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. 🙂

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!  I believe in you. 🙂

 

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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 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.

between challenge slump

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.

My BBM Journey: Between Challenges and When the Bell Rings

Hi everyone!

How are you guys doing with this little gap in between Bikini Body Mommy and the re-release of 2.0 on September 8th?

For me it has been busy as ever since the challenge wrapped up. My baby girl started Kindergarten and my sister is also in school, she is enrolled in high school here in Western KY. The last week has been a whirlwind of last minute appointments and paper work and orientations and all the things that go along with kids being in school. However, this is all brand new for me, the first year I’ve been a mom with school age children, and since I was homeschooled after 2nd grade, I find the whole thing even more of a challenge to grasp and get the hang of.

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But here we are, on day 3, and everything is beginning to be more routine and the girls are doing great so far, I’m proud of them! As for the workouts, I have made a point to plan them carefully into our day. Until the new challenge starts we are picking random days from 2.0 and doing one as soon as I pick the girls up in the afternoon. It gives them a little break mentally before we dive into evening home work and adds a little energy boost to the roughest part of the afternoon.

I’m still trying to get my run in after I drop the girls off in the morning, but to be honest, little man has kept me busy without his Sissy to play with and I have a deadline on chores and house work since the evenings are dedicated to home work, making dinner, and timely bedtime. Thankfully my nutrition is better. Since it’s just me and little man, and I’m busier in the morning, I have been eating smaller portions of either left overs, fresh fruit, or salad since those are quick and easy to grab.

I am also packing the girls’ lunches, and have been getting some ideas from Pinterest, of course, to keep from sending them with the same old thing. Feeding my girls healthy, nutritious food is my absolute passion. I firmly believe that if they are going to think and perform at their best, they have to be fueled properly. So with that, I will post my very first school lunch recipe post. Tell me what you think. 🙂

Ham and Cheese Rolls with Cranberry Walnut Spread

Cranberry Walnut Spread

1/2 cup dried cranberries

water

1/2 cup walnut halves

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

Rehydrate cranberries by placing them in a pan with just enough water to barely cover them. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes or until the cranberries are plump and most of the water is absorbed. Drain any excess liquid. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

Place cranberries and walnuts in a food processor and process for about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and add the yogurt. Process for another 2 minutes till everything is well blended. Chill for at least 30 minutes before using. Store in the refrigerator.

Makes about 1 cup of spread

Ham and Cheese Rolls

4 slices of premium deli ham

1 slice of premium deli swiss cheese, cut into four strips

4 small leaves of leaf lettuce

2 tsp. cranberry walnut spread

Lay down a slice of ham, spread with about half a teaspoon of cranberry walnut spread, layer on the cheese and the lettuce and roll up the ham. Setting it down on it’s seam will help it stay rolled. Repeat with the rest of the ingredients.

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NOTES: I made these for the first day of school and the kids loved them. They are a great alternative to a sandwich. You can really use any kind of meat or cheese, and even have fun with these. Rolling up some thinly sliced granny smith apple in addition to or in place of the lettuce adds crunch and variety, or cucumber slices, or julienned carrot, you name it. So many variations are possible here. Today I sent 4 of these rolls, a small container of bite sized watermelon, a yogurt, and a little baggy of chocolate, cranberry, mixed nut trail mix. Who says school lunch has to be boring chips and a sandwich?

 

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What is BBM?

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

Did you miss my first post outlining my goals? Find it here.

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

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.

My BBM Journey: Day 90

Day 90.

This time has flown by! Let me first say how monumentally proud I am of myself for sticking to this challenge and not only NOT missing very many days, but doubling up on most of them too. I missed a workout the other day and did the killer death march day AND the HIIT back to back the next day, one workout after the other. I died immediately following, but I got it done. Little triumphs like that, this challenge has been full of them and I am incredibly proud.

I stepped on the scale this morning and was not surprised to see a total weight gain over the 90 days of 3 lbs. My weight is down from day 75, but I have fluctuated this entire challenge between 209 and 212 for the most part. I think it’s pretty safe to say I lost no weight. However….. are you ready for this?

I have lost a grand total of 20.5 inches!! That is fantastic!! But oh, so much more! I feel strong, I feel healthy, my skin looks incredible, my fine lines are disappearing more each week, my cellulite has decreased dramatically, my lower back (which has troubled me for most of my adult life) is stronger and almost never hurts, I’m more limber, I have so much more energy and motivation, and I could go on and on. I have gained so much more than just a slimmer body.

I definitely have a good ways to go still. I am definitely on board for the next challenge, both the re-release of 2.0 and 3.0 in January. I have goals to meet and I’m excited! I can’t wait to see how much more progress I will make.

day 1 and day 90 measures

And now, with that in mind, that I still have a long way to go, I am sharing my progress pictures, days 1 and 90.

front day 1 and 90

side day 1 and 90

back day 1 and 90

It is all about the journey, it has ceased to be about the results. The results are happening, little by little, but this journey is amazing. Keep going mommies! Did you get off track? Fall off the wagon? You can just get back on! Did you finish but not as strongly as you believe you can? Here’s your chance to beat your old records, to do even better. I am going to keep going. I believe I CAN reach my goals. I believe I WILL! I am going to look back a year from now and see amazing changes. I already see them.

Dec. 28, 2013 right before 1.0

Dec. 28, 2013 right before 1.0

Today, day 90, Aug. 2, 2014, end of 2.0

Today, day 90, Aug. 2, 2014, end of 2.0

 

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What is BBM?

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

Did you miss my first post outlining my goals? Find it here.

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

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

To get my daily posts through the  90 day challenge in 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.

My BBM Journey: Day 85

Holy moly. Here we are, the last week of this challenge.

I actually took 3 days off last week, my hubby and I got an opportunity we haven’t had in forever, definitely not since my little guy was born 19 months ago. A whole weekend to ourselves, no kids, thanks to my awesome mom in law. She even kept my “adopted” daughter and they all had fun shopping and going to an all day Bible school and all that, happy sleep over at Meme’s house. What did me and hubs do? Absolutely nothing.

We had thought we might go on a long hike at Land Between the Lakes which is easier to do without little legs getting tired, but we ended up laying on the couch and watching back to back Netflix episodes the whole weekend while eating on carry out pizza. It was deliciously lazy, but after 2 days I have to say, I was ready for my babies and my routine, and definitely ready to get back into exercise. The inactivity was great for about 24 hours, then it got old.

Just before this micro staycation, however, I had worked my muscles almost to death and my back and obliques were so sore all weekend, like laying-on-the-couch-hurts-so-bad kind of sore. I had done the BBM workouts as well as subbed out my run for some paper plate exercises, which were killer on the core. I placed paper plates under my feet to make them able to glide over the carpet and then proceeded to do a HIIT type workout using mountain climber, squat thrust, and scissor slide plank motions. It took very little to get my heart rate up and let me know there were still muscles I didn’t know I had.

This week is crazy for me. My hubby has been doing a lot of work from home which throws my schedule off, but in addition to that I have been getting my girls ready to start school. My little girl is going to kindergarten and my sister is in high school but this is a new school for her. I never knew how many appointments and orientations and preliminary things went on before and how much a mom had to keep track of! That’s why I have gone 9 days since my last blog post. Sorry about that! I want you all to know I’m still going, still pushing, and I will be even more proud to have finished this challenge than I was when I finished the first one since I have hardly missed any days for this one and have doubled up the workouts almost every day. I’m really looking forward to repeating 2.0 and the Sunday Skinnys coming back and doing 3.0 in January. I will have a whole lot more on my plate with school starting and afternoon homework to help with and lunches to pack and my poor little guy is going to miss the girls terribly through the day I’m sure, but all that makes Bikini Body Mommy even more important to me. I will need all the motivation and support I can gather.

So, I plan to keep posting but also realize I may have gaps between posts at times. That’s why the subscribe button is awesome, if you enjoy following this blog you can make sure you see when I post new entries and keep from missing any posts. I’d really like to post school lunch ideas with pictures and the Fall activities we stay busy with. Everyone who reads and the comments I get really help me stay motivated, thank you all for taking the time to be part of my journey! 🙂

My crazy crew!

My crazy crew!

 

 

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What is BBM?

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

Did you miss my first post outlining my goals? Find it here.

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

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

To get my daily posts through the  90 day challenge in 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.

My BBM Journey: Day 76

I thought in celebration of edging back on track with my nutrition I would share a yummy recipe I made the other day for lunch. 🙂

Summer Garden Orzo

1/2 of a 1 lb. box orzo pasta

1 large purple onion, diced

1 medium zuccini, diced

1 medium red bell pepper, diced

1 1/2 cups halved grape tomatoes

1 1/2 – 2 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup ricotta cheese

1 TBL olive oil

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. fresh minced basil

1tsp. fresh minced parsley

salt and pepper

 

In a large skillet heat oil. Add onions, peppers, and mushrooms. Add salt to help sweat the water out of the veggies. When the onions begin to appear translucent, add the zuccini, garlic powder, orzo, and enough chicken broth to just cover everything. Let it simmer, stirring often to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pan. Cook just until orzo is almost done, about 5-7 minutes, then add the tomatoes and continue to cook until the orzo is firm, but no longer crunchy. You may need to add a little broth during this process. Be careful not to add too much at a time so the mixture won’t become soupy. Stir in the ricotta cheese, fresh herbs, and check for enough salt and pepper. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

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Serves: 6

Calories per serving: approx. 220

Prep time: approx. 20 minutes

Cook time: approx. 15 minutes

Recipe cost: approx. $4.50

 

NOTES: In this particular picture, I had run out of grape tomatoes, so I used a can of diced tomatoes. I just added them when I added the orzo and reduced the broth by a little, using the juice from the canned tomatoes. This dish is so delicious and versatile, you could really add any veggie you like, fresh peas, broccoli florets, yellow squash, etc. It can easily be made vegetarian or vegan by using vegetable broth or tomato juice instead of chicken broth, and omitting the ricotta cheese, which I add for a little creaminess. This is quick and easy and my whole family loves it!

Let me know what you all think. 🙂

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What is BBM?

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

Did you miss my first post outlining my goals? Find it here.

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

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

To get my daily posts through the  90 day challenge in 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.