused haha. Later on, I took to my Spark People account and planned out today’s meals, trying to up my carb intake while lowering the protein. 60 g’s of protein is impossible, so I decided I didn’t want it to be that low.
Even with the carbs I’ve eaten today, and for what’s planned later on, I’m still struggling to get above 200 g’s of carbs, which means that my plan is to slowly increase carbs and try to not consume as much protein.
Another big thing that actually clicks: I’m overtraining, and therefore my cortisol levels are skyrocketing. Jen recommended I take a week off from exercising to reset my body and then “train smart.” I love love love her recommendation (although I plan to only run for the next week). I begged her to let me run, as long as they were shorter runs. I’m too stubborn to not run and break my streak. We all have flaws. That just happens to be my only one. 😉
I have to say that I am looking forward to a break from double workouts and really taking the time to relax, which is perfect with the holiday weekend coming up.
I plan to email Erin every week, but will have a face-to-face meeting in roughly 3 weeks to see if I’ve noticed if anything is working. If it’s not working, she plans to continually tweak and play around with my macros until we find the perfect macro count.
For now, I plan on morphing both Erin, Jenn and Jen’s recommendations and hopefully seeing some improvement.
I’ll be getting some unhealthy carbs in shortly, as I received the best text I could ever receive.
Even Janine knows my obsession with this place.
Time to kick-start this long weekend!
Have you ever thought of, or seen, a nutritionist?
I’ve been toying with it for months, almost a year, and finally decided the money was worth it.
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