Atkins40 for a CrossFit WORKING Mom!!

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.


#SmoochUrPooch with TropiClean Advanced Cleaning System Fresh Breath

This post is sponsored by TropiClean and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about TropiClean Dental Products, but MetamorFit only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. TropiClean is not responsible for the content of this article.

A few weeks ago I shared that we had received some products from TropiClean to help Matthew with his stinky dog breath.

Haley, my oldest daughter decided she wanted to tell you all about the Tropiclean Fresh Breath Oral Care Water Additive.

Guest post by Haley Hodges, age 10.

The Tropiclean Fresh Breath (tropiclean for short) is fast, and easy! It made my dog (the stinkiest breath ever dog) have the cleanest breath ever! It made me want to cuddle with him all day. Therefore the Tropiclean makes every dog breath problem go away!! Tongue Out

Add it with water, ice, and anything else that you usually add to your dog's water. Then mix it up with a small spoon. Bring your dog over, and enjoy your "Fresh breath doggy!"

 This product made the faces of my mom, my sister, my brother, my father, and mine go like this: Surprised The dog has no stinky breath! He loves the water, and the way it tastes also! He loves his Tropiclean! Sometimes, when I give him plain water he whines, and nudges me so I know he wants his Tropiclean! THIS PRODUCT IS AWESOME!!!

My, dog will always want his Tropiclean! Did I mention he loves it? Oh yeah, I did.Laughing. Matthew (my dog) kisses me a lot and that's when I realized: "Man, my dog has stinky breath!". When this was sent in the mail my heart EXPLODED with joy because he needs this really bad! Here's a little diddy I wrote for you all

When, you see the dog...

Your heart explodes then you realize!

His breath stinks! Add a little water, have everything you need!

Mix it up wow it works!


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Haley won an art contest

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." Surprised

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 Smile and then the tears started flowing.

I am SO proud of her.

Here she is with her assistant principal, Ms. Sarah Border.









That's my Haley.