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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!!

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Gluten Free:The Easiest Change I’ve Ever Made

I’m two months in to changing my diet to totally gluten free. For someone who is a relatively healthy and active 28-year old I’ve had some bizarre health things that have caused me to have pretty specific things cut from my diet.

The most recent: gluten. No doctor told me to take gluten out of my diet but after several weeks of pretty crippling migraines I decided it (ANYTHING) was worth a shot. (This sounds flippant. It’s not, I’m obsessed with carbs and married an italian man. The very thought of it was brutal.) So a few things I think are worth sharing.

  1. It’s really easy to go to restaurants. I’ve been to lots of quick restaurants (Noodles and Company, Pei Wei, Chick Fil A, Chipotle, and Qdoba) and I had no problem finding something yummy to eat.
  2. I’m sorry if you don’t live near Trader Joes. They really know what they’re doing when it comes to GF. Their whole grain bread, choc chip cookies, pancake mix, brownie mix, and waffles are ON POINT! I can’t tell the difference between traditional and gf in these products.
  3. Brown rice pasta does not taste like pasta. I’ve tasted several brands of it and it’s just not so good. I am a way bigger fan of quinoa pasta.
  4. I’m just eating a whole lot healthier. I eat mainly vegetables as the base to all meals now and am losing weight in addition to feeling all around better. I just feel better and there’s no getting around it. I never feel that gross bloated feeling anymore. I’m serious. Never.
  5. I don’t know if it’s helping my migraines. I don’t know if you’ve ever had a migraine but I tend to have zero patience when it comes to waiting for a migraine cycle to be over. So I changed several things all at the same time. I don’t know if gluten is helping but I feel so much better otherwise that I’m not willing to stop.
  6. I miss eating at social functions. I’m going to be honest, this is the bummer. Every social function has gluten as a major component (if not the entirety) of the menu. While I can go to every restaurant I want, that’s not true for random hangouts and parties. I need to eat before or bring something gf which really is not a huge deal. Have I mentioned this helps in the weight loss department? Goodbye cake, bread based dips loaded with cheese, etc.

Are you scared? Don’t be! If you’ve contemplated going gf I think you should try it. It’s really so easy. Here’s a pic of some favorites!