Monday, April 1, 2013

90 Day Challenge -- One Month Update

Last month I announced my 90 day challenge and now it's time for the 30 day update. Technically the challenge started on March 11th, but the first weigh in was last Thursday. So the burning question -- How did I do? Of course, I nailed it!

Weight-loss: To sum it up I lost three pounds in three weeks and 2.7% total body fat which is 4.75 pounds. That means I gained 1.75 pounds of muscle!  To top it off I'm in third place! Below are the overall contest results.
Height: 5'3"
Weight: 140 (3/1); 137 (3/28)
BMI: 30.6% (3/1); 27.9% (3/28)

Since photos say it all... before and after photos. 

March 1                                           April 1
Diet: It's been a lot of hard work and dedication. Before working out I was a healthy eater, but now I'm even better. I didn't cut some food items out completely, but I did cut back tremendously. For instance, I allow myself to enjoy a glass of wine on Friday or Saturday night (a glass being the key word) but not during the week or cutting out cheese, but still eating yogurt. During a typical work week I have a smoothie for breakfast, salad for lunch and chicken or fish with veggies for dinner. For snacks I enjoy fruit or nuts. I also try and eat Paleo during the week.

Costco haul this weekend.
Favorite Smoothie:

1/2 cup spinach (kale or chard)
1 celery stalk
1/2 banana
1/2 cup berries
2 tablespoons organic peanut or almond butter
1 tablespoon flaxseed
1/4 cup pumpkin granola
1 cup water
sometimes I might add a little vanilla or agave nectar

Workouts: The challenge is through my gym and I'm expected to workout seven times a week. Of course I'm working a bit more if you include snowboarding, walking the dog or house chores -- I'm burning calories right?! :)

Current workout schedule:

6 a.m. Body Pump
5:30 p.m. Spin

Tuesday & Thursday:
6 a.m. Spin
6:30 p.m. Bio fit (circuit training)

Morning run

6 a.m. Total Body Conditioning

Here's a glimpse of the functional training room where bio fit happens.

One night the trainer had me wear a 20 pound weighted vest. I was sweating pretty good that night and slept like a little baby!

Overall: I feel great. I'm stronger and my pants are fitting better. I can't wait for the next weight in. FYI -- I don't own a scale and don't weigh myself at the gym so when we do weigh in it's all a surprise!

Are you trying to live a healthier lifestyle? I would love to swap notes and hear what works for you! Until next month. Occasionally, I'll post updates along with food and dog photos via instagram if you want to follow along.

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