Friday Favourites + Episode 39 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

I’m coming to the end of the book I’m reading right now…. and it’s making me sad.

Not that the book is making me sad, no, the fact that I am coming to the end of it. It doesn’t happen very often, I normally love the sense of satisfaction I get from completing a book, but sometimes I just want to eeek out every last drop.

But tonight I know will be the night it is all over. I have 2 books waiting to be read but I just don’t know if they are really what I want to dive into next.

So my key question today is – anyone got any good book recommendations? Apart from maybe horror (I hate being spooked) I literally read and enjoy pretty much everything, fact and fiction, so would love to know if you have any must reads. It doesn’t have to be recent either, I love a good old classic too!Friday - chase the red grape

But for now, here are my Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Roo time!kangaroo - chase the red grape

We went for a crazy walk on Saturday (listen to the podcast below for more details) but on our (mis)travels we came across at least a dozen kangaroos! This one with its joey in its pouch was so cute!

Favourite… Feeling – Fresh airchase the red grape

Walking in the Perth hills, surrounded by trees, just priceless. It makes me miss the mountains and forest walks at home! The surroundings may be different but the air is just as pure.

Favourite… Purchase – Cheese!cheese - chase the red grape

David and I headed to our favourite deli on Saturday to pull together an epic picnic. Some musts for me are serrano ham (freshly sliced), olives and of course cheese! They have an excellent selection here and it was easy to pick an English blue, baked ricotta and my favourite the Campagnier!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Cruel Mistress Pinot Noirwine - chase the red grape

Gosh I love a Pinot Noir and this local one from Western Australia was simply divine. You could never want for good wine around here that’s for sure!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 39 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastabroad - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips centred around 2 years of living abroad – lessons, tips and advice.chase the red grape podcast

Episode 39 of the podcast looked at mastering the basics. In the crazy world of social media, have we all forgotten that in order to achieve we have to master the basics first? From sport to your career, where has the patience for hard work gone and why do we forget to acknowledge that in others? Listen now on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the website

Favourite… Moment of training – you know what?

…it’s been a tough end to the week. I really didn’t enjoy my training today and it really affected me emotionally. It’s so draining when that happens. But that’s training sometimes. Will be back at it Monday morning and fingers crossed, after a nice relaxing weekend, I wont feel quite so beaten up, physically and mentally.

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Brekkie, off for coffee and to buy the weekend newspaper. Then out for lunch, an afternoon of cooking, wine drinking, puzzle making and chilling out! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, coffee and podcasting!

Have a fab weekend folks!

So tell me, what should I read?

What is your go to wine region/ country?

What native wild animal do you see most often?

After two years living abroad… #5TTT

Hi all,

Can you believe that it is two years to the day that David and I moved from Scotland to Perth Australia?

In some ways it feels like only yesterday but in others it feels like we have been here forever.

I remember writing the post to tell you all the good news. I remember confiding in you how excited and nervous I was at the same time. I remember the flight, our first Christmas here, my first birthday here and our first trip over east and down south. Lots of firsts, seconds and now normalities.

For this weeks five top tips, I thought I would share with you five things that have stood out the most to me after living abroad for two years – lessons, tips, advice etc. It’s a massive change to move to the other side of the world… and continues to be so, more than you may expect.abroad - chase the red grape

It never gets easier being away from your homeland

You may be able to deal with it better… but it never gets any easier. Being away from friends and family is very hard and not for the fainthearted. You miss birthdays, weddings, births and other major events that you previously would never have dreamed of missing. You figure out how to ‘cope’ rather than it being ok. Visits are very extra special though.

But home is also where you hang your hat

I have also realised that home can be whatever and wherever you want it to be. For me, home will always be where David and my favourite blanket is – as long as I am snuggled up with the two of them I am happy. What feels like home doesn’t always have to be the same as before or what you have always known. Change can feel like home too if you let it, embrace it and allow yourself to feel the warmth of your new surroundings.

You pick up the lingo

Yes no matter how much you try, you will pick up the lingo of where you live. I was happy simply understanding words and phrases for a while but now they are fully a part of my everyday language. You just can’t stop it! Culture is another aspect that you easily pick up and one I have been more accepting of. Christmas at the beach, weekend winery tours, watching the footie, walking around in your bare feet. Oh with the exception of one, avo toast. Why would you pay someone good money for a mashed avocado on toast when you could make 8 of them at home for the same cost? #thrifty.

You start to notice more, not less of the differences

So what has been the biggest impact between years one and two for me? Noticing more of the differences. The way people act and communicate. The politics and laws. Healthcare and food. They are starting to stand out more, rather than become the norm. Sometimes not always for the better.

You still need to seek adventure

When you move abroad you have this image of it being life’s adventure! For a while it is… and then it isn’t. When you feel settled and at ease it’s great but it also means that adventure spark slowly fades. Both David and I still need to seek our adventures, it is after all what we love to do! Whether that be at the weekend, trips away or bigger travel, we always want to have adventure on the agenda. As with anything in life, if you want it, go get it!

Would you like to live abroad? If so where would you go?

Are you good with picking up other cultures when you travel?

When was the first time you really felt away from home?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites + Episode 38 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

I am really really excited for the CrossFit Games!

It started on Thursday in the US… which was early morning in Australia… and finishes on Sunday… which is early Monday morning. Not exactly ideal for watching live.

Will be doing the best we can though watching replays, recaps and analysis videos… yup I completely geek out over this type of thing. (Check out episode 37 of the podcast for more thoughts!) One thing is for sure though, I will find out who wins before I can watch the final WODs. Damn time zones… why do they always make life complicated!Friday - chase the red grape

But that’s another rant for another day! Ha! Time for Friday Favourites!

Favourite…Moment – My 8th wedding anniversaryanniversary - chase the red grape

David and I met from drinks after work and then headed to our favourite restaurant in Perth, Long Chim. Food was amazing, as always but the company is my favourite part. No matter where I am with this dude I am able to smile, laugh and be completely relaxed.

Favourite… Feeling – Intense!

On Saturday I went to see Dunkirk. I know the story, I know the outcome but boy oh boy did it keep me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The hype for this movie is real folks, go and see it!

Favourite… Purchase – Vasevase - chase the red grape

The store that produces my favourite planner of all time, Kikki K, sent me a $10 off voucher for my birthday! So I bought this cute little hygge inspired vase and I can’t wait to use it in my new apartment. I love simple and very rarely buy homegoods but this just caught my eye!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Whisky and Bacon Flightwhisky bacon - chase the red grape

You guys the whisky and bacon flight that I had on my birthday last Friday was absolute perfection. Four fantastic whiskies paired perfectly with various styles of bacon. I was literally in birthday heaven!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 38 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastmarriage - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at 5 things I have learned about marriage. It was fun to take a different look at what, deep down, I have really taken from marriage.chase the red grape podcast

Episode 38 of the podcast was a fun update episode – looking at my birthday week, moving apartments, our favourite things and so much more! Listen on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the website. 

Favourite… Moment of training – Quiet classes

Is it bad that I always prefer when our CrossFit classes are no more than 8-10 of us? Ok we have a cap at 16 but I much prefer a smaller class. More room to move, breath, be able to speak to the coaches and I just feel more relaxed. We had a couple of them this week and it was lovely,

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Getting my nails done (OMG 3 times in a row, who am I!?), picking up a picnic lunch and then off to the hills for a walk. Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, coffee, podcasting and cleaning… boo! But lots of CrossFit… yay!

Have a great weekend folks!

How do you pronounce it – vase like bra’s or vase like rays? (Always always vase like bras’!)

Do you like quiet vibes or a buzz when doing classes?

Where did you go the last time you went for a long walk?

5 things I have learned about marriage #5TTT

Hi all,

Today David and I celebrate our eighth wedding anniversary!

These past eight years have been filled to the brim with so much – buying and selling our first home, travelling, getting through a serious illness and oh yeah, moving to the other side of the world!

Every little experience we have had together make us the partnership we are today. The team we are today… and I love that.

So for this weeks 5 top tips I thought I would bring to you the 5 things I have learned about marriage from over the past eight years. Some of this may resonate with you, others maybe not. After all, each partnership is different. But as so many of you know David pretty much as well as you know me, I thought it fitting that I focus on the core of what makes us who we are, our marriage.marriage - chase the red grape

Communicate everything

Nothing is too big or too small to talk about. If it’s in your head then chances are your partner wants to know about it. I 100% believe in the principal of ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ and your partner is the ideal choice to confide in. They have chosen you, flaws and all and sometimes those little secrets you keep hidden are things they deserve to know. Treat your partner how you want to be treated. If you want to know what’s in their head you have to be an open book too.

You need laughter

Being married is serious business… but it is also the most fun you will ever have. Laughter, fun and smiles needs to be at the core of what you are all about, after all what first attracted you to them? Yes you need to make time for adulting but you also need to factor in specific time for fun. Make plans for a date night or a funny movie session. Go out for dinner or a big long walk every weekend. Make time to enjoy each others company and smile.

Find out who you are

Recently David and I have undertaken a few personality tests. The two that have been the most helpful are Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies and The Five Love Languages. The first focuses on why you make the choices you make, the habits you create and the way you think. The latter focuses on the type of love you give and the type of love you like to receive. Understanding ourselves via the Four Tendencies have enabled us to explore why we do what we do and react to the other person. The Five Love Languages helped us to have a conversation about what we need from the other, how we would like them to show their love – actions, presents, physical touch etc. Both definitely helped me understand myself more and as a result our relationship more.

Be open to growing together

You will change over time. I could tell you a million and one reasons why I am not the girl I was when I got married eight years ago. I have grown so much as a person but a lot of my growth has been as a result of David, impacted by David or instigated by David and vice versa. Many could say we are lucky that we have grown together, with the same goals, mindset and dreams, but I honestly think it was because we were always honest and open to changing our stance or view dependant on what the other needed. You may want or need different things to your partner but don’t be afraid to bring down your barrier.

Seek adventure

Marriage is one big adventure with lots of ups and downs and side to sides. Be open to this adventure and it can take you places you never dreamed of. You have someone by your side to help guide you, comfort you, drive you and support you. Let the love and trust you have for one and other be the only confidence you need. Whatever you want to do you can do it – because they always have your back.

If you are married, what are some of the things you have learned?

If you aren’t married, what would you want in a partner?

Has finding out about your personality helped any relationships in your life?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites + Episode 37 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

It’s my birthday!

I turn the grand old age of 32 this year and I cannot wait for the working day to end so I can start to celebrate!

It’s always hard being away from friends and family on days like these but I know David will make my evening super fun!

So today I want to take some time to relax and chill, so will get straight to my Friday Favourites!Friday - chase the red grape

Favourite…Moment – Signing the lease to our new apartment

Sorry I was so cryptic on last weeks Friday Favourites post but we were applying for an apartment that we really wanted and knew the outcome was out of our hands. Well we got it! We don’t move in until the 7th of September but I can’t wait. It’s in our favourite area of town!

Favourite…Feeling – Birthday excitement

Tonight we are heading to a bar that we have been meaning to visit for a long time. They do a whiskey tasting flight – 4 American whiskeys paired with… wait for it… bacon. Forget wine and cheese, this is calling my name!

Favourite…Purchase – Mandarinsmandarins - chase the red grape

Fresh, local, seasonal, the best thing about winter is citrus. And it’s in abundance right now!

Favourite…Food/Drink – Flat whitecoffee - chase the red grape

I love black coffee, I love cappuccinos but recently I have been getting into a Flat White. An Aussie creation (did you know the Aussies are known around the world for having the best coffee? I can attest to that!), that is prepared by pouring microfoam (steamed milk with small bubbles) over a double or single shot of espresso. It allows the coffee to shine first, milk coming in as a flavour to support it. So good!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 37 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastcreative mind - chase the red grape

This week we looked at creativity – what type of creative mind are you?crossfit - chase the red grape podcast

Episode 37 of the podcast is all about the CrossFit Games 2017 – location, athletes, movements, predictions… we discuss it all! Check it out now on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the web.

Favourite… Moment of training – Helen time

I took 1 minute off my ‘Helen’ (3 rounds for time – 400m run, 21 kettle bell swings (American), 12 pull ups) time this week – pretty chuffed about that!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Food shop, lunch out then hopefully off to see Dunkirk! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, coffee and podcasting!

Hope you have a fab weekend folks!

What one thing is not negotiable on your birthday?

When was the last time you moved house?

How do you like your coffee?

A weird but interesting beast – Being a creative mind #5TTT

Hi all,

I spotted this quote the other day in a coffee shop and it got me thinking.chase the red grape

As someone who identifies with being a creative mind I definitely agree with this quote. In fact it’s accuracy really made me laugh.

Weird because you see things where others don’t.

A beast because you can’t control inspiration.

Interesting for some strange reason – yes because often we can’t pin point why we are inspired by something but we are.

When I was younger, my imagination was my creative outlet. Yes I loved drama in school but I spent most of my time playing in the garden or at my local park. ‘on the open seas’ or ‘being adventurous in the jungle’. Even to this day I can see a story play out from next to nothing (and I know exactly which areas of the house would make amazing dens).

Now my outlet is in my writing. Although I do not write fiction I still seek inspiration from many sources. I watch how people interact. I read about what gets folk fired up… which in turn fires me up. I try to bring you back into your own mind, asking yourself the questions that you need in order to develop a sense of calm.

Being a creative makes my sparks fly.

Have you thought about where your creativity lies? For this weeks 5 top tips we are going to look at just that! And remember, there is a creative in all of us. Just because you don’t get paid to do these things doesn’t mean to say you aren’t a creative in your heart.creative mind - chase the red grape

Outgoing creative

These are the ones we all think of instantly. The singers, dancers, actors. They use their body as their creative art. We can hear them, see them, feel them. They live to entertain.

Internal creative

Internal creatives are where your writers are. From fiction to fact, songs to plays, TV shows to lyrics, internal creatives are inspired and driven by their gut. They feel drawn and compelled to produce because of their internal instincts.

Visual creative

Textbook visual creatives are, of course, artists but also craftsmen and women, engineers, architects, even David who creates maps from data. Cooks who can make their food look wonderful and inviting, designers who make homes, fashion and all manner of products look amazing. Ever landscaped your garden or produced a mood board for a project?

Developmental creative

Outgoing, internal and visual creatives can also be developmental creatives. This is where your inventors lie, your entrepreneurs and even chefs who are inspired by developing the palate. They are often inspired and driven by meeting the needs and desires of others.

Life creative

The life creatives envision the life they want to live and then go out there and live it. They may travel and explore but they also can take pleasure from creating their ideal home life. What they want in life they do their best to go out and grab. They create what they desire from the world.

Please let me know where you think you lie in the comments below or let me know if you have a different creative side that I may not have mentioned!

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Friday Favourites + Episode 36 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

How good are you at telling yourself ‘if it’s meant to be it will happen’… and actually believing it?

It’s something I tell people all the time, heck it’s something I tell myself all the time. I believe it… but maybe only 75% ish… Sometimes when you really want something it’s hard to truly believe that you have done everything you can and now it’s with fate to decide.

But seen as not believing leads to major stress and anxiety, I’m going to lean towards the former as much as possible… at least for now. Sorry if it sounds all cryptic. Will clue you in next week.Friday - chase the red grape

But for now I bring you what you came for, not a random mind dump but my Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Good Food and Wine Showfood and wine - chase the red grape

Yup it was just as good, if not better, than I had imagined. Great producers, both local and nation wide, were there to highlight their produce and it was wonderful. Over 100 wineries (we had to be picky) and amazing food from cheese, chocolate and coffee, to balsamic vinegars, stuffed dates, nut cheeses, and spice blends. It was just nice to be around so many people having fun, smiling and enjoying all the good eats and drinks! (Oh and wine ice cream was surprisingly tasty!)

Favourite… Feeling – Knowing that tomorrow is a day of calm

Do you ever get that feeling, where you know tomorrow is a day where you don’t have to be anywhere, do anything, stress out and can just be calm? Yeah that’s tomorrow for me… and I can’t wait!

Favourite… Purchase – Vanilla Rumrum - chase the red grape

We made one or two purchases from the Good Food and Wine Show and this was one of them. A small island in between Madagascar and Mauritius produces the rum and they flavour it on site with real vanilla. It’s not sweet, and you really have to like rum, but boy oh boy is it a delight to sip and savour.

Favourite… Food/Drink – Breakfast at Little LeFroy’sbrekkie - chase the red grape

I have found breakfast heaven! A small café that serves local produce highlighted to it’s best… what more could you want? It took me a while to decide on what to have but I was so glad I had what I did. Poached pear with sweetened ricotta and fruit toast. Oh and a side of bacon… which ended up being a genius choice of my part with the sweet and savoury combo. When can I go back?!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 36 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastjustified - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at the need for justifying every decision we make. Is ‘because I said so’ enough of a reason?chase the red grape podcast

Episode 36 of the podcast was all about macro counting. We both recount our experience and expand on where we are 6 months on, what we have learnt and how we continue to learn. Download on iTunes, Stitcher or listen on the website now!

Favourite… Moment of training – WOD’s where you ain’t got time to think

I love WOD’s where you have to be focused. Ones where you just simply do the job in hand, for both safety and speed. We had a few of those this week and it was great. Apart from this morning, where we had to do a crap tonne of running – leaving me alone with my thoughts. I hate that running does that – urgh!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Off to a sneaker exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art and maybe a sneaky bit of lunch out. Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, coffee, podcasting and chill!

Have a fab weekend guys!

What do you tend to have when you go out for breakfast? (Me? Anything I can’t cook myself at home)

Are you a rum fan?

What was the last exhibition you went to?

Does everything have to be justified? #5TTT

Hi all,

Why. Why have you made that choice? Why should you make that choice? The word why shrouds our day, every single moment.

Our brains help us to make the correct choices, those instant decisions like ‘don’t cross the road right now, there are cars coming’. It has already downloaded and rationalised the ‘why’, we don’t question it, we don’t think about it.

The world as a whole is a collection of justifications. Everyone needs a reason to do everything. But do we? Should our personal lives, our distinct choices have to be completely justified?

Does every choice we make in life have to be justified?

As always with my 5 top tips on a Tuesday, I have broken down this topic into different areas with various questions to ask yourself. Reflect on how you make your choices and have your own inner debate!justified - chase the red grape

Lack of action

Are we simply frightened to take action? Does the need for a reason mean we don’t actually have to take a leap, try something new, make a different choice. Do we use justifications to stop us from even trying?

Validation of your ‘why’ by others

Right now the question of why will most likely come from someone else. Sometimes you don’t even need a why within yourself to make a choice, it just feels right. Then when you talk to someone else they ask you why, making you doubt/ justify why you made the choice in the first place. Because you want to (or don’t want to in some cases) is enough. Because you say so is enough. If you make a personal choice that only affects you then you need to let that be enough.

Stepping away from spontaneity

For me, why always stops me from being spontaneous. It makes me question every decision I make too much. I never question others or their choices, simply my own, in my head, that niggling voice that makes you go stop. Maybe next time I think ‘screw it, I will just make nachos for dinner’, I should listen to that instant gut choice – I don’t need a why.

When is your gut and head not enough?

Sometimes we need to work things out. Sometimes we need to know why. Sometimes we need to discuss this with others to prevent us from going mad. But have you worked out those areas in life where your head and gut decision is not enough? Where you need your justifications validated by others? It may be at work, it might be decisions regarding your children, but knowing where your boundaries are will help keep things clear.

Happiness in justification?

Does knowing why make you any happier in your choices? Do you need to question why you are drawn to something or someone in order to smile? Often knowing that something simply makes us happy is in itself justification. Happiness is around us, we can give it, we can receive it, we just have to be open to it. Don’t justify happiness, instead let happiness be your justification.

Use these questions to help you understand yourself a little better. Maybe sometimes you really don’t always need to know why.

Are you a questioner?

Do you look to others for validation in your choices?

Are you spontaneous?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites + Episode 35 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

I am doing a little happy dance right now. One, because it’s Friday. Two, because I get to go to the Perth Good Food and Wine Show tomorrow… and I hear on the (grape) vine that there is going to be wine soft serve ice cream… amazing!

As if that isn’t enough there will be hundreds of vendors just ready and waiting for us to sample their products, chef demos and even free wine tastings – yes it’s foodie heaven for David and I!Friday - chase the red grape

Will keep you all up to date via Instagram stories so check out chasetheredgrape to join in on all the fun!

But first it’s time to hit up all the other happy points from the week in Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – IKEA and homelinessplants - chase the red grape

David and I wanted to pick up a few bits and bobs to make our home more cosy – a little bit more hygge if you will. We got frames and printed photos from our travels, candle holders, a new throw and a few more bits including these two plants. They are so cheerful, bright green and most importantly, should be easy to keep alive! We named them Ortis and Ed (Brits my age will know the connection) and then genuinely make me smile!

Favourite… Feeling – Laughing in the AM

I listened to one of my favourite podcasts where they talked about news on the TV – do we really need to know about all the bad and hurt that happens to others? The big things yes but the small sad stories that beat us down each day and get in our heads? No. So instead we are now watching Nickelodeon in the morning before David heads to work – it’s fab, silly and it’s working!

Favourite… Purchase – Nailsnails - chase the red grape

Every time I get my nails done (aka like twice a year) I swear to everyone around me I should do it more often. This time I kept my promise, and I am so glad I did. A bit of self care and it makes me happy to look down and see them all nice – like no matter how much of a mess I feel I know my nails always look good!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Saturday dinnersoup - chase the red grape

Is there anything better than spending a Saturday evening in the kitchen with your hubby laughing, listening and dancing to good music, drinking good wine and making great food? We made Meg’s easy veg and bean soup, followed by a wonderful apple and pear crumble and ice cream. My head and tummy were so happy!

Updates – 5TTT & Episode 35 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastlife MACRO COUNTING - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at the life after counting macros, 6 months on – what lessons did I apply?chase the red grape podcast

This weeks episode of the podcast was all about comfort zones. Are you happy in yours? We come to the defence of comfort zones but also take a look at what happens when you know you have to escape yours. Find on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the site.

Favourite… moment of training

I have a strain in my quad… boo! So in order to keep it happy I spent today upper body focused and it was great. Lots of fun on the bench press and ski erg – just nice to do something different… and not make this leg any angrier than it needs to be.

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Good Food and Wine Show! Sunday – Brekkie out somewhere nice, podcasting and chilling!

Have a great weekend folks!

Do you think wine soft serve would be nice?

What show would be your heaven?

What do you watch in the morning?

Life after macro counting… 6 months on #5TTT

Hi all,

Happy Tuesday!

So at the beginning of this year, David and I ended our experiment on ourselves counting macros. We had spent a little under a year focusing on our nutrition and our performance and had learnt a heck of a lot about ourselves, our bodies and what it needed to function, train and thrive.

At the end of the experiment, I wrote 2 articles about my experience titled ‘The Good’ and ‘The Bad and the Ugly’. (If you haven’t read these two I would recommend doing so first to get the full picture).

So as you can tell from those posts, the entire experience had its ups and downs, as does anything in life. But what about now 6 months on? Where am I at with my nutrition and was I actually able to put into place the lessons I had learnt to lead a comfortable life with regards food and what I need?life MACRO COUNTING - chase the red grape

I know what I need for my body

My body knows what demands I put on it. We train 4 times per week and I know how it feels to be at a point where my body has everything it needs to recover and restore. When we stopped counting I knew I didn’t want to loose that feeling so we basically carried on where we left off. With tweaks. I always kept in mind what I knew I needed and built my meals around that. I am a terrible decision maker, especially when it comes to food, so knowing I needed to make sure my meals included x,y and z makes life a lot easier. And we still use it. But sometimes ice cream, chocolate and a glass of wine is exactly what I know I need too.

Portion sizes

I know that if David has rice with lunch or potatoes he needed x amount of grams. I know that a good portion size of oats for brekkie is x amount. After a year of weighing and measuring, you know what those amounts look like. I still use my scale all the time, but at the same time when I am away and don’t have access to scales I don’t sweat it. Some times you will be surprised by how much of something you actually do need!

Less stress

But at the same time, if I’m not hungry, I don’t eat as much. There is no pressure to eat when I don’t want to or as often. Everything is more relaxed and we can do things like go out for lunch or dinner and not think twice about it! Yay! By the end of our experiment, the stress around food was small but that was because we were eating the same things day in and out. Now the excitement is back in food!

How is the training going?

I definitely felt that macro counting, in the beginning, lead to big gains at the gym. I became faster and stronger and it was such a great feeling. But I put this down to actually fuelling my workouts and recovery properly – aka eating enough food! After about 6 months the gains slowed down and became smaller – still progressing but at a smaller rate. As you would expect. All the progress I made still stands today, proving that fuelling right = reward.

And bear in mind…

So I have taken those lessons and implemented them into my everyday life. It has been quite an easy road for us and I am glad to see our bodies have responded positively, without needing to be so strict. However, I must mention that I am not one to crave or binge on food. I can eat a couple of squares of chocolate or a 25g portion of chips without going nuts on the rest of the bag. So being able to now choose what I want, when I want it, isn’t so much of a big deal. We also gravitate to real whole food and this makes up the majority of our diet.

Once again, like with my other posts on macro counting, I want to point out that I did this as an experiment on my nutrition with regards my training. It was not for weight loss and we went through an individualised programme. It was never intended to be for a significant period of time. If you have any questions please either comment below or email me at chasetheredgrape@outlook.com

In next weeks episode of the podcast (episode 36) David and I get chatting all about our macro experience, both during and after. Find out how we differed throughout our journey, what advice we would give and just have a good old chat about the process! Don’t forget to tune in!

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