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.

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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!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Family Photos

Better late than never. But this fall we had family photos taken! It was the first time since Emerson's newborn photos --eek! I mean I'm not lacking any photos of my sweetheart, but it was nice to have someone take professional photos of the entire family!

Enter Courtney Aaron photographer extraordinaire! She's truly amazing and captured our family beautifully.


Emerson really turned it on.


Now I just need to figure out which ones I want to hang on our walls!



But seriously how awesome did these turnout?  My dress is from a local boutique and I just got lucky that Target had something to coordinate for Emerson. Serious mom win.


Looking back on these images makes me want to have photos taken every year! Do you take annual family photos?


Sorry, but can I get all the heart eyes.


While this probably isn't the type of post you were expecting I just had to share. Back to radio silence, food posts and macro talk... until next time ;)