What I Ate Wednesday

On July 6, 2015, I decided that I wanted to start counting my macros.  Macros? you ask. Macro is short for Macro Nutrient: Carbohydrates, Protein, Fat.

IIFYM {If It Fits Your Macros} speaks specifically to fat loss from a macro nutrition, and thus a caloric, stand point and is purely a means to improve body composition. IIFYM does not address health concerns of the heart, brain or other organs and does not put an emphasis on so called ‘healthy eating’.

Regardless if you like to eat pizza, or boiled chicken breasts, IIFYM teaches us that if you eat less calories than your body requires (while getting adequate protein, carbs, fat and fiber based on your goals and the energy needs of your body) you will lose weight at a steady and predictable rate. IIFYM makes fat loss that easy. All you have to do is stay within your daily macros and the fat will start melting off! (source)

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I started IIFYM 4 weeks ago. In that time, I lost 10 pounds {which wasn’t really a goal, but a super pleasant surprise}, noticed an overall bagginess in my every day pair of jeans, and found strength and energy I never knew I had. All while eating ice cream EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT.

So, how does this miracle diet work? You can either hire a macro coach or plug your numbers into an IIFYM calculator, which is what I did. I’m a 33 year old woman, who is 5’10 and {started out} at 188 pounds. I lift 4 days a week. My macro breakdown came out to: 1961 calories broken down as 196 grams of carbs/148 grams of protein/65 grams of fat. {Did you happen to catch the part where I am cutting at 1961 calories a day?! Glorious!} What do these numbers mean? They mean that I have to hit them +/-5 grams every day. It can be a little confusing at first, but as long as you plan your days, you can make it work. {And some days you learn to cut out your lunch’s bread so that you can sneak in a Chipwich for a snack!}

Are you now wondering how I get this whole Macro thing to work for me? Well, my day sometimes looks like this:

Breakfast:
IMG_4477-e1438775591465I eat the same breakfast almost every day. Coffee with 3 Tablespoons Sugar Free Vanilla Creamer, 40 grams Shoprite Organic Quick Oats with a pack of Splenda and some Cinnamon, 2 slices Oscar Meyer Center Cut bacon, 30 grams Wholly Guacamole, 1 egg, 46 grams Shoprite egg whites, and 28 grams Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Cheddar.

Breakdown: 39C/31P/25F 

Snack 1: IMG_4478-e1438775976600I love GNC Lean Shakes. This is another staple in my diet. It’s convenient, yummy, and it keeps the hunger away before lunch.

Breakdown: 6C/25P/6F

Lunch:IMG_4480-e1438776111325 (1)I meal prep, so to make my life easier, I pick one lunch and make enough for my 5 work days. This week’s lunch was Chicken Avocado Pesto Pasta. It was really great the first day, but does not make for the best leftovers. Lesson learned. Also, I sometimes tweak recipes to make them better fit my macros. This one I followed pretty closely. I did choose a whole wheat pasta though.

Breakdown: 43C/33P/9F

Snack 2:IMG_4497-e1438784257886 (1)Chobani Greek Yogurt = Nommmmm!

Breakdown: 20C/12P/0F

Snack 3:IMG_4535-e1438784343347 (1)Baby carrots and a serving of Sabra Roasted Pepper Hummus.

Breakdown: 12C/3P/5F

Dinner:IMG_4488-e1438784444163 (1)Dinner consisted of One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet, 2 Mission White Corn Tortillas, and 100 grams of strawberries. For the One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet, I swapped the ground beef for lean ground turkey (I believe Butterball brand), Low Fat Sargento Shredded Cheddar instead of a full fat cheese, and I added in three bell peppers (one yellow, one red, one green) because I had them all on hand. This dish is AWESOME and one of my husband’s favorites. It also reheats real well for leftovers.

Breakdown: 47C/40P/19F

Snack 4/Dessert: IMG_4499One very yummy Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich. Sometimes I have extra carbs for the day, so I add in some gummies or other sweets. It’s the best!

Breakdown: 30C/4P/2F

After my main meals and my several snacks, my total macros for the day are: 197C/148P/66F. My daily goal is 196C/148P/65F {and you can be +/-5 grams}, so I am right on target for the day. Woohoo!

And that is What I Ate Wednesday!

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