September 27, 2019
Hello! It may be day 43, but today’s blog post is all about my NEW day 1 in Phase 2 of my 90 Day Journey.
Why the new day 1?
Well, my progress stalled and I wanted to find a way to push past that instead of giving up and getting frustrated. Over the past couple weeks, I struggled with stagnation. BUT, the struggle made me realize that I couldn’t keep doing the same things if I wanted different results. So, here’s how Phase 2 is going to be different!
MY PHASE 2 VOWS:
- I vow to make sleep is a priority. 7-8 hours of sleep every night, MINIMUM.
- I will track everything I put into my body via MyFitnessPal, focusing on macros and caloric intake.
- I vow to take MORE DANCE CLASSES!!!
I started getting more serious with my sleep a few days ago, and I actually haven’t taken a morning workout class at all this week. I made it a point to sleep in because I kept going to bed past 12AM. Already, I feel like my body is functioning better.
Okay, so this is crazy. Between yesterday and today, tracking my food has already helped! I didn’t snack at all. I put away the nuts that I probably ate 1000s of calories of per day, and made sure my meals were satiating enough.
Dance just make me so happy. Dance classes are for cardio, but more importantly – for PURE JOY! This 90 Day Journey is supposed to be about be getting in the best shape of my life physically and mentally – and let me tell you – dance is all mental wellness for me! I don’t know why I ever stopped!
Here’s me taking my 2nd dance class of the week! 😀
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First time taking Beginner Heels!!! 👠 Omg it was so much fun! Here’s the lil Beyoncé routine we learned tonight! I felt sexy, powerful, and soooooo soooooo happy after! It’s truly joy in movement. 🥰 I love that dancing loosens my body and relaxes my mind. Plus oddly enough, my Apple Watch told me I burned more calories than in a circuit training class! Crazy!! I want to keep going and I want to keep getting more comfortable with letting go. That will happen with time. I feel a bit stiff right now! The cool thing is, I know I’m not the best, but I also feel like I don’t have to be. I just have to have fun and if I can do that, then that means I’m being the best version of me – and that is all that actually matters. #blogilates
Now, let’s talk food.
My first day of tracking was tedious, but it wasn’t terrible at all. It made me conscious of when I was eating, why I was eating, and if I was actually hungry or just bored. I know that I am someone who loves tasting flavors, so it is no surprise to me that all those extra calories that I had been consuming came from me snacking on nuts for fun. The stagnation makes total sense.
Below you will find my meals along with macro breakdown and calories.
23% carbs, 77% fat, 0% protein
I had 1 scoop of BHBs + 1 scoop of MCT Oil Powder over a few water bottles.
23% carbs, 62% fat, 23% protein
This meal was so good and so filling! OMG. I had avocado with scrambled eggs, pico de gallo, chicken breakfast sausages, and mini bell peppers. Just look looking at it, I thought this meal would have hit the 5% carbs, 75% fat, and 20% protein distribution that Drew suggested. But – the fact that it doesn’t makes me think, maybe I don’t want to be hitting those numbers! To add more fat to this, I would have had to probably take out the bell peppers and the pico de gallo, and I’m not about the sacrifice my veggies.
0% carbs, 0% fat, 100% protein
Collagen matcha powder in water for my hair, nails, and skin! Happy to report that the hair keeps growing! Whoo!
4% carbs, 46% fat, 50% protein
Okay, tracking while at a restaurant was hard but I did my best!
Sam and I met up with a few of our friends for dinner at The Joint (the dry aged fish place). We started off with some sashimi. OMG so DELISH. I don’t remember the name of the white one, but the red one is tuna, the orange is salmon, and that pinky one is amberjack.
I made sure we ordered 2 dishes of the scallops in mushroom butter sauce. Literally one of the best scallops I have ever had!
Not a fan of shrimp so I only had one of these!
We ordered plenty of veggies for the table, including this roasted kale.
And these sautéed green beans.
We finished off the meal with 2 pieces of fish (salmon and cod) over roasted parm asparagus!
So, overall, yesterday’s macro breakdown looked like this: 51% fat, 41% protein, and 8% carbs. I don’t know if I want to do any more fat than 50% fat to be honest with you. The whole 90 day journey is about exploration, experimentation, and figuring out what works for me. I think super strict keto was a good starting point that gave me direction with eating – but eating bacon, eating cheese, taking oils, feeling thirsty all the time and having to eat more salt while trying to hit 75% fat is not something that I see myself doing long term.
I’m glad that after just 1 day of tracking, I am able to come to that conclusion! I think from here, I will in general do moderate fat and protein with low carbs. What percentages? Not sure yet. Will need to assess how I feel based on what I eat each day.
CALORIES IN vs CALORIES OUT
I put in my current weight, my goal weight, my goal date, my activity level (active), height, age, gender etc and MyFitnessPal suggested a caloric intake of 1310 calories if I don’t move at all. Now, keep in mind that based on how much I work out, I get to eat more than 1310 calories!
Yesterday, I ended up eating 1,806 calories in total and then dancing, so I almost broke even! (Went 96 cals “overboard”.) BTW I’ll still be tracking all my meals in the Fit Journal and then calculating calories later on in the app. I just know that by the time I open the app and type in every food I am ingesting along with quantities in the MyFitnessPal app, my food will have gotten cold! It is much faster to write it in the Fit Journal, and to deal with the details later.
I know it’s only been 1 day but the morning before I started tracking, I was 129.4 lbs yesterday and this morning, I weighed in at 128.8 lbs. Umm, that is a 0.6 lb loss. Now, who knows what that could REALLY be due to…but I was stagnating/gaining weight for 2 weeks straight. So, something tells me overeating was the problem.
Let’s see how I do tomorrow though before I jump to any conclusions!