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 :)