How This Mom Lost 80 Pounds In 2 Years Tracking Macros
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
I had tried many times before to lose weight but had obviously been unsuccessful. The turning point for me was one day I was playing with my daughter who was 4 or 5 at the time, and the look of disappointment on her face when I couldn’t keep up with her and needed to stop.
The look on her face was burned into my memory and was what I referenced every time I didn’t want to follow my meal plan or go to the gym.
What was your workout routine? Can you give us what a typical week looked like for you working out?
At the beginning of my journey, I got set up with another mom who was interested in partner training. The funny story is that I knew her from high school. She and I began working out together with our trainer and it made a world of difference because it held me accountable for showing up and pushed me to do the work right beside her.
Our workouts were a push/pull/full body split created by our trainer. So HIIT was put into the mix and we would do some sort of cardio at the end. Either steady-state or HIIT. We typically did 3 times a week with the trainer and then met up to workout together 1-2 other days during the week. And we would typically take a class that our gym offered, yoga, cycle, etc. Our sessions from start to finish were 1.5-2 hours with warm-ups included. Eventually, once we got comfortable structuring a workout, we ended up no longer using the trainer and carried on just the two of us!
I think that having someone do it with me was a HUGE factor for me and being successful. I would always talk myself out of going but to have someone hold me accountable for showing up made it impossible to throw in the towel. Also, it made it lots of fun. On top of getting in a good workout, we also just enjoyed hanging out with each other.
What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?
My first coach approached it as a whole foods way of eating. Certain measurements are written for each food but I only had those to choose from in making my meals. My second coach taught me how to track macros and this was a GAME CHANGER! It allowed me to really see what I was eating and gave me the freedom to build my own meal plan. If I was craving something I could make it fit without feeling guilty or blowing my nutrition out of the water by going over my goals for the day.
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I tried to really balance my eating mainly using the 80/20 rule. I was 80% whole foods. Lean meats, healthy carbs, and fresh fruits and veggies. But I also allowed some of my favorite things that were processed and may be considered a “treat”, like Ice Cream. But over restricting myself always led to my binge eating and then feeling guilty. Then I’d binge again. The cycle was hard to break sometimes. But this is why I love tracking macros because nothing is ever off limits and life happens. I want to be able to enjoy it rather than restricting things. Like making cookies with my kids. The only supplements that I took were pre-workout, multivitamin, and protein powder.
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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?
So personally, I think that motivation is crap. We all wait or wish for the motivation to do something and we end up spending more time wishing than it would be to just do it. I wasn’t always motivated. There have been days when I was up all night with a sick kid and didn’t want to get my workout in or eat the prepped meal I had in the fridge.
But when there’s no motivation, that’s when dedication kicks in. This was why having a partner was so vital because she gave me a kick in the ass when I needed it. Taking pictures along my journey really helped keep things going because then I could see the changes I was making and that made me even more dedicated to continuing!
So my advice would be to stop waiting for the “motivation” to do something because it will never come. Decide you’re going to be dedicated no matter what, to reaching your goals and not giving in to excuses!
When did you start to notice progress?
So my initial weight loss was a big jump, as is most people’s initial progress. When you start moving your body and being mindful of what you’re eating your body responds. But if you continue that, your body adapts over time.
So then progress started slowing down. I hit roadblocks in the form of plateaus for weeks sometimes. But being consistent and listening to my body got me through them. As well as a kick-ass support system in my gym family.
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
For scales, I had a regular bathroom scale and also used the one at the gym. I tracked my weight and measurements in the notebook I wrote my workouts in. I still have the paper from my very first weigh-in and measurements before I started!
It’s really crazy to look back at those numbers. For my food, I weighed my food with the Perfect Portions scale that I got at Bed Bath and Beyond. This is my absolute FAVORITE scale. It had a codebook and a built-in nutrition label calculator. I recommend this scale to all of my clients!
And to meal plan, I tracked my meals in the MyMacros+ app. The free version.
Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
The thing that helped me succeed was to always prepare. There’s that saying “Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail”. This statement couldn’t be more true for me. Every Saturday I would sit down and plan my meals and workouts for the week. Sunday I would shop and meal prep so that Monday I was ready to go! This gave me ZERO excuses for not staying on track.
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
JUST GET STARTED! Find a workout that you enjoy and can be consistent with. I think that’s something that people overthink. That there’s a “right” workout that will help them reach their goals. Different types of training are beneficial for different things but just getting your body moving is key.
So if you like yoga, do yoga. If you thrive in a group class, do it. If you enjoy lifting weights, get your hands on some iron. There is no wrong way!
Where can we find more about you?
You can find me on Instagram, @one.fitermined.mama
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