1.27.2015

Back on track after a bad week.

My eating was very off last week, I only hit my macros like 2 days. I ate out, I ate hospital food, and I wasn't weighing anything. I just had to survive last week, when I know I'm going to be off plan I try to just stay under my calorie goal for the day and eat as much protein as I can get. Not too surprisingly I was up two pounds when I weighed in Monday. I'm not even upset about it, you get back what you put in and I know my focus wasn't on my own health last week. Life happens and situations will arise, but do I let it continue? No. When I finally got to the grocery store, in a working car, I bought spent the rest of my life savings on produce and went home to prep for the week.


 I'm still obsessed with my veggie spiral thing so I spiraled up some zucchini - I don't cook it, I just put it in a Tupperware and when I'm at work I weigh out what I need, put it in a bowl, sprinkle with water, and microwave for 45 seconds. Then I go stand in the fridge and find some stuff to throw together for over top, this week I baked some chicken {season it then 425 for 30 minutes} cut it up and sauteed with black beans, spicy tomato, and corn salsa. I measured out each portion into individual Tupperware.


 This is just the mix without the Zoodles, but I try to stay high protein on my lunches. I have no problems meeting my daily protein macros and I stopped drinking protein shakes too! 


On the regular I will have Greek yogurt, chicken for lunch and dinner, Tuna, and cheese. I try to eat my proteins at my meals and snack on my fats and carbs, that's just the way I prefer it. I also make egg muffins for breakfast at work - full of protein and easy to reheat!


My favorite subscription pack came - I'm Pretty Fit - this pack is the Resolutions Pack and it's full of fun things I'd like to try, but kinda don't want to go out and buy just yet. Like fat burners, I've only tried once in the past after a coworker raved about 'em, but it made me feel sick. This pack includes the EVL Lean Mode which is a non-stimulant based fat burner, so I think I'll give it a go. I'm also excited to try the AboutTime all natural pre workout drink, I love my spark dearly, but those 11g of carbs are a no go on no cardio days.


I already found a new love - this little bar right here is excellent! 2.5f / 18c / 10p I love these macros! Found and ordered on Amazon.


You don't have to do a monthly subscription, I'm Pretty Fit has a option where you can just buy on pack and they have multiple types available to choose from, like this Protein Cookbook Pack or the Fall Protein Pack which is great too!


It feels good to be back on track, I don't mind eating out sometimes, but after a day or two you just start to feel like crap. It's very true, you are what you eat, or more you feel like what you eat. 

Reader's choice - do y'all want a HIIT workout tomorrow or an arm one??


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This is Dina, a blogger who share her story over at Live Fit Live Strong Live Pink. She shares her past emotional issues with food and how BeachBody has give her the strength to overcome, finally getting healthy. She also shares her adorable blonde headed daughter, Brooklyn, and how she will never ever give up coffee. A girl after my own heart. If you have time you should stop by and check her out :)

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1.26.2015

There's a Brightside.

If you follow me on Instagram then you know how my week went last week, rough. 

 
We started it with Aiden getting RSV last weekend and by Tuesday Madison had to be admitted to the hospital with Pneumonia.  It was so scary, her fever spiked to 103.8 and didn't respond to meds at all we took her to the doctor on Monday and she tested negative for the flu and was sent home, but Oliver rushed her to the ER Tuesday morning after her breathing became rapid and her fever wouldn't come down. An X-ray showed she had pneumonia in her left lung and her oxygen levels were in the 80's. The admitted her for 4 days. 


Having a child in the hospital is the most emotionally draining situation I think I've ever been through. I'm thankful she was able to be put in a hospital close to our house, Oliver and I switched off days and nights although he was a trooper and took night shift, the plastic green 'bed seat' left much to be desired. Aiden went to stay with my MIL, I didn't want him at the hospital at all because he was still recovering from his RSV and the very last thing I wanted was for him to get hospitalized too. We were sure she would be able to go home on Thursday so I planned to go to work. When I got to work Oliver called me and said that her stats fell too much during the night and she had to be put back on oxygen so she would have to stay another 24 hours. I just lost it, I couldn't stop crying even though physically I knew she was going to be fine the stress just wore me out. 


I hadn't seen Aiden since Sunday night and by Thursday I literally felt like my heart was breaking. I was missing him so much, but I knew Oliver needed a break so I had to stay at the hospital all day so he could get some sleep at home. I was also stressing about the money, they come in and tell you your estimated portion about .5 second after you check in and she was staying another day past that. Two sick kids and 7 doctor visits with large co-pays that don't count to your out of pocket and then a hospital stay - all in January?! I was very overwhelmed. 


I'm extremely glad that all of my babies are home and on the mend, Oliver and I ended up getting sick AGAIN either from the hospital or the stress, probably both. We spent the weekend at home, cleaning and resting. Both the kids are doing breathing treatments every 4 hours, steroids, and antibiotics twice a day.


This Daddy's girl was stuck to my side all weekend though, I loved it. She was begging to help do chores around the house and she's actually very helpful with a lot of things, like the Shark. We also cleaned out the bathtub and shower with this little pinterest concoction.


 You heat up some vinegar and pour in the baking soda - which will fizz up {Madison thought it was the best thing ever} - and add blue Dawn. You let it soak on the tub and then wipe clean, sparkling!


My life always feels more on track when my house is clean, when I'm really really stressed cleaning actually makes me feel better. To end the week with a bang my car freaked out and wouldn't start. I can't even. The only bright side is that I had free roadside assistance and that my car is still under warranty, I'm actually putting off calling the dealership right now because I'm not sure I can handle and more bad news at the moment. 

I woke up this morning feeling better than I have in days so here's to a better week, a working car, and healthy kids! 

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1.20.2015

Doing It All.


I would say about 60% of the comments or emails I get ask my 'secret' for how I seem to get so much done. "How do you have the energy? How do you get up so early? You do so much for having two kids!" I came across a post on Facebook today from a mother who was tired of feeling like she wasn't doing enough because she 'didn't stop making excuses and get to the gym' and it really got me thinking about perception and finding that balance. 

Let me let you in on my 'secrets' - Spark and coffee. Kidding, well kinda, I do drink one of each a day, but that ain't gonna keep you rev'd for 18 hours. 


First and foremost is my partner in life, my husband. He helps, he cleans, he takes care of the kids, he works, he provides, and sometimes he'll even cook. I picked a good one and if I'm being super honest I think a lot of wives let their husbands slide with a lot of the work that needs to be done for a family. We've figured out things that work for us, for example, he will do laundry, but won't touch a mop or a toilet so I do it. He hates to cook so I do all the cooking and he does all the dishes {while simultaneously chewing me out for using so many}. He works full time from home, which gives him a little more load around the house because, well, he's there all day. His shift is 12-7 so that's how I'm able to get in 5am workouts during the week.


 When we added another child to our family there were stressful times, Oliver was not much help during the night and that's just something I had to accept and move on from, he's not a 'middle of the night' kinda person. None of us are, but we adapt for sweet little angel babies. God heard my prayers and sweet Aiden turned into a pretty good sleeper around 5 months. 


Y'all my kids are 5 years apart, that's a heck of lot easier than having 2 or 3 kids who are very close in age. Madison is a big girl, she's helpful and can do for herself most of the time. I only have to deal with one child's gymnastics, dance, or soccer game which leaves me extra time to do things I want on the weekend like the gym or playing my own soccer.


Both my parents and Oliver's parents live close by, super helpful. Oliver's Mom is retired and dotes on the grand kids, she watches them full time, helps to take them to appoints or activities when needed, heck she'll even run to the grocery store if we are out of things! The perks of marrying an only child :) My Mom and Dad both still work, but my Mom works from home as well so if needed she's there for us. My Dad will come by on Fridays and take Madison to school just for fun, they pick her up on a Tuesday night for open swim at the Y, she spends every Friday night at their house. My family makes my life run smoothly. 



There are things I give up, mostly sleep, but to ME I love sweating more than I love sleeping. So what? Meredith {above} she loves sleep, hahahha, and I respect that {although I still try to talk her into my early morning stuff} she comes when she can and is very honest that she's happier when she has that extra time at home. There is no right way, only the way that works for YOUR life. 



We say it all the time, but I think it's so important to not compare your life to others! I do not contain special powers that motivate me, I just have a lot of help and a love of sweating. I'm a morning person, I don't mind getting up at 4:30am. I've learned that I can't do it all, if I focus a lot of my energy into one area another one usually starts slipping. I've been a terrible friend lately, I turn down most invitations to go out and do things. In fact I made plans months ago to go see a comedian who was in town with my coworkers and it was this last Sunday. Both the kids were sick and I had zero desire to go out and be out past my bedtime knowing I had to work the next day, but I was the one who bought tickets for everyone so if I didn't show up they wouldn't be able to go. So I went, I had fun, and only felt a little guilty.


This girl right here wasn't making excuses for her weight, I just didn't have the knowledge on how to change my behaviors. It had very little to do with me getting up at 5am, but more with how to feed myself better. I had to learn to cook, I had to learn what food where made up of, I had to learn how to live healthier. That doesn't have to take away from you life, but it does take a little effort. You don't need to go balls to the wall to have success, you can make being healthy fit you life IF YOU WANT IT TO. It's not about excuses, although I've heard some doozies! Do what makes you happy. Working out makes me happy, so I get my ass up and do it. 

Washing my floors makes me sad, so I don't do that.
Laundry, that makes me sad too. 


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1.19.2015

Rough Weekend.




Friday we found out that little baby Aiden had RSV, he's had a cough for a while, but the dr said it was just a virus when we took him on Monday, but Friday he took a turn for the worse so back he went. I think we caught it early, thank God, so the treatments are helping tremendously!  He gets breathing treatments 4x's a day, antibiotics 2x a day, and nose sucking with a Nose Frida before and after every nap. He still was sleeping like a champ, didn't wake up at all at night {12/13 hours}and took 4 hours in naps while we all lounged around the house Saturday. He refuses to eat any food, but is still taking a bottle, he gags on anything he chews poor guy. RSV has been going around like wildfire in Dallas, a lot of my friends had to take their babies to the hospital, so I'm very very thankful we did not have to go that route.


Saturday and Sunday he was still running a low fever, but had bouts of his usual smiling self to keep me reassured. He said Dada for the first time and took a pretty long standing alone break, also is heartbreakingly growing more hair.

I'm a little sleep deprived today and this picture makes me want to cry. I need to pull it together already! It's been a rough Monday, but I'm working on turning it around, I'd hate to start my week of with negativity. 

Saturday Madison spent the day with my parents going to 'CowTown' as she likes to call it {Fort Worth}, but came home complaining of not feeling well. At first I thought she might be complaining because Aiden was getting so much attention, but she steadily went down hill. Sunday she had a persistent cough and a low fever which made me think she got whatever Aiden had. She insisted on only eating salad yesterday because she said if she ate healthy she would get healthy, crazy girl. I wish that was the way it worked! At one point she got up off the couch and asked to be put to bed, then I really started to worry because she always wants to be wherever Daddy is, the F word popped into my head and we decided to run up to CVS and get her tested.


She insisted on 'dressing up' for it in a Nobella Grace top and plastic princess heels {with socks no less} we go in and sign up, 2 people ahead of us, 2.5+ hour wait. I can't even. So we go home and Aiden goes back to sleep and we decide to just wait and take both kids to their Ped today. She also has another Dr appointment this afternoon to take out her ear tubes. Last year at work I maxed out my FSA contributions to pay for my csection and I'm really glad I left it at the same amount because so far THIS MONTH we've spent over $500 bucks, after insurance, on dr visits and meds and Oliver has awesome insurance. Yikes.

*******Just got a text - negative for the flu!!! Thank you Jesus!****************

Besides sick kids I did a lot of the usual.


Saturday sweat sesh. I killed almost a grand on calories with Turbo and Body Pump. I don't wear my heart rate monitor much anymore because I don't really need to see my burn since my workouts are already figured into my macros, but it's been a while so I wore it for fun. 


On the weekends I love to make protein pancakes after my workouts, so many delicious combos to try - chocolate chips, pecans, or even fruit if you prefer. I also spiraled up a sweet potato with some olive oil and sea salt threw in some chicken, bam, lunch in less than 10 minutes. 


I accidentally bought too many zucchini for Zoodles so that's what's for lunch this week. I sauteed up some corn, peas, and tomatoes with some baked chicken. The zoodles I kept in a separate container for work and I'll just microwave them as needed to keep 'em fresh.


I'm trying to really stay on track every weekend despite a husband who will stoop to bribing me for take out :)

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1.16.2015

What's Stopping You?

It's now mid- January of twenty fifteen, how are you doing on your new years goals? Maybe you are doing great and still super motivated, but maybe you are waning and need an extra push.

 There are so many different ways to lose weight, millions of diet and exercise routines, surgery, and pills. What is the right way for you?

Over the last 6 years that I've actively been losing weight there have been many things that worked for me and many things that didn't. I started out needing lots of guidance on my diet and exercise, so I joined Weight Watchers, attended meetings and weekly weigh ins. I forced myself to go to boot camp, even at 240 pounds I didn't let that stop me from trying every single things the skinny people did.



 Then I found a passion for running, the pride I felt after pushing my body during a run was addictive. I signed up for races and ran the weight off. I learned about clean eating and tried to stick with that 90% of the time, but I wasn't always happy. Many nights I went to bed hungry, many days I punished my body with too much cardio trying desperately to run the last bit of weight off.

Then I got pregnant again. 

Losing the weight for the second time was completely different, I had knowledge and know how, but I was looking for a way to do it AND be completely satisfied when I went to bed at night. I wanted something I could live with for a long time.


I spent days reading and figuring out macro counting, or IIFYM aka Flexible Dieting, whatever you want to call it. It seemed confusing and complicated, but I was searching for SOMETHING and I was willing to put in the work. I had the motivation. FOR ME it was exactly what I was looking for, in just the few months that I've been using it I've been happy with my results and happy with my life. 

Another thing that has tremendously helped me this go round is my Challenge groups on Facebook. I've connected with so many like minded women, I've found inspiration in those who are striving to meet their goals, and satisfaction in knowing in some small way I'm helping those who want it. 

So, again I ask, what is that you need to meet your goals?
Motivation?
Diet and exercise tips?
Someone to be in constant contact with you and kick your ass?
Everyone is different and what works for Sally may not work for Susie. My diet is a bit complicated so if you are just starting to focus on your calories it may not be the best way to go. Weight watchers was very good for me in the beginning! Jenny Craig not so much :)

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If you seek motivation my Diet Bet is starting January 20th - next Tuesday. I am participating and determined to lose these last few pounds by my birthday in March! That's my short term goal. Everyone who joins the Diet Bet gets access to my free Facebook Challenge Group, if you sign up you must send me your email through Facebook or email at skinnymeg@outlook.com to get access to the secret group.


I'm also doing a freaking fantastic giveaway that's sure to help anyone who's struggling. There will be three winners!
1 month of coaching, 1 set of custom meal plans (1 week), and 1 nutritional plan consultation: all though Kadie at Project Progress


Kadie Hayward Mullins, owner and coach of Project Progress Health Coaching is an amazing women I met though my challenge group. She believes everyone's journey to living a healthier life is unique. There is no one size fits all answers, but the heart of health is nutrition.
Her goal is to help her clients achieve their health and fitness goals in a way that is reasonable, accessible, and maintainable. Hurdles to health are both physical and mental, she works with her clients to build a healthier relationship with food, fitness, and most importantly, themselves. We all deserve to live the healthiest life we can and she's excited to help you develop the tools to do so!

She offers services to fit your individual needs and budget ranging from consultations to calculate your nutritional needs, to meal planning, to motivational coaching and accountability. Her custom plans incorporate a science based approach with special consideration to your needs. Learn more about her services by e-mail at projectprogresscoaching@gmail.com.

I have no pony in her show, she has not paid me in any way, I just honestly believe in Kadie's outlook to nutrition and her absolute love of helping others. She is certified by NESTA and her prices are extremely reasonable! 



 So tell me, what's stopping you?



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1.15.2015

Geode Jewelry


 One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six

I received a Geode necklace for Christmas and I'm just a tad obsessed with it! There are so many variations you can buy, I can't decide if I love it chunky or dainty best, plus the earrings?? Yes please. 


I love the gold leafing on the edges and the beads with a little leather detailing, it's unusual and that's what makes me love it. I'm not sure where it came from, sorry, but it's similar to this one


I JUST got these boots from Just Fab and was so excited to share them with y'all cause I FREAKING love 'em, but they are mostly sold out! ugh, that's so annoying!  I'm not a fan of Just Fab's heels, but their boots rock my face off for $40 bucks.
On the bright side I did finally find these leggings online and they are the best leggings ever, so comfortable and the perfect blend of cotton/poly for less fading. Mud Pie Women's Dylan Printed Legging I would say they run true to size.
Top is from Nobella Grace, sold out but an even better option found here

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1.14.2015

Progress.


 Between these two pictures is only about a 3 pound difference, but about 1.5 inches off my hips alone, that's a lot! Actually that's the difference between a size 12 and a size 10 in a pair of jeans. I've drastically cut back on my running, mostly due to the lingering 3 week cold I have going on in my chest. I'm still trying to get in two days a week, one of them being speed work at a track. I lift weights 5 days a week: 2 legs, 2 arms, 1 full body.

Outfit via Fabletics
I've been splitting my time between two gyms, we joined the Y close to my house recently. They just remodeled it {MUCH needed, it was olddddd, I used to go there when we moved here in '94} and the weight area is very nice, plus we get a discount on swim lessons, soccer, and summer camps. I'm also hoping it encourages Oliver to workout with my Mom in the mornings :) My other gym is all women and I've been going there for a very long time, I pay next to nothing, so I keep it. My friends all go there and both are conveniently located on my way to work. The Y has better equipment for leg day so do Monday's there and on Tuesday the track is less than a mile from the Y so I run at 4:45 then go and do 30 minutes of arms before work.

Chicken Lime Cilantro over Zoodles.

After the marathon my calories obviously had to be cut, whaaaaaaaaaa. Carbs are the best part of marathon training! My calories went from around 2100 to 1860, mostly slashing my carb intake. It was tough for the first week or so, I really had to adjust the types of food I brought to work, no more bagels for breakfast or cereal for snacks. I was hungry a lot of the time and was maybe a little bitchy too. I found new foods [like my egg muffins and Spiralizer Boyfriend ] and I've actually had to cut out any protein shakes because I'd rather eat it in a food form than a drink and I'm hitting my protein no problem. My macros right now are 63f / 182c / 142p I do get extra carbs after a long run. 

Mocha Dreams Tunic

 The scale has slowed the last few weeks, which can really mess with your head. Am I doing enough? Should I run more? Should I lift heavier? Should I eat less? What am I doing wrong???

I do a check list - 
Am I satisfied with my workouts? Yes, actually more than yes. I really feel like I'm enjoying each day's workout. 
How's my food, really? I'm consistently hitting my macros and staying within my calorie goal. I'm eating a shit ton of protein and at least 4 servings of veggies daily. I don't feel deprived at all. 
Are my workout's effective? I see my body every day so sometimes it can be hard to see changes, but putting those photo's together up top showed me that, yes, I am having progress. I'd rather lose inches than weight any day. My legs are finally shrinking, my problem area and the last to go on me, I lose weight from the top down.

So, what should I do? Well I talked to another friend who has similar goals to mine, but has been through marathon training and weight lifting and macro counting a lot longer than me and she brought up a very good point. It's been less than a month from my marathon, while I might FEEL good my body is still recovering and adjusting, it doesn't happen in a week or even two. I know that I'm doing the right things, I just need to trust that my body is going to catch up sometime in the next decade. That's what we call 'trusting the process'. 


I'm going to continue to do what I'm currently doing and reevaluate in two weeks before changing things up, workout or calorie wise. What I'm NOT going to do is eat less and run more which would have been my default plan in the past, that's not the goal this time. Of course I want the scale to move, but I also don't want to walk around hungry or going to bed early to stay out of the kitchen. That's not a good life for me, I get SUPER mean when I'm hungry, just ask Oliver.


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1.13.2015

Master Bathroom Stenciling

We've lived in our house for almost 11 years now, it's undergone so many different looks. I tend to get bored looking at the same things after about a year or so and I'll change it up, just to keep me happy in my surroundings.



This was somewhere around 2011 I believe.


 Around 2012 I refinished the bathroom cabinets, loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee. You can read about it here.


 
This past summer we did some major renovations, tiling out the house, installing granite with new sinks, and tiling out the shower.  After that was complete I decided I didn't like the wall color with the new tile, so I painted it the most perfect smoky grey color.


I decided to take down the beloved bubble bath picture of Madison and I, although Oliver was sad her really liked it. The walls above tub are pretty large so I thought I'd do a fun stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. I'm slightly obsessed with them you can check out others I've used in my dining room {wow, throwing it back 4 years!}and in my master bedroom


 I ordered the Peacock Feather and decided to paint it a creamy white, I first tried to find a gold shimmer paint that I could stencil with -  it was a no go.Shimmer paint just is too thin to really stencil with, even after reading a review that the one from Sherwin Williams would work. Lies, all lies.



I will say this stencil is one of the harder ones to use, the little detailing at the top make it really hard not to have bleeding. The bigger designs, like trellis or polka dots are easier. It's not impossible, just harder. I highly recommend ordering the stencil level and the foam roller that they have, it will make it easier for you. Also their videos are super helpful and rolling the foam roller on a paper towel to remove the excess is an excellent idea, unless you want to spend a week touching up. Your call :)


 To finish the wall off I had a great idea to put up a collage with all of us and our messy hair. Madison was quite indignant that Aiden was included seeing as he has no hair, but I told her when he grows some we can replace his picture. I ordered the Embrace Messy Hair print off of Etsy.


I am really loving gold lately and Hobby Lobby has some ADORABLE gold stuff, like this sign. I might be hankering to now repaint my bedroom. It has been a year....
 
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