Thanksgiving 2017 – Better Late than Never

Year after year we spend thanksgiving in Niagara Falls, New York and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We all look forward to it. It’s one of the few times we get to be with our family from New York and it really is special. I love seeing my girls play with all their cousins; family is everything.

Our girls love sleeping in hotels especially because they get to sleep with their sisters.

We were lucky enough to get to spend Thanksgiving with Oscar, McKayla and McKenzie’s class “pet” turtle. We made sure to take him to the falls, even though it was quite chilly; he was worth it.

We always end our trip with a visit to Uncle Mike’s Dairy Queen and it’s one of our favorite days.

These moments may only last a little bit, but the memories with last forever.

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Christmas Tree Cutting 2017

I know I say this all the time, but I sure do I love the stage we are at with our family. Our girls are the best. I am really trying to relish every moment with my girls because they are growing up before my very eyes.

We had a wonderful time with cutting down our Christmas tree this year and it was even better because little Patton joined us for the first time. On the other hand, unfortunately Papa wasn’t feeling well and was unable to join us. I can’t remember the last time we cut down a tree without Papa; I truly think this was a first for us. We missed you Papa!!

When I look back at these pictures I can’t help, but smile. Life is good and it just keeps getting better. Family time is the best time.

Tree cutting day isn’t complete without breakfast and matching sweatshirts.

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BBG + Blogliates

Hello, Hello…

I completed another 12 weeks of Bikini Body Guide or better known as BBG, but this time I put my own little twist on it. Workouts are not a one size fits all; find what works for you. Consistency is key to success.

I followed the BBG guide each week, except I only did 1/2 the workout. Meaning I performed two 7 minute rounds instead of the prescribed 4. Once I completed those 2 rounds of the BBG workout I would complete the given workouts from that days blogilates calendar. In the end my entire workout would be about 60 minutes. Pretty simple and kept me from getting bored. When it comes to working out I love to keep things interesting. I have loved these 12 weeks and they sure did kick my booty. I feel strong and energized. I love the variety these workouts have given me.

Sample Workout:

7 minutes:

BBG Circuit 1 (complete as many rounds as possible in 7 minutes)

30 second break

7 minutes:

BBG Circuit 2 (complete as many rounds as possible in 7 minutes)

Complete these videos immediately after finishing 2 rounds of BBG:

Blogilates – Strong Like Wonder Women, Total Body Pilates Workout, Total Body Tone Fest, Total Body Workout Challenge

 

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Reverse Update – 18 Weeks

Oh my goodness I can’t believe I have been reversing for 18 weeks and still going strong!! Seriously, when I began this journey 18 weeks ago I never thought I would make it past 12 weeks (the recommended minimum for reversing). Before finally making the switch to reverse I imagined I would gained 10 pounds overnight, but you know what I have actually lost 3 pounds. Yes, 3 pounds all while eating 500 more calories per day (1450-1950). Believe it or not these calories are continuing to go up, all while getting leaner. Yes, I am still baffled by the weight loss, but there is actually science behind why this happens (google it, there are a ton of articles out there). My body is loving the extra fuel and my metabolism is revving up like crazy.

I feel better than ever. Yes, this reverse has saved me from myself. It has truly saved me from years of disordered eating.

The biggest change has been in my mindset. I am no longer afraid of food. I am no longer afraid of spur of the moment meals out (I used to dread eating out, it would give my anxiety.). I have more energy. I no longer have to ignore my hunger signals. I feel full and satisfied. My cravings have disappeared because if I want something I eat it. It’s that simple. If I can’t make it fit one day I will make it fit the next. I no longer want to eat everything out of my pantry all at once. Nigel are a thing of the past. I don’t feel the need to binge because I can eat what I want when I want. No food is off limits.

 

I am forever thankful to Quincey @iheartmacros for getting me started on this amazing journey. Quincey surely showed me the ropes of macro counting. All of her tips and tricks made the early stages of macro counting easy.

Avatar nutrition has been life changing. For someone who went through an eating disorder to feel the freedom I do around food is a blessing. To finally be a peace with that part of my life is a beautiful thing. I never once thought I would be able to eat so much food all while being healthier and leaner than ever and after 4 kids too.

If you are in a rut with your diet and have been eating low calories for quite some time you may want to consider macro counting. A reverse may be just what you need. I am not an expert, but it’s definitely worth looking into.

 

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