Week 6 of the Terrafit Challenge

 

This probably won’t be the longest update.  I’m super busy right now.

The Breakdown:

Weight Lost: 1lb

Am I happy with my weight loss?

  • Yes!

How do I feel physically?

  • I feel really good physically.

What has been hard for me this week?

  • Stress.  It is really hard not to eat for comfort.  Also, when I’m busy it can be rough to make good food decisions.

How do I feel about the program up to this point?

  • I’ll say it once again: this is the best program I’ve found.  Period.

Is there anything I’ll do differently next week?

  • I’m going to try to change up my diet a little bit.  I’m getting bored and that’s not good.

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Week 5 of the Terrafit Challenge

 

It has been crazy at my house this past week.  It seems to be settling down some though now, thank God.  I’ve had a few workouts that I just wasn’t up to par on.  I couldn’t seem to get in the swing and I didn’t work as hard as normal.  I don’t know what was up with that but  I’m good now.

My diet this week has been good.  It hasn’t been super different or anything really fun.  I know I had said I’d probably put some recipes up this week but honestly I didn’t eat anything different than what I’ve already posted.  I hope to make this week different though.

The Breakdown:

Weight Lost: 1lb

Am I happy with my weight loss?

  • Yes!  This week was a little rough for me so I’m very happy with that pound!

How do I feel physically?

  • I feel really good overall even though I had a few off days earlier in the week.  I really think the knee swelling is behind me for good now.  I’m so happy about that!  The only thing I have is normal soreness after hard workouts but I don’t mind that one bit.

What has been hard for me this week?

  • Scheduling has been rough this week.  Short work weeks are always wild for me.  It just throws me off big time!  I’m going to be able to do better this week though.

How do I feel about the program up to this point?

  • I’m still loving it!  I feel like it gives me enough freedom to feel satisfied with just having my cheat meal once a week.  With the results I see I don’t want to give up.  I know a pound may not seem like a lot but it is more than you think!  Pick up something that is a pound.  It’s heavier than you’d imagine.

Is there anything I’ll do differently next week?

  • I see such a difference i n my legs.  I have already lost several inches and I’m so happy about that!  Now though it is time for the rest of me to catch up.  So this week my plan is to once again work my abs like crazy but also my arms!  I want some killer arms y’all!  I really do!

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Thoughtful Thursday: Self Acceptance

“In a society that profits from self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.”

This is so true.  How many times a day do you see an ad for something that is suggesting that you need to fix a problem?  We have been trained to be critical of ourselves and of others for our outward appearances.  Wrinkles, fat, saggy skin, gray hair…I could go on and on.  All of these “problems” have a solution if you’re willing to get the “next big product”.  Women hate their bodies.  They feel uncomfortable in their own skin.  They nit pick each others bodies.  They hate and envy each other.

Amy Pence-Brown stood in a busy market, stripped down to a bikini and asked (via a chalkboard message at her feet) people to draw a heart on her to show they supported self acceptance.  In Amy’s words she’s a fat, 40 year old mother of three and that she expected rude comments.  The rudeness didn’t happen, instead she was covered with hearts.

Amy is beautiful.  She is strong.  She is positive.  She is someone that should be admired.

I loved this video!  The message of “all bodies are valuable” is so true.

It is so easy to get caught up focusing on our flaws instead of the amazing things we do and are capable of doing as human beings.

This is an interview that Amy did with a news crew after the video went viral.

This woman is amazing.  Not just for doing the video but for raising her kids to have self acceptance and for liking who she is in the skin that she’s in.  No matter what her body looks like (I personally think she’s beautiful) that body brought forth her three wonderful children and that is more than enough to qualify as beautiful.signature

Saddle up!

I was able to ride with Anna Ruth Monday!  It felt great to be back in the saddle after a two year hiatus!

I don’t think I can describe the feeling I have when I ride.  I am just not eloquent enough to put it into words.  The joy I feel…the freedom, it’s just wonderful.

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Me on Zippy and Anna Ruth on Lady.riding 2

To say I’ve missed it would be a huge understatement.  It’s just not the right time though for horses.

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Week 4 of the Terrafit Challenge

I’m a little late posting since yesterday was Labor Day.  Oh well.  I still weighed in and got all of the info yesterday.

This week I changed up my days a little in order to be more organized at home.  It really helped!  I have to have those days to do things around the house.  It just has to happen!  I really worked hard this week putting in extra time on my abs and arms.  I really think it has paid off and I’m pretty proud of myself!

My diet this week has been on point.  I’ve worked really hard on my meal prep and keeping things healthy, filling and fun.  I don’t have any recipes to share this week but I hope to next week!

For me, on of the biggest things I  think that has helped me is that with Terrafit I have to consume at least 64oz of water a day.  At first this was a little hard for me.  I kept thinking, how in the world do people drink this much?  Now I do it with no problems.  I crave water.  I drink probably between 75oz and 100oz a day now.  I was obviously going through life dehydrated.  

The Breakdown:

Weight Lost: 2lbs

Am I happy with my weight loss?

  • Absolutely!  I’m still losing!  I’m 44th in the individual rankings!  :)  I’m quite proud of that!

How do I feel physically?

  • I’m still feeling stronger and stronger.  Each week I notice changes in my body and I notice how I can do more during my workouts.  It feels so good!

What has been hard for me this week?

  • I went to a family Labor Day cookout and it was hard not to eat bad.  It really was.  I kept seeing everyone else eating and enjoying the “good stuff” and I couldn’t.

How do I feel about the program up to this point?

  • I still love it!  I’ve never been on a “diet” that didn’t feel like I was going to starve to death or that I wasn’t miserable in some way.  This program is not like that!  I’m seeing the results I want and I feel satisfied with what I’m eating.

Goals for next week:

  • I’m going to keep working on my abs which is my real problem area.  What I’ve been doing is really working so I need to go even harder.  My jeans are definitely getting looser and I am starting to see some big results in that area.  Gotta keep it up!

Is there anything I’ll do differently next week?

  • I’m still working on getting that perfect balance for my body.  I’m closer and I’m seeing the results.  There will also be another class before Zumba on Saturdays so I will be going to it.  It is a Tabata class so I know that’s going to help me get rid of some of this weight.  

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Thoughtful Thursday: Life Detox

This year I’ve not only been working on my body but I’ve been working on other aspects of my life.  Who you surround yourself with has a lot to do with the stress in your life, your successes and your failures.

detoxyourlifeI think it’s very important to surround yourself with people who are supportive and who truly want the best for you.  Sometimes even when you love people they don’t love themselves enough to love you back.  They can’t help but be toxic because they’re so unhappy.  It’s hard to push away from those people but in the long run you are better off.

You have to draw that line and do what is right for you and yours.

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On the hunt for bunk beds….once again.

So a few posts back I talked about the bunk beds that we had ordered for Rylan.

Well, Ashley Furniture Homestore at Turkey Creek in Knoxville dropped the ball.  Big time.

We put down a deposit on the bunkbeds and they were going to call us when they came in.  The saleswoman said it would probably take a couple of weeks.  I called them a little over a month later to see if they were in or if they could give me a time frame of when they would be in so that I could make arrangements to come and pick them up since I don’t live in Tennessee.  The woman that answered was pretty rude and not helpful.  Once she found that the bunk beds were indeed there I asked to her to please leave a note for our sales person that we would be there to pick them up the weekend following Labor Day.  She then informed me that it isn’t their policy to hold items like that even with a deposit and that she couldn’t guarantee me that they would be there when I came down.

I was quite mad but I was keeping calm and I got off the phone with her,  I explained to my husband what she just said so he decided he would call and speak to her.  She informed him the same way she informed me.  He asked her what the point of putting a deposit down was and she said it only locks in the price.  She said it’s like we laid it away.  He explained to her that when something is laid away it is put away and kept for the customer.  She said that that is not their policy so he asked for a manager.  Her reply was “Speaking.”  He said okay, I just want my money back on my card then because this is ridiculous.  As soon as he said that she started telling him that she wasn’t going to do a refund over the phone that he’d have to drive down there in order to do (she knows we live 2.5hrs away!).  His reply was “Oh no I won’t.  I’m calling American Express and they’ll handle it.”  She was trying to protest and he just hung up on her.

Of course American Express had our money back in no time.  They know how to do customer service.

I left a review on their Facebook page and of course no one has contacted me.  Either way at this point I’m done.

Let’s all give a slow clap to her.  Not only did she lose the sale for the bunkbeds and their mattresses, I’m in the market for a new mattress and box spring for my bed, a couch, an entry bench and a desk for my soon to be up and going studio.  Congrats crappy manager!  You just lost out on some good sales!

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Goodbye, August.

Every year when August comes to an end I already begin to miss summer.  I love the warm weather so much and being outside.  It can get a little hectic around my home with the yard work, gardening and animals but I really love it.  I have started dreading winter though.  I’m trying not to do that.  Normally I can embrace every season and enjoy it’s change.  I keep hearing about how this winter is going to be terrible and it makes it hard to look on the bright side.  I’m really trying though!

Monday, Jason’s Momaw brought us 4 chickens.  She said she didn’t want to winter them, it was too hard for her to clean up after them so she gave them to us.  It was really perfect timing because we only had one chicken left.  Now we have 5 hens and rooster.

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I love picking the things in my garden.  It gives me such satisfaction to be able to grow healthy food for my family.  A friend of ours who always puts out a huge garden brought us a bunch of tomatoes.   I have several tomatoes from my garden as well and I made some homemade marinara to freeze.

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Cherry tomatoes, habanero peppers, and tomatoes.

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Week 3 of the Terrafit Challenge

Week 3 is complete!!!

Week 3 has been good but tough at times.  I’ve had some cravings and that’s been hard.  I’ve just been trying to push through and stay on track.

Chili

  • 1lb Extra Lean Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 3 Chipotle Peppers with some Adobo Sauce
  • 1 Can Pinto Beans (rinse if you want, I didn’t because I like the taste and texture)
  • 2 Cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Bell Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Onion

Salt to taste *(if you want it, I didn’t)

Brown the meat.  When almost done add onions and bell peppers to finish.

Add in spices then tomatoes and beans.

Dice up the chipotle peppers and add them in along with about a teaspoon of the adobo sauce they’re packed in.  This provides a pretty decent amount of spice.  You can always do less or even more if you like.  I like spicy things so I’m good with this.

Let simmer for an hour.

Serve with shredded cheese (I use low fat) and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt if you feel like it.

 

I’ve been trying to branch out and not eat the same exact thing all week.  I guess it would make my meal prep easier but I get bored.  I can do two days in a row of something, three if it’s just ridiculously good, and then I’m ready to move on to something else.

I love smoked salmon.  It is one of my favorite meats!  I bought some this week and that has been wonderful!

Fried Bananas are something that I enjoy.  I spray a pan with coconut oil spray and heat it on medium heat.  I cut up the banana, sprinkle cinnamon on the pieces and put them in the pan.  They’re done when they’re warm through.  You can get them out when they’re gooey or more crisp.  They’re delicious!

 

I upped my veggie intake this week too.  I just felt like maybe I wasn’t getting enough veggies.  I’ve really worked on getting plenty of protein and I guess the veggies just fell by the way.  Balanced.  That’s what I’m shooting for.

 

The Breakdown:

Weight Loss: 1.6lb

Am I happy with my weight loss?

  • Yes!  I’m just happy I’m still losing!  I thought I’d be down 2lbs but I have been building muscle this week so maybe that’s why it was just 1lb.  Either way I’m happy!

How do I feel physically?

  • Very good.  The swelling in my knee is lessening so that is making my workouts much more productive. Overall I’m feeling better and better.

What has been hard for me this week?

  • I want a piece of cake.  Really.  Bad.  This too shall pass.  Also, our schedule was a little hectic last week and it was really hard to make time to workout and I had to put in extra effort to get my meals in as well.  I hope week 4 will be a little less chaotic for us.

How do I feel about the program up to this point?

  • I still feel really blessed to have found out about this program.  It is really working well for me.  It’s a process and it can feel like it is taking forever but I keep seeing small changes in my body and that helps keep me motivated.

Goals for next week:

  • Work even harder.  I want to concentrate on abs this week.  That is by far my biggest problem area.

Is there anything I will do differently next week?

  • I still feel like I need to find the right balance in protein/fat/carbs for my body.  I’m close but not quite there yet.  I’ve also switched up my workout just a bit.  Mondays now will be 20/20/20 followed by Yoga.  Tuesdays I will be home (have to do laundry, etc. sometime!) so I will workout there.  Most likely it will be weights and abs.  Wednesdays will be Zumba.  Thursdays will be R.I.P.P.E.D. followed by Zumba.  Fridays will be home so probably weights and abs again.  Saturdays will be treadmill or bicycle followed by Yoga.  Sundays will be rest days but of course I will still work around the house and stay pretty active.  I think this new schedule will help me to balance out home responsibilities as well as get my workouts in.

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Week 2 of the Terrafit Challenge

So week 2 is finished!

I tried to really push during my workouts this week.  I had a couple of days where I did two classes at the Y in one day and then the other days I tried to make sure that I did cardio and lifted weights each day.  I’ve really been feeling it.  I can tell my arms are tighter for sure.

Some pictures of my food this week:

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Tex Mex Hot Mess with Cilantro Lime Brown Rice (4 servings)

Chicken:

  • 4 Chicken Tenders, chopped
  • 1 Large Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Large Onion, chopped
  • 1 Can Rotel with Green Chilis
  • 1/2 c. Medium Salsa  (I like Pace or ChiChis)
  • Black Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cooking Spray (I prefer Coconut Oil spray)

Spray your pan with cooking spray.  Add the 4 tenders.  Sprinkle with black pepper and garlic powder (depending on how much you normally like).  Then sprinkle on paprika.  Once again depending on your taste.

Add onions an green pepper.  Cook until chicken is done and veggies are tender.

Add Rotel and Salsa.  Simmer for 5 minutes.

Rice

  • 1/4 c. Cilantro Chopped fine
  • 2 Tbsp. Lime Juice
  • 1 c. Brown Rice
  • 2 c. water

Cook the rice in water until done.  (Cooking times will vary depending on the brand of rice.)

Add Cilantro and Lime Juice and stir it through using a fork.

Plate both items.  I had them separate in this picture but normally I put the rice on the plate first and then layer the chicken and veggies on top.

I serve with a tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt and a small sprinkling of mexi blend cheese.

It’s really good and really spicy.  I’m sure you could adjust the spice depending on how you wanted to fix it but I need spice.  It helps me drink more water and it keeps me from getting too bored with my food.

 

The Breakdown:

Weight Loss: 2lbs

 

Am I happy with my weight loss?

  • Yes!  I was really afraid I wasn’t going to see a weight loss.  I’ve been doing everything I should but I can tell my muscles are getting bigger and I just thought that the scale wouldn’t show a loss.  If I can keep a 2lb a week loss I’ll be happy.  If I can do more…great!

 

How do I feel physically?

  • I have felt so much better this week.  My knee is still slightly puffy, I’m still guessing where I’m doing more, but there isn’t any pain.  I’m just icing it and taking some OTC Ibuprofen as needed.  It hasn’t slowed me down.  I can feel that I’m physically stronger.  I can also tell that I don’t feel like I’m bloated or swelled.

 

What has been hard for me this week?

  • My cheat meal was my hardest.  Weird, I know.  I wasn’t expecting that.  I wasn’t really craving anything but it’s good to have a cheat meal to kind of shock your metabolism.  I had about 1/3 of a Stromboli from my favorite local pizza place (Pizza Town).  It tasted good but where I’m not used to eating bread it made me feel terrible afterward.  Not to mention the whole time I was eating it I kept thinking about how hard I’ve been working and how many calories/fat/carbs was in my meal.  I still didn’t have pop with it and I did have a salad before so that I could fill up on some good stuff first.  I never thought eating a cheat meal would be so hard.

 

How do I feel about the program up to this point?

  • I’m still really loving it!  I’m seeing results, I don’t feel deprived of anything and my body feels great!

 

Goals for next week:

  • I want to do at least two days with two classes each this week (and every week here out).  I want to continue losing weight and to see my jeans become more loose.

 

Is there anything I will do differently next week?

  • The only thing I will change will be some of my meals and snacks.  I don’t want to get burnt out on anything.   I’m doing a lot of research on clean eating and getting recipes.  Other than that I’m going to keep my workout schedule and keep doing everything else I’m doing.

 

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