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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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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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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