28 Mar Be your own hero…
a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.
In whatever form you choose. Be that. Live with conviction and strive for greatness. Find your comfort zone and then go beyond it. Inspire yourself, chase your future self. Its not easy, but its worth it.
This is how I became my own hero…
After a much needed walk about in Australia that strengthened me mentally,
I came back home to a different perspective on life.
To say that my 6 months traveling changed me psychologically is apparent.
But it also changed me physically.
I returned home with 20lbs of Aussie love.
Unfortunately, the love was around my waist and here in the U.S. we call those LOVE HANDLES.
Do I regret gaining weight and eating whatever I wanted?
I was working on “Me”
Life isn’t always about looking your best and some days, or months you just need a break.
But when I came home and had to fit into a bridesmaid dress and realized my arms were the size of my neck I knew it was time to grind.
I had started CrossFit before I left on my travels.
I fell in love with it.
The work load.
Everything about it made me feel good.
It made me feel like a bad ass.
And that alone, is what I love most.
To feel strong
To walk up to the barbell with only one thought.
Lift it up.
Throw it down.
Lift it up.
Throw it down.
I got stronger, faster,
But I wanted more.
I had lost about 10lbs by just working out and not eating as much junk food.
But I did drink more beer so I don’t know how that actually evens out.
On New Year’s I decided that I wanted to commit to making CrossFit and my health a priority.
I set little goals.
Get a strict pull up.
Lose body fat.
Work harder in the gym.
Be my own hero.
To lock in my nutrition was key.
I was already doing the work in the gym,
But I wasn’t consistent or accountable in fueling my body.
I decided to hire a nutrition coach who owns a program called Macroholics.
This program is designed in 3 different ways but all three are designed to fit your lifestyle.
- Lose body fat.
- Maintence/ performance
- Gain muscle
The system that he uses is referred to as counting your macros.
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.
- Fatprovides 9 calories per gram
- Proteinprovides 4 calories per gram
- Carbohydratesprovide 4 calories per gram
Now, there are many different ways people decide what their calculated macros are and at what amount of each you as an individual should consume.
It is very individualized and I’m not a dietitian or nutritionist so I won’t go into much details.
The difference with the Macroholic program that I started is instead of counting individual grams of each macro. I have a target to hit everyday. This target is measured in percentages.
so for example right now my percentages are 40% carbs, 35% fat and 25% protein.
So out of my allotted calories for the day 40% of my food is carbs, and so on
I do this by logging everything I eat into “MyFitness Pal” app on my phone.
I can scan labels or manually log in everything I eat.
It loads into what my already set goals are and tells me what each macro percentage is.
This program is also based off of calories.
Every week my coach changes, edits and reviews my full week of eating and the weight my body shows on the scale based off of my goals.
This program gives me the opportunity to still eat all the things i love and still be able to reach my goal.
And thats huge, i think a big problem in society right now is thinking you have to eat less to lose weight.
or you have to eat chicken, broccoli and brown rice.
I eat peanut butter daily.
Bread, pizza, and cookies and ice cream.
But I also eat a lot of egg whites, turkey meat, and veggies.
You can get your macros from any foods.
One thing I have to mention is that every ones body reacts differently to different systems, foods and programs.
As well as everyone’s goals are different.
My goal was to lose body fat.
In no way, shape or form did I mention a number on the scale.
I want to be honest, my weight in the form of a number isn’t important to me.
The way my body moves, looks, and performs is.
So when I said that my goal was to lose body fat, yes that does mean weight will come off.
But I know what my body has looked at 120…
Even at 170…
haha now you’ve seen it all…
But at this moment in my life my goal is to be in the best shape and perform the best I can in the gym.
Building muscle and lifting heavy weights takes eating food and finding what works.
There is no special pill,
7 day program.
or veggie cleanse.
It takes consistency and trial and error.
it takes hard work and sweat.
When I started this program January 17th I weighed in at 155lbs.
For the past week I have consistently stayed at 150-152lbs
So no, there hasn’t been a huge weight loss.
I haven’t seen the scale plummet in numbers.
Because what i have seen is my waist tighten.
And my abs starting to appear…. (with good lighting)
My face has thinned out,
And my thighs are bringing less thunder.
Not only that,
but I am lifting heavier.
I am feeling consistent and sturdy.
I have energy
i feel like a bad ass
and for goodness sakes
I GOT MY STRICT PULLUP.
- Note* lifting your own body weight is way harder then squatting your own body weight
But I also want to make note that im also being able to still live a life I love.
I still drink beer when I choose, I still get to go out to lunch with my dad and sister.
If I want something I can have it. I just might not get a lot of anything other than that.
If I said it was super easy and always fun logging your food everyday I would be lying.
And for a while I didn’t even know if it was actually worth it.
But after just 3.5 months of consistency and conscious eating I feel the best I have ever felt.
Life is all about being the best version of yourself everyday.
Its about becoming the person you were meant to be before all the other stuff happened to you.
And then clap for you damn self.
Because having a hero is fun,
But being your own is better…
You are killin it babe,
If you have any questions or want to know more details of what im doing please let me know.
Also- if CrossFit has ever interested you and you want to know more, try it out or even just come watch what we do i would love to help you out and change your life.
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