If you’re new to my blog, welcome! But if you’ve been following for awhile, you may have noticed a switch in gears lately. When I initially started blogging back in February of 2017, I was in the midst of my “fitness journey”. I was working out 5-6 days a week and living the meal prep, PR’s and protein shake run of the mill “fitness lifestyle” life. But eventually, just as we all do, I burned myself out. I put so much time, effort and energy into building my blog and becoming a certified personal trainer that I had no motivation to do anything else once it was all said and done.
What I ultimately learned from this whole thing is that there isn’t just one approach to health and fitness. If that were the case, everyone would be a whole lot fitter! But here are my 3 biggest takeaways:
Macros are Everything
When it comes to weight loss, macros are everything. You can’t just “eat healthy” and expect to lose weight. You need to find the proper ratio of fats/carbs/protein for your body and stick to that every.single.day. I’ve found for me eating a pretty balanced split of 40% carbs/30% protein/30% fat works best. Once your weight loss starts to slow or come to a screeching halt is when you need to consider adjusting your ratios.
Change is Good
Our bodies are incredible machines you guys. They quickly adapt to whatever challenges they are faced with so we need to keep them guessing. It’s also good for your mental health to get out there and try new things! Doing the same thing over and over again is boring for you too.
Before having my oldest daughter I was training for a half marathon and my body had become accustomed to getting 2 hours of exercise 6 days a week. Being pregnant and then having an infant and later an infant and a toddler this just wasn’t feasible anymore. It took forever for me to re-train my body to burn the same amount of calories in less amount of time. When it comes to exercise more isn’t always better either.
Show Yourself Some Grace
We weren’t designed to track macros and eat food out of plastic containers our whole lives. After about 6-9 months you will drive yourself insane if you don’t cut yourself some slack in between. To be honest – I hate meal prepping. But then again, I’m so lucky to be able to work from home so isn’t that much of a necessity for me. Instead I like to keep junk out of the house and keep easy to make meals and snacks on hand
Using an app like MyFitnessPal to track your macros for a few weeks to get an idea of what is in the foods you regularly eat is great. However, it wasn’t intended to be something you live and die by. You should never pass up social gatherings for fear of having to break your diet.
I promise you, no one is perfect. And the people you think have “perfect bodies” don’t walk around like that 24/7. Everyone’s weight fluctuates throughout the day/week/month. Don’t let that number or that perceived body image define you. Ultimately your mental and physical well being are all that matters.
I hope you all have a fantastic Monday! Also, in case you’re interested you can shop my fitness programs here.