Now that we are all pretty much settled into the New Year, and comfortable with our 2018 goals, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite fitness and healthy favorites! These are all things I use daily and truly love for me, so why not share them!?Read More
As we know many of us look at January as a way to set goals for ourselves, many of them fitness and health related. If you've been reading my blog, or scrolling through my Instagram, than you know fitness is a huge part of my life. I try to workout 5-6 days a week for so many reasons! It reduces my stress, helps me sleep better and it makes me feel good. That being said, I still slack. BIG time. I can slip out of shape so quickly...it can happen within days! We've all been there...we lose motivation to go to the gym and tell ourselves, "I'll go tomorrow." But tomorrow comes and we find a million other things that we have to do other than go to the gym. It then becomes a pattern of tomorrow.Read More
2018 is all about being healthy and making better choices when it comes to my nutrition. I've always been known as a picky eater, and struggling with body issues didn't making eating any easier. I wasn't that educated in nutrition, I hated most vegetables, but I loved sugar. I ate pretty crappy, even for a collegiate athlete. Even though I knew what I needed to eat to fuel my body, I struggled. My palette was basic and I lived off the same few foods. It was rough. I wasn't fat by any means, but I was "skinny-fat". I was working out and lifting and not giving my body the proper nutrients I needed. My body was strong but not lean or toned. My skin was a disaster, and I looked bloated...constantly.Read More
It is officially January. Which means in New York, it is COLD! And I mean, frigid. Negative degree temperatures and wind chills that go right through you and hit you at the core. But, January also means a fresh start and new beginnings. This is the time where you can reflect on 2017 and ask yourself what went well, what didn't, and where you want 2018 to take you.Read More
Macros. Ugh. Macros, or macronutrients are "molecules that our bodies use to create energy for themselves – primarily fat, protein and carbs. They are found in all foods in varying amounts, measured in grams (g) on the nutrition labels." (Thank you Tasteaholics).
I started counting my macros about a year ago, because I wanted to live a healthier lifestyle. As you all know, I'm incredibly active, but I didn't always eat healthy. In high school, I was running from one practice to another, or driving over an hour to get to practice. So, I would eat food on the go. Yes, I ate McDonald's, Wendy's, and Burger King. Ew. Anyway, healthier lifestyle included nutrition too. I decided to really pay attention to what I was putting into my body. I was lifting weights and exercising, but what was the point if I wasn't taking care of my body and what I was consuming.
This is where counting macros comes in. And let me tell you. I hate it. I love it. I love to hate it. We have a unique relationship...I love to hate counting macros.
I have an app that has truly saved my life and helped me with math conversions. (I'm awful at it). My Macros + is my go to app for counting macros. I plug-in what I have to meet in terms of carbs, protein, and fat. It will then allow me to add in the foods that I eat throughout the day.
However, I will tell you this. You can get sucked down a macro tunnel...and it can get dark. VERY dark. I became obsessed and miserable because I wanted a cookie, and would freak out. I can't have it and I can't go to dinner with friends because I can't meet my macros. I had to take a break for a while and I was happier again.
I loved eating healthy, but I struggled with enjoying my food. It was difficult and I stressed myself out and my loved ones as well.
What did I do?
I incorporated counting macros with eating intuitively. I was conscious of putting good and healthy foods into my body and listening to my body. What worked and what didn't. I don't stress myself out (as much) with counting macros, but I also haven't consumed fast food in over 8 years. I cook healthier foods and I enjoy eating my meals. I listen to my body and sense what gives me energy and what drains me. But I will also go out and enjoy a meal and not freak out that I had a roll with dinner.
And I damn well will eat that cookie if I want. Who knows. Maybe I'll even have 2!