Well... I started THE CHALLENGE on Monday. I made it through the hardest day of the whole 6 weeks. The day in which you eat nothing but vegetables. I am happy to say that it is over! Yay for protein today. Week 1 is a detox, eating nothing but protein and vegetables for the whole week. I will update you on how I feel by the end of week. :)
Next up, the weigh in. I knew this was going to be rough. I focused really hard on nutrient timing at the beginning of the year using THE CHALLENGE meal plan and my own exercises. Through this I was able to drop 30 lbs. I felt amazing. Then as usual, life happened. To say that 2017 has been the worst year of my life is an understatement. I lost my mom just after the first of the year and then had a few other personal things happen that really forced me into a state of auto-pilot. I learned that emotional eating is REAL! I let my work outs be pushed to the side and other important things in my life take the back seat to my grief.
Even though I was dreading it, I rolled out of bed and headed to Nutrishop in Hendersonville, TN. We are fortunate to have them tracking THE CHALLENGE weigh ins for us with their InBody machine. Needless to say I have gained back all but 3 lbs. of the weight I lost. My body fat was way higher than I could have imagined and my BMI... well it is not healthy. I will share these numbers with you when I am ready but today was an eye opener. I am very disappointed in myself and my behaviors but everyone has a starting point and this is mine.
Most of my shock and disappointment came because I am a fitness professional. I know better, I know the science, I know the hows, I know the whys, but even for me it is still easy to fall into the traps of emotion and life. I understand the weight loss struggles people have and I understand it is not easy. Stick with me through this journey and see where I am in 6 weeks. I know it is going to be amazing!