I have a question … in this post you mention working out, it seems in an earlier post you mentioned counting macros. Any chance of doing a post on your fitness/eating routine?
I figure now is as good a time as ever to answer because today I’m starting macros again.
I’m ready to get serious again after taking a little Fall Break hiatus.
I love macros because it makes sense to me. Your body needs a certain amount of protein, carbs and fat to function well and stay healthy. So you count them up and you try to get as close to your goal as you can. And it helps you balance out food in what I feel is a really healthy way.
Now, the numbers are the tricky part. I think there are all kinds of ways to calculate what your body needs in those three categories. And it changes according to whether you want to lose weight, maintain, get ready for a major athletic event, etc. But my sister-in-law is an awesome coach and she knows her stuff so I’m grateful for her know-how to give us numbers as we figure this out (her Instagram is HERE, and she sure knows her stuff).
I love macros because it has helped Dave and I learn a lot about food. What kinds of fuel we are putting into our bodies. And when parents know these things, they can help their kids. Which I feel is so important in a world filled up to the brim with “fast food” and processed junk abounding. When you compare the majority of what our American society eats compared to the rest of the world it is not good. We thrive on huge amounts of food and drinks and sugar and I really do worry about the future.
I also love macros because if you have a bad eating day, or start sliding off of what numbers you are aiming for, to me it seems like an easy thing to get back in the saddle.
I hate macros though because I feel like I’m on my phone too much trying to log everything in.
But I’m trying to overcome that hate. I think I’ve been doing this long enough that it’s getting easier, and I can gauge things pretty well which streamlines the time I have to spend on “myfitnesspal.” (an app on your phone that helps you track your numbers).
There was a month or so that I didn’t track, I knew things so well that I started being able to kind of feel how well I was doing, eyeball amounts, etc….but then I took a break and am trying to get back on track. I love it because I can still work some cookie dough into my day if I’m dying for it, but it feels so good to fuel with more whole foods that work for your body and I can choose the ones that make the most sense to me.
There were some great macro-friendly ideas shared in the comments of a post I did a while back (HERE…thank you!), and since then I’ve found some additional great resources including following another instagram lady who is HERE and shares some really great recipes.
As far as exercise goes, I love this bootcamp class I go to. I usually go four times per week and it’s 45 minutes of this guy listing all the stuff we have to do and us sweating our hearts out to get it done. And then I’m DONE for the day and it feels so good! I love it because the same class is taught for four hours each morning so I can pick and chose what time works for my day. Right now in my life I just love having someone tell me what to do, and then I do it, and then I’m done for the day. I am not a fitness fanatic by any means, but I just want to stay healthy. I want to be like those hiking ladies and couples I run into all the time who are in their 70s and even 80s who are smiling and hiking and loving life out in the great beautiful outdoors. I want to be outside as much as I can. I want to get down on the floor with my grandkids some day and lift and carry those around me.
I feel like we have stewardship over these bodies God has given us and I want to do it well.
So I try, and fail, and try again, but I keep trying. And I think that makes the difference. Healthy eating and an active lifestyle is rubbing off (sometimes very gradually) on my children which is part of the goal as well. We’ve got exercise and veggie intake as part of our job charts these days, and I hope it will always be a part of life.
Please send any new great healthy lifestyle, healthy eating, macros, exercise ideas my way. There are so many great ideas out there!