Good morning everyone! Happy Friday!!
With this being the last Friday of the month, our gym is holding the annual “Fran Friday” tradition 🙂 (Let the anxiety set in…now) Last time I attempted this Benchmark WOD I finished with a time of 3:28. I am hoping that today I can head in there and drop maybe 10 seconds off my time. My butterfly pullups have come along way since the last time I performed Fran, so I think 10 seconds has potential. Fingers crossed!!
Transitioning from training to dieting, I have some playful news I’d like to share with you. Yesterday was my Grandmothers birthday (YAAAY). My siblings and I surprised her by bringing her out to Ihop for breakfast. She had an awesome time as did the rest of us 🙂 I again implemented more of an “If It Fits Your Macros” style of eating with ordering the Red Velvet Pancakes and bacon. I had previously scanned the menu at my house before leaving for Ihop. I saw that they have many “Simple and Fit” dishes that they list at under 300 calories, but with sub 300 calories, you deal with very plain and “non-fun” food. I already get plenty of “non-fun” dishes from my own doing, so I decided to get a fun dish that fit my macros. After eating a very light breakfast, I entered in 4 Red Velvet Pancakes and 4 strips of bacon from Ihop into my “Lose It” app. Accumulating 960 calories and more then 140g of carbs, I still had room for my meals the rest of the day. I was a very happy camper.
So this kind of brings me into my next point, If It Fits Your Macros. I know alot of people give this style of eating crap. Believing that people who follow this “diet” eat junk food all day long. Well in actuality they do not. In my opinion, it is just as tough to turn down more pancakes after indulging in the 4 that fit your macros. My point being, I just completed a pretty strict 24 week body composition diet. Now that the competition is over, I am going to incorporate the “IIFYM” eating style much more into my day to day life so I can enjoy summer and sweet foods while continuing to reach my fitness goals. I know that I faced a great deal of stress during the past 24 weeks, at times watching my family scarf down my favorite pizza’s and cakes as I sat in the corner “dieting.” Well hopefully by incorporating this style of eating, I can avoid those stressful times and allow myself a CALCULATED slice or two while maintaining my physique goals. Keep in mind though, the majority of my meals will be “clean” meals.
Another diet approach I will be trying out I first heard of via “Instagram.” Some of you may or may not recognize the name Kane Sumbat. Kane is the brand representative for the sports supplement line Controlled Labs. His instagram account is Timbahwolffff. If you have never seen his physique, believe me, he is JACKED! Anyways, in one of his post, he shared this idea with his followers. “Even on a weight loss program, once or twice per week you can incorporate moderate cheat days where you disregard your usual target macros and simply aim to hit your target calories for the day. This will not derail your progress and may help your adherence to your program in the long run.” I really like this idea. To me, it makes perfect sense. Speaking from the heart, I know most times I have a cheat meal, I do not calculate any of it. By doing this, From the minute I finish whatever it is I am eating, I immediately believe I “need” or “deserve” more. Well this inevitably leads to me overeating and paying for it in the long run. By systematically using these “maintenance” days, you will get to enjoy virtually any food that you want, while staying under your calorie limit. Now you are hitting two birds with one stone. Cheat day and weight loss…BOOM! I think I am going to give this maintenance day a try this Sunday. Just incase you were wondering since I keep referring to calories and macros, my current settings are 2,294 calories/213 G Protein/246 G Carbs/51 G Fat.
In my final piece of news, this is a racing weekend! In an earlier post this week, I had mentioned this weekend being the weekend of my first Warrior Dash as well as my first Sprint Triathlon. I also mentioned the infected blisters on my foot hurting my chances of participating in these events. Well today, Friday, I believe I have made my decisions. My blister has made substantial progress. It is almost completely covered over. It still looks pretty gross, but much much much better then what the blister originally looked like. With that being said, and my parent permission ofcourse, I am going to try and heavily protect it with bandages, tape, etc etc and run in the Warrior Dash tomorrow. I have ruled out the Sprint Triathlon. I will not be participating in that due to the fact that the first obstacle is a 1/2 mile swim. If I was to swim with my foot wound, chances are the cut would soften up. Then to put my shoes back on and run 3.5 miles, I am almost positive the soft skin with tear right back open. Atleast in the Warrior Dash, I run the risk of potentially not having my feet enter water. So plans for this weekend, fingers crossed on Warrior Dash, thumbs down Sprint Triathlon.
That’s all in my world. Anything big and exciting going on this weekend for you!?
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