I Don't Diet

What do you eat? How do you stay so skinny? Are you naturally thin? What diet do you follow? I feel so silly writing something like this post because my diet is absolute crap and it varies from day to day. I try really hard sometimes to eat well, then other times I eat junk for a solid week or longer until I pull myself back together. But you guys ask and I will answer. And I will answer honestly.

The key to my sustaining my weight is balance and working out. I work my butt off at the gym whether it is weights or running. When I run more for my sanity, I get to eat more because I am burning more calories. You all see me eating McDonald’s, donuts, cookies and crap on my Instagram stories, but in reality I eat those things and then eat healthy or minimal the rest of the day. So I typically eat breakfast around 10am after a workout. And it may be eggs or egg bites from Starbucks, and by that time, I have already had 2 cups of coffee which fill me up.

So when lunch time rolls around for my daughter, I am usually not hungry. But if we go through McDonald’s, I will eat most of her fries, order a Diet Coke and eat the last few bites of her cheeseburger. That’s it for the afternoon.

I may go home and snack on cheese or salami or nuts but not always. I rarely eat fruit even though I like it, unless wine is counted as a serving 😂. Then I start cooking dinner around 4:45 or 5:00 pm and that’s when I pour a glass of wine. I tend to eat best at dinner because I am cooking and make only protein and a veggie. No carbs or very little.

I totally am a sweets girl and if I make cookies or brownies I will eat them. But that is why I tend to not make stuff like that or I will eat it, and all of it. Throw in a workout everyday and really that is very little calories consumed. If Aunt Flow is near, I will eat you and your house. 🤷🏼‍♀️😂

I am in NO WAY endorsing eating how I eat. Healthy people are cringing as we speak and companies will start to voluntarily start to send me health stuff 😬 I don’t eat salads, I don’t drink water. I try everything to make water taste better. Occasionally I will get a thirst for water and drink some. I know it is not healthy. It is always something I try to do better at so if you ever see me carrying a water bottle around…you should be worried! Haha

If I eat out at a restaurant, I will limit my carbs. So for example I will order a hamburger, ask for no bun, but eat a few of the fries. I don’t like feeling deprived of things. I mean does anyone like feeling that way? No. I think when people are told they can’t have certain things they tend to crave them more, or at least I do.

I am completely aware that this would be a real struggle for some people as everyone has different relationships with food and different personalities. That is the beautiful thing. You know yourself best and if you can’t even tempt yourself with an occasional sweet, don’t. I think the most important thing is to not compare yourself to everyone around you. Find your happy weight, that is healthy for you, because your family loves you and wants you, and needs you to be around for many years to come.

I also feel it is perfectly healthy to have a goal or a photo that motivates you. I am motivated by the way my clothing fits me and when I see my hard work pay off, I want to keep that up. I also would love to just eat whatever, whenever and not give a rip, but that is not my personality. Life for me is all about balance. And I hope that you find this inspiring to you, even if in a small way. Don’t think that I am some skinny B that can eat what I want, when I want, and stay thin. I can’t. I work at it. I constantly think about the food I consume and I have an ideal goal in my mind always about where I am comfortable at. Don't let the numbers define you though. Working out, my scale numbers increase while my fat decreases. I rarely weigh myself, if ever because when I am too focused on the numbers it increases my anxiety and that defeats the purpose of working out to decrease it 🤷🏼‍♀️.

I am going to rant for a second. Do NOT body shame people. Do NOT take photos of unfit people in places ever. Do NOT bully someone for their weight. Do NOT allow yourself to judge someone at the gym for any reason. They showed up. Even if it’s that super gorgeous girl with her full face makeup that you would kill to have her body. (Guilty: I look at the lil 20 year olds and wish my butt stood up like that still 😂) Use it as motivation. Compliment them and I bet you will feel a million times better than if you start talking about them behind their back. Women should lift each other up, not tear them down trying to feel better about yourself. Ok I am done.

People start loving instead of judging.

XO

Breakfast:

2 or 3 over medium eggs, and 3 strips of bacon (I make it in bulk ahead of time and keep it in the fridge and re-heat.)

Coffee. Like 12 cups 😬 Ok like 2 or 3. I am working on switching it to 1 coffee then Kombucha.

Starbucks egg bites- I love the bacon ones

Hard boiled eggs

Lunch:

Hamburger patty, cheese, egg, bacon dipped in ketchup & mayonnaise. (easiest meal for lunch even if eating out)

Tuna with pickles and mayo

Egg salad

Deviled eggs

Salami and cheese

pickle wraps

Jimmy Johns Unwich

Charley’s Subs Philly steak with no bun over lettuce

Diet Coke, Diet Dr. Pepper

Dinner:

Protein and veggie. Occasionally wine…ok most nights. 😂

I eat a lot of steak and brussel sprouts. I add bacon and blue cheese to my brussels.

I sub in cauliflower for potatoes and love veggies covered in cheese sauce.

Snacks:

String cheese

Nuts

plain Chobani Greek yogurt with honey and peanut butter. 

If I am craving something sweet I grab a diet Dr. Pepper.

Sweets:

Donuts

Cinnamon rolls

Brownies

Monster cookies

Sugar free pudding

Hot tea with honey before bed if I am hungry still

**You can find several of my recipes under the Recipe tab here on Lady and Red ☺️ or on my Instagram @ladyandredstyle stories under Recipes.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Calling all mamas or mamas to be! I have put together a fun gift guide that you can either use as a gift guide for your mamas OR conveniently send it to your significant others inbox 😬 Let’s be honest…we all know how to drop a hint or two! Haha

The only thing I love more than anything on Mother’s Day is not cooking 🤷🏼‍♀️ Because I cook most meals at home and it is a treat to go out and not have to clean up anything! Although we were at Target the other day and I asked Rowan what she wanted to get me for Mother’s day and her reply was priceless….Louis Vuitton luggage. She is totally my kid. And then she proceeded to tell me to go look at in Target and she would let me pick it out. Ummm honey Target is great but not THAT great 😂

So to shop the images below, just click on the picture and it will take you to the product where you can add it to your cart!

Happy shopping….or hinting 😂

XOXO

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Heart Healthy with Gordmans ❤️

Did you know that cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for 840,768 deaths (635,260 cardiac) in 2016? From 2006 to 2016, the US death rate from CVD decreased by 18.6% and from coronary heart disease by 31.8%.

(Statistic taken from the website from the AHA. https://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/ten-points-to-remember/2019/02/15/14/39/aha-2019-heart-disease-and-stroke-statistics. )

I was excited to partner with Gordmans to bring awareness to heart health through their campaign #GetPumpedForHeartHealth ❤️ From April 1-30th, with every share on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #GetPumpedForHeartHealth, Gordmans will donate $1 to the American Heart Association. If you are interested in learning more about the campaign, you can visit their website HERE.

What does heart healthy look like to you? It could be something as simple as random acts of kindness, cooking healthy meals, or incorporating family time into your day.

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Part of my job as a blogger is to empower other women to feel comfortable in their own skin and clothing. Fashion is obviously a big part of my life and it really is true that you are what you wear! I was able to find so many styles and sizes throughout Gordmans to fit every size and style, including men & children. Don't forget your fur babies either ☺️

Rowan was so happy to pick out her “workout” outfit (pictured below). Heart healthy behaviors start at any age. Get your kids involved and watch them influence their peers as well. It is always a challenge in our home to see how much weight she can lift and how many times and I bet if she had a younger sibling we would have some friendly competitions! Haha If you notice she starts at 2 lbs. ☺️ Get your family moving together!

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Rowan’s outfit and workout gear is provided by Gordmans. You can shop in stores near you and donate directly to the AHA as well!

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Did you know that a balanced eating regimen with foods from all five food groups is key to preventing disease? My nursing background helps me to understand how to keep my family healthy by cooking meals at home, plus with a child it is just plain easier. When you are in charge of the ingredients, you tend to put more thought into what you are feeding your families. I challenge you to cook one more meal a week at home. Set a goal for yourself!

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Being heart healthy doesn’t have to be just consuming healthy foods. I have started off this 2019 year by reading a daily devotional with my morning coffee. It allows me to meditate and relax my mind, freeing it from the anxiety of every day life. Do you take time for yourself throughout the day? If so, what do you do?

So many of you and your loved ones have been affected by heart disease, and I am hopeful that by continuing to bring awareness to to it, we can start to change lives and perspectives on how to live a heart healthy life!

Post a photo TODAY on Instagram or Facebook and use the hashtag #GetPumpedForHeartHealth and tag me in it @ladyandredstyle so I can see it and share it!

Happy Good Friday Friends!

XOXO

THIS POST WAS SPONSORED BY SPECIALTY RETAILERS, INC. All thoughts and images are my own.

Apple Watch Bands-All Under $50

Houston....I have a problem 😂 I am admitting it right here and clearly you can all see it in my Instagram photos! But they are so addicting and totally change up your outfit or in my case match my outfit!

If you don't know what I am talking about, I recently got a new Apple Watch, which I never wanted because I think they are ugly. When the Apple store showed me my band options I was less than thrilled with a gray band that was $50. I mean seriously? So like any gal or guy knows.....Amazon to the rescue. 

I have linked all of the bands that I have purchased below and I wouldn't share them if I didn't love them! Hello designer knock offs, and I especially love the mens Louis Vuitton one 😍 Most of these bands come with the option to get them in a 38 or 42, so make sure you are ordering the right sizes!

Click the image below to shop! If you see that it is a white strap and you don't want white, click it because more than likely it comes in several other colors or prints but in that same band style! My next purchase will be same styles but in other colors 😬