AND JUST LIKE THAT: I’m Counting My Macros

‘Ello, Hi, Hey, What’s up you guys!! – Yesterday I posted a long blog post about my experience with counting macros. You can read it here!

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I have decided to count my macros for 2-3 weeks and blog though the entire process! It can be tough and really overwhelming to count your macros so I wanted to make a guide and explain everything while I do it! Also,,,, I may have something really exciting coming up that I want to lose a little bit of weight for.

I have been making a conscious effort to eat WAY more veggies and fruits and stray away from meats apart from fish. That is not to say I am not eating meats, just not as much of it.

Each day for 2-3 weeks I’ll post:

  • What I am eating/drinking
  • How much I am eating
  • What I use to keep myself on track
  • Cardio/Workouts
  • How I am feeling each day
  • Pictures/ weight each day

I am so excited, Y’all! It has been what feels like sooooo long since I’ve counted my macros and stuck to it. I’m excited to have a different experience than my last and I am eager to add a little more disciple into my diet and share it with you all while prepping for something exciting! EKKK!

Let’s do this!!

Getting Real About Counting Macros

MACRONUTRIENTS, Macros, tracking your food, #myfitnesspal, SO many different names..one meaning. If you don’t know what counting macronutrients is, here is an article that explains it. In Alexis’ terms it’s tracking the fats, carbs and proteins you are putting into your body every, single day. Monitoring this helps you from over-eating, KNOWING what you are eating and how much you should be eating, to hit your goals!

 A few years ago, when I was overly OBSESSIVE about what I put into my mouth, I hired a coach to help me adjust my macros daily to reach my goals. I wanted to learn about counting macros for my specific body so that in the future I could do it on my own.

 

Basically I paid him $100 every month for seven months and he told me exactly how many grams of fats, carbs, and protein I could have in a day. From there I would weigh my foods each day to make sure I hit my numbers as closely as possible. (Hannah, if you’re reading this- God Bless your family for dealing with me doing this every meal) He adjusted my numbers, as needed, depending on my report for the day. (How I was feeling, if I was lifting, doing cardio, hungry, not hungry, etc.)  When I was lean enough (I think my weight was 124) then I “reverse dieted”. (The main reason started to reverse diet was because I was literally miserable. Had zero energy, eating very little, so I said F*** this and told him I was ready to reverse it- AKA start eating more)

 

YES, I hit my goals. NO, it was not worth it. Still to this day I am ALWAYS thinking about food. Healthy foods, poor choices of foods, snacks, what/when I will eat next, the macros in every single thing I eat, etc. I turned even more obsessive and it was exhausting!

 

*The coach I was working with had me dieting for almost 18 weeks so I believe that is what went wrong.*

 

The only way I would ever count my macros again or recommend someone else count their macros is if:

  • I was trying to stay on track with my eating for a short period of time. Tops 4-5 weeks. For example- If I was going to be beach in a month and wanted to lose a little bit of weight.

OR

 

  • You are new to working out and eating healthy and you need to learn the macros of foods you are putting in your body and how much you can have of those foods to still hit your goals.

Just like anything else on my page I encourage you to do your research! You don’t have to count your macros to lose weight. Take a step back, analyze what foods you are putting into your body on a daily basis and make adjustments as needed. Focus on whole foods full of nutrients!

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Products I’m Trying And Loving

Coconut oil: Lately I have been working on getting more healthy fats into my diet. I like to add a tablespoon of coconut oil to my smoothie every morning. Handful of frozen fruit, water or almond milk, coconut oil, protein powder, collagen, flax seeds, and spinach. I always reach for cold pressed and unrefined coconut oil. 465601_1

Vital Collagen: You guys…this stuff is the real deal. I have noticed lots of new hair growth on my head, my nails grow so fast, my eyebrows are out of control and I have to shave every other day when I used to shave maybe once every two weeks. It’s flavorless so I add it to my shake or orange juice in the mornings.

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Reishi Tincture: This stuff is…interesting BUT I really, really like it. It makes you feel very calm. I am all about natural medicine and will basically try anything after doing my research. You can read about some of the benefits here. The Etsy shop is called NorthCoveMushrooms. If you are feeling any kind of imbalance or you need some help sleeping, this stuff if your friend! In fact, I used to take this in the mornings with my smoothie but it was making me feel sleepy so I take it before bed now.

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 Coty Airspun  face brightening powder is goooood. I don’t really wear much make up but when I do, I like to brighten my under eyes because I have hereditary dark circles. It’s $6 and you can thank me later ;). You can get it on Amazon but I found it slightly cheaper at my local grocery store. I have the color Translucent.

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Flaxseed: Like I mentioned above I love just about all things natural medicine. I truly believe the power of a healthy diet is underestimated and food is medicine. I have been working really hard to filter out about 90% of sugar and processed foods from my diet and when I can include healthier options. Flaxseed in my smoothie is a game changer. At first I wasn’t too sure I’d enjoy the taste, I read about how they have an earthy taste and some people try to mask the flavor but they actually go really well with the other ingredients in my smoothie! I encourage you to research the benefits and try them in your protein shake or smoothie.

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What products are you trying and loving??

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

I love doing these gift guides because it’s fun to share ideas that are tailored toward specific people in your life. I have always given my mom my love and a last minute gift idea for Mother’s Day but not this year! This woman is getting spoiled with lots of love and gifts! Here are some fun suggestions that I think any mom or special woman in your life would adore!

Converse because what mom can’t rock a crisp new clean pair of chucks! My mom just recently messaged us saying she wants a pair of Converse because her Keds “just aren’t cutting the mustard”. So here ya go mom, a pair of virtual Converse, just for you! 😉 I found some here for $38 and free shipping!

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I am overly obsessed with my letter board. It is the perfect way to describe your feelings without having to speak and for moms, that sounds pretty ideal. They are a fun addition to a house or office and they come in all different shapes and sizes so they can fit on a shelf or a desk. I’ve linked my exact letter board here that comes with everything you need or there are a number of great options at stores like Hobby Lobby and Amazon.

 

I love everything on the Scentsy website and wish I could buy it all! I think these wax warmers make such awesome gifts and could basically go in every room in the house. There are so many different ones to choose from and if wax warmers aren’t your thing they have diffusers, soaps, lotions, etc. The Blueberry Cheesecake scent is to die for. (SO good)

 

These Kendra Scott earnings are a splurge but so cute! If you have siblings, these earrings would be an awesome gift to split between y’all to make them a little cheaper for each person. They are so fun and stylish!

 

A super cute alternative to these Kendra Scott earrings are these tassel earrings I have from Etsy. I came across these last year and absolutely had to have them. They are so fun for a sporting event or a college game day and they are a much cheaper option! The Etsy Shop is called PearlAndShineJewelry.

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Nothing says love like a framed picture of a special moment. My mom got our whole family tickets to a Dallas Cowboys game last Christmas and we took a family picture that is one of my favorite pictures we’ve ever taken +Ryan and Eric. I want to have it blown up and framed for her house. Something like this is so meaningful, easy to do, and not very expensive. I’ll share once I have it completed! I love both of these frames from Amazon.

 

The last thing I want to share is the idea of making something lovely for the special woman in your life. For example, making/buying a card with a hand written note inside, finding a DIY project online, or waking up early to make her breakfast in bed. Often times these are the best gifts to receive because they are so thoughtful!

Good luck on your Mother’s Days gift hunt! I hope this gift guide gave you a little inspiration for the gift you pick out for your mom. My mama is so special and even though I don’t tell her everyday, she is the woman I aspire to be and I look up to her so much. ❤

 

Amazon-What’s In My Cart

Calling all Amazon lovers I thought it would be fun to share items that I buy often (and I love) and items that sit in my cart until I drink too much wine and finally give in and buy them.

I L.O.V.E these lotion bars. Mostly because they are all natural and have no added chemicals/fragrance, but also because they leave your hands feeling so soft. Honestly, my go-to and I don’t even miss my drugstore lotion.

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I am SO excited to try this collagen. About a month ago I bought some collagen off of amazon that had great reviews but it didn’t really do it for me. I didn’t notice any differences in my skin, hair, or nails really so I decided to stop using it. I reached out to a few girlfriends who use Vital Collagen and they are loving it! Update on that in a about a month!

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This Arc floor lamp YOU GUYS!!! Sorry for screaming but I want it SO bad. LOL my brother has one and it is so beautiful and modern looking. Every time I see it I just drool because I love it that much. Maybe tonight is the night I purposely drink too much wine??

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This Blue Lizard Sunscreen. My favorite. Y’all. Like liquid gold. Anything with minimal and meaningful ingredients has my full and undivided love. I have melasma on my face so effective sunscreen is an absolute must for me.

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This Ceder-wood Essential OilCeder-wood Essential Oil is a weird find for me. I’ve been looking for an all natural bug replant for my puppy and I have read that cedar-wood essential oil, diluted, works miracles to keep bugs away.

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With all the rave about turmeric right now, I had to get my hands on a bottle. I have been taking it for about three weeks and can’t wait to write a post about the noticeable benefits I have experienced!

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This liquid fish oil. It is a little pricy; however, 100% worth every penny. Supports heart, brain, vision and joint health and since I don’t eat the recommended amount of fish that I should, this helps me to get enough Omega-3s. I highly recommend doing research on the benefits of fish oil, more specifically Omega-3s. It is so important that you are getting enough of them. Just add a teaspoon into a glass of orange juice and you’re good to go!

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Lastly, These rubber hair ties. I have never used them before but I know a few people who love them and claim that they don’t leave a crease in your hair when its up so I thought I would give them a try. I’ll let ya know what I think!

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Curious to hear what items are in your Amazon cart.  Anything you swear by or love to use?

25 Things I’ve Learned In My 25 Years

Happy Easter! Happy April Fools day! Today’s my birthday…APRIL FOOLS!🎉 just kidding today really is my birthday 💕

I’m not sure if it’s just me but it seems like the older I get the faster life is happening. Each day I wake up more grateful to be alive than the day before and don’t even try to hide my thoughts of how insanely lucky and blessed we are to live the way we live. It’s amazing the opportunities we have, the freedom, the power, and the resources to be whoever and whatever we want to be. The other day I think I recall my exact words to my boyfriend while we were looking at plants at Ace hardware “Can you believe that this little plant creates fruit and vegetables that help us to live” HAHA. seriously. It’s so amazing. Life is so dang cool.

Without further ado, here are 25 things I have learned in my 25 years of being on this planet.

1. If you want a dog/ puppy, get one!

Getting Kyia, our puppy was the most impulse thing I’ve ever done but still until this day, the best thing I have ever done. She is my absolute best buddy and I cannot imagine my life without her. YES! It’s hard and she’s expensive, but for all the smiles, laughs, and cuddles she’s given me in her short time being in my life so far she is 110% worth it.

2. Love who you love.

Life. Is. So. Short. Love who you love and don’t ever forget to tell them.

3. There is always room for growth.

In your personal life, the gym, yoga world, etc. there is always room to get better. Keep killin’ it

4. Be proud of who you are and what you are becoming. Be proud of every single step you take.

5. Find what you LOVE to do

6. The gym is NOT life

7. Procrastination is not your friend

Yeah, ask Ryan I freakin’ struggle with time management, buttttt cmon I’m not perfect. I KNOW getting shit done is the way to go. New year, new me. 😉

8. If you want something done, do it.

Nothing is going to get done WHEN you want it and HOW you want it done, so better just knock it out yourself.

9. 80/20 diet is life

Sometimes I want a cheese burger, pizza, fried chicken, and ice cream all in one week. And while I will treat myself often, I feel so amazing when I’m eating whole foods that are filling and clean.

10. Taking care of your skin is THE most important thing you can do

Wear sunscreen, wash your face, use moisturizer, invest in good products. IT IS SO IMPORTANT.

11. Wash your bedsheets often. Getting into a clean bed is one of the best feelings everrrr

12. Daily water consumption is key.

13. If you really want something, buy it. ESPECIALLY if it is something that can potentially make you money in the future.

14. Don’t take your family/friends for granted. They’re your rock. Lean on them, love on them, make sure they know how much you care.

15. Make your space feel homey.

Apartment, rent house, studio, whatever it is. Make it a happy space that you love coming home to.

16. Your education can never be taken away from you. Read, learn, research, fill your mind with things that help you be more knowledgeable. Never stop learning.

17. Life’s all about who you know.

18. Keep your circle small.

19. Happiness and motivation come from within.

20. Pick. Your. Battles.

Mannn this is a tough one for me but I get better every year!

21. Botox will treat your signs of stress and aging and NO you should not feel bad or embarrassed about it.

22. Take lots of pictures!I think pictures are so special. They are capturing moments that last forever.

23. Make others feel special without expecting anything in return.

24. A spray tan/ tanning lotion will make it appear that you have lost 10 lbs and you will feel like nothing in the entire world is going to stop ya! 

25. Be your own person. You’re unique and there is not a single person in the entire world like you. ROCK THAT SHIT 💕

XOXO

Adrenal Fatigue In My Early 20’s (Part 1)

Adrenal fatigue is an extremely difficult condition for many people to understand and therefore it can be very frustrating to not only live with it but also search for help.

My experience with adrenal fatigue.

Growing up I lived in the sun. Every weekend we had soccer games and any weekends we didn’t, we were sun bathing on top of the roof covered in baby oil.

In 2016, Prior to moving to Oklahoma I developed melasma on my face(Upper lip and cheek bones). I was a live-in nanny and we were at the pool just about every weekend. Although I would religiously apply  zinc sunscreen, wore hates and sunglasses, the sun still found its way to my face and the melasma grew darker. It bothered me enough that I saw a doctor who ran lots of blood work to try and figure out the cause. Complete blood count, Comprehensive metabolic profile, pregnant test, urine analysis, FSH, Luteinizing hormone, Estradiol, Prolactin, Testosterone, Total testosterone Female, Cortisol, and Progesterone PT W/O IVF DHEA. Everything came back “normal” and he told me there wasn’t anything to be concerned about, that my face could just be experiencing the negative effects of 22 years in the sun with very minimal applications of sunscreen. He offered me prescription lightening creams and a script to see a dermatologist. However, I knew the issue was deeper than that. I knew the malesma covering my face was the result of some kind of hormone imbalance in my body, So I opted out and continued looking for answers.

In October of 2016 I moved to Oklahoma for graduate school.  It was a familiar place as I completed my undergrad at the same school and where I played college soccer. I felt that at that point in my life it was the best thing for me to pursue my Masters and obtain my MBA while I was young, no kids and single at the time. I began working an $8 an hour job at a car dealership full time and taking classes at night. Although I knew this was not the job I would have forever, it still took a toll on me that I was working a 9am-6pm job, taking full time classes at night, trying to get to the gym on a regular basis and have a social life. Although I didn’t know it at the time, this is where the stress began.

Fast forward 8 months, I quit my job, and applied for a part-time internship position on campus at my school. This is when the symptoms started to show up. I had a new boyfriend at the time, so while I was trying to enjoy my time with him, I was struggling with all of these terrible symptoms that I could not find answers to. These symptoms included extreme fatigue, fast heart beat, lethargic, no energy after full nights of sleep and coffee, unfocused, etc. Before scheduling more doctors appointments, I tried to link my Melasma to how I was feeling. I spent countless hours researching what I was experiencing.

After tons of my own personal research I decided that maybe I had some kind of  deficiency.  I had tried to convince myself that an iron or vitamin deficiency was the cause of my melasma and therefore maybe that’s what was making me feel these fatigue like symptoms. I went in for more blood work. I had a lot of the same blood tests done as before in 2016 prior to moving to Oklahoma. Complete blood count, Comprehensive metabolic profile, pregnant test, urine analysis, FSH, Luteinizing hormone, Estradiol, Prolactin, Testosterone, Total testosterone Female and Progesterone PT W/O IVF DHEA. After the blood work came back “normal” I had further tests done looking at my AM cortisol. (Keep in mind from the research I had done it was important for me to have further thyroid testing done as well as cortisol tests throughout the entire day not just the morning but my healthcare provider assured me that was not necessary and that if something was wrong it would show up in a single test). All tests came back in the “normal” ranges.

Around this time I started on Lutera Birth Control. After a few months it worsened my melasma on my upper lip and cheek bones AND I developed it on my forehead.

At this point I was devastated and felt extremely lost.

No one could give me any answers… I didn’t feel like my healthcare professional cared much because it was out of the normal issues that he treats. It didn’t seem like anyone was trying their hardest to find answers for me. And this was the most stressful/aggravating part.

 

Part 2 to come