We’re officially over a week into the new year now. I can ALREADY feel that “new year magic energy” kind of dimming!!! Despite my best efforts, something always happens to me around Day 8 of any new plan, etc. that I try to follow.
(A couple years ago, I tried repeatedly to do the #75Hard Challenge, and would always get to Day 7-8 before failing. Over and over again!)
That being said, the New Year Energy has not disappeared, so don’t worry.
I still am feeling pretty good about everything so far. There’s just this always this magically light and effortless feeling in the air in the very first days of the year that tends to slowly fade away, sadly (for me anyway). WHY IS THAT?!?!
2023 so far (Days 1-9):
- Read every day (5/9)
- Walk (7/9)
- Gym workouts (7/9) *This has been going great!!
- Drink more water (Yep! Have had between 1-4 big water bottles everyday)
- Read with boys (1/9. 😦 )
- Work on photo project (3/9)
- Meal plan! (1/9, but that’s fine- haven’t need another yet)
- A.m. shower- (5/9)
- Boys cook- (1/9- but ingredients in house for 2 more meals!)
*My goal is not to hit these perfectly all every day! These are just things I want to do often.
On the plus side, I just started another “new” endeavor yesterday, 1/9. So the new energy has been a bit revived, at least in this area… 😉
I started the January Shred from Macros with Em. Basically, she gives you custom macros to follow for a month, plus a workout plan (same style of workouts I was already doing, but new ones= 5 strength, 3 short cardio sessions per week). Also, she provides a bunch of support and an online community and an e-book and some other stuff.
I probably really did not need to pay for this (I think I have the knowledge to do this on my own), but I’m wanting to do a little mini-cut/ tighten up in January and February before our March Costa Rica trip. (I’m not overweight, but my weight has been creeping for the last couple years. I am sitting a good solid 5 lbs over where I traditionally prefer to be, and I just feel a bit squishy in some places.) I figured paying for something would likely increase my adherence. The online community piece has been motivating, too.
As I’ve openly admitted, I have mixed feelings about it, but it does seem to be effective for me. (The only times I have ever intentionally lost any weight/fat in my entire life, I have macro tracked. Not saying it cannot be done in other, more intuitive ways!! It most certainly can be. But I am not the most self-disciplined person about food apparently, so I think macro tracking just helps to take some of the guesswork out of the equation for me.)
Not sure how much I’ll share about this this time around! Feel free to leave a comment if you DO want to hear more about it, or if you DON’T! I feel like this kind of talk can be triggering for some people who struggle with food/body image issues or dieting, etc. So I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable. Or completely bore you if reading about what someone else eats makes you want to poke your eyes out. 😛
Some food pics from Day 1:
(Not shown, Snacks= 1 hard boiled egg, a reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese stick, 1 bag 100 butter calorie popcorn, 10 chocolate chips, collagen green/mint tea, 10 BBQ Habanero almonds and, a Dr. Pepper 😬…. Full transparency here! But it all fit my macros, I promise. 😉 )
It always blows my mind how much food I end up eating when I track macros… all the higher volume/ higher protein foods/ higher quality foods!! It’s honestly crazy how much I can eat when I’m eating mostly good stuff.
Current goal macros per day= 1,725 calories, 125 protein, 160 carbs, 65 fats.
These macros are a bit higher than I’ve done in the past, so I’m curious what the results will look like. But hey, I suppose it’s better to start higher and see if that works first! Can always decrease if needed, but it’s generally best to keep calories as high as possible while still (hopefully) getting results.
Also- I decided to pause on my “no dairy” experiment while macro tracking. Want to see what happens first just eating normally, but within a controlled calorie/ macro setting. After a month, I will then see about cutting food groups. I don’t want to attempt to make too many changes at once.
I am grateful for this new fitness journal my mom got me for Christmas! I saved it and first opened it yesterday, for this round of this Shred. It’s the perfect place to track what I’m doing and eating (although I am tracking actual macros in MFP), and I love all the space to take random notes on the side page about how things are going.