I have stated in the past that not working out is much easier than working out. While it may not be a very profound statement, it rings true in a lot of different aspects of my life. The biggest area I’m struggling with right now is my weight and nutrition. In regards to both those areas, I am failing miserably.
I hired and worked with a nutritional coach at the end of last summer, and I found the process of counting macros to be very daunting. I had pointed out that I have always been very meticulous about tracking and documenting my WODs throughout my nearly eight years of CrossFit training, but when it comes to charting my protein, fat and carbs, I just don’t have the will to keep up.
I want to add that I had issues with two aspects of the macro-tracking philosophy: weighing in every day and allowing for so many carbs. Both areas are definitely personal issues that I have dealt with for years. I get defeated when I weigh in all the time and don’t see the scale moving quickly enough for my liking. I completely understand the program was designed as a long-term lifetime switch in my nutrition and diet. My coach eventually gave me permission to only weigh in once a week and that helped. The other issue was the years I’ve spent in the “Paleo” lifestyle and diet principles — the number of carbs I was allowed and the fact that I could eat some grains was messing with my head.
Ultimately, I stopped the program, and since then, I’ve just maintained or added weight. Stupid.
I’ve been successful on the Whole30, “slow-carb diet” and Paleo diets. In all those, I was cutting sugars and grains and focusing on veggies and meats. Technically, it’s not that hard to do, but I’ve had a hard time making them a long-term habit.
As we progress through 2018, I have some choices to make. I can continue to keep eating and feeling like crap (terrible idea), or I can go back to the nutritional coach and back to tracking my protein/fat/carb intake every day. Or I can take matters into my own hands and go back to low-/slow-carb eating and force myself to stick with it.
I’m not sure what I’ll do, but the first option is only going to have me continuing to work uphill in terms of my training and overall health. At 43, I’m definitely in the “you can’t outwork a bad diet” category.
Stay tuned for more of my journey.