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20. November 2014 14:00
by jennifer

Atkins40 for a CrossFit WORKING Mom!!

20. November 2014 14:00 by jennifer | 0 Comments

Last time I wrote I mentioned that I'd tell you more about the Atkins40 plan. Traditionally when you start the Atkins program you start off with 20 net carbohydrates per day, but on the new Atkins40 program you are allowed to eat 40 net carbohydrates per day for the ENTIRE time you are on the diet.

On Atkins40 you are supposed to eat roughly:

100 grams protein

40 grams carbohydrates

Adequate amounts of healthy fats

These are just guidelines for the average adult. You might have to adjust slightly to meet your own dietary needs.

This week I returned to work full-time outside of the home. My life has been crazy busy.

As I'm working on tweeking my schedule, it's been so nice to be able to just grab a frozen Atkins meal for lunch and be on my merry way!

But Atkins was kind enough to send me a weekly meal plan!! Can you guess what I'll be doing this weekend??

YES! That's right! I'll be meal prepping and getting everything all set up for next week!

I'm super excited to be back at work, and have adjusted so many aspects of my schedule. Just a few more tweaks and it will all be awesome!!



This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins.


15. November 2014 07:36
by jennifer

Haley won an art contest

15. November 2014 07:36 by jennifer | 2 Comments

For lack of a better title, I decided to just cut right to the chase. My 10yo daughter won a pretty big art contest in her little world. About a month ago she came home with a note from her school that they were holding the Lake Myrtle Elementary School yearbook cover contest. The kids were encouraged to draw a photo with the theme "Life Around the Lake." Haley's school mascot is a turtle. The winner of the contest would have their artwork printed on the COVER of EVERY 2014-2015 LMES yearbook. Haley LOVES to draw and doodle, and really wanted to enter this contest. A few weeks went by and I noticed Haley wasn't working on anything. On a Wednesday night in early November I suddenly said to her, "Haley what about that yearbook drawing? I think you might have missed the deadline." She looked at me in a panic and said, "oh no, mama I hope not!!" She found the paper and the artwork was due on FRIDAY! That left her with about 36 hours to come up with an idea, design it, and color it all in. We brainstormed, looked at past years winners, and came up with an idea. This is what she came up with: There was certain criteria that had to be met. The design needed to vertical, it needed to take up most of the page, follow the theme "Life Around the Lake," have the words Lake Myrtle Elementary School on it, as well as her name, and that was IT! She took the school mascot "TURTLE" made it into an acronym and then drew the cutest little turtle with a speech bubble saying the words "Lake Myrtle Elementary School 2014-2015" and then added all the other animals that make up the school. Each grade level is given an animal that represents them: owl, alligator, butterfly, frog, dragonfly, fox. She drew this all freehand on a special paper that the art teacher provided. A very thick, very smooth paper. She turned it in on Friday and we waited for the news. I asked her nearly every single day if she had heard anything. The answer was always NO. But yesterday, yesterday was different. I have lunch with the #TampaTrio every Friday, so this week I showed up just as Haley was walking to recess. She saw me, and this HUGE smile just spread over her face and she started saying "mama mama mama, I WON." I knew immediately what she was talking about and she ran over to hug me. We walked over to where her classmates were waiting and her teacher looked at me and smiled and said "Haley won, and we are all so proud of her. Her design is just perfect, and we all love it." We walked into the cafeteria and people started clapping and saying "that's Haley Hodges, that's the girl that won the yearbook contest." And one of the school secretaries came up to me and said "I have a photo I want to text you. I was there when it was announced that Haley won and I got a photo of her the second it was announced." She's crying tears of joy. She had been chosen to read the school announcements this quarter so she was already in the office when the principal, Mr. Petry came in to read the list of runner ups and the winner. The 9 runner-ups get their artwork featured in a thumbnail on the back cover while the winners work graces the entire front page. Haley listened as the runner-ups were announced. She didn't hear her name and she thought for sure that meant that she was out of the running. She honestly didn't think that she would win. And then Mr. Petry said "and the winner of the 2014-2015 LMES Yearbook Cover Contest is Haley Hodges." As soon as Haley heard the word Haley, she SCREAMED! The mic was on so everyone in the school heard her excitement and then the tears started flowing. I am SO proud of her. Here she is with her assistant principal, Ms. Sarah Border.   Terrific Understandable Resourceful Teachable Logical Extraordinary   That's my Haley.

12. November 2014 10:33
by jennifer

Atkins Diet for a CrossFit Mom: Exploring the Plan

12. November 2014 10:33 by jennifer | 0 Comments

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins. A couple of week ago I mentioned that I was going to be starting the Atkins Plan. Well, I have and I haven't. Atkins was awesome in sending me out some amazing products to try. And they also sent some snack bars, treats, and shakes! This is all part of me following the Atkins 40 plan. What does that mean? Easy. 40 net carbs per day. Eating some of the Atkins frozen meals, bars, shakes and treats makes it SUPER easy to count net carbs because everything is listed right on their packaging. I really did like the delicious Atkins shakes, which have 8 flavors (I had chocolate) and contain an optimal low-sugar mix of protein and essential vitamins and minerals. I had the shake for breakfast. It was easy, and it was yummy. I also had the Atkins stone fired cheese pizza. It was VERY good!! But I didn't get to try any of the snacks. Why not? My 8 year old son ate them ALL before I could get a taste. But he did say that they were very good. I've been learning a lot while on the Atkins 40, and I'll talk more about that in my next post. But in a nutshell, on the Atkins 40 I've been eating: More vegetables than the USDA recommends Meats, fish, poultry, and plant-based proteins Healthy fats including olive oil, avocado and nuts Dairy including whole Greek yogurt and cheeses And a variety of fruits and whole grains. GONE is the Atkins program of the 1990's where all you ate was steak, and eggs. I say I have and I haven't been following the plan because carb counting has been a challenge for me. Sure, eating the prepacked foods from Atkins makes it easy, but I have no other tools to help me with tracking carbs. Atkins online is 100% FREE and there is a resource center, recipes, meal plans, and other tools available at, but I haven't had time to give it my all. BUT SOON! SOON I WILL!! I'll be back next month to share more of what I'm learning, and tell you how I managed to survive Thanksgiving!  Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand.     This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins.   //