Saturday, January 17, 2015

Better Late Than Never

January 17th.  As people are probably starting to slack off on their resolutions, and others are realizing their goals just aren’t that important to them after all, I am finally jumping on the resolution bandwagon.  Procrastinate much? :)  2014 was probably the most difficult year of my adult life, maybe the most difficult year of my life ever.  I’d like to focus on the positive.  I’ve grown emotionally and spiritually.  I’ve been lucky enough to fall in love all over again.  I have found a new job that I am starting to enjoy a little more.  I know more about where and who I want to be in the future, even if I don’t know how I’m getting there just yet.  I’m okay with that.

With all of the change and unexpected occurrences in 2014, fitness definitely was not a priority.  So, for the beginning of 2015 I am starting from scratch. Back to basics.  I want to build a strong foundation.  I have my training planned out for the next 8-16 weeks, depending on how I progress.  I have a slow progressing running plan picked out for cardiovascular health. I plan on incorporating yoga, foam rolling, etc.  I also have my diet “planned” out for the next several weeks. I don’t have a meal plan or macros, just goals, per say. I want this to be easy, and I want to relearn good habits.  I will be taking stats and starting pics tomorrow morning. I’ll share the stats, and I may or may  not share the pictures. I may save those for a later date if there is progress to be shared.

For those of you who have already set your New Year’s goals, I hope you are killing them!!  If you are just starting out, feel free to join along! Happy belated New Year!!!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Calculating Macros - K.I.S.S.

Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Yep, I’m going back to basics and counting macros as I tighten up the reigns on my diet.  I was going to take the easy route and use the iifym online calculator, but the link is not working for me this glorious morning. So, I’ll just calculate them the old fashioned way, and I’m going to figure it all out, right here on the ol’ blog.  I’m doing this to show you one of MANY methods to calculate your very own macros.

First, know your weight.  This morning I weighed roughly 130 pounds. While I am at a healthy weight, I would like to lean out a bit.  I could honestly care less if I weigh 120, 130, or 140. I’m at a happy weight, but I am not at a happy body… if that makes sense.  I could stand to tighten up a bit, so I am going to choose weight loss as a goal, even though my primary goal is fat loss.

To keep things simple, I like to start off following these general rules:

Choose your goal to set calories

  • Lose Weight:  10-12 bodyweight multiplier
  • Maintain:  13 bodyweight multiplier
  • Gain Weight:  14-16 bodyweight multiplier

My goal is to lose weight, and I am not trying to reach it by a certain date.  Heck, I don’t even care if I lose weight.  I just want to lose fat, so I am going to choose the higher end of the spectrum.  Or, if you prefer a range of calories, you could always calculate both ends and work with a range of numbers to hit. 

BEWARE: DON’T get too caught up in overanalyzing it all. There are so many ways to skin a cat. (EEEWWWwwwwwwww!!!)  There are so many minute details that you can get overwhelmed and caught up in all of them that you spin your wheels and never even begin. Been there. Done that.  Why not just calculate a starting spot, check progress, and adjust accordingly? 

Okay, back at it.  My goal is to lose weight, and my bodyweight is 130, so:

calories = 130 * 12

calories = 1560

The nice thing about this method is, I don’t worry about my BMR, TDEE, number of workouts and caloric expenditure. I just calculate and go at it. K.I.S.S.  You can be more precise and do it the other way (I recommend the IFFYM calculator, when the site is working), but hey, I’m working with what I got.  Now if you are ever stuck on a deserted island, you can figure out your macros with just a stick and sand. LMAO!

Now you need to figure out your Protein, Carbohydrates, and Fat intake.  I generally keep fiber around 30g a day. Sometimes I don’t get there, sometimes I go over, but that is what I shoot for.

Protein:

I think the general rule of thumb, for keeping things simple, is 1-1.5 grams per bodyweight. I’m going to pick the lower end of the range for personal reasons like I only have one kidney, and I love carbohydrates and I want to save room for them. So:

protein = 1*130

protein = 130g

Phew, had to pull out the calculator on that doozy.

Fat:

I  usually keep my fats on the lower end.  I seem to have oilier skin and breakouts when my fats are higher.  Again, this is a person preference.  However, I like to see fats around 0.4-0.6 grams per bodyweight.  This is probably higher than most of the fish and veggies dieters out there.  To each there own. I feel like this is a healthy amount, so I like to start here.

fat = 0.4 * 130

fat = 52g

Carbs:

This is the part that hurts my heart. I love carbs.  I LOVE carbs. I love cake. All cake. Especially frosting. To limit it hurts my soul.

There are several things to remember when trying to figure out your carbs.

  1. Your total calories are determined by the amount of fat grams, carbohydrate grams, and protein grams you consume.
  2. There are 9 calories per gram of fat.
  3. There are 4 calories per gram of carbohydrate.
  4. There are 4 calories per gram of protein.

Hence, we have the following equation:

calories = (9 * grams of fat) + (4 * grams of carbohydrates) + (4 * grams of protein)

Now just plug in your personalized numbers, and solve for carbs!  YAY CARBS! I’ll do it with mine below:

1560 = 9(52) + 4(grams of carbohydrates) + 4(130)

1560 = 468+ 4(grams of carbohydrates) + 520

1560 = 988+ 4(grams of carbohydrates)

572= 4(grams of carbohydrates)

carbohydrates = 143g

There you have it!! Easy peasy, right?   Now I have my macros for this week!

1560 calories – 52g fat / 143g carbs / 130g protein

There you have it! The simple way that I calculate my own macros.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Just a reminder: I am not a registered dietitian or health professional.  This information was pulled from my buttocks on the spot from years of personal experience, book reading, web searches, etc.  I just wanted to give you all a peak into how I do things in Genie-land.  Please speak with a medical professional before making any changes to your diet or fitness routine.  

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Week One, Success!

Yep, I can say I successfully completed week one… as I happily sit here eating a bowl of ice cream while my gluten free Aldi brand of hot pocket (can we call it a lean pocket to make myself feel better?) cooks in the microwave.  Chefery at its finest.  If chefery isn’t a word, I am claiming it here first!

How is that a success? While in a perfect world I would have eaten perfectly, done all of my workouts on all of their scheduled days, and I would have woke up this morning with a ripped six pack and a bicep vein.  That totally did not happen.  What did happen?  I got in all of my workouts despite an unexpected schedule change (like starting a new job).  I killed two out of four cardio sessions.  I completed the other two. I was mindful of what I put into my body.  I ate mainly unprocessed clean foods, and when I didn’t it was no big deal.  I think the best thing that happened this week was finding a morning meal routine that sticks with me!  I’ll be sure to incorporate it regularly once I start to buckle down a little more on the intake… which will begin tomorrow. 

As for now, I’m using this weekend to hopefully figure out why my DNS mumbo jumbo isn’t working properly. I’d really like to get that fixed before posting too much.  Such is life. Hope you all are having a great weekend!!  I’m ready to start nailing my diet and am kinda excited about my workouts for the week.  maybe kinda sorta.  Catch y’all later!!

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