What I Ate Wednesday {Part 3}

Holy cow! It’s now been a year since I started counting my macros. (Want to see my first macro post and read up on what a macro is? Check it out here.) I’ve learned a lot about myself, my eating habits, and my body this last 12 months and it’s made for one heck of a journey.

I had a rough winter. There was the stress of a new job, holiday eating, and so much sickness. I stopped counting macros in November and ended up gaining quite a bit of weight. Luckily I got my act back together in February and have managed to stay on track with pretty accurate consistency the last 5 months. I think the biggest positive change though has been my husband jumping on the macro train!!! It’s so much easier to be consistent with your diet when your partner has the same food goals as you.

This past 4 weeks I have hit my macros pretty much every day, allowing myself 1-2 cheat meals a week. (Cheat meals- not cheat days! This is a big deal because I used to have cheat weekends.) My daily macros are 196 grams of carbs/148 grams of protein/64 grams of fat and on an average day, I get my macros in like this:

Breakfast IMG_2467Ah. Coffee with sugar free french vanilla creamer. Breakfast of champions, right there. Or maybe not. I used to eat a bigger breakfast every morning, but some stuff has changed. For example, I now tend to work out after 9:00 pm and am pretty hungry after that workout, so I like to save a “meal” for around 10:00 at night. Also, I’m no longer super hungry when I first wake up. My work day starts an hour earlier than it used to and I’m usually spending my mornings rushing around, trying to get both me and my tiny dude ready for the day. So, coffee it is!  Continue reading

What I Ate Wednesday {Part 2}

Hey everyone! My first What I Ate Wednesday post got so much love that I thought I would do it again. I’m now 8 weeks into counting macros (IIFYM) and I can’t stress enough how much I love it. I didn’t count last week when I was on vacation, and while it was great to not have to think about my food, I totally over ate and felt so gross and blahhhhhh. It’s been lovely getting back on track this week.

I’m still on a cut {eating at a deficient) so my macros break down like this: 196C/148P/65F for 1,961 calories. In order to hit those macros today, I ate the following:

Breakfast IMG_5373Every morning I drink a cup of coffee with 3T sugar free vanilla creamer. I had been eating the same breakfast for weeks though, and finally decided it was time for something new, so I made Macro Friendly Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches from Malzisfit.com. The only changes that I made to the recipe is that I added an egg to the egg whites for some extra protein and a 1/2T of organic ketchup before I eat the sandwich. They’re pretty tasty and so easy to heat up in the morning.
Breakdown: 34C/26P/14F   Continue reading

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  Continue reading