My lifestyle has gotten progressively more and more active. I love my workouts and fitness classes. My internship involves me running around a huge dining hall and being on my feet the entire time. I spend a large portion of my days walking around campus to classes and activities.
All of these things have contributed to the fact that I have lost weight. Weight that I did not really need to lose. Even though I fuel myself very well and am eating all day long, I am finding that I need to eat even more to keep up with the demands of my lifestyle. If you use up all that energy, you need to replace it! So for the past few weeks, I have been making an effort to up my calorie intake.
Several formulas have come about throughout the years to estimate caloric/protein/carb/fat needs for an individual and it can overwhelming to know what to trust or where to even start. It does take time to research and understand, and it also involves trial and error to figure out what works and doesn’t work for you…because like I’ve said before, every body is so unique and individual. I will put up two links that have good info in them in case anyone is interested:
Learning Caloric and Macro Needs—>a lot of info…took me several times of reading through before I began to get a grasp on it, but really accurate explanations and breakdowns.
Calculating Caloric and Macro Needs Spreadsheet—>very cool. Allows you to enter your personal stats and it automatically shows you numbers based off several different formulas.
I also decided that I would try out My Fitness Pal to track my nutrient and calorie intake in order to then make sure that I was actually getting that amount. At first, tracking everything was a tedious task, but after some time, it became a very easy process. My Fitness Pal remembers your favorite meals and foods, so the more you log, the easier it becomes. You can also create your own recipes with complete nutritional stats, which has been an awesome tool for me.
WIth that said, I haven’t really been eating anything too different from what I normally eat because I already eat all the foods I love! Sure if I want to treat myself to something out of the usual, I see nothing wrong with that, but that is what I have always done.I also definitely do not show photograph everything I eat. I would have to have a camera attached to my hip 24/7 if I did that, haha. Basically I’m just focusing on larger portions, loading up my plate, and going to back for seconds…or thirds.
And i’m not minding it one single bit.
cooked overnight oats with greek yogurt, blueberries, cookies and cream casein, cashew butter
a square giant muffin top with dried apple
and frosting, duh. These things are so fun to eat!
ezekiel bread, egg whites, goat cheese, smoked salmon, sprouts, spinach, cantaloupe
egg white, almond butter, mashed blackberries, and grape jam grilled sandwich
pumpkin protein dough with two big nut butter scoops: one sunflower butter and one peanut butter
chicken, roasted broccoli slaw, coconut oil roasted kabocha…marinara post picture
My ice cream got a little wild last night…
…and turned into a Dairy Queen Blizzard.
I took a peanut butter caramel surprise bar, broke it up and mixed it into my usual ice cream base.
Look at my cool new baking gear that I picked up on sale for only 4 bucks!
heart shaped donuts. My life is complete.
These little guys are tasty.
especially with the new Laughing Cow cinnamon swirl wedges:
But then I realized that I could just make my own by mixing in cinnamon and stevia into my normal cream cheese, which I will be doing after I finish these off. They are good though!
I’m feeling fantastic energy-wise so I’m just going to keep on doing what I’m doing!
Happy Wednesday to you all!