5.22.2015

A Happy Update!

If you've followed me a while then you may remember Holly and Darren, they got pregnant after their 11th fertility treatment, but lost the twins in the 2nd trimester after Holly's water broke early.  You can read their story at Oh Baby, Baby, I must warn you to not read at work as I sit here sobbing in my office.


The story for Holly and Darren continued, the day she gave birth to her son a friend email and offered to carry the remaining embroys to term for them. Almost a year to the day that she lost Brinly and Jude, Holly and Darren welcomed their twin boys - Noah and Beckom.



 
I know many of you donated to the Benson family to help cover the cost of burying their stillborn babies, I just wanted you all to know how appreciative they were for all of your kindness! 


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5.20.2015

Leg Day Burnout!


Vacation is quickly approaching, we are headed up north around the end of June to see family and hang out in a cabin by our favorite lake.  Oliver doesn't really get the concept of  'summer bodies are made in the winter' he likes to wait until two months out to start gearing up for his swimsuit. Those two months are filled with 'do you think my arms look bigger?' , 'you don't think one beer will hurt me, right?', and constant complaining that he's not losing weight after two days of eating right. hahahha. I do love when I get text messages that say 'ran two miles with binks this morning. Was tough, but we got through it together!' and a sweaty selfie to prove it, all the heart eye emoji's!!! 


No secret that I'm all about a good leg day heavy days, lighter days, honestly I don't care as long as they are shaking when I'm done! I put together some basic leg movements that you can change up to make harder just by increasing your weight. You decided how beastmode you wanna be today and let me know, mmmmkay?


Video demo.

 
Getting your squat form right is hard, real hard! I highly suggest you squat by a mirror and/or video yourself so you can look at it and see maybe what you're doing wrong. Practice makes perfect and the stronger you get the better your form will become, promise. Don't add weight at the sake of form, you can always build that up once you have a good base. 

Anyways, enjoy!


 
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5.19.2015

Tips for losing weight with food.


 No matter what type of diet you follow or if you work, work at home, stay home with your kids, food prepping is so important! It's a mental gear up for the week, like a good pep talk with yourself about what your goals are for the next 7 days. No matter what happened Saturday, and yes it does count, you have a chance to start over and get yourself on track and for whatever reason Sunday is the day to prepare yourself for the fight. 

Do I have the same drive and motivation Monday through Friday, absolutely not! Mondays usually suck, Tuesdays are crazy busy which makes me want to grab something easy on the way home, Wednesdays are usually pretty good, Thursdays are crazy busy, and Friday's are the day I realize I did well all week and want to have a 'cheat' meal.

By making my breakfast and lunches ahead of time I can stay on track despite life happening, waking up late, hitting traffic, early meetings, sick kids, whatever life throws my way. Heck even when I don't feel like eating what I already have I usually do because otherwise I'm just wasting money. 


I have to share a fridge at work, a small one at that, which means I have to condense my Tupperware. I like my breakfast to be separate because it's really hard to weigh out eggs after they are cooked, lunch is usually a meat and a side so I can do two for those and just weigh out what I eat at work each day. 

A few tips that I've learned along the way, these are specific to me, but they may work for some of you too!


1. Don't force yourself to eat stuff you hate.
This may sound like common sense, but I can't tell you how many time I've fallen off track because I was forcing myself to eat 'clean and healthy' foods that never left me satisfied. For example, carrots and dip - gah. I really just do not like carrots as a snack, but I love cucumber with hummus, topped with some turkey for protein. Also, Quest Bars, no. I tried I really did, but no. I'll take the higher macros for a bar I actually enjoy! Like Detour Bars. I'm not a huge salad fan, if I'm going to eat a salad I'm going to just go buy an amazing one at Panera. They don't keep me full and I can't make them ahead of time, they get gross.



2. Make it easy.
I meal prep every Sunday around 4pm and I like to keep it to under 45 minutes at the very most. I've found items I can prep fast and that I really enjoy eating. Tuna Salad for one.


Cooking up a bag of frozen veggies and adding it to my turkey bacon and eggs. I honestly am terrible at cutting veggies, Oliver makes fun of me all the time, so I just buy frozen. Not all frozen is made the same, I prefer the 'higher' end ones if that makes sense. The one above is from Trader Joe's and is seriously good with eggs, plus it's cheaper.


Have two, three, four pans going at the same time and before you begin have all the food you are going to prep out and ready. I get distracted by the Bald One at any given moment and after 20 kisses on the head I can completely forget where I was or what I was doing. I lay everything out on the counter in order of how I'm going to prep.

3. Bring lots of food.


Here's a listing of staples I keep at work and replenish each week:
1. bread {for tuna sandwiches or with my egg white chives salad}
2. Yogurts and Boom Chicka Bites. This is perfect to cure a sweet tooth and get in protein!
3. 100 Calories popcorn
4. Creamer - no Starbucks for me. I have one cup a day with one serving of creamer.
5. Crackers - I prefer wheat saltines, but depends on what I can find at the store. I eat with my tuna.
6. Strawberries. Either for yogurt or for the cookie butter drizzled on.
7. Jello
8. 5 tupperwares full of breakfast.
9. Lunches. This week is turkey breast {like real not lunch meat type} with Spelt Risotto.
10. Gum, gum, gum. 
11. hummus with cucumbers


Does this seem like a lot of work for a week of being on track with your foods? It used to for me, but in the end I had to get right with my food. I had to find a way to get a body I could live with AND not suffer daily by starving or beating myself up by falling off the wagon. Ask yourself, what do you want to look like in a year?


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5.18.2015

Things I ate this Weekend.


I raced to get this child into the pediatrician before 5pm Friday, she was running a low fever and complaining of her throat hurting, popped pink on the strep test. Poor little Aiden's throat just healed up from last weeks HFM so I had a stern talking to with her about staying off her brother. It's hard when he's being so cute.


We stopped on the way home for movies and Ice Cream. The new 'chunky' Arctic Zero's are good, like real dang good. 


 Around 7pm I realized my macros were set in my phone wrong and I really had 67c and 13f left to finish out my day, nice! I put the baby to bed, made myself my bowl, and binged on all the shows I was behind on. That's pretty much my perfect Friday night. 


 After my workout, legs and a smattering of shoulders, I came home and had a side of egg whites with my bacon. I found the best turkey bacon of my life at Trader Joe's - thick and so freaking tasty - 1.5f and 6p per slice. I hung around working on some stuff while Aiden took a long nap.


My Mom came over to go run some errands with me, I had a snack before we left, from my Pretty Fit box last month. I try to eat as much protein as I can before I leave the house, fats and carbs are much easier when I"m out and about. 


She bought Aiden a bunch of clothes at Gymboree that I had to exchange for a smaller size, I forgot how big their stuff runs. I'm usually pretty disappointed in their boys selection - plaid, khaki, tops, blah - half the time they don't even have the size I need. I found something for Memorial Day and a cute romper, then we went to Barnes and Noble for a drink. {Skinny Vanilla Latte iced} 


Aunt Katie was coming over for dinner so we stopped by the store, pulled up a quick yummy on Pinterest, and boom - party time. Oven Baked Tacos, easy and delish. Now I did not make these so I had to guess on calories, but I just do the best I can and move along. I used to think 'heck I"m guessing anyways so what's the point of tracking my food' but it's not an all or nothing kind of thing, even guessing SOMETIMES gives me success. 


Sunday was my long run day, it was storming, again. I slept in until 7 and then forced myself to the gym for 5 miles of the dreadmill, which I hate hate hate, and some back/chest work. Aiden slept in until 10! I'm telling you that kid will sleep through anything if he's alone in his room, some day's he will wake up turn on his sound machine and go back to sleep.


We got ready for our weekly haul to Trader Joe's and decided to go have brunch on the way. I had a two egg veggie omelet, side of egg whites, and potatoes. Oliver had beer and we made the funniest video, I legit watched it 75 times yesterday cracking up.

A video posted by Megan (@skinnymeg31) on

My favorite girl helped me clean and bake cookies, I accidentally ordered an entire pack of Kodiak Cakes Bear Cookies, that's 6 boxes LOL They are boxed cookie mix, but made with all natural and healthy ingredients. Anyways - so freaking good.


I meal prepped, I will be sharing more details on that tomorrow, realized I hadn't eaten since brunch and had a bit of egg white and couscous. My little begger wants pretty much anything that's on my plate, except fruit. He just will not eat it!


Although he took a 3 hour nap he was not in the best of moods the rest of the day, after taking a look at the two top molars he has coming in I could see why. Nothing made him happy, if you picked him up he wanted down, if you sat down he wanted to walk, he pretty much just followed us around whining, poor baby! Oliver thought he was being sneaky by having Aiden follow him while he was crying past me so I would pick him up. I started to catch on the 4th time he looped the kitchen.


 I did manage to whip up some dinner between the up and down's. Shredded sweet potato seasoned with sea salt, paprika, onion, and garlic powder. Topped with crumbled chicken sausage and a fried egg.


Dessert was Kodiak cookies with Arctic Zero in between, gotta love macros ;) and maintenance macros at that! My weight was actually down today even though I've been eating at maintenance, but fluctuations are normal {up and down} so I'm going to continue to stick with these numbers another week and see what happens.


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5.14.2015

Babies are good for your body!



The middle photo showed up in my timehop, so happy #TBT - proof that having kids does not ruin your body. I would say I've gotten more motivated to get in shape after each one of my children.  The first picture was the first time I tried to lose weight, for my wedding, and I used Jenny Craig to drop 50 pounds. The second was the moment I first lost 100 pounds after Madison, and the third was today - 14 months after Aiden. I don't need a perfect body to keep myself motivated, I just need to see progress, somewhere, and I'm a FIRM believer that everyone should be taking progress pictures! Make the time, it's worth it. Funny, thinking about it, I certainly eat more with each progressive picture. Jenny Craig was very low calorie, the second time I was eating on average 1400-1500 daily and now I eat around 2,000. The difference is I learned more effective workouts as I went.


Oliver went to have lunch yesterday at school with Madison, you would of thought the president was coming to town the way she went on and on about it for dayssssss. Seriously, how cute are they in their selfie! 


She's pretty upset with me right now, she was invited to a school friends birthday party, a slumber party to be exact, and I don't feel right letting her spend the night when I don't know the family. Oliver told her the same thing, but all she hears is Mommy is saying no. I tried to explain the best I could, but she's 6 and doesn't understand. I tried to compromise and tell her she can go and stay late and we will come get her before bedtime. Yesterday she told me 'Mama I talked to Makenna and she said her family is actually very nice' God Lord, I can only imagine what she said to the girl. I said 'Madison I have no doubt they are very nice, but we just don't know them, sorry' 
This growing up business is getting tricky. 


The perfect predinner snack, low fat and low carb - delish.  The hour between me getting home, feeding the kids, and making dinner is rough. I have a hard time not snacking, I legit think I might die some days. After a chocolate chip banana muffin incident I had to find something that fit my macros a bit better.


My hair has never ever been this healthy, it's crazy soft! I just started using Argan Oil  and I'm highly impressed, it's not heavy or even super oily. It's a struggle to not put it all over my body, heaven in a bottle.

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5.12.2015

8 Week Eating Plan


I've been on a cut, or eating at a calorie deficit for 14 months now, and before Aiden I dieted for 5 years. Before I learned about macros and flexible dieting I thought the end game was to hit goal weight and continue to eat at a deficit for the rest of my life. Now I feel like I have options and my current mood is that I'm done done done with the active weight loss. I'm ready for a new goal, try new things and pretty much just see what happens! You just can't know how changing your diet or workouts will affect you until you try them - and actually give them a chance.


 So I emailed Paige to set me up with some maintenance macros, I went from around 1750 calories to 2230. She suggested I slowly increase, yesterday I struggled to get in even 2,000 calories just because everything I had to eat was prepped for lower fats and overall lower calories. I'm not going to just fill the extra with junk, but my bedtime treats will be the highlight of my day I'm sure! 


I doubled my dinner serving of potatoes and I felt so stuffed afterwards. My fish was too small and I still had a lot of protein left over so I had to bust out a shake, not my favorite before bedtime, but a girls gotta do what she's gotta do!


I had a Vanilla Ice Cream flavor and I mixed it up with skim milk, not too bad, The Bald One and I shared it while Twilight Sparkle read us a bedtime story.


I predict that I will be scared of gaining weight, but as of right now I feel amazing and have so much energy! My run this morning was fantastic, I'm excited for foods again, and I'm going to push myself harder on the weights and see where all this will take me.


I'm proud of what I've done in the last year, but it's just a good mental break for me to try something new.

Right now I plan to stay at maintenance for 8 weeks then reevaluate and see if I want another 4, just depends on the progress and how I feel. Who say's changing your body has to be unpleasant? There are so many options out there for losing weight that I think it's important to try new things and see what happens. Ignite that fire if you're feeling unmotivated, make it fun again. 

Now, I'm feeling a bit hungry, time for breakfast number two. 


195 cals 34c / 1f / 15p ::: Oikos Greek triple zero yogurt, strawberries {100g}, and Boom Chicka Pop {half a serving}.  I told all my coworkers, remember all that food I turned down, that's over! Bring it on.
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5.11.2015

Pulled over for Running too Fast.

Shirt via Abundant Heart Apparel

I was having running withdrawal and blacked out for a minute, when I came to I had text-ed the fastest girl in our running group to meet up Saturday for a long run. Seems like a good idea until you are dying at a 9:04 pace in 100% humidity. Around mile 9 we got 'pulled over' by a cop - I KNEW we were running too fast LOL {kidding, we were told it's illegal to run in the street if a sidewalk is available} I thought it was just frowned upon, but no, it's state law. 


 The bald one was still sleeping when I got home so I had time to set up my new computer and make protein pancakes. I'm glad I decided to go with the desktop iMac and not the laptop, that big screen is pretty fantastic!

T and jeans from Pink Slate Boutique
Aiden is feeling MUCH better after last week's Hand Foot and Mouth, we got so lucky that he only had sores in his throat and no one else caught it. We headed out to the Urban Flea in Garland then headed up to Ikea to find some storage solutions for my dining room turned office.


He's at that age where he hates to sit in anything, stroller, cart, my arms, highchair, whatever! I try to let him walk, but he just sits down in the aisles.  I took him to the kid area and let him play while Oliver got everything we needed, much easier!


I found two items I liked, but no desk, there were all too bulky and when I saw the one I thought I liked {from Pinterest} it looked super cheap and not sturdy in person. No go. I ordered one from Overstock and it will be here Saturday, hoping it works in the room!


Sunday I got in a 5 miler before the storms hit, we've had some legit Texas weather over the weekend.  Aiden was just so exhausted, he slept in until I went to wake him up to go to the grocery store at 10am. I swear that kid is opposite from all of us, we never sleep in past 6:30/7 and never for 14 hours!


Oliver is a pro Ikea putter together, but to help speed up the process I took both kids to TJ's by myself, on Mother's Day, after I cleaned the bathrooms and the fridge. I can't just waste an entire day off not getting something done, Mother's Day or not.


Madison insisted on wearing fur and taking her drink in a Starbucks cup. She's pretty fancy on the regular. I stocked up at TJ's it's a 35 minute drive so I only want to have to go every other week or so. 


He took a 2.5 hour nap so to treat myself for Mother's Day I laid on the couch and watched Nashville, Revenge, and The Kardashians before we headed out for dinner with my parents and some relatives who are in town.


We ate an early dinner at Hillstone, I drank wine and ordered whatever I wanted off the menu. The spinach dip and the French Dip - gah, worth every calorie. Aiden once again refused to sit in his chair so Oliver was the best husband and took care of him the entire dinner. I don't need gifts I'd rather he just do what I usually do for a change, no biggie ;)


Drinking wine and getting stuff done doesn't go to well together in my world, when we got home I put the baby to bed and just wanted to go to bed myself, but I didn't have any food prepped for breakfast or lunch all week. I knew I'd be so mad at myself if I didn't prep something for work. 


TJ's to the rescue! Sliced up some turkey and heated up the Spelt Risotto and lunch was ready in less than 15 minutes. Yogurt and granola for breakfast.

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