When did I decided to change
I knew I should start to care better of myself but the problem was I didn’t know where to start from.
I knew less beer and more vegetables was probably a good idea, so I started with that! For exercise, I started trying to go to the gym once or twice each week, and began attending a bootcamp class with some friends.
With a bit of work on the QUALITY of my nutrition plus more overall movement in my daily life, I noticed my clothing fit better and I was liking what I saw in the mirror.
Nutrition can be complex
That was a good start, but in order to reach my goals, I needed to take my nutrition a step further. Finding the balance between eating the right types of foods and eating the right AMOUNT can be tough!
After moving to Barcelona, I started Olympic Weightlifting, and in order to fit into my weight class category, I found I needed to drop a few more kilos. A friend of mine who had competed on an international level in body building suggested “macro-counting” (a form of flexible dieting)- basically, weighing and measuring my food intake and have a precise count of carbs, protein and fat.
By adding precision to my diet, I was not only able to lose body fat, but able to maintain (and even improve!) my strength in my sport.
Since then, I have found a point in which I am able to maintain a body composition and performance level that works well for my lifestyle without weighing and measuring what I eat every day… because no one wants to eat out of tupperware for the rest of their lives.