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What the heck are Macros?

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This past year I was inspired by my awesome husband (who lost 50 pounds in a few months) and I wanted to get stronger and more healthy. You may think that I wouldn’t need to lose weight necessarily but I know that my eating wasn’t healthy, I was tired… and strong is the new skinny, right? Plus, I get really ornery when I don’t eat, the saying, “Sorry for what I said when I was hungry.” Might as well be tattooed on my forehead. The thing with being a busy mom, that I’m sure some of you can relate, is that sometimes I don’t make time to eat. Or I grab something that’s not good for me. I heard about counting macros and I wanted to know more about it this past summer. I started exercising cause I needed more energy and I can definitely link my mood and mental healthy to exercising. I had been working out at boxing/crossfit gym 4-5 times a week. I thought I was eating heathy but I didn’t really know what I was really putting into my body until I started tracking my macros. It’s crazy how much of getting in shape is eating. I’ve heard people say it’s 90% eating and 10% working out.

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So what are Macros? Macros or Macronutrients are what makes up the caloric content of food. It’s better than just counting calories because you could eat candy and stay in your 2000 calorie diet but that would be mostly carbs. This helps you balance your calories and make sure you get protein and even some fat too.
Use the app, Fitness Pal, and it will take the calories you want to eat in a day, say you want to stick to a 2000 calorie diet, then an online calculator or dietitian will break down your macros which is different for everyone, but it could look like this: 40% protein 35% carbohydrates and 25% fat. As you are eating through out the day you will enter the food for each meal into the app and you can track everything to make sure the food you eat stays in those percentages. If you eat all candy, breads, pastas then it will be higher percentage for carbs. And if you eat a bag of cocoa almonds like I like to do haha it will sway my percentage to mostly fat. I love that it helps me balance it all. I’m seriously happier because I try to eat every 2-3 hours and I don’t get to the starving phase like I used to which leads to grabbing a handful of Goldfish crackers or crappy food. No no.

I called on an expert to explain this. Her name is Bree Carver and she’s a certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor. She creates customized meal plans as well as online training programs to help you reach your fitness goals. Check out her website Body By Bree and if you’d like fitness and nutrition tips her Instagram is @bodybybree2! So here we go…
“IIFYM stands for “If It Fits My Macros.” The IIFYM diet focuses on the three most important energy sources needed for our bodies to function properly. I’m talking about protein, carbohydrates and fat. How it works: I will calculate your daily caloric needs, then split those calories into certain percentages according to your height, age, weight, body type and activity level.  You give me your food preferences and I will create a 7 day meal plan according to your prescribed macros. The beauty of macros is you have the flexibility to eat whatever you want as long as it fits your target macro numbers.  This is the most effective for muscle growth, fat burning and consistent energy levels without feeling restricted to eating boring, bland foods all the time.  You can have your treat and fit it into your macro count without feeling guilty!  It’s a very balanced, healthy approach to “dieting” and reaching your fitness goals.”
Thanks Bree! I was so excited she introduced me to the app Fitness Pal and also created a custom 7 day meal plan! It’s weird because I know some food are bad for you but I didn’t realize just how crappy and unbalanced some of the food I put in my body was.
Like take Swedish fish candy. You can eat 7 sweedish fish that have 38 carbs and 150 calories. SEVEN. Which is the same as a piece of Good Seed bread + turkey, tomato, lettuce, honey mustard! Crazy. I’d much rather fill my body with the healthy stuff. The thing that I love with counting macros is IIFYM (if it fits your macros) you just count your carbs and I’ll fit in a cookie if I want. I try to stick to the plan but I do sneak in and reward myself with some treats or a cheat meal every week! It’s especially tricky this time of year so this would be great to think about for the new year and new goals! img_0659
I’m sharing this because I love it! It’s truly been more of a lifestyle change for me and not a fad diet that I will get sick of in a few days or weeks. I am adding more and more healthy options snacks, meals etc all the time. Sheesh, I eat protein pancakes everyday. Pancakes. (Chocolate protein powder, egg whites, cottage cheese and oats + sugar free syrup.) I used to never eat breakfast I’d skip it which is so not good. But protein pancakes are both-good for you and delicious. My friend Jenna also came out with Macros Made Easy  that I want to check out!
Love finding healthy alternatives! I’ll share more of that if anyone is interested.

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Recipe:
1 scoop of Protein Powder (I use Frosted Chocolate Cupcake or Snickerdoodle)
1/3 c Quick Oats | 1/3 c 1% Cottage Cheese | 3/4 c Egg Whites | A little water if needed | When I use Snickerdoodle add a little vanilla and cinnamon | Cook on griddle or pan | 1/4 c sugar free low calorie syrup
Let me know if you have any questions! xoxo Lizzy

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Fear No Mess

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Sponsored by method
One hang up with getting creative is letting go of worrying about a mess. Sounds easier said than done and the last thing I want to do is make more work for this momma. But my kids love getting hands on and creative! Even if I am working on something, they want to help or get involved in some way. So it’s time to embrace method’s mission statement to fear no mess. Let me tell you though, when I walk into the kitchen after a box of cheerios tipped over and spilled all over the floor or Myles standing by his masterpiece on the wall holding a black Sharpie… that stuff is scary as heck!! 😉 But I do my best to fear no mess and let my kids get creative! I can honestly remember finger painting in kindergarten like a million years ago. Vividly remember the colors of the paints and our big pieces of paper and feeling the paint in my hands. I think it’s so important for kids!
If you’re not familiar with method they make the best cleaner and soaps. Non-toxic, good for the environment, gluten free, vegan, safe for pets, tri-closen free, Basically you could eat this stuff. But please don’t eat it even if it smells fruity and divine! 😉  Seriously the Pink Grapefruit is my fave and so fresh I want to bask in my clean kitchen and dance around when I’m done. The Honeycrisp Apple and Pear is yummy toooo!

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Here are a few simple tips to getting creative with kids!
1. Some big butcher paper rolls (you can buy rolls at Home Depot)
2. Get ready, set go… Don’t unleash the kids until you are set with paper down, brushes ready and baby wipes in arms reach.
3. When they show what they’ve drawn or painted avoid asking, “What is it?” And instead say, “Tell me about it…”
4. My kids love painting on canvas and if you get it wet before they start it’s easy to rinse off when they are crying because they messed up and can start over. Avoid a tantrum 🙂

We painted then stamped their hands on papers to keep in their scrapbooks!
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Hi, we’re method. Our mission is to fear no mess. All your life you’ve been told to be clean. To be perfect, and that’s the problem. Because sh*t gets interesting when it gets messy. So live a little. Live a lot. Be bold with anything you do, and make bigger messes than you ever thought possible. Because when you have clean ingredients you can play as dirty as you want without feeling bad about the clean up.

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Step Outside

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(Sponsored by Zappos)
Some days I wanna move somewhere where I can step out the door and ride my bike to the store… then other days I realize that even though I hate driving up a steep hill to our house (especially in the snow) we are so lucky to live with the mountains in our back yard. We can literally walk a block up the road and find the prettiest trails and gorgeous views of the city. There’s even a hike to a waterfall that starts two blocks away. Sheesh, why am I so ungrateful at times? I love how my kids help me see what I start to view as ordinary and remember to enjoy all these moments that we can easily dismiss. Like an afternoon hike when the leaves look fall as fall can be!

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In a couple weeks, when this is all covered with snow, these new boots by Kamik are definitely going to come in handy keeping my toesies toasty. Because I am THE biggest baby when it is cold that I have to dress warm. Then I am a happy snowman. When I am dressed warm I definitely love the winter. That and we started skiing again last year so now I am counting down to the first snowfall.
Love all the Kamik style boots. Avery got some when she was younger and they last forever so my others girls will wear them too.
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More than any of our kids Quincey loves her one on one time. She thrives on it. I think maybe because she’s can be a bit quieter than the other two that it’s nice when she feels like she doesn’t have to compete with others to be silly, or to talk to mom and dad. She’s my Sporty Spice which makes it fun to do something adventurous.
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Counting Down to Date Night

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Sponsored by Born

Date night is something I’m counting down for every week. I might as well make one of those paper chains (with dear lizzy paper mind you;) and rip off a link each day it gets closer. I know I say this all the time: my husband travels a lot. But it’s weird that this is our life right now. I remember when I would be dying for 5:35 pm to roll around and he would pull up and I’d take a sigh of relief that I had some back-up for our hooligans. Tagging him in for a round or two. Now it’s like, see you in a few days… where are you going again? We embrace it even though it’s not the ideal situation for either of us-we try to stay positive. That’s when date night swoops in and carries us off to a time of eating in peace and just us. When we’d drive in the car with out someone hollering over Curious George that they need a drink of water right this second or so-and-so just PINCHED them or so-and-so is STARING at them! ;D  Avery is almost old enough to watch everyone which will be nice to have a babysitter at home.
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Teamed up with one of my favorite brands Born as well as Dillards to pick out some matching boots for fall. Collin is super picky so thank goodness they aren’t just cool but super comfy too! Mine are the Kerri style and love them with jeans too! Hashtag bribery for pics #fallforborn
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date-night date-nightI’m really proud of Collin because this year he made some lifestyle changes, like switching from energy drinks to water. 😉 He’s so inspiring to me with his dedication and has lost 50 pounds since May! He hated getting his picture taken… still does!! Took some bribery for this but at least he feels better and more like himself. He has more energy and happier health wise. Super proud of him so thanks for letting me gush for a second. xoxo

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Teacher’s Pet

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I’m not surprised she thrives at Kindergarten but I might have been hoping she’d miss me a little. lol It’s only half day so that’s nice! Give her two weeks and she’s the type that will be the teacher’s pet. Lola’s already brought her teacher treats. I mean, Reece’s peanut butter cups are the way to anyones heart so she’s a smart girl.
Jamming out to Disney Jungle Book “I wanna be like you” on blast. hehe

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Top is sold out from PoppyWells but linked similar ones below:

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Forever 35

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Who says Junior High is the most embarrassing time? I still manage to embarrass myself as a grown adult. Like today, when my daughter answered the door for me and I forgot that I hadn’t snapped the bodysuit and it was untucked. I had also ran errands all morning. Sooo yeah. There’s a reason everyone stopped wearing these in the nineties. Because A: It’s a permanent wedgie and B: Because of what happened to me. But mostly cause the wedgie thing.
Why did I buy a bodysuit you might ask? You see, in my defense, I was with my girls school shopping and we stopped at Forever 21 and I thought I’d just give it a go since it was so cheap. But after this, I realized maybe it’s time I start shopping at Forever 35. bwahaha

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Lola & Her Bear

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When I was traveling in Australia… Tasmania to be exact! There was the sweetest lady I met and she asked about our dog and I told her I would post some photos of him. So here ya go! These are for you!
Lola and her bear. She still loves on him. He still follows her around and waits for her to drop something to eat. Or licks any extra off her cheeks.

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Since my husband travels for work I didn’t have a camera cause he would have to pack up all the gear. I am excited to get a new camera and can start taking photos again of our day to day. Still figuring it out though! I got the Canon 6D. I will do a more extensive review but I am liking it so far and getting to know it. I also use the Canon lens 24-70. It’s by far the best lens we’ve shot with. Sharp photos and the zoom is great. For these pictures I used this Sigma lens 50mm lens.

Down Under

Having an amazing time traveling the entire country of Australia! Meeting so many incredible ladies at Spotlight stores and creating together! Putting together a little videos and loads of photos.  

  
  
 This made me laugh but we had to do it. In bed with dear Lizzy someone said. ???? I love that we can be total strangers then after two hours jump on a bed, laugh and create together like we’re old friends. Scrapbooking instantly connects us. It’s our tribe.
PS And thanks Kim for running down the aisle to greet me today! And all the many ladies who have been incredibly genuine and sweet!

The Power of Bubbles

  

If you want to feel like the most powerful mum in the world. Get a bubble gun. Kids think it’s the greatest. It’s not dangerous either, unless you only get one like I foolishly did and then everyone fights over it. ????????

I just have to say it… I can’t believe my baby is turning three this week! How is that possible???!

  

  
  
   

In other news: I know what you’re thinking, where are those cute sandals from? Or maybe, wow, that little boy is cute! ???????? Either way, I teamed up with Zappos and Born shoes and found the comfiest sandals for my trip to Austalia and just in time for summer. They are like walking on clouds or pillows, I’m not kidding. I ordered them and wasn’t sure if they would arrive in time, but sure enough, sooner than I expected the nice UPS delivery guy knocked on the door and then ran off leaving these sandals. Like a gift from foot heaven. 

There’s some other really stylish sandals with heels or flats here

 

  

  

  
  

  

s h o p:  BORN + ZAPPOS (sponsored by)

  xo, Lizzy

Come craft with us!

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Excited to announce that I’m joining Bijou Market with their first Craft Night! Bijou is a venue full of handmade items twice a year that I’ve loved shopping at for years!
Come craft like your favorite Bijou vendors and create something beautiful for your home!

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Our kick-off craft event is May 14th, 2016 at 11 am. Buy your ticket to create your very own
Wood + Plexi Glass windowsill garden. All you need to bring is yourself, we will have all your supplies ready to go for your creation.

We will be crafting with my new collection on hand to create plant markers and other exciting additions to your planter!

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Ticket Cost: $40 use code “dearlizzy” for $5 off!
What is provided: All materials, tools and craft supplies needed to create the below planter. Craft skill of all levels will enjoy this one!

March 14 at 11 am at Freshly Picked Headquarters in Provo, Utah. Come craft and DIY with us. RESERVE a spot here!

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