Kissing Sugar Goodbye

power breakfast from Camille Styles

Let me first say that I love food. Like, I really love food and I think it's the sweetest gift from God to have delicious things to eat and enjoy. Here's the problem though... all things are good in moderation, it's when they overflow their boundaries that your body is like, "dude, make it stop." I think what happens to me is that I sit behind a computer a lot and I work a lot and then it's like time to eat so I just cram whatever I can find in my mouth or a bag of popcorn beside my computer (please tell me I'm not alone!). A couple of weeks ago I felt like total crap and I just said, "Enough." No one but me, myself and I dictates what I consume. This is slightly terrifying but also really liberating. Exercising self control is actually very empowering!

I decided two weeks ago to cold turkey cut: sugar, grains, alcohol and even natural sugars (fruit, etc) for two weeks to reset my body and get things under control (even stuck to it on a holiday weekend!!). I stuck with around 20-25 carbs per day, eating high fat, organic meals (some cheese, vegetables, meat) and forcing my body into ketosis (following the keto diet! LOVE this blog) to kick my metabolism back in to gear. I feel amazing, have lost 6 lbs and I'm now adding back HEALTHY carbs like berries for breakfast.

Sam and I did this 6 years ago and it has been the only nutrition plan that has ever worked for me. After two weeks you start adding in 5 grams of good carbs back in every two weeks until you reach your maximum carb intake (where you are maintaining your desired weight). You also get a free meal a week which for me is all I need to live a balanced and healthy life. You have one hour to have whatever you want. Work on making it a fun night out!

Tools for doing this:

My Fitness Pal: amazing app for plugging in your daily nutrition and you can see your macros each day. I wasn't concerned with calories, just sugar/carb intake.

Meal prep! Sam grills chicken, burgers and we chop veggies and pre-make at least one meal (large sunday dinner) to float us to Monday night.

Bubbles. When at parties or get togethers, bring your own appetizers (guac + cucumbers = current obsession) and FUN bubbly drinks like La Croix or I love Zevia and Kevita (Lemon + Cayenne!).

Healthy snacks like cucumbers and guacamole, roasted almonds with Real Salt, Organic string cheese, etc.

Exercise. I am shooting for an hour 5 days a week and following the Tone It Up weekly workout (love them!).

Supplements: Young Living's Super B, Master Formula and Omegagize (available here)

Private pin board. In the morning after my quiet time I spend some time pinning inspiring images, quotes, fitspo ;) and recipes to my "daily inspiration" board.

Let me know if you have any questions! Taking charge to make changes can feel overwhelming but staying stuck is just miserable. I've had such a toxic relationship with food that if I could help one person make a change I would be SO happy!

disclaimer: i'm not a doctor :) do your own research and talk to a doctor if you feel like this may put you at a health risk.

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Garden Ideas

Southern Living Idea House 2012

It has felt like spring in Georgia even though I know we aren't finished with chilly days. Here are a few of my inspiration photos for the outside of our house (sources here). We have spent so much time inside that our outside is a little sad. We did get our fence put in so here is where we are on the project list:

  • Paint fence
  • Landscaping - front + back + side
  • Paint side of house
  • Paint decks/replace with something more durable
  • Nicer gutters/guards
  • Refresh containers (love this hydrangea/fern combo above - so southern!)
  • Update lighting fixtures. Would love to install some gas lanterns like these.
  • Install a brick mailbox

We started here and have since hired someone to clear the back yard and we removed the chainlink fence. Major progress!! We also updated the back deck here. Sam and my Dad were amazing!!

Still loving this blend of pea gravel with the more formal gardens. We get such little sun that we really struggle with getting grass to grow in the back and front and honestly I would much rather have plants than grass. :)

A tree hedge is something that I adore but the side of our fence is pretty long so it would be quite the investment. I especially love European Hornbeam that makes the loveliest hedge.

I look forward to sharing progress pics soon!! I miss gardening so much. See all pins + sources here.

February Favorites

Watching: The People vs OJ - Sam and I sometimes struggle to find something we both want to watch and this has been an equal addiction. Seriously well done and shocking.

Reading: Sunday Night Habits - love a good post on setting yourself up for success. Also loving this book and this book is next on my list.

Listening to: Red Sea Road for music and How I Built This for inspiration.

Ordering: these sunglasses. Tres chic! These bowls are also at the top of my birthday wish list.

Wearing: Every time I wear this lipstick people ask me what it is. It's delightfully punchy and all natural. Love!

Smelling: Frankincense + Stress Away in my diffuser.

Eating: Our favorite chili (we sub zucchini for the carrots) in our Instant Pot. How did we survive without this thing?

Loving: the new Spring Anthro home catalog (pictured above). Love these plates.

Wanting: a cute one-piece. Can't decide between this one and this one. They fit THE BEST.

Working on: a family shoot with our dearest Katie Oblinger + a full slew of gorgeousness with Morgan Blake for our Golden Drop Society members. So excited! Follow along here for behind-the-scenes on Instagram stories next week.

What are you loving right now? Always wanting to soak up the best! Happy weekend. XO

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the compound effect

Happy Wednesday!!! The sun is starting to peek out from behind the clouds and wanted to share some thoughts about the last 24 hours. Oh Valentine's Day, I truly do love it so much. What is better than loving on others (romantically is optional!!) and all things pink and red?! It's truly one of the winter highlights in my opinion. We had one of my very favorite love days yesterday (minus the DMV and my tragic lazy eye photo that I'm stuck with for the next eight years). We walked to get pizza (for the first time this year! drool!) and celebrated each other with sweet cards + chocolate + flowers but this morning was like the most ridiculous scenario possible...

spring must-haves

I'm getting ready for two big trips. We are heading to Costa Rica with my family (for my brother's wedding!!!) and then to Belize and Honduras for a cruise without the girls. I've had my eyes on these sandals since spotting them on a friend and just ordered them in the powdery blue but she had the beige/gold and I loved them! Love the fringe. I want clothes that will work for date nights + family adventures. I typically always go to Anthro and that water color top has me allll heart eyes but if you are loving the cold shoulder trend like me but are watching your pennies then this top in this dreamy blush is a total winner.

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surf's up

images found here

I love the painted highlight trend (bayalage). Have you tried it? Supposedly it is best for wavy or curly hair because the highlights are so sporadic. I love that it looks like you've just been on the beach all summer with sun-kissed locks. Red heads can't always pull of this look as well but I've been thinking about trying it. I'll keep you posted if I do! xo

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