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.
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! :-).