IIFYM "If It Fit Your Macros"

IIFYM Week #3 Progress

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Starting Weight: April 12, 2016 179.0 ——  Current Weight: May 3, 2016 176.0

Hello beautiful people,

I’ve been doing IIFYM for the past 3 weeks and I’m loving it.
What’s IIFYM??? (“If It Fits Your Macros”) which simply means eating in a way to fulfill your macronutrient requirements that are calculated just for you.

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Macronutrients are protein, carbohydrates, and fats.  Every type of food is made up of these three macronutrients.  Below is a chart of how your body breaks down all food into these three macros. 
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To label food as “Clean” Or “Dirty” makes people fear food and as we all know a calorie is a calorie but what most people don’t know is that our body doesn’t distinguish whether the protein we just consumed came from a steak or from a cheeseburger.  Food is fuel for our body, we all need a certain amount of protein, carbs and fat in our daily food consumption.  Tracking your macronutrients (macros) for your own daily needs is IIFYM.    
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Now it may seem daunting at first but it does get easier, but put in the effort and you’ll be rewarded with results.  Also you’re worth the time so put yourself first.  I’m eating so much better and healthier.  I can really see myself doing this as a lifestyle and not a fad diet.  Once I get the hang of planning my meals ahead of time and meal prepping on the weekend then this will come so much easier.
Nothing in life comes easy so if you want it then it’s going to take some effort.
Keep your eyes on the prize.

Here’s just a few tips that can help you get started on IIFYM,

1. Plan your meals for the night before.

This might sounds obscured because you have much better things to do with your time than to think about what you’re having for lunch tomorrow.  Ok well look at it this way, if you had a $100 gift certificate to spend at your favorite clothing store, do you just pick up a pair of pants, a skirt and a blouse , walk up to the register with fingers crossed, hoping you didn’t spend more than $100?
What, no! Does that seem logical?  Of course not! You’re checking the price tag of each piece, and mentally adding everything up so that you can stay within your budget.

IIFYM is exactly the same scenario. Budgeting your macros so that at the end of the day, your check book balances. No only will you love to shop for new clothes but you’ll have better energy, better performance in the gym, and fat loss all over (abs, anyone?)

Meal planning the night before is easy to do.  For instance when you’re relaxing watching tv or laying in bed, open up your food tracking app and add food for tomorrow. Enter in everything you need for breakfast, pre-workout snack, post-workout snack, lunch, dinner, etc., adjusting as necessary, to hit your goals.
Tomorrow, if you need to adjust a little bit here and there, that’s ok. What you have set up is a beautiful plan, and now all you have to do is follow it 

2. Log it before you eat it.

If you can’t log your whole day in advance and follow your own journal, then at least follow one rule: log it before you eat it. I bet if you log it before you eat it, you will be very successful in hitting your macros!

Here’s just a few meals that I’ve been enjoying.
Breakfast is either protein oatmeal & raspberries

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Snacks: Greek yogurt with vanilla protein powder & cinnamon.
Or
Green apple and peanut butter
Or a banana with 10 raw almonds.

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Dinner: Grilled chicken, broccoli and salad 

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At the end of the night when I have a few macros leftover, well that’s where the interesting combinations are created. There’s been times where I had a bunch of calories & carbs and zero protein. So that’s where the famous pop tarts come in handy.. LOL

Happy Eating!

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Protein Oatmeal Recipe

 

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This  is one of my favorite breakfasts and I’m not usually a fan of oatmeal but this is delicious.  This recipe is from the new book by Chris & Heidi Powell called Extreme Transformation.

Raspberry Almond Oatmeal

Breakfast

⅓ cup rolled oats (½ cup for men)
½ cup water
2 teaspoons all-natural almond butter
1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk (2 tablespoons for men)
⅛ teaspoon pure almond extract (optional)
¼ cup vanilla protein powder (½ cup for men)
½ cup raspberries
1 teaspoon slivered almonds
Dash of cinnamon
Vanilla stevia drops for sweetness

Mix the oats and water together. Microwave 1–2 minutes.

Stir in almond butter, almond milk, and almond extract (if using). Stir in protein powder.
Top with raspberries, almonds, and cinnamon. Add stevia if needed for sweetness. Eat warm.

You can also make this the night before by mixing all the ingredients together and storing in the fridge overnight without cooking. Eat cold.

Women: 285 cals; 11g fat; 30g carb; 20g protein
Men: 405 cals; 14g fat; 41g carb; 35g protein

I usually omit the peanut butter, slivered almonds, cinnamon & stevia.  My calorie count for my edited recipe is 200 calories.  :-)

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Are you up for the challengeMother’s Day Challenge

Hello My Sweeties,

Mother’s Day is 48 days from today, so I thought it would be fun to start a challenge since I’ve been way out of wack these past few months.  This challenge isn’t just for Mothers, it’s for everyone who has a mother too…LOL  Why Mother’s Day you ask??   Why not? :-)  It’ll be a nice gift to myself for Mother’s Day if I can stick to it and give myself a nice weight loss by then.

The challenge for the next 48 days if you choose to accept it is to keep a food journal, weather it’s an online journal or good old pen & paper journal, that’s up to you.
For the next 48 days if you bite it ~you must write it :-)

Challenge starts today and runs until Mother’s Day Sunday May 8, 2016.

Please feel free to comment below:-)

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Cinnamon French Toast

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Good Morning Everyone,

Here’s my breakfast from the new book Extreme Transformation by Chris & Heidi Powell.  It was delicious.

Cinnamon French Toast 

            Breakfast

1 whole egg (2 eggs for men)
1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
Dash of cinnamon
2 slices low-sodium Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bread
¼ cup low-fat cottage cheese (½ cup for men) (low sodium)
Vanilla stevia drops for sweetness
¼ cup berries
2 tablespoons sugar-free syrup
Spray a pan or skillet with cooking spray and place on medium heat.

Beat the egg, almond milk, and cinnamon together in a shallow dish.
Dip both slices of the bread into the mixture, coating both sides.
Place on the skillet and cook until the bread is brown on both sides.
Mix together the cottage cheese and stevia drops.
Top French toast with sweetened cottage cheese, berries, and syrup. Enjoy!

Women: 295 cals; 6g fat; 39g carb; 21g protein
Men: 400 cals; 11g fat; 42g carb; 33g protein

Carb Cycling 2016 💜😊

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Hello all,

Sorry I’ve been away from my blog but life as I know it has taken over all of my time, but luckily with the holiday break here I’ve found some free time in between all the hub bub of entertaining weekend guest, kids parties, shopping etc oh ya & over eating I’ve been wanting to write in my blog to tell you what I’m really excited about.  My newest experiment will be carb cycling…What? Wait? You’ve done this already, yes you’re right I’ve tried it before for a week or so but this time around I really feel that this is it for me and no I’m not saying this just because it January 2016 and it’s resolution time. I’m saying this because I truly believe that this will be my lifestyle and not a diet.  I like the fact that no food is off limit, it just matters how you combine your food.  Before I explain here’s just a little recap, I’ve been a stay at home mom for the past 15 years and now with my kids both starting high school I got a job working in retail.  Wow what an adjustment for myself and my whole family. Juggling family, work and trying to get in some time at the gym and eating healthy has become a challenge.  I’m trying to find a meal plan that’ll suit my needs, I don’t have celiac disease but I’ve noticed over the years that I can’t tolerate wheat, so that’s why carb cycling just seems to fit the bill.  santa listFor Christmas I asked Santa for a book, and he pre-ordered it as it was going to be released on Dec 22, 2015.  The book is called Extreme Transformation by Chris & Heidi Powell, I just love the show extreme weight loss and now I can see how they really do it, basically with a step by step manual.  Well Santa came through and my book arrived and I haven’t been able to put it down.extreme transformation coverLet me start of by saying that Carb Cycling is not a fad diet but rather it’s a well known and effective technique used by professional athletes and body builders.

Carb cycling is simply alternating high carb days with low carb days. I highly recommend getting Chris & Heidi’s new book because it’s explained so much better than I can do it justice.  But I’ll do my best to put it out there for you.Motivate Make today count
Everyday: on either High Carb and Low Carb days

Eat breakfast, 30 minutes after waking up (it gets your metabolism going)
5 meals every 3 hours (keeps your metabolism fire burning )
5 x a week 20 min Metabolic Missions (exercise routines)
6 x a week Weight Loss Accelerator (cardio)
Drink plenty of water
(Water energizes your muscles, which means your workouts will go better, your body will get stronger, and you’ll be able to burn more calories. Drink water before, during, and after exercise. You need to replace all that water you’re sweating away while your well-hydrated muscles are burning all those calories)
staytunedStay tuned as I plan on posting recipes, grocery lists, approved foods list, exercises and much more.

 

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year 2016!
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Stay with me as I have new posts coming soon 🤓😊😘

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