12.05.2017

Christmas Home Tour



Throwing it back old {Miss Madison's Charmed Life} school with a decor link up with my girl Whoa Aly! As this is our first Christmas in our new house I pulled out boxes full of stuff and none of it was what I wanted for this house. So I gave 90% of it to my Mom, who can never have enough holiday decor. 

Up first we needed a new tree, I've always wanted a flocked tree and came across a great deal at King of Christmas - I bought the 8ft Prince Flocked Pre-Lit {$364} I love love love it!


I let the kids put their ornaments on, maybe one year I'll do the matching ornaments and ribbon, but I don't mind a mess of their faces and handprints. After much searching I finally found a tree collar that fit from Crate and Barrel {the large size!}. 


I loved the tree so much I ordered the matching garland for the mantle, also found out the plug we added above the fireplace doesn't work. We have a year to turn in a list of things for the builder to fix, hasn't been a whole lot, so far. I've had the angel wings for years, but I'm pretty sure you can google and find them pretty easily now. 


My dining room has slowly just turned into this lovely pink room that I love so much. Pink couch from Walmart ~ Paintings from Katie Woodford ~ table from Target ~ swan from At Home ~ rug outlet a few years ago.


A few items Mimi made for us, the gold polka tree and the tree advent. The I love you I've had for a few years, bought at Canton. I did find something similar a while ago online, but they wanted like 5x what I paid, crazy!



Pillows from Hobby Lobby, storage bench from Amazon



I don't usually decorate in the bedroom, but this rose gold tree was so perfect in my room and it's really nice to relax in my bed to the twinkle lights! I bought it and the basket from Target. 



Dear Santa, 

Please bring big, new, shiny end tables. and lamps. 

Thanks!



I love the day after Christmas and hunting for 50% off wreaths! Home Goods usually has the best ones :) 

Hope you enjoyed the tour, if you'd like to play along tag us on Instagram #MegAndAlyChristmasTour

11.30.2017

Lifting Heavy


My running group wanted to drive to Fort Worth and run the Pumpkin Spice race - we are super basic so of course this seemed like a great idea. The day before Poppy and I decided we would run the 15k, even though I'm running {actual mileage} like twice a month right now. The day of the race the wind picked up so we decided to just do the 10k. 

The shirts were just SO UGLY, then we got there and it was like a ugly sweater party, but for runners. It was pretty hilarious. We start the race and people were falling left and right around us, you think cross fit is dangerous try eating pavement during a race! 

Granted I haven't run a race in a while, but dang it if I didn't run the thing like it was a hour long WOD at Crossfit.  I ran about an 9:20 the whole time, which isn't even my fastest time, but for someone who hasn't been running it killed my legs and groin. Not my best idea - I had to take the rest of the day to recover on the couch with a nap and Pure Wave Massager. I swear I felt like I had run a full marathon, Oliver was like 'I thought you only ran 6 miles' 

You don't know my life Oliver. 

It's the same at Crossfit, I'm like blah, I don't even feel like doing this workout - then the buzzer goes off and I black out trying to get done first. I'm a first born Aries - I'm just competitive.  


Pretty much everyday when I walk into the gym I tell myself - gonna go light and take it easy today. I think this has REALLY happened once, it's like a biological response in my body when that damn counter is counting down - 3, 2, 1 - buzzzzzzzz!


Actual footage of me on the bike trying to beat Oliver, when he talks shit that he's beating me he better believe I'm gonna turn it on! That's what makes it fun in there, dying and laughing all at the same time. 


scanned 30 times to be sure no boobs are showing!

Lifting heavy weights is great for your body, but it's not something you're going to notice overnight. I've been doing CF for about 18 months now and I'm LOVING what I'm seeing. You do go through some periods where you're hitting PR's and killing it, then you go through a period where you are just putting in the work and not seeing a big difference. The last few months I've been seeing my hard work come out, lifts are getting stronger {except that one I dropped on my head LOL} and the changes in my body make me happy. 

Tomorrow is the last day of the 50 burpees a day challenge - I will have done a total of 1500 EXTRA burpees for the month of November! My fastest time was 2:18 - to which I almost died. The old people at the Y came over to check on me while I was panting on the ground  hahahaha. Burpees don't seem so daunting now, I'm so glad I finished this challenge, pretty proud of myself because there were lots of days I REALLY REALLY didn't want to do them. 

If you didn't get to it last month December 1st is almost here, grab you a few friends to keep yourself accountable and push yourself to do something great. Thinking goblet squats daily for December - y'all in??

11.29.2017

Fall Family Photos



Tis the time of year to do family photos, weather is unpredictable this time of year so you gotta be flexible. The Saturday we were scheduled to shoot the wind was crazy, so we decided to get up at 5am on Sunday and do them at sunrise. Luckily my kids are morning people so it works well for us and it's nice to just get it done and have the rest of the day to get whatever you need to done.  Oliver pretty much gets himself ready and as you can see the kids sit at my feet and wait their turn for hair and outfits.


I'm seriously THE WORST at getting ready for pictures, I never plan ahead for outfits and the 2 days before I'm running around trying to decide what I want. I knew I wanted to drive downtown Dallas for these murals, the bright colors are so fun! It was chilly so we only hit a few, but there are tons of options. 


She was the first to pick her outfit, cobalt blue is such a pretty color on her! Necklace is from Sprinklings Girls, our favorite, they never break! Her jacket is last year from Target, every girl needs a leather jacket in their closet. 


She looks so tall and grown, I tear up just looking at this picture. I know I say it all the time, but she's got a heart of gold. The way she takes care of Aiden just makes me so proud.


This turkey. He pulled out his three year old card and wasn't super cooperative, but this picture pretty much sums him up. Smart as a whip! 


Now that I'm ahead of the game I'm for sure getting Christmas cards out this year! 

11.13.2017

A Year Long Goal.



I KNEW today was going to be a great day - Oliver was home from his fishing trip, the kitchen was clean, my hair was clean, and my new sparkle Nike pants fit great! I paired it with this tie back top  - highly recommend!! It's comfortable and super cute and only $20 bucks - click here.  The Nike pants can be found here - I sized up to a medium because the fabric is a bit different and in store I only paid $45 and they are listed at $51 online. 

So at the beginning of 2017 we set up a goal board at Crossfit and I set about 5 goals for myself - the last one I had to check off the list was a 200 pound back squat. My janky knee has been hindering me from meeting that goal, I've been rehabbing and strengthening my left side for months. Just 2 weeks ago I tried 200 again and failed. 


The number one rule I have when lifting is DON'T ADD UP THE WEIGHTS. I just keep adding and keep lifting based on how I feel, if I KNOW I"m getting close to a PR or a heavy weight it mentally plays games with me. Today we weren't even doing 1 rep max - we were doing sets of 5. I kept adding weight without counting - didn't even realize I hit 195 for 3 reps. Coach had me add 5 more and I finally finally hit my 200!!!! You guys - a year in the making! I'm so damn proud of myself! 


My other little hard worker played in her first tournament last weekend. It was pretty tiring because they spread the games out all day - we didn't get to bed until after 11 both days. You know me, I like to be laid up by 9. 


It was her and I all weekend, we had a great girls weekend. We had some food, got some pedicures, and kicked the ball around together. I have serious FOMO watching her play, I miss it so much. I'm debating trying out an indoor team and see how I feel playing again. My Dr said I could, I just am a bit scared after taking 3 years to fix the dang knee I have now. 


I also ordered a Christmas tree on a whim - I saw someone post about King of Christmas on IG and I've always wanted a super flocked tree so I ordered it! Oliver always veto'd the flocked tree, but now that he's seen it in person he loves it. THIS is why I don't ask his opinion, he usually ends up loving whatever I pick so why argue about it beforehand? 


I like the flocked because you don't have to add a lot of decor to make it look pretty. I got the 8 ft prelit one and paid 364 - linked here. It shipped in a day, for free, they also had a coupon added at checkout. The quality it awesome! I think I'll go back and buy the matching garland for the stairs.

11.10.2017

Update on those Baby Muscles.


It's been a while since I've updated about my diet and workouts etc. For most of the summer I upped my calories to around 2200/daily - but that included a lot more drinking, mindless snacking by the pool, and just general summer living. I gained about 4-5 pounds which was totally fine - kept up my workouts as much as possible, but a lot of rehabbing around my left knee. I had my 2nd surgery on it the beginning of June. Being more lax for a few months is not a bad thing - mental breaks are needed! I was still happy with how I looked in a swimsuit.


Now that summer is over and the air is crisper I'm feeling more motivated to get myself a bit leaner. I struggle with wanting to be lean, but also eating for performance. I like to go hard at the gym and it's harder for me to keep that up when I'm eating in a deficit. So I just lowered my calories a bit to see what happened. Currently I'm eating 165 carbs / 54 fat / 150 protein. - but I do have 1 day a week I eat whatever I want for a meal, even if it doesn't fit. Usually a burger! I am still using PoppyLocks.com to set my macros. 

I only weigh myself like once a month because really that doesn't tell you much. I'm also only doing BF testing like 1-2 a year - maybe. My goals can't be about numbers that have minimal change - my goals are about what I can do. Getting stronger - getting faster - working on my form. That is something that everyone can do no matter how long you've been lifting. I'm relatively new to the CF world so I still have tons of things to work on, which is actually great - always something new to focus on!


I'm doing Crossfit about 6 days a week and I'm running 1x a week. I do extra weight lifting after Crossfit Class - I've been using the Smolov Program to increase my back squat and overhead press. My left leg is finally feeling about 90% and I'm determined to hit a 200 back squat finally! I use the free app in the iTunes store - you put in your 1 rep max for whatever lift and it spits out a program for you to follow. 

146 pounds vs 148 pounds

There are lots of ways to lose weight, there is not right or wrong way because different things work for different people. On the left I was pure cardio and keeping my calories as low as possible. It worked, I was 146 pounds. Was it sustainable for me to do 2 hours of cardio a day forever?? No. Mostly because my knee just can't taking the constant pounding from running like it used to, but I also just mentally became bored with my routine. I wasn't challenged. So I went looking for something new and found it in Crossfit. Blah blah blah - you all know how much I love it, but it really was a Godsend when I needed it most. 

My body has completely changed - I'm so much tougher than I even realized. Not like throw a 100 pounds over my head tougher {cause you saw how well that went today on IG} but what I can mentally push myself to do. I CAN push myself past the point of 'I think I might die' and I actually kinda love it {once I recover that is}.  When someone else is pushing you I think you learn a great deal more about yourself and what you are capable of. 

Plus the muscles, those are a great added bonus. 


11.07.2017

This Season of Life.


Last year you guys were so great with all the advice after I shared that Madison was struggling in school. We are having a much better year in our new district, we definitely made the right decision to move to a new school. We still are having some difficulty in a few areas and after another conference with her teacher we are gong to do some more testing for dyslexia. 

I had serious Mommy guilt after the last conference - her teacher brought up note taking and said that Madison had a very difficult time taking notes off the board or projector. I noticed this while we studied her spelling words, I laid the paper in front of her and had her copy the words onto flash cards. She copied some of the words incorrectly and I became frustrated with her because I thought she was just being sloppy. Apparently it's called tracking and it's very hard for her. 



Finding quiet reading time is a challenge around here - Aiden is like her little shadow and it's hard to keep them apart because she also refuses to stay in a room alone with the door closed. Sigh. I used to read for hours and hours - after having children I can't even get into 1 book before I'm interrupted and  realize I've reread the same page several times.  Look at this face though, he's impossible to be upset with and he just loves his sister.


This season of life is my favorite so far - no changing diapers, no worrying about fertility, getting tons of sleep every night. Oliver and I are both happy with our careers, we enjoy our lives together, and it's just a very calm time in our lives. Settled. Happy. Perfect - no. We argue, we have daily stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. Heck - parenting on a daily basis will take it out of you, but just a feeling of being content is nice.


My least favorite question is: Where do you see yourself if 10 years? 

Heck if I know - 10 years ago I would not have imagined ONE SINGLE THING that is my world today.  I guess I just like to be surprised by life.

10.23.2017

Blonde Hair Don't Care



I'm so glad last week is over, my calendar was packed full and I was dreading that week for the last month. We had to move up the Holiday photo shoot for OMB, so the purple hair had to go. She stripped the color out and toned it a bit - she didn't lift with blonde so my hair is still in really good shape.


I'm seriously loving this blonde, I'm sure my roots are going to pop out quickly so we will see how much work it is to maintain. I thought it might wash me out, but I'll just have to keep up that spray tan. I love being brave with my hair - it can really make you feel like a whole new woman. My pants are from OMB - they are crazy comfortable and perfect to lounge, then clean your house, run to HomeGoods, or go get a pedicure in. 


The shoot went great Friday night, we went out for a little girls dinner, these two were appalled I wasn't going to finish my mule so they did it for me. I honestly have the BEST friends, they are always so willing to help and we always just have a great time together.



Saturday I had my Crossfit competition - it was tough. I have never wanted to quit a workout so badly, the entire time I was working out I was planning ways I could just quit and tell them I couldn't finish. 


I love this picture because its EXACTLY how I felt in that moment, I love that everyone is ignoring me dying on the floor too. That's Crossfit. I never really knew what I was capable of {workout wise} until I did a competition, you just push yourself past that limit in your head. That's why I do them. 


This girl right here had NO CLUE that I could do any of the things I do now.


You get to a point in your journey that it can't be about your weight anymore or even fitting into smaller clothing. I had to keep myself going with new goals - for me it's about strength. I have so many new ways to measure progress - how much can I squat, how fast can I burpee, perfecting handstand pushups. None of this has anything to do with what I see in the mirror - but the bonus of it all is that I DO love what I see in the mirror. I see muscles that I worked hard to put on.


With that being said - the long road it's taken me to get here has taught me so many things, but the #1 key to success is food prep. The more you prepare the more likely you are to stay on track and it's SO much about the food. So much you guys. Spend that time on the weekend to make sure your week is easy and smooth. I make items I actually WANT to eat, I look forward to lunch every day. If you hate chicken and veggies then find something else. You don't have to eat fish and broccoli - unless you just really want to.

Here are my preps for the week.


Breakfast.
Protein Pancakes {made a double batch} then I heat and top with Pumpkin Cream Cheese {they have other flavors, you could also use yogurts} I just fold in half and eat - super fast and perfect for a pre workout meal. 





Lunch.
Zucchini Lasagna. Reheats super yummy all week! I don't put the layer of cheese on top before baking - I just add Fat Free Mozzerella before I reheat each day. Need veggie chopper - link at bottom of post!




Dinner. I made a double batch of chili in my Instant Pot and also made chicken for an easy protein other nights.


HIGHLY suggest you get a Pro Vegetable Chopper because it's FASTER. EASIER. BETTER. FIXES YOUR LIFE. Plus it's $20 you can't beat that.

10.16.2017

For the Rest of Us.



Festivus is a Crossfit competition for 'the rest of us'  - you know that Seinfeld episode right? 95% of Crossfit athletes are novice and intermediate - it's NOTHING like what you watch on TV or even most of the athletes you see posting on IG - this is a competition geared for US. Nothing crazy, just good hard workouts that anyone can do. You get yourself a partner, hopefully practice a few times, and come on out for a beautiful Saturday of sweating. Only 1 gym for every 60 miles can host - we at Crossfit Lavon were lucky enough to be given that honor this year. 


Back in August when we went to the Crossfit Games in Madison, WI they had a MC and {after a few drinks} came up with the great idea that I should do it for our gym. I bought myself a mic for the house - gave a few spelling tests on it, did a giveaway with it on Periscope, and pretty much found my new calling in life.


As much as I love to workout I also love to cheer others on to be their best. I had THE BEST FREAKING TIME. I want to travel around and do it for every competition, hahaha. Is it too late to change my career path?? 


My sister competed for the first time, I was so proud of her! She deadlifted like a boss and never gave up - didn't have to yell at her once :) 


This guy KILLED IT. I am so stinking proud of him, he gave 100% every workout! He's not super competitive in our day to day workouts so it was pretty fun to see him turn it on and try to win. Him and his gym 'husband' , as I call him, came in 2nd in intermediate! This picture will be blown up and handed out to everyone for Christmas :) Erica caught the best moment, when you're leaving everything you have out on that floor. 


This is my gym family. This is why people are obsessed with Crossfit - the people. You see each other every day, your Facebook feed is filled with what they are doing, what they are lifting, what they are eating, and you love that shit. You celebrate their victories just as much as your own - sometimes it's even sweeter to see someone who's been working on something for a long time and they FINALLY get it. Putting on one of these events is a lot of work - our gym really pulled together for a perfect day of competing. I couldn't be more proud to be a part of Crossfit Lavon.

Joker Leggings found here.

I have my own competition coming up on Saturday. I challenged myself by signing up for the RX division - last year I did scaled at this same competition. Honestly I'm pretty dang nervous, but everything great I've ever done I've been scared to do first. I just keep reminding myself of that little fact. I know I won't win, but I really really don't want to puke or embarrasses myself in front of people. 


I also braved 8 miles on Saturday! I haven't run more than 8 in a very long time.


I felt amazing after, my hips were a little tight, but it's the best I've felt after a run in a long time. The weather is finally cooling off too - so it's time to get this half marathon training in gear. My poor spray tan was dripping off me, I applied the night before and waited to wash it off until after my run. I use the dark mousse from Loving Tan, the color is perfect and it stays on really well. 


One last tidbit - if you haven't had the Turkey Chili from Panera you should cause it's AMAZING. Hearty and filling, plus bread. Extra bread please. Perfect for those cold days coming soon! 

If you participated in Festivus I'd love to hear your experience!

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