Thinking Out Loud # 105

Date Night + Weekend at Mimi and Papa’s…..

We had a wonderful and much needed night away this past weekend; I can’t remember the last time we were away just the two of us.  Steve and I attended a black tie event for one of his clients and we turned it into a fun date night. It was the perfect break from parenting (we all deserve it from time to time). We had so much fun together. I forgot how much I truly enjoy being with my hubby. 🙂

I never get a chance to dress up, yet I love it. It was so much fun feeling like a princess; if only that feeling could have lasted. But, come Sunday morning I was ready to be Mommy again; it’s my favorite thing to do.

Of course, while we were away the girls were having an even better time at Mimi and Papa’s house. One night is never enough for them. The connections my girls have with their Mimi and Papa is such a blessing and even better then I could have ever imagined. They are the best parents and grandparents a child could have.

After this week with my fair share of not so great mom moments, these words are exactly what I needed to see…

Thank you to my sweet Sophia.

I’m sorry I have been so absent lately, life has just really gotten to me. I am hoping to get back into a routine soon. I know I owe you a few recipes; they will be coming your way ASAP!!

I have been getting a ton of messages about what I have been eating lately, I will post what I eat in a day next week. I promise. 🙂

Don’t forget to follow me on insatgram @reneefitformother; I have been posting there lately; it’s just easier and faster.

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February Happenings 2017

I know, I know it’s been way too long once again. Here are some highlights from this past month. I seriously can’t believe tomorrow is March 1st already, but I can’t say I’m sad. We are all ready for spring: we NEED to get outside and enjoy the sunshine.

Our girls had a few days off over president’s day weekend and we took a quick trip Up North. We all had a wonderful time. I love getting away with my girls and hubby. We can’t wait to go again.

While on our trip McKayla and McKenzie shared a bed for the first times since they were 6 months old and it was the sweetest thing. They slept great and loved it.

Oh my goodness I made a delicious, easy, and macro friendly meal the other day and I now it’s become a staple in my diet. I practically crave it and the best part is it is healthy and satisfying. I posted the quick version of the recipe on Instagram @reneefitformotherhood, but I will will write a recipe post ASAP and go into more detail. I also have new and easy way of cooking chicken, oh and it’s delicious. Counting macros is anything, but boring. I love the variety of foods I can have in my diet and still see results.

Lent starts tomorrow and instead of giving up something I am taking a different route. I am going to declutter our lives in more then one way. I always say being a mom is easy, it’s taking care of the house and everything else that stresses me out. If I get rid of unnecessary stuff life would be just a little bit easier. So, that is exactly what I am going to do, we are giving up clutter.

The past several days we have been watching Nico for my parents while they are in Vegas and our girls are loving it!! They love having him around and we love that it gets their dog fix out because we are not getting our own dog anytime soon. 🙂

 

 

 

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Should You Hire a Macro Coach?

In a single word.. YES!!

If you are just starting out with counting macros I highly recommend hiring a coach. There are so many number possibilities that you could use, but where do you start? It is different for everyone.

As you know I hired Quincey, @iheartmacros, 12 weeks ago and it was one of the best health decisions I have made for myself. Seriously, I have learned more about myself and my eating in these past 12 weeks then I have learned in my entire adult life.

There are so many ways to manipulate macros, hiring someone is a great way to help you figure out what works for you.

In the past 12 weeks my body has changed more then it has over the last 10 years (after recovering from my eating disorder). For so many years I would work out and never see results, but since starting with Quincey my body has changed in ways I never thought possible, especially after having 4 kids.

By no means do I think I was heavy before, but with my love for all things health and fitness I really wanted to take my body to the next level. And honestly, it has been so much easier then I ever thought it would be. I didn’t have to give up any of my favorite foods. I mean seriously, I ate a chocolate chip every day for a week, some days two. I simply made my favorite treats/foods fit into my macros. NOTHING IS OFF LIMITS.

Once you figure out your portions it’s EASY.

In case you are someone who has no idea what macros are here is a great article explaining  macronutrients in detail.

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Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cake with Greek Yogurt

Happy Saturday everyone. We have a nice and relaxing weekend planned and it is so nice. Tonight, Daddy is taking Sophia and Isabella to the daddy/daughter dance and they re beyond excited. This will be Isabella’s first time going.

I know, I promised you this recipe a long time ago. I am sorry it has taken me so long, but January was a busy month for us. I still can’t believe it is February already.

This is one of our favorite recipes and I made it just a little bit healthier by substituting the sour cream from Greek yogurt.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 package jello vanilla pudding (If you are trying to save calories and carbs you can use the sugar free.)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup Greek yogurt (I used plain nonfat)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil (Next time I make this I am going to try replacing the oil with applesauce; I will let you know how they turn out.)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat first 6 ingredients (everything except the brown sugar) with mixer for 3 minutes.
  3. Add brown sugar and mix well
  4. Spray 12 cup bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle with combined 2 T brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center of cake comes out clean.
  7. Cool cake in pan for 15 minutes.
  8. Invert onto wire rack.
  9. Cool completely then dust with powdered sugar.
  10. Enjoy!

Notes:

I like to make these into muffins (portion control; by doing this it makes it very easy to track with my macros). I follow the same directions except I sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar blend on the top of each muffin and somethings in the middle of the muffins. You only need to cook these for 15-20 minutes watch them closely.

I have found the best liners to use are parchment paper liners (seriously nothing sticks to them and that is a wonderful thing).

 

 

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