How I Lost 92 Pounds In 1.5 Years With Macrostax
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
When I first decided to start making healthy choices, I didn’t have this big “aha” moment like a lot of people do. It was a Tuesday afternoon, I was at work and I remember seeing an ad for WW on my phone. I immediately joined, then text my husband and told him to get ready (HA!). I was at a point in my life that it felt like I was just going through the motions and I felt ready to take control.
The first few weeks were eye-opening. I had business travel the very next week after I started and I remember being so proud of myself and desperately tried to eat within my program. I also told E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E. It was like an insurance policy for me — the more people that know, the more likely I won’t quit. I had accountability. That ended up being a key to my success in the early days. My meal planning and food, in general, was my favorite topic of conversation.
What was your workout routine? Can you give us what a typical week looked like for you working out?
I started CrossFit 1.5 years ago. I had a virtual personal trainer and did a typical WOD + strength cycle 4 days a week in my office gym. It was a fantastic concept — my trainer would text me the workout earlier in the day then I would FaceTime my trainer at our predetermined time and she would coach me virtually through my workout. Then, 6 months later I joined a local CrossFit gym and started attending 5 days a week.
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My routine is CrossFit every weekday at 5 am then a few times a week I will ride my Peloton bike. It helps with recovery on heavy days and obviously is awesome for my active recovery/cardio day. On my weekend, I will walk my dogs 4 miles when the weather is nice and my schedule allows (Read: two small kids in a lot of sports).
Fitness was hard for me to start. I was nervous. I was an athlete through high school and it felt scary to get started… but once I did, I fell in love and never want to stop. I am now pregnant with my third child and fitness is going to be a staple of my pregnancy and postpartum recovery.
What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?
In May 2020, I switched to counting macros. I found that on the WW program, I limited my caloric intake too much and found myself cheating way more often than what a healthy balance included. I follow the Macrostax program, which focuses on fueling your body. I’m an avid meal planner and prep my breakfasts and lunches every weekend. I typically eat the same thing for those two meals then vary dinners as I cook for my family. I plan my meals around dinner, meaning I will adjust my breakfast and lunches to allow for pizza, pasta, etc for dinner. I don’t want to cook two meals every night – one for my family and one for me.
Breakfasts are usually protein oats, savory oats, or prepped breakfast sandwiches. DIY McGriddles are one of my favs! Lunches are usually meals that don’t require heating. I work a very busy job and don’t have time to heat things between meetings… so I gravitate towards big salads, wraps, pitas, DIY Lunchables, or similar. I switch meals every week so I don’t get bored and love finding new foods to try.
I don’t take any supplements, but do ensure I get a multi-vitamin and focus heavily on protein. I typically drink one protein shake in the morning and may have a second in the afternoon, depending on how much protein I get in my meals.
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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?
Grace. I gave myself a lot of grace. There was no “falling off the wagon” because there is no wagon – it’s my life. I went on this journey knowing I would have days that would be off course.
I woke up the next day and started again. Being realistic in my own expectations has been a huge reason I have never given up on myself. Of course some days I feel guilty when I overeat, but I still won’t punish myself – no juice cleanses or soup diets the next day. I just start again and keep moving forward.
When did you start to notice progress?
There have been so many moments on my journey where I was proud of my success – the first time I walked up the stairs and didn’t get out of breath, then being able to talk on the phone while walking upstairs without getting out of breath. About 6 months into the program, I remember thinking back to how uncomfortable I always was just sitting in my own skin. I felt tired and in pain.
Then my wedding ring got too big. I saw collarbones! My wide-width boots were too wide. It’s endless! My favorite one — after I started working out, I remember the first vein that popped out on my leg. That is such a funny thing to be proud of, but I thought OMG, my skin is close enough to my muscles!
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
Honestly, I’m not the best about tracking progress. I bought a scale that has an app, so I track my weight there, but I’m not great about taking photos or measurements. I used to be very driven and focused on the scale and it becomes an obsession. Now, I try to focus on how I’m feeling and how my clothes are fitting.
Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
Cutting off my eating at 7 pm has been great for me. I was getting into a habit of putting my kids to bed then getting dessert. I go to bed early to get to the gym by 5 am, so I was eating something sweet then going straight to bed. My body was not happy with me. Now, I stop all eating at 7 pm. It works well for me to have that hard stop!
Do you have any fitness books/podcasts/websites that you’d recommend and why?
I love being inspired by others. I follow tons of Instagram accounts – both macros-focused, fitness-focused, CrossFit specific, and even WW still. Fit Men Cook’s and DwardCook’s websites are two of my current favorites for healthy meals.
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
If you’re new, go with a friend or try new activities until you find one you love. And don’t stop exploring until you find it. Fitness should not be a chore – it should empower you, boost confidence and you should find a fitness home. I can’t imagine not seeing my 5 am crew every day – they pump me up, they cheer me on and they challenge me to be better.
Someone once told me to not worry about what I look like at the gym. Everyone fitter than you is proud of you and cheering you on. And they were 100% right. Get out of your head and do something to make yourself better! You will never regret it.
Where can we find more about you?
My Instagram is @kristina_gets_kristiny
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