I’ve been pretty vocal in the past about doing my best to eat intuitively and not count calories. Today is a bit of a change from that. I don’t expect to hop back on the bandwagon of calorie counting, but I do think that a check-in every so often can be helpful.
I mentioned on Saturday that I was doing a healthy living challenge with a group and I’d lost all of zero pounds in 5 weeks. I was starting to feel a bit frustrated with that, so I decided to look at IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) to see what was “recommended” for me to consume and then to see how it matched up with what I was actually eating.
I plugged some information into the TDEE calculator and waited to see what it said.
Since I knew my body fat percentage from my personal training session, I used that number to get a better idea of what my body needed in terms of macros.
Then, I wanted to check in and see how what I was consuming in a day matched up. I used the MyMacros app to log my food for Tuesday.
(not pictured) Before I go to work, I eat an orange and a cup of coffee. I eat my breakfast once I get to work since I can’t wake up in time to both eat and get ready for work, so I try to bring smoothies, greek yogurt or chia pudding to work to eat.
Today was a chia pudding day. I got this idea from Deryn and I knew this would be the perfect recipe to use my new Vega One flavours.
I can tell time with my stomach and always have trail mix as a snack around 10:30. I’m pretty certain this has been my morning snack for nearly two years. I’m almost out, so I’ll be needing to head to Costco soon to stock up.
If you’ve ever spoken to me about lunch, you know that it’s my least favourite meal of the day. Most weekends I eat a bigger breakfast and skip lunch entirely, but during the week, I’m hungry and need lunch.
This week I made myself salmon sandwiches (protein and Omega-3!) on pumpernickel bread.
It’s not my favourite lunch, but I don’t hate it, either, so I roll with it.
I finish off my lunch with baby carrots and grape tomatoes.
A few weeks ago, Jen posted a picture of chickpeas she found at Costco for a snack. Now, I had intended to go to Costco to pick them up a while ago, but then I found them from SPUD.ca and they arrived at my door on Monday.
Crunch, protein and fibre is a great snack!
I’ve been feeling a bit lazy when it comes to dinner lately. I forgot to take chicken out of my freezer, so sweet potato with eggs and goat cheese made for a delicious and filling dinner.
Since starting the challenge I’ve been working hard to cut sugary desserts, but sometimes you need something, right?! So I’ve been having a banana (potassium is important for runners) with nut butter as an evening snack.
Overall, I came really really close to all of my goals. This is what I’ve been eating without tracking food, so knowing I’m able to eat “proper” (as decided by the internet) macros makes me feel good about what I’m doing.
Carbs: 186 (goal 223)
Protein: 88 (goal 94)
Fat: 53 (goal 42)
I don’t plan on getting fixated on whether I’m slightly over/under the macros because I know that’s not healthy for me. This was more of an exercise for knowledge – am I eating what I should be eating? Do I need to consider making any tweaks to my diet to better fuel myself?
Looking at the above, I’d say I’m doing well. Obviously there will be days when I don’t do as “well” but that’s just part of life. Getting hung up on feeling like I need to eat more carbs/protein/fat just isn’t healthy, nor is it realistic.
Have you ever tracked your macros? What are your thoughts on this?
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