Counting Macros for Keto (Sucks)

Let’s preface the above very definitive statement with a quick note that I don’t do it often, but I decided to track a full day of eating today, and my goodness! It made eating so hard today!

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Salmon, salad, and a runny boiled egg: Keto macros on point! 

Weigh Everything

The easiest way to track your macros accurately is to weigh it all!
Ensure that you have good kitchen scales, and make sure that you’re using them appropriately!

Keep Up the Fats

Don’t forget why we’re here! Keep your fats up by including good sources of fat like avocado (despite how expensive they are), coconut products, and grass-fed butter.

Exercise – To Log or Not To Log

I personally choose not to log my exercise, even though my goals include losing weight. I don’t think it is accurate enough to rely on the calorie expenditure estimation that they give you.
If you choose to log the exercise you do, please use caution, and don’t rely too heavily on all of those extra calories that the exercise has afforded you!

Rely On Your Intuition

If you think you can, try to rely on your own intuition when estimating your macro intake! Though if you’re not confident yet, count count count! Counting macros helps to build your own understanding of how much you’re eating so you can eyeball it as much as possible.

Honestly, I wish I could be bothered to count my macros more consistently!! I feel like I would reap a lot more benefits from doing it religiously, and I would surely be a lot more conscious of how many extra calories I’m eating!
But I don’t beat myself up about it! I do what I can and when I can!

Do you count your macros religiously? Do you have any shortcuts or advice?

Do you follow a keto diet?

If you want to keep track of what I’m eating and doing, check out my Instagram: @thecrappyrunner

Morning Workouts and Being Overbooked

This morning at the gym I did legs. I ran for about 10 minutes to warm up, did some sprints, then worked out my legs and butt. It was pretty short and sweet, but I got nice and sweaty.

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Me at the gym. In one of my many pairs of the same tights.

After my workout I quickly drove to the shop that sells my favourite flavoured almond milk, bought all three flavours, then I had to go to work.

Being keto has been a lot harder recently than it has ever been before, but mostly due to my lack of time more than anything else.
It is the most ridiculous time of year, and everyone is having parties or gatherings, so this weekend we are traveling a couple of hours away to go to my partners family Christmas. Before that, I will have worked for my 11th day in a row, including a party this evening that he and I are working behind the bar at (student life……….).

So after this weekend I will be more than excited for a relax! I have actually booked myself to nearing the point of not sleeping at all between jobs.
(Constantly repeating the mantra “one more week til holidays, one more week til holidays”)

Running has been OK lately. I have been so busy that I’ve been opting for treadmill sprints over longer runs because it saves time.

That’s about it so far! I’ve been pretty good at getting up and going to the gym every morning, and bought some BCAA’s this week (they’re pretty delicious actually, but we will see if they work, stay tuned), I also started listening to a new (to me) podcast: Dan Carlon’s Hardcore History. It’s epic and dense, but he makes it super interesting! So give it a try if you feel like listening to a man talk about history in an interesting way.

I hope everyone is enjoying the season of being busy and trying to get everything done before Christmas, and I hope everyone in the southern hemisphere is staying cool in this heat!!!

Here’s a gif of John Travolta exercising to make you happy:

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Flu and Exercise? /Going to the Gym While Sick

In case you didn’t know, I got the flu.

It sucks.

I wrote about how to fix it here. (My tips don’t work, but try them anyway! It’ll be funny)

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So the day before I got sick, I went to the gym for the first time in AGES, and it was actually the best time I’ve had at the gym/exercising in such a long time that I got super excited about exercise again and was so inspired that I just wanted to go to the gym again!
Then I woke up feeling like death herself.

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So I took a day off, let my body recover a little, drank heaps of water and tea, and hoped that I would be feeling better soon.

Yesterday I went to work after having slept since 6pm the night before, and I felt like my fever had broken! My cough was still around, but everything else seemed OK! So I braved the gym again.

I am seriously not a smart cookie, OK? We’re aware of this.

I tried. I tried so hard. I got on the treadmill to do a warm up 1.5km, and after 2 minutes I was sweating buckets (guess that fever hadn’t broken like I thought), and my head was starting to spin a little, my nose started running, and my chest started to ache…. *thumbs up*

I slowed things down to a brisk walk and completed the 1.5km warm up. (Taking the time to sanitise the areas I had come in contact with  thoroughly)

Moving on, I started my upper body workout as planned.

It didn’t go as planned.

I think the phlegm induced paranoia set in at this stage, and it felt like every man (why are there still only men in weights rooms across the globe?) in the room was staring at me as I picked up my (delightfully) light dumb bells and began.

Eventually I had to just stare straight ahead of me and ignore it (good advice for all the ladies of the land), and I finished my scheduled upper body workout relatively unscathed! None of the bros in the room approached, and I skipped out of there delighted that I didn’t have to stop for a coughing fit.

I approached the StairMaster with trepidation, telling myself I would take it easy and only do 5 minutes.
I only did 5 minutes, didn’t die, and didn’t push it.
*success*

Here’s a picture of me after being at the gym. I don’t look as happy as I really should that I didn’t die.

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So there you have it. I went to the gym with the flu, possibly sweated enough to fill my comically large water bottle, had some weird paranoid delusions, and my fever broke! YAY!
I also kept a good thing going by allowing myself to take it easy, while maintaining my interest in the gym.

Do you workout when you’re sick? Have you had any bad experiences at the gym? Disaster stories?? Share them in the comments!!!