I know it’s not just me who feels like this time of year always flies by at warp speed. It’s my favorite time of year for so many reasons(pumpkin EVERYTHING, warm soup, comfy clothes, the holidays, and the beautiful changing leaves!). It’s easy to set your health and fitness goals aside when things get so busy, but I urge you not to as this year comes to a close. Make an effort to pencil your workouts into your day and make them happen. Come January, you’ll be glad you did!
I’ve always bared my soul on the blog. I flirt with the crazy line pretty frequently when it comes to sharing because Krista and I have built our business on honesty and vulnerability.
I’ve been meaning to write this post for months. I can take pictures of my back fat in a bikini 5 days postpartum without hesitation, but this one’s hard. I kept asking myself why is this so difficult to write about? If another woman were in my shoes, I’d be championing her along, so what am I so afraid of?
Bean burrito, no onions! That was my order at Taco Bell growing up every. single. time. With a side of nachos and cheese, ha! Sometimes I even requested a side of beans for my nacho chips, yikes! My point here is that I love pinto beans, and I always have. Lucky for me, they can be made very easily now and they’re very macro friendly! (That’s all that really matters anymore right!?)
“How in the world have you been able to Macro count for SO long?”
This is a question Krista and I get frequently from close friends and family members, and we felt like if they were asking then you might be wondering too.
First and foremost… #GOALS. Remember that one time Krista and I posted our back fat for the Internet? Well, incase you’ve forgotten here are a few gems to jog your memory.
After we posted these photos and let it all hang out in the Putting Your Oxygen Mask on First blog, we got all sorts of reactions.
For most women, protein seems to be the most challenging macronutrient to eat each day. Believe it or not, simply increasing your protein consumption daily will most likely result in a loss on the scale and significant changes to body composition. Protein helps build and repair muscle, it helps prevent muscle loss when in a calorie deficit, it is the slowest macronutrient to digest(which helps burn more calories), and it keeps you fuller, longer. Chances are if you’re not keeping an eye on your protein intake you’re probably falling short. I don’t want eating enough of this super macronutrient to be burdensome for you. Let’s talk about how much protein you should be eating each day, compare some typical protein sources, and I’ll even show you an easy new recipe packed with protein. If that isn’t exciting enough, we also have another giveaway for you today!
Today is my first official day back to work, which means the end of summer vacation for me! I’m super excited to be at a new elementary school this year and get to know some new little faces. I got an early start yesterday cleaning out and organizing my new PE room, which was fun. I’m one of those weirdos who loves throwing old stuff away and reorganizing. By the end of the day I was drenched in sweat, dirt, cricket guts, and feeling pretty good about next week when the little ones show up.
When’s the last time you donated blood? Did you know that every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs a transfusion of donated blood? With just one blood donation you can save a total of 3 lives!!
When we heard about the Be Impulsive Campaign we didn’t hesitate to sign up! As mothers of little ones, it’s important to us to support a good cause and to spread the word about Being Impulsive and donating blood. Have you ever heard the term ‘lead by example? Our kids pick up on so many things simply by watching us, so I knew taking my kids along to watch me give blood was a great idea.
Last week my family and I spent 7 days in Utah. It’s certainly our favorite state to visit and we love dreaming about moving there in the future. We stayed in my parent’s home in Kanarraville for one night(home to one of the most beautiful day hikes!), Logan for one night with my brother, and Bear Lake for four nights with all my siblings and their families. We had an incredible time and I didn’t count a single macro or pretend to eat healthy last week.
There is nothing better than a relaxing Sunday spent with family and a good home cooked meal. After church on Sunday you’ll traditionally find my family and I at my parent’s house. My mom usually entices us over with her home cooking and no dishes to clean guarantee. Who could resist that!? Bless my mother’s heart, she usually always makes sure to have macro friendly foods for us when we want it, or a good stick to your ribs kind of meal when we’re feeling naughty. This Easy Chicken Pot Pie recipe reminds me of my favorite kind of lazy Sunday afternoons spent with family.
One of the things Tracy and I have been tracking this past year, along with our 3 essential macronutrients, is our dietary fiber. The 2010 Dietary Guileless for Americans recommends a minimum of 25 grams of fiber per day for women, 38 grams per day for men. Chances are if you’re not paying attention to your fiber intake, you’re probably far below the recommended amount. Increasing your dietary fiber is beneficial for many reasons, most importantly for heart health, lowering cholesterol, keeping bowl movements regular, and to keep you fuller, longer. I’m going to share with you some common, easy to find foods, that you can start eating today to increase your daily fiber intake.