Snatched AFTER Photos!

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.

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IMG_4305So 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:

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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.

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And Now Week 6

Wow this Snatched journey has whizzed past. I am actually really sad for it to be ending. I’ve decided to stick with my plan and do 2 classes/week at Mark Fisher while keeping up 2 days a week at Blink. It’s slightly less than the 5 days I’m doing now but I am fairly certain it’s sustainable.

What I’m more concerned about is how nutrition factors in. We’ve been doing 2 week check-ins with Mark and he hasn’t adjusted any of my macro-nutrients even though I’m experiencing MINIMAL weight loss (I’m losing inches though!). So I’m not sure when it STOPS working what I do… Presumably if I’m still a member at Mark Fisher Fitness I can ask him for advice — he prides himself on being open/available to all his ninjas.

Last class was fun! We bought some ninja masks and all wore black and it was a silly good time. It kind of turned into a 50 Shades of Grey thing but … what doesn’t? This is our class picture and I LOVE them. I will really miss these silly people after next week. ALSO tragically — I am missing our last class due to a handbell festival. So I’m trying to figure out nice ways to say goodbye to these guys on Thursday.

Karen came over and we cooked a bunch this weekend as always. I am hoping to try and keep up some of this recipe planning for the time to come as it’s been infinitely helpful to me.

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Everything was really tasty and I’m glad to have stuff for the week as always. This will be a busy week. I am thinking maybe I should’ve roasted a big bag of vegetable to go with lunch though as I don’t have any greens today. But so goes. Might be able to work that out tonight.

For the two weeks after snatched I was thinking about participating in Buzzfeed’s Clean Eating Challenge. I think I’d beef up the protein portions a little but it looks fun/easy enough to follow. I might see if Randall will do it with me. (Or any of you? Any takers??)

I am a little concerned I’m not going to get my 5th workout in this week because the bell festival is taking up my entire Saturday and Sunday. I may see if I can get an appointment Saturday evening because I think that’s my only shot so far.

Anyway — the end of snatched nears  my anxiety goes up. I think that’s normal. I don’t want to lose the momentum that I’ve worked really hard to maintain! There is a “Life after Snatched” workshop that I will attend so that’s good. And I’m sure Mark will have good tips on continuing to live your best life after snatched.

I’ve also really enjoyed having this blog space so thank you all for your encouragement and listening! I’ve been really moved by my friends who have popped up to say they’re reading and offer their own thoughts and feelings on my journey and theirs! Keep on doing everything in your control to live your best life! You can do it!