5 Things I Learned From Counting Macros

For the next couple of years, life happened and my nutrition fell into the 80/20 bucket.  I ate cleanly 80% of the time and like a complete a**hole the rest of the time.  I didn’t feel my best, my performance in the gym suffered and I gained a few pounds.
In 2015, I finally pulled my head out of my butt and decided to get back on track.
I broke up with Captain Morgan, stopped eating like a 9-year-old and started cleaning up my act (again).  After all, I had a Philmont trek to prepare for! 
I lost the extra fluff thanks to getting back to my clean eating habits, not to mention 10 days on the trail in New Mexico does wonders for burning excess fat as well as providing a wonderful reset for the mind and spirit!
During this time, I started seeing posts from Science Driven Nutrition, Eat To Perform and Precision Nutrition coming across my FaceBook feed.   The content fascinated me and I completely geeked out over the science behind the programs.
I lurked for a few months and finally decided to give it a go and see what it was all about.  I joined Eat to Perform and got my first dose of counting macros in late August/early September.
I was shocked and a little horrified at the amount of food that was being recommended for me.  But again, team player here, so down the bunny trail I went.
To my amazement, I didn’t gain back the pounds I had lost.  My performance in the gym improved, I started building more muscle.  It’s mind blowing what the body can do when it is properly fueled!
Key takeaways from this experience:
  1.  I learned that I had to pay attention to what I was eating.
  2.  I learned that I had to plan ahead.
  3.  I learned that I had to be consistent.
  4.  I learned that I needed to exercise regularly.
  5.  I learned that I am much easier to get along with when I have enough food in general.
Everything’s hunky dory, right?  Maybe, maybe not.  Remember my comment about disordered eating?  I’ll address that in my next post.

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