Week #5 6-Pack (Abs) Project

Hey there! :) 

Well, this week has sure been a test of my commitment to the 6-Pack Project.  After a day and a half of driving to Texas, my 3yo and I fighting a cold, irregular workouts and activity, and family meals at my in-laws (that are far from my now "typical" dinners), it is a reminder that in times like these I need to cut myself some slack, and enjoy the change from our routine.  It was after-all a wonderful week seeing family and friends! 

Since my last blog I have starting learning a ton on the Ketogenic diet.  This stuff is so interesting!  We got Primal Blueprint with Mark Sisson on audiobook (obviously - we are audiobook fanatics after-all!) and it was a wonderful road trip distraction. (https://www.amazon.com/New-Primal-Blueprint-Reprogram-Effortless/dp/B01N12BQMS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1518790622&sr=1-1&keywords=primal+blueprint). 

The concept and benefits to eating a Keto diet is hard to explain, but I will try in a sentence or two.  The author, Mark, talks about eating a “primal diet” and how our ancestors ate vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds and meat and regularly burned fat.  They walked and moved around a lot but their workouts included short bursts of high intensity movements (think - running from a bear!).  Fast forward to today and it's clear how carbohydrates and refined and processed sugars are dominating what we see in our cupboards and on the shelves at the grocery store.  Carbohydrates and bad sugars create insulin spikes and imbalances, that are very bad for our health, and contribute to all sorts of inflammation in the body which creates disease (including, and certainly not limited to, obesity, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, heart issues, cancer, etc, etc etc). 

This is all very interesting.  In the last 5 weeks I have been eating a small percentage of carbs compared to what I was consuming before January 16th.  I also had been hearing about the Primal Blueprint over the last year from a close friend of mine, as well as from my trainer in recent months, and had not looked into it.  They both know the primal philosophy, and live by it.  I have decided in the last 4 or 5 days to go all-in and do the “Keto Reset Diet”  It’s going to be amazing and I can’t wait to get started next week! (https://www.amazon.com/Keto-Reset-Diet-Metabolism-Forever/dp/1524762237)

Week 5 HIGHLIGHTS

1) Getting an education on my new “plan”.  I'm learning so many new things about eating a high fat, moderate protein, low carb diet, and the benefits to how they will help my body to burn fat more efficiently and without the high insulin spikes that hurt our health over the long term.  Eliminating carb dependency, will regulate my energy throughout the day, and maximize my body's composition to naturally burn fat more effectively and effortlessly.  Eventually I may even be able to ease up on my workouts since the book explains that 80% of our composition is diet (and not exercise).  (Phew - for so long I have been working out hard to compensate for my sugar and carb addictions, and to keep my weight in check!) 

2) I believe that my husband, Andy, will be joining me for the Keto reset! - YAY!  It’s always great to have him on board for meals and stuff.  When I needed to lose the last 20lbs of baby weight 3 years ago now, he juiced for a full week with me, and it was awesome for both of us!  He actually lost more weight than I did, and we both went back to our “normal weight” pre-baby!   I'd like to think that he had more to lose - haha! 

3) Ab workouts continued daily while in Texas (well, all but 1 day).   I did a couple of solid strength workouts while we were away, as well.  It was great to get moving after sitting in the car for 2.5 days out of 6.  

    a) The first workout was at a local gym near my in-laws house, and although it was a brand new building and gym space, the equipment was super old, and a collection of odds and ends.  Being there, I had a definite appreciation for our equipment at CB South Fitness!  I realize even more what a cool space we have at 310 Elcho Ave. in our nook in Crested Butte South. 

    b) Workout 2 was the best!  I got to see my friend Katti for the first time in 6 years (the one who I mentioned started studying and eating a primal diet over a year ago), and she was able to give me gobs of information on primal eating (do’s and don'ts), new workouts, and high interval training moves (HIT).  She works from home so it’s easiest for her to do workouts in her living room, in addition to running about 50-70 miles per week.  She's a machine!  While I was at her house, she showed me several new kettle bell moves that I have added to my workouts at our gym, some stretches and a great core-plank workout that is totally different from what I typically do at home.  With kettle bells the moves need to be done precisely or you can really hurt yourself, and they also force you to engage your core at all times.  Katti does mostly kettle bell workouts (even though they have a garage full of equipment) and does a lot of bodyweight exercises as well - the girl really knows her stuff!  

4) I started juicing periodically again!  It’s been probably 2+ years since I broke out our juicer, and when I was at Katti's she mentioned making a juice the next morning.  I'm so glad that she did!  When my husband and I did it 3 years ago for a solid week (think 2-3 different juices 2x the amount for each days “meals”) that was A LOT of fruits and vegetables to buy, wash, cut up and put through the juicer), when done on occasion juicing is fun and easy!  Plus, it's great to know I am getting those extra fruits and vegetables that the juice provides. 

WEEK 5 CHALLENGES

1) Not wanting to be “that girl” who visits her in-laws and can’t eat what others are having. I added greens, and veggies while reducing or eliminating meal options high in carbs and sugars. I made the Low-Carb Chipotle Pumpkin soup recipe for them, which is the recipe that I shared a few weeks ago.  Man, I just can’t get enough of this soup!  I have made it 4 times already and have it in the fridge right now! 

2) Having a terrible head cold while traveling, and trying to stay active because of the diet.  I have had this for about a week now and I'm over it!  I will be thrilled to rid of my horse throat, nasty cough, and excessive nose blowing.  Enough having to carry a box of tissues around all day long!

3) Not wanting to hold myself back from getting outside to play.  It’s a hard thing to do when you live in paradise!  I did sneak out with #athenathebear for a cross-country ski today.  It's been snowing most of the week in Crested Butte and it felt great to get outdoors!   I hope to do a family ski this weekend.  Crested Butte Mountain Resort is calling my name! 

JUICE RECIPE

Serving - 2 people (wash all fruits and vegetables first) 

4 - stocks celery (cut/discard ends) 

2 to 3 large carrots (cut ends off) 

1 - large cucumber (cut ends off only)

2 - small green apples (cut and deseeded). Use a third small apple to add sweetness. 

1 - small lemon (cut into 4ths- seeds ok). Adds sweet and some bitter. 

1 - small beet (cut and discard ends and leaves) (optional) 

1 - small inch or two of ginger (optional). I have a hard time with ginger even though it has great benefits! 

WRAP UP

For those of you who know me, I could go on and on.  I am going to close this weeks 6-Pack Project by saying that I am definitely seeing more tone and muscle in my middle, I'm loving all the new "Primal" info that I am learning, and I can't wait to see how my body responds when I am fat-adapted and living in a Ketogenic state after my reboot (https://www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-fat-adapted/)! 

-Kristin 

 Emma the donkey, Keiran and I.  Just another day at the funny farm. :) 

Emma the donkey, Keiran and I.  Just another day at the funny farm. :) 

 Cooking a high fat, moderate protein, low-carb dinner with my friend Katti. Drinking Spanish wine (no carbs!) and watching our boys race around the house.  It doesnt get much better! 

Cooking a high fat, moderate protein, low-carb dinner with my friend Katti. Drinking Spanish wine (no carbs!) and watching our boys race around the house.  It doesnt get much better! 

 Lunch of champions - Mark Sisson calls this a "bigass salad", which is perfect because it is a big ass salad!  I needed the larger mixing bowl to toss this baby around! 

Lunch of champions - Mark Sisson calls this a "bigass salad", which is perfect because it is a big ass salad!  I needed the larger mixing bowl to toss this baby around! 

 
 
 Andy has no idea I snapped this shot of him at the gym we went to in Texas (hehe)! 

Andy has no idea I snapped this shot of him at the gym we went to in Texas (hehe)! 

 Abs are starting to show although I still have some weeks of fat-burn ahead of me! 

Abs are starting to show although I still have some weeks of fat-burn ahead of me! 

 Snow day fun! My little cement creek adventure with Athena.  

Snow day fun! My little cement creek adventure with Athena.