The new year is here folks. Time to start planning, prepping for, talking about, overthinking, and obsessing over what the 2018 hunting seasons have in store for all of us. I know we at PNWild have already had multiple discussions about 2018 and what our year is going to look like. Tags to apply for, states to research, and new adventures to dream about are all in our future. What is on your radar? Have you been thinking and planning already or did the thoughts of 2018 seasons fly out the window with the stresses surrounding the holidays? Don’t delay, the time is now, 2018 is officially here.

I know for me personally some weight was gained during the holidays and now I need to ramp things up in the kitchen and in the gym if I’m going to reach my goals for this new year. There is no shame in letting the healthy eating slip or taking a break from rigorous workouts, as long as you are able to reel it in when the time comes, that time is now. Just in the last two weeks I have gotten back to weighing out my food and keeping track of my macronutrients throughout the day, and have already seen substantial results. The thought of weighing out your food everyday and tracking it all might seem daunting, but I promise you it’s truly quite easy and honestly, very rewarding.

First you will need to calculate your macro numbers that you will need to hit each day to achieve the goals you have.Macronutrients consist of protein, carbohydrates, and fats.  There are many macro calculators on the internet that are very easy to use. Bodybuilding.com has a great one that takes you through the process step by step. Basically, you will enter in some basic information, sex, height, weight, age, activity level throughout the day, and whether you are looking for a fat loss, maintenance, or muscle building, type of plan, then follow the steps to decide what your macro count will be for each day. For example, I am  currently consuming 1,965 calories a day: 196gr of protein, 196gr of carbs, and 43gr of fats. My focus everyday is getting as close to hitting those numbers dead on as I possibly can. It can be difficult at first to find the right combinations of foods you need during each day and such, but once you get the hang of it, it comes with ease and can be very fun.

I use an app called MyFitnessPal to scan in all of my food each day, it’s super simple (and free) and remembers the foods you eat so if you are a meal prepper it becomes very quick and easy to add in your food each day. You can either search for the food item you are eating or simply scan the barcode on whatever it is you are grubbing on and the nutrient facts will pop up onto your phone, put in the number of servings you are consuming and you are done. The app allows you to break down your meals by breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks so you can track how many calories you are eating for each meal throughout the day. I try very hard to keep all my meals fairly balanced and similar in caloric intake. Find what works for you and run with it.

In 2 weeks of sticking to those numbers and hitting the gym 4-5 times a week I have already lost 5lbs out of the 15lbs I am wanting to lose. Now it isn’t and shouldn’t only be about a number on the scale, I also have lofty strength and conditioning goals I am after. Truly as long as you feel better physically that is what truly matters. Everyone will have different goals, motivations, styles, and preferences. This is just what works for me. I am no expert, I just want to offer some information to those that may be looking for a more sustainable type of “diet” as this one allows you to eat whatever it is you desire as long as it fits within your macronutrient numbers for the day. IIFYM.com is another good resource to check out if you have any questions about how this works.

Please if any of you have any questions on macronutrients, MyFitnessPal, calculating your macros, meal ideas, whatever reach out and ask! I am more than happy to do whatever I can to help any of you with your goals for the 2018 health and hunting seasons!