As of today, we have been married for 6 months! It’s been an amazing ride so far; from the wedding day itself, to our incredible honeymoon in Jamaica, to beginning our exploration of IIFYM, we sure have shared some awesome experiences together. We know there will be many more…
Last night we went out to celebrate our 6 months of marital bliss at one of our favorite restaurants in town. Normally when we go out to eat, we attempt to have a (macro) game plan upon entering the restaurant. We’ll look up nutritional information on the restaurants website or we’ll use My Fitness Pal to help give us an idea of what the fat, protein and carbohydrate content is in the food we plan on getting. Last night we did no such thing. We wanted to celebrate and enjoy without the worry of tracking and balancing our macros. Did we throw all caution to the wind and just wing it? No. Well, not entirely.
The Art of a “Treat” Meal
Christina prefers to call these “treat meals” instead of cheat meals. Why? Psychology. She doesn’t believe we should attach negative connotations to a meal we are meant to enjoy as a treat. She doesn’t like to look at certain foods as “good” or “bad”. Also, we aren’t going way out of bounds with our diet and lifestyle plans. As we outlined in our post Everybody’s Binging For The Weekend, it is definitely possible to go out and enjoy a social life on the weekend WITHOUT trashing any progress that you had made throughout the week. One major theme that we wrote about in the post was what to expect in the food and drink that you have when you go out: Fats and Carbs. It’s inevitable. So, during the day yesterday we ate a lot of high protein foods, which would then balance well with all the fats and carbs that would be put on our plates later in the evening. We were proactive, controlling and tracking what we could during the day, leaving us open to relaxing and celebrating without worry at night. Our rule was, once we got to the restaurant, MyFitnessPal was off limits for the rest of the night. Here were some highlights of our night on the town:
Trying to make progress with your diet and nutrition can be just as much a psychological battle as a physical one. We believe it is incredibly beneficial to track your macro intake as well as your calorie intake to improve your awareness of what you eat. We also believe it is nights like these that are equally as important. Sometimes it’s nice to step away from the food scale and give yourself a break. We had a burger, pasta, wine, beer and a nightcap of mini cake. Do we have any idea what the macros were in most of that? Not at all. BUT, since we took care of what we needed to during the day (again, taking in high amounts of protein to balance with our fatty, carb loaded dinners), I’m sure our macros were in the ballpark of where they needed to be. Flexible dieting isn’t JUST about the food; it’s a mentality. You can eat a pop tart or a bowl of ice cream as long as you balance that with some nutrient dense foods like chicken, fish, and veggies. You can also go out on the town and enjoy a nice (non-tracked) dinner every once and a while as long as you balance that with quality eating habits before and after such an event.
We hope you all enjoy what’s left of your weekend! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for fun updates in between posts: @MrAndMrsMacro
-Nick and Christina