I’m happy to report that I am still tracking my macros. Yesterday was Day 8.
“Day 8” (or thereabouts) tends to be my kryptonite. Usually, any time I try to implement a change, or do a “program” (like when I tried repeatedly to do the #75Hard program…), I go forth strong for…about 8 days.
I have data to back this up. 🙂 (I think I started and failed the 75 Hard challenge something like ten or more times, always falling off around day 7-8.)
Something just happens around that mark that makes me abandon ship! Most likely, this would be called something like “the novelty wore off” phenomena. 😉
When we start a new habit, there is definitely usually a big burst of new energy. Everything is exciting, fresh. We feel very motivated. This is it! We’re going to change our lives, right here, right now. 😄
But 8 days of something is long enough for that high to level off. Normal life and routines inevitably are in full swing. The “fun” of a new challenge might not feel so fun anymore. This is the point where we have to lean a bit more into dedication, discipline and good habits. Dig deep. Stay the course. 🙂 Knowing this about myself, I actually put a little mark on my calendar for Day 8. Like, don’t you quit on me now!
So! I am happy and proud that I sit here on the morning of Day 9, still going! I don’t have an end date in mind yet. This weekend was not a perfect tracking weekend, but close enough. I’m feeling really great. Maybe this is the biggest motivator to keep going. Really, I feel fantastic.
I stumbled across a new podcast recently about diet/ nutrition/ macro counting, if anyone is interested.
The host is a (very) fit looking, and very sweet sounding, trainer, who basically preaches the EXACT same messages and style as my previous trainer. She is also I think exactly my age- 38 or 39- and a mom.
The episodes are pretty simple and short, to the point. Just her talking, no guests. She covers all the main topics around macro counting, dieting/ fat loss, strength training, etc.
I sort of binge listened to a dozen or more episodes this past week, and everything I’ve heard has been on point accurate. Nothing crazy or extreme- a very healthy and balanced approach.
I’m also very intrigued by her monthly strength training plan!! (the “empowered elite monthly membership”).
I actually might buy a month. It’s only $20/month, no commitment required. This is very similar to what I did previously- an online group monthly plan. So, not tailored specifically to me, which is fine! I don’t need that. But it’s a nice set of workouts I could do for the month, without having to write my own, or recycle my old ones. Then you’d get a new one the next month (allowing ~4 weeks or so to progress on the first group of workouts).
It looks like she provides 5 workouts per week- 2 leg/ab, 1 shoulder/ triceps, 1 back/biceps and 1 full body. I think she provides options to do them at home, too, if no gym membership. This is the exact split I currently follow (minus the full body day- I just do 4 days currently). So this could be perfect! And, these are the exact workouts she does, too. She’s very open about that on the podcast.
I liked this episode: 5 Habits That Keep Me Lean
3 Reasons You Don’t Look Like You Workout was also good.
Actually, I haven’t heard one yet I didn’t like. So, check it out! Link to list of all episodes here. She has a very Tennessee twang accent. 😉
Wisconsin weather is clinically insane.
Thought of the Day:
In 6 months you will have 6 months of excuses, or 6 months of progress. The choice is yours. (Dedicated to myself, on my day 9! 😉 )
I am grateful for having good health insurance.