So as I mentioned before — I am almost two weeks through the Buzzfeed Healthy Eating Challenge. Overall, I’ve REALLY enjoyed doing this. It takes the guesswork out of food and prep. It feels good and healthy. It’s fueling my body with LOTS of veggies and it isn’t that hard to maintain. It does take time to prep 3 meals and 2 snacks every day (for two people, no less) but I feel like I’ve been successful! I also feel like it’s given me more ideas of things to cook and breakfasts to have. I think Randall and I will sit down and talk about which meals we liked best and put them into our rotation. He really liked a black bean chili they had, and I’ve been into all the eggs I’m eating (I love eggs… no seriously… LOVE them).
We also had the Snatched Wrap party which was really fun and I got back my “official” before and after pictures. Even though I didn’t “win” (you can get all your money back if you have the best before/after pics), I feel like the pictures show real progress.
What I find really interesting is how the shape of my lower half has changed! Also shoulder/deltoid definition is cool! Also — good haircut.
Doing the Buzzfeed challenge has really helped to take food out of the equation for now. I’ve been going to my Mark Fisher classes and training with the personal trainer outside of that. And somehow have dropped a few more pounds in just those few weeks. I am really into my new body and understand that it takes some time and energy to maintain but my head space is good. Saying no is easier (this is the hardest thing for me). And I’ve been playing with rewards such as huge iced unsweetened green teas after workouts. I’ve been only supplementing protein on mornings that I work out because I figure my exertion probably balances out the extra calories and PROTEIN. I know I still have a ways to go but I feel like I’m finally back in a place to focus on it.
I’m going to go back to my greek yogurt/flax seed/blackberry/almond parfait now. Thanks Buzzfeed!
So I actually took my “official” after photo today — unfortunately it is RAINING LIKE NO OTHER here so I was rocking the wet dog look. We’ll see how it actually turns out but in looking at my unofficial photos — I feel pretty damn good about where I am at.
I’ve decided to sign up for the 3 month membership at 8 classes a month with Mark Fisher and then keep on 2x/week at Blink. I really feel like this is sustainable though I did have a slight panic moment where I was like — IS THIS THE REST OF MY LIFE? I am not going to answer that per se — and just take it day by day, week by week.
So not bad! Work paid off. I only lost between 3-4 pounds but I lost around 4 inches off my hips and 3 off my waist so — nothing to complain about. Though one of the guys in our Snatched Facebook group LOST 32LBS!!! And with that I knew I lost the before/after photo contest! But I definitely ran my own race. I’ve been dieting for a lot of my life and so I think my metabolism isn’t what a young man who hasn’t dieted much is.
This weekend was the bell concert and though it was really fun and the concert went super well, it was a long two days, and my hands are tired. Here’s a picture of my wonderful choir:
In the meantime I’ve been prepping the Buzzfeed Clean Eating Challenge. Today is Day 2 and I’ll check in with you later this week about how it’s going — but so far so good. And Randall is on board which is the best part of it. His review so far: too much kale and barley is good. Today I got a text “This salad is weird.” More to come.
Not quite yet but I saw this comic and wanted to share! Off to my LAST SNATCHED CLASS WITH GROUP 8 (I’m doing my last last class tomorrow with a different group due to the bell festival this weekend!).
Well the last Week 4 workout was really rough. I am not a sweaty person and was dripping at the end. Yesterday we had our first week 5 workout and honestly it was SO HARD. And I couldn’t tell you why. It seemed like it was still combinations of stuff we’ve been doing all along but somehow it really felt like serious work this week. At the end of the class we were foam rolling and Celine Dion’s It’s All Coming Back to Me came on the sound system and the entire class sang along to the ENTIRE song. It was amazing and felt so communal and hysterical and sweet. It was a highlight of Snatched this far and really made me appreciate the community aspect. I KNOW I’m a people oriented person but sitting in a room with a bunch of really tired, sweaty people belting Celine Dion was pretty epic. Loved it.
Though I’ve only been doing Blink for 4ish weeks I’m pretty attached to the trainer there. She’s a really feisty lady named Dee and fortunately for her but UNFORTUNATELY for me, she’s leaving to work at Blink Corporate. So this morning she had two of the new trainers tag-team me and it was rough. I really liked one of them but felt like he didn’t think I was strong (WHICH — I AM! — this is exciting to say). The other woman was just in to incredibly long reps and it was really hard and tedious. I like doing circuit type things and jumping around and not doing 60 knee-rubs (ow my abs).
So I forgot to post my Week 4 pictures on Monday but here they are. I’ve put them against the Week 0 photos. You can check out Week 2 update here. I see the most change in the first photo but surprisingly I feel like I saw more change in the Week 2 than I do now. I’ve lost over 4 inches of my hips but I feel like it is not showing up in pictures? My waist is definitely showing up and that’s pretty cool to see but, honestly, I thought I’d see a bigger shift at this point in the game. So goes! It’s Snatched in 6 weeks after all — not 4.
Though I have to tell you — my head space is really good. I am hoping that I’ve established some patterns (cooking on the weekend, eating whole nutritious food, working out regularly, understanding that community is important to me etc) that I can carry on throughout Snatched. Making good food choices — and especially saying NO to bad ones — has felt relatively much easier and I feel like I’m starting to get in the groove of what I was doing before when I lost weight. I feel happy and healthy and strong. I feel like maintaining this after Snatched will be key but I feel pumped and able. And hope to keep sharing that journey with you!
So this is going to be a quickie post. But, as promised, Randall took my week 2 photo check-ins today. Not a dramatic change but I do see more definition in my waist. My but looks smaller/higher (is that a thing?). The most difference I see is in my back. More definition — smaller waist. And it’s only been two weeks!! We’ll do this exercise again in two weeks!