First things first! Every time you log in to your account for The Macro Challenge you will be redirected to the "Home Base". This is where you'll have access to the weekly outlines as well as all your materials for the challenge!
Secondly...we're so excited that you're here! That should be the first things first! Because seriously we are thrilled to have you, and can't wait to share in the MACRO MAGIC with you! The very first step to this process is to thoroughly read through the Macro Starter Guide. You can find that below! After you read that, we encourage you to read this rest of this to know what to expect in the coming weeks as well as know what to expect when the challenge starts.
To be ready for The Macro Challenge you will need:
To read the Beginner's Guide to Macros.
To know your goals AND your “why”.
The My Fitness Pal App.
A food scale.
A flexible measuring tape.
To take and submit “before pictures”. (Please note: we use these pictures to calculate your numbers, we will NEVER post your pictures without specified consent from you).
To submit your Custom Macros Questionnaire & “before pictures” to receive your custom macro count.
The Custom Macro Questionnaire is ONLY for the VIP and elite members of the challenge!
Know Your Goal & Your Why
Having a goal in mind is really important when you are trying to achieve something! While we want you to be specific--don’t just set a scale number goal. Consider setting goals around your workout performance, how your clothes fit, measurements, pictures and how you feel! Keep in mind that there is a learning curve to counting macros--and sustainable weight loss is max 1-2 pounds a week! The path to your goal may very well continue past the length of this challenge!
It is also critical to know WHY you want to achieve your goal. A compelling reason or a clear vision that you can hold in your mind. Ask yourself:
What is your reason for wanting to change?
(For help clarifying this point check out our Change worksheet).
Picture yourself AT your goal, your end vision.
Begin with this end in mind.
When things get tough, refer to this end vision and ask yourself - what do you want more?
Disclaimer: if you have 5 pounds or less, you could likely achieve this result in a reverse. The more narrow your margin for weight loss, the more difficult it can be to achieve and maintain. Follow this link for more on the Cost of Being Lean Infographic