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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.