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My Experience With Counting Macros

We are half way through the week! I hope you’re week is going well and I know that you will finish this week on a good note. That being said, let’s jump into today’s topic. Changes are you’ve heard about counting macros if you follow certain people on Instagram or you’re REALLY into nutrition. Like most things, I was clueless until I saw some hashtags. Once I found out what it meant to “count macros”, I began to do some more research.

My Experience With Counting Macros

What does it mean to “count macros”?

Counting your macros means tracking the macro nutrients (Carbs, Fat, and Protein) in your meals and hitting certain benchmarks. Depending on what your activity level and whether you are trying to lose, gain, or maintain, these macros look different for everybody. There’s plenty of calculators online and you can also get this information from your doctor.

My experience with macros

My doctor suggested I keep track of my protein count because she was sure I wasn’t eating enough. I figured since I was keeping track of grams of protein, why not make sure I’m eating enough fat and carbohydrates as well? Using MyFitnessPal, I entered in my meals diligently and made sure I was eating enough food. It was a tedious process but I made it a habit.

Using this system, I felt some freedom with food that I hadn’t felt before. Counting macros taught me what portions should look like and how eat a balanced diet. After I got over the initial learning curve, eating wasn’t so hard for me.

However, I soon realized that it was way to similar to counting calories for me. I began to dread having to track everything and it often made social events difficult. I was doing my best to eat a balanced meal but the numbers were making everything hard for me.

Related: Why I Stopped Counting Calories

Overall, counting macros was too much of a mental game for me. I used it to keep my nutrition in check while training for a race but once race day came, I began to give myself more grace. To this day, I still remember the good principals that I learned and I strive to eating a balanced diet. I eat more intuitively nowadays and I feel the best that I have ever felt!

Counting macros is a great resource to help you reach your goals. If you are at a plateau, I would consider giving this a try! Sometimes a small shift in nutrition is just what we need to give our bodies the push in the right direction.

Have you counted macros before? What was your experience?

Three Signs You Need A Rest Day

If you have a set training plan, chances are that you may have a rest day scheduled each week. When you’re aiming for a running or workout streak, a rest day is certainty not high up on the list. If you’re doing your own programming and picking your workouts, you may not think you need a rest day. As we strive to reach our goals, it’s easy to believe that more is better. However, to continue to grow stronger our bodies need rest. Here are my three signs that your body needs a rest day.

Three Signs You Need A Rest Day

Sign #1: Everything Hurts

Now hear me out. Being sore comes with the territory. Being in pain, does not. Only you know which signals to look for and tell which is which. Overuse injuries can happen if you don’t take a rest day so you will be in major pain even when you’re doing daily tasks. If you start running and each step feels like a knife is jabbing your legs, you need to rest. If you’re strength training but can’t lift as much as your normally do, there’s a good chance you’re fatigued and you need rest. Really listen to your body and see if you’re truly sore or on your way to injury.

Related: How To Handle Low Motivation

Sign #2: Very Exhausted

It seems like being tired is a badge of honor these days. When I was training for my last race, I had two workouts scheduled some days so I would be exhausted after lunch time. It’s fine to be tired if you’ve been getting back to your gym routine. It’s NOT okay to be so exhausted from all the time you’ve been spending at the gym that you fall asleep as soon as you sit down in a remotely comfortable chair. When I was pushing myself too hard, I had to chug coffee to stay awake which only let to a cycle of crashing and being tired all the time. If you cannot stay awake and feel sluggish, take a rest day so your body can reboot.

Sign #3: Can’t Remember Your Last Rest Day

This is a red flag. If you honestly cannot remember the last time you took a break from working out, you need a rest day. I’m not saying you have to be a complete couch potato (unless you want to be) but you really need to check in and make sure everything is okay. You don’t want to push your body too hard because you risk wearing yourself out and maybe even developing health problems. To reach your goals in a healthy way, you also need to rest and let your body recover.

Every day, I would do a self-assessment and see how everything feels. If you have been working hard and want to take a break, by all means, take one! Resting is an important part of exercising as it gives our body time to rebuild and come back stronger!

Coming Back From Injury

It’s been a bit quiet around the blog lately. Mostly because of trying to decompress after a fun but exhausting training season. These past twelve weeks have been some of the funnest and also the most challenging to date. I really put my mind to mastering this half-marathon and I couldn’t be happier with my performance. That being said, I also ran my half-marathon with a last minute injury.

Coming Back From Injury Continue reading Coming Back From Injury

Labor Day Weekend!

Well, it is technically a three day weekend but I have been off for the whole thanks to Harvey.

Most local businesses are now open although there are a few still recovering. Once the roads began to clear and all the high water began to recede, I began to venture out to help.

I donated to multiple charities and went to a bunch of donation only classes to get moving while doing some good. By Saturday, I was tired but happy. Continue reading Labor Day Weekend!

Looking Forward To A New Season Of Running

My light bill is through the roof, my glass is dying, and the “feels like” temperature is consistently in the triple digits, it’s August y’all! I’m going to be a Debbie Downer and just say I’m over it being this hot. Every day, I try to get as much done as possible before the sun comes up. The heat is stifling and it’s just downright nasty out there.

New Season of Running Continue reading Looking Forward To A New Season Of Running

Must Have Fitness Favorites!

It’s been a while since I shared a few of my favorites products so I figured I would highlight a few of my fitness favorites! I know not everyone is up for having a big gym membership and it can be pretty intimidating attending classes in boutique studios. That being said, there’s no excuse for not working up a sweat at home!

Must Have Fitness Favorites!

With many free videos on YouTube and all kinds of workouts on Pinterest, it’s easy to find something to do to get your heart pumping and the sweat pouring. Here’s a few things I believe can help you get on your way to a good exercise routine.

*All of these pictures are clickable links and take you to the appropriate Amazon page. I do get a small percentage if you do decide to purchase these items*

Fitness Favorite #1: Ab Roller

This guy is cheap and will have your abs burning in seconds! You can work every inch of your abdominal by rolling this straight ahead or at an angle. Remembering to keep your hips low and your back straight will help you power through this exercise. The great thing about this is that it’s small and portable so you can take this anywhere!

Fitness Favorite #2: Exercise Ball

Having an exercise ball really helps take your workouts to another level! Doing normal sit ups and crunches on the ground is fine but to really work your stabilizer muscles, I would recommend giving them a try on the exercise ball. Once you’re feeling confident with sit ups, you can try doing push ups with your feet on the ball!

Fitness Favorite #3: Small Weights

Having a small set of weights at home is all around a good idea. You can get in a quick arm circuit if you have ten minutes. I even do a small workout while sitting on the couch with my small dumbbells. Don’t discount these weights just because they are small. You can get a good burn even with small weights at high repetitions. If you’re up for a challenge, you can use your weights along with your exercise ball.

Fitness Favorite #4: Resistance Bands
Picture from Sweat With Bec website.
Picture from Sweat With Bec website.

I don’t get any commission from this one but these are absolutely amazing. Resistance or “booty bands” are great because they come in all levels of resistances and the workouts are endless! I was given these for Christmas and I love incorporating these into my daily routine. You’ll receive three workout cards with this set and there’s plenty of videos online. If you buy only one thing on this list, I would buy these!

Fitness Favorite #5: Foam Roller

It looks painful but trust me, everyone needs a foam roller! I prefer the foam rollers with the trigger point bits so you really get into those sore muscles. Once you first starting getting active, you may be sore for a few days. Foam rolling will help get rid of that soreness quicker. Even after a long day of sitting at my desk, the foam roller feels amazing. Once you find that “hurts so good” sensation, you’ll know what I mean!

What are some of your favorite fitness must haves?

How To Start Running!

Does the thought of running make you cringe? Would you rather do anything other than running? Most of the time, people don’t like to run because they gave it a shot and it didn’t work out. Sometimes, they just have no clue where to start and others make it look so easy.
Let me challenge you to give it ONE more try before calling it quits. Whenever I tell people of my insane race ideas or what personal record I’m trying to beat, they usually respond with “I could never do that.” I just want to let you know that yes, you can!

Continue reading How To Start Running!