Happy Valentine’s weekend! I hope you have something fun planned. I do. It’s supposed to be sunny and 75 degrees so you can find me on the dock, working on my tan (trust me I need it) and doing this weeks Weekend Workout Anywhere. Alright before you feel bad for me just know I’m okay. I mean sure if someone, anyone really, wanted to take me out on a date this Sunday I’d probably say yes, but you know, it’s okay. I’ll just cook a feast for myself and drink a bottle of wine. Watch a movie. Enjoy my new tan. That doesn’t sound so bad does it?
I’m just sitting here watching the super bowl and drinking wine with my grandma. And by super bowl I mean the commercials, and Lady Gaga, and the half time show. It only seemed appropriate though that I should make us some proper super bowl snacks to enjoy while we watch. So I put these meatballs in the crock pot this morning, and oh my goodness did they turn out delicious!
Happy Friday! Yay for the weekend. The sun is finally starting to warm up where I live so I'm looking forward to getting outside this weekend. After my competition that is. I'm competing at the Golden State Games with three of my training partners tomorrow at our new gym, the Human Improvement Project. This weeks workout was filmed inside the new gym so you can see what it looks like!
I have a confession to make, I splurged this weekend! Okay good, I’m glad that’s out.
When I started counting my macros a little over a week ago one of the things I promised myself (and you) was that I’d be honest about everything I ate and I wouldn’t obsess over it either. In my opinion, obsession leads to failure. Maybe that isn’t the case for everyone, but I’ve learned a lot about myself over the years, and if I’m too strict with myself I give up. I want to be able to enjoy food and life. This is a lifestyle, not a quick fix. I mean, has anyone ever found a “quick fix” that lasts? Mine never have, and that’s why years of yo-yo dieting got me nowhere.
I’ve been counting my macros for a week now, so what have I learned? I’ve learned that I have some more experimenting to do that’s for sure. But the experiment so far has been good. My goal going into this was to learn more about how my body reacts to food, how monitoring my macros can improve my performance in the gym, and what an ideal day of food looks like for me. I’ve found a fairly rough guideline that’s helped me lose the few pounds I was hoping to lose while still maintaining my energy in the gym.
Happy Friday! I hope you have some fun adventures planned this weekend. I'm having a little reunion with 6 of my girlfriends from college. It's been a while since I've seen them so I'm really excited. We're going to make dinner together (and I'm bringing the paleo cookies!) drink wine, catch up, maybe go out for a few drinks, and then we'll probably watch a movie before we pass out. We were all in a sorority together so it'll be just like old times. Except that now we're old and can't party like we used to. Maybe I can convince them all to do this workout with me Sunday morning. What do you think?
Yesterday I decided I was going to count my macros. Currently, I'm at a healthy, easily maintainable weight. I have a good relationship with food and I enjoy what I eat. But, I'm also a competitive athlete heading into my season and I would like to dig a little deeper into my diet to find out if a few tweaks here and there and a better understanding of the portions I'm eating could affect and improve my performance in the gym. I ate just as I normally would yesterday and I've already learned where I need to make some changes. Carbs and fat are easy to come by, and I need to be cautious not to overeat them. On the other hand, my protein intake is on the lighter side so I want to be a little more aware of when and how much I’m eating at each meal and snack.
I’ve decided to count my macros. Why? For multiple reasons. I feel like I do a good job of balancing my carbs, fat and protein at each meal. It’s all an eyeball guesstimate and I listen to when my body tells me I’m full. But at the same time I often wonder, are my eyeball guesstimates right? If I tweaked this or that would my body respond better? Could my performance in the gym improve simply by a few adjustments to my diet? Well, I’ve decided to find out!
Headed out of town this weekend? Or just can't get to the gym? You're in luck! Join me in this weeks weekend workout anywhere. I did this workout at home yesterday because I had a ton of work I needed to get done and this saved me from having to leave the house. Let me know how it goes after you've completed it. Happy weekend!
This recipe is inspired by The Charming Detroiter. I came across her blog recently and she had a post for the most incredible trio of non traditional bruschetta and I just wanted to devour them off of my computer screen. I had most of the ingredients she’d used in my house and I just wanted to make a simple paleo version. I decided to slice up and bake a sweet potato until it was a bit crispy, and then I topped it with all the tasty things I could come up with.