Oh my gosh, my brain has had enough of this food/diet/macro/calorie/carb/points/container counting business!
So last week I did the Nutrisystem thing. It worked pretty well because I didn’t have to think. Portions are kind of small but I found that didn’t really bother me by the end of the week. But it is pretty pricey, especially when you are feeding a family.
My never ending quest has been to just eat like a normal person. Which, to me, means to not stress about it, not have to really think about it, eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re satisfied and be able to have regular family dinners, dinners with friends, etc. without the “ohmygod, my diet!” Anxiety!
I’ve done the low carb/high fat eating. Love it and hate it. I love the results, I love butter, I love cream in my coffee, but it is probably the least sustainable because I, and the rest of the world, also love carbs. I’ve done Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, 21 Day Fix, Slim Fast/Shakes, etc. Pretty much, if you can name a diet plan, I’ve tried it or some derivative of it.
Then IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) comes along and catches my attention because a friend of mine competed in a bikini competition and she looks amazing! I asked her what she did and she said IIFYM/Flexible dieting. Of course, I scoured the internet. I bought a few kindle books. Problem is that when I calculate my macros, I come up with results ranging from 1550 calories per day to almost 2000 calories per day with carb and fat percentages ranging from 21% to 40% of daily calories. The protein recommendations stay the same. After doing some fiddling on myfitnesspal to figure out what a typical day may look so that I can do some meal planning, I made the determination that the 21 day fix/Portionology/container counting is pretty damn spot on with my macros. The difference being that flip flop between fat and carbs.
Seriously, the difference amounts to about a tablespoon of butter and/or an extra banana per day. Pick the higher fat option and you can have the butter but not the banana – pick the higher carb option and forget the butter but eat that extra piece of fruit. (both options include fruit…higher carb option I budgeted for 3 fruit – lower carb 1 ½ fruit)
See why I’ve been buying Lean Cuisine for a 2 weeks? My head hurts!
Ok, whatever, sorted!
So! My birthday is 2 weeks from today. I always have these goals that I never follow through with about what I want to accomplish by X date, and my birthday and New Year always trigger the creation of these resolutions. This is probably another one of those. NO…let’s be positive.
Fit by 50! I have 3 years and 2 weeks.
Chosen way of eating – IIFYM/Flexible dieting.
Chosen exercise method(s) –PiYo, Callanetics, Barre, Yoga and Walking. Low or No Impact! Protect those joints.