Workout Wednesday: IIFYM Week 3

So I’m officially through with IIFYM Week 3 and it.was.a.struggle.

Workout Wednesday

I actually stayed pretty on track with my macros this week, minus a “treat meal” on Friday night. I did have a few slip-ups, but mostly stayed within my calories. Unfortunately, I think we’re going to have to knock down my calories. I’m not a “lucky one” who can diet on 1600+ calories a day. BOO.

I was pretty on track all week and only missed one HIIT workout. My Saturday workout was a bit short (as you read about in my Weekend Recap) but I got it in. Everything felt good, minus the back pain on Saturday so I did have to go a little lighter. HOWEVER, Friday’s upper body workout with Ben … he upped all of my weight and I’m stronger than I thought. Imagine that. 😉

How it’s going:
It’s all going well! Unfortunately we really thought we’d be able to get my metabolism under control so I didn’t have to cut calories much to diet, but I kinda knew that wouldn’t work in the back of my mind. Don’t worry – dieting won’t be forever. I just want to get back down to a more comfortable weight before summer. Remember, I’m 5’1″, so even 2 pounds on me feels like 7 on a normal human.

I actually gained another .4 lbs this week. Not too worried about it. I do actually feel a tiny bit leaner in my upper body, though. My stomach is holding on the bloat like a fiend, but I’m hoping things will even out soon. I’m feeling super strong!

What is your favorite workout?
Do you diet? What do you do to lose a few pounds (or gain)?


  1. Maddy says:

    I’m loving following along with your progress. I’m using my fitness pal to track my food and I’ve been doing pretty well. Right now I’m set at maintaining my weight since I’m lifting heavy and teaching 2 cycling classes a week – I feel like I’m over usually once a week and under usually once a week so ideally I’m evening out haha.

    When you count macros do you just set your numbers or do you adjust based on what you burned that day?

    I’m curious because on Tuesday’s I burn about 1200+cals teaching two spin classes – so myfitnesspal wants me to put away 3,000 cals which isn’t really possible for me without eating crappy foods (and it adjusts my macro goals as well).

    xo, Maddy
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    • Jessie says:

      Thanks! I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I love My Fitness Pal – it’s a lifesaver when it comes to tracking food. I think that’s a great goal to keep maintaining, especially if you’re exercising that much!

      My macros don’t fluctuate at all during the week, no matter what my calories burned are. Now, I’ve had coaches in the past that give me ~40 less carbs on a rest day, but that’s about as much fluctuation as there is. Ben and I are thinking about messing with my macros because I’m usually STARVING on leg day, but I’m more “normal” on other days. Also, I just found out yesterday that my thyroid levels were way off so it’s hard to make adjustments to my macros just yet because my thyroid is throwing everything off.

      So personally I’d say you should keep your macros the same no matter what you’re doing. I think if you start to gain or lose weight more than you’d like, then maybe you can look at upping calories a bit on high intensity days and lower a bit on low intensity days. As much as I love MFP for tracking calories, I do not trust it when it comes to adding food in based on what I’ve burned. That was a huge long response to your comment, but that’d be my suggestion! 🙂 I think you said you have a coach/trainer that you love (I read the blog!), but Ben’s really good with macros if you’d ever want to reach out to him with questions, let me know! 🙂 He’s smarter than me on that (don’t tell him I said that!)

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