It’s Wednesday and I’m linking up with Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration.

I’ve been on the lookout for a pair of lighter wash skinny jeans–so when I saw these {half off} at Anthropologie, I splurged–and then brought them home and wore them for the next three days straight. I love a good pair of jeans.Jeans, J brand, Anthropologie. Black ruffle top, Anthropologie {a couple years ago}. Polka dot cardigan, Old Navy {a couple years ago}

Boots, Anthropologie {a couple years ago}. Rosette Necklace, Allora Handmade. Molded heart bracelet, My shop.

Same new jeans, Anthropologie. Flowy top, H&M {a couple years ago}. Similar gray sweater, Target.

Black wedges, Payless. This is love necklace, My shop.

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I’ve had a lot of comments and emails asking if I’ve lost weight–and the answer is yes! I keep meaning to tell you about it but the days skip by. Since July I’ve lost 20 pounds. It’s crazy to even type that–I wasn’t unhappy with my weight but we’ve really changed the way we cook and eat–and as a result the pounds have come off. And I feel great! I’ve got more energy and my moods are more stable.

Our new{ish} approach to eating started with The South Beach Diet. We think it’s a really great, healthy way to eat. In a nutshell it’s a low sugar, low carbohydrate diet with lots of lean meats, cheeses, eggs, veggies and fruit.

Once we had that down, we started to cut out artificial sugars and packaged foods. We try to avoid things that are modified to be low fat or low sugar. We drink whole milk now, use real butter and cook with coconut oil. We still splurge once in a while, but we try to eat real food–like fresh meats, vegetables, fruits, cheeses, creams and nuts. Here’s a typical day’s menu…

Breakfast. A slice of Ezekiel whole grain bread with real butter, scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese.

Snack. An orange or a handful of cashews.

Lunch. Leftovers from dinner the night before or a big salad with chicken.

Snack. String Cheese or cottage cheese with banana.

Dinner. Homemade ground turkey lasagna {using zucchini instead of pasta} and a salad.

Dessert. Small scoop of sugar free ice cream or popcorn.

Since I’m a big sweet tooth, I try to avoid sugar {I can’t stop once I start} and I’ve found things I love to replace it–like sweet potatoes or fruit. Of course, I should qualify, that if we’re out of town for a few days or at a friend’s home, I bend the rules quite a bit and I enjoy myself.

Let me know if you have specific questions about how we’re eating, etc. and I’ll try to answer them in the comments section. Happy Wednesday friends!