I'm starting week 7 of my macro journey with Stay Fit Mom and I'm loving it. I've been attempting to eat macro-friendly meals for almost 5 months and wasn't seeing enough results. I got frustrated and stopped, just like I have with almost every other eating program I've tried. But then I decided to get serious, and get a coach. Tracy is amazing. She's a mom (with a baby about G's age), a CrossFit athlete, and a real person! So I knew that if she could fuel her body to perform in the gym and in life while losing weight, she could tell me how to fuel mine.
I'm really happy with how far I've come in just 6 weeks. Now, I'm not going to share numbers or photos with you. Nope, sorry, not happening. Let me assure you, the scale moved (though not as much as I wanted it to) and there was some serious changes in my body composition. That is slowly becoming enough for me. I am more than a number on the scale or a pants size. Yes, I know you know this, but I have to remind myself!
These six weeks included: the Marine Corps ball, Thanksgiving, and a weekend away. Sure it meant not eating some things, and packing my own protein powder in my suitcase. It means my kids now know not to touch any of the food on mom's plate "Because, macros!" and it means I can eat almost anything, in moderation. I never once felt deprived. I went "off" macros on Thanksgiving and for the ball. I tried to keep my protein level the same, but sometimes you have to "make memories, not macros," as Tracy and Krista would say.
But most importantly, this journey also means my performance in the gym has improved. I finally feel like I'm able to perform some of the skills that I avoided in the past. I've seen drastic improvement in the small things, my endurance has improved, and my lifts are stronger. Much stronger. For those who speak OLY or CrossFit, in the course of the last six months I've added almost 200# total in lifts.
So as I head into another six weeks with my coach, I'm really excited to share some of the great meals we are eating. These are dinners I make for my whole family and they love them. I don't weigh out their portions, but we have all been a bit more aware of what constitutes a serving, and what doesn't. The kids look at serving sizes for their snacks and even say, "This one says 5 crackers Mom, let's start with that."
This week we're eating some great dinners, and I'm looking forward to preparing them with my big kids, as they are home for Christmas break.
This Week's Menu
Monday - Cheddar ranch chicken with broccoli and pasta
Taco Tuesday – Beef tacos
Wednesday – Onion smothered pork chops with mashed potatoes and broccoli
Thursday – White chicken chili
Friday – Homemade pizzas, mine will be this BBQ chicken one
What are you cooking this week?
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