Liquid Diet: Yes or No?

Okay So I am not doing a 100% completely liquid diet but as I talked about in my previous post I just find it very difficult to eat fruits and veggies and meat. I primarily eat carbs- eekkk I know! So for this diet I am cutting out majority of carbs and bumping up my fruit, veggie, and protein intake. I am also revamping my workouts. Another part to mention about my new diet is to drink 128oz of water a day to help detox the liver and body. Be careful! You know if you have been around that I have actually given myself water poisoning so don’t go toooo crazy with the water! Aim for at least 80oz to start, especially if you are not a water person. It can be difficult to drink enough!FullSizeRender(11) So far the diet is going very well!! I wanted to share a smoothie that is very healthy! Only 153 calories per serving. The recipe makes two. Of course depending on your protein and liquid choices, the calories may change. I use a 100% whey protein in vanilla and it is sweetened with stevia instead of sugar from GNC (their brand).

Carrot Cake Smoothie, 2 servings:

  • 1/2 C. carrot juice
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3/4 C. almond milk ( I use vanilla and unsweetened)
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 5 ice cubes

So Tasty!!

So far my 70% liquid diet is a total YES! it is going so well. If I get hungry in between smoothies I eat a boiled egg or a salad with very light dressing. As I keep tasting and testing smoothie recipes I will share them! I also want to leave y’all with some easy quick exercises that I got from pinterest:IMG_1766Till Next time

xoxo Erin

Body Shaming, Diets, and Acceptance

Hello Lovelies! If you follow me on twitter (You should! click on the link to the left (: ) then you saw my brief post where I had a really traumatizing experience of trying on some clothes that really tore me apart. So this will be a little bit of a different post.

So Saturday my husband, son and I set off to look for some running shoes and a baby gate. Pretty typical errands type of thing. Well we happened upon a department store near the end of our journey that was completely on sale from going out of business. They had tons of beautiful dresses and so we chose some for me to try on. I despise trying on clothes especially now with this body after baby that I am just not used to. I am in no way huge or fat and I don’t ever expect to be rail thin but it was a depressing wake up call. I couldn’t even get most of the dresses on and one of them that I did get on, I didn’t think would come off. I left the store holding back tears. I know I have been on a journey working out to try and get my body back to pre baby but I was seriously upset. We went straight home, I made a grocery list, I threw out all the fattening foods, and went to the grocery and bought kale. KALE PEOPLE! I bought all healthy foods.

I guess I sort of needed that saturday experience but it really made me sad. I can’t stand to look at my body. And I honestly don’t care about people saying love your body because of it giving me my baby. Of course I love my baby and that I could create such a miracle but I hate the after math. I don’t think anything is wrong with that. I think what is important is that you accept where you came from, where you are, and where you want to be.

I made a baby. I look like I had a baby. And now I am making a change to get my body back and love the way I look.

Okay so moving on to making a change! First off let me say I am 2 months away from having my Masters in Public Health. I have studied health and nutrition and exercise and the human body for many years. I know what I need to do. I just have to stay motivated and committed to this new lifestyle.

I went to GNC and picked up a recommended 100% whey protein from a wonderfully helpful woman working. I also picked up an Organic Superfood blend with protein powder while at the grocery. I rarely eat vegetables so I got this powder because it gives me all the nutrients from eating fruits and veggies!IMG_1768

I have decided to do a high protein, low carb diet. I am making smoothies for breakfast and lunch. Then a lean protein with veggies for dinner. My husband is not fighting me on this because we both are wanting to lose some weight. I will be updating you guys every week with my progress, recipes, motivation, and fitness tips.

I get many of my smoothie recipes from Pinterest so give me a follow over there to see what recipes and workouts I am pinning at makemommyup !!

I started today. My goal by April 2018 (Honeymoon time!!) is to lose 40lbs. This is roughly 5lbs a month which is absolutely doable. I am not 100% worried about a number on the scale. For myself I want to feel and look good and be healthy. And of course I want my clothes to fit again!

OMG this is my longest post ever. You deserve an award for making it to the end!! I hope I can help motivate y’all and we can all make some changes to be more healthy together!

Join the fitness journey with me loves! Leave me comments here or on twitter. Leave your favorite healthy recipes or snacks!!

xoxo Erin

Stretch Mark Remover DIY Update

Hey Friends!! I know everyone is anticipating this update. For the past 21 days I have been testing out Stretch mark remover DIY’s. I have started with 2 and if they don’t work I will move on to another 2 to try until I find one that works for me and for y’all!! IMG_1287This is where I started. I know that I don’t have the worst stretch marks in the world but honestly they still bother me. I didn’t get a single stretch mark until a week before I delivered!! How annoying is that?!?!?! Any ways when I ran my hand over my legs I could feel the uneven-ness of my skin and seeing that whiteish and purple/red coloring. I hate it!! I know some say to embrace it but why not be confident about them while trying to remove them? haha So after 21 days I can see a difference!!

It is not perfect but my skin has become more smooth and less uneven. Still not perfect. and the coloring is much better. IMG_1409This is the thigh I have been using the cocoa butter mixture on. Check out my post on DIY stretch mark remover for the recipe. Yes you can see I still have some marks but trust me it is much better!!FullSizeRender(10)This last picture is of my left thigh where I have been using the vitamin E. Vitamin E has been working soooo well! I have been super impressed with both of these remedies. I have to say they really do work. The key is patience and consistency. If you can stick with it you can have super smooth legs or anywhere on your body really!

Lastly I am working on reformulating the cocoa butter mixture to be a little more user friendly. It is a solid lotion that melts into the skin. I think for my next batch I will add vitamin E to it and also use molds. Like I say in the past few posts. I am OBSESSED with this homemade cocoa butter lotion. OMG just sooooo good!

Okay y’all that is all for my half way update! I’m excited to see the results at the end of the 45 days!!

xoxo Erin

My 5-Minute Makeup Routine

Hey lovelies! I’m going to quickly give you the products that make up my 5 minute makeup. I do this look when I have to run to the store, doctor appointments, etc.

So here are the products! :

Eyes I quickly throw on some primer, my favorite is smashbox 24 hour primer and then I add a taupe eyeshadow by Milani all over the lid and add a CK eyeshadow in a shimmery peachy color.. apparently it isn’t being made anymore which breaks my heart. I will have to find a dupe!

Next I add my Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 1.27.56 PMlancome visionnaire to help moisturize and prime. If you are on the dry side you will want to add a moisturizer underneath. On top of this I next add my foundation and powder

As I have said many many times I am obsessed with e.l.f. products.

After my face I add some blush and mascara. Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 1.33.46 PMThen I am ready to go!! This is the Milani blush which I am OBSESSED with!!

So that is it! It is quick and natural and so easy breezy!! What are you favorite go to products for a quick and easy look??

xoxo Erin

Fitness Journey Friday

As you guys know or if you are new to my site, I am on a fitness journey. I am not 100% concerned with losing weight. I just want to feel good and look good. I recently purchased a Fitbit and I am obsessed!!!! Add me if you have one!

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Small This is the one I have! Check him out. So if you are not familiar with fitbit, this particular one counts your steps, tracks your sleep, your activity, your heart rate and so on. With the fitbit app you can also track your food and water intake. You can also do challenges against people! Being as competitive as I am I find any excuse to step up and get ahead of the people in my weekly challenges! I didn’t think I would have as much fun with it as I do.

I bought it because I really wanted an Apple Watch but didn’t want to spend that much money on a watch! I tried to find one on sale on poshmark but with no luck. So I decided on the fitbit! I love that it reminds me to move each hour and it really does keep me more aware of my activity and my heart rate. I can honestly say that I am up and moving and feeling better and I have even lost a pound!!

For Fitbit Charge 2 Bands 10PCS So I also ordered this beauty! It is a pack of 10 replacement bands in really fun colors so I can mix it up and not always be wearing boring black! I love this! Screen Shot 2017-05-10 at 4.15.57 PM

I hope you enjoyed guys! Come join me on my fitness (body after baby) journey!! Don’t forget to add me on fitbit and challenge me!

xoxo Erin

ps I am not sponsored by fitbit, just sharing my latest obsession!

Milk Boosting Cookies

Every now and again you need a boost, and these will help you with just that. Whether you need a little sweet treat, protein bite, a milk supply boost, or all 3 these have got that!

I got this recipe from my sister in law and made some tweaks to it for myself.

Boobie Cookies:

In one bowl beat together:

  • 1c butter
  • 1c sugar
  • 1c brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Let 4tbs water and 2tbs ground flax seed sit together for 5 minutes.

In another bowl mix together:

  • 2c flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2-3 tsp cinnamon
  • 4tbs brewers yeast

Combine all of the above

then mix in:

  • 3c oats
  • 2c dark chocolate chips
  • 3tbs peanut butter

bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes

These are so good! Hope you enjoy! Let me know if you would like me to send you a PDF of the recipe (:

 

xoxo Erin

Pregnant Lady Must Haves

Being pregnant can be a wave of feelings and emotions and so much more. For myself I had the classic case of morning sickness during my first trimester and there is the itchy skin and weight gain and on and on.. There are things you can get that make life a little easier and better for the pregnant lady. My self these were my must haves that I suggest to every one of my pregnant friends. These items include things for while being pregnant and after baby comes! screen-shot-2017-03-06-at-9-26-45-am

  1. Bella B Tummy Honey Butter – 4 oz– This was my number one, absolute favorite product. I went through a couple jars of this stuff!! I would slather my belly and hips and then put on a thin cheap tank top and then get dressed for the day. I loved it so much because you will stay moisturized all day long. I hate reapplying and I am already the worst about moisturizing but I could put a little of this on every morning and still be super moisturized at the end of the day. I put the tank on just to keep my clothes from getting any of this balm on them.
  2. SEXYWG Women Waist Trainer Cincher Tummy Slimming Sport Belly Long Torso Corset and/or Goege Waist Trainer- postpartum – Of course you aren’t going to immediately put this guy on as soon as the baby is out but I really do love having this waist trainer to help get me back to where I want to be. The first one I listed is nice for under tighter clothing. I like it for if I am going out or wearing nicer clothes and the second is good for being around the house or with loose clothing.
  3. Restorology Full 60-Inch Body Pregnancy Pillow– Honestly I did make it through my pregnancy without one of these but I regret it. It was so difficult for me to go from a full fledged stomach sleeper to not being able to barely sleep on my side.
  4. Compression Socks – This one seems silly, but if you have even 25% of the swelling I did you will thank me. My legs, ankles, and feet swelled up to the point where I didn’t have shoes that would even go on! I was constantly taking short walks then elevating them and messaging them. It took quite a while to get the swelling to go away.
  5. Belly Band – black – This was my favorite thing and saved me sooo much money! I didn’t buy maternity clothes. I wore my regular jeans until I was about 7 months pregnant. The belly band allows you to wear your regular jeans you already own. It is amazing!
  6. Franato Seamless Maternity Legging– When you do get to that point where you unfortunately have to get atleast one pair of pants that fit, I went with these. I am just a lover of leggings as it is. I would wear them everyday if socially acceptable. Plus if they are toooo big you can always wear them after the baby as well. I do!

Share in the comments what your must haves are and if you gave any of these a try!

xoxo Erin

I am not sponsored by any of these products, I genuinely liked them myself and share my honest opinion with you. And yes I really do buy everything off of amazon!