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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Week 1 of the TerraFit Challenge

Yesterday was my first day.  I only prepped two lunches for myself Sunday.  It will take a little while to get used to doing that and be able to do it for a week.  It’s a learning curve.  I did buy plenty of snacks though and portioned them out so I don’t have to do that for the rest of the week.

For breakfast I always have my protein shake so that hasn’t changed at all.

For Monday and Tuesday I did Chicken Fajitas.

  • 4 chicken breast tenders
  • Williams Sonoma Fajita Rub
  • Pam (light spray)
  • 2 small onions
  • 2 small bell peppers
  • 1/4 c. Fat Free Mexi Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. Plain Greek Yogurt

I just grilled them on a grill pan on my stove.  It didn’t take long and they were full of flavor!

The snacks I’ve chosen are bananas, almonds, apples, Babybel Cheese and Snap Crisps (baked sugar snap peas).

Wednesday and Thursday Broccoli Chicken Pasta

  • 4 Chicken Breast Tenders
  • 1 Package of Frozen Broccoli
  • 1 c. of Whole Wheat Rotinni
  • 1 small Onion
  • Parmesan
  • Paprika
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Garlic Powder
  • Black Pepper

Cook the pasta and put in a large bowl.

I grilled the chicken, onion and broccoli on a griddle pan with some coconut oil spray and black pepper and garlic powder to taste.

Once it was done I put it on top of the pasta and sprinkled it with paprika and Parmesan.

These recipes are so simple but it have a lot of flavor.  For me that is very important.  I get bored easily with bland food.  It makes it easier for me to “fall off the wagon” if my food isn’t interesting and full of flavor.  I’ve also found that eating spicy food has helped me with my water intake!  haha!  I have read that spices like cayenne and red pepper flakes do aid in weight loss though

I did buy some tilapia and that was supper for two nights.  Another night I had a small steak with steamed veggies.  When I’ve been at a loss on what to eat for supper or time is getting away from me I’ve made a protein shake.

The Terrafit workouts are pretty hard but I feel amazing afterward!  I’m still doing Yoga and Zumba at the Y.  This week I have been sore, non-stop.  I’ve had some issues with aching joints but hopefully that will pass soon.

It’s been a hard week but I’m already starting to see changes so I’m okay with it.  Making sure I eat at the right times, planning ahead and working out like an insane person is rough but I know it will be worth it.  Eating clean is challenging sometimes but I can definitely tell a difference in the way it makes me feel.

The Breakdown:

Weight Loss:

  • 4lbs

Am I happy with my weight loss?

  • Yes.  I was a actually shooting for 5-6lbs but I’ll take it!  I think for my first week I’ve done pretty well!

How do I feel physically?

  • I feel pretty good.  Saturday I had a little bit of a hiccup because my joints were really sore (feet, ankles, knees, elbows & wrists mainly) and I was just having trouble dealing with it.  I noticed when I worked out Saturday morning that I was stiff but by Saturday evening I was really hurting.  If I would sit down and then get back up it was really hard.  I took a hot bath with epsom salt and green tea.  That seemed to help quite a bit.  Sunday I was still sore but it was more manageable by the evening (thank God Sundays are my rest day!) and this morning so far I’m not too bad.

What has been the hardest thing so far?

  • Meal planning and prep.  It takes time and I have to really be on top of it.

What will I do differently this week?

  • First and foremost I will really put the water away on my rest day.  I drank the minimum required for water on Sunday but I’ve been doing more than required the rest of the week.  I’m guessing where I was resting I just didn’t feel like I needed it.  I really think it would have helped my weight loss though.  I will also keep track of everything via Fitness Pal this week to see if that helps any.  I’ve been writing everything in my fitness and exercise journal and I will continue that (it helps keep me focused).  I mostly want to see how many calories and carbs as well as how much sodium I’m taking in each day.  I think that may help me too.

How do I feel about the program at this point?

  • I like it.  It is good that you have a team who help cheer you on even when you feel like you aren’t doing too well or you just don’t feel like doing what you need to do.  I worry though about letting my team down.  They won the last Terrafit Challenge overall (nationwide) and that’s a lot of pressure.  I don’t want to be the one to knock them out of anything.

 

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TerraFit 90 Day Challenge

Some of the girls at the Y are in a weight loss challenge called the TerraFit 90 Day Challenge.  They asked if I wanted in on it and explained what goes on.  It’s kind of like a cross between The Biggest Loser and a Diet Bet.  I’m not sure if you’re familiar with Diet Bet but a few of the bloggers that I follow have had Diet Bet Challenges in the past.  I’ve never participated but they look like they work.

With the TerraFit Challenge you pay $25 to join your team.  They give you a list of “good” foods and “bad” foods, workout schedule, supplement suggestions, workout DVDs to buy, etc.  Basically it is everything you need to accomplish your weight loss goals.  Every day before 9pm you log in to their site and log what you’ve eaten and if you’ve exercised.  Every Monday you weigh in.  You also take before pictures to compare with your after pictures when the challenge is finished.  For the top losing teams there are cash prizes (those prizes depend upon the number of participants nationwide) and there are individual prizes, team prizes and best before and after picture prizes.

My personal goal for this challenge is 3olbs.  I think that’s a pretty tall order but I also think I can do it.

Working out isn’t a problem for me.  I enjoy it so much.  My diet is what is going to be rough.  I know I’m going to have to really plan ahead and really stay on top of it.  I’m trying to find meal prep ideas online.  There’s a lot of information so it takes a while to sift through it all.

Meal planning for me is always a challenge.  I’ve tried it before and I can’t ever seem to get in a good routine with it.  It’s always hard to do my meal and then do Rylan’s and Jason’s meals too.  Now that I’ve signed up to do the challenge there isn’t any whining or excuses though.  I have made a commitment and other people’s success (prizes) can be affected by my commitment.

There’s no turning back.

My feet are to the fire.

I’m accountable.

I feel better having said it publicly.

I will be updating on here every Monday about my weekly progress, how I’m feeling and what I think about the program as I’m doing it.

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Camping

Christina and I had a girls camping trip this weekend.20150802_111807We had started to camp near the river but there were a lot of people there so we drove to Hidden Valley Lake instead.

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Hidden Valley Lake.  It is beautiful.20150801_165121I had to take a pic because of the backpack.  She had her iron skillet in that thing!  Hahaha!

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Home sweet home for the night.20150802_090847

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My fire pit prep.  Not bad if I do say so myself.

I have no clue why, but I didn’t get any pictures of the supper I made for us.  Well, here’s what we had anyway:  Chili Cheese Fries (everyone laughed that we had an appetizer!), Hamburger Steak Hobo Meal with onions, green pepper and carrots, new potatoes, corn on the cob.  For dessert we did s’mores, because what is camping without s’mores?  Anyway, it was all good and we were so full afterward.

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Our fire.  The Husband was teasing us saying he wasn’t sure we’d be able to handle a fire.  Haha

We did have someone admire our fire…weird.  Haha

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Christina bought these packets called Funky Flames that colored the flames of our campfire.  It was blue and green at times.  I couldn’t get a great picture though.  In this one you can see it a little bit.

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This is me in my new sleeping bag!  LOL  It was a little chilly…

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For breakfast Christina fixed bacon, eggs and fried biscuits.  It was delicious!
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I had never had fried biscuits before and I can tell you this won’t be the last ones I have either!

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Our traditional selfie.  I look a fright!  haha

We always have such a great time together.  It was non stop, ridiculous laughter and I wouldn’t trade a minute of it!  She’s my Soul Sister.

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The Husband’s Man Cave/Studio

Last week was crazy, it was busy and we had a death in the family on top of that.  Jason had ordered a building to use at home as a man cave/studio and it was delivered Thursday afternoon.  We had to do a little bit of prep for the site though.

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This was my “office” Thursday.  We had blocks that needed to be moved, trees to cut and move and brush to cut and push.

They delivered the building at 4pm.  I think it looks really nice nestled in the woods.20150801_134436

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We still need to add steps off of the porch.20150801_134549

 

We’ll be finishing the inside with sheetrock.  We’ll also add heat and wiring.  Under the window he wants to put a desk, the loft will be used for RC plane storage and the larger part of the room will be used to build things.20150801_135035

 

I  think it looks like it just grew in the woods.20150801_135131

 

The cutest tractor driver ever!  And notice his other tractors in the seat with him!

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