Still In It Challenge

I am so proud of myself! I committed to a challenge to a healthier me, and while doing so had the opportunity to win $20,000. Now if that isn’t motivation, I don’t know what is! Still In It was an eight week body transformation done online through Bodybuilding.com and MusclePharm. Each week there were challenges to win swag and cash, and on July 4 they will announce the winners. I can’t wait to hear if I won. There were some really great transformations, so we’ll see.

Bodybuilding.com hosts many challenges throughout the year with the chance to win various cash prizes. But to be honest, the best part about the challenge is how you feel when you complete it. I’m so happy, I look amazing, feel healthy, I’m strong, and I’ve set a great foundation for a healthier lifestyle. Now of course I had my moments of weakness, where I binged on shit food, but I never slipped with my training. On the most tiring of days and latest of nights I went into that workout room and pushed myself. I dedicated my time and focus to this challenge. Other things in my life slipped a little, but I got them back on track. Truth is, when balancing your life you’re going to stumble, but if you pick it back up and carry on, then that’s what matters.

My Diet

My morning begins with a cup of warm lemon water, followed by breakfast, which is usually a smoothie. I eat a ton of vegetables, minimal fruit, lean protein, dozens of eggs and egg whites, and way more dark chocolate than I likely should. I consume at least 2L of water per day and finish the evening off with a liver friendly tea: green, peppermint or chamomile.

The day I started the challenge I also started a 30 Day Whole Body Detox (click here to read more about the detox). Not the best timing, but I feel like it really helped me make the right food choices from the start. I experienced a couple of issues with balancing my macros but I managed.

As muscle gain was the main objective for the first part of the challenge I was consuming over 2,000 calories each day. This is a lot of food when you’re eating whole foods. Some days I was so tired of eating. The last two weeks I added the SkinnyMint teadox to my plan, increased my cardio and lowered my calories by 600. This was to help me lose any body fat I gained during my bulk and increase my definition.

My Workout

Lift, lift, lift! That’s what I did – lifted heavy weights…and did cardio twice a week. I have a workout room in my house, so it makes getting that training in a little more convenient…especially with 3 girls running around. We have a lot of equipment in our space from dip bars, to a decline bench, chin up bar, and a squat rack. For any of the exercises that require equipment that we are missing, we just choose an alternative that fires the same muscle group. For example, I don’t have a leg press so I do weighted split squats with the ez curl bar. You don’t have to have all the equipment, or any in fact, to get a good burn going.

I bulked for 6 weeks, and the last two increased my cardio, but continued with lifting. Unlike most people, I love cardio! It’s so awesome to sweat and just bust your ass as hard as you can. I do different cardio exercises to keep it fun. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), which has you pushing as hard as you can for 30 sec – 1 minute, then mid intensity for 1 – 1.5 minutes, and repeat, repeat, repeat for about 20 – 30 minutes. It’s crazy hard but results in a great feeling. Doing HIIT has your body burning calories for an extended period once the session is complete. I then do something fun that includes a whole body workout as well as cardio, like MMX from P90X3, or Cardio from BodyBeast. These sessions help you build stamina as it’s a steady pace for 30 – 40 minutes. It’s good to use both forms of cardio as they each offer different benefits.

My Motivation

My motivation was for sure the money. $20,000 is a good win for a stay at home mom! I wrote messages to myself on my mirror, and while I was struggling during a workout I talked myself up. Encouraged myself to push, read my message and finish strong.

The transformation itself was so motivating. Once you see how much your body is changing and how your clothes no longer fit, it really gives you that drive to continue. My clothes are so baggy I look ridiculous. I know, skinny girl problems…but it’s annoying when you worked so hard to have a sweet body and nothing flattering to wear.

Mentally I feel a lot better. Consistent exercise is known to aid with anxiety and depression and may replace the need for some medications. There were days when I thought I was seriously going to lose it, but once I got into that workout room it seemed to chill me out. I am more relaxed for sure.

Pride was also huge. I wanted to feel proud of myself for sticking it out and completing the challenge. I’m awesome! Accomplishing a goal helps you realize that you truly are in control of your own achievements. If you want something bad enough and you try hard and be positive…it will happen. Even if I don’t win this, I am so happy for the positive changes in myself. I’m not so afraid to jump in and get started on things anymore because I have the confidence knowing that I’m in control and can make it the best it can be.

Body Comp - Before BackIMG_8866 Body Comp - Before FrontIMG_8679  Body Comp - Before SideIMG_8767

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed completing this challenge so much that I am already pre-registered for the next one. My goal for that one is to gain more muscle, especially in my glutes. Since finishing last Sunday I have gone on a shitty eating binge. And to be honest…I feel like shit. My stomach is bloated; I’m sluggish, and not motivated. It’s crazy to realize that what you eat can immediately affect you so negatively. But you don’t realize this until you’ve removed it from your diet and reintroduce it. Gross. This feeling is horrible. I feel like I’ve gained 10 lbs and destroyed the past 8 weeks of work. I recognize; however, that this was just a little slip up, and I’m back on it, tracking my calories and making wise choices. Maybe I just felt the need to celebrate?!

I’ll let you know if I win. In the meantime, if you’re interested in more information on my workout routine or meal plans just message me. I’d be happy to share the details with you.

 

 

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