A lot of friends have been asking about the macros counting that I’ve been doing for the last month. If you want to learn way more about the program than what I am going to share here, I suggest you visit Skinnymeg.com or poppylocks.com or Google “flexible dieting” or “if it fits your macros” to learn more about the science behind it all.
I have to admit that the reason I have decided to start counting my macronutrients (carbs, protein, and fats) was by watching several women on social media (go on instagram and find: skinnymeg, poppylocks, mygirlishwhims, and joinjessicaxo) lose not just weight, but also literally transform their bodies. What I learned in the three years that I watched them is that there was a way to lose weight and fat, gain muscle, and still eat a healthy amount of food per day.
It has taken me three years to finally commit to a lifestyle change that I believe is going to sustain me and help me through the rest of my life. While I have had success with “diets” before, I ended up falling off the bandwagon after I lost the weight, because the “diet” was not a sustainable lifestyle change – one that I could carry with me for life.
While watching these women go through their weight loss journey on Instagram, (did I mention I watched them for THREE YEARS) I realized that more than calories in and calories out, it’s about the science behind the food and allowing your body a certain about of carbs, protein, and fats per day. As far as filling up my day with food, that part is up to me.
Thankfully, while watching these women on Instagram, I was able to figure out who was calculating their macros. While they do have a free online converter (iifym.com) I knew that I wanted to find someone who knew a lot about macro counting to do all of the converting for me. So I took the leap, signed up through poppylocks.com, spent the $40 and waited for her to calculate my numbers.
She got back to me and let me know what she calculated for me to eat. I currently am in a cut and eating 155g of protein, 172g of carbs, and 62g of fat. The instructions given were that if no loss (weight or inches) happened after two weeks of consistently hitting my macros, then to drop to the next set that she’d given to me. So far this month, I am on my first set of numbers. And in just 31 days, I lost 3lbs and 3.5″ total from my biceps, hips, waist, chest, and thigh. I am so proud of myself! I hope to take more photos this month and then upload them next month to have a progression photos.
This was my first attempt in making protein pancakes – it was Vanilla Peanut Butter and Banana Pancakes – and it topped in at over 50g of protein and 30g of carbs for the meal – not overly excited about this recipe, but will definitley try another one next weekend.
So far, I have to say that the first week was definitely the most difficult. Trying to figure out what foods weighted what and how many grams of proteins, fats, and carbs were in each food item was definitely more difficult than I thought. Most foods, I had an idea of what it was high in (avocados = fats, sweet potato = carbs, chicken = protein) but actually figuring out the exact amount of F/C/P in each food was a struggle. BUT it got much easier the following week.
Some of the things I thought I was going to struggle with, I found out weren’t that big of a deal. For instance, my husband and I order out about once a week (sometimes twice) and I was dreading trying to figure out the macros for everything. While I can’t always find everything on the restaurant’s website, or in My Fitness Pal, most things I can figure out as close as possible.
Can you tell which one was my husbands, and which one was mine?? And if you see the MFP calories and adjustments, some of the food I could find, and other’s I just had to make up and do the best I could. I weighed it all out on my food scale and then dug in!
I use My Fitness Pal to log all of my food for the day. I upgraded my membership this year and LOVE the upgrades – especially now that I count macros. I have a home screen that shows me how many C/F/P I’ve eaten already through the day and how many I have left. I can also manipulate my grams down to the exact gram I need to eat per day – on the regular membership, that is not possible. I have friends who haven’t upgraded, that don’t mind not having the exact numbers to look at – they just monitor it themselves throughout the day. I like to make my day as planned out as possible.
With kids, having a schedule and things down tight, helps keep this momma stay sane!
Which brings me to scheduling workouts.
Thankfully, this has been something that has become easier and easier to do. My husband has been so wonderful at helping with putting the kids to bed in the evening. I lay Jack down around 6:45 and then leave the house for the gym around 7. I typically spend about 1.5 hours there lifting heavy and walking. With my broken foot injury, I have been trying to recover slowly and work back to running again. So until then, I have been speed walking on the treadmill or outside. Once the weather turns, I hope our entire family can get outside more often to take walks. It’s so much easier to be active when everyone else in the household joins in together.
All in all, the changeover to macros has been easy and super manageable – but it’s something that works for me. And while it works for me, it may not work for everyone. It’s allowed me to be more conscientious about what I eat day to day, and is already showing me the transformation that I’d like to see (sooner than) three years from now. But, hey, if that’s what it takes, that’s what it takes!