4.22.2015

The Hard Part.


Sorry for the lack of posting yesterday, I have a pretty big project going on behind the scenes and things are getting a little hectic, only I would think it was a good idea to add more work into my life, but I'm following my heart and hoping it's all gonna work out. Hopefully I can share very soon! 

 
I still hit my macros like a good girl, I've been on the back of the struggle bus lately, well from my viewpoint anyways. This month has been a freaking roller coaster for me, I got my cycle twice this month, that's always super fun. I'm so glad I'm done having babies, my body is up to it's old tricks and I spent way too many years trying to get it knocked up and being hyper aware of every little thing, now I just roll my eyes and move on. Downside to getting it twice is that those super hangry days I get for 4 days before hand have been doubled - I'm over it. 



 Looking back over my last month, my calories are fine {the higher days are run days that I add in some carbs depending on how long my run was} but I've been pissed about it. This is what I keep repeating to myself - it's OK to be hungry, you WILL be hungry, you are NOT dying. I have a hard time letting myself be hungry, but this goes back to not rewarding my workouts with food. 

Food is the hard part of losing weight, if it was easy everyone would be their ideal weight. Over the years as I've lost weight so many things have changed for me, I didn't know jack squat about food. 

I thought I was eating healthy if I made it at home, it had to be better than eating out, right? 

Then I lived off Smart One's and 100 Calorie treats, then I turned to clean eating and cardio like whoa. 

I've done Weight Watcher and Jenny Craig too, but never have I ever felt satisfied with my food programs, it felt like punishment most days, something I had to suffer through to get the results I wanted.


Now I meal prep and track my food every single day all while NEVER feeling like I need to go run off a meal. That's very freeing to me, it took a lot of mental work to get over the love of cardio because while sweating like a beast makes my brain and heart happy it should never be used as a form of punishment for eating something. I eat a lot of the same foods during the week, someone asked if I found that boring and actually I never do! I switch breakfast and lunches up every two weeks to avoid that, but having most of my meals ready to go without having to sit around planning what to eat every hour of the day is freaking amazing. That's how I stay so consistent, I make it easy to be that way by preplanning. Something else I've noticed with macro counting is that my weight very very rarely will fluctuate, I don't have days where I step on the scale and gained 3 pounds, even while getting my period, at most it fluctuates half a pound - just a weird observation ;)

 
 My breakfast, lunch, and dinner is already in MFP for the week so all I have to do is fit in my snacks and that's where I get my variations from and can pick whatever sounds good to me that day. In the past it's usually been dinner that was hard for me, Oliver and I had a routine and I felt like I had to make him this nice home cooked meal. I've since gotten over that, mostly due to having a baby and my nightly priorities changing, now he knows it's chicken and veggies in some variation, nothing fancy. He's fine with it and it's made life much easier for me. Sometimes simply changing your routine is rough!! 


I've recently lowered my macros a tad, but damn I was fighting it, scared to be hungry. I finally bit the bullet this week and it's been totally fine, I've felt great and been hitting my numbers. I'm going to give them about 3 weeks and if I don't feel like I'm progressing I will give my body a break from cutting and go to maintenance for a week or two. My coach Paige will be there to keep me from going too nuts. I think I'll need a little cutting break before I dive into any lower calories, you have to be motivated first.


Those stubborn last pounds, the vanity pounds, will require some patience and hard work. I got both. I keep losing weight in my boobs - happy to report I'm solidly in a single letter cup. I'd now like to request the rest come off my booty, k universe, you got me?


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28 comments :

  1. Love reading your blog! Thank you for being so transparent and telling the truth. I'm wondering if you have an example of your weekly shipping list? I'm at the point (after having my 4th child in 6 years!) that I need to get the weight off but have trouble with meal prep. Thanks again Meg!

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  2. You inspire me everyday! Every time I read your post I'm like how does she do it! My kids are 12 and 8 and it's everything I can to get to dance/gym three days a week and you crank it out 4:30am! You're my hero and you look absolutely amazing!!!

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  3. SkinnyMeg, you look amazing. Really. You inspire me, and in fact got me to try IIFYM last year. Doing that tuned me into macros, and from that point I have gone on to learn a TON about nutrition. So, thank you for getting me started! And... that said, I now do LCHF, which means that I basically flip your carb and fat macros (low-carb, high-fat). If I ate 175 g carbs/day, I'd be hungry all the time, too, like crazy-making hungry - as you mention you are. Just throwing the LCHF idea out there, not sure if you've ever tried it, and of course, it's not for everyone - I'm older than you (45), which means more years of metabolic damage, so I may need a more extreme remedy than you do. But, that said, there's lots of younger women in my LCHF groups on FB, too, and LCHF seems to work really well for them. I know you have a macro coach, and I do NOT mean to step on her (or your) toes. Just trying to repay you a teeny tiny bit for giving me the macros idea, with this idea in return.
    Again, though, you look amazing and are really an inspiration, and you have helped me learn a LOT. Thanks and take care!
    Wendy @ fitteratfortyish.wordpress.com

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    1. I'm always game for trying new things, so thank you for sharing Wendy! I'm going to look into it!

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    2. I think I could totally handle less carbs if it meant more fat!

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  4. WOW, you look fantastic!!!!! Congrats woman!

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  5. Those abs though!! You are looking freaking fabulous, keep up the hard work lady! It is paying off big time!

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  6. Whoa - your abs look incredible. You look amazing! I admire your daily commitment. You're a big inspiration for me :) Once I pop (wishful thinking right?) my baby out, I hope to stick to strength training and some sort of meal plan like you.

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  7. You look so freaking good. Proof that consistency and hard work will get you where you need to be. If only I could stop giving in to my cravings!! Thank you for documenting your journey.

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  8. Well, hello abs!!! You look amazing. Love, love reading your blog!!!

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  9. Abs! You look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your journey and daily life with us. You are so 'real' that it's easy to relate to you. I've followed you forever and have never got tired of reading your blog. Always interested in where your journey will take you next :)

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  10. I am so jealous! I want to be in a single letter cup size! :) You rock girl. xoxo

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  11. Your honesty in posting photos of yourself is amazing. It's refreshing to see a blog with a photo that looks similar to my body, stretch marks and sagging skin. You are beautiful and you make me feel beautiful too!!

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  12. Thank you for posting your journey.

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  13. On a different topic: I bought Arctic Zero! I loved it...only problem I ate the whole damn thing without even noticing - really. Next time I will scoop some out with the cookie butter instead. But it's legit delish!

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  14. I totally agree! Food is the hardest part. You are rockin it and continue to inspire people everyday. Go Meg!

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  15. Anxious to hear what your new adventure is and you look so so amazing!

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  16. You are such an inspiration!! Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. Makes me think it's possible to do. The hard work is totally paying off, you look amazing!! ~Bobbie

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  17. Dem abs girl!!! I just have to say how refreshing and motivational you are. You shine while still remaining real and relate-a-ble. I have only been reading for the past week or so but I have totally binged on your words and found the motivation I had been missing. <3

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  18. Look at your amazing abs! Wow!

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  19. You do look incredible, however I marvel more at your commitment, I always seem to lose steam. Thanks for helping motivate!

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  20. That hard work is certainly paying off! Keep on keepin' on!!

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  21. You look so great, girl! And you've got some abs, lady! I'm the same way as you. I'm scared to let myself get hungry. Luckily, I have enough weight to lose right now that I don't have to worry about that as long as I eat filling meals but definitely something I will have to think about when I get down to those last ten pounds. Keep up the hard work!

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  22. Totally catching up on blog reading today. It's so awesome to see your progress after a baby. I'm due next month and have been working out the entire pregnancy, down to mainly walking and barre/pilates workouts now, but you're so encouraging. And I added a side project to my life too at 8 months pregnant and while the timing may not be the best, I feel like it will be worth it. Definitely puts me in the direction of helping people and not the 9-5 grind. Long time reader here, you look amazing, probably the most awesome and fit since I started following your blog 2 years ago!

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