Macro Counting Week 3 Review:
My Personalized Macro Count: 1674 calories, 150 g carbs & 72 g fats & 165 g protein
My goals are to hit protein & calories every single day but that I can move fluidly between the carbs & the fats.
My first week of counting Macros was absolutely the most complicated thing. EVER. I was completely overwhelmed & frustrated. When I emailed the coach my end of the week 1 review she told me to really focus on hitting protein & PRE-LOGGING my protein & then everything else would fall into place.
That advice proved to be invaluable, it’s like she does this for a living or something. Ha! Week 2 definitely improved for my Macro counting but I was still way under all of my goals. Every week, I’m asking to rank how I feel I did on hitting my macro count & the first week I labeled it a 5 & the second week I upped it to a 7. This week I am aiming for a solid 10!
Things I have learned about myself the last couple of weeks:
A) I don’t eat enough & with as active as I am, I definitely need to get in more calories.
B) I don’t like a lot of protein sources. I don’t mind eating meat at my 3 main meals but finding other protein sources is incredibly difficult for me. I definitely gravitate towards fruit based snacks & who doesn’t love a chocolate rice cake covered in Peanut Butter but I need to aim for more protein! I am wanting to gain more muscle & protein is the way to do that. So, I’m learning how to incorporate it in to my diet with more frequency.
Week 3, Day 3: I can already tell I’m having an easier time this week with counting. I hit ALL of my macros yesterday, I got in 100% of my protein, & I ended my night feeling full. And I ended Day 2 the same way. Woo hoo!
About two weeks ago, I had pretty much decided that macro counting was not for me & I was going to give it up. I was so annoyed with it, but decided for multiple reasons (one includes making an investment!) to stick it out through the 8 weeks. Giving up at the beginning of a change when it feels hard never got anyone anywhere they wanted to be. Am I right???
This week, I am feeling more confident & like I’m getting a handle on it! Can’t wait to see how I end the week!
Week 4 objectives:
- Hit all protein grams for each day.
- Do a better job of counting macros on the weekend.
- Fit in more of a variety of vegetables at each meal.
- Pre-log all my “treats” for the week so I know I get to enjoy something sweet!
Have you ever counted macros? How did/does it work for you?