New House Tour: My Office

My office is my favorite room in my house.
It's where I spend most of my time, since I work from home. 
So I wanted to make sure it was a cozy space that was all my own.
I started with the desk.
The awesome ladies at The Pink Pug custom designed it for me and I loved it so much that I decided to design my entire office around it.

Hello sign from Hobby Lobby.
Custom "L" wall art from Adoore It.
Mention Mama Laughlin and you can get 10% off your Adoore It order.
Custom silhouettes are from LoveBug and Peanut. Coupon code Mama10 gets you 10% off your order.
Laugh sign and ML mirrored letters from At Home (formerly Garden Ridge).
Calendar wall decal from Groupon.

This is My Happy Place sign, chalkboard and banner frame from The Pink Pug.
A frame shelf from Homegoods.

 Old radio is one of my favorite pieces. It was my grandpas who passed away last week.
Rug from Home Depot.

Mirror from Target.
Painting above the mirror was painted by my Mema in 1974.

The most wobbly pano ever. 


Why My First Prep Sucked and What I Plan to do to Change This One

So during my first prep I didn't share much of my food choices, etc.
Well, I didn't know what the hell I was doing.
I was so lax on my diet the first 8 weeks. I honestly didn't know any better.
Okay, fine. I KNEW BETTER.
But what I didn't know was how sticking to a regimented eating plan DID WORK. And what it would do to my body.

When I started taking my diet really serious at about 8 weeks into my 16 week prep, I'd already lost 8 weeks.
Now, I still stuck to plan in this first 8 weeks, mostly. I just added in bites of cereal, a handful of granola, a piece of candy, multiple times a day.
I was naive to think it wouldn't effect my progress.
It did.

As a result of that, I often ate plain chicken, beef, hardboiled eggs, and fish in the most boring of ways. I didn't track my food or care about my macros.
I failed to plan so I planned to fail.
I was also living with my parents at the time and it was hard to prep in their house with all the goodies they constantly had and that my mom would cook. I was constantly sneaking bites of things, without hesitation.
Yeah, yeah, excuses.

This prep I was determined to do it differently.
I immediately started out tracking my food on MyFitnessPal and keeping up with my macros.
My diet is written by my coach, so he tells me a calorie and macros count to stat in and what my meals look like.

I thought "if I could see that amount of changes in 8 weeks last time, what could I see in 16 weeks if I stuck to plan 110% this time?"
I don't know that answer, but I'm sure gonna find out.

Because truth be told, I'm still learning all this.
This is still a new world for me and it's going to take TIME to figure out what my body responds to, etc.

When I get discouraged, which I DO, my coach always tells me "you were a runner for longer than you'v been a lifter. And you were sedentary longer than you've been active. Give it time to balance out."
To which I usually roll my eyes and think I DON'T WANNA GIVE IT TIME!
And want to stomp off like a 5 year old.
Damn logic.

But if there's anything I'm good at, it's continuing on, even when it's hard.
Even when I don't know what the hell I'm doing.
Because it's going to take me YEARS to figure out my body. YEARS to build the muscle I want. And YEARS of consistency to see the things I want.

A lifestyle has no end.
A diet does.

I am eating about 1700 calories a day at the moment. That's a lot of clean food!
No derailing this time! No sneaking bites. Just pure focus!

With all that to say, here are a few of my prep meals from the past 2 weeks:
Salmon, asparagus and jasmine rice 
mixed berries with cinnamon 
egg whites, onions, peppers, sweet potato, steak, and avocado
lean beef patties, sweet potato hash, lots of greens, veggies, avocados and sweet potatoes
grilled chicken, green beans and avocado
 How do you keep clean food from being "boring?" SEASONINGS!!!!! These are my favorite Paleo friendly seasonings!
meal prep. pulled rotisserie chicken, lean beef patties, sugar snap peas
my go-to meal 
nightly protein "ice cream"
1 scoop Casein protein powder, 2 Tbs almond butter, water.
mix together and pop in freezer for 5 minutes.
post-workout meal
high protein/high fat meal. (I was out of carbs for the day) 
ice cream hacks
steak and veggies
beef and rice mixture (great with salsa on top)
my favorite breakfast
Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel English Muffin with 1/2 avocado, hard boiled eggs and Sriracha
food prep
stuffed peppers. Rice, lean beef, veggies, topped with low fat cheese
Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel English Muffin, 1/2 avocado, egg whites, Sriracha and fruit.
If you'd like to keep up more closely with my meal plan and prep, you can join Club ML. I post all my food pictures as well as my meal plan and specific workouts in Club ML.
HERE is more information on it.