Anyway, I kicked around the idea of getting a new coach. I tried to map out my own reverse diet and freaked out because I felt I was getting fat. I was researching coaches because of this freak out when I happened to listen to a podcast with Layne Norton, PhD, aka Biolayne. He talked about his company Avatar Nutrition and the cost of $10 a month seemed more than reasonable. About a month later, I signed up.
For the first time since I started tracking food (back in 2009), I feel like I have a system of being accountable because I weigh in each week AND I have to check a box saying if I was compliant or non-compliant with my macros during that week. I wasn't compliant for the first three weeks of using AN, and then I started feeling pretty dumb about that. I'm really good at weighing and tracking food. I'm really good at eyeballing portions. Why did I keep saying fuck it and ruining my progress? Well, I had gotten myself into a habit of just moving on to the next day. And if you have more fuck it days than compliant days, you're not moving towards your goals.
|144.8 lbs on August 2, 2017|
I liked the Own Your Eating people, but their formula is probably the least personalized method of calculating macros that I have come across. What I really like about Avatar Nutrition is that it uses your data to recalculate your macros every week. Depending on your goal setting and your compliancy, you will keep the same numbers for another week, receive a decrease, or receive an increase. Today I got to hit compliant again and I got an increase in my both my fats and carbs. It's a great way to start off the weekend, especially with tonight's CrossFit Games viewing party.
Avatar Nutrition followers use a scorecard to determine if we were compliant that week. Game changer. I usually go out to dinner with my Mikes on Friday nights. Think boozy steak-filled dinners. I hit my protein but go over my fats and carbs. I have to be really diligent about hitting my prescribed numbers the other six days, and I've occasionally had to shave off some fats from Sunday to compensate. But this is okay because I am doing it intentionally. I'm not punishing myself for overeating. And the scorecard has shown me that I don't have to reduce that much to still be compliant. Goodbye binge and restrict cycles!
|Avatar Nutrition scorecard for this past week.|
I don't receive any compensation for referring people to Avatar Nutrition. I'm just extremely happy with the service and highly recommend it.