About a month ago I went to see a Sports Nutritionist.
I’ve always been calorie conscious. You name a food item and with 99% certainty I’d be able to tell you the exact calorie content. It’s a a weird obsession. I admit.
I’ve always eaten a fairly healthy diet. But, I also never denied myself sweets and alcohol. I mean, come on. I love candy. And I sure do love a cocktail. Happy Hour!!
Speaking of Happy Hour; now that warm weather is here, HH means Friday at 3 through Sunday afternoon. It’s hot, we make plans, we have fun, we ride motorcycles. And Sunday Funday? Duh!
About this Sports Nutritionist.
I am in the best shape I have ever been at this point in my life. I can run 13 miles, I teach Turbo Kick, I teach Insanity, I lift weights. And I don’t lift baby weights. I go heavy. By rep 8 I am gritting my teeth and the ol’ limbs are a-shaking. I teach 8 fitness classes a week for goodness sakes. And while I don’t always give 100% during Insanity, I give nearly 90%. I do the workouts. I walk around. I stand next to others and push them and in return that pushes me.
I am fit.
And I am also sitting at a higher body fat percentage then most people with an equivalent activity level.
Cue the nutritionist.
My friend, Tyree, has been seeing him for over a year now while she preps for a fitness competition. Tyree has always been physically fit. But to see her now? She looks damn good. Lean, mean fighting machine that girl is. So, she hooked me up with an appointment.
What was I told?
My 1500 calories intake a day was too little. My body was in near starvation mode and holding on to any and all fat that it could. You know what else he said?
TOO. MUCH. CARDIO.
Well, kid. We’re gonna have to work around that because I am not giving up teaching. Period. End of sentence.
However, this running crap? I am so over it. So, once I get through this half-marathon business on Sunday and my 75 miler relay on the 10th… running will become like a hobby that I take up occasionally. Like 5K occasionally.
So, this works great for his suggestion of:
“You need MORE weights in your life”
Why, yes. We CAN work on this.
Are you all still with me? Hang in there… I’m almost done.
I am now sitting around 1800-2000 calories a day. Nutritious calories. For two weeks he had me following a strict 6 meal a day plan. Each of the 6 meals has a set carb/protein ratio. And not white potato carbs. We are talking whole grain, brown rice, sweet potato carbs. And not beef jerky protein. Think chicken, fish, egg proteins. At the end of the day my total gram intake should be roughly 152 carbs and 198 protein.
And guess what?
I felt bloated. Full. Chubbier.
But, what did my numbers say after 2 1/2 weeks?
DOWN 2.5% body fat.
Up 1% lean body mass.
This sh!t is working, friends.
So, let’s hear it for sports nutritionists! They know what they are doing.
I am SO stinking excited to see where I am at in June. I am not going back for my pinches until then. I want to get these long runs out of the way and get back to my weight training. Suns Out- Guns Out. Let’s see those babies grow.
I am also looking into a few nutrition certifications as well. I am obsessed to say the least. This seems right to me. Feeding your body is what we are to do. I want to know more. I want to be able to help others, the RIGHT way.
But, first. I am working on me.
Interesting post! A few years ago my trainer also told me to start eating more and guess what happened? Not only do I feel way better I look better too. Limiting calories is not for athletes. Glad you figured it out too. #Girlsgonesporty
It has been an interesting transition. I look forward to seeing how things continue to change. It’s definitely an adjustment eating that much more and the food prep that goes with it. Yikes! But, I am loving the challenge and all that I am learning. So glad to hear that it worked for you as well. That’s reassuring to hear. 🙂
How awese girl! I’d love to hear less cardio any day of the week 🙂
Ok so who is this nutritionist?? I have thought about seeing someone for a while – I mean, I’m not nearly as active as you but I do my fair share and I would also like to make sure that what I put in my body is what should be going in
I’ll email ya. 🙂