Hello everyone! It’s been 5 weeks already since the start of my macro counting. I have lost 16 pounds! I have had my ups and downs, but mostly ups- thankfully. I wanted to share with you some of my struggles that I did end up facing, and to be honest, struggles that I am still facing.
When you are in a cut for calories, it can be hard to stick with until your end goal. Your goal can seem so far away, but in reality, it’s closer than ever. The other week my husband wanted to get a pizza. I factored in 1 slice of pizza for dinner. When the pizza came, it was very hard for me only to have 1 slice. I ended up having 3, going over my macros. I spent the next day kicking myself in the butt, because I essentially just took a step backwards, making it harder for me to reach my goal weight. I suggest you do not beat yourself over a mistake like I did. One of my struggles that I am currently working on is plainly accepting the fact I made a wrong choice and moving forward from it. I hope you’ll be able to do the same!
Even with a positive mindset moving forward, summer holidays and cookouts are coming up with so many temptations for unhealthy food choices. For example, my husband wants to have taco and burger nights, my friends want to go out for dinner or drinks, or my coworkers like to bring in cupcakes and chips- oh, the struggle! I love cupcakes! I love sugar! NO!
How do I stick to my macros with so many temptations around me? I remind myself what my main goal is when it comes to health: losing weight. I remind myself that this is the first step towards getting to where I want to be. I ask my accountability partner to whip my butt back into gear. If I am in a cut, I will need to make sacrifices for a short amount of time, that’s the reality there. The longer I stick to my plan, the shorter time it will take for me to complete it. If my husband wants tacos, I will make a healthier version of tacos that fit into my macros. I will ditch the cheese, the taco shell, and the sour cream; and I will add in lots of ground turkey meat, tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, and spices!
It takes creativity to come up with a better solution for yourself, but in the end, you will be happy you made those choices.
With that being said, I only lost 1 pound last week because of my poor decision making with food- I basically maintained my weight. Once I hit my goal weight, I can start to add in more carbs & fats into my macros again. The plan from there would be to build more muscle and tone up. For now, I need to play it clean and remind myself that I am almost there. Only 10 more pounds to lose!
Have you ever struggled sticking to your macros? What are some tips that you would recommend to others to keep on track?