Always Eat After Seven P.M.: One Month Later

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.

Hi, all! I am now rounding out my fourth week of Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion . It’s been a great month and I’ve enjoyed many tasty meals, and I’ve felt great. I’ve even lost about five more pounds. Prior to beginning Always Eat After Seven P.M., I was counting macronutrients. I still continued to do this, but I changed up what I was eating a bit and most importantly, WHEN I was eating. I’ve always been one to eat a large breakfast and a sparse dinner, since I’ve always believed you weren’t supposed to eat a large meal late in the evening. I was skeptical at first, but I found eating a larger, carbohydrate based meal at 7P.M. or a little later helped me to sleep better and have more energy the next day. I also didn’t wake up starving.

I plan to continue counting macronutrients and following the guidelines in Always Eat After 7 P.M. The recipes in the book are easy to make and are delicious, and the amount of energy I have now is wonderful.

The book was easy to read and it challenged a lot of what I’ve believed about nutrition over the years. Joel Marion, the author, uses several scientific studies to support his claims. For instance, “A research paper published in Sports Medicine in 2014 showed that people who eat the majority of their carbs at dinner actually sleep better. Carb-induced, quality sleep decreases cortisol (a fat-storing hormone) and ramps up the production of your sleep hormones, serotonin and melatonin. Restorative sleep increases fat-burning hormones—the main one being growth hormone—overnight.”

Joel Marion’s Always Eat After 7PM program makes dieting easy and eliminates 90% of reasons for resistance.  The most challenging times to curb hunger are just before bed and in the morning. By following the Always Eat After 7PM program, you have the most willpower to stay on the diet because you are eating during the hours when you are most hungry. This also puts you into both intermittent fasting increasing testosterone and your metabolism, while putting you into ketosis.   The Always Eat After 7 PM plan consists of: The 14-day Acceleration Phase to kick-start the program and see rapid results, The Main Phase where you’ll learn exactly which foods to eat when in order to achieve your weight-loss goals, The Lifestyle Phase to keep the weight off for good.

If you want to have your knowledge of nutrition challenged and tested, you should check out Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion  You will find a diet plan that is not overly restrictive, that allows you to continue to eat some of your favorite foods and helps you to feel better and have more energy. It sounds too good to be true but it isn’t. Learn more about the book and how to purchase it here.

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.

Check out my previous posts about this awesome book here, here, and here.

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Life as a Lumber: what we’ve been up to

I apologize for the lack of posts lately but things have been a bit crazy busy around here. We are still self quarantined but things have picked up a bit with us. We are knee deep in house projects and we’ve only just finished school.

This little bumblebee is enjoying a thistle flower drink.

The girls and I have been taking walks each day and we see so many things on our walks that make us smile.

Our neighbor’s cows always stop to watch us walk. They are skittish and won’t come to the fence though.
Our lillies are in bloom and they’re beautiful.
Our garden is doing well too and we are overrun with squash.
The girls are doing great and growing fast.
My hair got crazy long but it’s all good. I’m cutting it this week.
We learned to make cake in a mug and it is delicious! Recipe soon!!

Thanks for sticking with us! We will be back on regular schedule this week.

DIY Fridge Coasters: Adhesive shelf liner

This post was supposed to run on Wednesday but something happened. So I will post it today 😄😄

My fridge needed a good cleaning, and my shelf liners were coming apart. I decided instead of using rubber shelf liner with grippers I’d do something different and use adhesive vinyl shelf liner.

Pioneer Woman- Walmart

Sometimes the grippy shelf liner causes things to get stuck in the fridge and it isn’t the easiest thing to clean. This adhesive liner is easy to wipe clean.

1. Begin by measuring your shelves and drawers.

I cleaned my shelves with alcohol and water and let them dry. Then, I attached the adhesive shelf liner to the shelf.

2. Attach your shelf liner to the shelf.

3. Measure small drawers and shelves by tracing the bottom of the drawer or shelf

So far, I am pleased with the adhesive shelf liner versus the gripper shelf liner. It wipes clean with a wet rag and it is much easier to slide things out of the fridge.

Plus, it’s so darn pretty!

Don’t you agree?

Tune in for some Friday fun tomorrow!!

Repurpose and Remodel: Restoring a Handmade Porch Swing

My grandfather was an excellent carpenter. He and his brother built me many neat things over the years but my favorite is this porch swing.

It’s handmade, solid wood and heavy. In fact, it’s so heavy that in the 15 years since he built it for me, I’ve never had a place to hang it. It’s been in my mother’s basement for years.

As you can imagine, 15 years in a damp basement takes its toll. We had several rotten slats and a rusted chain. We were blessed the frame was still in good shape .

I promptly ordered the things I thought we would need and I got to work replacing the slats that were rotten or warped. I toyed with replacing all the slats but since some were in great shape, I decided against it.

I then gave the whole swing a good sanding with my orbital sander and removed the rusty chain.

I then put two coats of primer and one coat of paint on the swing and replaced the chain with a new one.

My mom got me this arbor for my birthday so I could hang the swing. It’s very pretty and very sturdy. And we know the song isn’t hanging straight- the arbor isn’t exactly level yet. We haven’t anchored the arbor yet because we are waiting to put down some pea gravel to deal with the mud. We also want to cut those bushes but there are birds nesting in them, so we want to wait until they leave.

I’m so excited to have this swing at my house- finally! I miss my grandpa so much so I am happy to be able to have this gift he personally made for me. It looks so pretty hanging from the arbor. It brightens up our yard quite well!!

I can’t wait to finish this area so I can show it to you!!

“Pin”spiration from around the WWW….lamppost Pinterest roundup

We have a blank slate front yard, but we have a small, circular flower garden beside our sidewalk. It’s cute, and it was made to feature a very pretty Japanese maple. Mr. Lumber and I have talked for years about adding a lamp post to the garden. We think it would totally change the whole look of our front yard.

Now, our great debate is whether or not we want a wired lamp post or a solar one. Today, I thought I’d share a Pinterest roundup of some of our favorite lamp post inspiration.

  1. Modern lamp post and small flower bed.

I love this small flower bed because it’s colorful, the flower bed is small and would fit nicely next to a drive way or sidewalk. The plants are low-maintenance plants, too.

2. Rock flower bed and portsmouth lamp post

I love the colors in this flower bed. I also love the rock edging and the brick sidewalk. All of the colors in the flowerbed are so pretty and they look great together.

3. Begonias and lamp post

This simple, round flower bed with only one type of plant is more simple, but just as pretty. I see this being more for a smaller front yard. It’s simplicity makes it prettier.

4. Lamp post with flower baskets

This lamp post has two hanging baskets with it. It would definitely take up a little more room, as it is a bigger lamp post, but it would definitely still be pretty and would add a lot of curb appeal to one’s house.

5. Lamp post with a climbing vine

I love all the different colors in this picture. The climbing vine is very pretty and it would be an easy way of covering a faded or dated lamp post. I just think this looks neat with the flowering vine.

Which lamp post and flower garden is your favorite? Comment below and let us know!