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UGH!! Seriously, leg day again???

Why is it that leg day seems soooo awful….. It truly has gotten the best of me, I find I will work out hard and all out all week and then leg day comes and its like ooooo….man, am I soooooore from yesterdays workout…..guess today would be a GREAT day to take a rest….when in reality the only thing really sore is the eyelash in my eye from sleeping on my face (what’s with eyelashes getting sore anyways, sucha pain) anyways I have yet to pin point why leg day is such a dread I mean obviously its a huge muscle group so your heart rate really climbs when doin those squats but I read other sites that talk about dreaded leg day and there’s those funny pictures of zebra’s getting all wobbly legged with the caption “leg day” (ohh so clever, I love zebras so that one really resonates with me) or bodybuilders with crazy toothpick legs; I knew someone that had that situation and its honestly unnatural like how can you only work out your upper body seems very unsymmetrical but its obvious that its a common disdain among those journeying to become fit and those that are already awesomely fit.
So I am just ranting at how much I hate legs, but I know better because the more I hate it the more I don’t do it. DO I have to LEARN to love it…probably or at least on leg day be better prepared maybe pump up that play list of your ultimate fav tunes…even if they don’t exactly sync with your workout counts, or have a small reward like treating yourself to your fav tea at your local café/coffee place; something that will get you excited to know that if you complete this you get that and eventually your subconscious will link good things with leg day; lets hope anyways because legs are what I need to work on the most (got caught in that catch 22, I need it the most because its something I hate working on, because  I hate working on it I need it the most)
On a side note, when it comes to rewards really try to not make it food related…I know its hard you’re talking to the woman who at one point would reward herself for cleaning the house….. really?!? like having a sanitary environment for you and your family to frolic around in isn’t reward enough? Apparently not, I found myself saying if you get this house clean you can have nachos from taco bell, the small one though…. I was “watching my weight”, oh my… isn’t that sick? I am embarrassed to even put that out there but its true I did it all the time….. I could do a load of laundry and daydream of cinnamon twists dancing in my head as soon as those babies hit that dryer.
So do some soul searching and find something that will make leg day seem much more welcoming into your weekly workout routine!
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What’s the point?

Okay, this is honestly the hardest thing ever to do…. write about my opinions and feelings and thoughts…ugh sometimes I would find it hard to even write it down in my own private journal or worse…. think it.. and now when I say the hardest thing I mean really being honest with myself that this is what I want to do, share my thoughts, my journey, my struggles, my successes and put it out there so that I can help even just 1 person to make that change or shift their thinking or maybe just put a smile on someones face.
So whats the point to this blog?  To taking a journey to become fitter and healthier? To share this journey?
It’s a questions I ponder on the daily, today I would say that its to inspire, its to share my opinions with those who want it, share my experiences, my experiments, and some of my straight from experience knowledge I have gained.
This is very new to me, very raw, and very much a work in progress, and when I first let myself think about blogging and writing and being a fitspirational woman it was at a class I took at Creative Live (a plug as creative live is the awesomeness) this class was by the most amazeballs person I have come to meet, Michelle Ward, she is a Creative Career Coach and a damn good one so look her up, especially if you’re feeling like there is more to a career then your day job… I learned that I am a creative person, that I have big likes, and most importantly that I could do WHATEVER I wanted…..and sure this is something you hear as a kid, or maybe atleast you heard it in movies or read about people who get told this if you weren’t one but nonetheless its something we hear as a kid and then we get slapped with the reality of adult life and it makes you its bitch.
Sooooo that’s what Michelle taught me through her class was that I was letting life live me…. stuck in an unfulfilling place in my life and not succeeding financially or passionately….. she has some awesome resources and ideas on her site, by the way, that will help you make some life shifting changes in your career…. for me I went from real estate (which is a great career, but it wasn’t truly fulfilling for me) to……..well….. that is still in the works……but this blog is the tip of the iceberg…..taking a passion of being fit, and sharing that journey with others is truly an inspiring start…..so as I search for how I make my career from here, I will continue my focus of sharing my successes, failures, knowledge and opinions on everything fitness and hope that I can entertain and inspire others to make that fit lifestyle change or even take their already made change and take it to the next level.

Down with the Macros- Why macronutrients are important

Okay so really what is a macronutrient, well its the opposite of a micronutrient…..Duh! UUmmm well not really, so macronutrients are, our main nutrients, Carbs, Fats and Proteins. So when someone says, ” I keep track of my macros”, they are referring to those three nutrients.

Micronutrients, btw, because I can tell you are excited to know, are the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Cool, huh? so you gots your macros and your micros.

But why does this matter you ask? Oh so glad you asked, it matters because carbs fats and proteins are the main sources of calories our bodies need to run efficiently, and because our bodies are so damn smart, it knows the balance it needs to run at optimum speed, we are talkin’ level 10 awesomeness. Now the key part here is that since our bodies understand what it needs to run, when it doesn’t get that balance it runs off kilter, its like putting oil in your gas tank of your car, no Bueno, you ain’t goin no where! Not that I would know from experience (wink wink) Noooo I didn’t put oil in my gas tank, that’s just dumb. However I am super guilty of putting bad foods in my body and definitely unbalanced foods for sure….. but I am learning, learning that when you keep track of those lovely little macros you get lovely results. Its cool to see the way your body actually can be when you start treating it right and feeding it right.

Aaaand to give you a little more help in understanding why keeping track of your macros is cool, I provided below how many calories 1 gram of each has…… uuuhhhh how many calories of what which huh…..

oooohhh cmon scroll down you will see below 🙂 :

1 gram of protein = 4 Calories

1 gram of fat= 9 Calories

1 gram of Carbs = 4 Calories

 

Soooo when you see on a nutrition label that a food has 20 grams of protein, 1 gram of fat, and 4 carbs you can see that food will approximately contain 105 Calories (20g protein x 4 calories per gram+ 1g fat x 9 calories per gram + 4g carbs x 4 calories per gram= 105. I say approximately though because some foods on the label may not account for insoluble fiber and the manufacturer did not account for this etc, there is a lot of things that unfortunately the food manufacturers do not “factor in” when they are putting stuff on their label but that’s a whole other conversation for another time, for now just know that you for every gram of one of the these macros you take in a certain number of calories.

So you realize what this means don’t you……….it means…….. that……. if you know approximately how many grams of each macro you need you will know that not only are you eating a well balanced diet to achieve your goals for your body buuuut that you are at the same time taking in the appropriate number of calories. Isn’t that exciting!!!

Now keep in mind no system is fool proof so just because your keep your macros balanced doesn’t always mean your calories will be perfect and vice versa, you need to be able  to hit your goals within a 50 calories, and again this is simply 1 of the many methods to keep track of your diet and its the one that I use and love and works for me, you gotta do what works for you. Also keep in mind that its not a perfect world so your macros may not always be balanced and know that and be okay with it. Go with the never fail 80/20 rule.

So now hopefully I have made it a little easier to understand what macros are  and if you have any questions or would like further info please please reach out to me, good or bad, I like to hear what I was able to help with(doesn’t everyone love to hear how awesome they are!) and I also need to know what maybe made it confusing because I am putting this out there to help and if it doesn’t well then I didn’t do a good job and I would like the chance to correct it. So reach out to me!

Stay tuned, next I will be showing you how to actually calculate your Macros so you know exactly what you need to take in and keep track! I will also recommend some apps that I use that work really well!