Today has been in my brain since last Thursday. Today is the first day I really buckle down and focus on hitting all my macros and sticking to my prep plan! Since we have 8 months to prep for our competition, I’m taking the first couple of months to learn how to eat again. I’m focusing on fitting food into my macros and calorie goal each day. For the first two months of this prep, I am also doing cheat days a little differently.
There are 3 kinds of days.
1. The days where I eat 100% clean and fit everything into my macros perfectly. I stick to my meal plan 100%. No cheats AT ALL.
2. The days where I eat clean 90% of the day (ok, maybe that’s the wrong percentage, but I’m bad at math and can’t really figure out a percentage of future eating), and have one meal that is not “clean” (can we come up with a new word? I don’t like thinking of not-clean food as dirty, because it’s not), but still fits in my macros. So, if pizza fits into my macros, I eat it. If ice cream fits into my macros, I eat it. The key to this is that I still meet my calorie and my macro goals on these days. These days are allowed once per week and will most likely be cut out 12 weeks out from the competition.
3.The days where I eat clean most of the day, but one meal I eat isn’t totally clean and it goes over my macros. The trick here is that I stay within my calorie goal so I don’t go overboard. For example, I stick to my meal plan all day, but get soup, salad, and breadsticks from Olive Garden for dinner. This will definitely put me over on macros, but I’ll still meet my calorie goal. This is to keep me sane. Not everyone does this, but flexibility is big for me. These days happen once per month. When we hit the 6 months out mark, these meals will happen less frequently, if at all. These will definitely be eliminated at 12 weeks out from the competition.
I feel really strongly about these cheat frequencies because balance is a HUGE deal in my life. This will be covered in my next post. I’ll explain why I have these different cheat days and what not.
For now, I’ll give ya’ll some info on what my nutrition goals are!
Keep in mind, I am 5’3″ and 135 pounds. These goals may not be right for everyone! I’m 8 months out of the competition.
Calories: 1500 per day
Protein: 45% – 150g
Carbs: 30% – 131g
Fat: 25%- 42g
As time goes on, protein will increase, and carbs will decrease, but we’ll just cross that bridge when we get to it.
Anyways, I’ll post later about how today went as a whole! Right now, all is well.
Have a healthy day!