Just A Trace Explained

So what does Just A Trace mean anyway? It’s a play on my name and how this lifestyle I’ve found has helped me transform my life. My name is Tracy and I’ve been about 130 pounds heavier than I am today. I’m not a quick extreme weight loss story. My transformation took years of yo-yoing up and down until I found my missing link. I hit my top weight one year after my son was born (he’s 17 currently) then slowly lost and gained back a little, lost and gained back a little… for the next 12 years. I’ve maintained this lifestyle now, going on five years. 

I know there are many diet trends out there. Always have been and always will be. Low carb, no carb, no sugar, etc, etc… Too many to list! I don’t have a problem with diets as long as you can maintain good overall health while adopting their practices and your picture of health improves. My only issue with any diet, no matter what it is, is sustainability. It’s a fact if you restrict calories and eat less than you burn, you’re going to lose weight. Calories in vs. calories out. Many of these trends are just tricking you into thinking by following their plan you’re doing something no other plan can do as well for you…that’s lose the weight you want to lose. What’s really happening at the core is calories in equals less than calories out so the result is weight loss. It’s science and math. Your body is one big mathematical equation. The proof of whether any of these diets work is sustainability. Is it a sustainable everyday diet you can stick to for the rest of your life? If it’s not…if it’s something you’ll do for a couple of months and then go back to eating what you really “want” then that’s a weight loss diet, not a lifestyle.

After many years on this planet I finally found a lifestyle that has completely changed my life 200% for the better. I feel like I’ve been given the Golden ticket and I want everyone to know what I know and have their own personal version of change, transformation and mindset shift! It’s not a secret and it’s not hard, you CAN do it too, you HAVE the discipline within you and you WILL achieve anything you put your mind to.

I can

I have

I will

You can

You have

You will

I found something I can live with, day in and day out, year after year, that’s good for me and I love! I actually look forward to it because it’s completely changed my life and I feel so free. I know I can eat ANYTHING I want and still maintain and even lose weight if thats my goal. I used to be ruled by fear when dieting. Now I live with a sense of freedom. I’m no longer afraid to eat something, but it took me time. Most importantly it took me truly changing my mindset and how I think. I’ll do another post on the power of mindset but, quickly here, I had to take the word “can’t” out of my vocabulary and replace it with “I can.” Doing that one thing, believing in myself and my ability to grow, evolve and get better everyday has changed my life. 

“I found a lifestyle I can live with, day in and day out!” 

How can I claim to eat ANYTHING I want and still maintain and even lose weight? The answer is simpler than you may think. I learned how nutrition plays the biggest part in weight loss and maintaining. Basically I look at my daily calorie goal and macronutrients (proteins, carbs and fats) as my bank account. I know I have x amount I can spend everyday and they need to come from somewhere. So for example, say I need 1,700 calories but 130 grams need to come from protein, 170 grams from carbs and 57 from fats. I factor that into my daily intake. My Fitness Pal (MFP) is a great tool for keeping track of this and the community is awesome. If you don’t have it on your smartphone download it, NOW! You will thank me. It’s close to my #1 biggest asset. But… back to the bank account. Would you spend more than you have in your bank? Same principal here. If you know you have a celebratory dinner out coming up then you plan and prepare (save) for that. Calculate how many calories you’d like to have and make room for it in your week. You’ll likely be more successful when skimming extra calories for moments of celebration if you don’t grab them from just one day. That would possibly mean you would be starving yourself before that meal, which would make you more likely to overeat your planned meal simply because you’re so hungry. It’s easier on your body if you skim 100 calories or so a few days before and even a few days after to accommodate. I like to limit myself to no more than 6 days of “borrowing from Peter to pay Paul.” That way you account for it quickly and your progress and goals don’t slow. My activity level and workouts play a role in this too, don’t get me wrong, but it all relies on my nutrition and how I fuel my body. I promise you I will expand on all of this in a future post.

You will see me posting pictures or recipes of foods you’ve come to think of over time as off limits if you’re being healthy. You may even think in doing so I’m not representing a healthy lifestyle authentically, but nothing could be further from the truth. I’ll explain why. Healthy, the definition is; 

healthy
[hel-thee] adjective
3. conducive to good health; healthful: healthy recreations.

We’ve been taught that for foods to be conductive to good health they have to come from a certain list. This is simply put, not true. No food is inherently bad for you. It’s what you eat, and how much that can push a food to the unhealthy side of your health picture. Your body can’t distinguish where your macronutrients come from, only how many you ingest. For example, the carbs in candy and the carbs in say, fruit are interpreted as the same by your body where grams are equal once ingested. Your body will perform optimally with a certain amount each day and if you go over or under that will effect your energy levels and body composition; body fat and muscle.

It makes perfect sense then that Just A Trace Life focus will be on everyday {without a trace} and moments of celebration {with a trace} recipes, as well as lifestyle, fitness and life celebrations.

 

“It’s just me, transformed.”

I’m not putting these pictures here to show off or say “look at me.” I’m not perfect, they’re not perfectly edited. It’s just me, transformed. I think it’s important to show people where you came from and where you’re at now because of change, when you come out and make bold statements like I’m making here. I’ve been in a different place. I’m not hiding that. Today I’m here and my heart is to inspire and support others on their path… be inspired and supported by you as well!

YOU ARE WORTH IT

~Tracy

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