So, yesterday, AshleyÂ talked about our mutual challenge â€” the weekly SwEATS (Sweats + Eats.)Â
We were gchatting last week, and she said she was concerned about sticking to healthy habits during her last month in Geneva. I empathized â€” my last month in DC, I spent eating and drinking like Iâ€™d never be back. (Spoiler alert: I have been back several times in the past few years. Even if I werenâ€™t going to be going back semi-regularly, I didnâ€™t need to eat/drink like it was the Last Supper, though.)
As for me, I have about 10 pounds on my frame right now that I donâ€™t like that Iâ€™ve been struggling with the past year or so. Itâ€™s summer, and I have a marathon or two this fall. I donâ€™t want to worry about that weight and feel self-conscious any more. I donâ€™t want to PR a race and wonder what I could have done with several less pounds on me.
So Ashley and I decided to team up. We werenâ€™t really sure what that meant, but at this time, neither of us has the capacity to do some big blown out challenge. All we can do is be accountable â€” to ourselves, to each other, to you.
Because it all counts.Â
I like Ashleyâ€™s perspective on this â€” we are doing what we can, when we can.Â For us, as 30-something urban professionals, we can control during the day. Nights can be the wild card with professional and social obligations.
Also, I like wine. I have not ever mentioned that, right? Itâ€™s a nice way to unwind with a friend.
So, Ashley set out that weâ€™d do our best to move daily â€” walking or doing yoga when we canâ€™t manage a longer, more intense workout.
From a diet perspective, Iâ€™m going to use this time to experiment with tracking my macros.
We had trainer Mike VacantiÂ come in to speak to us at work last week. Look at his website â€” HE LIKES ICE CREAM AND PUPPIES. His approach is very macro-focused. (That is, focusing on the major macronutrients: fat, protein, carbs.)
Some of the other ladies at work and I are talking about tracking our macros.Â I have neverÂ been successful with tracking down to the calorie/macro that Iâ€™m eating. When I used to blog everything I ate, it was generally for quality of food. One of our coworkers suggested Fitocracyâ€™s method of finding target macros.Â
Since my June fitness goal is to get stronger,Â Iâ€™m interested to experiment with this for a few weeks. I donâ€™t think it will be right when I begin marathon training soon, since running is not considered a â€œtraining day.â€ (Those are days you are building muscle and working towards muscle gains.) But for now, itâ€™s just an experiment to see just what Iâ€™m eating. And, really, to cut back on the carbs. Though IIFYM (which this is a lite version of) doesnâ€™t care the source of the carbs (/protein), obviously you get better results the high-quality stuff you eat. Iâ€™m going to do my best to follow this as closely as possible to be more cognizant of what Iâ€™m putting in my body, and document *some* of that here.
I need to go back and log today, but I overslept and knew I had post-work plans so wouldnâ€™t be able to work out tonight, so it was a total rest day other than some walking to and from places in the city/subway. You have different macro goals for rest days and training days, so I was going for rest day macros, which includes 50g of carbs.
50G OF CARBS. DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?Â Â I was going back to work this am and contemplated stopping for a tall iced soy latte. Iâ€™ve always tricked myself into think itâ€™s not thatÂ bad for me â€” it has soy, right? Protein? At best estimate I can find online, it has 13g of carbs. No bueno. That was enough to make me stop at Dunkinâ€™ instead for a plain coffee.Â
And thatâ€™s really my goal. Dunkin, not Starbucks.Â
JK, itâ€™s making healthier decisions, that add up.
So there you have it. Hereâ€™s what Iâ€™m trying for June, and Iâ€™ll share here along the way.Â
What are your June goals? How will you hold yourself accountable?