Well, this post is coming in a wee bit late (as the challenge has been over for a week now...whoops!). However, last week was CRAZY BUSY with the family, as it was our older kiddos' final week of school. Summer break is officially upon us!
Plus, I've been diligently creating my very own six week fitness plan for those interested in joining ME for online group training, which kicks off June 17th. If you're curious about what that entails and would like to register, you can learn more here.
That all said, I'm definitely happy with my challenge results.
What were my biggest wins?
My clothes fit like I want them to now.
My cardio capacity has vastly improved.
I lost 5lbs. (141 -> 136)
My eyes were really opened to how much "extra" I eat throughout the day and how that has most likely been the culprit of gaining a few lbs and not feeling my best self. These "extras" mostly included nibbling off my kiddos food or "taste testing" what my hubby and kiddos would eat for dinner (as I typically eat my own meals most of the time).
My coffee intake has decreased significantly! I'm still not completely caffeine free, but I'm in a better place with how much I consume. (Because can a mom of three young ones really give up her morning coffee completely?!?)
My gut health feels much better, and I'm much more "consistent," if ya know what I mean.
I was about 90% dairy free, which is really important to me ( because again, my gut health).
What did not go so well?
I definitely need to work on my sleep habits, as I know that would greatly impact my overall health (mentally, physically, and emotionally). Try as I may to get at least 7 hours of sleep, it just doesn't always happen. But I'm not giving up (my body will not allow me to).
I hardly did any of the meditations that were suggested, but I know deep down I could really benefit from at least more quiet, prayer time in the morning. I need to make it a priority (once again) and be more consistent.
There were more meal slip-ups than I would have liked along the way, but again, part of that is falling to temptation of whatever the family was eating (i.e. pizza nights, take out, etc.) or letting my sweet tooth win (i.e. ice cream, cake, cookies, etc.).
My water intake was a less than I would've liked, but aren't we all trying to drink more water??
What are my goals moving forward?
Definitely, without a doubt, keep meal-prepping! This is such a vital part in the lifestyle, and it's just so comforting to know that I have healthy options to choose from without having to think too much throughout the week.
Get back to lifting heavier, as I definitely lost some muscle with the challenge. I love the way I feel lifting heavy, but I also want to make sure I keep my cardio capacity up.
MUST GET MORE SLEEP! Sleep affects us so much, as far as energy levels, food cravings, mood, etc. I know by working on this, I'll be even more successful with my fitness goals.
Stay accountable! As mentioned before, I'm going to be hosting my own group for six weeks, and I'd like to participate just like the next one simply to hold myself accountable. Groups are SUPER POWERFUL in that way, so I'm going to take advantage of it! :)
Continue doing yoga at least 1-2x per week, whether it's at home or taking a class at the gym. I feel so good afterwards, and I know with bumping up the weights, my body will be that much happier!
Overall, I'm pretty content with how the six weeks panned out. Was it my best effort? No. Could I have been more disciplined? Yes. But I showed up. Did what I could, and am walking away with some personal enlightenment.
Thanks so much for following along on my experience! Hopefully you were able to take something from it for yourself.
Lastly, if you'd like to commit to something similar, then join me next week in my first ever Online Group Training. It's going to be so fun, and full of so much encouragement! Plus, it's a steal of a deal in that you get six weeks of progressive workouts (provided via a ebook), workout calendar, Live Q&A sessions + group meetings, list of healthy food options, meal prep ideas, and ME as your trainer! It's a definitely a chance to build upon your strength- inside and out! :)
Ooh, and before I forget... here are my final pics from the challenge.
Again, thanks for following along! Looking forward to touching on sobriety topics next! :)