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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tracking Macros // IIFYM?

Earlier this week I mentioned that I'd been spending a lot of time learning about tracking macros and using My Fitness Pal and that I'd be sharing more this week. Well, here we are. I've been gathering thoughts and notes and what I wanted to share, this is going to be a long-er post so if you're interested, stick with me here. I want to be as informative as I can. I am NOT a professional- these are solely my thoughts and opinions and are 100% based on me, my experience and my personal goals. I'm not going to share my macros, they are designed for me after a consultation, but I will tell you I'm eating 1550 calories a day. I'm not hungry y'all. 

What are macros?
What does tracking macros mean?
You're tracking your daily food intake, but focusing on the macronutrients (macros) your body needs. It's basically a form of calorie counting, but you're essentially tracking those calories based on a makeup of carbs, protein and fats. Yes, your body needs carbs. You want to get this mostly from nutrient dense foods, the healthy carbs, fats & proteins but you can fit in the others too when you want, 80/20 or 90/10 is what I mostly like to do. Your tracking numbers are based on your body, your goals and your activity level (I workout almost everyday) though so you truly have to figure out what is best for YOU. After a recommendation from Lauren, I consulted with Leah and received a personal plan specific for me and my goals. 

Example:  1550 calories made up of 40% protein/35% carb/25% fat, using My Fitness Pal to track those numbers. (And no- you don't have to drink 50 protein shakes a day to get a ton of protein. More on that below)

What it is not.
This is not a diet, it's YOUR diet. The way you eat, your lifestyle. It's not an excuse to eat all the junk foods, but it's very popular because it's a way to eat what's right for you & your body and your goals, BUT you can still have foods you like & enjoy. You don't have to stop eating breads & pasta and cookies and ice cream, you just have to fit them in. Which isn't always easy, but you don't want to fit them in all the time anyway. For example- if someone wants to lose weight and they completely cut out something for a while then yeah they'll lose, but it's not sustainable. They'll eventually go back to eating those things and gain that weight right back plus some. Also, when you completely cut things out like carbs or sweets you only want it more then you over indulge when you get it. The IIFYM way of eating sometimes has a bad reputation, even I was turned off at first, because so many like to promote it as the "eat anything you want diet and still be ripped". They go overboard on sharing that you can eat Oreos, ice cream, tons of peanut butter and cookies and have a totally ripped body. Just because you can eat pop tarts every day and look like that, doesn't mean it's good for you... They aren't sharing enough of the eating good & healthy high volume foods, then fit in a treat here and there when you want it. Bottom line- eat mostly nutritious foods, we all know it's best for you but you can still eat other treats too!

Things that are PROS for me?
-I'm not so focused on food, seems backwards huh? Before, I cared so much about what meals and recipes I was making & eating. I watched the clock each day counting down to my next meal. Now, I really feel like I'm simply eating to fuel my body and give it the nutrients it needs, that's it. I'm more focused than ever on the "eat to live, don't live to eat" motto that my dad always tried to instill in me. 

-I am breaking up with an unhealthy relationship I've had with food for so long. I have a sweet tooth, that's just me. Tell me if this cycle sounds familiar? Craving sweets -> not allowing yourself to have any for a week or so -> finally getting some ice cream -> eating most of the container in one sitting, plus cool whip, cookies & caramel -> hanging your head in shame, beating yourself up and feeling physically sick. I got a lot better about this over the last couple years, but I've still struggled with overindulging & guilt here and there. Now, I can fit a 1/2 cup of real ice cream or a brownie or a piece of cake into my week and not beat myself up over it. I know what I've consumed in the day and I know it's FINE. I like a treat 1-2 times a week, or you may want a piece of chocolate every day. Point is, it's ok to treat yourself.

-I'm eating healthier and trying new foods. I'm in a "fat burner" stage but I'm actually eating more food than I was previously, just healthier higher volume foods. More salads, veggies and lean high protein meats and lower carbs. Not no carbs, just less and better carbs. (more on that below too)

-My digestive system loves me. I'm not going to spend much time here, but 3 weeks in and I can 100% tell that my body is now getting the right foods. After years of struggling with digestive issues, the last 3 weeks have been wonderful.

-It's time consuming and can be a little overwhelming at first, but I swear that it gets easier. I spent weeks leading up to starting reading about macros, pinning "good macro" foods & recipes and watching YouTube videos. I spent the week before I started really getting familiar with My Fitness Pal. Not going to lie, the first week was intense. Each day was a hard puzzle trying to figure out the right foods to eat to equal what I needed and to stretch throughout my entire day. But now, I'm in week 3 and it's so much easier. I've learned what nutrients are in all our favorite foods and if I'm low or high on something, I can quickly delete and replace with exactly what I need. You quickly learn what breads, cheeses, ice cream, Greek yogurts and other foods have the best macros.

-Some people might think it's obsessive, and honestly it might not be for you. That is totally ok. I know I wanted a change with my body and nothing was working and this is working for me. I feel like my body is responding in a great way, I'm learning more about foods and nutrition and I'm able to lose body fat but still eat foods that are so often "off limits". 

3 weeks in, my current thoughts and goals?
When I really started to research this more, it made so much sense to me. I had lost a bunch of weight, but my body wasn't changing anymore and I knew I still wasn't where I wanted to be. For almost 2 years, I worked out all the time and thought I was eating good, but I'd hit a plateau. What I learned through this is I actually wasn't eating enough and I was consuming way too much fat & carbs but I had no idea because I never tracked anything. Yes, you want fruits and veggies, but you still need to watch your intake. They are still calories & carbs. You want change, you have to make a change. So here I am, and guess what? 3 weeks in, I already see a change in my stomach. I'm seeing fat disappear and muscle start to peek through, finally! My goal is to continue this for the rest of my life, but learn enough to where I'm actually not having to track everything on MFP. It's already getting so much easier for me so trust me when I say, it's not as overwhelming or obsessive as it may seem at first. 

Most common foods I've been eating lately? 

 - High protein -
99% fat free ground turkey
Individual beef Jerky
Egg white scrambles (with spinach & meat)
Cottage Cheese
Quest Bars
Greek Yogurt
Low fat cheese
Black beans & Chickpeas 
Whey protein powder (I have 1 shake after we lift)

- Fats -
Almond or peanut butters
Olive Oil

- Carbs -
Sweet potatoes
brown rice or quinoa
Black beans
Whole grain bread or tortillas
Carrots or broccoli with Laughing Cow cheese

Plus ice cream, it's my favorite treat of choice :) The Edy's Slow Churned 1/2 the fat is where it's at! I have a Macros board on Pinterest if you want to see what I've pinned so far. Also, Dustin and I like to splurge once a week. It's what we've always liked to do and it's the right balance for us. We're currently having 1 non-tracked meal a week, a cheat meal if you will... We normally go out to dinner once a weekend, so it's been that night for us. 

Here are a couple of other reads if you're curious, I enjoyed and learned a little from these. 
One (great one!) // Two // Three

I am thinking about doing a couple of posts sharing typical daily/weekly foods and workouts, let me know if you'd be interested in that...

Are you familiar with tracking macros?

-Quick reminders-
Monthly Faves link up will be next Wednesday 3/4/15
Don't forget about Joey's book that's on sale this week!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Focused On.
Workouts, My Fitness Pal and learning all about tracking macros. It's no joke, but holy crap does it all make perfect sense to me now. I'm learning a lot about nutrients, my body and tracking my food intake. I'm going to share more on this later in the week so come back Thursday....

My blog friends! I've been pretty busy and just haven't had time to read blogs and chat with my blogging buddies lately, missing you all. 

Make it Happen by Lara Casey. Ok, I'm trying to anyway. I haven't had a lot of time to read either, but I'm really enjoying it so far. Also, studying the book of John with my LifeGroup girls.

Sam Hunt, I can't get enough of his album. Still obsessed with Take Your Time and Make You Miss Me.

Healthy eats and good macro tips and recipes. You follow me on Pinterest?

Nashville, so glad it's back on! That show is oh soooo good. I'm also watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Cougar Town, The Big Bang Theory and Justified.

Putting Off.
Taxes, blah. I always have them done by now but I haven't got to them yet this year. On my to do list this week!

All my new Stella & Dot Jewelry. I'm so in love! I have a couple pieces I'll be sharing in our Feb favorites link up (mark your calendars, the link up is next Wed 3/4) , but I'll probably share the full haul sometime in March. 

Warm weather, aren't we all? I'm really craving a beach vacation actually. Hope the Mr. is reading this... *wink*

A new tattoo with Kristal Saturday and shopping with Amy Ann Sunday, stay tuned ;)

A delicious hot cup of blueberry green tea. It's my bff.

Also- My sweet friend Joey with Hodgespodges is an author and her book (Y'all she has her own flipping book!) is on sale this week! You can download it for only $1.99. Check it out my friends...

Tell me what you're currently listening to, reading or watching?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ipsy & Glossybox | The All-Stars

It's no secret around here that I love my monthly beauty subscription services. I currently receive 2- Ipsy & Glossybox. I tried Birchbox in the beginning but wasn't really a fan. This is the 3rd year I've been an Ipsy subscriber ($10 a month) and I'm still loving it. I've been a Glossybox subscriber ($21 a month) since last summer, it's such a glamorous box. I'm a beauty product junkie, I can never have enough and I love trying new things. 

What I love most about subscription services? 
-It's so fun to get a package full of beauty goodies each month
-It allows me to try things I probably wouldn't buy or experience otherwise. Glossybox is notorious for sending super high end & luxurious skincare & fragrance items. 
-I haven't had to buy moisturizer, face wash, hair creams, lip products, primers or perfumes in so long. I get stocked of on these goodies and just get to try out a bunch of different kinds. For the most part, it kind of keeps me out of Sephora! 

Here are the 6 products I picked out that I absolutely adore, products that I'm so thankful I was introduced to from one of these services.

Beauty Subscription Boxes

Via: Glossybox
This perfume is amazing! I'm probably the worst person in the world at trying to describe smells, but trust me, it's heavenly. It's so romantic and feminine, but not overpowering. 

Via: Ipsy
I got a little sample of this from Ipsy way back when I first subscribed. I loved it so much and bought the full size one after my sample ran out. I featured it in my Only Pick 1: Face Edition as my holy grail highlighter last year. 

Via: Glossybox
I use this after every single time I wash my hair. I spray it in before I comb out my hair and it detangles, softens, adds shine and protects my hair. It smells great too, it's a keeper!

Via: Ipsy
Another fabulous primer that smooths out my skin and helps with my big pores. Still working on my deluxe sample, but will be purchasing. I love Dr. Brandt products, anyone else?

Via: Both
I actually received one of these from Ipsy, fell in love, then received another from Glossybox several months later. SCORE! This balm doesn't really have much of a scent to me, but it's like a lip gloss and it's so super hydrating. I will put this on at night and I kid you not, I still have some left on my lips in the morning.

I shared this in my Jan faves post. It was my first experience with a Bumble and Bumble product and now I get it. I put this on right before I blow dry my hair. I'm telling you, the Proganix spray and this stuff have been my favorite duo for hair care recently. Are both needed? No, they have some similar qualities but I like them each for different reasons and they work very well for me paired together. 

I know there are so many other products that I've received and loved, I'm sure I'm even missing a few top ones, but these 6 are some pretty fantastic beauty loves of mine. 

Have you tried any of these products I mentioned?
Have any beauty services got YOU hooked on anything?

*Linking up with Joey today! 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Feb 2015 Ipsy | #ipsylove

*purchased by me, affiliate links included. 

Well I hope everyone is staying warm… We got our first snow in Oklahoma yesterday, but I can't complain. Only a few inches and nothing compared to my east coast friends. Thinking of you all! I was off work yesterday for President's Day, so it was nice to enjoy the snow from home this go around.

Over the weekend I received my Feb Ipsy bag. The theme this month is #ipsylove and all of the pink sure made this girly girl happy. Here's what I got this month-

Ipsy Bag

Rob Scheppy for Tini Beauty Pearl Eyeshadow in Pearl Fizz - Deluxe sample, from palette 

ModelCo Blush in Peach Bellini - Full Size $22
Boo, it broke :(

Demeter Roll On Perfume Oil in First Love - Full size $10 

Mitchell and Peach Fine Radiance Face Oil - Deluxe Sample, 1/2 full size product

City Color Creamy Lip Stain in Flirtini - Full Size $4.99
This product reminds me of the NYX Matte Lip Creams, which I love. My kind of color too.


Extra Product from Ipsy Points - Figs & Rouge Hand Cream in Rose Berry 
I received one of these in an Ipsy bag a long time ago and really liked it, so when I saw it was one of their current bonus items I went for it. Perfect cute little purse lotion.

You know I'm a fan of Ipsy, can't beat the $10 a month price for a bag full of goodies. Check them out here is you're interested, or ask me if you have any questions! 

Thursday I'll be sharing a few products I've fallen in love with over the years thanks to my monthly subscription beauty boxes, stay tuned.

Which product would you most be interested in from this bag?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Positivity Project | Love Yourself.

Late last year, Amanda came up with this idea called Positivity Project, answering 4 questions sharing some positive thoughts about yourself. Women often tend to be hard on themselves more than anything, quick to point out the negative things over the positive. I thought this was a wonderful idea. A reason to praise ourselves, because by golly we need to love our beautiful selves! I've been meaning to do this post for a while, but I'm just now getting to it. So here we go...

Meet @ the Barre

1. Tell me something you love about yourself.
Ironic but I love my positive attitude in life. It really takes a lot to get me down or feeling negative. I'm someone who just feels beyond blessed to be breathing and living a wonderful life each and everyday. I never focus on anything negative, period. YOU run your life, if you aren't happy with something than you have to fix it. I believe a good attitude & a smile can really go a long way.

2. Tell me what you want to work on.
Well tying back to my last answer, sometimes this can also be an issue for me. I'm working on compassion this year. Sometimes I have zero tolerance for people, the negative Nancy's if you will, in certain situations and I need to be more considerate and compassionate at times.

3. Give someone a compliment and mean it.
Karly, you ROCK! She and I have followed each other from the beginning and I just love her! She's genuine & sweet, gorgeous, her blog is amazing, she's hard working and it shows, an awesome beauty & fashion blogger and she's a fellow dog mom, we get each other. If you aren't familiar with Karly, go pay her blog Miss in the Midwest a visit. You'll fall in love too, promise.

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4. Tell me something that you are proud of, succeeded in or are just generally pumped about.
My lifestyle change is 1 thing in my life I'm very proud of. A few years ago I was overweight and decided to make a change. After years of trying all the wrong things, I made a permanent lifestyle change of healthier eating habits and being active, and now 45 lbs lighter I'm a fitness addict and couldn't be happier. I truly enjoy all things fitness related, can't get enough Pure Barre and weightlifting and I love to inspire & cheer on other women. You CAN do it :) 

Welp, that was a little weird but you know what? We all deserve to pat ourselves on the back sometimes. So get to thinking ladies, let's sprinkle this positive dust all over the place!

Tell me what you love about yourself?

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