Inspiration

Week #11 6-Pack (Abs) Project

Hola!  Many weeks have passed since my last blog about the #6packproject, Primal Blueprint, the keto diet.  I believe I last left off at week 8 and here we are in week 11. Wow - I cannot believe how the time has flown by! 

STICKING TO IT (NO MATTER WHAT)

There are so many things that I would love to share in this blog!  Unfortunately, I need to break it down.  When considering the demands of running CB South Fitness, growing another business, raising our 3-year old, training, and preparation / education to the Primal/Keto diet, it leaves little extra time for blog posts. :)  I am fighting a nasty cold which has slowed down my workouts this week (and probably for the first time in months).  I did attend our gyms group training this week, and as usual it was awesome!  It's a great group of Crested Buttians and Tim is an awesome trainer and coach! 

Earlier today I jotted down a few things that I want to touch on this week: 

1) My workouts

2) My diet

3) DNA fit

4) Intermittent fasting

5) Recipes! 

DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS! 

1) My #6packproject ab workouts are awesome! I love them and never get bored with what I am doing! I have only missed a few days of abs in the 11 weeks and they were due to sickness (mostly what I am dealing with now).  Travel hasn’t stopped my dedication to my 6 pack abs, which was a huge concern of mine in January when I started this journey.  I have a great floor ab workout I can do, a lengthy plank workout I mix in, and I love kettle bells and do them every time I am in the gym.  Kettle bells are still a favorite of mine, and I change up the exercises that I do to keep it fresh! 

After 11 weeks of hard work I do not have a 6 pack, and last week I asked my trainer why that is. He says that I need to be down to around 12% body fat to see my abs pop and thinks that I am probably roughly a couple of points above that mark.  In February when I checked I was at 16% body fat and so I still have some work to do.  He encouraged more low and moderate intensity workouts (brisk walks, easy jogs, moderate bike rides, and just being on my feet more that I am now).  Longer periods of time in a fat burning zone will help me shed that last percentage of body fat to hit my goal.  I immediately thought of #Athenathebear and how happy she will be to get more walks and hikes as a result of Tim’s advice. 

2) Eating Keto - I love what I eat on a daily basis.  I do not feel famished ever, and I love not having to count calories.  What I eat is pretty consistent with what I have written in previous posts - including, eggs, bacon, and avocado most of the time for breakfast.  I make a mean omelet, and they are my absolute favorite!  I eat breakfast as late in the day as I can, usually between 11am-1pm. 

If I eat three meals a day then I will have a salad in the afternoon.  I throw all sorts of yummy things on my salads, and they never disappoint.  Topped with avocado oil and peach white balsamic vinegar, I can’t go wrong.  Regular salad dressings are a no-no on the Keto plan. 

Dinner consists of chicken, pork or fish with one or two amazing vegetables prepared in a variety of ways.  We have tried many of the recipes in the Keto reset book and they have been wonderful!  I really suggest picking up your own copy if you want to try them for yourself - https://www.amazon.com/Keto-Reset-Diet-Metabolism-Forever/dp/1524762237

3) DNA Fit - In December I decided to take a fitness DNA test to learn about how I am wired.  I signed up online, they sent a package with a vile, I then spit in that vile and sent it away in the mail to a company named Helix.  What I signed up to learn was not 'how likely am I to get cancer or Alzheimer’s', but to find out what type of diet, and fitness plan would help me maximize body composition, athleticism and help me feel my best.  It took about 10 weeks after submitting the vile of saliva to learn about my DNA and I finally got the results a couple of weeks ago. 

The biggest eye opener in my results is that I have a “very high response rate to carbohydrates”.  To provide a little background, if I had a neutral response then it would have said "medium", but no, I got a "very high response", and they recommend that only 8% of my daily intake consist of carbohydrates!  Um, what?!  Me?  Are you sure?  The girl who used to eat french toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and pizza for dinner?  The girl who made panini’s almost everyday and ate chips, and chocolate and whatever she wanted (and usually like it was going out of style).  The girl who had ice cream in her freezer 98% of the time and almost never missed a night of ice cream.  How it the world do I have a "very high response" to carbs?!  I still have yet to learn what how many grams of carbs this 8% recommended amount is, but I am happy that I am already eating a low-carb diet so I can nip it in the bud.  Here is the link for those wanting to out DNAFit and if you message me I can share more about it as well. https://www.dnafit.com/

4) Intermittent Fasting - Earlier, I mentioned not eating breakfast until between 11am - 1pm. There’s a reason for that, and I am doing it intentionally to reap the benefits of intermittent fasting.  I drink decaf coffee in the morning with half and half, and that satisfies me until breakfast.  I can go to the gym for workouts in the morning and have awesome energy to take me through my workout without crashing.  It's the opposite of how I used to feel and I always ate before my workouts to fuel me until the end.  To read more on intermittent fasting and learn about all of the other great benefits, I highly suggest this article - https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-health-benefits-of-intermittent-fasting#section2

5) Recipes - Okay, the fun stuff - these are all so freakin’ good! 

Low carb chicken tenders - https://stepawayfromthecarbs.com/low-carb-chicken-tenders/ 

Garlic spaghetti squash with herbs - https://pinchofyum.com/garlic-spaghetti-squash-with-herbs

Keto no-bake cookies in 5 minutes - https://howtothisandthat.com/keto-no-bake-cookies/

Low carb coleslaw - https://lowcarbyum.com/quick-cabbage-coleslaw/ 

SIGNING OFF

I think one of the things I get asked the most is "do you think you will be able to do this diet for a while?"  The answer is absolutely, "YES"!  I want to stress that eating on the Keto or Primal Diet is not that strict, if you consider other "diets" out there.  We've had so many amazing meals the last few months and you would never know were low carb.  These meals fill us up, incorporate many great vegetables, spices and flavors and we can eat portions that make our bellies happy.  Because none on them include gluten, soy, or harmful oils, and the carb count is small, even when I feel "full" after eating I'm no longer bloated and yucky feeling like I used to be.  Two thumbs up to that! 

 
 Beach day in Florida with the family :) 

Beach day in Florida with the family :) 

 Adult ski day and apres ski with my babe

Adult ski day and apres ski with my babe

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 Fat burning hike with Athena on a hiking trail new to us.  A great morning adventure! 

Fat burning hike with Athena on a hiking trail new to us.  A great morning adventure! 

 Pumping some iron with my dad while on vacation. Thank you Mellodies gym! 

Pumping some iron with my dad while on vacation. Thank you Mellodies gym! 

 Easter dinner consisted of carnitas from the Keto book with Keto approved cole slaw, salsa, cotija, on butter lettuce. It was delicious! 

Easter dinner consisted of carnitas from the Keto book with Keto approved cole slaw, salsa, cotija, on butter lettuce. It was delicious! 

 Some of my favorite snacks, including, an omega-3 mix that tastes incredible! 

Some of my favorite snacks, including, an omega-3 mix that tastes incredible! 

 

 

 

 

 

To be a Crested Buttian business owner

In the last 2 weeks I have personally hung almost 70 flyers around Crested Butte.  I have met business owners, employees, and customers who are in support of CB South Fitness, letting us promote the gym in stores, restaurants, and common areas, and offering great suggestions along the way.  I have made inspiring new contacts who have recommendations leading me to my next promotional “thing”.  And just tonight noticed that CB South Fitness finally comes up in a Google search for “Crested Butte Gym”.  I have been working tirelessly on search engine optimization for months and it's FINALLY working.  What a learning experience and an unbelievable 3 months this has been! 

Last week the gym raffled off a membership for a local fundraiser put on by the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association.  CBMBA was a blast to work with, and Tully's restaurant was packed for the cause!  We are excited to get involved with future events put on by CBMBA. 

The momentum for CB South Fitness is building in our community and it is exhilarating!  WE LOVE YOU CRESTED BUTTE!  Thank you for being one awesome community to be a business owner.  We are eternally grateful! 

 Note: I realize this photo does not have anything to do with the gym, hanging flyers, or meeting businesses around town but a girl still has to play! ;-) 

Note: I realize this photo does not have anything to do with the gym, hanging flyers, or meeting businesses around town but a girl still has to play! ;-) 

Get Inspired this Year!

Greetings CB South Fitness members.

We have had some new developments over the last couple of days at the gym, and with that comes getting excited about all of the new stuff that'll be offered to you, as a member of CB South Fitness, in 2017. 

Starting this week we will put out a jar on the cabinet that has the label "GET INSPIRED". Members can pick out a quote or saying and keep or replace it back to the jar (it's totally up to you!). These few words may be just enough to help you finish that last set of curls, increase your resistance on the elliptical, try a new exercise that you have never tried before, or give you that extra push to Elevate Yourself and your workout today!

Also, we will have a few snacks at the gym that members can help themselves to. Don't worry, they will be healthy and help give you the energy to keep going! 

There is more coming CB South Fitness members....stay tuned! 

2017: NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

January 1st is an interesting and exciting time of year.  It really is the best time, in my opinion.  January is a time to reflect and feel grateful for the year past, and a time to look to the upcoming year and the upcoming accomplishments that will be achieved.

It's easy to sit back, and state a couple of 'New Year's resolutions' and then let the months pass, not really paying attention to the days passing you by.  This used to be my way each year.  Let me ask you this, isn't it more exciting to affirm exactly what you want to accomplish in the coming 12 months and then feel good about knowing that each day gets you closer to that goal?   Things will happen that you could not have imagined, and you find yourself paying attention to things that seem to be pulling you in a new direction.  The right direction!  Ever since my husband and I have started being strategic about goal setting, and keeping a journal, we have experienced a complete 180 to what we encountered our first couple of years as a couple. 

With much encouragement I suggest getting out that piece of paper and a pen and writing down exactly what you want to accomplish in 2017, and while you're at it, why not sketch out your 3 and 5 year plan?  Revisit this every week, or at least once a month.  What can you do to help yourself get to where you want to be?  If you've thought about keeping a planner to help hold yourself accountable (and you are not sure as to which one), The Inner Guide planner has been a game changer for me, and I will never consider anything else.  This is my second year using it and it has helped me in more ways than I could describe.

Here's a thought provoking question, and I hope that someone reads down this far and sees it (note: if this reaches only one person then it was worth taking the time to type this blog):

IS YOUR DAILY ROUTINE SUPPORTING YOUR GOALS? 

Come see us at at CB South Fitness if we can help you get to where you want in 2017.  We are all about helping our members achieve their personal health and fitness goals in this coming year and have some amazing partnerships and fun stuff in store.  I dare you to come and see for yourself.   

-Kristin

Also, OPEN DOOR HOURS from 1.2.17 - 1.8.17

The owners will be down at the gym this week, with the door propped open, and can show you around the gym and answer questions.  It's a great time to swing by! 

MONDAY 1/2 FROM 4 PM - 6:30 PM

TUESDAY 1/3 FROM 4 PM - 6 PM

WEDNESDAY 1/4 FROM 4 PM - 6 PM

THURSDAY 1/5 FROM 4 PM - 6:30 PM

SATURDAY 1/7 FROM 8 AM - 11 AM

SUNDAY 1/8 FROM 10 AM - 12 PM

*You can also call 970.765.7009 to set an appointment, or schedule one on the 'join us' page of the website