“Objects in the Mirror” are not as real as they appear

I can’t even count how often I hear…..”Oh you guys are too cute!”  “You guys have such the perfect family.”  We are frequently told that some of our Facebook posts are fun and “they make me smile.” My husband and I also get mentioned as a “great couple” whom others look up to.

But I am just gonna get real raw and honest here!  We really aren’t cute!  We don’t have our “crap” together…  In matter of a fact, we are a dang mess most of the time.  We really are!!!

I do admit, we do have a great family and we work really hard to maintain our family……  BUT…….

Our kids don’t always win, we skip workouts, we eat poorly sometimes, we aren’t always “happy,” we don’t get invited to parties, our bank account gets laughable, our house is frequently messy, we fight, we skip church, we make excuses,  the sound coming from our cars need attention, and our baseboards are really bad.

Behind the curtain of our life… is absolute pure chaos sometimes.

To be honest, this past year has been the toughest year for our family. We have been in the biggest valley of our marriage. It is ONLY by God’s Grace that we are even still married.

Thankfully, we have had some good moments of laughter, success, smiles, and good friends along the way. God has been with us every step, every crawl, and every stare-at-the-ceiling late night.

So don’t let social media fool you. Most people post the best things about their week… We frequently do too. But it is not the only reality.

Don’t let social media fool you.

Tears, down times, sadness, and valleys are real, too. Struggling to just “barely hanging on” is a reality that you can live in for long periods of time. Believe me, I know.

Hang in there… if you feel alone or not as cool as the Facebook post of your friends. It’s OK. It’s OK to struggle. It’s OK to not live up to a fantasy.  We all live in the same real, broken world.

Be thankful we have a Savior that helps us through the dark times and a Savior to thank in the good times.

I know I have had to cling to Him in the valleys of life. I try to remember to cling when walking on the mountain tops too.

We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.” Phil 1:30

Making Changes and Seeing Changes

Feeling Great again thanks to these things….

So it’s been three weeks since I began my new program!  I thought it might be time to give everyone an update on how I am doing and what I am doing.  First of all, I am very happy with my progress, not only physically but mentally too!  I’m not only see inches and pounds coming off, but I feel so much more in control over my food behaviors and choices.  I am no longer “craving” those bad foods and seldom do I actually want them.  I have will power and discipline again! And because I do, I feel so EMPOWERED!  It’s an amazing feeling!!!

I haven’t felt this good in so long!  I am so in the ZONE and determined to continue.

So what have I been doing?  I have been following a strict meal plan.  I ate exactly what the meal plan called for except if I were out.  When I was out, I ate like kinds of foods (usually chicken salads).  The first week of the program I ate very clean and very balanced meals.  The second week I cut some selected starchy carbs out….still had some but only what the program suggested.  The last week the carbs were cut almost completely out. I lost 8.2# and 4 inches totally (mainly from waist and chest) during those three weeks.

Clean Eating Works. Trust me

Workout Wise?  I did a variety of things…..   I am kind of playing around with keeping my daily workouts very unroutined, because I think my body adapts to the exercise regimen and then gets used to it.  So I would do at least two workouts a day…… all in the choices of crossfit classes, lifting, running and/or online shift shop programs from beachbody.  I would workout in the mornings and evenings.  Mornings were crossfit and/or lifting.  While evenings were shift shop or running. **Let me add, I am not going “all out” at my workouts either.  I am just moving and moving well.

I also have put Shakeology back into my daily routine!  I absolutely love it…..(SHAKEOLOGY).  I have always had success from supplementing #shakeology into my diet.  I don’t like too many veggies….this supplement makes me feel better about my picky taste buds.  LOL.  And let’s just be honest! It’s super convenient and tasty.  So it’s #win all the way around.

Shakeology is working and I can tell

I haven’t felt this good in so long!  I am so in the ZONE and determined to continue.

In the next month I am going to continue my meal planning and carb cut.  I am following my very own 21 Day Sugar Detox again….but I am doing it for a full month because I have a private group following and being trained under me next week.  I have this program down to the T.  I have made some adjustments to it to make it very much doable (customized it) ** If you are interested in this private online training with me, please contact me!  I’d love to help you!  You’ll learn to so much…… (nutrition label reading, why is carb cutting a big deal, what is ketosis, what you body needs, etc).   Click here to join us.  I PROMISE YOU CAN DO THIS AND WON’T REGRET IT!

The Struggle is Real

The Struggle is REAL

For the first time in almost two years, I am finally feeling like I am gaining my will power, focus, and discipline back. It has been lost for quite some time…..which for me is very much NOT like myself. I am a very driven person. So in the last two years, its been somewhat frustrating to be lacking these things. I was very much floundering! Which has led me to weight gain and lose of true fitness (amongst others things, as well).

In the last two weeks, I have been really concentrating on my own fitness and wellness! I am eating strictly from a 21 day meal plan that will help fix my metabolism and help me trim back up. I am working out a lot too. I am back to two… even sometimes, three a day workouts; Crossfit class, online workouts, and sometimes lifting or running. I am posting like a mad woman on social media, as well….because this keeps me accountable to myself and also to my private FB accountability groups.

I am 12 days in on this new program and LOVE IT (with a 5.5# weight lose so far).

But let me be honest again with yall! It hasn’t been easy! WHY???? Well, because I am fat, fit girl right now! Meaning, I am pretty fit (I can do most WODs at a pretty good pace. I can run a couple of miles without stopping. I can lift some heavy weight). BUT GOSH YALL….. I am not in the same shape I was three to four years ago, when I was crushing all my workouts. I was 15- maybe 20 lbs smaller then. I was running 20+ miles per week, crossfitting and crushing ALL the WODs. Working out was fun and somewhat easy.

Now—well, NOW it is WORK! It is work to finish a WOD…physically and especially mentally. It makes me breath heavy to lift a lot of weight several times. And running more than 2 miles straight is a huge accomplishment if I don’t stop to rest a bit.

The Struggle is REAL HUMBLING

It’s a hard reality for me to face that I have let my fitness slip again. Especially when I am a passionate coach!! Realizing that I am not living up to what I have preached the last couple of years….is humbling, to say the least.

And it is even more so humbling when I working out and not able to push myself like I used to. For instance….1) I can’t keep up. 2) Or I can’t or shouldn’t do RX because it simply might kill me! LOL! 3) Or the fact that I went hard on Monday means that the rest of the week I am gonna be sore and tired for the remainder of the week. This is all my own fault because I let me fitness slip. And because I let my fitness slip… I am now having to retrain my body, my mind, and even my competitive spirit.

So it’s been a struggle…..not only physically but especially mentally. I have had to take on a whole new mindset to get past this!!! I have to make a conscience effort in the morning to have the right attitude and work hard mentality…. My brain has to tell my heart, “I have done this before. I have been down this road of being out of shape. And it’s absolutely possible to get my fitness back. But I am gonna have to work my tail off to do it. I am gonna have to embrace the suck!!! I am gonna have to keep moving even when I don’t want to. I am gonna have to scale, if I want to move fast. I am gonna have to eat right foods to fuel myself properly if I want to perform well and lose weight. I am gonna have to say no to social drinks or cookouts that involve non-programmed foods.”

IT’S GONNA BE HARD WORK! THE STRUGGLE IS GONNA BE REAL!

I have to change my mindset and tell my ego to stop being upset at myself, to stop frowning upon myself for not being able to kick ass at every WOD, and to not beat myself up for slowly allowing myself to fall back into these bad habits again. And instead, I have to say…..EVERY DAY… I am doing this and I am doing it well. Even if I am sore, slower than I want, or even not look the way I want. I know that I am improving myself more and more every day.

I CAN! and I WILL get my fitness back!!!!!

Gunter Boot Camp Starting in September

I am so excited to announce that I will be launching a Boot Camp right in my hometown of Gunter.

A custom camp made for YOU, taught by me.

I have been asked for years if I offered instructional classes nearby but I just couldn’t make it happen. But the time is right and I am so excited. We will have an early-morning workout party in the park three days a week!!!!

What you can expect from my Boot Camp?

  • Result Driven, Energetic Fitness, Weight Loss and Body Toning Workout Programs
  • Motivational with Group Accountability
  • Functional Movements Training
  • High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
  • Endurance, Agility, and Speed Training
  • Strength Training
  • Personalized for EVERY FITNESS LEVEL

Activities & Equipment:

Dumbbells, jump rope, box jumps, battle ropes, kettle bells, yoga mats, and sand bags. Every workout will be different and varied.

Gunter Boot Camp

THE DETAILS:

September through Mid-December

Please agree to a 3 1/2 month commitment

Monday, Wednesday, Fridays (no holidays)

Gunter City Park

We have alternate locations for bad weather days

5:15 am and 8 am classes offered (space limited)

$110 a month and $50 for December

Pay monthly fee via Venmo App (use bank or debit card) or Paypal

Bring your own kettle bell and yoga mat.

HOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT:

Pay $50 via Venmo or Paypal to hold your spot. Put “5:15 am class” or “8 am class” in the payment notes. (paying the $50 deposit will hold your spot. Space is limited.)

If Venmo Username @MandyFit

If Paypal ( mandyturnerfit@gmail.com)

$50 Deposit Buy Now:


I can’t wait to get started

I love coaching and I love helping people in their fitness journey. This is such a natural fit for me and I think it also is a fun event for my small town friends and neighbors.

I can’t wait to get started!!!! Let’s have fun and hit YOUR goals!!!!

Let’s Get Ready

 

 

Time for a Major Change

I’m sure a lot of you have seen me posting about my fitness over the last eight plus years. But this last year, I have hardly had time to workout and eat the way I wanted. I really only had the energy to focus on my Crossfit coaching each week.

Life gets so crazy sometimes, and working out and eating well moves down on our priority list. I have to be honest, 2016-2017 kicked my butt. It was the craziest, most stressful year of my life. I have been such a mess, I ignored important people and priorities for almost an entire year. My world has been upside down.

During this time, I yo-yo dieted. Ate out way too much. Stress ate. Tried this-or-that weight loss method for 7 days, 21 days… or even for 3 hours. (You read that right) … Even though I had the knowledge, I was wrecking my chances for fitness success.

Thanks to the grace of God, I am getting my life in order. I am eliminating unhealthy patterns and replaced them with the correct ones. God shined a light on some dark spots… and I am cleaning those areas up and mending some fences.

I am living with new priorities. God. Me. Family. Career.

Perhaps surprising to some people, “me” comes after “God?” That’s right, me. I don’t think this is because I am selfish or ego-centric. It’s because I can’t take care of anyone else unless I take care of myself. If you fly much, you have probably heard the flight attendant say, “In case of an emergency … put the oxygen mask on yourself first before attempting to help others.” I have to attend to myself first in order to help others. This includes time in the Word. Exercise. Sleep. And Nutrition. I have a strong desire and have been built to serve others… and I can’t do that while I am broken.

My excuses are OVER. I am ready to do this RIGHT!!!

When I look back at what worked for me over the years… I keep coming back to a holistic strategy that I’ve taught for years.

* Dense Superfood Nutrients
* Simple Clean Eating
* Strategic workouts that get real results
* Peer Support to stick with it (especially on days we don’t feel like it)

So, effective August 7th, I will be returning to a meal replacement and cleaner eating. I KNOW this works for me and my clients.

Time for Meal Replacement

I also will strategically insert running, high impact exercises, and strength training back into my weekly workouts.

If you want to quit making YOUR excuses, I’d love to help you! I will be setting up an free online health and fitness group to help keep us accountable and share some of my meal plans for the rest of the month of August! I did a similar plan and lost up to 10 pounds and gained momentum for my fitness journey… more importantly, I felt amazing.

So, to hold myself accountable and help and inspire others around me, I would love to have you in this group to help each other kick-start our goals. Message me or like or comment below if this is something you think you might be interested in! We all start somewhere.

Let’s call this group “No More Excuses – Kick Start

Mandy Turner

Hey… Wives and Moms, do this!!!

This is to every wife or mom out there!!! I need to tell ya’ll something that you MUST DO!!! Take some solo time… alone…away!!!! It’s a must!!! I am a wife (19 yrs of marriage) and a mom of three teenagers (parenting for 17.5 years)….and for the first time in my adult life, I took a solo vacation. And it was more than I ever dreamed and hoped for.

Early Morning Quiet Time

If you read my last post, A HOT MESS,, you would have learned that I have been in a very rough and difficult time in my life. Life has been messy. And once the mess gets so out of control….just like a dirty unorganized house, you can get overwhelmed, stressed, and freaked out. And, suddenly you do not even know where to begin to start cleaning the mess up. That is where I have been recently.

So, I needed a temporary escape from all the chaos. And it was GLORIOUS! Simply divine and glorious!!

I traveled to East Texas and stayed at a friend’s lake house. The place was perfect. Plenty to do outside, plenty of nature, and complete quietness. I came with NO PLANS other than to rest, pray, read my Bible, and be outside (I hear God best when being outdoors).

Quiet Mornings and Evenings

So I spent three days alone at this lake house. I would wake early and go for a run on the windy roads around the lake. I saw deer all the time. I would then sit on the back porch (for hours) that over looked this quite beautiful lake, and I would pray, read my Bible and work on hand lettering scriptures for fun while I ate breakfast. After lunch, I would go get in the water and either swim or paddle board. I would also binge watch Greys Anatomy on Netflix too… ha ha ha. And I did a lot of sitting and thinking and meditating on what God wanted from and for me.

I can not explain how magical that time was to have there all alone. I remember thinking to myself as I drove out there….. I am probably gonna get lonely or bored. LET ME TELL YOU!!!! I DID NOT ONE DANG BIT!!! It was so freeing, relaxing and refreshing to just BE STILL for once.

I also would advice you to do something out of your comfort zone while away too. For me….. I never knew I would have a problem getting into unknown lake waters BY MYSELF!  It seriously took me 15 minutes and a glass of wine to get in. HAHAHA! And then I got even more daring by pulling out the paddle board and then getting out on on that by myself. 1) I have only paddle-boarded once 2) What if I fell off and couldn’t get back on by myself? But I did it…..and it was a blast! I paddle-boarded all over that lake! LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!!!

Loved my Paddle Board

The last night my husband came to join me….he brought me steaks for dinner and I “allowed” him to crash my party for the evening. Which was a nice treat to end my time there. But do not tell him—-my time alone there was way better than the steak :).

My Cute House Guest

Funny thing was…..I found myself crying as I left my little oasis that last day. Because the reality of my normal chaotic life awaited me back at home. I wasn’t really crying because I didn’t want to come back home….but because I was so grateful for that time alone with God for a few short days. I knew the reality of the BUSY WORLD was going to grab hold of me again once I arrived back home.

Recharged

I am home! I am refreshed… a bit renewed. And loving my chaotic life. But I do have on my calendar to make it a priority to have a solo vacation once a year from here on out!!! I am counting the days to my next one……

A Hot Mess

Hey! I am back—-after a very long absence to the blogger world!!  But I am gonna shoot straight with you here…. I am entering back into this blogger world as a dang hot mess!! So much “life” has been happening in and around my world.  Too much to post here today, too complicated, and even a bit too messy.

But because of “life”,  I have a lot of clean up to do with my mess…. and dang right dirty mess to clean!!!!  I have a lot of re-aligning of my priorities to do with my Faith, Family, Friends, and Fitness.

As I type…. I am actually at a friend’s lake house in East Texas on a SOLO mini vacation.  YAP!! You heard that right!?!? I am on a solo vacation for a few days (no kids, no husband, no work, just me and some quiet time).  I am here to get away from the chaos and to be able to just focus on what God wants me to focus on. And to figure out the next steps of how to make my hot mess—–into a beautiful mess!!!!

A HOT MESS

Life can get a little dirty

And because of where “life” has recently led me, I have found myself….

  1. On my knees asking God for answers to hard but real questions.
  2. Battling and conquering struggles in my marriage.
  3. Wondering what God has in store for Todd and myself career wise.
  4. Needing and desiring more time with my kids but the above things often takes away from that time.
  5. 15 lbs overweight and not feeling my usual “healthy-fun” self.

This list could be more detailed and longer, but I am don’t want to blog today about all of that.  What I do want to blog about is the fact that I am HERE!!! READY TO KICK SOME BUTT transforming my HOT MESS into a Beautiful Mess!!!

So ready or not!!! Here I come….  Time to get dirty!

I’m working on the mess now

 

A “Transitional” Year

As I look back on this past year….I realize how much I have changed as an individual.  It was a very different year for me. A year of a lot of change in my life…not to mention turning 40!!

If you know anything about me, you would know I am a very much goal oriented person. I am driven. Hard working. Super dedicated.  And STUBBORN!! LOL! You might also know that I make New Year’s Resolutions (aka Goals) every year.  Since as long as I could remember, every New Year’s I would write these down and then put them in my Bible to review and remind myself throughout the year.  BUT, last year was the first year that I did not do this!  WHY?? Cos I had NO CLUE what to expect out of my year.  I had no real direction.  No real DRIVE for anything in particular….other than crossfitting and some running.

My 2015 year began with me resigning from my 6.5 year position as the Children’s Pastor at my church.  And I was coaching crossfit classes very part-time.  I had no idea what I was going to do next…. I just knew in my heart that it was time for a change.

Because I am the type of person that needs to have SOMETHING IDENTIFIED as a goal so that I can chase it, to not have any goals were a real struggle for about 8 months out of my year.  The only goal I had for the year was to do a CrossFit Competition as a RX athlete.  And that didn’t go as planned either….because I got injured one week before the competition.  **This was an athlete spirit killer for me too!

I felt like much of my year I was lost.

–I was a new crossfit coach…working hard to gather as much knowledge as possible to help my athletes.  And I was also getting to know my coaching peers…and slowly making new friends with those I worked with.

–I was a busy wife and mom—but a mom of teenagers who didn’t need me the way they used to.  It’s a big change to have kids who are somewhat independent….that need me and my attention is a totally different way than they did in the earlier years.  Now they are little adults.  I have gone from Mommy to Mom.

–I was a Christian..struggling to open my Bible and having a hard time connecting with God in my prayer life. (I truly believe this was a huge adjustment since I had just left full time ministry and struggled to know how to study without an audience in mind).

–And as an athlete….It was a humbling year.  I had spent much of my year injured. (People warned me this would happen at 40years old-haha).  I thought my injury would be just a two-three week deal but it ended up being a 4 month ordeal.  And that was just ONE injury.

I vividly remember late in the summer having a complete breakdown at Crossfit.  I was hoping to PR (aka Persona Record) on my clean lift (cos I hadn’t PRed in months…like A LOT of months) and I was due.  That day I barely hit my previous PR.  I was devastated and just threw my barbell down and took off running….while everyone else did the WOD (workout).  Yes, it was a grown woman tantrum!!!  

As I was running, I remembered that running hurt, too.  And right then and there I ran (wobbly) and cried my eyes out…wondering why God was taking everything away from me that made me ME…the things that I loved or felt like I was good at.  I couldn’t run.  I couldn’t lift heavy.  My workouts sucked.  I just ran and snot cried! I started doubting my coaching ability. I knew I was struggling spiritually but that snot run I actually felt like He was listening to me.

 

SOMETHING HAPPENED soon after that tantrum!  All of a sudden I was able to feel freedom of being okay with not having a direction.  It was like I suddenly understood I was in a “transitional stage”.  I was realizing I was refinding myself….. or I think a better term would be “redefining myself”!  And suddenly I was content to be open to any change that may come my way.

I have finished off my 2015 year feeling more confident and actually excited about this new transitional time in my life.  I am enjoying every minute of redefining who I am…..in God, as an individual, as wife, as parent, as a coach, and as a friend.

And right now I am in a good place……a very, very good place!

–And I will be making goals again this year!!! Stay tuned!  Welcoming 2016! Can’t wait to                                           see what it has in store for me!!

 

 

Learning New Things Thru Macro Counting….

It’s not secret that I am a very clean and strict eater DURING THE WEEK….and it’s also no secret that I tend to cheat way too much or over indulge on the weekends.  Which has caused me to sabotage my own efforts of hard work.

I have had the most success with low carb/no sugar diets in the past….however, this way of fueling wasn’t helping me much when combined with working out….and we all know I am a workout junkie.  ***And let’t just be real! Life is full of little celebrations that are usually centered around food.  Who likes to miss out on that?? NOT ME!

My new diet journey is macro counting. I have done some macro counting in the past but not to the extent that I am doing it now.  I have a full time trainer showing me the ins and outs of how to do this properly.  It’s been great so far. I have been doing it for 3 weeks.  I feel like a cheat a lot but its not really a cheat if you fit it in your macros.  But of course, the more healthier nutrient dense foods your choose make the program more effective with faster results…but it is still effective even with several treats.

I thought I would make a quick list of a few things I have learned so far in the 3 weeks of doing this…..

1. Upgrading to the Premium MY FITNESS PAL APP is absolutely worth the money and an absolute must.  You can customize your macros using grams rather percentages which is one of the downfalls of the free app.  You can also add DAILY GOALS…which is what I am currently doing (meaning some days I eat high carbs and other days I eat low carbs).  No problem cos I can customize my days to fit the criteria.  And the APP also watches what I am eating and makes notes for me on what is high in fat, protein, or carbs. This allows you to see where you macros are coming from or how to hit certain numbers I am lacking at the end of the day. VERY MUCH WORTH THE MONEY if you are macro counting.

2.  I am truly learning how to balance my good foods with my cheat foods.  I admit, I do feel like I am cheating when I have an adult drink or a slice of pizza, but the deal with this program is that as long as it fits your macro numbers, then its ok. And it helps you learn how to not over indulge, either. ***THAT’S A BIG KEY FOR ME.  Sometimes when I treat myself I over do it cos I think the damage is done….  That is simply not the truth, actually far from it.  With this program you can treat yourself and learn how to not over do it, either!  #win

3.  Carb cycling is awesome.  I get three high carb days.  They are only 40grams more than normal but it feels like such a treat to me.  And these high carb days are helping me stay energized all week long, too.  I don’t feel tired at the end of the week.  I am actually feeling just as strong and rested as the beginning of the week!

4.  When I am not eating 100% clean….. I have to have probiotics.  However, if I am eating super-dooper clean, I don’t need them so much.  With that being said.  I am taking them religiously again since I am eating “some” processed foods from time to time (as long as they fit my macros). (I highly recommend anyone who doesn’t eat 100% clean to take probiotics, too.  Message me.)

5.  It truly is a pain in the butt to get in a routine of logging every single thing you put in your mouth…..exact measurements of food, cooking oils or dressings, seasoning, gum, supplements (because supplements have macros too), etc.  But to do the macro thing right, you must log everything.  It does get easier once you start getting into a routine.  But you can’t let a day go by without logging.

6. Preparing my lunches the day before a long morning/day at the gym helps tremendously.  Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I am at the gym from 6am-1:30pm.  This is my big training day and I have a few classes to coach, as well.  It is soo worth it to be prepared for these busy, active days.  And I find it helpful to pre log these meals, too…. so I can see where I land for the remainder of the my day…which in turn helps me decide to cook for dinner later.

7.  Going out to eat is just not good for macro counting unless you only want one meal for the day…..  That doesn’t mean it isn’t doable. It just means it makes it hard to calculate and usually your foods contain WAY MORE calories than what you would make at home.  PLAN for those out to eat days.  On days I know I am eating out…. I generally have shakes for my other meals.

8.  I still struggle to get my veggies in.

9.  I am enjoying eating fish more and more.  This is a big plus cos I never really liked it before.  Fish is a great way to hit my macros without the fat!!!!!

10.  Accountability is still very huge for me.  I know how to do Macro counting but seem to stick to it on the weekends knowing I have a personal coach watching my every move.  I also have other crossfit friends doing the program and find it super motivating seeing them making progress…..and love when they notice my progress as well.

11.  WATER!!!!  I drink a lot of water….but learning to drink out of a gallon jug is something I am learning to do…rather than a shaker bottle.

12.  PROTEIN……  I have been concentrating on getting my protein in for over a year.  I find having a post workout ProSupps Protein shake and nighttime protein shake helps me hit my numbers exactly. (I am a lover of ProSupps Supplements.  Message me if you want a discount on your own supplements).

 

These are just a few things that I have learned along the way while doing this program.  Like I said, it requires commitment to being disciplined enough to log and weigh everything….but in the end, its also like a daily game trying to hit your numbers.  I am seeing changes and slowly losing.  I am committed to continue this the whole summer!!! I am three week in (6# down) with 9 more weeks to go!!! COMMITTED! DETERMINED!

mfit

The lady lumps are making a comeback:)

 

Macros…..and more

In the last few weeks I have been training hard.  I have finally gotten a good and consistent schedule going now, where I am training *hard* on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. And using Tuesdays and Thursdays as recovery workout days and lite running. My weekends consist of family time so I don’t force workouts in….but you bet if the weather is nice and I have time, I will sneak away for a run or bike ride.  Or you might even find my family and I playing on the weights here at my house. :-).

In the last few weeks I have had somewhat of a struggle of trying to accept this new term of BALANCE in Crossfit and training.  For example, I have been so heavily concentrating on my lifts and my accessory work that I haven’t been putting in the mileage I used to when it comes to running (not to mention there is no time and the weather hasn’t been great either).  With that being said, I have done several WODs (workouts) where there is some running.  Usually when there is running, I use the running portion as an opportunity to run fast and pass those who were in front of me or just to better my own time.  But lately, I am finding I am using my running portion as a *rest time* in my wods to catch my breath and think of strategy.  I have been disappointed in the fact that I am not running hard or harder, mainly cos I am afraid it will wear me out for the remainder of the workout.  ***THIS IS SOO NOT ME! And frustrating!

I recently told one of my coaches how this was a bit frustrating but she gave me some great words of wisdom that I have been stewing on….. She told me that it’s called BALANCE.  And sometimes we have to give up our extra time on the things we are already good at to work on our weaknesses…..  This is when it struck me that my goals have been to be the best at everything, rather good at everything.  NO ONE CAN BE THE BEST AT EVERYTHING!!! But you can be good or average at everything and make a great crossfit athlete.

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Working on my lifts

So with that being said….let’s talk diet.  As much as the Sugar Detox works great for me.  It is, however, not a way of life.  And it definitely doesn’t allow me enough fuel for the workouts I am doing.  I have had some progress in the past on counting macros….so after much thought (and my 40th birthday approaching) I decided that getting a macro coach would be a great way to educate myself further and hold myself accountable to macro counting (aka flex dieting).

My coach and I will be in contact on a daily basis.  I will submit pictures every 2 weeks and weigh in twice a week.  I weigh and log every single thing I eat in MYFITNESSPAL APP.  My coach will be checking this daily and helping me tweak where I fall short on meeting my macros.

What is macro counting/flex dieting? It’s a style of eating in which you must obtain a certain amount of carbs, fats, and proteins in a given day within your specific calorie range.  This style of eating and dieting tends to be a much easier, more sustainable, and overall pleasant experience than typical “diets.” The bonus to this diet is it promotes the consumption of whatever foods YOU want….as long as they fit in your macro range and the majority of your foods are nutrient dense.  For instance, tonight I had some guacamole chips for dinner because I needed the fats and carbs!! CHIPS!!! BONUS for me, as y’all know I love my chips!

WHY I WANT TO MACRO COUNT!

1.  I know it works if done correctly—- I am ensuring this will work by having a macro coach, too.

2.  Because I want to rid my stubborn fat that is just coming off slower than I really want.  Apparently I am not doing something right, so having a coach will ensure I do it right once and for all.  (I know I am not doing my weekend right and am too inconsistent.  Having paid a coach is that much more of a reason to stay on track)

3.  For my own education and so I can help coach others on how to macro count effectively.

4. To fuel my workouts better.  I tend to not eat enough during the week and then peter out by then end of the week (Yes, I said “peter out”)…..just to over eat on the weekends.  I NEED A GOOD BALANCE!  Instead of inconsistency!

5.  My 40th birthday is fast approaching. :-).

 

I am two days with my coach and so far, so good…..and it’s the weekend, so that’s a good sign! :-).