I’m in a situation that most of us find ourselves in at some point, we’re a little more fluffy than we’d like to be and we want to do something about it.
Right now I’m not a runner anymore. I’d love to be a runner again but my stupid hip won’t stay on point and I’m not sure what I have to do to keep it strong and balanced. It seems that doing leg exercises everyday is my only option at this point which seems silly. By that I mean, I was given exercises in physical therapy to do which helped but once I stopped doing them my hip went right back to being weak. Doing them everyday for the rest of my life seems a bit much.
But I do CrossFit and I lift weights on the regular. I thought for sure that I would lose some pounds and inches doing CrossFit and after a year of it, I have not. That is beyond frustrating. Like what am I doing wrong? Maybe I’m not pushing myself hard enough? Or maybe it’s something in my eats? I’m choosing to focus on eats right now.
I follow a bunch of weight lifters on Instagram and they fall into two camps; Those that act like since they lift they can eat junk and still look amazing (Side note, I unfollowed most of those, it was just too much). Or those where they talk about counting macros and weighting their food and timing every bite they take, and all I keep thinking is, Dear God is that what it comes down to?
Because seriously? I don’t have time for that shit.
Oh I tried it counting things. I watched calories and tried to count macros using My Fitness Pal and I could not do it. I could never get my macros and calories to match up. My macros were always under and not even close to what was prescribed to me. If I got my macros close to the numbers given to me then I was over calories for the day. I gave it the good college try and did this for three months. Not once did I ever get close to my numbers. I also did not lose any weight during this time. (PS: I know that people usually either count one or the other but I was tasked with both.) I was freaking miserable counting stuff all the time.
When I was a runner, I lost weight no problem and did it by eating real foods without weighting or counting anything.
But now? I’m stuck. To me portioning out meals for the day and eating chicken and broccoli every. single. day. Seems a bit much and not something I’m willing to do just to get the lean strong look I want.
I mean, can’t I eat whole real foods, limit or kick junk to the curb, and have a few drinks and still lean out? Is that possible? Because all the lifters make it seem impossible unless you count and be sure to get your pre and post workout shakes/drinks/chemicals in!
And I’m not down with that. There has to be a middle ground, right? Something?