2.0 Round 2 Day 14: Rest Day

Ah! This glorious rest day! Anyone else loving this?

I had a great week, did all my workouts, stayed active, stayed hydrated, and even when I missed Friday because I was running around all day in town, I buckled down yesterday and pushed through the strength and the cardio so I could finish the week strong and still have my rest day. I have had something pinched in my neck the last few days and that almost convinced me to skip the last 2 workouts, but I pushed through and wouldn’t you know, it actually helped the pinch. It’s still there and I probably need a chiropractic adjustment, but that’s not in the budget, so I will continue to stretch and work it and that has helped too. Moral of the story is, no excuses. Push through and be surprised how your body responds positively to exercise. (Unless of course it just doesn’t feel right. In my particular case the pinch got better with working out, but if you definitely need to rest a hurt knee or have something painful that gets worse with movement, then obviously to keep pushing through that pain is not the answer.)

Tomorrow is the weigh and measure day and in one sense I’m excited because I visually see a difference over the past 15 days, and usually I don’t see a difference so quickly. But, I have this crazy thing where when I feel like I’ve lost weight I have not or have even gained, and then when I’m feeling gross and fluffy I see a down turn on the scale. I think my body likes to keep my mind confused. Anyway, no matter , because the scale is not my focus, my focus is primarily on how I feel. I feel great! I will just keep reminding myself of that.

So, here is what 5 am on a Sunday looks like! (I know, crazy to be up so early on a “day off”, but we moms don’t really get a day off do we? I feel it’s best to stay on a normal schedule, even on my “day off”.)

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I have another photo shoot today and probably some grocery shopping if we are going to want to continue eating much longer, so it is going to be another busy day for me. I hope you all have a fabulous Sunday, I shall see you tomorrow on our first check in day of this challenge. I would say good luck, but I don’t believe it has anything to do with luck even remotely, so I will just say Measurement Day blessings and may you be free of PMSing. ย ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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What is Bikini Body Mommy?

Bikini Body Mommy, a movement led by Briana Christine, and you can find out more at http://www.bikinibodymommy.com

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2.0 Round 2 Day 12: Checking In

Are we already at Day 12? We are inching closer and closer to that weigh and measure day, which always makes me a bit nervous, honestly. The scale has not been my friend all my life, but definitely not for the past 9 months of working my tail off.

Today is going to be short and sweet, just a check in. I have really been trying to beat my reps from the previous day each time I do a workout and it has really upped the intensity. I hadn’t really kept count of my reps during the last challenge because having my sister and both kids there with me, it was hard to keep count with all the distractions. Now it’s just me and my little guy and I can focus a lot easier. I have to say, the daily goal is very helpful, trying to get that one more rep than the day before. I have been able to improve each day for the most part, or at least match the scores. Some things, like those burpees with the leg lift beat my butt, or the long jump with 3 jumping jacks, I feel like a joke doing those. In the videos it looks like Briana launches out 3-4 feet fairly easily, but I feel like I plunk down after about 18 inches of forward motion. My muscles are definitely built for the long haul, not the sprint. Endurance type motions seem to be my strong point rather speed. The point is though, that you aren’t competing against anyone but yourself, so I try to keep that in mind when I feel like a chump doing some of these exercises and still needing to modify or not getting as many reps in as I had hoped for.

So, here are the inspirational photos of the day, me and my little guy stretching before a workout. He is my best little workout partner, always pushing it with me, and I love how he works himself up into a sweat and takes a water break when I do. He inspires me every day to keep pushing.

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What is Bikini Body Mommy?

Bikini Body Mommy, a movement led by Briana Christine, and you can find out more at http://www.bikinibodymommy.com

Looking to find some inspiration on Pinterest? You can follow me there too.

To get my new posts as I continue to reach for my goals, delivered right to your inbox, hit the subscribe button at the top left of this page, right under my profile picture.

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2.0 Round 2 Day 11: Baby Bumps and Best Friends

Uhg! I’m sorry, I know I told you I’m shooting for 3 posts a week and here it’s been 6 days since the last one. It has been a busy week for me. I had 2 photography clients and lots of computer work to go through the photos. Since I generally use my 5 am to 6:20 am time to work on the computer or blog or whatever, (you know, so I can concentrate without the kids needing me for a million things and so I can get my morning coffee in ) I had to put the blog writing aside to work on photos. However, I’m glad to be able to report I have yet to miss a day’s workout and I’m already seeing changes that I’m really hoping the scale will reflect this time around. We shall see on day 15, right?

The air has turned positively balmy here as my favorite season moves in for it’s short stay. If I had it my way, it would be Fall forever! I got to put on my boots and 3/4 sleeves to shoot a maternity session for a special lady, she was my first client back in the day, before I was even interested in being a photographer. 3 years ago she saw something in my snap shots of my kids that even I didn’t see at the time and asked me if I would take maternity pictures of her first pregnancy. Now, with a much better camera and a lot more experience, I was able to help her capture her third pregnancy and got to see how her sweet family has grown.

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My other client this week was my best friend, visiting me on her way to a business meeting from out of state. We both hated it when I moved away and were so glad to have a little sleep over the other night after not seeing each other in person for a year. Maria is extra special because she is actually the one who first told me about Bikini Body Mommy and would have recruited me for an accountability partner if I hadn’t been pregnant with my 3rd. She did an amazing job and transformed her body doing the challenge and was the biggest inspiration, planting the seeds to get me ready to start for real back in January. Of course, she would be my accountability partner now if not for her own 3rd pregnancy. She is due in November which gives her enough time, hopefully, to get in on 3.0 and we will finally be doing the challenges together.

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I can’t think of anything more spectacular than getting outside into the fall air to photograph gorgeous baby bumps. I definitely have a great job. ๐Ÿ™‚

Stay active, my friends. Keep pushing it. Don’t let busy schedules or life get in the way of your 20 minutes. Speaking from experience, I know it’s tough, last week I was out all day Saturday and had to take my rest day and do day 6. You can do it! ย I believe in you. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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What is Bikini Body Mommy?

Bikini Body Mommy, a movement led by Briana Christine, and you can find out more at http://www.bikinibodymommy.com

Looking to find some inspiration on Pinterest? You can follow me there too.

To get my new posts as I continue to reach for my goals, delivered right to your inbox, hit the subscribe button at the top left of this page, right under my profile picture.

And finally, has this post delighted, inspired, or amused you? Feel free to share it with your friends.

2.0 Round 2 Day 4: Recipe – My Favorite GoTo Salad

I took some pictures yesterday of my son and I doing some extra stretches and warm up. I have issues with my lower back and have to take extra care to warm up completely before doing planks and squat jumps and what not. Here’s one for the mommies who can’t get away from the kiddos during work out time, just make a game of it.

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On another note, one of my very favorite foods is salad. Thankfully salad is a healthy, clean eating friendly option and I love it, I could eat it every day for every meal and I often do. But for those of you who aren’t completely sold, I’m going to share one of my very favorite salads that I make a lot and the best part is I buy everything at my local Aldi and that saves me all kinds of money. I make a big bowl of this and eat on it for several days. Having it made up and in the fridge makes sure I’m more likely to grab it to munch on rather than a higher calorie or less nutritious option when I’m pressed for time.

My Favorite GoTo Salad

2 small heads/bunches of spring greens or artisan lettuce

1 heart of romaine lettuce

1 orange, red, or yellow bell pepper

2/3 cup dried apricots

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half

1/3 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

4 oz cheese (I usually use swiss, sharp cheddar, or colby) grated

4 boiled eggs

I believe the trick to making a fabulous tasting salad is all about how you slice your veggies. For the lettuce I like to wash the heads and slice the whole bunch like a loaf of bread into no wider than 1/4 inch wide slivers, then turn my cutting board 90 degrees and chop those long strips in half or thirds. For the bell pepper I cut the flesh off the seeds in four or five big pieces and then slice those into very thin, longer strips, about an inch long. The apricots also get sliced into thin strips. I always cut my grape or cherry tomatoes in half, and rather than buying pre shredded cheese, I buy the block and grate it myself, it’s both cheaper and there is no anti caking agent on it. The eggs I cut into quarters long ways and then slice those in thin pieces. Basically, slicing everything long and thin as a general rule is so much better than square and chunky. Again, that’s my opinion, and a matter of personal preference. I also like to leave my salads layered ย with the cheese on top, that keeps it from getting soggy if a big salad sits in the fridge for a few days. I usually put my layers together in the order they are listed above, except the lettuces, I toss those together. As for dressing, anything goes with this, from ranch to french to Italian. I am personally a french dressing fan, but since it is more sauce like, I tend to use too much. I can modify a lot of habits, but not having enough dressing on my salad is just a no go for me. Making my own dressing would be way more awesome, but to get a little real, I just don’t have the creative flare or the time on a daily basis and it is just very easy to grab a pre-made dressing. Lately I have been loving Aldi’s brand Three Cheese Vinaigrette.

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It is delicious and the ingredient list is pretty clean and simple. I like a vinaigrette because it takes less to coat the whole salad. This recipe makes a pretty big bowl of salad, if it’s just me eating on it with or for every meal it will generally last about 2-3 days, ย and costs somewhere around $4.50 – $6. Not bad for 5-7 meals!

 

 

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A single serve helping, add a dressing of your choice.

I hope you all enjoyed this and I’d love to hear your favorite salad toss ins or recipes! Viva la Real FOOD! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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What is Bikini Body Mommy?

Bikini Body Mommy, a movement led by Briana Christine, and you can find out more at http://www.bikinibodymommy.com

Looking to find some inspiration on Pinterest? You can follow me there too.

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2.0 Round 2 Day 3: SORE

Day 3! I am still excited, but man! You would think after completing two 90 day challenges and a four week mini that I would not be this sore going back to the beginning, but I am SORE. Anyone else out there feeling it?

I find the full minute of rest following only a minute of exercise fairly easy having been used to the 1:30 on :30 off format at the end of 2.0, so I have really focused on increasing my reps. I have gotten some of my best reps and performance the last 2 days and I guess that’s where the extra sore is coming in. I have been staying hydrated to combat the soreness and doing plenty of stretches.

I am a Bikini Body Mommy Facebook page stalker once again. I love going to the posts by others section and reading everyone’s comments and getting encouraged by others who are in the same place I am. I saw where one mom asked the question about fitting these workouts into a busy schedule. I have to say, if someone had told me a year ago that I would jump out of bed at 5 am every morning, even on saturdays, just so I could have time for my exercise and blogging about my exercise program, I would have laughed. I’m a morning person, but 5 am? That’s the funny thing about this program, I have so much more energy and sleep so much better, 5 am isn’t really that bad. There is just no reason to NOT fit 20 minutes of exercise into your day. You get back so much more than 20 minutes of sleeping in.

 

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What is Bikini Body Mommy?

Bikini Body Mommy, a movement led by Briana Christine, and you can find out more at http://www.bikinibodymommy.com

Looking to find some inspiration on Pinterest? You can follow me there too.

To get my new posts as I continue to reach for my goals, delivered right to your inbox, hit the subscribe button at the top left of this page, right under my profile picture.

And finally, has this post delighted, inspired, or amused you? Feel free to share it with your friends.

 

2.0 Round 2 Day 2: What a newbie needs to remember from a multi BBM Challenge veteran

Day 1 was amazing! I didn’t realize just how much I missed the sweat. I rocked the work out, did a couple of exercises beyond the 20 minutes, took a 2.5 mile walk pulling little man in the wagon and made it in 30 minutes, drank well over 96 oz of water not including coffee, stayed completely on track with my small, frequent, clean meals, and got a ton of house work done. I felt so motivated and active!

I’m determined to carry on that momentum after seeing this yesterday.

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When I finished 2.0 last month on August 2nd, I was proud of how toned and strong my body had become, but I kind of had it in my mind that because no actual weight was lost, my relative size wasn’t much different in my before and afters. I mean, I had trimmed up and toned up, but my jean size remained the same, albeit a better fit. And over the last month as life happened and I lost momentum and kind of told myself it was ok to take a little break (that turned into more of a long 35 day break with only random days that I worked out) both on exercise and way too loose on my nutrition, because my jeans still fit, even if a little more roll creeped up over the top, I told myself there wasn’t much change. When I measured yesterday, my measurements were the same on my arms and legs, and there was only about a half inch gain on each of my chest and core measures. I didn’t think that was much, but after comparing the photos I realized just what a half inch over all looks like. I only gained about 2 lbs, but I see a big difference in these sets of photos.

I’m writing this post today for those of you like me who peetered out between challenges. These photos prove it’s a life style. If we look at it as just a challenge, our bodies will begin changing back once the challenge is over. That workout each day makes a difference. That meal structure is important. Taking a break is ok, but 35 days is not a break, it’s a cop out. It would be a shame to work so hard for 90 days and lose all your progress because suddenly you are “too busy” to keep getting your 20 minutes in daily. (That was one of the lines I fed myself this past month.) Note to self: I wouldn’t skip a shower for more than a few days because I was “too busy”, then I should not skip this important part of health and personal care.

The littlest bit of progress is still progress ladies. You may not lose weight this round, you may not drop a clothing size, but I promise you, the more defined abs and leaner look of the left side photos above is going to get you to your goals sooner than the backward step of the photos on the right. Take it from a girl who has been there.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it now at the beginning of this challenge, don’t make this about the scale. This is a journey. It took 6 years for my body to attain it’s mommy of 3 babies and busy life look. It is going to take more than 90 days for me to get back to a pre-baby weight. For 6 years (and even more, really) I have thought solely of little people and my family where meeting out time is concerned, it is going to take more than 90 days to reprogram my brain to set aside a little time for myself. Don’t give up on this. If you are a new-to-the-challenge-mom, don’t be discouraged if you don’t see progress right away. It took me one whole 90 day challenge (1.0) just to get back in the habit of daily exercise and a whole nother challenge (2.0 round 1) to get my nutrition under control. I did not begin to see major change until about half way through the first 2.0, that’s like 135 days!!

Just keep going. You will not regret it, make it about the journey because it is so much more than just a 90 day challenge and you are changing SO MUCH MORE than just a number on a scale. You are going to change differently than every other woman, at a different rate, and you’ll need different measures to tweak even this program and make it just for you. It will take time for you to figure out what these are. Don’t get impatient. Don’t quit. I promise you, change is happening, and it will surprise you when you recognize it.

2.0 Round 2 Day 1: Measurements and getting back on the wagon

Hello friends! Are you as excited as I am? I’m pretty excited to be starting a new challenge. For me, there is something about the energy of being part of a big movement. Maybe it’s the daily posts, the words of encouragement on the Bikini Body Mommy page, or maybe it’s just a mental thing, but this last month between school starting and that learning curve coupled with every day busy life and my art starting back up, I kind of fell off the wagon both with exercise and nutrition. I got some exercise in, but definitely not every day. But you know what? Here I am, and this round will be bringing big changes! I’m determined to peel off weight this round. I am committed to keeping my meals small and frequent and doing each day’s exercise. Failure isn’t an option for me! I have goals and I have seen amazing changes in the last 9 months, now I’m ready to fit into a smaller jean size this Christmas.

I’m going to try to keep these short blog posts coming through this round of the journey too. They may not happen every day, but I’m shooting for at least 3 a week. I have been so inspired by all the love and support thrown my way and I will aim to love and support as many of you as I can too. I really feel that makes all the difference in success.

Despite having dropped off dramatically in between this challenge and the last, I was pleasantly surprised to see my measurements (except that pesky weight, of course) hadn’t changed for the most part, and where they did it wasn’t dramatic. It goes to show that 1) this is a lifestyle that builds healthy habits that stick with you even when you “cheat”, and 2) you can’t stop, you have to keep going and it is more than a challenge, it is a journey.

So in the spirit of short and sweet, here are my day one measurements, my first stepping stone into another adventure.

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NOTE: I am doing a 15 point measurement this round, which is more than what Briana suggests, but these are the areas I want to watch change.

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https://natasiachampion.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/my-newest-project-an-overview/

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