Girl on the Go: hanger games
The week started out like any other. I prepped my meals (like a boss), did my washing (like a boss), caught up on the week’s events (like a boss) and stalked the sh!t out of the Spartan Sydney pics (like a stalker).
And it did not disappoint! With Spartan Melbourne locked in for my team of warrior gods, I wanted to go through to see the kind of Spartan talent we’d be up against and what obstacles/death traps we’re in for. With around 5,200 finishers, the event is clearly a raging success. I was busting to be a part of it (especially after our interrupted Raw Challenge finish – which still upsets me when thinking about it).
I need to be able to lift my own bodyweight up and over an upside-down rock-climbing wall in time for Spartan on June 4. It’s going to happen.
*Struts into gym, sings in head*
So now I’m back, from outer space, I just walked in to find me here with determination all over my face.
There’s such a thing as power-to-weight ratio (athletes and PT’s would be all over this term), which basically means having low body fat levels while still being strong and muscular (and building strength). This comes naturally to most males (typical!) whereas us females may need to manipulate our nutritional intake and training to achieve our desired body fat levels. ‘Riiiiiigghhht’ I hear you say. But I promise it’s not as daunting as it sounds!
Power-to-weight ratio is achieved in two parts – strength training (which I’ll go into more next week) and nutritional intake.
Over the last two weeks I’ve gone from ‘eating clean’ to getting down to business and counting macronutrients (or macros). If you’ve heard of macros you’ll know they’re not quite the delicious chocolate bar they sound like (I could murder a chocolate bar right now). It basically takes calorie counting to a whole new level. You’ve got your basic recommended daily energy intake which you then measure, record and break down into protein, carbohydrates and fat.
- A gram of protein contains 4 calories
- A gram of carbohydrates contains 4 calories
- A gram of fat contains 9 calories
So for example… if you’re on a 2,000 daily calorie diet, your macros would be calculated like this:
- 800 calories/4 calories per gram = 200g of protein
- 800 calories/4 calories per gram = 200g of carbs
- 400 calories/9 calories per gram of fat = 44g of fat (rounded down)
The percentage split for the example above is 40/40/20. Comprende?
I actually thought it was going to be so much more difficult than is has been. I thought I’d be like…
But so far I’m feeling like a macro-annihilating queen and I am more energised than ever. Boom.
If you’re up for a challenge and want to take on Spartan Melbourne with us, get 15% OFF and use code GOGORACE as you register! Otherwise you can see what we get up to on Instagram @girlonthego_au – check it out.
I’ve included an amazing recipe below which has honestly changed my life (thanks to Digital Ed, Bec Chambers). Cauliflower rice is THE best thing since before sliced bread. Not even kidding.
Girl on the Go,
- Set the oven to 200 degrees
- Chop up cauliflower (remove leaves) and pop it into a food processor/blender
- Once processed, lay the couscous textured cauliflower on a lined baking tray
- Sprinkle with cumin, paprika, salt and pepper
- Bake for 15-20 mins (then check and pop it back in if you need to!)
- Serve as is or throw in some parsley/herbs