Fitness, For Katie the Warrior

September Wrap Up!

It has been ca-razy around here! Dan and I have started private school tours and they’re taking up so much mental space and physical time. Why an insane discernment process!

On top of that we are settling into the school year. My job as chauffeur is in FULL swing. Insane but fun! I don’t even want to look at our gas budget.

Next up in unimportant news, I have discovered zoodles. Apparently I am late to the game but as pasta is still giving me a belly ache post weight loss challenge, it’s been a welcome vehicle for marinara and pesto. I’m a bit crunched for time so I purchase the zoodles ready-made at Trader Joe’s. Speaking of the six week challenge I’m now five weeks post challenge. I measured my arm, chest, tummy, and hips and I’m down 10 inches total! That’s an extra three since the challenge ended. Woohoo!!

Next week I’m going to do a more detailed post on my sister but for now, a mini snap shot. We’re in a very slow and somewhat steady portion of Katie’s recovery. I’ve been setting up prayer times with kate with people from our church. The first time we had six people. The second time we had ten-with only one repeat! It’s so super humbling! We found ourselves praying a lot for Katie’s vocal chords/speech/words/mouth muscles. At one point a friend prayed specifically that kate would speak a sentence that week. She did! My mom was asking her to hold her head up and she said “I can’t”! Hallelujah! Thanks for continuing to pray! If you feel lead to donate toward a new wheelchair that’s specialized for kate, feel free to send money via PayPal to forkatiethewarrior@gmail.com

Thanks!

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Week Nine! Recipes included

Quick update! I’m three weeks out of the competition! I’m still feeling awesome.

Total weight loss-18.2lbs

Body fat- 4.5% down!

I hate burpees and bearcrawls. I just hate them!

I have a gym t-shirt. It must be real!

Okay now for the fun part. People have been asking me what I’ve been eating. So I thought I’d share a few favorites.

  • Broccoli and cauliflower rice. I get a bag of each frozen at Trader Joe’s. I cook them both separately on the stove, dice up the broccoli, combine, then add salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Super easy to portion out for the week and it’s yummy.
  • A friend of mine gave me this tuna fish recipe and it’s awesome. One can of tuna, DRAINED, with mustard and either relish or chopped pickles. It doesn’t taste like you think it would. I smear some avocado on Ezekiel toast and make a yummy tuna sandwich.
  • For breakfast I usually eat two eggs over medium on top of a piece of Ezekiel toast. With some sautéed bell peppers on the side.
  • I love burgers! I’ll make a burger from super lean ground beef and dip it in mustard. On the side I’ll have a veggie and a plain sweet potato from the microwave.
  • For a quick snack I like a chocolate protein shake made with unsweetened almond milk and strawberries mixed in if I didn’t have a fruit with lunch.
  • I brew decaf iced tea and have stevia on hand. I have an easier time drinking tea than water. So I know I’m staying hydrated.

I hope this helps!

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One Week Post Challenge

So first of all it seems insane to post about this when there is real stuff going on in Texas. When my sister suffered a brain injury last year and all. of. the. hell. started I was constantly annoyed that people kept living their lives. How dare people care about lip balm when my sister was in a coma and pronounced essentially brain dead.

I’m feeling the same way now. People are hurting and my weight loss is meaningless. The crazy thing is, had I been working out back then I bet I would have survived the last 14 months with a bit more sanity.

So to keep it short and sweet. I added back egg yolks and cream for coffee. I’ve tried to pretty much keep everything else the same. I gained a pound back! I’m sure it will be a few weeks of influx until I’m losing again. To keep me motivated I joined an online, thirty day, 4% weight loss diet bet. I’ve got four pounds to go!

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Time’s Up! Six Week Challenge is Complete

Warning that this post is a bit long!

So I finished my last weigh in of my competition. You may remember that at the beginning of this challenge I had to choose to either lose 5% of my body fat or 20 lbs. I chose 20 lbs. I kind of regret that!

I have never weight lifted before in my life beyond high school gym class. Truly it was totally foreign to me so I really had no clue how my body would respond. I think if I hadn’t gone to the gym I would have lost the 20 lbs pretty easily. But that would’ve been lame. The whole point is to get healthy not to like my number on the scale! So I worked by butt off (technically up 😂) and I’m so shocked but I have some muscles! There are areas of firmness! Truly I am so excited by the way the gym has transformed my body.

Ok time for the numbers:

Weight lost-15.3 lbs.

Body fat percentage lost-3.5

Inches lost-6! (I took measurements of my right arm, my bust, the largest part of my tummy, my hips, my right thigh. This number is the sum of the total inches lost from those areas.)

 

Im going to reflect a bit about the entire experience. WSA was awesome!!! One of the owners, Josh, is a friend of mine from high school and his honesty about the program really sold me. I think because I know him I also trusted that he wasn’t being a used car salesman. I am so clueless in this fitness arena and he was super patient with me as I asked allll of the possible questions. Here are some things I loved about WSA

  • The coaches were super knowledgeable. As I said, I’m clueless so they really stuck near me to make sure I had excellent form in everything I did. My hubs was nervous I’d injure myself but I never did!
  • I did 1000 things I’ve never done before. It is so fun to be challenged and to leave drenched in sweat every single time.
  • Nobody is screaming at you. I had this preconceived notion that the coaches would be yelling at me to hurry up. Or worse that I’d be the last at everything and I’d hold everyone up as I did every last push-up. Nobody was standing around watching me be slow! Everything is done in cycles so you’re doing your own thing.
  • They were really great at modifying. I am TERRIFIED of box jumps. I have visions of falling face first onto the wooden box and chipping all my teeth or crushing my cheek bone or something. So coaches let me jump on stacked weights. One day I was having very localized pain in my abdomen so Josh altered the workout so I could still be successful. They don’t want you to die!
  • All of the other gym goers were kind and helpful. No mean girls! Or guys.
  • The schedule was perfect for our family. I went to the 6:30am class as much as I could and it worked really great for me to get it in before our day began.

I just loved it. I’m going to post weekly with updates on how it’s going after the competition.

I am so surprised to say this but I miss two things. It’s not cake or chocolate, pasta or cheese. Egg yolks and decent tasting coffee! I’m adding them back in immediately!

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One Week Out!

I weigh in in exactly one week! I’ve lost 12 pounds and 3% body fat so far.

This week I started eating less carbs because I wanted to win the challenge. Then my body got angry! I was super nauseous, had dizzy spells and was overall not a happy camper.

So I decided health over winning and added them back in and even added a little. I felt wayyyy better. It was a good lesson for me to care more about my health than winning. So I still lost one pound but I probably won’t win the challenge. Totally okay with that!

I’ll give a final update in a week!

Thanks for all of the kind words of support!

We’re all getting fit!

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The Challenge That Won’t Quit

Ok folks, 11 days to go.

I’ve learned some big things over the past couple weeks.

  1. I have just as much fun on vacation (and in life) if I’m eating well and working out. I don’t know about you but I feel better when I’m consistently doing those two things! So I truly did not miss the ice cream and pizza on vacation.
  2. I’m enjoying the taste of food more. I never loved sweet potatoes but now I can’t get enough of them! I think my taste buds have begun appreciating natural sweetness and other flavors and it’s making me enjoy my (plain) food more. This excludes egg whites. I still gag eating them.
  3. There’s a huge difference between going on a diet and changing your diet AND exercising. I’ve lost weight before but still didn’t look awesome. Even when I was 20 I was “skinny fat” meaning super thin but that was just good genes (WHERE DID THEY GO?!?! Oh they must have left when my 10lb 2oz baby Judah arrived) But now everything is getting firm and I love that! I’d take strong and a bigger number on the scale over “skinny fat” any day!
  4. I realized the other day I haven’t had a single stomach ache. I usually have them pretty frequently! But then I had some brussel sprouts and I was in some pain! My body was probably blinded by the gluten and dairy I was always eating with them and didn’t know which way was up. Now I’m sure, Brussels don’t like me.

Recap:
Weeks completed-4
Pounds lost- 11

I may have only lost a pound this week but I lost 1.5% of body fat. I feel like that’s a lot!

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Week 3

No clue what I’m talking about? I’m doing a fitness challenge. You can read about that here!

Week three made me sad! We left for vacation on Tuesday and even though I’ve followed the food plan super strictly and have completed the at-home workouts, I don’t feel like the pounds are coming off! I don’t have a scale here so who knows. I’m looking forward to getting back into the gym Monday morning and weighing in. Hopefully I’ll be pleasantly surprised! Good news is-my bathing suit and clothes are definitely fitting looser. So something’s changing! I can’t believe I’m half way done!

Here is what pretty much all of my meals looked like this week.

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Let there be Anger

I started a weight loss bet two weeks ago, catch up here!

Full disclosure, this is how I felt Friday morning as I got up at 5:45 for my fourth workout of the week.

Food-I’ve been doing great with food! Literally have not cheated once. Day ten was HARD. I had my workout in the morning and ate normally but I was just angry. At everything and everyone. So that was a shame but I got over it.
**I do not like the Costco brand of fat free Greek yogurt. It tastes like sour cream. I’ll be going back to good ole Trader Joe’s.

Exercise- I feel like I’m getting in my groove! My body is hurting less and less and it’s hurting in different areas which is exciting. I definitely feel myself getting stronger! I feel like such a bada** weight lifting!

Im having trouble noticing any differences when I look in the mirror but Dan keeps pointing stuff out that’s shrinking. So that’s a bonus! We also go on vacation next week and I’m feeling pretty nervous about falling off the wagon. I’m trying to hook up with another gym there so I don’t have to workout at home.

Bad news is I didn’t lose pretty much any weight this week. Womp, womp. Im told it could be from my body getting used to the diet change/drinking more water/gaining muscle, etc. I’ve lost several inches but the scale is killing me! Im trying to not care. Next week it’ll get better! I wasn’t supposed to weigh myself today (don’t yell at me, Josh!) but I did it anyway for the purpose of the blog and was happy to see a tiny dip!

Total Recap:
Workouts-7
Weeks-2
Pounds lost-7.4

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Week one complete!

I started a weight loss challenge last week. You can read about that here.

Full disclosure it has been a roller coaster week! I’m going to break it up into diet and fitness.

Diet:

  1. It took me three full days to stop getting sugar withdrawal headaches. THREE DAYS! That was huge for me to feel my dependence on sugar.
  2. I didn’t realize how much I eat after my kids. Just simple stuff, licking the yogurt serving sooon, giving myself a handful of peanut butter filled pretzels when I serve them, eating fruit snacks when I’m out with them. It’s crazy! That all adds up.
  3. The first few days I was super hungry on the meal plan. I’m totally fine now as far as hunger goes but I definitely miss some of my favorite foods. Really just cheese, ice cream, and John Daileys

Exercise:

  1. I somehow made it to age 30 without knowing basic form for things like squats, push ups, literally any exercise that includes a bar, etc. The coaches have been super patient in working with me to perfect my form so I don’t get injured.
  2. I have no idea if I will be in constant pain for the next five weeks but I’m just going to assume I will. Every day all day, quads kill me. I just woke up with shoulder and peck soreness from yesterday’s workout. It hurts but it’s a reminder that I’m getting  stronger!
  3. An unexpected added bonus is that I love this early morning time away from my little humans. I’ve been getting up at 5:45 to go to the 6:30am class. I’ve loved having some time in the morning with other adults that’s just for me! It’s been awesome!
  4. I get to wear my fun Qalo wedding rings so I don’t pinch my finger! 

Week one recap:

  • 3 workouts
  • 7 days on the diet plan
  • 5.3 lbs lost!
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WSA Challenge

Yesterday I did something insane. I joined a weight loss (life change after having a 10+ pound baby two years ago and not yet losing all the weight) challenge.


A friend of mine opened a crossfit turned fitness gym in my neighborhood a few years ago and I wanted to check it out. So here I am, all signed up, weighed and measured. I have six weeks to meet my goal.

A few things:

  1. I will blog about this once a week. Seven posts total so don’t worry, no inundating.
  2. The parameters of the challenge are that I have to follow their whole food plan and work out at the gym 3x a week while adhering to their in-house and fb group accountability. If I do this I will hopefully meet my TWENTY POUND goal 🤦🏻‍♀️.
  3. I’ve now had a headache for a full day. I miss all of my sweets and creamer already and my body is withdrawling. Ew.
  4. Pray for me. I’m scared and excited and totally apprehensive. I think it’s good. But I also want a milkshake. So many feelings!

Here goes nothing!!