I made it through week 1 with limited struggles and hunger cravings!
I’m actually a little surprised because I usually struggle mentally in my first week of a new plan only because my calories are being cut back a little.
But that all stems from diets and feeling deprived of what I love to eat. In the past week, I’ve counted every food and macronutrient that I ingested. Even those “small tiny bites” that most of us usually discount as “too small to count”…unh uh. It’s all getting counted and I’m sharing it all with you, me dear reader. Aren’t you feeling fab? 😉
So let me start with each day’s workouts and calorie breakdowns (I am set at 1800 calories a day):
Monday, Day 1: 1684 – Total Body Synergistics 30 minute workout
Tuesday, Day 2: 1842 – Body Barre class (which I lead) and 30 minute upper body workout
Wednesday, Day 3: 1699 – Yoga and Pilates
Thursday, Day 4: 2176 – Body Pump and Pilates classes (which I lead) and 30 minute workout
Friday, Day 5: 1749 – 30 minute circuit training workout
Saturday, Day 6: 2616 – Cycle and Body Pump classes (which I lead) and 30 minute body weight training
You could see that my calories fluctuated up and down depending on the activity I did that specific day. It helped me to listen to my body’s hunger cues and eat as needed. I’m tracking my protein, carbs and fats so I know how to break them down each day to give the best results. If you’ve never heard of this before, it’s basically called “macro counting”. My daily goal is to get in 40% of my calories from carbs and 30% from fats and proteins. This allows me to get the best quality nutrition and best results as I progress through the coming 3 months.
A calorie is not just a calorie. Our body uses the nutrients we eat and if it’s empty calories (aka: sugar and processed adds) or too many of one nutrient; our bodies are forced to store the extra calories to fat storages if they can’t be used efficiently at that specific time. That’s why it’s so important to find out how many calories our body’s require (and it’s going to change along the way), how we should break down our meals (in terms of macronutrients and timing of meals) and what to do when we get hungry or start to crave the foods that our body’s are used to eating.
I’ll talk more about how I handle these areas along the way as they come into play. What I’d like to leave you with today is that when we follow what our body’s need to survive and thrive and change the habits that are pulling us into the land of unhealthy and illnesses; we have no options but to succeed. The scale is one small area to show changes but it’s definitely the least accurate along the way as it can only show a number and not what that number means in a specific time period.
If you want to learn more about the scale and how it can hinder us if we give it too much credit, please check out this post from last year: How to understand the scale