Friday, March 22, 2019

Recent Purchases - Fitness, Beauty & TARGET!

Hey there! Yes, I know it's been awhile. But life has been a little cray and I feel like I've been playing catch up for 3 months. lol. Anyway, don't worry I survived our crazy winter and promise to check in more often.



I don't know about you, but it seems like everything is always on sale!  You all know I'm a simple gal who doesn't spend a lot on clothes. Better yet I'm not a big shopper and really only shop when I need something or it's finally on sale. What can I say I'm becoming more and more of a minimalist the older I get. With that said, there are a few things I've picked up the last few months that are worth mentioning.

WORKOUT CLOTHES
These days I pretty much live in workout clothes. I work from home so unless I have a meeting I wear leggings and a T-shirt. I just purchased these and these from Athleta and highly recommend them! For reference, I wear an XS.

BETTER BEAUTY
Living a healthy life isn't just about what you eat it's about the products you use and the people you surround yourself with. This year is about diving head first into everything I'm doing. Aligning with the right people and in this case the right company. I've been using Beautycounter for the last 2+ years so it just seemed like a natural fit. I have a number of favorite products, but my top 3 include the Charcoal Cleansing Bar, Brilliant Brow Gel, and Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage. Let me know if you have any questions. Don't worry a more in-depth post is in the works with my WHY, etc.

TARGET
Let me count the ways I love Target. I really wish it wasn't 25+ miles away. Either way, I make the most of it when I go and know I'm not alone. Emerson pretty much grew overnight so we grabbed these 5T jeggings. All the home stuff is currently on sale and I'm eying this curtain rod, this floating shelf, and this Metal Mesh & Faux Wood Patio Set.

AMAZON
Just being basic and ordering all the things from Amazon. HAHA. Anyway, I recently reordered my favorite Noniko Natural Deodorant. I finally bought Kintsugi Wellness: The Japanese Art of Nourishing Mind, Body, and Spirit! The hubs bought a few new "fishing" items and I currently have this flamingo sweatshirtThe Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health book and Round Wall Mirror sitting in my cart.

Just a few of the things I've purchased over the last few months. But I want to know what you're loving and can't live without?!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Master Bedroom Update Plans

Today is all about our home. Actually our master bedroom! To be honest we haven't done anything to our master other than paint and new carpet since we moved in nine years ago! I know crazy right?

What's even crazier is our current dresser I had in college and I had the nightstands as a kid! They are quality (solid wood) pieces that have stood the test of time! It just goes to show why it's important to spend a little extra on furniture. I'm not saying a higher price tag will equate to higher quality, but don't be afraid to spend a little more. Just make sure to do your research and make sure it's something you will love in 5 to 10 years down the road.  No one wants to replace furniture every few years. I don't.

With at said, what spurred the update is our bedframe broke and there's no fixing it. We figured since we would be replacing the bedframe we should take the opportunity to paint and update our nightstands, dresser, and overall feel.

Regarding style, I'm a little all over the place. I love mid-century modern, industrial modern, and traditional. The way I typically decorate is I just buy want like and that's that. All the designers are now cringing. Anyway, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

MCM

So here's what I'm thinking and I would love to hear your thoughts!

Bed: Contemporary Upholstered Storage Bed

Bedding: Organic Washed Cotton Duvet Cover + Shams + Pamela Wiley Organic Optic Stripe Quilt

Dresser: Mid-Century 6-Drawer Dresser (Might snag Emerson dresser, which is similar, and replace hers)

Sidetables: Penelope NightstandBlythe Nightstand or Flynn Nightstand

Lamps: Brass Nook Pivoting Wall Sconce

Mirror: Round Decorative Mirror (I actually have this already)

I'm also considering a gallery wall, art, etc.

Here's the thing I'm totally open to suggestions. I would even be open to someone literally creating a mood board with items to purchase, etc.

We'll likely paint the walls a shade of white and keep things clean and simple.

Peace.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Macros, Carb Cycling and Daily Eats

Hello, hello. I'm still here counting macros, grinding out workouts, and making magic happen. I know it's been awhile. I've been sitting on this post for a while. I guess you could say it's been hard for me to put it in writing. 

Anyway, let's dive in. It's been a year and a half since I started counting macros and roughly three months since I started carb cycling. When I first started "counting macros" I had the same macro breakdown every day. Then I decided I needed to change something because I was bored with food plus I needed more out of my workouts.  After giving a number of things some thought I decided to give carb cycling a try. Of course, I decided to do this smack dab in the middle of the holidays and travel! Call me crazy but I made it work.

It took around a month for my body to adjust to the new numbers. Probably because of the crazy swing in the carb and fat grams. But it has paid off! In the last month, I've seen changes in my body and gains in the gym. I can't wait to see what happens after a few more months.

So what exactly is Carb Cycling? 

Carb cycling is a dietary approach in which you alternate carb intake on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. It is commonly used to lose fat, maintain physical performance while dieting, or overcome a weight loss plateau. Some people adjust their carb intake day-to-day, while others may do longer periods of low, moderate and high-carb diets. In short, carb cycling aims to time carbohydrate intake to when it provides maximum benefit and exclude carbs when they're not needed. - Healthline.com

I'm currently cycling three days (rest, low volume and high volume) based on my training for that day. Basically, I'm looking to fuel my workouts, recovery, etc.

REST DAY MACROS: 200C/85F/120P
Rest can include anything from doing nothing to walking the dog, yoga, or other forms of active recovery. What's crazy is that I'm still eating around 2,000 calories a day!  Here's a sample day of food. Clearly, you can see I'm eating a wide range of food!

Macros, Carb Cycling and Daily Eats

HIGH VOLUME MACROS: 385C/60/120P
High volume days for me means I'm doing all the things. Lifting, cardio, gymnastics, etc. It can also be LONG runs, powder days, or other intense activities. This particular day I focused on macro dense meals with carb sources such as potatoes, rice & oats. Again ALL the food!

Macros, Carb Cycling and Daily Eats

LOW VOLUME MACROS: 285C/70F/120P
I look at low volume days as training days that fall between rest and HV days. It can be just lifting or cardio, an hour-ish combo workout, hike, etc. This LV sample day was also a Saturday and I managed to fit in pizza!

Macros, Carb Cycling and Daily Eats

I'm currently loving carb cycling! However, if you're new to macros I highly suggest starting with the same daily breakdown. There's no need to overly complicate the "macro" learning curve. If you've been counting for a while and feel bored, want more out of workouts, etc. I highly suggest giving carb cycling a try.

Ok, I'm sure you have a ton of questions so feel free to ask away!