Chapter 4: Counting Macros and Covid

INTRODUCTION

Good evening everyone! Back for another entry in my daily blog series. I hope everyone is having an incredibly blessed day. If you’re just now joining me then just know this is the blog that lacks complete structure currently, but primarily exist as an experiment to force myself to write about my day for 365 days. To recap, I do have some goals lined up…and in a future entry (near future) I will share out a complete list of my short-term and long-term goals. However, right now I’m focusing on discovering the important insights from each day and diving deeper to understand those particular things. Let’s begin.

ANOTHER MONDAY…(SIGH)

Happy Monday to everyone. Do you ever wonder what it’s like to live in a world where we no longer are imprisoned by the feeling of Monday’s? It’s kind of a sad state of being that we loathe Mondays and covert Fridays. It’s symbolic of how miserable each day in between is. I know everyone doesn’t feel this way, but I do. I’ve done my best to not be so open about it, but it’s hard to not acknowledge the stigma surrounding both days as you hear your co-workers groan on Monday morning and begin the “Can’t wait until Friday” chants bright and early Tuesday morning. It is my promise to myself that I will find a way to escape out of this matrix and find a state of existence where everyday contains equal levels of joy. However, until that day…I’ll press on and do my best to be positive and I’d encourage you all to do the same. Negativity is hard to cast aside but I do feel like it will improve your mental health to try and focus on the positive.

Today’s success seemed a bit more minimal. I stayed true to my green tea transition. I once again ate breakfast. I hate to be so repetitive so there comes a point where I feel like once I hit my stride around a goal that it no longer requires mention or praise of it’s completion.

Monday’s are always tough…and this is my first Monday with this new mindset that I’m working hard to adopt. If ever there was a test, this was it. Nothing terribly bad happened, but I just didn’t find a lot of “me” time. There was very little personal development today due to an abundance of meetings…which, I don’t understand when I’m expected to work when I have 4 hours of meetings almost everyday, that’s another rant for another time though. Not only did I have meetings, but when I got off of work my wife decided it would be a good idea to meet up with her best friend for drinks because she is currently going through some tough times…so I understand that. The only problem was, I got in bed terribly late last night so I was extremely tired. I still have to get this sleep thing right. I’m running on minimal sleep, I just worked a full day…and now I have to help the kids with homework and watch over a baby all while cooking dinner and making sure everyone sticks to their bedtime routine. Needless to say, this was a rough one.

THE BIG WIN, COUNTING MACROS

Even with all of that there was a big new win for the day. I began counting Macros! Why am I counting macros you might ask…and what are Macros!? Well, macros are your macronutrients. The idea of IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) seeks to assess how much food you should consume for your fitness goals, specifically based around your current build and desire build. The primary areas that most people tend to focus on, myself included, are proteins, fats, and carbs.

I started counting these because I want to get a general idea of two things…

What should I be putting in my body, and how much am I currently putting in my body.

Today I used MyFitness Pal to track every meal and snack. It felt good to dust of the food scale I got 2 Christmas’s ago and be discipline enough to calculate everything. The idea would be to see how close to my mark am I getting currently and then adjust my diet to fall as close into my desired range as possible. I’m also putting together a home workout routine that will accompany this habit as well.

NOW, WHERE DOES COVID FACTOR IN TO ALL OF THIS

Now let’s touch on this Covid piece. Well, nobody in my household has Covid…and that’s a blessing. Before I even get into this part I hope that whoever is reading this, wherever you are, is keeping themselves safe and healthy during these trying times. Take care of yourselves.

My family and I have been very disciplined during this era of our history. We’ve only made home cooked meals since Mid-March of 2020, we’ve not attended any major events (indoor or outdoor). We’ve only seen our families marginally and outdoors, sometimes while wearing mask. We have been very adamant about keeping healthy. I firmly believe I already contracted Covid in February, as there was a period of a week and half I had to take off of work because I was intensely ill…which never really happens to me. I can’t confirm that though, but the thought lingers.

I say all of this to say that…I’M TIRED OF LIVING LIKE THIS!!! I was both annoyed and jealous that my wife got to hang out with her best friend tonight because they ended sitting indoors and having drinks, while she initially promised they’d be outdoors the whole time. I cold front blew in though and I guess the initial plan went out of the window. I was upset that my wife could potentially put the family in danger and be so irresponsible. However, I also secretly wished that could be me with my friends! It sparked a conversation when she got home around the idea that we begin venturing back out even though the news would tell you that the numbers are once again going up. I’m almost to the point where…well, I’m willing to risk it.

It doesn’t seem like we have a good grasp on this thing, at least in America, and I can’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. The question I find myself pondering often these days is…when will it be safe to get back to normal during this pandemic, or if it ever will be? Can I wait any longer or do I risk getting it and pray that it helps me build an immunity for it. I don’t know how it works exactly, but since this virus has killed tons of people…it seems like a terrible risk to take (and rest the souls of those we’ve lost). It sucks that we’ve been put in such dire straits that one even has to consider just sucking it up and risk getting it as an option.

I just want the world to be a normal place again so I can take all of my positivity out into public and begin to find new ways to enjoy life with my family and friends.

I guess until that time comes I’ll have to continue to find creative ways to share my newfound mindset with the ones closest to me and also online.

CONCLUSION

Welp, my apologies. This one seems to have gotten a little long, but if you read this then thank you and I hope you are forever blessed. Remember, do your best to think positive and spread positivity and I know it will come back to you. Have a good one and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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