Better Know a Macro

Anyone else love Stephen Colbert? I love his Better Know a District series. Anyhoo…anyone know what a macro is? I didn’t until just a few days ago.

…Insert dream sequence here…

So a couple of things happened last week. First my cousin shared a really good article about lifting heavy. You can find it at http://sophieologie.me/2013/09/26/1200-calories/. It’s a great read, so take the time to check it out (or not. I’m not the boss of you). My takeaway from that article is that I have no idea what I’m doing with my diet and exercise. It basically said counting calories is not the way to go, lifting heavy is. And why are women so preoccupied with weight and body image anyway? Spoiler alert: it’s the media. Duh.

Then the very next morning I woke up to another friend posting about how we should be counting macros and not calories. WTF are macros?? http://iifym.com or If It Fits Your Macros is the place to learn all about it. Short version: macros are carbs, proteins, and fats. If a person, say me, wants to drop a few pounds and tone up some muscle, then said person needs to lift heavy and count macros. And all this time I’ve been thinking it’s all about calories. Wrong! Maybe. I really don’t know. I guess this requires more research.

I’ve been using the MyFitnessPal app and counting calories like an anal-retentive crabapple, apparently. I really should be focusing on getting the right combination of macros and weightlifting in order to see any significant change. When my friend asked about my gym routine, and I told her the truth, she laughed at me! And here I was thinking I was working hard. I mean I work out and I sweat. No, no no. Lift heavy and eat your macros!

In all honesty I’m not totally sold on the macros way of life yet. I haven’t committed to it but I am looking at my macros when I log my food. And I’m still counting calories. Like a chump. But it’s what I know.

What do you think? Calories? Macros? Pints of Ben and Jerry’s for all and eff the diet talk?

Meanwhile…I’ll be:
Painting my nails OPI Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around
Not Getting ready for the 10k I signed up for because I won’t be running.
Getting ready for the 5k instead. It’s on Sunday and no, I’m not ready. Not even close.
Reading up on macros and lifting heavy. Maybe.
Starting season 4 of Lost cuz the Couch Potato gotta represent.

How ’bout a little Colbert Eye Candy?

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Mmmm…yummy.

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