I Have An Addiction to Socks…

 

Specifically, Aeropostale ankle socks. That come in 3 packs. Like these:

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And, today when I walked into the store on a completely unrelated note (looking for a cardigan for a wedding), I discovered the best news of the day: They were $1.99. Yes, $1.99 for 3 pairs. So of course, I picked up 4 packs. I left them in my gym bag so I don’t have them to show you all the ones I got, but I did get the orange, white, and blue floral pairs. I’m sad they didn’t have the penguin ones, I totally would’ve loved those!

These socks are awesome because they’re low cut, and fit my little (size 7-7.5) feet. They don’t stick up over my shoes and look funny, and they’re super soft and comfy.

Today I even embarrassingly wore orange cheetah print socks with my peach/pink shirt with a cheetah print pocket. LOVE IT. Haha

UPDATE:

Here’s the other 3 sets of socks I got, along with the blue floral set:

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Grey skulls, lots of polka dots, and little bicycles.

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My First Time Hunting

I went out hunting with Mike for the first time Friday evening. I pulled on my big girl panties and climbed up into that tree stand (up climbing sticks, not a nice ladder into a box blind). And I plopped myself down with his XXL camo pants on to keep myself warm.

It was a really fun experience, and something I look forward to doing again. We saw a little 4 point buck, a doe and 2 fawns. Nothing worth shooting at, but a perfect first experience because at least we saw something!

Here are a couple pictures I took of the experience:

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Mike crosses his legs sometimes to “help his back”. lol. And, he held my hand. 🙂 Notice my awesome Syracuse University rain boots that I had on before I put on my camo “moon booties”

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Mike taking pics of me.. Me trying to not look scared out of my mind being up in a tree. And my safety harness all set up, hood up trying to stay warm.

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And lastly, freezing and really ready to go inside because Mike wouldn’t stop talking about ordering pizza and he made me hungry!

My Take on “Diet”

Through all the research, hearing everyone’s opinion, and seeing how much time I really have to do stuff, I’ve decided to follow the If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) diet. I’m not using this as a diet in the sense that I want to lose weight, I am using it as a “food plan” or “meal guide.” The main belief of IIFYM is that a calorie is a calorie, whether it comes from a brownie or brown rice, it’s a calorie of carbohydrates.

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There are many different macros calculators out there that you can use for free. Some are based off of traditional diets (40% carbs, 30% fat, 30% protein), some are more for athletes who require more protein. Some are for weight loss, you get the idea. The best site I found is http://iifym.com/

They have the most information, and many different calculators that you can use. It’s simple, enter your height, weight, and age. Then you can decide if you want weight loss, maintain, bulk, anything like that. And then pick the “diet” you prefer, IIFYM, textbook, 40-30-30, etc.

Here’s what mine look like:

Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 8.35.48 AMNotice I picked 7 meals a day. I did this because I typically eat 3 meals, and at least 1 snack. The website only lets you pick 7 meals maximum, so you can do a little math if you want more (ie what I’ll do is double the grams per meal for each meal, (39.6 carbs, 36.6 protein, 14.6 fat). Then my snack (or snacks plural) need to add up to the 19.8 carbs, 18.3 protein, and 7.3 fat. I have a huge issue with getting enough fiber, so I like this program because it makes me aware of fiber, and makes me consciously make sure I get enough in my diet.

Now, this may seem like a LOT of work. Calculating the macros of everything you eat. And it can be. But, once you’ve calculated the macros for, say, 4 oz chicken breast, you’ll remember it. Or the macros of 1 cup of oatmeal. There’s a statistic that says people stick to eating the same # of foods. I can’t think of the exact number, but it’s a small number. Also, there is now google. Most people have a smartphone. Google “nutrition strawberry poptart” and all your macros are there. Same for “1 oz baby carrots”. Also, most restaurant chains post the macros of their foods online. Do a little research first and you’ll have your information.

Also, the awesome part of IIFYM is, you can eat whatever you want. As long as you keep track of the macros. So, go ahead and eat poptarts for breakfast, but if you eat them again at lunch you might be eating a salad for dinner. This means protein pancakes with whipped cream are okay. No more just eating oatmeal and protein shakes. Just check out Brittany Dawn Fitness on instagram for some food porn.

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Just google IIFYM images, and laugh at the memes. People bash IIFYM sometimes, but they support the paleo diet, or clean eating with a “cheat meal”… Think about it, everything in moderation.

Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 8.53.36 AMWhat do you guys think about diets/eating plans? Do you not pay any attention? Do you eat whatever you want? Do you try to eat healthy, and exercise to make up for anything “unhealthy”?

Negative People

I don’t like to complain on here; but today I need to get something off my chest. I despise people who are always negative. People who are constantly putting others down and feeding off their reaction to make themselves feel better. I work with someone like that who is also involved in my personal life. She always has some negative dig about my relationship or my job.

I try so hard to be the bigger person and walk away, ignore her, or have a witty response to show she doesn’t get to me, but it doesn’t always work. Somedays it’s bad enough that it affects my relationship with my boyfriend because of the things she says, even if I know they’re false and she’s just trying to get a reaction from me.

How do you deal with people like this in your life? Especially when you can’t always avoid them based on work situations?

The Best of Both Worlds

Any of you who have read my blog for more than the past couple posts have probably come to the conclusion that I like to workout, and I like breakfast, specifically smoothies, and coffee. When I stumbled upon this lovely recipe, from Fit For A Bride, I KNEW I had to try it.

I’m awesome at stealing other peoples ideas and incorporating them into my own life. But I always want to give credit where credit is due, so please check out this blog, where I got the idea/recipe, and give her some love! She definitely did all the leg work, and her recipe is so perfect I didn’t change a thing!

“The Perfect Coffee Protein Shake”

  • CoffeScreen Shot 2014-10-02 at 12.24.59 PMe – 1 cup.Sara recommends making a cup the night before and sticking it in the fridge. I like this idea.
  • Protein Powder – 1 scoop
    • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (don’t get unsweetend plain, the vanilla is crucial)
    • Unsweetened Cocoa – use this if you use vanilla protein powder, which is what I usually have around. Otherwise, if you use chocolate protein powder, you can skip this step.
    • A Frozen Banana – I peel it, chop it up, stick it in a ziploc bag and freeze it overnight.

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