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.

Let's Get Basic

Anyone else find themselves picking up basics like everywhere you shop? I mean, they are a closet staple and we tend to wear and use them over and over so we feel that we have gotten our moneys worth right? Well, I totally agree and I love them so much is because I like finding new ways to wear basic pieces to jazz them up! For example, buy a tunic and layer it over leggings OR tie it up at the hip and pair a leather jacket and pumps with it! BOOM! Hot date look.

I have picked out some pieces below that I would call my "basic" things. Remember just because the photo shows a certain color, it doesn't mean that is the only color it comes in! Most of them come in 3 or more different colors. If you always go for black....try to pick white 😉 Step outside of your comfort zone and add some color and texture to your closets this Spring!

Let me know if you have any questions about any of these pieces! If you want outfit inspiration, follow me on Instagram @ladyandredstyle and on @liketoknowit to shop all of my outfits in one place! If you are not familiar with Like to Know it, you can read my post HERE on how to get started! It is super simple! Think Pinterest shopping, but so much easier. And if you want to create a folder of looks to wear, follow me on Pinterest and pin your favorite looks!

 

Fill the Cart Friday- Old Navy

Wow! Doing weekly posts like this make my week seem to fly by so fast! It could be too that it was a short week anyways with Labor Day?? This week I am focusing on Old Navy because I love that you can get the trends at a low cost, and plus they have so many coupons it's hard to resist not filling up the cart!

Let's get shopping!

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SWEATER (Comes in 4 colors)

 BOOTIES -Similar pair

 

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DRESS (several colors and patterns)

DENIM JACKET (Similar)

Other items you may love:

FELT HAT (Floppy)

FELT HAT (Fedora)

WHITE DISTRESSED DENIM

FAUX LEATHER JACKET

LONG SLEEVE PEPLUM TOP (basic)

LONG WOOL JACKET (3 colors)

If you have any questions or want help styling or picking out an outfit, please don't hesitate to ask me!! XO Happy Friday Friends!

 

Photo Shoot with Lady and Red

Photo Shoot with Lady and Red

I often forget how important it is to me to have photos like these and my purpose for this shoot was only to update my main blog photo.  If you remember it was a computer screen selfie of Rowan and I when she was a smiling baby and behaved like an angel. 👼 Haha! I mean the stress of a photo shoot is overwhelming in itself, right? The clothes, planning, matching, backgrounds, behaviors and of course if it is a good or bad hair day. I know you can relate! But after seeing these photos, my heart skipped a beat, and a lot of emotions surfaced because I actually had to see how big my little girl is getting and how grown up she looks. 

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