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Month 7!!! 6-Pack (Abs) Project

Hello everyone,

I wanted to check-in as it has been a very long time since I wrote about the major lifestyle change that occurred for me starting on January 16th. The change started when I committed to reduce the number of carbs and sugar consumed in my diet, intensify my workouts, and get toned to the point of having a 6-pack abs for the first time in my life. I needed to completely change how I thought about food, and eat only to fuel my body in a healthier way.

Although I do not have the defined 6-pack abs that I might have had if I would have done this challenge in my 20’s, I have lost a significant amount of body fat (9 lbs to be exact - mostly from my abdomen and thighs), I've gone down a pant size, enjoy regular intermittent fasting (I eat between a shorter window of time), and have reduced my appetite significantly to the point where my body requires less food to perform and function throughout the day.

In the beginning of the blog for the #6packproject I pushed myself really really hard. I was super strict in what I ate, and I worked out more regularly at the gym. My ab workouts alone took some time, and were insane. I was on a mission. When I wasn’t seeing an immediate 6-pack after a couple of months I realized I had more body fat to lose than I realized. Now, after 7 months, and not being so strict on myself, the results are better than I could have imagined. The way I feel far exceeds any short term gains of getting a well-defined 6-pack in 2 months, and then ending this initiative. I’m not concerned I'll fall off the wagon and become a carb monster again.....because I am not very strict now, and I naturally make healthier food choices. It's a win-win - YAY! 

As some of you may know, my low carb / low sugar diet in January, turned into eating a strict Ketogenic diet in February What I have not shared is that now is more of the primal diet....and I am way more laid back about it. It feels as though in the last several months my body has gone through a “reset” which allows me to eat pretty much what I want within my new healthier framework.

What this means is that I eat my favorite things on occasion (ie. ice cream) the scale stays the same, and I feel great (instead of bloated and looking like I am 5 months pregnant). Don’t believe me? Ask Andy. My husband, typically follows my lead when it comes to meal prep and diet, and agrees that his body feels as though a “reset” occurred somewhere along the way. Truth be told, Andy never really sacrificed his 1-2 beers at night and he’s still reduced his body fat and kept the weight off. He was less strict than me from the very beginning, and does about a third of the strength training and cardio that I do each week! 

Below are some of my favorite things that have helped me in my quest to get stronger and stay lean:

-       My first meal of the day is between 11am and 12pm.  Skipping breakfast has helped me reduce my overall appetite, become fat adapted, and is contributing other great health benefits. (I have shared this before but I love this article! So much good stuff in here! https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-health-benefits-of-intermittent-fasting)  

-       I stay away from carbs and refined sugar. I eat way less bread. I do eat a half sandwich on occasion if it’s the only thing available when we are on the road or camping, but mostly I try and stick to higher fat, low carb meal options and stay away from carbs, sugar, and gluten as much as possible. Want to learn more about the negative effects of refined sugars? READ THIS - https://urbanremedy.com/top-10-reasons-to-avoid-refined-sugar/

-       When I eat chocolate (which I still do daily), I chose healthier chocolate options.  The chocolate chips we use are Simple Truth Organic 72% Cacao, when I make cookies, they are almond butter cookies with coconut sugar - no regular flour, no brown or white sugar. THE FLAVOR IS WONDERFUL - https://www.livewellbakeoften.com/easy-flourless-almond-butter-chocolate-chip-cookies/

-       My new obsession is Simple Mills. Their mixes are made with only 5-7 all natural ingredients. There are no preservatives at all. It’s amazing. The Simple Mills options typically have significantly less carbs than the normal way of eating these carb happy favorites. I am obsessed with the Simple Mills pancake mix. I ordered 3-packs of pancake mix and pizza crust on Amazon and you would have thought it was Christmas. The flavor is wonderful and I eat them guilt free! Their chocolate cupcakes are also wonderful. Again no preservatives just whole ingredients. 

-       I look at all ingredients when I am considering what to buy at the grocery store.  I dumped all of the Ken’s salad dressings we used to love back in January and only use olive or avocado oil and vinegar for salads. Primal Kitchen also makes some yummy dressings as well. 

-       The only oils we eat are avocado, olive oil and coconut oil. (check out why here - https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/healthy-cooking-oils#section1)

-       I eat more nutsthe healthy “fats”. I love cashews, macadamia nuts the most right now. I kind of overdid it on pecans and have been taking a break for a bit.

-       We eat wild caught fish and organic grass fed beef. We do not buy fish unless it is fresh caught. If you read up on the farm raised fish it is terrible for us and what I read totally grossed me out. Last week we bought grouper from a fish market in Denver to make fish tacos at home. Holy Moly, it was unreal!

-       Pinterest is a godsend! There are so many excellent recipes that are low carb, gluten free, dairy free, etc. You do not have to sacrifice flavor to eat healthy, just be willing to spend more time preparing delicious wholesome foods at home.

-       I eat dairy and don’t have any adverse effects from it.  I had a DNA test done in the spring and found out I am lactose tolerant (my body has no issues breaking down processing dairy – Yipee!). I love cheese and do not limit cheese from my diet.  I have recently started eating greek yogurt again as well. 

-       I’ve added intensity and heavier weight to my workouts. I see better results, it challenges me, it’s fun, and I burns more calories. I never get bored working out. Make it fun and it will never be "work" to workout ever again (hehe)! 

-       I run, hike, and bike as much as possible.  I make time for cardio and try to do most of it outside. There are so many benefits to keep your body in motion as much as possible (beyond the obvious benefit of fat loss). I still sit a lot while working at home on my computer but I’m aware that if I sit for several hours I need to get up and get moving. Even a quick walk with #athenathebear is better than nothing!

I probably could go on with this list for a while but I won’t…

These lifestyle changes are not hard to keep track of, and they come very naturally after 7 months. The weight I wasn’t necessarily trying to lose in January, came off naturally through mostly my change in my diet, has stayed off despite eating Ben and Jerry’s a few nights here and there, chowing on hot dogs, hamburger and avocado oil chips while camping, or drinking a beer or a couple of glasses of wine at night.

To wrap this up, I was the definition of a carbohydrate and sugar monster before this all started. With a little education and a new perspective about carbs, sugars, cooking oils, intermittent fasting, ultimately resulting in my body “reseting” (for this soon to be 37 year ole’ bod), I will be able to easily stay on track indefinitely, keep the weight off, and maintain a stronger physique than I have ever had in my life.  

If anyone want’s to learn more about my workouts or diet, please follow our Facebook page, Instagram, contact me on our website (www.cbsouthfitness.com), check out Mark Sisson’s book The Primal Blueprint, or his blog (https://www.marksdailyapple.com/) and learn more about many of the things I mention. Mark has some awesome recipes on his blog too!

Cheers to making our health and bodies a priority, and to making this summer count! 

Kristin

 January 16th photo :P

January 16th photo :P

 First time hiking Scarp Ridge 

First time hiking Scarp Ridge 

 July 16th photo :) 

July 16th photo :) 

 Hiking Whetstone mountain. a beautiful 12,500' peak we can see from the house 

Hiking Whetstone mountain. a beautiful 12,500' peak we can see from the house 

 Simple Mills. My new obsession!

Simple Mills. My new obsession!

 Family adventure hike up. Rode the CB chairlift down. 

Family adventure hike up. Rode the CB chairlift down. 

 Early morning trail runs with my girl

Early morning trail runs with my girl

 My version of "healthy" chocolate

My version of "healthy" chocolate

 Blackened grouper for taco night! 

Blackened grouper for taco night! 

 Celebrating 10 months of group training together!  CHEERS! 

Celebrating 10 months of group training together!  CHEERS! 

 

 

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! 

 

 

 

 

 

Week #6 & #7 6-Pack (Abs) Project (and Primal Blueprint Reboot) 

Howdy and Welcome March! 

Hopefully March will bring lots of snow for two reasons  1) This is our last month to ski and snowboard and  2) We need more snow for groundwater so that we can have campfires galore this summer in the new fire pit at home, and while out camping!  

The second of these two weeks marks my husband, Andy, and I's start to the Primal Blueprint reboot, which is eating a max of around 100-150 carbs per day to ween our bodies off of carb dependancy.  It’s pretty crazy what we can still eat on this plan and stay within the carb limits, and we have experimented with some great recipes in the new reboot book (https://www.amazon.com/Keto-Reset-Diet-Metabolism-Forever/dp/1524762237)

I decided not to follow the daily diet schedule in the book.  It’s a lot of planning way in advance for ingredients we need, and after 6 weeks of eating low sugar and low carb, plus extensive conversations with my girlfriend Katti in Texas about the Keto plan, I feel confident enough to prepare meals that I think fit the criteria of being Keto friendly.  For those of you curious what we’ve been eating, I will get into that more below. 

First, lets talk abs! 

WORKOUTS 

Okay, so I'm still not at the 6-pack mark, and although 7 weeks ago I would have thought that I would be there by now, it's totally fine by me that I am not.  I enjoy the workouts and like seeing my my body transition during this phase - there's a great sense of accomplishment! 

It would be hard to tell you exactly what I do for abs workouts each day.  I had a friend text me the other night asking what workouts I am doing with Spring approaching.  The answer - I am doing a lot of different workouts and blending my ab routine into kettle bell exercises, cable machine moves, using the Bosu, stability balls, medicine balls, and incorporating more planks than I have ever done before!!  Targeted ab workouts are around 8-10 minutes and include a lot of repetitions.  I am so used to the ab workouts that instead of wanting to quit after 3 minutes, I transition into the next move when I feel sore, and keep on movin'!  

GOING PRIMAL 

The Primal Blueprint and "Keto plan" involves eating a high fat, moderate protein, and low carb diet.  After a couple of weeks of the reboot, and when we are no longer carb dependent, we'll train our genes to burn fat and ketones instead of sugar as our primary fuel source.  When in a full on ketosis state, we'll consume just 50-100 grams of carbs per day (a highly active person may consume more carbs than this and still be in a ketosis state).  For the sake of the reboot we are on now, we are allowed 100-150 grams per day.  Are we counting carbs?  Not exactly.  But we are no longer consuming breads, grains, starches, and sugary sweets, and feel really good about that.  There are times that we want something chocolaty and I have been looking for easy recipes using 100% unsweetened baking cacao that will satisfy those cravings. 

FOOD DIARY - A TYPICAL DAY EATING PRIMAL

Breakfast (my favorite meal of the day!) - I used to love english muffins with peanut butter and agave on top, or french toast with eggs and pure maple syrup (can you say, hello carbs!!!), but now I love eating omelets each morning. You can make them different every day and they never get old! 

Omelet favorite - Sautéed red bell pepper, onion, garlic, with diced bacon and shredded monterey jack cheese.  I use 2 eggs in my omelets but for a person with a large appetite 3 eggs might be the ticket.  They are big omelets with just 2 eggs and very filling!  

Lunch - I used to eat a sandwich or panini (it stinks that I got a panini maker for myself for Christmas!).  Panini’s are fun to make and taste delicious!  Andy would usually break the chips out at lunch, and I would eat too many of those and feel guilty after.  In the afternoon I would feel tired and sluggish from the carb bender, but not anymore!  Now I eat a “Bigass salad” (no really, that’s what he calls it in the book!), without the mid afternoon lull.

"Bigass salad" favorite - Mixed greens with a kale mix from Tassinong Farms in CB South.  I dice the greens up small, and sometimes add spinach.  I top each of my salads differently based on what’s in the fridge.  Favorite salad toppings include: feta cheese crumbles, sunflower seeds, a few dried cranberries, diced carrots, bell peppers, cucumber, hard-boiled egg, almond slivers or walnuts (or some other nut).  I top the salad with diced chicken that is prepared at the beginning of the week (it's so easy when you don't have much time).  Unfortunately, all salad dressings we have in the fridge are not keto-friendly, and so we drizzle with avocado oil and then I add some ripe peach white balsamic vinegar that we purchase every fall at Orchard Valley Farms in Paonia, CO.  It is an unreal oil and vinegar mix!  I might try red wine vinegar one of these days but haven’t gotten there yet.  The ripe peach is so incredible! 

Dinner - I used to pick healthy choices that didn’t include high carb content, well except for my all-time favorite, which is pizza (which we would eat at least one time per week). 

Dinner favorite - Dinners include a healthy protein like salmon, or pork, but since going low-carb there's no longer is jasmine rice or sweet potato on our plates.  We are starting to bake/cook different vegetables which has been, well…yummy!  A couple of nights ago we roasted carrot “fries” in the oven, tossed with melted coconut oil, salt and pepper (oven temp 400, cook for 20-30 min depending on desired firmness).  They were delicious!  We prepared asparagus on a skillet for 5-10 minutes with just olive oil and salt and pepper.  Both of these veggies are outside of our norm for dinner, and they did not disappoint.  The salmon was seasoned similar to the asparagus but with a lemon wedge drizzled over the top just before eating. 

NUTS ON NUTS (YUP-YOU HEARD ME RIGHT!)

Most nuts, except for peanuts, are allowed on the Keto plan, and as we have been stocking the cupboards with healthy nuts to snack on I have been researching which are on the 'nice list' and which the 'naughty list' as far as being “keto-friendly”.  Here is an excellent resource to see for yourself - low-carb nuts - https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto/nuts

To add insult to injury (and because this plan includes eating as much butter as you like), I made buttered pecans this week (https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/sea-salt-roasted-pecans-233690)!  For the record, I know that it might sound weird to make buttered pecans, but I promise if you make them you will not be sorry - they are un-freaking-real)! 

WEEK 6 & 7 HIGHLIGHTS

1)  The scale.  I am burning fat and losing lbs, and that makes me and my scale happy.  Although I don’t have an actual 6-pack (yet) my core is very strong and you can see more definition and muscle in other areas of my body.  I like the exercises I am doing and the time I am spending strength training at CB South Fitness.  I’ve never worked out hard and consistent like this in my entire life, and seeing there results makes it even more motivating!  

2)  In preparation for a trip to the sunshine state next week with my kiddo, I dug my bathing suit out of storage, and dusted off the cobwebs.  Trying on a bathing suit in March and not having anxiety when looking in the mirror is a wonderful feeling.  I was actually impressed and excited by what I saw!  I was always the girl in high school and college that waited until a few weeks before a spring break vacation to hit the gym and see what I could do to improve my appearance before beach time.  It usually resulted in losing a little weight, however it was always a short term solution, and typically I would gain it back on vacation or soon after returning home.  Fifteen to twenty years ago, I HATED lifting weights.  Lifting weights scared and intimidated me.  Silly, right?  I usually did cardio, stretching and ab workouts. 

WEEK 6 & 7 CHALLENGES

1)  Several months back I developed a ganglion cyst on the back of my left wrist.  Just this week I finally looked it up to research what was going on.  I had one of these cysts in the same spot many years ago, and it went away after time.  Right now, it only hurts only when I am doing push-ups, stability ball tucks, or anything with a lot of flection in my wrist.  You will see in some of the photos below that I am using dumbbells for my grip certain exercises, and they help so much!  I'm applying frankincense essential oil directly to my wrist, a warm cloth and other natural remedies to help it heal. 

2) We went to CB’s “Crafted” event on Saturday.  It was a great afternoon but very hard to know what to eat and drink that was safe during our reboot.  We drank the yummy wine of local wine vendors (knowing nothing about their carb or sugar content) and had a little beef chili and pulled pork and coleslaw on a plate (hold the bun please!).  It was fun to get out and mingle but from an eating aspect I couldn't help but feel guilty.  Essentially, we have much more control over what we ingest when we prepare meals at home, and I have a lot less guilt about it! 

3)  I'm cutting dairy out for a bit.  In the Primal Blueprint reboot the author Mark Sisson includes dairy in his recipes, but I think I am going to cut dairy out for a week and see if I feel additional benefits in the diet.  Dairy causes inflammation in most people, and I recently saw something that reminded me of this.  Although I do not drink milk, we love cheese when cooking or snacking, and on occasion I eat greek yogurt as well.  I'm wondering if cutting gluten as well as dairy will have more of an accelerated impact on my waistline.  I guess time will tell!  

WRAP UP 

Okay, time to say goodbye.  I will write again next week after being dairy free for a week.  This will be hard, but after the last 7-weeks of no ice cream and pizza, I can do anything.  ;) 

Have a great week all!  

-Kristin 

 Sprint intervals - I hated them the first time I did them and LOVE them now!  There are so many great benefits to HIIT! 

Sprint intervals - I hated them the first time I did them and LOVE them now!  There are so many great benefits to HIIT! 

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 Morning coffee with a sprinkle of cinnamon. 

Morning coffee with a sprinkle of cinnamon. 

 Skiin' with dad! 

Skiin' with dad! 

 Hello muscles!  There are stability ball tucks using dumbbells to support my wrists. 

Hello muscles!  There are stability ball tucks using dumbbells to support my wrists. 

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 Skiing with the family.  This was Keiran's first day up Red Lady chairlift and he was so excited! 

Skiing with the family.  This was Keiran's first day up Red Lady chairlift and he was so excited! 

 Abs at the end of week 7. 

Abs at the end of week 7. 

 

Week #4 6-Pack (Abs) Project

Hiyah! 

It's week 4 of the 6-Pack Project and things are good!  My husband, son and I are gearing up for a road trip to Texas and I have been planning ahead as to what types of foods I can eat while away, and what snacks we will bring with us.  The hardest part of this diet so far has been traveling, more so than going out to eat.  When I went to Denver last weekend it was hard to know what I could snack on during my 4+ hour drive on Saturday, and again on Sunday.  

Being on the road there are few options available that are low-carb and low-sugar, that are also quick and convenient (we won’t exactly be stopping for cooked chicken and steak dinners or fresh salads on an overnight road trip with a 3yo). 

So far here are the snacks I plan to bring for the road: 

-Hard boiled eggs

-Almond bars

-Dry roasted peanuts 

-Vegetables for snacking (celery & carrots)

-Hummus  

-Fruit (green apples, berries) 

Week 4 Highlights: 

1)  Sticking to my gym routine and mixing it up has been fun!  I am feeling really good about what I am accomplishing at the gym.  Yesterday I did sprint intervals on the treadmill with a full body strength workout after, and today I did a 45-minute Peloton ride with Denis (who is a great instructor if you haven’t rode with him yet). 

2)  Ab workouts are a norm now.  They are not a pain, and it’s not inconvenient - I’m really liking them!  My core has needed more focus and strength exercises ever since my son was born 3 and a half years ago and it is really exciting to see and feel the results. 

3)  Gearing up for our road trip. There’s always a slight element of anxiety with driving all night  but it’s totally worth it, and we will get to see family and friends in the Dallas area. 

Week 4 Challenges: 

1)  Going to events or gatherings where food is served, and cooking big meals at home.  We cooked a Blue Apron dinner a couple of nights ago, and it tasted wonderful, however, my stomach was not been feeling great for an hour or so after.  I try to pick the low carb dinner options with Blue Apron, but I still think that I overdid it, and ate too much.  In the past I would overeat and not think twice about it, and now I don’t think my stomach can handle it. 

2)  Keeping workouts consistent while we’re away.  I was going to workout at my in-laws house using their Bosu and a yoga mat, and then the other day Andy mentioned doing a couple of drop-in days at the gym near their house.  What a novel idea!  The comical part being that I hadn’t thought about doing gym drop-in's, and we get them at CB South Fitness all of the time! 

3)  If you’ve been reading the other blog content, in the last 2 weeks I have been making healthy chocolaty desserts and posting the recipes.  Chocolate brownies mostly.  One was an almond flour based recipe, and the other was a date and walnut base.  They are both so good and relatively guilt free…or so I thought.  Just a few days ago I realized that I was thinking about them, a lot.  I was becoming addicted to the healthy chocolate treats just like I used to be addicted to the regular bad-for-me chocolate treats!  Man, sweets are so addictive for me!  I do better to just not eat them at all. 

New Recipe: 

1)  Healthy Chili (that is so surprisingly good with only 4.4g net carbs!) - https://www.atkins.com/recipes/super-chili-bowl/620  (tip - use one jalapeño pepper) 

New Supplement: 

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1)  Ceylon Cinnamon - Recommended to me by my trainer.  These cinnamon capsules are used for controlling healthy blood sugar levels (best if taken before meals containing carbs), helping support fat metabolism, and promoting heart and cardiovascular health https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GNUJEZW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

In closing, the workouts, the changes I am seeing in my shape, the diet, and the new tasty recipes are all motivating me to keep going.  I look forward to the week when I am lean enough that I can see #6packabs! 

-Kristin


 Mountain climbers

Mountain climbers

 Elevated push-ups

Elevated push-ups

Week #3: The 6-Pack (Abs) Project

I just completed week #3 of the 6-Pack Project and I'm feeling great!  I haven’t really shared much about the actual changes I am seeing, how I am feeling, and the motivation to keep it all going. I will do that now and add some photos below. :) 

Results

I am seeing results, and it’s a huge motivator!  Week 3 has been exciting, actually. After ab workouts I can see at least 4 of my abs poking through, and the rest is certainly becoming toned.  The old me would have eaten so poorly throughout the day that there was no way (and I mean no way) that I would see my ab muscles in the evening. I had more of a pregnant looking belly than a sexy trim waistline.  I LOVE sweets people, and nighttime I was at my absolute worst when it came to eating! 

Compliments now include that my shoulders are looking leaner in weekly group training at CB South Fitness, my waist is visibly looking “trim”, I'm not bloated and can wear tight shirts for my workout without feeling self-conscious, and my spandex are getting lose in the lap area.  Bonus - my thighs are thinning out too!  I have lost almost 5 lbs of fat, and it's still coming off!  You have no idea how great it felt to send my husband a photo of my abs after a 10pm, 8 minute abs session (he was out of town) and to get the response back “dang babe!”.  Talk about put this girl on a high! 

What’s great about this diet is that I have very few moments where I feel like I am missing out, or deprived of the yummy bad-for-me-foods that I used to eat constantly.  It’s less important to me what junky foods I put in my mouth.  The second I made a mental commitment to get 6-pack abs and stop eating ungodly amounts of carbs and sugar, was the moment that eating became less of a priority.  Now, I eat to fuel my body and I don’t eat because of boredom, and general chocolate or late night eating addictions. I am finally in control of my appetite and it feels sooooo freakin’  good!! 

So if anyone is wondering if i'm going to fall off the wagon and binge on carbs and sugar like I haven’t had them in 3 weeks, you are wrong.  I plan on keeping this up for a long time, long after the abs come, and if I eat something sweet or want to go fully indulge at our favorite Mexican food restaurant, I will cut myself some slack and not feel bad about it!  In fact, I might appreciate it more than I did before.  

Workouts

I want to add that I have great energy for my workouts!  Maybe it’s a mental thing...that I feel confident, and stronger overall, but i'm not lacking in energy, and I'm ready to take on the world!  If I can train this hard at 8,600 feet in elevation, anyone can do this! 

Challenges

1)  A week ago, I sadly cut the top part of my 'arse' from excessive ab workouts!  I blame it on the “rollbacks” that Tim (my trainer) has me doing.  Maybe it's a result of doing them a little bit too often...not sure.  Apparently I overdid myself on the rollback move and will now need to take it easy with that particular exercise until I heal. 

Update - I healed in about 3 days and now am a "rollback" machine once again.  Additionally, I was informed at group training last night that I was doing the exercise too fast.  It's no wonder I burned the skin off! 

2)  Going out to eat can be a bit tricky.  It’s fun but still amazes me how hard it is to find “healthy options”.  It really is easier to eat at home...and less temping to splurge.  I barely go out to eat so it’s not a big deal, and I'm typically able to find a salad option that's pretty great. 

Highlights

This was a fun filled and busy week - Lots of being out and about, trying new low-carb foods, and staying disciplined in my diet and ab workouts. 

Highlight 1)  Seeing results and knowing that I am burning more fat everyday! (See photo below)

Highlight 2)  My quick trip to Denver to visit a friend, and seeing the Peloton store in Cherry Creek, in person!  It was very cool and I felt and a sense of community knowing that CB South Fitness has a Peloton bike for its members, and that we're supporting their mission to spread the good word and help others get killer workouts.  They crush it on every ride! 

3)  New foods and new snacks! 

           a.  The Coconut Snack (photo below) was a great travel companion on my long drive home from Denver back to Crested Butte. 

           b.  Roasting garlic in the oven at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes.  It tastes incredible and it's so easy to prepare.  I never in a million years thought I would love eating whole cloves of garlic so much (photo below).  Also - have you read about the health benefits of garlic???(http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/nutrition-roasted-garlic-7001.html)! 

           c.  Brownies (healthy ones)!  Need I say more other than make them!  (https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2016/03/07/the-ultimate-unbaked-brownies-raw-vegan/)  

           d. New favorite spot to eat out - Tassinong Farms in CB South!  A new social venue in our charming Crested Butte South community with a great wine bar, classy barn wood interior, relaxing atmosphere, and a wonderful and healthy menu selection (consisting of roughly 2/3rd's salad options).  I had the chicken curry salad salad and the freshest most wonderful greens I have ever had in my life!  If you want to learn more about Tassinong’s delicious greens I would highly suggest that you head on over to check out Tassinong Food & Wine, or visit their website https://www.tassinongfarms.com/our-story.  I just got home from buying some greens for the house for this week and can't wait for my next salad! 

4) Skiing with Andy...FUN, and one of few snow days for us so far this season! 

5) Hiking with my girl, #Athenathebear, and seeing a large heard of elk up on a ridge!  She didn't notice them (thankfully) but I could have watched them all day.  It was awesome! 

6) Training at CB South Fitness with friends during the week and then group training every Wednesday night!  We have a great time and we all support each other to meet our personal fitness goals.  Seriously people, what could be better!?! 

Wrap-up

All-in-all, this was the best week!  I had a couple of days that were hard to stick to the diet, or where I needed to get creative, but all-in-all give it two thumbs up.  I look forward to results in week 4 and beyond! 

 The beginning of week 3

The beginning of week 3

 These are so good! 

These are so good! 

 
 #onepeloton 

#onepeloton 

 Oven roasted garlic 

Oven roasted garlic 

 Here is the Peloton (this is last years photo). One awesome ride! 

Here is the Peloton (this is last years photo). One awesome ride! 

 Training :) 

Training :) 

 

New Recipe! - A Gym Favorite

AMAZING LEMON ZUCCHINI BREAD (this is a game changer)

It may seem silly to post recipes that are not considered "healthy" on a gym website, but since this is my blog I thought I would share this UNBELIEVABLY GREAT BREAD with as many people as humanly possible!  I can honestly say after my first bite of lemon zucchini bread this morning I knew that I could easily say goodbye to traditional zucchini bread forever.  

Also, I have never had a particular liking for lemon flavored baked goods... and if you are like me then there is a chance that this recipe will change your mind about lemon as well. 

This recipe came off Pintrest and the link is at the bottom.  Happy Baking! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 2/3 (238g) cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup (160g) granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon zest (from about 3 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup plain (62g) Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup finely (150g) shredded zucchini, at room temperature (unpeeled or peeled if you don't want the green flecks)

LEMON GLAZE

  • 2/3 cup (65g) powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8 by 4-inch loaf pan then lightly dust with flour and shake out excess, set aside. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt for 20 seconds, set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix sugar with lemon zest for 30 seconds. Add in oil and eggs and mix until combined. Pour in half of the flour mixture then blend just until combined. Add in Greek yogurt and lemon juice and mix just until combined, then add in remaining half of the flour mixture and mix just until nearly combined. Remove bowl from stand mixer, add zucchini and fold into mixture using a spatula. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 45 - 48 minutes. Let cool in baking pan for a few minutes then invert into a wire rack to cool completely. Once loaf is nearly cool drizzle with lemon glaze. Store bread in an airtight container.
  • For the lemon glaze:
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth (if it seems thin add a little more powdered sugar if it seems thick add a little lemon juice). Drizzle mixture over loaf and let set.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy

http://www.cookingclassy.com/lemon-zucchini-bread/

COOKIES! (Do I have your attention?)

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Totally addicting - So easy that anyone can make them!)

Yield: 14-16 cookies

These cookies make me so happy.  I don't feel as guilty because there is no flour, no white sugar, and no butter in the recipe.  With only 5 ingredients they can be whipped up in 5 minutes.  The flavor is better than the unhealthy cookies (that we all love and feel so guilty about after)!  Did I mention that this recipe is so easy that my two year old is getting a hang of it!?  To fellow gym lovers....ahem I meant cookie lovers, I had to share this recipe. Typing this is making me want another cookie right now! 

INGREDIENTS

·       1 large egg

·       1/2 cup packed brown sugar

·       1 cup peanut butter (I used Jiff Natural P.B.)

·       1 tsp baking soda

·       1 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet, milk, or dark)

·       optional: Heath bar pieces

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1.     Set the oven to 350F

2.     Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

3.     Whisk the egg, brown sugar and baking soda together in a bowl. Make sure to break up any lumps in the sugar so that the mixture is smooth. Stir in the peanut butter and mix until well combined.

4.     Fold in the chocolate chips.

5.     Scoop onto the baking sheet with a 1 1/2 inch baking scoop (or use a tablespoon), and space the cookies 2 inches apart.

6.     Flatten the cookies slightly, and bake for about 10 minutes until puffed and just beginning to turn golden around the edge. Don't over bake, they will still be soft, but will firm up as they cool.

7.     Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then carefully transfer to a rack.

THE FINAL STEP IS TO ENJOY!  I know that we have been!  ;-)