IIFYM "If It Fit Your Macros"

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Full Day Of Eating 13

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wp-1460465175791.jpgI always have a QuestBar handy for when I’m out and I’m hangry, iced coffee & a QuestBar really hit the spot.

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Grilled chicken and salad

Weigh In

I lost 1 pound

I was thrilled to see the scale move down in the right direction Woohoo!!!

 

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

Another her favorite is egg whites with 1 slice of multi grain pita & 1 TB light cream cheese.image

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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Mother’s Day Challenge

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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

Full Day Of Eating 12

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Hi everyone,
Hope you’re all doing well.  I went to work today and I thought I’d show you what I brought with me.    Yesterday I bought some new thermos containers that are stack-able and I also bought collapsible cutlery…LOL  They were too cute and I got them in my favorite color…purple.

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I’m sick with a cold & dry cough, so for lunch I made lentil soup and I had some canned sliced peaches that are packed in water.

Dinner: Is grilled chicken, feta, cucumbers, olives, grape tomatoes, celery & for dressing I have just balsamic vinegar.

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What do you take for lunch ? & dinner?

Shrimp Tacos

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This was a first for me and it was a great refreshing meal and everyone said it was a keeper.
I had fresh corn tortillas, I made a avocado black bean salsa with a side veggie of roasted asparagus with parmesan.

Ingredients:
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 tomato, chopped

1/2 cup black beans, rinsed
1/2 cup corn
2 avocados, diced
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup cilantro, minced
1 jalapeño, seeded, diced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 pound shrimp, raw, shelled, deveined

Preparations:

For Salsa: Combine green onion, tomato, black beans, corn, lime juice, and cilantro, mix well and set aside.

Make the Shrimp: Heat grill to medium.
Meanwhile, mix the olive oil, chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin, and shrimp in a large bowl.
Stir until shrimp are evenly coated with seasoning.
Grease grill with a wad of paper towels dipped in vegetable oil or non-flammable cooking spray.
Place shrimp on grill and cook until just opaque, about 1-1/2 – 2 minutes per side.
Cover to keep shrimp warm.

Grill the tortillas until warm and slightly charred, about 20 seconds per side. (Or heat tortillas in microwave according to package instructions.)

Spoon avocado salsa generously over warm tortillas, then top with 3 shrimp. 
Serve tacos with lime wedges on the side.

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