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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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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