Memories Over Macros

May 12, 2015

Ya’ll know I’m a huge advocate of counting macros. It’s a wonderful tool for determining your maintenance calories, to see how much you are eating and where you need to adjust to reach your goals, for allowing flexibility on contest prep, to give you a better idea of portion sizes, and to allow more flexibility in your diet and your life.

Counting macros has been my life savor. It got me out of the super restrictive phase of my eating habits and allowed me to incorporate ALL different types of foods. I am so much more flexible than I ever have been, and I am so thankful for flexible dieting.

However, when I’m not on competition prep, my goal is to transition into “intuitive eating”. Now, I think this phrase has blown up lately, but in all honesty it should just be called EATING. Before macros, diets, and all of those things, we just ate food. And technically intuitive eating is just eating if you don’t put too much thought into it.

So while I am reverse dieting right now and continuing to count macros until I get my calories a bit higher, I am probably going to start incorporating non-tracked days. Tracking macros never gives me anxiety, but intuitive eating doesn’t really either. I have also been counting for so long that I KNOW how I need to eat. I tend to have trouble with eating enough when I don’t track, so it’s just a matter of getting used to it all. After counting for so long, you just need to get used to eating without planning and weighing everything out.

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Yesterday was my mom’s graduation and we were planning on going out for dinner and drinks afterwards so I decided to just not track the whole day. A lot of great food was consumed, as well as drinks and I did not feel guilty AT ALL. In fact, I loved it. I loved focusing on spending time with my family, friends, and celebrating my mom’s graduation. I loved not worrying about putting all the food into my fitness pal. I loved trying a new cute restaurant downtown. I loved having fun and enjoying the day and night.

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So proud of her! She made a career change and went back to school even at this point in her life.

After graduation, we hit up Avocado Grill which was downtown.

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We started with some raw oysters because they were only $1! It was my first time trying them, and they were good but didn’t taste like much, ha.

 

 

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Then we got some chips and guac. YESSSS.

 

 

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That. Guacamole. Though.

 

 

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And obviously this was a celebration, so drinks were consumed. Maybe a little bit too much, but that’s the fun of it all. I almost never drink, but when I do, it’s usually red wine.

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I rolled with some sort of chicken dish with a parmesan side salad. It was amazing and I cleared the plate.

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My bro got the burger, of course!

Delicious food, tasty drinks, amazing people, and so many laughs. You’ll look back and remember these types of days/nights rather than the ones that you didn’t want to eat out because it didn’t fit your macros.

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Life is ALL about balance 🙂

18 Comments
    1. LOVE this post and your take on tracking!! You’re so darn right. I want to incorporated nontrack days too, just to stay healthy mentally…because I tend to get a little obsessed with tracking. I’m not in competition prep whatsoever so I don’t need to be that exact anyway. But I have in my mind that if I track, I’d rather do it properly! However, on celebrations I am not strict and (try to) enjoy everything, appreciate the people and the moment. Sometimes it’s still a bit of a struggle but who’s perfect anyway. I’m curious how your transition to intuitive eating is going to go!

      1. thanks so much!! Will definitely be documenting it 🙂

    1. Beautifully said, my dear. I’m transition to flexible dieting and really hope I can do a balance of intuitive eating once I feel I have reached my goal and can maintain it. Numbers can sometimes get obsessive for me, so my hope is by transition to FD, I’ll have the initial adjustment/transition/tracking period and will hopefully just be able to ‘eat’!

      1. Same here girl. I’m with ya! Feel free to reach out if you ever need anything or support, I’m here for ya! <3

    1. First of all, you look absolutely STUNNING. Seriously. I think this may be the most gorgeous you’ve ever looked (and you’ve always been gorgeous, of course!). Second, YAY! Love this and your video was hilarious. I was cracking up over your mom being drunk…hahaha

      And third, the last sentence of this post is everything. 🙂

      xo
      PS: YOU’RE MOVING TO LA?! I just realized that I never responded to your snap! Text me, text me!

      1. Love you so much!! Texting you nooowwww!!! 😀

    1. This really shows how what works for one person really doesn’t work for all and that we all can have different approaches to health. I love seeing someone who counts macros (usually) and can still have a normal and healthy lifestyle – aka you don’t freak out when you don’t track them and still have fun. I know for me, counting macros would turn into too obsessive and white or black, so I don’t go down that road. And for you, it’s what makes you LESS restrictive, so it works for you. I’ve said it once but I’ll say it again, you’re an awesome role model for girls who do count macros since you have such a healthy mindset around it.

      1. Exactly! So, so true. Thank you so much. You are amazing <3

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    1. i’m not in prep, just a regular chick but i like to do things fully, 100% (eg. hitting macros o point although in not in prep etc)
      im reverse dieting. i started about a month and a half ago. im moving states, so a 7 day road trip, alot of the time there wont be phone reception (no myfitness pal 🙁 ) i REALLY want to continue my r/diet but know how tricky it will be.

      and tips on iifym and roadtrips?

      1. im worried ill either 1) go wayy over food intake because long hrs in a car make me just want ot eat!! or ill go under in things. and when i go back to my reverse i dont want my macros to be soo different (from my 7 days mostly untracked) and i just gain a bunch of weight or something. i wont know what my macros for the 7 days will be b/c i wont be able to track them.

      1. I prefer to just eat intuitively when I’m traveling. It’s very hard to track and hit your macros, especially reverse dieting. Just make smart choices but enjoy yourself 🙂

    1. Congrats to your mum! 🙂

      That Avocado Grill place looks awesome. You’re having such a great mindset regarding food and tracking. You go girl!

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