I took a break from the blog for a few weeks, but just because I took a break off from blogging, doesn’t mean I took a break from training. I have continued my program at TRAIN RX and I continue to be in the best shape of my life. At my last weigh in I came in at 203 lbs, down 13 lbs from when I started my journey. My goal was to lose a pound per week which I continue to outpace. And my body fat is down to 15.8% (down 1.3%).
Over the past few weeks the most noticeable challenge I faced was our spring break vacation to Marco Island, FL. I was confident that I could continue to exercise while we were there, but I was worried about my diet.
Luckily, I was there with a great group of friends who have also bought into the TRAIN RX program. We pushed each other every morning to get up and do intense workouts on the beach in the heat.
One of our beach workouts was the conditioning tests that Baltimore Ravens use to evaluate their players every summer before training camp. It is 6 rounds of 150 yds sprints with a one-minute rest in between each round. The 150 yds is broken up into 25 yd intervals which makes it really tough, due to all of the changing of direction. We ran it in the sand which made it even harder. Our other beach workouts consisted of a lot of sit ups, push ups, lunges, squats and burpees.
Maintaining a balanced diet was tough on vacation. I did not track macros while we were there, but I’m sure I did not hit my protein goals. I think I was able to maintain my calorie goals, though, by a liquid diet during the day and a balanced meal at dinner. Probably not the way macro counting was meant to go, but hey, it was vacation ???? It was great to come home and see that I had not gained any weight.
After vacation, I no longer continued to record my macros. Although, I do continue to track them day to day through the app on my phone. Once of the best things to come from counting macros is that I now have a much better grasp of portion size and portion control. I never really knew how many servings I was eating, which meant I never had a grip on how many calories I was consuming. But, now, I know how to maintain balance throughout the day and the week.
The greatest part of this journey so far has been that instead of this being a fad diet or trendy plan, I have turned it into a lifestyle. My workouts are part of my routine and my meals are no longer a diet. I am enjoying the way that I feel, and I love the fact that this is sustainable.