Tuesday, March 25, 2014

90 Day Challenge -- One Year Later

Being healthy and fit takes determination and dedication. It also doesn't happen overnight. Last year looking to tone up and get ready for bikini season I joined the 90 day challenge at my gym. Little did I know how out of shape I was or how the competition would light a fire within. Over the 90 days I tracked my progress -- catch up on my starting weightthree, sixnine, twelve  and final updates. Nearly a year later I'm amazed at my progress. So you're probably wondering where I'm at today. It's safe to say I'm a fitness junkie and I'm ok with that.

Height: 5'3"
 Weight: 140 lbs (March 2013); 132 lbs (March 2014)
BMI: 30.6% (March 2013); 20% (March 2014)  

Yes, that's right I lost 10.6% body fat in one year! Hard work pays off!
 March 2013                                March 2014 

After the 90 day challenge I didn't follow any particular diet, but stuck to well balanced meals. To jump start healthy eating after the holidays the hubby and I completed Whole30. Since then we have been living a Paleo lifestyle 90 percent of the time. Over the last few months I've noticed a significant change in my body composition as a result of eating Paleo. Hello, abs!

I do treat myself with chocolate, wine or a latte once a week. If I didn't allow for a treat I would probably binge. I'm not trying to "diet" I'm making a lifestyle change. Treats make me successful. I'm also smarter about treats, it has to be worth it. For me ice cream is so worth it, but donuts are not. 

Typical meals look like this.

Breakfast: Smoothie (during the week) or Paleo Pancakes/ Eggs and Sweet Potatoes (weekends)
Lunch: Salad with Grilled Chicken or leftovers
Dinner: Salad or some amazing Paleo dish like Pulled BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai or Salmon over Kale

Against All Grain BBQ Pulled Chicken on homemade Hamburger Buns; One egg two whites over easy with Sweet Potato Hash and Avocado; Sesame Orange Chicken over Brown Rice; Paleo Pancakes with Fresh Raspberries and Banana 

After the challenge ended in June my workouts consisted of spin, mountain biking, running and cross training. Wanting more in September I started working out with a trainer two days a week on top of five morning workouts on my own. Fast forward, my trainer moved and I now have a new trainer who I train with  one day a week to complement my other workouts. It's safe to say I'm a fitness addict, but the results are worth it. 

As of today I workout 1-2 hours a day six days a week at the gym. I don't count snowboarding, mountain biking or walking the dog as workouts, but active recovery. Oh, I forgot to mention I wake up at 5 a.m. to go to the gym. Here's what my schedule looks like.

Monday: Cardio and Body Pump (weighs)
Tuesday: Cardio, 15 min. abs  and spin
Wednesday: Cardio and Circuit Training
Thursday: Circuit Training and Spin
Friday: Cardio and a session with my trainer
Saturday: Circuit Training
Sunday: No gym time

Fallen Leaf Lake a few weeks ago. The weather in Tahoe has been gorgeous.  

When I stopped obsessing over the number on the scale and starting focusing on food and BMI is when I saw the biggest results. I still don't own a scale and actually haven't weighed myself in three weeks. As of today I couldn't be happier, but I'm already setting new goals for the next year. I would like to reach 17% BMI and be toner. Maybe four pack abs.

It's time to stop making excuses and get healthy.

Strong is the new skinny.


  1. Girl, you look incredible!!! You have got some serious motivation! Rock on!

    1. Thanks. I'm looking forward to summer this year :)

  2. girl, you are an inspiration!! you look AMAZING and it's nice to see how fitness not tied to weight!

  3. You look amazing and are so inspiring! Congrats on all that you've acheived!

  4. Congratulations! You look amazing!!