I’m Finished the Challenge!

Time to go eat fruit!

If you have no clue what I’m talking about I did a six week lifting challenge with a ketogenic diet. AND ITS OVERRR!

So I have some thoughts. It definitely makes you more lean. I will say this is not the most dramatic diet for a post baby body. My initial six week challenge diet from last summer caused me to lose way more weight. This next level challenge definitely made me stronger and leaner and I AM super excited about that.

I will absolutely reintroduce healthy carbs into my diet. Like today. But I will try my hardest to stay away from the processed junk. I ate everything I wanted on Easter and felt HORRIBLE for three days. Clearly it doesn’t make my body happy and I should listen.

So here are the results!

Weight loss: 6.4 lbs

Body fat percentage: 3%

Total inches lost: 8

If you want to have a fun before and after pic, check out WSA Fitness in Towson. It’s seriously changed my life.

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A Beautiful Easter, Indeed!

We had a beautiful, full, weepy, Easter.

The weekend was packed with egg hunts, family, worship practice, and church.

Katie came to church for the first time in almost two years! I was praying with her a few months ago and got a picture in my mind of pushing her wheelchair through church on Easter Sunday. I talked with my family and we made it happen!

At the end of the church service, Mark, one of our pastors, took time to welcome Kate, tell her story, and pray over her. Please listen below! I was a sobbing mess (shocking).

Please continue to pray for our Katie! It all matters. Every prayer.

Week 4/6: Next Level!

This week was tricky! I’ve been doing a six week challenge at the gym. We had a few days of snow that I couldn’t make it to the gym. I ended up going twice in ten hours to get it all in and my body was sore! I made it in to the chiropractor late this week so my hips are feeling a lot better, thankfully!

At this point the meal plan is easy peasy. I dyed Easter eggs with the family last night so I’m set for breakfasts this week!

So total I’ve lost 6 lbs and 7 inches! It’s working!

Week 3/6 next level!

Im half way done! Hooray! Click here to start from the very beginning!

Everything is going well but that darn weight is staying put. This is some hard core unschooling I’m working through. ESPECIALLY with weight lifting, you can’t gauge success by numbers on the scale. Its all about body fat, and inches. My body has no idea whats going on. It is totally confused and I’m trying to chill out about it all.

So this week my favorite snack was this.

One cup of Trader Joe’s fat free plain Greek yogurt. This is my favorite brand by far. Mix that with a tablespoon of peanut butter and a splash of stevia. It tastes like the filling of peanut butter pie! Super yummy!

This week my total weight loss is 4 lbs, 7 inches, and 1.5%body fat. Getting somewhere!

One day this week I can have 60g of carbs! Woohoo!

Week 2/6 Next Level!

Hey Peeps! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here.

I have completed week two of the 6 week transformation at my gym, WSA fitness. This week was definitely easier! The food is getting easier to plan, I’m not missing carbs as much, and I feel better. Not as sluggish.

My favorite recipe this week was salsa chicken. I put 1 lb. of chicken in a crockpot with a jar of salsa on high for 4 hours. Then I split it into four containers, threw it over cauliflower rice and topped it with an avocado. It was delicious!

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I also did some yummy lettuce wrapped tacos but those are pretty self-explanatory.

On to the good stuff. The workouts were a tiny bit easier this week, they went faster since I was used to the movements. It has been hard for me to get in the 35 minutes of cardio 3x a week in addition to lifting for an hour four times a week but I’m doing it.

The weight definitely isn’t “falling off” but I am getting stronger and leaner. My friend Ryan lost 10 pounds the first week and that gave me rage. But its not a competition. (Says anyone who is not winning).

This week my total weight loss is 3 lbs and I’ve lost 5 inches and 1% body fat. I’m ready for week 3!

Week 1/6!

Let me be honest. I was hangry. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, check this post.

This week was rough. It was quite an adjustment to having no carbs. mostly for the fruit but a little bit because I am a snack addict.

I love weight training! I really like doing new things and although I’ve lifted some throughout this whole crossfit-ish gym membership its been fun to learn new things. I also like it because I feel like growing up I never thought of lifting being a thing that girls did, unless they were body builders. It just seems so hard core! I want to be like that!

I have also confirmed with myself in my mind that I don’t like being pushed but it definitely keeps me from progressing as much as I should. Thats why its good to have gym friends! They push you in funny/sarcastic/mocking ways and then you feel like you may die but at least you’re with friends!

I will say that I have felt this week like new muscles were transplanted into my body that I have never noticed before in my life. I only know this because they hurt really badly! I knew I had something called a hamstring, but in all of my working out and squats and wall balls, I’ve only ever had my quads hurt. Not now! It is allllll hamstrings. I could barely put my emergency brake on in my car.

I hear that this coming week will be a lot easier with food. I wouldn’t say I’ve been hungry, just not satisfied. Im eating enough foods but I like to feel full after a meal and I wouldn’t say that is happening a whole lot.

This week I have lost 2 pounds and 2 inches! Yay me!img_6395

WSA Next Level

I signed up again! You may remember that late last summer I joined a local gym called WSA fitness and started a six week challenge. I lost 15.3 lbs and a 3.5 percent body fat!

The holidays were mean to me and forced cookies into my mouth so I gained a few (7) of those lbs back. So as of Monday I’ll be starting another 6 week transformation. This time using a ketogenic diet along with a exercise plan created by my gym!

I can’t wait! I’m going shopping today to get all of the foods (minus carbs, wahh!) and I’ll start meal prepping. I’m going to post once a week until I weigh out!img_6395