Its Done | The Road To 2 Chesticles

Holy smokes, I can’t believe 56 days have passed and that the 8 Week Challenge is done.

At the beginning I was apprehensive.  It seem liked a long time, plus doing it over the summer, many thought I was crazy.

Yes, there were times, in the first few months that I too thought that I was insane, but then I started to see changes and I no longer craved eating those Candyland pieces.

I feel great all over all.  I ended the challenge losing 15lbs and 5 inches off my waist!

And the best part….I got 2 chesticles. IMG_4282

This challenge really motivated me to make changes to my lifestyle which I would have otherwise procrastinated against making.

So thank you Bonnie & Briar, the ladies of the 8 Week Challenge for helping me along the way!!!

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Day Somewhere in the middle of week 7 | The Road to 2 Chesticles

I haven’t posted in awhile about my 8 Week Challenge journey so I can’t actually remember what day I am at.

So lets see….I have sitting pretty steady at an 11 lbs lost at this point.  Also I have lost 4 inches off my waistline.  I have maintained the Challenge Friendly, cleaning eating food plan for pretty much the entire challenge.

I did however have a few cheats along the way.  The most recent was this past weekend when we went out for some Gelato.  I mean I couldn’t pass up a small bowl of that goodness.   And it was hotter than Hell outside so the cold treat was well deserved.

I am exercising more that ever and have started doing some strength training.  I honestly never thought that I would enjoy it, but I really do.  I always shied away from it, 1) because lets face it, I hate to exercise and 2) I was always worried about getting big Hulkamania muscles.  Gross!

But this challenge has changed the outlook on so many things for me.  The fact that I can do without sugar in my life.  I really don’t miss it at all.  I feel like I have more energy and my sleep has improved.  Also, overall I just feel better.  I feel like I carry myself better.  Even my palate has changed.

Right now I am addicted to spinach. Couldn’t not stand it before the challenge.  I thought the taste of it was horrible.

Now??? Now I eat it all the time.  Currently I am loving it in shakes, you know the ones that look like green sludge, yup those shakes.  Just had one for lunch….so delicious!

I am certainly looking forward to what the final stretch holds over the next week and a half.

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Day 30 – The Road to 2 Chesticles

Ice, Ice, Baby…..or rather melted ice, ice, baby!

So I am at Day 30 of 56 Days on the 8 week challenge.

Not much to report about at this point other than as of yesterday morning I am officially more than 1/2 way past my weight loss goal.  Whoooooo!!! (Please read this in a Rick Flair voice)

I just wanted to mention water today.  Before the challenge started I drank water.  Not a ton, but I enjoyed and made sure to drink it throughout the day.

Part of this challenge is to drink roughly 64 – 80 oz of water a day.  I thought to myself, f5b1fdc0cfc187d30691d3bda9e7e52e--drink-water-quotes-drink-more-waterthere is no way 1. I can drink that much water and 2. that my poor tiny little bladder can handle it.  I mean I felt like I spent a ton of time in the washroom already!!!

It was a bit of a struggle in the beginning days of the challenge, but now?!?!?! Now, my body craves water. I can easily surpass the 80 oz.  I mean I usually have about 30 oz drank before I leave for work in the morning.  I drink it all day long.  I am actually enjoying all those trips to the washroom….I mean they count as exercise right???

So now, 50 days in, I see the importance of water and I’m loving every last drop of it.

 

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Day 28 – The Road to 2 Chesticles

Okay, so vacation is done and I am back at the 8 Week Challenge in full force.

If you’ve following along on this journey you will know that I was away at the cottage last week with a group of friends and I was really worried about being able to stay on track.   I mean there is so much goodness at the cottage.  Its usually a time to junk out! And those gooey marshmallows that I love to burn to a crisp, how could I pass those up right???  Good thing for fire bans.

So I allowed myself 2 cheat days.  I gave myself permission to have a few, that’s putting it mildly, adult beverages and 1 ice cream.  The ice cream tasted terrible, the beverages however most certainly did not.  As you may know, whiskey it my drink of choice.  I mean it’s like the pecan pie of the liquor world.  All that amber coloured goodness.  Now normally, pre-challenge, I would pair it with diet Pepsi, yes Pepsi because its way better that coke and yes aspartame….I know, I know, its bad for me.    So I chose I carbonated lemon water instead.  Quite delicious I must say.

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So other than those 2 cheats, I stayed right on track.  I was so super excited to come home and jump on that scale.  I was quite active while we were away.  My knee’s will agree.  Not like that, get your minds out of the gutter.  So I was kind of disappointed that I didn’t lose any weight from the beginning of the week, but on the bright side I didn’t gain any either.

Yesterday was the half way point, yup can’t believe its been 4 weeks already.  It was weigh in day and I completely missed it, so I did my stats this morning. So after 4 weeks these are my results

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So excited to see what the end results bring.

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Day 22 -The Road To 2 Chesticles

Yup! 3 weeks down and 5 to go on the 8 Week Challenge

This week I am in cottage country and very determined to stay on track…with maybe a few alcoholic cheat days. I mean it’s the cottage right???

At this point I have no sugar or pop cravings at all. Even the huge bag of cottage candy is no longer taunting me. The Hot Lips are wanting me to kiss them.

I have stalled this week on weight loss but I am told this is normal as the body adjusts. I do have a number in mind for the end of week 4 because really, I want to do another spastic nude happy dance on the bathroom scale.

3 weeks ago who would have known that dates and prunes and hemp hearts and dates would become my new best friends.

So now I am off because I have to pee…..again!