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
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/
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!