Love is patient, love is kind…

As I sit here alone tonight on our 9th wedding anniversary I started thinking about the amazing life Steve and I have built together. I can’t believe it all officially began 9 years ago today. We are truly blessed beyond belief. Yes, some days I question our sanity, but I am always thankful to be on this crazy journey with such an amazing husband. When I said yes, I never imagined this is where our life would have taken us and you know what it is so much better.

I love this man more and more each and everyday.

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Even though we are 9 years older most days I still feel as though I am 21 marrying the man of my dreams. I still can’t get over how much younger we both look. Oh my, I guess it means I really am getting older each and every year.

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My how we’ve changed and grown, but always for the better and always together. Our relationship has been through it’s ups and downs, but we have always gone through them as a team, we are partners through and through.

When two people fall in love amazing things will happen…..

family pictures 2015 - family 2I am living the life I have always dreamt of and it couldn’t be more perfect, of course in it’s own mixed up, crazy way, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

You can see more pictures from our wedding here.

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WIAW # 125 – Loving Counting Macros

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I have now been counting my macros for just over a week now and I am really loving the process. To me it’s like a puzzle. Throughout the day I have to figure out what is going to fit into my macros and calories. You have to still remember calories matter.

What I love about counting macros is that it is basically eating in moderation taken to the next level. Seriously, if I feel like a cookie that’s fine I just might have to balance that with a healthy salad later on. Now I still believe you need to eat clean about 80% of the time, but that leave 20% to have some treats.

Here is a look at a not so typical day of eat while counting macros.

Meal #1

After completing Upper Body Fix Extreme I got ready for the day then enjoyed 4 egg whites and half a sweet potato with 3 pieces of center cut bacon. Delicious. I choose this breakfast today because I knew Isabella wanted Dairy Queen after orientation so I wanted to make sure I could fit everything I wanted into my macros. See as long as you plan ahead you can eat what you want, in moderation.

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Snack #1

Yesterday, was Isabella’s Kindergarten orientation (Don’t even get my started on how cute she was, but boy is this mama going to miss her.) and she requested Dairy Queen afterwards so that’s just what we did. Isabella had a vanilla cone and I enjoyed a mini reese’s blizzard. Since, I am counting my macros I simply made it fit into my day, easy as that. This way of eating allows me not to feel guilty over indulging in a treat. I can eat without the guilt. If it fits your macros is all about balance.

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Meal #2

After Dairy Queen I dropped Isabella off at preschool then headed home to see McKayla and McKenzie. Once I got home I enjoyed my favorite taco salad with lettuce, taco meat, and taco sauce; it was the perfect balance for my blizzard.

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Snack #2

I had a bowl of strawberries and grapes with 2 tablespoons of cashews.

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Meal #3

Since it was a cold day here I had a cup of tomato soup with 2 turkey meatballs before we headed out to picked up Sophia and Isabella from school.

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Snack #3

I had half of a sweet and salty peanut bar.

Meal #4

We enjoyed one of our favorites crescent chicken. It’s delicious and so easy to make. I actually love to get everything ready while the twins nap, then once we get home I can put it all together and throw it in the oven. This meal be ready in as little as 30 minutes.

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Treat

I ended my day with 3 small square of dark chocolate.

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The thing I love most about counting macros is that fact that I don’t have to deprive myself of anything. Some days I have to make choices, but if it doesn’t fit one day I can fit it in the next. It’s that simple.

In the Comments Below:

  1. Do you count macros?
  2. How do you keep your healthy eating on track?

 

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MIMM # 148 – Two, 2 Year Olds

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Oh my!! Life with two, 2 year olds is a little beyond crazy. Seriously, McKayla and McKenzie are great girls, but by the end of the day I am exhausted, done, defeated. Dealing with one 2 year old is a lot, but two is just something else and you know what I wouldn’t have it any other way. My girls are my everything. This life I live is amazing!!

This weekend McKayla and McKenzie slept in their “big girl” beds for the first time and they loved it!! They are just too sweet, only especially while sleeping.

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They are sleeping great and certainly love their new beds, but man do they love to play before actually calling it a night. Yes, it takes them awhile to fall asleep, but when I hear giggles coming from their room it makes me smile (when I hear tears, not so much).

No matter what comes my way the good always wins. The happy moments are the ones I will never forget!! I ALWAYS choose happiness!!

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  1. I’d love to hear what is marvelous in your life.
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WIAW # 124 – Counting Macros

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Today was not a typical day of eating for me, but it worked out in the end. I have been following the 21 Day Fix meal plan as well as tracking my macros (using the myfitnesspal app it’s easy). So, far it seems as though a day in my 21 day fix diet equals a macro breakdown of about 40/30/30 (carbs/fat/protein). To me these macros are pretty easy to follow, I don’t deprived in anyway. I am actually liking follow the marco lifestyle better then 21 day fix. I just think counting macros allows me to add a variety of food into my diet, whereas the 21 day fix plan is a little more particular. Now, I am just getting started with this whole macro thing, so I will keep you updated as I get more comfortable.

Meal #1

After completing Lower Body Fix Extreme I ate a serving of FlapJacked pancakes. These do not taste like traditional pancakes, but to me that is one of the things that makes them delicious. (1 red, 1 yellow)

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Meal #2

After gymnastics I was starving, so I ate a salad with lettuce, salsa chicken, and a teaspoon of salsa verde. I also ate a serving or two of Trader Joe’s tortilla chips. (1 red, 2 green, 2 yellow)

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Meal #3

My salad and chips kept my full for hours, but once I was hungry again I ate a bowl of strawberries and grapes. When I am eating fruit I don’t usually crave unhealthy sweets. (1 purple)

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Meal #4

Before heading out to the bus I ate a cup of my tomato soup and some rotisserie chicken. (1 green, 1 red)

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Meal #5

It was a beautiful day, so after getting Sophia off the bus we played outside for awhile. Once, we came inside everyone was hungry, except Mama. But, I knew I needed something before calling it a night so I ate an 1/8 cup of cashews with a banana and 2 teaspoons of almond butter. I know it was a crazy “meal” but I was full and satisfied. I also hadn’t eaten enough fat for the day. (1 orange, 2 tsp., 2 purples)

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Meal #6

I ended my evening with 2 small pieces of Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate bar. I love dark chocolate because it fulfills my sweet tooth with only a few bites.

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Tomorrow, is Sophia’s zoo field trip and I am so excited to be with her.

In the Comments Below:

  1. What have you been eating lately?

 

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