I started Tina’s Designed to Fit program last week.
Someone who commented here nailed it on the head — they knew themselves and knew they were susceptible to gaining weight after losing a parent. I’ve gained some weight in the past year/years, and know/am afraid of the potential of sliding further.
I “know” how to eat healthy. I lost 50 pounds a few years ago (and then gained about 20 of it back).
I’ve just gotten out of the habit. I lie to myself and tell myself I eat “healthy enough” but the truth of the matter is, I really like my wine and it leads to crappy eating choices, or I don’t plan and eat health halo foods at work.
Where Designed to Fit comes in: Tina provides my macros based on how active I am, etc (there are different levels for workout days and non workout days) as well as recipes and a general meal plan.
I’m only a week into it, but I’m currently attempting some sort of hybrid: making as many of the recipes (or similar ones) as possible but being really good at tracking my macros. As a busy single New York professional, there’s a combo of free food, being busy and being social that can distract from eating my own food. To be honest, I wasn’t making much at home AT ALL for a long time, so this is as much about re-establishing healthy habits as it is losing weight.
…that said, I texted Tina this morning really frustrated that the scale had gone up. I tracked almost everything last week and thought I did OK (I know there’s room for improvement), so why the hell did the scale go up? Tina sent me back a long WhatsApp message reminding me it could be everything from building muscle to where I am in my cycle to the wine I had over the weekend. I do need to remember a few things:
1. I didn’t gain the weight overnight; I won’t lose it overnight.
2. I’m not as young as I was when I lost the weight the first time; my metabolism is different now.
3. I’m still eating healthier than I was a week ago; this is a process, and I’m still improving.
4. I need to take some before pics…as much as I don’t want to right now.
Here’s some of the things I’ve been cooking — a mix of Tina’s recipes and others.
BLT Pasta from Cooking Light — so good! I cooked this just before I started the plan. It’s not super bad for you, but I’d maybe sub in some brown rice pasta now for a little extra nutrition/to maximize my macros.
My variation on this
I posted this on IG last night and you all asked for the recipe! Here it is, and it’s so good.
Here’s to another week of: me learning better how to fit within my macros, me attempting to be somewhat gentle with myself and not spiral when I don’t see results right away and another week of not burning down my kitchen.
Any tips from y’all on maximizing macro-based plans?