Jan 1, 2020

Secrets to My Six Pack for a New Year & New You!

If you would have told me at 16 that I would be in better shape when I was 35 I would have laughed in your face.  I was body-obsessed, eating 800 calories a day with an unhealthy relationship with myself, food, and probably others too.  I was shy, lacked confidence, and I am sure I had some major social anxiety I was just pushing down inside.

Fast forward 17 years and I have learned a lot about myself, my purpose, the amazing things my body can do, and that if I accept and love myself I can accept and love others more easily.

These things, along with a few eating and lifestyle changes has given me a healthier and able body, better relationships, more energy to do good in the world, and more time to spend with MUCH more worthwhile causes than working out my body and obsessing over food choices.  Here are my top 5 health hacks:

1. Intermittent Fasting:

If you haven't looked into intermittent fasting you should!  It is the best thing I have ever done for my health and my relationship with food.  The basics of it are not eating during a certain window of time (fasting 16 hours and eating 8 hours) so your stomach/digestive tract has time to cycle through the food and heal itself.  Then, during the eating window I basically try to eat as healthy as I can but I allow myself to eat whatever my body is craving.

2. Sleep:

I cannot stress how much sleep affects my health!  When I want to feel my best, perform my best, eat the healthiest, and get the best workout I HAVE to get enough sleep.  Obviously this isn't going to happen every single night, and on the days I don't get good sleep I try really hard to get a 20 minute cat nap mid-day.

3. Target strength training

This is the thing that has changed my fitness journey more than anything else.  I have ALWAYS been a cardio girl.  I LOVE cardio and I love to just run and think.  However, when I am running a lot I am also eating a LOT and I usually end up gaining weight.  Strength training has given me more muscle, I have been really really healthy this year, and I am at my goal weight because it doesn't make me really hungry all the time.  Plus. I don't get sweaty so I don't have to plan it around my schedule and shower time. I can do it mid-day and it only takes me an hour or less.

4. Mindful Eating. (80/20)

One thing I do try to do is eat as healthy as I can, but I still let myself have the unhealthy foods and treats I love.  80% healthy and 20% "fun" food are good proportions to start with :). While I was in Cancun I did intermittent fasting and ate out every single night and I didn't gain any weight!  It was awesome.  I didn't totally splurge, but I enjoyed every bite of food I ate and every chip dipped in guacamole!

5. Lots of fluids

While I do intermittent fast, I also drink a LOT of water/no calorie drinks.  I do "dirty" intermittent fasting and I drink any 0 calorie drinks I want during the fasting window.  This helps me get a lot of fluids during the day and I think this helps my digestion and also feel less hungry.  Some of my favorite are the Ideal shape drinks (SO many good ones!) and the Great Value or Crystal Light 0 calorie drinks for a budget-friendly option.

I hope that some of these ideas help some of you- they have been life-changing and I can't tell enough of my friends about it because it just gives me so much more freedom, health, and time to do better things in my life than worry so much about my health and fitness.  Here's to a new year of health and happiness!

Oct 5, 2019

Woodland Manufacturing for Business Lettering

Sep 30, 2019

Stylish Harry Potter Bedroom

It has been so long since I have been posting to this blog.  I have been busy renovating a studio and I am so excited to have a chance the next few months to share all about that. For today, I thought I might share Allie's bedroom we did in April.

I posted about this on Instagram, but I haven't posted on my blog yet and I thought I better share on here where everything was from.  

I got the tapestry from Amazon.  Here is one similar

Apr 5, 2019

Fave Things Friday

I haven't done one of these posts in a while!  I have so many new favorite things that I want to share with you all!

1. Ana Luisa Earrings

These circle gold studs are so cute and versatile!  They have lots of other really beautiful, classic and quality pieces at affordable prices too.  Go check them out here.

Dec 7, 2018

Harry Potter Games Giveaway!

If you read my last post about our very Harry Potter Christmas this year, you saw the cool games I am giving my kids this year for Christmas and all the other Harry Potter stuff they are getting.  Well, this week you have the chance to win these games yourself!  Just use the rafflecopter below to enter!

Dec 4, 2018

A Very Harry Potter Christmas

Anyone else's kids obsessed with Harry Potter right now?  I am so excited it has gotten my kids to read and to bond over something.  My husband and I are not really big fans, but I will highly encourage anything that my kids can bond over haha!

Here are my top ten gift ideas for a very Harry Potter Christmas:

1. Harry Potter Magical Beasts Game

My kids are loving playing games as a family so I made sure that some of the gifts this year included some of those.  You can find this one here.

Sep 11, 2018

Mrs. Meyers Deal!

I haven't posted any deals lately, but I HAD to share this one because my box just came in the mail today and I am really excited about all the cleaning products I was able to get for just $20!

Go to this link and spend $20 to get a whole Mrs. Meyer's gift set!

Jun 7, 2018

Entertaining Kids in the Summer

Now that my kids are 10,6, and 4, we have a few summers under our belt and I feel like I have learned a few things and figured out what works best for our summer and keeping the kids (generally) happy.  First of all, we always do our outings for the day in the mornings.  It isn't 100 degrees yet, the kids are all energized and ready to go, and there are less people in all the public places (can you tell I don't like crowds?)  Then, after a couple or few hours (or even an entire day) we come home and have time to relax in the air conditioned house for a while (quite time/tv time/resting time) and still an hour or so to do chores, clean up the house, and make dinner.  This schedule works out so great for us!

Here are some of the things my kids are loving this summer:

1. The reservoir/lake/beach:

This obviously depends on where you live, but you would be surprised what lies around you if you really look!  My kids love to hang out around water, play in the sand and swim a little, and I love to lay on any beach and relax!