I’m a little behind on “live” blogging, but I wanted to share this post since I get questions ALL the time about how I count macros on the weekends. And, truthfully, I typically take breaks from tracking on Fridays and Saturdays (sometimes Sundays too), but I still “game plan” my food choices – just so I don’t go totally off the rails. Not that there’s anything wrong with letting loose every once in awhile – I just don’t make it part of my regular weekends. With that, here how I tracked my macros on Saturday with some life adventures mixed in!
I started Saturday morning with a piece of gluten-free toast with sunflower butter spread on top. I wasn’t super hungry when I woke up, but I planned to go to CrossFit later that morning, so I knew I needed something in my stomach. I also drank some iced coffee with vanilla-flavored Ripple mixed in.
I partnered with Mal on this running workout (below) and nearly died. Obviously, I can’t keep up with him because he’s a speed demon, but I was strugglinggggg. We finished just under 40 minutes with both of us running the 800s at the same time and then splitting the reps 50/50. FYI: I’m still LOVING the Brooks Hyperion for running workouts!
After CrossFit, we swung by Rosa Farms for some smoothies.
Then, it was off to Target and Trader Joe’s for some errands. Quinn’s brand new beach shovel was handy at the grocery store! 😉
On the menu for dinner this week:
- Lentils with cowboy caviar + rice
- Grilled pork with roasted Brussels sprouts
- One-Pan Taco Skillet
- Banza pasta with Laughing Cow + broccoli
Back at home, we ate lunch together on the back deck as a family. Mal and I had grilled steak salads with avocado and carrot spirals. I added honey mustard to my salad. Mmm!
After lunch, Quinn took a nap while Mal and I went HAM on cleaning the house and purging so much stuff from our lives. I hate that feeling of CLUTTER. It felt so nice to throw away and donate lots of “good junk” (as my mom would always say)!
Mid-afternoon, I snacked on half an Atlas Bar and then left the rest of my day, macro-wise, open for date night with Mal. I rarely ever track macros when it comes to dining out and other social events. I *might* guesstimate, but, even then, I just prefer to enjoy the moment and not get wrapped up in the numbers. Even still, I’m all about moderation and having some sort of boundaries because I love food and honestly can’t say no sometimes. Macros just keep me honest! 😉
Anyway, here’s how I tracked the first part of my day… breakfast (toast with sunflower butter), iced coffee with Ripple, and a Justin’s mini white chocolate peanut butter cup – they go so well with iced coffee! 🙂
I ended up putting my post-workout smoothie with lunch as well as the half Atlas Bar. I just estimated the smoothie calories/macros based on its size, ingredients, and what I could find in MFP – close enough! 🙂
Then, I knew I was planning to have a couple of glasses of wine during dinner, so I added those calories (as carbs) to MFP. You can add alcohol as fat grams too, but I had quite a few carbs and not as much fat remaining in my day. Plus, when you dine out, food is typically prepared with a good amount of fat, so I figured I’d hit my fat goal for the day, no problem. (If you’re curious to learn more about tracking alcohol macros, check out this post and free guide.) I also over-estimated a bit on the wine portion since restaurants tend to serve more than the standard 5-ounce pour.
After eating normally during the day + two glasses of wine, I had more than 600 calories and a good balance of macros for dinner at Bia Bistro. Our foodie friends recommended this restaurant and, my gosh, it was awesome. Mal and I loved everything about it – the food, service, atmosphere. We’ll definitely visit again!
We started with oysters and wine to share.
I ordered the Pan Roasted Salmon, which was served with chive whipped potato and lemon caper beurre blanc. It was seriously fabulous – the flavors were incredible together. I ate about half and took the rest home for lunch the next day.
And, of course, no date night is complete without dessert. Mal and I “shared” the Molten Lava Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Gelato. I probably ate 2/3 while he ate a 1/3. I can’t say no to dessert – and this one was out of this world. It was basically like an under-cooked brownie and so gooey and rich inside. Holy yum!
I didn’t track or think about macros during date night because YOLO, and I had already game planned for the day, so I could just enjoy myself. I’m pretty sure I went over my macro goals for the day, but not every day is going to be perfect, and it doesn’t need to be for macros to work. For me, it’s all about living a happy, healthy life, and I know when I’m making the best (aka balanced) food choices for myself, I feel really great – both mentally and physically.
I hope you found this post interesting and helpful with regard to macro tracking and living a balanced (and delicious!) life. If you’re interested in working together, please check out my macro plan options here!
Is mfp part of nutrition house software?
MyFitnessPal is a free app! 🙂