Food I Ate.

My 12 Week Challenge group was tasked with recording their weekend food intake, in pictures, I played along and got the good and the not so good.

Friday Madison left for the weekend to go visit my brother in Austin with my parents.

That left just me and my boys home for the weekend, Friday night I just knew Oliver was going to try to talk me into going out to eat so I made dinner as soon as I got home from work so I wouldn't be tempted.

A chicken burger, green beans, and Trader Joe's Risotto. Aiden loves meat so he was all over this meal.

Woke up early to hang out with this guy, he is obsessed with this chair and climbs up into it as soon as I walk away. 1 cup of coffee with sugar free creamer.

Since Madison was out of town, which meant no soccer game, I took a girls trip to Canton. We had a cool front come through so it was only a high of 96 hahahah. Trust me, every degree counts in Texas! I absolutely never bring the kids when it's this hot, I can't tell you how many tiny babies I saw out there IN THE HEAT, serious side eye, babies in strollers don't need to be out when it's close to 100 outside.

I'm very picky about who I go to Canton with, newbies want to stroll and look in every booth and it drives me insane. I know what areas I like to look in and I like to get it done, Jessica was so much fun to shop with so I had a wonderful time and found lots of good stuff! I even got myself my first pair of real grown up cowgirl boots!

We shared some fried pickles, so worth it. I also snacked on beef jerky while we shopped.

We shopped for 4sih hours and were both starving and dying of thirst by the time we left, pit stop at Buc-ee's the largest 'gas station' ever with so much fun stuff! We picked up some snacks, drinks, beer, taffy, and hit the road.

I bought the Turkey BBQ Sandwich, ate it, then logged it. I was pretty surprised it had 20g of fat in it, turkey is a lean meat, BBQ sauce is low fat and higher carb, and the bun did not seem buttered to me. I'm pretty sure the entry was not correct, but I left it because I knew if anything is was over estimated which is better under estimated.

Do not buy these, addictive and you will blow all your carbs, k?

When I got home the Bald One was sleeping {Oliver and Oma took him swimming all afternoon} so I picked up and cleaned the house. I had some friends coming over around 6 to take some product pictures for OMB. I snacked on my beef jerky, in hindsight I should've eaten a meal before they came.

Pictures took longer than anticipated so I ended up eating rotisserie chicken standing up at 9:30pm before calling it a night. I screwed it up and did not meet my macros, I was way under, poor planning on my part.

Well after Oliver {4 beers in} challenged me to a arm wrestling match, that I lost.

I bought a Proctor-Silex Sandwich Maker, trying to keep my diet full of variety to starve off boredom, after my early morning workout I made a wheat bread sandwich filled with cream cheese and crab meat, it was really good! I made one for Oliver too and even he liked it.

I bought these tiny bowls at Target and they are perfect for keeping close to my scale to weigh out individual items with out making a ton of dishes.

I did some OMB work, picked up the house again {Tinker toys seem to always be strewn about}, made some more food {Sugar Free BBQ sauce, turkey and cheese with Angies popcorn} and took a nap! That nap was short, sweet, and freaking amazing, I woke up right when Aiden got up from his nap and Madison burst through the door announcing she was home.

I snuggled this sweet child for a few minutes and then we all decided to go for an afternoon swim at my parents house.

Everyone wants to sit on my lap, can't help that I'm popular.

She's been stuck to my side more and more lately and I don't mind it one bit, my little mini me. We swam for a few hours and I sucked down water like it was going out of style, I didn't drink enough the day before and I could feel it. I was also crazy hungry all day, probably from under eating the day before, being consistent is so much better for my body!

Time to food prep and cook dinner, I decided to go with protein waffles this week and use up some of my chocolate Muscle Egg { 30g coconut flour, 32 gram protein powder, .5 cup muscle egg} I always put too much batter in the waffle maker the first round, that's gonna throw off my macros hahahha

Aiden like to find things he can play with and set up under the table, like we can't see what he's doing.

We still had chicken thighs left over from last weekends oops at the grocery store, someone recommended this 3 ingredient recipe to me for them, HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Easy and delish!! Sunday was better and I got in all my food, which is important to Monday's leg day performance.

I packed an embarrassingly large tote full of food to take to work today, but I'm looking forward to each meal I have planned so that's a win in my book.


Friday Fun

My face at 4:45am usually doesn't include lipstick, but dang if this Covergirl wasn't still showing up after be applied at 6pm the night before, eating dinner, washing my face, sleeping, and still tint of pink! The color is Enchantress Blush.

Also picked up this eyeshadow palette at Ulta - Mally Beauty Shadow Palette- Loving Life I really like that it has a shadow base included and the colors vary - I feel like the Naked Palette gets old with so many similar colors in on kit.

I threw together some Salted Caramel balls last night - so good!! I got the idea from Corina Nielsen's blog, but used what I had on hand.

She dipped her's in chocolate, but that's a lot of work so I bought some Coconut Caramel at Whole Foods {I don't do Walden's Farm, makes my tummy hurt} Trust me the 5g I used per ball is worth the calories to not use Waldens. I used this brand - Hey Boo Coconut Caramel Sauce I do think I'll order some of the PB Crave though and give it a try for next time! 

 To make just chop up the pretzels and mix everything together - refrigerate for 15 minutes and top with caramel and Pink Salt. Easy.

We have a cold front coming through tomorrow, high of 96 so of course that means I must make a trip to Canton. Early is better so I went today for my second let day, I kinda like Friday's at the gym, it's pretty dead and I like that! I might start going Fridays and resting on Saturdays to give myself more weekend time.

#selfmade tank

Casual Fridays are the best!! Just something so clean and fresh about grey on white, add in a little bling and I'm feeling good. I have a ton of new product coming so we need to make room - everything is 20% off today at OMB with the code BIG20 

Happy Friday!


Eating Out + Booty Burn

You know I really like you if I give up my after work time during the week to meet up for Mexican food. I'm trying to make more of an effort to be a good friend, can't ALWAYS say 'I'm too busy'.  I had a lot of questions about how I track my macros when I go out. 

Well, for starters I plan it into my day and adjust my other meals to accommodate my {preplanned} meal.

This is what I had to work with prior to dinner, so I could relax and enjoy a skinny rita and a decent meal without fear of killing my diet. Eating out can be stressful when you are dieting, you have minimal control over your food preparation and even sometimes the location you are eating at. I've gone to a {new} restaurant, ordered a chicken sandwich and ASSUMED it was grilled and it came fried. That was totally my own fault and you know what, I ate it anyways and just called it a day. Stressing out about 1 meal here and there does you know good - as long as you are consistent MOST of the time. I'd say I'm about 90% consistent, maybe 85% hahahaha 

I still woke up looking the same as I did yesterday, did I weigh myself?  no. Maybe I was up a pound from sodium, maybe I wasn't, but it really doesn't matter - daily fluctuations are normal.

I was at Dillard's yesterday looking for a birthday present and saw my favorite sandals on sale! I looked online, but there weren't clearanced there so if you want a pair head to the store! They go with everything, LOVE.

When I got home last night Oliver was like, 'uh your egg whites came in the mail' hahahaha. I broke down and ordered these after seeing this recipe for Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cup Truffles. Those need to happen in my life, but first I tested them in some protein pancakes that I plan to eat after I finish this post. I ordered the Chocolate Caramel and Cake Batter Egg whites from Muscle Egg. They come in huge containers, but you can freeze them until your ready to use.

Also for those of you not on Facebook - here's a booty burning hurts so good workout you can do anywhere. Gotta do it twice - once on each side - and try to keep your hips centered so you feel it in your butt. It should hurt, that means you're doing it right :)


Shoulders + HIIT

Awwwwwwwwwww look what popped on my TimeHop from 5 years ago! I so remember that day, I just got back from bootcamp and I was feeling so good about my progress, I was pretty close to hitting my prepregnancy weight of 185 {this was after Madison}. Back then my weight loss routine was, burn all the calories I could and eat as little as I could manage, while that is not ideal {and definitely not sustainable for long term} it's all I knew at the time and it got me headed in a direction that wasn't up. 

I'm just glad my choice in workout clothing has improved, I used to throw on just any tank or tshirt. I just got these Flare Tanks in and they are little more expensive than I normally buy, but that fabric is to die for, the best fitting tank I own for sure, plus the print is beautiful! They had a pink one I didn't buy, but I may have to fix that :)

I recorded a shoulder video for y'all today, shoulders are the gateway to gorgeous arms - shoulders, triceps, then biceps -  according to me that is.

Pick your reps based on the amount of weight you use, less reps for heavier weights - or increase weight each round - no wrong way to work it out! FYI I sped up the video for time reasons, but do a slow and controlled movement when you are completing the reps!!

I also made a fun little cardio HIIT on the Stairmill - 20 minutes

1 to 2 min warmup
3 to 7 brisk pace NO HANDS
8-14 pick up the speed a bit and skip a step
15 - 20 Heart bursting sprints. 30 seconds at top running speed {adjust for your level!} and 1 minute of slow stepping letting your heart rate come down. 

Ok, go have some sweaty fun!


How to not Starve while Dieting.

When you are actively trying to lose weight there are a few things you an expect - cravings and hunger. Here are few of my tips, or more things I do/eat, so I don't die while cutting. Literally, thought there were days I would die.

1. Carbs before all else.

I recently switched the majority of my carbohydrates to earlier in the day, I used to save them for evening time so I could have pretty much whatever I wanted at dinner. My carbs right now are set for 185g/day and most days I eat around 50g of carbs just for breakfast.

I also am sure to get in a 50g of protein for breakfast, I keep the fats low and save them for dinner.

If I go for more than a 3 mile run I also eat about 20g of carbs before I run, usually in the form of a Kid's Z Bar.  I've heard trainers recommend eating carbs around your workouts and your fats further away, but I've just recently put that into practice and I can tell it's made a difference on my hunger levels and body, my stomach looks flatter.

2. Layering my Food.

This is probably a mental thing, but when I layer and build up a yummy snack I feel more satisfied. If I had only eaten the yogurt I probably would've been hungry again within an hour, but with half a serving of Chicka Bites and a third a serving of  Protein Almond Butter I was full for a good 3 hours.

3. High Volume Foods.

Popcorn is usually my afternoon snack, along with a huge Bubba of water, for around 1f/15c/2p I will stay full until I get home for dinner.

Veggies, yes yes yes, they are not only good for your body, but they are low calorie and keep you full. They are just as easy to pick up and buy as anything else at a grocery store, most stores have fresh produce available in steam-able bags right in the produce area. Throw on some salt and pepper, or goat cheese, and I could eat 3 servings just for lunch.

Even my Protein Pancakes are made with coconut flour + Protein Powder - this combo gives you more cakes for less calories. Just my cakes alone are 11c/4f/37p and that makes about 5 medium sized pancakes!

If you still don't have the recipe saved to your phone here you go - via Poppy Locks who is coming out with a 40 recipe protein pancake cookbook later this week!!

Do you love pasta? I do too, but rarely eat it because it's so high calorie for so little amount of food, but you can beef it up by adding in spiraled zucchini! If you don't have a Spiral Vegetable Slicer you are missing out! I use mine several times a week.

3. Choosing wisely.

IIFYM touts a 'eat whatever you'd like, no foods off limit' tag line, but when I am cutting I have to make hard choices and I tend to pick things that keep my tummy happy on less. I don't eat red meat, too high in fat. I don't eat avocados, a serving size is just sad. I pick berries over melon and apples, I go through 2 packs of strawberries by myself Mon to Friday.

I can be satisfied on less than a serving, if I want to add some oreos to my pancakes I can crush up a few minis {usually less than half a serving} and still feel like I had a fun treat. I used to have trouble stopping after 4 full Oreo's! Weighing your food is the biggest eye opener on how much a serving size really is.... if you haven't watched this video I recommend you do.

Now, excuse me while I go cry for a while over this head that has hair.


Perfectly Boring.

Perfect is Boring tank from OMB // hat is from Canton // Shorts Kenneth Cole from Marshalls

We had a very laid back weekend, I didn't have to fix my hair once #winning My Mom happened to have Friday night off {She's a captioner for television and works odd hours} so we all went out to dinner, Olive Garden.

I picked the tilapia and shrimp with broccoli, 12f/12c/52p awesome macros and tasted really good, OG is one of my top picks when we go out to eat, so many options that are not full of fat. One meal out can blow my daily fats, which is why I don't like to do it a lot.

I like to save my fats for 9pm summer fro-yo with the family, yes, that's Nutella on top. We don't always eat ice cream at night, but when we do we do it right.

Saturday I had to do a bunch of stuff for OMB in the morning, then Madison had her first game of summer indoor, she ran her little heart out and scored twice! I love nothing more than watching her play a game I love. Aiden enjoyed the plasic wall so he could be eye level with all the action!

We needed some items from the grocery store, so we decided to go to Whole Foods while we were close by, ugh. They are just so expensive, I can't, and then I realized after we got home that I bought chicken thighs and not breasts, 20 bucks worth. 

Madison lost 2 teeth, she's entering that super awkward phase with half baby teeth and half adult teeth that are too big for her mouth, but at least she keeps it symmetrical by losing on each side.

The Bald One has learned to feed himself, guess my job's over. That eyebrow of his just cracks me up!

Sunday I slept in until 7, it's also weigh in day and I broke into the 140's which is exciting, but the scale really doesn't do it for me much anymore. I want to see it in the mirror, I've been double killing my legs trying to see some progress, but sometimes I think it's harder for ME to see cause I'm looking everyday! 

My Select Protein (Snickerdoodle)came in and it's so delish, like maybe my favorite protein ever! I had breakfast with all the ponies who seem to permanently live on my kitchen table.

I promised Madison I would take her swimming, so I dedicated a few hours after breakfast to OMB, then we gathered up our friends and spent the afternoon by the pool. I have to put my phone away because I have a hard time not responding to emails or questions right then if I see it. We had a blast, the relaxation was much needed!

Oliver up after mowing for a quick dip and dinner, after we ate I snuck out and went home to meal prep a few things before they all got there.

I think eating a ton of carbs early in the day is beneficial to me, I lost weight for one and I also stay full so much longer. On the weekends I also have a super hard time getting in all my water, so I made sure I kept my bubba with me and drank up - maybe that helped too.

I"m gonna choke down that chicken thigh meat for lunch, hopefully it's better than I imagine.


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