What I’ve Learned After 1 Year of Counting Macros


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I started exercising in November 2019, a few months after I gave birth to Porter when we were still living in New York City. My health and exercise has always been a priority, though it always felt hit and miss because of the babies I kept having, but also because of my job. I cook and bake….a lot! Since I was only 2 1/2 months postpartum, I really eased into it. I bought a Peloton bike while they were doing a Thanksgiving promotion to really get the motivation I was looking for and that was the best thing for me at the time.

The beginning of March 2020, I got my admittance into the NYC Marathon and that really got my butt into gear. I started getting serious not only about running but also about my nutrition. I started counting my macros last March and knew going into it that I would keep counting macros and exercise until it didn’t make sense anymore. Not putting a deadline on it was the best thing for me! I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m really good at committing to things. I don’t commit to very many things because I think about whatever it is for a long time before pulling the trigger and committing because I know when I do, I’m IN IT. I’m a good tryer. I don’t have a lot of obvious talents, but trying is one of them…if that counts. Ha!

Initially, my macros were less carbs and more fats (not a low carb diet per say, but definitely limited) but once my mileage started getting into the teens for marathon training, I switched over to higher carbs and lower fat and that was extremely helpful! When the marathon got canceled though, I reduced my running and started getting more into weight training and that is what I’ve been doing for the past 6-7 months and really enjoy it.

I am so so happy with where I’m at weight wise, strength wise and overall health wise. I feel so good. I have energy (when I get a good night’s rest) and feel like I can sustain what I’m doing for the long haul because I’ve found a nice balance for me and my body. Here’s what I’ve learned this past year…and what I’m still learning:

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