Soooo….I suck at blogging now, apparently. I always mean to post more & I find all kinds of interesting things I should share, and then I don’t do it. So yeah…I pretty much suck. Sorry.
But, I do have lots of stuff to talk about today & because it’s Monday and I don’t want to do anymore housework, I’m going to spill it all out in one huge post that will take you 7 years to read, but you probably won’t because you’ll get bored halfway through and all my rambling will fall on deaf ears. Or I guess eyes, since you’re reading. But then it would be blind eyes? I don’t know. You’re welcome.
Well first, real quickly, we finally got moved in for the most part. Brian has a bunch of crap to clean out of the garage so I can park in there and each day that goes by and it doesn’t get done brings him one day closer to death, but apparently he likes living on the edge, so whatever…don’t say I didn’t warn ya, B.
I have been asked a couple of times about pics of the new house, but of course I don’t have any so I’ll share those later on in the year in another boring & long rambling post, I’m sure.
When we were moving I didn’t work out for 2 weeks. And it was pretty stressful for me because it bothered the heck out of me, but I finally got back to it, and I have to say that I was completely shocked at how quickly I turned back into a weenie again after a 2 week break.
That face you make when you realize you have reverted back to wimpiness 😦
And here’s another picture that I’m posting for no other reason than that I look like butt in that last pic & I feel like I look less buttlike in this one, thus making me feel better. Although whatever filter my daughter used on this kind of makes me look greenish or something but whatever.
And so I’m back in the swing of it now & feeling super sore, which is awesome. I recently purchased the New Rules of Lifting for Women & it’s really changed the way I look at lifting. Most importantly is that I have more active rest days, which is great because before I was working out 5 days in a row & I’m not gonna lie, sometimes that was a little overwhelming. So on my active rest days, I always walk my dog for 30 minutes with The Spinster, but I also will throw in a short HIIT workout or a 5 minute Tabata jump rope routine or even just a 30 minute walk/jog session. I like to use the Couch to 5K app for this.
If you are new to strength training or been doing it for years, I highly recommend this book. It appeals to me because it teaches a sensible & long term sustainable approach to eating and exercise, which is totally up my alley and what I’ve been practicing for years. No crazy dieting or restrictions. Moderation & movement, and that’s what I encourage my clients to strive towards because it’s realistic for most people.
Also, since we’re heading into Spring/Summer, I’m loosely tracking my macros again. I like to be leaner when it’s shorts/swimsuit season so I don’t always feel like a busted can of biscuits like I do when it’s cold out and I’m a little more lax with my eating. This combination seems to work well for me. I don’t track anything from about Halloween through Christmas. I like to enjoy the holidays without worrying about it too much. I still eat what I consider to be healthy probably 75% of the time through that period, because that’s how my palette rolls these days & I actually enjoy a healthy diet, but I don’t sweat the treats too much either.
But now that Spring is approaching, I’m tightening the reigns a little and it always amazes me at how quickly I can start leaning down when I just start paying a little more attention to what I’m eating.
If you aren’t familiar with macros, it’s basically just tracking your carbs, fats, & protein (and some people do fiber too, I don’t) and keeping them within the limits you set based on your goals.
You need to figure out your TDEE, which is basically just the amount of calories you need to consume to maintain your current weight. Then, depending on whether you want to put on muscle or lose fat (or both) you either aim to hit higher than or lower than your TDEE. You can use this handy calculator to determine your needs. You can also hire a macros coach if you are really wanting to dial it in, but I just kind of go with my gut and pay attention to how my body reacts to what I’m eating. If I was a competitive body builder or fitness model, I’d definitely need to get it more exact to hit my goals, but I’m just me & all I really want is to be healthy and feel good in my clothes. And be able to pick up heavy stuff. 😉
I’m currently weighing in at around 126, so I’m not really looking to lose weight, but I would like to lower my body fat percentage some & put on some more muscle. So I will start with cutting a little on my macros & will gradually up them as I go and as I start lifting heavier weights.
I think eating clean means different things to different people, so I hesitate to use that term too much, but what it means to me is just eating healthy fats like olive oil, egg yolks, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, etc. And protein in the form of lean meats, some cheese, and protein powder in my smoothies when I have trouble hitting my protein goals. And of course carbs in the form of whole grains, rice, and fruits. And A LOT OF WATER.
I like the fact that my kids have been raised to have a healthy relationship with food. They are allowed to have junk food sometimes, it’s not taboo in our house. But they’re also growing up in a house where healthy and nutritious meals are cooked the majority of the time, so it’s nothing for them to have 2 and 3 helpings of vegetables without batting an eye. I love that. It lays the groundwork for healthy body image & food relationships when they are older. It literally takes the drama out of food and meals at our house and it may not be for everyone, but it’s worked wonderfully well for us. When my daughter texts me & asks me to bring her an apple to have after practice or my 11 year old is begging for roasted broccoli for supper, I know that I have done something right. And because I believe in keeping it real, yeah, sometimes they have a pop tart for breakfast – And I’m totally ok with that, too.
I have to mention that meal planning is so very important for me to stay on track with healthy meals for the fam. When I don’t take time (and yeah, it does take a little time) to plan everything out and then get myself to the store…bad things happen.
Here are a few examples of some of the things I eat when I actually meal plan and don’t have to eat coffee:
Spinach omelet w/feta cheese & apple
Whole grain toast w/natural peanut butter, banana, chia seeds & cinnamon
Baked potato w/roasted brussels sprouts & 2 slices bacon
So, those are just a few examples of how we eat the majority of the time in our household. And then sometimes we have pizza, or enchiladas, or whatever else we want, but the bulk of our food is what I consider to be healthy. It keeps us healthy, happy, and balanced.
Hopefully I will actually do what I say and start blogging more & sharing more recipes periodically instead of unloading a humongous post every couple of months. That’s the goal anyway but since most of you probably clocked out long ago & never made it to the end of this post, there won’t be anyone to remind me of my shortcomings when I don’t hold up my end of the bargain. Either way, I win. 😉