Thursday, November 23, 2017

Dressing for Thanksgiving

I don't know why, but I love dressing up for holidays. Even Thanksgiving where I'm just going to stuff myself and likely remove my pants. I came up with a few different Thanksgiving outfits that will still be comfy and stretchy for when the food baby arrives.

Casual


I just got this sweater from Target this week. I can see its being really versatile and can dress it up or dress it down. (and currently only $10 for Black Friday)  The jeans are Express and are amazingly soft and stretchy! I will only buy their jeans on sale, so Black Friday is going to be the perfect chance to stock up on a few more pairs since everything is 50% off!! I found these booties at the Dillards outlet at Eastwood mall, but there are so many other places to find a cute, cheap pair of booties. TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Nordstrom Rack to name a few. Here is a similar pair, on sale now. 

Dressy


I hate to admit how much I love and still shop at Forever 21.  I just got this below the knee-length, ribbed green dress last week (similar) and thought it was the perfect color for Thanksgiving. Paired with this blanket scarf my sister got me as an early Christmas present, It can be worn as a scarf or shawl (similar item).  These boots were the perfect end of winter purchase last year, I got them on sale from Nordstrom and they're so comfortable! 

Comfortable


This last look is basically my "I wanted to wear pajamas, but I decided to actually wear clothes that were as comfy as pajamas" look.  My favorite black leggings from Victoria's Secret. I found this super cozy off the shoulder sweater at Forever 21 for $10 (similar sweater from H&M, buy a size or 2 larger to get the off the shoulder look), and I just got myself some new UGGS for the first time in about 9 years!

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!!! 


Monday, November 20, 2017

Here we go again...


Ok, so I get a lot of messages on Facebook about such a wide range of topics.  From car seats, to where I shop for my kids, Whole30, Breastfeeding, Norwex, make up and microblading, I could probably go on...So I'm going to TRY really hard to turn this into a fully functional, funny, helpful, and informative "Mom blog". I've been putting it off for awhile now and I just decided it was time.  And in proper fashion my laptop took a shit the night I sat down to write this post.  So I'm currently posting from an 11 year old laptop that is missing some keys (insert facepalm emoji).

This first post is going to talk a little about Whole30.  My last few blog posts were also Whole30 related but I didn't want to make this an entire blog about just that.  But I get asked about it, a lot. It was a total game changer for me and I looked better than I did before I even had kids.  It's true that abs are made in the kitchen.  It's been 9 months since my first round and with changed overall lifestyle habits I've kept most of the weight off. The main part for being successful is the meal planning and food prep.  I use this print off to plan out my entire week of meals over the weekend, then make a separate list of all the ingredients I will need and sometimes even break it up by which stores I need to go to.  I try to shop primarily between Costco and Aldi, sometimes making the 40 minute drive to Trader Joes for what I can't get at the other stores.

Here's a list of some main foods you will need if you are interesting in starting a Whole30:
Eggs-I eat eggs almost every day for breakfast, its been almost a year and I'm not sick of them yet, I did go through a phase where I had an aversion to the avocado slices I was adding, but I am still religiously eating eggs every morning.
Cashews-I'm not sure why but these have become my "treats". I love the bags of raw cashews from Trader Joes.
Ghee-clarified butter, it's basically butter with the dairy removed and it's freaking delicious!
Zucchini-I eat a lot of zucchini noodles, a spiralizer was definitely the best $15 I've spent at Target. I also bought this one as well for thinner noodles that I like for my pad thai.
Fresh fruit-I keep fresh fruit on hand for sides and snacks, it's also perfect for a quick, on the run snack.
Ground turkey-I'll buy it in bulk from Costco and I use it for all different recipes, from adding it to my eggs in the morning, throwing it atop some sauteed kale, and one of my main go-to meals is zoodles, ground turkey and veggies with salsa on top. I don't really like Aldi's salsa, so I'll make the drive to Trader Joes for theirs.

I could really talk Whole30 all night, but I'll try and wrap this up. I know I've given empty promises of some good recipes and I swear they're coming soon, so stay tuned!



Friday, March 31, 2017

...The Results Are In!

It seems like everyone these days wants to lose weight without doing anything. They’re looking for some quick, easy fix. I will tell you, this was not quick and it was not easy! I’ve done CrossFit in the past for a solid 7 months and this was probably even harder than that! I only did CrossFit about twice a week, so even those excruciating workouts I only did about 56 of them in that 7 months.  Since January 16 I had worked out EVERY SINGLE DAY for I think around 63 days! Then I might have only skipped one day and went another streak working out every day. And now I’m about every other day, which I think I need to get back to every day again.  
But it was hard, really hard, especially when most of the time I needed to get it done with 2 kids crawling all over me! I’ve spent hours and hours in the kitchen cooking and meal prepping and sending Trey to the grocery store after work for Arrowroot Powder because I needed it for a recipe and I don’t even know what it is. Sitting through a dinner out at a restaurant STARVING and not ordering a single thing besides water because I don’t think anything from their menu is Whole30 compliant. Going on vacation and not having the mindset “Well I’m on vacation, so I’m going to eat and drink what I want” I worked out EVERY DAY I was on vacation, and I went to the grocery store when we got there and bought healthy food and meal prepped. The only way I “cheated” was from drinking (I even tried drinking healthier drinks, no beer) and I think I had 2 cheat meals on vacation. I hear people say all the time “I’m supposed to be on a diet, oh, but ONE wont kill me” (one of whatever they’re trying to justify to themselves, a cookie, slice of cake, ice cream sundae) but guess what, it wont kill you but it will kill your diet and your progress. You need to change that mindset to one WILL kill you! ONE slip up will make all the difference and ruin EVERYTHING you’ve worked for this entire time! At least during the Whole30. Give it the 30 days, and then after you get the results you want, then find a livable option that works for you. I’m technically done today. But I plan on having a little “cheat weekend” that will consist of cheating on healthy desserts, some alcoholic beverages and protein shakes.  Then I’m starting right back with the same diet on Monday, maybe just not quite as strict. I’ll tweak it to how it fits my life, but if I start to notice I’m gaining then I’ll have to cut back on things. I’m going to allow myself a cheat meal on Wednesdays and Saturday (or Sunday, depending what’s going on that week) That way, any time I feel like I want to cheat there’s a cheat meal coming up that I am certain I can save it for then.  If I’ve gone 30 days already I can certainly go 2-3 without giving in to my cravings.
Now I wasn’t able to do this all alone.  I have to give credit where credit is due.  First shout out is to my sister, Erica for introducing me to Whole30, doing the diet first, and showing me it can be done! Then sharing all the tips and tricks to getting by! Pete Nelson the amazing trainer who has busted my ass since January 16 with his awesome workout program I was able to do from home, while cheering us on via the Facebook group. There’s another group starting April 1 and I’m tempted to start it again! Just for the motivation to workout every day again. AmandaCunningham for the clean eating group I joined when I first started and learning about clean eating and getting me on the right path that once I finally did decide to try Whole30 it didn’t seem so bad anymore.
I started watching what I was eating right after Christmas, I stopped eating fast food and just bad stuff in general, but still wasn’t eating very healthy. I weighed about 146lbs. Once I started the 30 day workout Challenge and started clean eating I weighed 141.8 (on January 16) After the challenge was over I weighed 136.4 but was down to about 134 at my lowest. When I started Whole30 on March 1 I weighed 136.8 and finished at 133.8. So between the 2 pictures there is only a 3lb difference, but the results are so much more than a number on a scale! The day I took my “before pictures” that was the only swimsuit that “fit” me. It was the biggest top and largest bottoms (in size, not coverage lol) and I was spilling out of both! Now I don’t even think I could wear those bottoms because they are so loose I’d be afraid they’d fall right down in the pool.

Sorry for the poor quality of these pictures, I never intended on sharing them with anyone, they were for my own person reference, but I just had to share to inspire other! Not to mention the embarrassing "Before" Pic. 

It was weird waking up today and being like, "I can eat whatever I want today!" But it’s like, I still feel nervous to eat anything too crazy. I made a fried egg and paleo bacon for breakfast and treated myself with a piece of goat milk fudge I bought for this specific day. I still drank my coffee black, but one thing I definitely want over this cheat weekend is a good coffee drink from Dunkin or Starbucks! That is going to be a huge splurge for me! Haha!
I still plan on writing more posts with recipes and other info, so keep checking back! 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Foods That Got Me Through My Whole30

This is just a list of things that got me through my Whole30.  It's purely based on my tastes and what I like.  I'm a definite condiment queen, so giving those up was hard because on previous diets I'd smother my diet food in sugar condiments, which I now realize kept me from losing the weight.

Almonds and mixed nuts (unsalted of course with no peanuts)

Mustard. I bought this Cadia brand. 

NutPods.  A Whole30 compliant Coffee creamer (Didn’t discover I could use these till day 20)


La Croix (Pretend its pop at lunch, pour it in a wine glass and pretend it’s a wine spritzer at dinner)

Tessemae’s dressing I discovered it pretty early on but couldn’t find it anywhere, I finally ordered it from LuckyVitamin.com with about 10 days left.  Check the shipping map because I didn’t pay for the expedited shipping even though it recommended me to.  It looked like shipping to my area only took a day. I ordered it on Thursday and received it Friday. The Zesty Ranch is probably the best dressing I've ever eaten, Seriously! Diet or not, I will forever use the Zesty Ranch, I love it! I also got the Lemon Garlic, the Ketchup and the BBQ sauce. 

Coconut covered Date rolls. These fall under the “Sex with your pants on” category.  I didn’t care, I needed a “dessert” from time to time. I found them at Kriegers in their nuts and dried fruit section, but you can find them probably anywhere. 

Sliced banana with almond butter and coconut

Same as above but with apple slices

Cucumbers. I ate cucumbers a lot, as a snack, as “chips” and when I’d get home from work at 3am and wanted something to eat before bed I’d eat cucumber slices in bed.

Dried plantain chips with salt. They taste exactly like potato chips, no joke! 

Fresh Pico De Gallo-I put that shit on everything!

Frozen Blueberries. I don’t know why but these just really do it for me, they have to be frozen though.

LaraBars and Pressed by Kind bars. Still check the ingredients, because the chocolate and peanut butter ones are not compliant.  They say to only use them as an emergency when on the go, which I did, but also when the emergency was, I was hungry and wanted a snack!

Dried Apricots without sulfates. It said to limit dried fruit but it was another one of those quick easy snacks that really satisfied a lot of cravings for me.

The most obvious one of all! Zucchini noodles!! I bought a Spiralizer early on and made zucchini noodles with EVERYTHING!

The last one is also kind of obvious, but multiple, multiple spices and seasonings! I probably doubled my cupboard during Whole30.  Garlic Powder, Vegetable blend, Adobo Seasoning, Sea Salt, Cumin, just added spices to everything and my recipes turned out pretty darn good!

I think that wraps up most of the things that helped me keep my sanity during all this. 

The best advice I can give during Whole30 is, just focus on the foods you like that you can have, and stick to those. I know variety is probably the goal for this diet, but once I just figured out what I liked that I could have, I didn’t really feel like I was giving anything up because I was still eating all foods that I loved. 

I'm on day 28 today, so check back for some favorite recipes and my results in a few days! 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

I'm Back and Fitter than ever!

Once upon a time this was a fashion blog, back when I actually got out of pajamas and didn't live in yoga pants and Nike Free Run sneakers. But for now, its my Whole30 experience.


So, I’ve had a lot of people asking me about this Whole30 business I’ve been doing.  I will say that it’s been challenging, but not impossible.  And if you know me I’ve spent my last few years living off Pizza (delivery AND DiGiorno) Ice cream dates with Cambria, Easy Mac and lunch meat sandwiches.  My Cardio has involved chasing Cambria and I haven’t lifted more than her current weight of 28lbs.  I tried giving CrossFit another shot after Cam was born, but had to take her with me, and well, it went exactly how you’d imagine taking a 10-month-old to CrossFit would go…

After getting pregnant with Frankie George I just did the typical mom thing and I gave up.  “I have two kids, I have no time to work out or eat healthy, I’ll never look good again! I’m just going to embrace these hips and mom pooch, eventual FUPA and just rock it in some high waisted jeans.  Thank sweet baby Jesus they’re in style these days!”

I’ve seen a few people sharing success stories on Facebook, with Beachbody, AdvoCare, all that different stuff and I knew I had to do SOMETHING.  I’m not one to just accept the cards I was dealt (hence my once IBT’s are now voluptuous DDD’s) so I knew I needed to do something.  I was saving Lipo and a tummy tuck as my backup plan!

Kellie had asked me if I wanted to join this 30-Day workout Challenge that her CrossFit trainer was starting.  It would be 40 minute, at home workouts that we’d do every day, for 30 days.  So, I decided to give it a try! I needed to start somewhere.  Erica had previously told me about Whole30 and that she was going to try it and upon reading all the rules I said, “NO WAY! that sounds impossible!” I legit thought she was crazy, but she’s also gone Vegan before, so I knew she had better will power than I do. 
I started my 30-Day Workout Challenge and decided to start eating “clean” while I was doing it.   I’ve always thought of myself as a fairly healthy person, who “sort of” watched what I ate.  I wasn’t a huge fast food person, I would check fat and calorie content on stuff most of the time, but this journey took me down a new path of checking ingredients and looking for added sugars and that opened a whole new world for me!


I was shocked and appalled at the foods that had added sugars that weren’t even sweet foods!!! I’ve written a Facebook post about it (Here) so I’ll spare those details. 

I was going on vacation and knew I’d “cheat” a little on vacation, although I did stick to clean eating for most of my trip, but wanted something to whip me back into my healthy habits after some binge drinking and cheese eating, so I decided to give this Whole30 thing a try. 

So, Whole30, what is it exactly? Proteins, fruits and veggies, that’s basically it! No dairy of any kind, No legumes (not even peanuts, they’re a legume, who knew!?) No sugar, real or artificial (not even honey, cane sugar or agave nectar) No grains of any kind, No alcohol (kind of obvious but think it needs to be stated). So that’s it, folks! There’s a section on the website for more detailed allowances.  

I started on March 1, the first day of Lent. Lucky for me I had already detoxed most of my bad habits during my 6 weeks of clean eating leading up to vacation.  So, I didn’t have any sugar withdraws or anything during my Whole30.  But I did wake up on day 5 (of clean eating) with the worst headache and was shaking so badly I couldn’t even hold my phone to text.  I had meal prepped some breakfast (Recipe below) and had it in Tupperware in the refrigerator, so I could get some food in me to get a handle on myself, because I’m not going to lie, I thought I was dying! You will actually feel like death before you feel better, but you must know that it’s detoxing years and years of sugar, alcohol, and carbs, and it will definitely make you sick when you aren’t feeding your gut yeast those things that it thrives on.

Speaking of gut yeast, I suggest a good Probiotic.  I didn’t get one until Day 19 and I think it helped with some stomach issues. Gas to be blunt, from about day 9 and on I was so gassy, but couldn’t quite figure out what in my diet was causing it.  I read in a forum (it’s apparently a common side effect) that it could be your stomach releasing all your bad gut yeast from your body and expelling it. I ended up getting “Garden of Life RAWProbiotics for Women” from a health food store for about $36. Amazon sells them also. After about 2 days of taking them, the gas has finally subsided. Sorry to be gross, but that’s definitely something to be warned of!

Here are the "rules" from their website.  Definitely give it a read, I needed that little pep talk it gives towards the end, about how you can do anything for 30 days, and that it’s not hard.  Yes, it’s true, beating Cancer is hard, choosing the foods you are putting into your body and making smart decisions about them is NOT hard. 

Day 1: I had a breakfast scramble for breakfast (I’ve literally had one every single day of Whole30 thus far, and every day since January 16 and I’m STILL not sick of them, I thought for sure I’d get sick of eggs but I haven’t, and I’m obsessed with them, I actually look forward to breakfast because it’s usually the only thing I have meal prepped and ready to go as of lately, and they’re super-fast and easy to make)

Marcy’s delicious Breakfast Scramble:
6-8 Eggs (depends where I grocery shopped that week if they’re organic, free range all that jazz or just regular old $.89 eggs from Marc’s.)
1 medium zucchini
1 onion
½ green pepper
½ yellow pepper
½ red pepper
1 handful of fresh spinach
½ pound ground turkey or breakfast sausage (If I have it on hand at the time, I’ve made it plenty of times with no meat at all, just make sure the sausage has no sugar in the ingredients section)
1 tsp Ghee (Clarified butter) It’s allowed on Whole30, I found it at Krieger’s and it tastes JUST like butter and is delicious! I don’t know if I use a tsp. just enough to sauté your veggies, I do a lot of guessing and not a lot of recipe following.

Sauté up all the veggies in the ghee then beat the eggs in a bowl and once the veggies seem cooked to your liking (again, just a lot of guessing going on here) add your eggs and I use a spatula (I bought a new one like THIS for making these) and once all the eggs are cooked, throw in the spinach and just toss it around and mix it in until it’s wilted.
I then separate them into 4-6 Tupperware containers and in the morning, I grab one and heat it up, then throw on a little Pico de Gallo and half an avocado and enjoy! Which I have done, every day, for 65 days thus far!

I had a small bowl of strawberries and blueberries for a snack and I was basically starving ALL day! I’m not sure if it’s gotten better as this diet has gone on or I’ve just gotten used to the pain, but I don’t feel AS starving anymore.  It says to limit nuts, but that’s the only thing that’s gotten me through this diet.  I snack on nuts A LOT. No peanuts of course as they are not allowed on Whole30, but I bought some mixed nuts with Almonds, Cashews, Macadamia nuts and I killed that sucker in 14 days! (It had 30 servings in the jar, I suppose an average of 2 servings of nuts per day isn’t THAT bad, but it’s certainly not good) I also survived on Almond Butter (you should make sure what you buy is JUST Almonds in the ingredients, and at $13.99 a jar you’d think I’d have savored it a little longer, but I also killed that sucker within about 2 weeks!) They say that Almond butter should only be consumed “occasionally” and I hope by “occasionally” they mean 3 heaping spoonful’s after every meal because that’s how much I ate and I still lost weight. 

I don’t actually know how much weight I’ve lost because you’re not allowed to weigh yourself on Whole30.  I weighed myself when I started and I’ll most likely post a follow up post when it’s all finished.  But since starting this whole journey (I sound like a contestant on the F-ing Bachelor) I have lost 2 pants sizes! I went from a size 8 to a size 4 in one stores jeans and a size 29 to 27 in another stores jeans (Thank God for leggings, am I right?)


Ok, I have serious ADD and I’m jumping all over the place.  This seems like a good time to wrap up this initial Whole30 Post. Check back for follow ups, recipes and some of my tips and tidbits for getting by if you are thinking about trying it, and I’ll probably start posting a little more frequently about raising hellions, I mean kids, fashion, life, cleaning, beauty, etc. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sisters Maternity Shoot

I am beyond lucky and blessed (#blessed) to be pregnant as the same time as my older sister, both expecting our first babies within 2 weeks of each other! We had a joint baby shower to spare our mutual friends from sitting through 2 torturous showers and decided while she was up here from D.C. that I wanted to get some sister maternity pictures taken.  

True to form I hit up pinterest for some inspiration and love the way our photo's turned out! 




Of course, now they're not sold on Phoenix for their little boy anymore, so this picture (my favorite, of course) may be wasted :(


Huge Shout out to my good friend Morgan from Kinzel Photography for the amazing memories!
On Erica: Dress-Asos // Belt-Steve Madden  // Flats- TJ Maxx // Necklace-Groopdealz {Similar
On Me: Maxi Dress-Forever 21 // Flats-Tory Burch // Necklace-Thrift Store

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Denim and Leather

Well, faux leather I should say...I'm not sure how I should feel about the fact that at 32 weeks pregnant I can still fit into my 'party pants'. I either think, "Wooo-hoooo, I haven't gotten that fat!" or "What the hell size pants am I buying that I can still wear them at 32 weeks pregnant?!" And they're even still falling down a little...I know right, complain some more! Boo-hoo I'm in my 8th month of pregnancy and can still wear all my normal pants! But honestly, it's baffling to me!

 Faux Leather skinnies-Forever 21 {Similar} // White Tee-Wet Seal (5 for $20 deal!) // Denim Vest-Nordstrom Rack // Chuck Taylor-Converse
Trey, the wonderful hubby that he is got me this Tory Burch bag for an early Mother's Day gift.  After speaking with a fellow Mom who said I will definitely want a smaller purse (I was carrying around my 3.1 Phillip Lim Large Tote from Target that weighs about 20lbs) So I immediately started looking for a cute, but larger crossbody.  To my delight Tory Burch was having a Friends & Family 25% off sale, so I jumped at the opportunity!
8 more weeks till we get to meet our beautiful (fingers crossed!) little girl, Cambria!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gender Reveal-It's a...

...GIRL! I knew it! I just had a feeling all along it was a little girl, despite the both of us wanting a boy.  I am so psyched and couldn't be happier to be having a girl! Let's just say the shopping has already started and it's trouble. I told myself I will try not to go crazy and an infant doesn't need to be fashionable, but who am I kidding? Of course my infant has to be fashionable! I'll be sure to update with some her newest fashions :)

Welcome Baby Cambria <3

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's finally here!

My wedding video is finally here!!! I have been waiting months for this! I was getting a tad frustrated because it was taking so long, but I was trying to be patient, and knew when it came it would be worth all the wait, and it was! I got it while I was at work and was just bawling my eyes out watching it and re living the moments of the best day of my life! We are so blessed that everything went flawlessly, we had 350 of our closest family and friends to celebrate and such an amazing team of people to capture the whole day! I still plan on making a post of all my favorite pics also :) Stay Tuned...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dressing for 2...

...or should I say 4!  I felt prepared to dress for 2, I had a lot of things in my wardrobe that I knew would double at 'Maternity wear' once I got bigger, but the one thing I wasn't prepared for was how big my boobs would get! A lot of clothes still fit my belly, hell, my jeans all mostly still fit! It's the days I want to put on a dress with a blazer and tights that will fit my belly, to my surprise won't fit my chest anymore! Today, I had to improvise! I have 2 adorable cotton shelf bra dresses from Victoria's Secret that I knew would be perfect for showing off my baby bump.  Unfortunately the shelf bra, which used to be the dresses best feature, was limiting today because my knockers would not fit into the tiny 'shelf'.  I had to end up wearing a bra with it, so you couldnt see the elastic line across the middle of my chest, and putting on a tank underneath, then throwing a scarf over to hide the tank.  It ended up working out, but made for a frustrating morning for an otherwise simple outfit. 

Dress-Victoria's Secret {Similar} // Sweater-Forever 21   // Scarf-Forever 21 {Similar} // Belt-H&M {Similar} // Shoes-Gianni Bini, Dillards