myfiftyplusjourney

Can you believe Mark didn’t even know what the “freshman 15” was? He had never hear that expression before. Is it a just a girl thing? Or does he just not pay attention to slang?

Anyone else spend the first month of this quarantine not worrying about calories or fat or eating treats? I think we’ve gone through 3 packages of Oreos, had oil popped popcorn overnight but about 5, eaten more ‘real’ pasta than we have in 3 years and snacked as though we were 6 year old soccer players. It’s the mentality that “I may get ‘it’ and do I really want to deprive myself if this is my last meal….. well it’s time for that to end or the results will be like that barbie meme that’s going around… You can ask me if you don’t know what I mean, I just don’t want to publish it. Either because it’s rude, or it’s true… not sure which.

I do put on jean 3 or 4 days a week to make sure all is still fitting, but I can tell by how I feel that all of that is catching up. So it’s back to tracking macros. This is a fairly new concept for me, I started after Christmas, after seeing a friend post often about it on Instagram. So I did some FBI level research and decided this was the way I wanted to go. I do love the Whole30 program, and try to refrain from eating some of the things on their ‘don’t eat’ list. My body and my brain feel the best when I am off of sugar and simple carbs (bread, candy, pasta) and there are so many alternatives now that it’s really east to make the same recipe but with just a few substitutions….. except for sugar… But I didn’t want the restrictions of a full on Whole30 diet, so I tried this.

I use a free app “My Fitness Pal” from Underarmor (not sponsored here) and basically just track everything I eat. There are no restrictions, but it balances the protein, fat and carbs. Because I know that my blood sugar stabilizes best with more protein, I change my percentages just a little with a little more protein and a little less carbs. It not only gives me all that data, but it gives me accountability. There is something about having to document that you ate or are about to eat 6 Oreo cookies that makes you stop and think.

This app has you enter your beginning weight and what your goal weight is, and a time to accomplish that. Using that it establishes the daily calories needed to achieve that goal. It also adds calories to your daily total if you exercise and log that. Talk about motivation to exercise! Shoveling snow this winter was a big calorie burner!

Everyone is cooking dinner these days, you can’t go out to eat and most don’t want to do takeout, so everyone is cooking. I’ve had a couple of emails asking for a ‘receipt chain’, what a good idea! I know I’m bored with the usual Brejcha family fare. Last night we had some bbq pulled chicken that was FANTASTIC, combining flavors I would never think to combine. Here are just a few that I’ve been sent and tried:

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