12-week fitness challenge // end of week 2

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as you know, i’m currently involved in the leanmoms.com 12-week fitness program.  i’ve been promising an update, so here we go!

as of june 16th, these were my measurements:

biceps – 10 in
waist {above navel} – 30 in
hips – 40 in
thighs – 19.5 in

on june 17th, i started the meal & workout plan.  i knew week one would be difficult, as i hadn’t prepared my body at all.  i went from eating s’mores and drinking wine to cutting out all things carbs, processed foods and sodium…in a day! if i had to do it over again, i’d start a week ahead of time – cut some bad things out of my regular diet, add more greens, maybe even try a juice cleanse! 

week one.  a typical day of meals looks like this:

8 am // meal 1 – egg white and spinach omelet with goat cheese sprinkled on top 
10 am // meal 2 – protein shake {the program suggests a whey based protein powder, but i went with a vegan based – vega one.  initially, it was a shock to my system.  20 mins after drinking the shake, i was in the bathroom every hour or so until late afternoon.  don’t wait until the last-minute to choose your protein!  do a little research and find what works best for you.  now that my tummy is used to it, i love it.}
12 pm // meal 3 – mixed greens with 4 ounces of grilled chicken or tilapia and a handful of almonds.  {instead of dressing, i use lemon juice.}
3 pm // meal 4 – protein shake; however, i replaced the shake with a protein bar.  try greens plus.  love!
6 pm // meal 5 – same as lunch – more greens, a bigger portion of chicken or fish
8 pm // bonus meal – greek yogurt with cocoa powder

between meals four and five, i’m at the gym for an hour, hour and a half.  as with most work out programs, you will alternate days between legs and arms/back, throwing in abs and cardio on 3 out of 5 of those days.  don’t be intimidated by the gym!  the great thing about this program is that the website offers videos and tutorials – perfect for women who aren’t familiar with the equipment.

by the end of week one i was already feeling happier and healthier.  i was sleeping better, i had more energy, my skin was clearing up – i was pumped and ready for week two!

week two.  the meal plan changed a bit – grapefruit, turkey bacon and steel cut oats were added as options to the breakfast menu.  woo!  turkey bacon!  the workouts were different, as well.  which is important.  you always want to switch up your weight training.  muscles get bored and you’ll stop seeing results. 

during week two, i realized that because i was eating 5 small meals a day, i felt satisfied – never hungry.  i was even making healthier choices with my cheat meals!  plus, when you put in hard work at the gym and start seeing the results, it’s really difficult to make poor food decisions.

here is my progress so far…

as of june 30th, after two weeks of following the leanmoms.com program {10 more weeks to go!}:

right bicep – 10 in
left bicep – 9.5 in
waist {above navel} – 27.5 in
hips – 38 in
right thigh – 20.5 in
left thigh – 19.25 in

i’ve lost 2.5 inches from my waist and 2 inches from my hips!  *fist pump*
naturally, my thighs are gaining muscle, so they aren’t leaning out just yet. 

 if you have any questions or concerns about what i’m eating or what i’m doing at the gym, please ask! i’d love to chat about it.

 i hope these little updates will help inspire some of you to get healthier – whether that means changing your eating habits or going to the gym a couple times a week!  good luck!

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2 thoughts on “12-week fitness challenge // end of week 2

  1. This is awesome!!!!! I’m so glad you’re updating us! So inspiring. I’ve had a minor setback and can’t exercise very much right now but you’ve given me some great ideas on some new healthy meal options!

    Keep up the good work! I’m excited for your progress and how awesome you’ll feel!!

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