3.03.2015

Weightloss Motivation in Spades.


 It's transformation Tuesday and my Time Hop App brought up a pre-marriage beach trip from 2008 to OBX. Honestly, I didn't really think I looked that bad at the time, see my level of body image is based off what I think I can achieve with my body type. I don't compare myself to others {much} and sit around sad because I wasn't born with skinny genes. I was 25 years old and had little knowledge on exercise and healthy eating, I just assumed I was meant to be a bigger 'boned' girl. I had a good life, people who loved me, and friends, my weight didn't define me. If you'd asked me to go for a run I would have laughed in your face, running was not even a gleam in my eye back then.

I'm going to turn 34 this month and I'm in the best shape of my life after having 2 kids. I would say one of the top reasons women want to be healthy and get in shape after having children is to set a good example for them. Madison and Aiden top my list of motivational factors for sure, Oliver's on there too, but there is only so much nudging I can do on that man. 

5 years ago I did my first Advocare cleanse, I can't even tell you how freaking hard that was for me. It was my first foray into 'clean eating' and I remember being very skeptical listening to the 'pitch' at boot camp and honestly the ONLY reason I tried it was because everyone else was, peer pressure at it's best. Actually, it was more that I had support and guidance through the 10 days and after I lost 10 pounds I was hooked. I felt so amazing! 



I am the first person to tell you that there is NO substitute for hard work and eating right, Advocare is not a magic pill that's going to make you lose weight. For a long while I only used the Cleanse and Spark, but as my workouts changed so did my supplements. As I tweaked my diet I learned the benefits to adding in daily multivitamins, fish oil, and probiotics. Two weeks ago Rotovirus went through my family, I'm talking everyone was sick for DAYS, except me. I was the lone person to not have any issues and I'm giving all that credit to the fact that I take a daily probiotic, in fact I've started giving a daily to both kids to prevent this from hopefully happening again. Oliver doesn't listen, so if he gets sick that's alllllll on him ;) Not all probiotics are created equally so do your research before buying. Anyways, Advocare has always done well for me which is why I share that with y'all, but please don't email asking me which products help you lose weight, obviously I would be a size 2 if they had a magic pill. 


Staying consistent with my workouts is what helped me reach my goals.



Staying on track with food is the biggest factor in losing in weight, I don't care if you ever step foot in a gym or run a quarter mile, if you eat less than you burn you will lose weight. I prefer to workout like a beast and eat more to fuel that, just my preference.

I also pull motivation from social media, my weight loss groups have just been freaking awesome. I've met so many wonderful women and seen some women just KILL it! It's not because of me, it's the community of women.

"In June of last year I realized that in the 5 years since Noah was born, I had only lost 12lbs. TWELVE POUNDS. IN 5 YEARS. Redonkulous. I set a goal to lose 30lbs by my 30th birthday (Joe was skeptical to say the least) smile emoticon, and I reached that goal by October. So I set a new goal- lose 50lbs by the time I turn 30 and as of yesterday, I reached that goal- a week early!

Tough love talk for anyone who's gonna ask "What's your secret?" or "What did you do?": I'm here to tell you, there are no shortcuts. There is no pill, shake, program, etc. that will do the work for you. Eating less/eating clean wasn't my answer either- it was to eat the foods my body needed for my goals, namely more protein. Endless cardio wasn't the answer either- I typically only do about 5-10 minutes of cardio when I workout. I eat a ton of food and lift a ton of weights. (Recently I decided to see if I could run, and because of the squats/deadlifts/leg curls/good mornings/leg pressing- I can!)

I can't believe I'm letting that left picture see the light of day, but I'm too proud of what I've done not to. This is my last week of my 20s and just in this week I've hit the 50lbs gone mark, squatted 110lbs, bench pressed 95lbs and run 10 miles. (these are all really crazy to me!). I'm pumped to turn 30 and see what's next! WOOHOO 30s! ( something else that's crazy to me!)"

How freaking inspiring is that?? You can follow along with Laura HERE.


 I also got to know Fawn, she helps to admin the bigger group and a team in the 90 Day Challenge group. She's had success in her own journey and has educated herself to help others as a way of keeping her self going.

Fawn Yoho- Certified Personal Trainer & Fitness Nutrition Specialist
“Progress is much more important than perfection.”
Fawn graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Saint Leo University. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a member of The Idea Health & Fitness Association. She offers wellness coaching {personal training & nutrition services} to women both virtually and in person. Fawn’s goal is to spread happiness and positive motivation to the women she has the privilege to serve through wellness coaching.
Fawn’s wellness journey has been a progression over the past few years. She began her journey in 2012 after the birth of her 3rd son and knows that being healthy is not a destination. It’s a lifestyle change. She understands the pressures of the modern woman and how difficult it is to find balance. She believes to inspire one person to be healthier is to pay it forward for all the inspiration she has received.


During the initial launch of her wellness coaching business, she is offering ten {10} sixty {60} day wellness coaching spots exclusively to SkinnyMeg fans for FREE via random giveaway. The only requirement is for those who win the coaching spots to be committed, provide feedback, and write a final testimonial {good, bad, or indifferent} at the end of the 60 days.
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3.02.2015

Leg Day and Food Prep.

Let's just get this out of the way, the dress is white and gold. 

My tank is Abundant Heart {use code skinnymeg} and his shirt is from Customize your Cutie.

Last week my schedule got all wacky, ice kept everyone in DFW home for the day, so I didn't get my regular leg day workout. On Friday I decided to make up for that {usually I rest} and try something new,  I came across this on You Tube and gave it a try.



It took about 90 minutes to complete it all, but you could also just do what you have time for since a lot of it is repetitive just with dumbbells instead of a bar. While I was doing it and after it didn't really feel THAT difficult, but the next day, whoa. My entire booty was on fire, in fact it was STILL hurting today. 

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Foam rolling at my house is always an adventure, as soon as I'm near the floor one or more kids are jumping on me, pulling my hair, or trying to fit underneath me. It hurts like the fire of a thousand suns, but it's so worth it! Anyways, if you are feeling brave give that workout a shot.


Oliver continues to try to steal my sweet baby, more and more Aiden is crawling over to Daddy instead of me. I will not tolerate it, I have to come up with a good game plan to win him back, Oliver got Madison and Aiden's going to be my little bald buddy, foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Oliver's just really comfy to snuggle on, so maybe it's just the weather. My boobs have shrunk to pitiful D's, not that great to lay on.


I decided to try something new for lunches this week, Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Muffins, they look tasty so I'm excited! Oliver can legit eat the same thing every day for months, I can't, I need variety or I get bored and start eating out at work because my food doesn't appeal to me.


The macros on 1 muffin, I switched out the breadcrumbs for panko. 


Oliver teased me about my giant pill case, but it's so annoying to pull out and open 4 or 5 bottles every day and this is just so much easier! Plus I can't tell you how many times I've had to REALLY think about if I actually took them that day or not, autopilot is annoying. Probiotic, Fish Oil, Multivitamin , and Astragalus .

Taught my big girl how to blow dry her hair :) I also, by some miracle, got her to put on a different pink tutu.

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2.26.2015

Grumpy Girls


 This year, more than any year before, I've struggled with parenting. She's at an age now that she actually listens to what I say, repeats it, and I'm sure is storing it tight in her memory to pull and and use against me when she's 15 and pissed because I won't let her wear short shorts. Questions, so many questions, every single day and not just about important things, but just anything. I think she may just love listening to herself talk, it's hard to tell. 


I have to be very mindful of my verbiage around her, words like 'diet' I try to steer clear of.  We talk about things that are healthy and things that are ok, but only in moderation. I don't want her to obsess about food, but I also want her to have knowledge of how to pick healthy items. She hasn't really asked me questions about weighing my food, but I don't make a big deal about it when I'm cooking. I've already thought about what to say when she does ask, it's just a way to measure food - like a measuring cup or tablespoon. 


 The pink tutu. Bless this sweet child's heart she has literally become obsessed with this skirt. It's become a security blanket for her and I don't really know why or if I should do anything about it. She's fine wearing a uniform to school, but literally asks to go straight home and put it on every single day. Yesterday I washed it and she checked the dryer about 45 times waiting for it to be done.


 Then we have Kinder drama, mean girls, and hurt feelings. I'm pretty shocked that this is already a situation, but almost every week it gets brought up at home and I've struggled with how to explain it to her in a way she'll understand. I told her not every one is going to be her friend, there are many different types of people in the world, some you will get along with and some you won't. Also, if a girl is mean to you it's probably not something you did, maybe they are just having a grumpy day, you know how sometimes you get put in time out for being sassy and have to change your mind? Everyone has grumpy days. I know she's young, but the girl drama is already breaking my heart. 

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Raising a girl has proven to be exhausting so far, I want her to grow up with a pretty heart. I want her to be open minded. I want her to be confident in her abilities. I want her to stay 5 forever and ever.



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2.25.2015

Sitting at Work is a Health Risk

Recent studies have shown that people with jobs in which they sit most of the day are more likely to get overweight and die. Even if you exercise on a regular basis you still run the risk of health issues due to sitting too much, It has been all over the news. So what is a desk jockey to do.
Obviously you most likely need your job, so quitting probably isn't an option. If you quit you'd probably just start sitting at home in front of the television all day, which wouldn't correct the issue at all. 
One suggestion to help keep your body from getting stagnant is to get up and walk around often. Whenever you have a lull at the computer or phone, get up and take a quick walk around the office. This allows your blood to get pumping and flowing again. It also helps burn a few calories. 
If you have time after lunch take a walk. Eat lunch standing up, if you can. Eating a light lunch at work keeps you from feeling weighed down too. It also helps you with weight loss, the walking and the eating light. Light lunch means a salad or a salad or maybe a sandwich with mostly fresh vegetables. A little protein can help too, so add some tuna or chicken.
An interesting innovation for desk workers are the new height adjustable desks. These desks are adjustable so they can be used by the tallest and the shortest workers.They are ergonomically designed, so they help in a well rounded way, making them comfortable to stand at.
Simply standing, instead of sitting, can help you burn an added 20 to 50 calories. Your starting weight determines how much you stand to burn (no pun intended). Yes, you burn calories while sitting, just like your body continues to burn calories while you sleep. However, standing gives your muscles some work to do which helps burn those extra calories. You just might burn off dinner if you spend your eight hour shift standing.
Not only will standing at work reduce your waistline, promote weight loss and help keep your body functioning properly (and happily), it can also help with your posture. Many people tend to slouch when they sit. Standing at a desk promotes good posture, which can also help your body run more properly.
These interesting and amazing height adjustable desks are definitely a holistic health care item. They aid in helping create a healthier mind, body and soul. Your blood flows better, allowing you to think better. Your body gets healthier and your soul feels freer!
If you cannot convince your employer to get you a standing desk, invest in one for when you work at home and just take every chance you can at the office to get up and walk around, even if it's just for a quick lap around your desk. The less time you spend sitting the better your health will be and the more your body will thank you.



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Back Work




It's hard to see what's going on behind you, so I was really pleased when a friend snapped this shot and my muscles showed up to the gym party! I'm going to share my tried and true go to moves to shape that upper back, I usually do my lower back combined with legs in dead lifts and such so I'll share those another day. 


You can work this a few different ways depending on your fitness level. My favorite way is to start my first set out light {always warm up, every time I skip this I get injured and it's annoying} and go heavier each set after - I aim for 3-5 sets of 8-12 reps. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the cable machines for my back, you can do so much and go really heavy! Most of the time I rest about 15-20 seconds between sets, not very long at all.


When I do cardio or run I love my Spark, nothing compares, I've tried a preworkout and it actually made me feel dizzy when I ran! On days that I don't do cardio I get less carbs, so I don't like to waste 11 of them on a drink so I use this pre-workout Cellucor C4 Extreme Workout Supplement combined with my Catalyst.

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 We are getting a crazy cold round of winter weather here in Dallas this week, I've had to rethink my clothing choice almost every day :) This cardi is perfect for that transition from Winter to Spring, y'all know I love me some color! From Always Be Envied and you can get 20% off using code SKINNYMEG20 through 2/27 {this Friday!} Sorry, cute baby not included!

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2.24.2015

One Month Progress and Vegas


 I feel like I haven't blogged in forever and I have so much to say, so grab your coffee and settle in for some rambling updates.
First and foremost  - I'm so proud of myself!!! I went to Vegas for 3 days last week {to shop at Market with PinkSlate} and I did not gain one single ounce! 


It's my first time going to market and I had a blast, shopping for clothing is my forte for sure ;) I just love how clothing can make you feel! It was also my first time meeting the PinkSlate girls and they are just as wonderful as I'd thought they'd be, so fun and down to earth. My kind of people for sure!   Second best part of the trip was going to see Britney, she was awesome, all the seats are good and she puts on a terrific show!


I kept a picture diary of everything I ate, I tracked all of it to the best of my ability and hit my protein plus some every single day. When you eat out so much it's hard to really be dead on with your macros, you are guesstimating most of your foods and just guessing high. I decided to focus more on eating as much protein as I could and staying within my calorie range. Worked out really well for me! I also worked out both full days I was there, I mean how can you go and NOT run the strip at least once!


I had a half marathon on Saturday and had a special shirt made for one of the ladies who was running her first. This shirt is a bit of an inside joke with her, but I had it custom made from Abundant Heart. 
{You can get 15% off non custom orders with code SkinnyMeg} 


When I left the house for the race is was 66 out, by the time the race started the wind had it feeling like 40's. Thankfully I'm always prepared and I had a long sleeved shirt to wear! 


I started off the race keeping pace with everyone, but around halfway another girl and I took off, we finished in 2:07 which I think is really good. I'm excited for Rock and Roll Dallas March 22nd, maybe I can PR depending on how crowded it will be. Poppy Locks rocked our faces off with a medal cookie she made to match our shirts - I was almost sad to eat it.

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Later in the day it warmed up enough to take the kids out for a little fun, baby Aiden is seriously trying to make me cry with his grown up behaviors. Growing hair, trying to talk, trying to walk. I just can't even.


Sunday we cleaned and meal prepped as usual, Madison loved my Turkey Meatballs so I made extra for her and Oliver.


Monday we woke up to this, which may not look like anything if you live up North, but this shut down DFW for the entire day. Ice ice baby. 


By 8:45am my living room looked like this and the only person to put on real clothes the entire day was Aiden. We played, we ate, we binged on Netflix, we napped, and baby Aiden took his first steps! Madison was driving the remote control car around the living room and he got scared and forgot that he couldn't walk and stumbled over to me.


To finish it all off - I HIT PREPREGNANCY WEIGHT! I really wanted to get there before his first birthday next week and I'm happy to say I did it. In the last 3 weeks I have lost 5 pounds, .5 inch on my hips, .25 inch on my thighs, and 1 inch from my bust. Weight training and IIFYM are really working for me and I feel fantastic! I'm eating things I want {in moderation} and I'm finding a good balance between my running and lifting.


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2.16.2015

Sparkle on Ansley


Y'all know that I'm a big softy for little cute girl in little pink cowgirl boots. Melt. My. Heart. Ansley here is not only a girl with great fashion sense, but has the biggest smile, and the heart of a lion.  

Let me tell you a little of her story...


This is Katie. Katie and her husband Ben tried for 6 years to get pregnant. 6 years. The first 4 were filled with fertility treatments, which I know is an ever going roller-coaster of hope, disappointment, and all the feelings in between. After finally being led to adopt, they were matched with a birth mother who ended up changing her mind in the hospital. They went home devastated and heartbroken, and packed up the nursery they had put together for their little girl.


Four months later they received a call that the birth mother decided she could not care for Ansley and signed the papers for Katie and Ben to adopt her! Shortly after Ansley came home they took her to the pediatrician and were immediately told something was “wrong” with her head since it appeared to be too small. They were referred to several specialists and it was soon discovered that sweet Ansley had Lissencephaly (a rare brain formation disorder which means smooth brain), Microcephaly (a rare neurological condition in which an infant’s head is significantly smaller than the heads of other children around the same age and sex), and PolyMicroGyria (a condition characterized by abnormal development of the brain before birth).   Shortly after the diagnoses, Ansley ended up in the ER after she had infantile spasms. It was then found out that Ansley was visually impaired and had cortical vision impairment and optic nerve hypoplasia. She was recently placed with a gtube to receive her nutrition due to having some feeding issues.


Katie had to quit her full time job to care for sweet baby Ansley, she requires lots of extra love :) We all know that living on one income is stressful, add to that a special needs baby, and adoption fees. I can not even imagine, which is why I am SO THANKFUL for @GoShoutLove 

Their February shirt designs for Ansley were made specifically in honor of her and each design is available in adult and child size. Each purchase of these shirts will benefit this family. Our Ansley shirts are only available during the month of February so please remember to grab them while you can before they’re gone! 




You can click here to order a Sparkle t shirt to help out Fancy Ansley! Please do me a favor and order the cute little top knot to go with it if you have a girl, I so miss dressing a baby girl!!

Also - @GoShoutLove  is having an auction on February 20th over at @goshoutloveauction on Instagram! Our last auction was mind-blowing and we hope this one will be even more successful! We are always looking for more vendors so please visit the“Give” tab to submit your donation.

You can keep up with Katie and Ansley on their Facebook page or on IG under @GetFitKatie 

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Valentines's Weekend


 I loved Valentines Day being on a Saturday, every where I went there was pink and red, hearts and glitter, just a few of my favorite things!


Saturday we went for a sunrise run, 8 miles at a 9:06 pace, I was sucking air big time. I'm more comfortable around a 9:30, but no one ever gets faster sticking to their comfort spot. 


 Came home to Madison's surprise Heart Attack from my parents, a local church was raising money for a mission trip and they came to the house and planted paper hearts around the yard. It was so cute and such a great idea!


 Made breakfast for everyone, mine was the post run carb lovin' protein pancakes. I look forward to this meal every single weekend! Blueberries and Cinnamon Toast Crunch are surprisingly delicious together.


Took the kids out for a few errands and Madison's last indoor soccer game, Oliver had to work the morning shift. Then everyone home for naps while my Mom and I went to get a pedicure. I realized I hadn't had one since around Christmas, yikes. 


We didn't make reservations anywhere so we just met up with my brother and sister for pizza at a local restaurant. I had a salad with dressing on the side and a skinny veggie pizza.


Baby Aiden was being so loveable and just laid on my Dad's arm, everyone love Papa. 


Poor Madison just can not catch a break, Thursday she was running a 103 fever and then Sunday she had some kind of stomach bug and was in and out of the bathroom all day. I don't know why she keeps getting sick :( I'm glad school's out today, she's already missed like a week and a half this semester! 



This pretty much sums up my life right now, Aiden chasing me around the house to grab on to my legs and stand so I can't move without picking him up. He's pretty fast for a guy who crawls with one leg. I'm leaving for Vegas tomorrow and while I'm excited because I've never been it's really really hard to leave the kids. Hopefully I'll be so busy while I'm there I won't have time to dwell on it.


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2.13.2015

4 Ways To Stay Motivated For A Healthy Lifestyle


The new year brings a lot of people looking for a change in their lives, but you don't necessarily need a resolution to improve your life. If you want to make a change and experience a better life for yourself, then you need to be ready. When you're ready to embrace the change, you'll find it much easier to stay motivated. If you need some help, here are four tips to keep you motivated.
Keep A Schedule
One of the first problems people encounter during a lifestyle change is remembering that you are making a change. Plan ahead of time so that you don't make excuses for yourself. Prepping some healthy freezer meals ahead of time will prevent you from resorting to fast food after a long day. Keep a routine so you can keep track. Don't be afraid to start slow either. Healthe Trim recommends 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes if you're starting at a low fitness level. You can always adjust your schedule to accommodate more activity later.
Do It For Your Family
Think of everyone who is affected by your unhealthy choices from the past. That candy bar seemed pretty innocent when it was just your snack, but it's also the reason you don't have the energy to chase your children around the yard or spend a family outing hiking in a national park. Not only do unhealthy choices prohibit you from fully enjoying your family but you are also setting a poor example for your children. It's important to lead by example so that your kids can make healthy choices as well. Slice up veggies and fruit ahead of time and you and the kids will be more likely to reach for that instead of potato chips.
Social Media Has Perks
Fill your life with things that inspire you, and that includes your social media boards. Follow individuals and businesses that encourage you through positive messages, their own experiences, and healthy recipes or activities you can participate in. For example, on Twitter Healthe Trim shares everything from fitness products, healthy food options, and even just the occasional video to make you laugh. Find what works for you - whether it's Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, or blogs.
Keep It Friendly
Don't let real life be any different than social media. Find like-minded friends who can join you at the gym or a healthy cooking class to keep you on your game. Check in with them throughout the week with words of encouragement or even a friendly competition. It doesn't have to be about who shed more pounds. Little victories like, "I went the whole day without any added sugar! What about you?", could help you all stay on track during your endeavor. 
Change isn't easy but it can be for the best. If you can stick to your new lifestyle you're bound to see a vast improvement in your overall life. Create a support net that inspires you to stay on track and you'll find that you may one day be the person who inspires others.

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