Well, I have been so sad, heartbroken and just sick about the shooting in Las Vegas a couple of days ago. 🙁
I just keep watching the news or reading stories on the internet about these people who’s lives are now forever changed. My heart hurts for them. I will never understand what drives people to do these types of things??? The only thing I can think of is that people who do these things are absolute psychopaths and that is why I will never understand it!
I will say that although I’ve been so heartsick about this terrible tragedy and all of the crap in the world, I’ve also been so touched, inspired and encouraged as I’ve read about all of the stories of love, selflessness and heroism too.
There are some incredible people out there.
It’s interesting how major tragedies really bring people together and can bring out the best in people. It seems like during a catastrophe, people forget about race, religion, socioeconomic status, politics and all of the other differences that cause so much conflict for some people! For just a little while, everyone is equal and all that really matters is loving and helping each other.
I’ve just been so amazed and touched by some of the stories I’ve read about. This lady’s story in particular really moved me. What an amazing lady.
It brings me a little comfort as I remember that there are FAR more good people out in the world, than bad.
Well I started a new healthy plan yesterday. With all of the craziness going on in world, it sounds very insignificant and unimportant to talk about health and fitness right now. I apologize for that.
I do like to focus on positive things though and I think health, fitness and self improvement are things that definitely make my life better and full of purpose. 🙂
I finished my Oxygen Challenge just over 2 weeks ago. It was great, I learned a ton, I’m so glad I did it and I will write a post all about it ASAP. I’ve also enjoyed taking a little break since I finished that challenge. This past week in particular, I ate a lot of my favorite foods and treats and it was so much fun! I don’t regret one bit of it, although I knew I couldn’t live that way for too long or I would blow up, my hormones would get all jacked, my body would have issues and I’d just feel horrible.
In fact, in just that week+ of time, I definitely noticed some ill effects on my body. I didn’t sleep as well, my face broke out a bit, my body poofed up (of course!) and I just felt more tired and sluggish. I also got a stomach ache every time I ate more than just a little bit of sugar. I was grateful for that though because it reminded me that my body doesn’t want me to feed it a bunch of crap!
Oh, and just for the record, I still ate very well. I didn’t have an all out binge week! I still ate a lot of good things, I just had a lot of crappy things as well! It was great.
BUT, I’m back to working hard again! I like to set up specific goals for myself and follow “a set plan” to keep me motivated and on track. I’ve learned that if I just tell myself, “I’m just going to eat well and exercise,” I don’t work as hard and I make far too many excuses for myself. When I’m looking for actual results, I’ve learned I have to have an actual plan!
I’m constantly reading and learning about health and fitness. The science behind nutrition and the mind/body connection really fascinates me! I don’t believe there is a BEST way to eat or an IDEAL diet out there. I truly believe that you have to find out what works best for YOU. You have to find something that will help you feel your best, help you get the results you’re looking for and something you can stick to for the long haul (I’m not a fan of extreme or fad diets!)
Soooo, I’ve compiled a plan for myself based on a bunch of different things I’ve researched, things I’ve been doing or have done in the past and things that just seem to work for me! Here are the basics of my plan…
- I’m going to count macros once again
- I’m going to follow a carb cycling plan
- I’m going to implement intermittent fasting
These three things are all things I’ve done in the past and all things that have worked well for me! However, this time I’ll be following a little different carb cycling and macro plan than I’ve done before!
As far as macro counting goes (keeping track of how much protein, carbs and fat you’re eating and keeping that consumption to a certain ratio)…I really love it. It really is such a great way to learn about nutrition and how different foods affect the body. I also really like that it is easily “black and white.” You follow a specific macro plan and each day you keep track of your progress (I love to track mine of My Fitness Pal) and stick to the plan!
With that being said, I would never want to count macros forever. I do not want to live a lifestyle where I have to weigh, measure and track every single thing I eat!
No thank you.
BUT, once in a while, especially when I’m really looking for results, I DO like to count macros and pay closer attention to what I’m eating! It’s always motivating to me, very eye opening and I learn so much!
Soooo, I’m going to keep my calories between 1400-1650, depending on my workout and my appetite for the day (If I workout really hard and/or I feel a little bit hungrier one day, I’ll eat on the higher end of that range. If I miss a workout or I’m just not that hungry, I’ll eat on the lower end.)
As far as the carb cycling goes, I’m going to do…
- Three days in a row of a High Carb/Low Fat diet (50% carbs, 35% protein, 15% fat)
- One day of a Low Carb/Higher Protein and Fat diet (10% carbs, 40% protein, 50% fat)
- and then Three days in a row of a Moderate Carb/Protein/Fat diet (30% carbs, 35% protein, 35% fat.)
I know that sounds complicated, but it just makes sense to me! I love to change things up because it keeps things interesting. I also think the body responds well when we don’t follow the same diet all the time. I’ve also learned that manipulating macros and carbs specifically, yields results.
ALSO, using an app like My Fitness Pal (there are other good ones out there too!) makes this plan doable and possible. I don’t know how in the world I could ever stick to a macro plan without an app to keep track of it all!
ALSO, I’ve known about macro counting for years, but it always sounded so complicated and intimidating to me! I finally started doing it a few years ago and it became easier and easier. As I became more aware of the nutritional makeup of the foods I ate, it was a lot easier to stick to my macros and plan ahead. It really is NOT as complicated as it seems.
If you’re someone who has never macro counted before and want to get started, I would first recommend keeping track of the food you eat in My Fitness Pal (or a similar app) for a while and paying attention to how much protein, fat and carbs you eat. It really is eye opening!
A lot of carb cycling and macro plans include “refeed days.” These are basically days when you eat more calories! You still eat quality food and you still stick to a set macro ratio, but you just eat more food! This does allow for a few treats or indulgent foods as long as you can keep them within the macro ratio.
I’ve seen plans that include a refeed once a week, once every few weeks or once a month. I’ve also seen refeeds that double the calories or plans that just raise them by a percentage. I’m going to have a refeed once every three weeks, for two days in a row for now. I may change it to once every two weeks eventually. I’m going to up my calories by 50% during that time and keep within my typical high carb day macro ratio.
Refeed days have been shown to increase fat loss, regulate hormones and give people a much needed break! Here’s a great article about it if you care to read it.
Okay, I’ve been sort of following an Intermittent Fasting plan for a while now. There are a lot of different ways to do this, but the way I’ve been doing it (I think it’s the most common way) is to eat for about 8 hours and fast for 16. I don’t follow this to the minute, but I just generally try to stick to it.
There’s a lot of science out there that tells why Intermittent Fasting is good for the body. Just Google it, or here’s a good comprehensive article you can read if you want. For ME, I really like it because it just simplifies my life and makes it easier for me to eat less in general. I’ve found it’s quite easy for me to just put off breakfast in the morning (I usually have my first meal around 11 or noon.) THEN, I eat all of my calories between 11 or 12 AM and 7 or 8 PM. This really helps me to not be hungry throughout the day and helps to control cravings.
I also like that I don’t necessarily have to eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day (I keep reading more and more research that suggests that this doesn’t really make a difference anyway!) I just eat when I feel like eating (within the eating window, of course), keep track of it in my app and stick to my macros!
I really like Intermittent Fasting. I’m not completely 100% hardcore with it every day, I just like to follow it as a general rule. There are days when I wake up starving. On those days, I eat earlier. There might also be a crazy day when I need to eat later at night, so I do. But, generally I try to keep it within that 12 AM-8 PMish window.
OKAY, this has been a very complicated and probably overwhelming to read blog post! I’m so sorry ’bout that. My plan really isn’t that complicated…it’s just hard to explain. I’m excited about it though. I’ve told you guys many times that I love trying new things. It keeps life interesting and I think it helps me to stick to a healthy lifestyle.
If I just ate the same things and stuck to the same old, same old diet and healthy plan every day, I would go nuts! I love experimenting and seeing how my body responds. I think it’s fun. Oh, and I’m committing myself 100% to this plan for one month. At the end of the month, I will evaluate and see if I want to continue with it or not. Oh, and Kev is doing it with me too! Woot!
Well, I’ve been very wordy in this post and haven’t shared too many pictures. I’ll share some pics from the past couple weeks ’round here.
This past weekend was the Semi Annual “General Conference” for our church. It’s basically just a series of uplifting meetings held throughout Saturday and Sunday in which our church leaders share inspiring messages of hope, faith, courage and various life strengthening/enriching things. It’s one of my favorite weekends of the year and I love it!
Kev and I were able to attend one of the sessions with a couple of our kids.
Afterward, we took the kiddos out to lunch at TonyBurgers! It’s one of the best hamburger places in Utah and since I knew I’d be starting my new healthy plan, I was happy we went there!
My cute nine year old also had his Scout Pinewood Derby last week.
He and Kev worked so hard on his car (his is the black one on the end), but it didn’t do too great at the race. It didn’t do too bad either; it just did a’ight. It was a fun night though!
My sweet daughter also went to the Homecoming Dance at her school a couple weekends ago. She had a great time!
Life is always busy, but I’m grateful it’s been full of a lot of great things! I have just a few more cute pics to share….
I took these pictures on Sunday and they made me laugh! Kev had made a pot of Top Raman for himself (for the record, I’m not a fan of Raman noodles…I know they are super fake and high in sodium, but several of my kids AND Kev love them, so once in a while, after much begging and pleading, I buy them.)
Anyway, Kev had made a spicy kind (chili flavor), so he didn’t think the kids would like it. However, when my three year old saw daddy eating noodles, he wanted some! Soon after, my seven year old wanted some as well! I just had to laugh as Kev sat there feeding them. We also thought it was funny that our seven year old thought it was spicy, but it didn’t even seem to phase the three year old! Ha.
Oh, and you can see that container of pineapple nearby that I offered the kids in an effort to give them some more nutrition….nobody took me up on it! Sigh.
Well, I think that is all I have to share! I hope this post even made sense. It’s hard to explain everything as well as I would like to! I will of course, update this blog and my social media as I follow this plan. I hope you all have a great night!