If you Workout you NEED this!

I've made some tweaks to my diet and I think they are making a big impact on my strength and I wanted to share with y'all. I am still counting macros, but I don't think I'd call it super 'flexible' dieting. I am eliminating, actually let's it's more like cutting way back, sugar and dairy and timing my foods to try to keep my blood levels stable throughout the day. I eat every 3 hours and I always eat protein with carbs. 

No more snacking on grapes throughout the day.
No more sweet treats between meals, even if the fit my macros. 

The first two weeks were really hard, I felt hungry and deprived. I thought - I'm good I don't need to get stronger, but deep down of course I want to improve on myself! I'm not happy staying the same for long. So I kept chugging along, boring and predictable foods every day. Well, except for my Home Chef meals 2x a week. If you don't follow me on Snapchat, that's where I've been sharing all my meals. 

I've tried to cut out all dairy, but I haven't been able to 100% yet. I try to only use it when absolutely necessary, lol, cheese emergencies. So for example here is how I would pair my food:

25g carbs + 25g protein +8g fat {Breakfast} 
So born is my Oatmeal mixed with egg whites and almond butter.

Protein shake after every workout.

BCAA. Y'all lemme tell you why you NEED to be taking BCAA. I thought my diet was good - lots of protein every day. I got lazy and stopped taking my Catalyst, I also lost muscle. I immediately got back on my bandwagon of Catalyst every morning before my workout and I gained muscle. THAT'S my proof that it works. 

Now you can drink them also, I prefer the above combo of Limeade Spark + Red Raspberry Rehydrate. The pill form of BCAA's in Catalyst make it easy for me to know I'm getting the full amount, a lot of times I don't finish what's in my water bottle at the gym. 

Overall I obviously haven't been 100%, but I try to make as many of my meals as possible adhere to my plan and I can tell a difference in my lifting, my endurance, recovery, and body. I will never be on the bandwagon that diary and sugar are evil - I DO believe in moderation. Will a cookie kill your progress? No. Will a sleeve of cookies kill your progress? lol, maybe. It IS girl scout cookie season. 

Plus I totally out lifted Oliver yesterday, that's a damn good feeling. 



Y'all I'm seriously obsessed with my brows! I was so scared and now I'm so glad I found someone who gave me exactly what I wanted. Jewels Artistry in Forney. This was right after she was done.

She started out by numbing my brows, cute huh? She left this cream on for about 15-20 minutes.

The she measured and drew on my face - this was kinda scary because I have to approve the look I want. It's hard to say, yeah I love this when it looks thick. You have to imagine it drawn in between the lines. Then she picked a pigment color and dotted it on my skin to show me. 

Next she tested an area for pain, I felt nothing. It was pretty painless, only a bit uncomfortable on the edges by my scar from an eyebrow ring long long ago. From the time she started drawing with an exacto knife on my face to the end was about 10-15 minutes. We chatted the entire time, seriously so easy.

Day 1 was great, day 2 they were a bit red and darker, day 3 and 4 they are totally fine. I haven't had much flaking at all. You can't get them wet for 7 days y'all - no showers just bathes. Seriously do not google the do's and don't because they vary so much from artist to artist. She said no working out the day of {so I wouldn't bleed a lot} and I went back to the gym the next day. 

I asked if sweating would make the color run, she said no. People use different pigments and if the pigment is cheap that's where you will have colors changing on your face. 

Snow Leopard Top

This is day 4. The lips are my LipSense - Aussie Rose and Razzberry. 
The number one tip I'd give is to search and search for someone you feel comfortable with! I hunted for month, when she was recommended to me I looked her up and every one of her IG pictures was YYAAAAASSSSSS. I knew right then I'd be happy with her work - this is your face so don't settle. 

The cost was $350 for the initial visit - follow up is $150. $500 is the going price from all the places I quoted in the area. They last 18 month to 3 years depending on your skin - the oiler you are the more it can fade, but everyone is different. 


Going Heavy + BF Testing

Back in the day when I was doing my thing in the gym I had a difficult time answering the question - how heavy should I be lifting? I worked out 6 days a week and it was very rare for me to be sore unless I was trying a new move. I just thought I wasn't getting sore because I worked out so much because when I was there I was kicking my own butt. I worked hard, I was sweating, I was out of breath.

Then I started Crossfit and I realized I had so much more in me that needed to be pulled out - I needed someone else to push me. I needed to see other women lifting heavier than me to motivate me to try more. There was NOTHING wrong with my workouts at the gym before, but now that I've pushed myself past my own limits I crave it. I get high off getting my ass kicked at the gym. Except today, my abs hurt so bad I literally couldn't even stand up straight. I took the GHD race a little to literally. 

From Nov - Jan I gained 1 pound of muscle and lost 1 pound of fat. My weight was exactly the same, THIS is why if you have access to body fat testing {I do the hydrostatic - not the handheld ones} I highly recommend you do it. A lot of times you won't see all your hard work on the scale - because a pound of fat and muscle both weigh the same, but you'll be smaller! It's not very expensive, I pay $40 a test. I don't even bother weighing myself at home anymore, it's pretty damn freeing too. That number can play tricks on your mind, maybe it didn't drop and you say eff it and revert back to bad habits - if you'd just stayed off that scale and kept on going...

Madison is really loving Crossfit Kids and has taken to teaching her brother, he pretty much does everything she says so it's a good fit ;) Madison has given up desserts for the next 21 Days, she was trying to argue with me that a Fruit Rollup wasn't candy - it was fruit. hahaha. Nice try baby girl. {it's something we are doing at Church}

She's also been BEGGING me to run the Hot Chocolate 5k this year, she REALLY wants the jacket. I was just worried it would be too cold for her - last year was unbearable for me much less a kid. So far it's been a really mild winter so I went ahead and signed us up and rounded up a bunch of our friends to run it will us. I'm so excited - Mothers and daughters getting fit together - pretty much my favorite Saturday activity. 


Friday Fav's: Sweating.

Fun workout leggings via Ollie Maire Boutique - Crop Top too! They would also go really well with my favorite gym bag...

Oliver bought me this Vooray Gym Bag for Christmas and I freaking love it so hard! It's the perfect size for all my gym things {or my Mary Poppins bag as it's lovingly referred to}. It even has a shoe compartment on the side which is handy, I like to take my running and lifting shoes with me in case I change my mind about what I'm going to do. 

After spending a few hours at PT for my knee I HAD to buy a Stretch Out Strap ! I carry this with me anytime I workout and stretch like it's my job after every workout, this strap is super handy for stretching all those muscles, I love it better than my foam roller. Nothing makes me feel better than 10 minutes on the floor with this green thing.

This is not for the weak of heart - it's crazy strong and will give you the tingles....just the way I like it ;) Mr Hyde Intense Pre Workout .

A xFitness Jump Rope ! When I don't feel like cardio I LOVE to jump rope between sets to get my sweat going, everyone should have their own so you can adjust it to your height.


1 Food you MUST try!

Food, food, food. It's always about the dang food. So lemme share what I've been eating lately.

I'm sure you all know my love affair for Trader Joes, well they have been letting me down lately. For the last 6 months I haven't been able to buy Riced Cauliflower, Italy is having custom problems or something like that - whatever! I need my cauliflower! The fresh doesn't freeze well and it's too far to drive very often. 

Anyways, Walmart of course has something even BETTER, but I hate hate hate going to that store. I will make an exception for this...

Sweet potato and cauliflower - plus you can microwave the bag!!!! This stuff is so good, easy, and filling without a ton of calories.

But, what should you put with it?

Whatever your little heart desires! I love to add chicken, peppers, corn, salsa, and cheese! Or you could do shrimp or turkey. 

In the cold month, well mostly cold months here in Dallas, I live on sweet potato. It's pretty much good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Add eggs, turkey, bacon, goat cheese, broccoli, or kale. I boil a huge pot to use for the week.

I get this at TJ, but I'm sure you can find a kale mix at any grocery store. I sauté it in a pan to soften it a bit, sometimes added in chopped zucchini.

I just put in a hot pan for a few minutes and season with some Tonys.

A friend sent this to me and I LOVE it! I use it to season my egg whites also before putting on avocado toast.

I am still counting macros, but I'm also trying to combine and time my food. Everyone at Crossfit was doing it and you know I have to give everything a try! So the premise is you never eat a macro alone - you always combine protein with carbs and sometimes with a little bit of fat. Your goal is to keep your blood sugar level and it will give you energy and reduce your cravings. 

For example - I used to eat straight carbs before the gym - usually jelly toast. Now I eat Proats, recipe below.

1/2 cup oatmeal cooked with 1/2 cup water in microwave for 2:30
Then mix in 46g egg whites. Stir but don't cook again.
{optional added protein: yogurt mixed with protein powder} 
1/2 serving almond butter

Then after the gym I have a protein shake {I like the premixed Premier Protein} within 30 minutes. I used to wait until after a shower and getting ready to eat and I would be starving.

Lunch/Dinner consists of things similar to what I shared above. Except 2x a week when I do my HomeChef meals! I'm addicted and not willing to give them up, they make dinner fun.

Last night from Home Chef was hummus crusted chicken - I've never put hummus on chicken, but dang if it wasn't crazy simple AND delicious! 

I'm really trying to cut out cheese, mostly because of the inflammation it does to your body, but it's sooooooo hard. I felt deprived and sad, so I use it sparingly. 

To be honest I feel like most people quit their diets because it's too hard to stick to every single day, my motto is  - SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN NOTHING. I have to ease myself into it, baby steps. I am not 100%, but I'm still getting stronger! 

My husband can't keep his hands off it. hahahahaha.

If you need some extra motivation to jumpstart your year join me for my DietBet - starts 1/9 which is next Monday! I'll have a Facebook group where we will share food/workout ideas for the 4 weeks. 


Hello, again.

Oh My Plaid Top // Boots

Here I am! As 2017 rolled in I gave myself a little break from the blog, I just was feeling a little overwhelmed with Periscope, Snapchat, Facebook, and IG. I mean, sharing content on every platform can be confusing and exhausting, not that I don't enjoy it I just didn't have a clear cut vision of what I should be sharing on each one. Life without a plan is hard, weather it's workouts, food, working, parenting, whatever! 

I've decided I want to keep blogging, I like to read back and I'm not done documenting life just yet. I plan to *try* and blog 3x a week - a lifestyle post, a workout/food post, and another sharing some of my favorite go to products. 

Periscope will stay the same, I'll hop on as I have time, seriously my girls over there can fix my life in 2 minutes flat whenever I have a problem! Y'all suggestions for Christmas shots was a total lifesaver, buying a gift for 20 women can get expensive, but having a shot with everyone was affordable and a big hit!

I even went back the next day to buy more Rumchata to take to CF, after our 12 Days of Christmas Barbell workout we needed it!

The drink includes:

Eggnog {I used Light EggNog from Trader Joes}
1 shot Rumchata 
a splash of Fireball

The end of 2016 was so great, lots of celebrations, Poppy turned 40 and Oliver squeezed a birthday in last week too. We surprised Poppy with a dinner at Glorias in Addison, it turns into a dance club around 11 which was so much fun. I'm not sure the last time I stayed out late drinking and dancing. 

Christmas time is hard for us, every year someone gets sick and this year was no different. The day school let out Madison came down with flu AND strep, luckily she had a week to recover. She sang in the kids Christmas choir for the first time and loved it, we all have the song memorized from singing it OVER AND OVER again in the car. I swear Oliver sang louder than the kids ;)

I'm just really glad Aiden didn't catch it, although I was worried he'd have a complex after hearing me yell 'NO! DONT TOUCH HER! GERMS! GERMS!" 

I really put my foot down with the Grandparents on not buying too many toys, we are trying to declutter before moving not take on more. For the most part they did listen - except for that 5 story garage with 100 cars for Aiden. Side eye Mimi. Madison got OSMO for her iPad and loves it!

We stayed in for NYE, well Madison went to a sleepover at a friends house and I hear she was the only one awake at midnight. I was in bed by 10! I've enjoyed our downtime together, but it's time to get back to our regualry scheduled programming. 



Friday night we held our 2nd Annual Sip and Shop at my house, Oliver asked if this was for real friends or real internet friends. I mean, if we are Facebook official that's close enough for me ;) I really enjoy doing these are I want to do another in the Spring before we have to pack up and move. If you follow me on Snapchat or Periscope then you know the real party happened after everyone left and drunk Amber flipped drunk Oliver in a fast game of Indian Leg Wrestling. I've never heard of this game, but it's pretty entertaining to see Oliver get flipped around like a rag doll.

I went to bed at midnight and had to get up at 4am to head to San Antonio, about 4ish hours away. I signed up a long time ago for the half marathon, but once again I'm not up to running 13 miles just yet so I went just for fun. They wanted to drink early so they would have time to recover before the next morning, but when I drink i just want to sleep. It was pouring rain so we couldn't walk around downtown, what better time to nap?!

They are troopers for running in 40 degree wind and rain, can't say I was sad to stay in the hotel room finishing up my Netflix show and drinking coffee. I did go to the finish to hang out with them, but damn Siri hates me and I kept walking the wrong direction, finally I just stood on a corner and called Uber.  I told the guy to get me as close as he could to the finish line, he was not pleased. 

After checking out of the hotel we found the BEST burger place in SA! Tycoon Flats, not to be confused with Typhoon which is what Meredith thought as she ran past it in the rain hahahaha. Seriously so good and worth a few extra calories, I had the Feta and Cranberry Burger, maybe a bit of frozen mimosa on my face. 

Once again the alcohol got me and I took a good 2 hour nap in the car. Let me tell you how much I suck on road trips, it's bad. I just want to sleep and Oliver gets so annoyed at me, then he tries to make me drive and I start swerving cause I can't keep my eyes open. This is why God invented airplanes, I fall asleep at take off almost every time! 

The babies got to go see Santa and twice Papa took them to the mall for fun in the {fake} snow. They were supposed to get Reindeer pictures done, but it rained out. They are doing it another couple weekends, if you're local check it out here


Catching Up

I was totally a lazy bum on Thanksgiving, I didn't cook a thing, I legit showed up at my Mom's and ate. I even tried to take a nap afterwards, but Oliver wanted to cuddle, then Aiden climbed on me, followed by both dogs who thought we were wrestling. For whatever reason I decided against any Black Friday shopping, I pretty much hate having to go to any store {except Home Goods}, I love the convince of ordering online. 

My parents wanted to take the kids to the Homestead Fair in Waco, it's a local fair that has animals, crafts, and homemade foods. My oldest brother lives close by so he met them and Aunt Katie made the drive down smooshed between two car seats. 

The kids had an absolute blast! Homemade donuts, pony rides, and crafts. Aiden sobbed on the way home, he really loved the pony rides.

I got a few text messages that has me concerned my parents were bringing home a baby goat or bunny. That's totally something they would do!

They made these wooden boats and weaved baskets, Madison now say's 'I can make that' every time we see a woven basket in Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Aiden cries every day to put that wooden boat in the bath tub with him, that's fun.

Sunday we went to pick out our first real Christmas tree, we decided to not cut our own - all the trees that grow in Texas are ugly. We had to buy a real import from North Carolina! I decided since I'd be vacuuming more anyways we might as well put that tinsel to good use, I have to say I kinda love it, it shimmers in person.

I debated getting all new ornaments, but that's a real investment so I think I'll wait for next year when we move into our new #whitehouse They did have the more gorgeous flocked tree at Pier One I was lusting over, maybe I can score a good deal after the holidays. 


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