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


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