Our many years of working for Anytime Fitness gave us more than just career gains — it gave us a plethora of knowledge to improve our health, both mentally and physically. The last three years of employment also happened to take place in a brand new headquarters located in Woodbury, Minnesota, complete with a full size Anytime Fitness gym, a corporate trainer, AND group fitness classes. To be frank, saying goodbye to our #fitfam was one of the hardest parts about leaving the job.
We both found a new #fitfam in the F45 community through some ass-kicking workouts and soon were part of a franchise-wide health challenge that included food tracking — specifically macros. While we all know exercise is important to our physical wellbeing, the choices you make in the kitchen are imperative to it as well. I had engaged in conversations about tracking macros while at AF, but the thought of it made me cringe.
I’m happy to report, with the support and guidance of StrongerU (and each other!), Amanda and I are both on month four of tracking macros! It’s been eye-opening to understand portions and the breakdown of foods that I’ve always eaten and never thought twice about, because “healthy” foods. Getting the right breakdown of fat, carbs, and protein each day is basically an exciting game of Food Tetris. Talking about macros would be best suited for it’s own blog post, so for now, I’ll leave you with a mouthwatering protein-packed pb&j power smoothie we’ve mastered for an easy, low-fat, high-protein, high (good) carb treat! I like to add a serving of homemade granola and even a spoonful of melty peanut butter on top (when it fits into my daily macro allotment)! You’ll be transported back to your elementary lunch room with each sip.