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It has been a MINUTE since I have checked in with you all. So, lets chat!

Starting off with…Spring…or lack thereof.

Cherry blossoms are in peak bloom.

This has been the weirdest Spring, ever. On the first day of Spring we got snow and they closed schools and the federal government (yay no work!) and then we’ve had spotty warm weather but not nearly anything like Spring.

However, we have been graced with mid-60’s to low 70’s every so often as a tease so we have definitely taken advantage.

The cherry blossoms in D.C. are in peak bloom. On Wednesday, when I was in the office, my friend and I went for a stroll to the tidal basin to check them out. Absolutely gorgeous!

My favorite ones are the pink trees. There are white blooms and pink blooms and I favor the pink ones :)

I need more Vitamin D.

I had my yearly physical a couple weeks ago and we ran a whole slew of regular bloodwork and surprise, surprise, my vitamin D is severely low again. A couple years ago, when I got tested for Vitamin D deficiency (which I’m sure it’s extremely common in all of us who have desk jobs), my doctor put me on 50,000 IU prescription Vitamin D once a week. Now, she just wants me to take 2,000 IU a day.

I’m hearing that Vitamin D is best absorbed when taken in liquid form or with another oil so I bought this liquid form of omega oil and Vitamin D3. It tastes like a lemon drop and there are no fishy burps.

I’m also trying to incorporate daily walks so I can get natural Vitamin D from the sun but it’s difficult when you have a desk job and a dog that doesn’t like to walk :) maybe this will be my spring/summer challenge — to get Winston to walk better.

I started working with a nutrition coach.

I wrote more about my journey here but I can elaborate more.

Basically once I turned 30, I felt that my metabolism was all out of whack. I totally didn’t believe anyone when they said that the older you get, the more your metabolism slows down. I tend to think of myself as forever youthful even though my body doesn’t.

You know I do Fitness Blender workouts four times a week and I totally wasn’t seeing results. I mean, I wasn’t looking for body building or anything but I just wanted to be tone and fit.

I started to basically give up. My jeans were tighter, my LEGGINGS were tighter, I started to buy flowy shirts to hide it all. I was frumpy. I hated my body and hated looking in the mirror.

I knew I had to turn it around so after I visited Brandy and Gina, I reached out to Emily Field, who is now my nutrition coach. I reached out to two other RD’s as well but ultimately chose Emily because she totally fit in with what I was looking for and I liked how ’boutique’ her services were.

Emily had me track all my meals for two weeks in My Fitness Pal and then we had our one hour call where she talked about what she saw and what she thinks in terms of macros I would fit in.

I know tracking all your meals sounds like the biggest pain in the ass and to be honest, I was VERY opposed to it. I was like a screaming child that didn’t want to do it because I didn’t want to have to THINK about my meals. Hahaha, well I wish I had known then that that is THE WHOLE POINT.

If you eat mindfully and within your macros you will feel better and start to see results.

Also, I should point out that if you start working with a nutritionist — one that does macro tracking — you will get a set of macro numbers, which is the number of grams total of protein, carbs, and fat you should have per day. It is tailored to YOU and your body and your goals. Everyone’s macros are different and there is NO way for me to tell you what your macro goals are so don’t ask me! I’ve had so many people message me on Instagram about this and I’m not an expert in this arena to give this type of advice to ANYONE. I only know what’s good for me!

Anyway, long story short: as soon as I started to eat within my macros, eat whole foods…the pounds came off. And not even so much as the number on the scale but more so the waist measurements. I don’t care for the number on the scale because those don’t really mean anything to me. You can be 150 pounds and a size 2. It’s all relative, honestly. And it’s ultimately what YOU feel good in.

I have been feeling so much more confident about myself ever since working with Emily. My pants all fit again and are LOOSE. I put my work pants on this past Monday and they were previously tight and uncomfortable and they were definitely so much roomier.

I started the FB Strong program and it’s incredible. I feel stronger and more tone. Definitely clean/whole eating and strength training go hand in hand.

What’s coming up.

I am in the process of blowing up my site and redesigning it. I’m working with Lindsay Humes and we begin April 16th. The new look and website won’t officially launch until end of September but I am already getting SO excited. There will be some functionalities that are going to make the site more user-friendly and overall cleaner and more appealing.

I started adding nutrition facts to my most popular recipes and recipes going forward. I know this is something many have asked for and since I read nutrition facts now because of macro tracking, I do appreciate them.

Recipes that are coming to the site soon:

  • Double dark chocolate banana muffins (they’re incredibly moist and there’s NO refined sugar in these)
  • Eggroll bowl
  • Harvest chopped salad
  • Shortbread chocolate chunk cookies
  • Mapo tofu
  • Stovetop butter chicken
  • New videos
  • And so much more!

I hope you all have a great weekend and I hope to give these sort of check-ins more often!

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Tuesday 10th of April 2018

I’ve missed your beyond the table posts! We are the same age and I love reading these posts because it’s like chatting with a good friend. Your honesty about seeing a nutritionist has inspired me to look into seeing one as well. I went through the “don’t care” phase earlier this year too and I feel like I have no idea how to eat healthy anymore. Metabolism in your 30’s is no joke! Spring has been a tease here this year too. Colorado has gotten hardly any snow this year which is WEIRD. So envious of the cherry blossoms! The pink are my favorite too. I’m looking forward to your upcoming posts! I would also love to see what you have done decor wise in your new home lately! We are building a new home from the ground up (they are framing this week!) so I have been stalking all of your house posts. Hahaha. Have a great week Julie!

Julie Wampler

Wednesday 11th of April 2018

Aww thanks for the feedback! I'll try super hard to keep writing them but sometimes I don't always have a lot to say! Congrats on your home build. It's definitely exhilarating but can be frustrating. Just hang in there when it gets tough!


Monday 9th of April 2018

Wow, beautiful pictures...

Julie Wampler

Tuesday 10th of April 2018

Thank you!!


Monday 9th of April 2018

I haven't gotten down yet to see the cherry blossoms. I was honestly afraid they weren't any good this year because of the super weird weather we've been having.

I had a severe vitamin D deficiency about a year ago so my doctor has me taking D3 (5000 IU) daily. It was better when my blood work came back after 6 months but he told me to keep up with it. We'll see how it goes at my appointment later this month.

Julie Wampler

Tuesday 10th of April 2018

I think this year's was better than last year's, surprisingly! Glad to hear the daily vitamin D supplements are helping!!