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Howdy!
I’m going to let today’s vlog do most of the talking today.

 

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Hearing that your baby has RSV is always scary but he’s doing so good!
Nights are still a little rough but I can tell the breathing treatments are helping!
We have to see our pediatrician  in couple days but I think we caught it early enough that we’ll be able to keep up with the breathing treatments at home and let it ride it’s course.

The plan was to do “Favorites Week” for Bloguary this week but Carsie Bear gets top priority so we’ll see how the week plays out.
I’m going to try my best to make it happen but if you don’t see daily post from me know that mama cuddles were needed.

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  • Kelsey - Oh honey. That vlog was the cutest with Carson’s tiny sneeze, and Weston’s “wink”! I pray Carson feels better soon and you don’t have too much worry on your shoulders.ReplyCancel

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This is the blog post where I tell you there’s not really going to be a post today. Okay so this IS a post but it’s not a real post post if ya get my drift
I’m trying real had to not miss a day this Bloguary so I say this counts mmmk?

Carson has a cold, the nanny hunt continues, I’m trying to get our house in order and catch up on laundry before my MIL heads out of town, and registration for our Valentine’s Box Swap closed today which means all the fun work starts for Jordan and I.

Lot’s to do with that little free time I do have so I’m going to chill from posting content today.

BUT

I did want to tell you about next week’s Bloguary! It’s going to be fun and it’s all post that have been requested by YOU!

Monday: Vlog from the weekend
Tuesday: Fave Drugstore Make from 2015
Wednesday: Fave Macro Friendly Food Staples
Thursday: Fave Netflix Goodness
Friday: Fave Albums from 2015
*Saturday Bonus Post: If I’m on top of my game there will be a bonus post on Saturday to make up for not having awesome content today. We have to see how the week goes though so I’m not making any promises. If I can make it happen I’ll have a post up on Saturday with my Fave Facebook Wholesale Groups!

It’s a week of Favorites! You guys ask for them often so I thought it would be a fun to dedicate a whole week to you!

And because we’re talking about favorites here are a couple of my favorite little guys!

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Things are a little nuts in the home front this week as I’m finishing up some edits for a client and trying to find a “mother’s helper”. We recently found out that my Mother-in-law will be in China for 2 months and welllllllll she pretty much makes our world go round so I’m trying to find someone to stop by for a couple hours a week so I can do the basics ya know…..

Shower
Fold laundry
Pick up the house
Humm maybe get a second to recharge my batteries.

Soooo since things are a little nutso right now today’s Bloguary post is a random one I just threw together!

How about some random facts about yours truly and some fun facts about our friends in the animal kingdom to go along with it?

Let’s do this thing!

 

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1. Kent and I used to own a Pizza restaurant in Downtown Dallas called Slice. Oh the stories I could tell you about that place.

 

2. I used to be a orthodontic assistant in my early 20’s. It was one my lowest paying but one most favorite jobs as a young adult. Hello scrub awesomeness! The reason that I ended up leaving is a whole different story and y’all it’s WILD!

Someone spread a rumor that I was working at a strip club as a cocktail waitress and that I was talking in detail about all the sexy outfits I wore in font of patients. Huh? What? Come again? First of all I don’t have the confidence to work at a strip club so HA jokes on your rumor spreader! Secondly I was so hurt that one of my coworkers would craft such a lie and that my boss would believe it enough to call me into a meeting that I turned in my 2 weeks notice. I mean really what the what? I’m still confused about it all and it’s been years. It was so random and so far left field from who I was as a person and employee. It was just nuts! I think someone was jealous of my sweet bracket placement skills and wanted me out!

 

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3.  I randomly break out in song throughout the day. It’s usually sung in a really loud voice and little a ditty that I’ve come up with on my own. That’s how we got our sweet song “Let’s Change Your Diaper” “Brown Owl” and one of Weston’s faves “Circle Square Triangle Oval”. Weston thinks this is totally normal and Kent sometimes…..soooooooomtimes (because it takes a lot to impress that man) will slide me a “Hey that one was really good”. We jokingly talk about how he’s going to learn how to play the guitar so we can start a children’s sing song YouTube channel. Life goals peeps.

 

4. Little slimy critters like me.
I’ve had a lizard in my house shoe. Just pause for a moment and think about that. Yep!

A snake in my bathroom…..twice. Both times I screamed for help.

And a lizard on my leg in the shower which I thought was a piece of hair tickling my leg. That was a shock when I looked down!

 

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5. I used to hate coffee. The smell of it the taste of it even with all the cream and sugar in the world. My mom gave me a Keurig as a Christmas gift and said “You may not love it now but you will and you’ll get a lot of use out of it.” She was right! That Keurig was my gateway to my massive coffee love! For my 1st mother’s day Kent gave me a new Keurig and for Christmas last year I got a Nespresso VertuoLine. It makes both coffee and espresso. Ummm y’all if you love a good bold strong cup of coffee I can’t recommend Nespresso machines enough! My most favorite cup of coffee are the ones I make at home with my Nespresso machine!

 

6. I taught English in China. Long time followers already know this but there’s a little fun random fact for our new blog buddies. No I didn’t meet Kent there which is usually the next question that follows when I tell people I lived in China.

 

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7. I can’t sleep without the TV on. Well I can of course but it takes me forever to fall asleep then I wake up when I hear the littlest sound.

 

8. I’m a gift card hoarder. It’s true and I’ve unsuccessfully tried to work on this but I still have probably 20 something gift cards that I’m saving for a that “special rainy day”. It’s so dumb and I see that but there they sit in my little pink bag (yep I had to get a little bag to keep them all together) just collecting dust. I could be out of the house for a full day shopping, drinking coffee, and eating yummy meals and still have gift cards left to use. I need help! Who want’s to go shopping!?!

 

 

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9. If I ever have to go pee in the middle of the night I will walk to the bathroom flick the light on really quick to check for snakes (See # 4) then turn the light off so the bright light doesn’t disturb my grogginess too much. It doesn’t matter how many times like when I’m preggers and going potty 3-4 times a night I will ALWAYS check. You know it will be that 1 time time I don’t check that snake will be waiting to attack me. Yes I’m weird. You have my permission to judge me on this one.

 

10. I can’t remember the last time I wore shorts in public and it’s not easy hating shorts and living in TX.

 

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Okay guys you’ve asked for it so here it is!

In today’s post I’ll be answering the most common questions I’ve received about my IIFYM journey.
I’ll be posting a separate post soon with some of my favorite “macro friendly” foods so be on the look out for that! I’ve found some yummy things!

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Who calculated your macros?

Elizabeth aka Poppy Locks. You can find her info HERE. She’s sweet, helpful, and really knows her stuff so I can’t recommend her enough.

 

What type of workouts are you doing?

I’m currently on week 5 of the 12 week Jamie Eason LiveFit program. I’m to weightlifting and this program has really helped me get over my fear of the scary weight section in my gym. It’s challenging me and I’m doing things I’ve never done before! It’s a free program offered by Body Builder and if you too need a little help getting use to lifting weights I recommend her program!

 

Are you still counting macros?

I took a 2 week break during the holidays from actually tacking my macros but tried my best to keep a macro balance diet in mind during my break. I have a decent grasp of what I need to eat to be close to my daily macro target. I’m happy to report that I did not gain a thing during the holidays and finished the year out a little lighter! That’s a win in my book! I started back to counting and logging after the new year.

 

Do you upgrade My Fitness Pal?

I sure did! I was on the fence about upgrading or doing the hack but I decided to go for it and I’m glad I did. I never really have problems with the app and I’m able to get the updates. I hear the opposite from people who did the hack. Maybe try the hack for a month or so. See if you like macro counting. If you do go for the upgrade. The My Fitness Pal hack can be found HERE

 

How are macros going?

This is a hard question for me and the main reason it’s taken me so long to get this post up. I could do a whole blog post on this question alone.

Humm how are macros going?

Well honestly not so great and great at the same time. I’ve got the whole calculating and weighing thing down that’s the great part! That took me a couple weeks to really figure out and understand but I feel 100% comfortable with it now. Y’all if I can figure it out you can too. I’m awful at math and I’m not just saying that. I’m really really bad at it. So if the whole calculating this is scaring you from giving macros a try don’t let it. Jump in! Give you’re self a couple weeks to figure it out. You’ll surprise yourself. I promise!

The part I’m struggling with is the metal journey. Macro counting goes against everything I know about health and fitness. It goes against everything I did to lose 60 pounds. I goes against the elements of working out that I understood and knew worked.

Here’s the thing……
I did the whole low calorie high cardio thing in the past. It worked. I lost the weight but the trade off was my metabolism. I ate very little and spent hours and hours at the gym. It was not uncommon for me to work out for 3 hours a day. I was completely obsessed with the scale, what I was putting into my body, and how much time I could get in at the gym. It was such a life evolving experience that I was almost scared to do it again. Thinking that I would need to do the same thing lose the baby weight made me want to shut down. I don’t have it in me to live at the gym. I now have 2 small children and even if I wanted to be a gym rat there’s no time for it. I wanted to shake my metabolism and teach it to be more efficient so I wouldn’t have to restrain myself so much. I was hoping to achieve a different body type than what I had when I lost weight in the past. I wanted to be toned! I wanted to be strong!

This is where IIFY macros came in to play. It made sense and I’ve seen so many people achieve wonderful results following the program. It seems liked something I could stick with for the long haul and my body was no longer responding to my calorie restrictions. Something needed to change.

For me macros has been extremely slow moving which is hard when I see people dropping pounds and inches. It’s been a MAJOR mental struggle. Do I stick with it or go back to my comfortable happy place…..clean eating? Honestly I don’t know. I flip flop back and forth what I want to do. I’ve been a clean eater for so long that it’s actually easier for me than the whole flexible eating thing. I pick a protein and a veg and call it a day but it’s that sustainable? I’ll never forget when I 1st started counting macros and bought bread. I stood in the bread aisle lost. What bread is a “good bread”? I haven’t bought bread in YEARS! I’ve since done my research and found a sprouted bread I love!

What I do love about macros is that I can have ice cream from time to time and not worry about throwing off my day. I love that I know exactly how much I’m consuming to a T. It’s a great way to make sure you’re eating a well rounded diet and a good amount of calories. Something I wasn’t doing with clean eating.

BUUUUUT is macro counting a fit for me? Honestly I’m not sure.

This uncertainty leads us the next questions.

 

Have you lost weight?

I’ve lost and gained and lost and gained. The scale is all over the place. My weight has yet to go past where I stared BUT I’ve yet to hold onto a lower number for very long. I get on the scale and see a drop and think “Finally things are clicking!” then I get back on the scale a few days later and I’m back at square one. I’ve been counting macros since October (with 2 weeks off during the holidays) and since I have a good amount of weight to lose (50lbs) I would hope to see more loss than what I’ve seen. Shoot I’d be tickled with an 8 pound loss. I feel like 8lbs in 3 months at my weight and age is 100% doable but nope I’m not even close to that.

In fact I feel more fluffy than when I started. I swear a stomach and face are bigger although the scale isn’t showing that I’ve gained and Kent keeps assuring me that it isn’t but I feel it ya know?

I really screwed up not taking before photos and measurements. I have the ones you see below but it’s not really a good reading since I’m fully dressed, wearing different clothes, black in one annnnnd in spandex of all things.

We all know the wonders of spandex!

If I had measurements and photos to compare then maybe I would see something that the scale isn’t showing me. Maybe then I would feel more comfortable about it all? What I do see is my postpartum hair loss is growing back. Yipee for that!

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So now what?

Do I have my numbers redone? Do I go back to clean eating? I’ve even thought about having my thyroid checked. I honestly believe in a macro based diet. It makes logical sense and I’ve seen so many amazing results. I’m not so sure that I’m ready to give up but something is not clicking.  As of now I’m still counting my macros and leaning more towards having my numbers redone to see if that shakes things up.

I’ll keep you updated!

UPDATE: Since I typed up this post I’ve chatted with a couple of my macro buddies and have decided to have my numbers redone. I should have my new numbers in a couple days and I’m feeling hopeful that shaking them up a little will help! Fingers crossed!

 

My other Macros Post:

IIFYM Tools for Getting Started
Why I Decided to Start Counting Macros

 

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  • Michelle Hardesty - You got this!!!!! I bet the new numbers will work. And even if you didn’t take measurements before…take them now. 😉 I have a hard time staying on track and sometimes want to give up. But like you I wholeheartedly believe in it. Listening to Megan and Poppylocks seals the deal! I’m giving it my all this time around. And am so excited to change my relationship with food and see results. We got this!ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - Thank you Michelle! I sure hope a number change up does the trick! I agree it’s worth the fight. You just have to find your sweet spot!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Beinke - I think since you’re struggling so much it’s a great idea to have your numbers looked at again! Maybe you’ll bust through that plateau and it’ll give you a new outlook. I love IIFYM, but I know all too well how slow it can be sometimes. There have been times it’ll take me 2 weeks to lose half a pound. Good luck! I hope you have the results you’re looking for with your new numbers and it gives you the motivation to push on!ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - I sure hope so! I think it’s a great program but it sucks to work at it for 3 months and not see a change ya know. I’m hanging in there though. Hopeful a new set of numbers will be just what I need!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Orton - Kendra, I hear you on the IIFYM I have been really trying to follow macros with HONEST tracking since Oct and lose and gain the same few lbs back. I decided to use my 2nd set of numbers she gave me and really be honest on my tracking to see how that works because my 3rd set take me down to 157 carbs which I am sure i would lose with but want to try to take advantage of eating the most I can and lose! We all see how it works for others so its HAS to work so hang in there!! I know I don’t want to give up! Lift the weights is what I will tell you…that is the one piece that I have found with eating more is the amount of energy I have and I can just kill my workouts and have gotten so strong!! 195lb squat the other day so the foods are working on that part!! I will be curious to hear if your new macros are much different because I have thought of asking Elizabeth to redo mine but my weight is only a few lbs lighter so would not except much of a change! Good luck and keep us posted!ReplyCancel

It’s Bloguary Day 8 and for today’s blog I have a vlog to share from the weekend.
A bunch of random stuff going on in today’s vlog but it’s full of fun…….

A cost haul
Our sweet boys
Kent and I arguing over freezer space.
I share a dark embarrassing secret.
We chat about books

See a bunch of randomness but random is fun so grab a cup of java and let’s spend the day together!

VLOG: Our Saturday to watch directly via YouTube click HERE

Can you believe the whole egg nog thing?
He totally poured a butt load in there even though he tried to tell y’all that he didn’t.
It was more like ice cream than a smoothie.
I thought it was the craziest idea when I saw him do it but you know what, he might be on to something.

Kents

Did you see the kid at dinner that I was making faces at?
He was watching us the whole and I mean whole time we ate.
His parents of course didn’t say a thing to him so I had to have a little fun with him. Kent had a staring competition with him too.
So pretty much we were adding fuel to the fire but DUDE SIT DOWN!

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Bahahahha this photo of them………
Cracks. Me. Up!

We all enjoy a good bowl of pho actually soup in general!

Oh my good golly y’all Kent makes this pork broth soup with ginger and Asian greens that will make you feel all the feels. It’s the perfect soup (in my opinion) so prefect that I’ve named it Dream Soup.

If there’s any interested we can post a recipe!

I told him we need a segment on the blog called “Kent Can Cook” right?
Wouldn’t that be fun?

If there’s enough interest in seeing his Dream Soup recipe I’ll work on getting it together for Bloguary!

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All the info you need to register can be found HERE.

 

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  • Andrea Gordon - Oh my gosh the boys at the end of the video were everything!! From Carson in his crib to Weston’s face disappearing into the bowl of soup, I die!! <3ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - Hahahah that boy loves him some soup! :)ReplyCancel

  • taryn - Yes, would love to see a recipe!
    I love how Weston was drinking from the bowl that was 3x the size of his face! =)ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - That’s some skill huh? Oh my gosh the soup is soooooo good! The recipe NEEDS to be shared!ReplyCancel