Lean, Mean, and Squeaky Clean Challenge – April 4th, 2017

Lean, Mean, and Squeaky Clean Challenge – April 4th, 2017

Hellooooo!

You know, this is  for the most part a fitness blog so let’s just start this post out basking in Sarah’s fitness modelesque vacation workout pictures.

You are honestly a fitness model Sarah. I love how active your vacation is. I’m right there with you! Let me see if I can find a vacation picture from my archives to show my vacation activity…….

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Yep. That’s about right.

GREAT work Sarah! You are such an inspiration Beauty!!!

Lean, Mean, and Squeaky Clean Challenge!

Today was a visit to the chiropractor/angel from above. I’m sure I’ve told this story on here before but hey, let’s tell it again! I had chronic throat pain and my vision in my left eye was blurry for almost a year! I went to doctor after doctor, took antibiotic after steroid…. nothing. Then one glorious day I was deadlifting at the gym and pulled my back. I thought nothing of it but as the day went on I found it more and more difficult to walk. At the end of the night, I was crawling around the house because I couldn’t walk. Then the next morning I couldn’t get out of bed because the pain was so bad. I laughingly asked Jason to help me get out of bed. He pulls me up….. and I passed out four times.

Long story short, he calls the ambulance, I go to the hospital, and I’m still not sure why I passed out BUT they recommended that I go to a chiropractor and that is when my life was changed! I went for my lower back but it turned out that my neck was completely jacked! That’s what was causing the throat pain and eye thing! I thought I was dying but it was my neck being out of alignment the whole time! So I am so thankful that I pulled my back that day and was sent to Dr. Ryan. I tell this story to everyone I know because it’s so crazy how much stuff we take medication for that could be cured with an adjustment. But just like with finding any doctor, it is important to find a GOOD chiropractor.

What does this have to do with our challenge? If you feel good it is much easier to put in the work that needs to be done to achieve what you want to do! And maybe, just maybe, your neck’s jacked. 🙂

Onto our usual challenge talk!

Anne found this nutritional yeast. I have been wanting to get this stuff! I see it all the time and it is one of the main ingredients of my favorite dish at this amazing restaurant we have here in Athens. She used it on pork chops along with almond flour, beef tallow, and seasoning. Yummy!

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And Sarah tried the bars that Anne said were terrible and she thought they were terrible too! Haha!

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These are gross! If I do decide to ever capitalize on this blog I know one company who probably won’t be interested in working with me…

I posted these on Instagram yesterday so I will share them here too. This is my progress from November until yesterday and I’m still rocking along with a lot of thanks to you ladies!

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No clue what I’m thinking posting these in the same post as Sarah.

I’ll catch you guys in the comments!

Questions:

Do you have anything that “changed your life” that you tell everyone about?

What did you eat today?

Exercise?

Have a great night ladies!

*If you are just tuning in, we are doing a summer ready challenge that runs until the first day of summer June 21st, 2017. You are welcome to join now or at anytime until then! The sooner you start the more time you have to be your best self by summer. Post your healthy food and workout here for accountability or I can help you come up with a plan for success if you need one. Just email me at coachangel7@gmail.com!

15 thoughts on “Lean, Mean, and Squeaky Clean Challenge – April 4th, 2017

  1. Great pictures,wow you girls are amazing!

    I went to the gym 4 days in a row and decided to take a break tonight. I have my gym bag packed and food ready to go for tomorrow.

    Today’s food:
    B – paleo porridge
    L – spaghetti squash and meat sauce
    S – yogurt, berries, grain-free granola
    D – chicken alfredo and green beans
    S – chocolate almond cup

  2. Ok, today was better! Logging on here makes such a huge difference in my life. I know I would have given up already without it. Thank you all!!!!! Also, I finally started my journal and that got me off on the right foot which is awesome!

    B- collagen shake and a blueberry Rx bar
    L- lettuce, cuke, bacon salad with homemade Italian dressing and a vega bar
    S- 1/2 an organic dark chocolate hazelnut toffee bar (1/2 a bar is unheard of. So proud!)
    D- yummiest pork chops ever and kale salad
    S- kombucha

    Exercise- squats, push-ups and a wall sit

    Nite nite!!

  3. You guys look awesome! I love nutritional yeast, I put it on just about everything but my favorite use for it is to make a “cheesy” sauce for scalloped potatoes or mac and cheese. I think the most life changing thing for me was really learning about nutrition. I gained around 30 pounds during college and grad school and didn’t really understand how my eating habits were keeping me from losing weight. I did the low carb thing and lost a lot of the weight but I wasn’t eating things that were good for me (diet soda and tons of tuna salad spring to mind). A friend of mine gave me the book Skinny Bitch, which is such a misleading title because it is about so much more than weight loss! It opened my eyes to the things that I was putting into my body including artificial sweeteners and chemicals in “low-fat” or “fat-free” foods. It completely changed my mindset from losing weight by whatever means to eating real food that fuels my body. My weight really took care of itself at that point. That is really the point I’m looking to get back to. I ate organic and plant based, I ran, did weight training, and took at least 1 mind/body class a week. I did care about the results but I mostly did these things because they felt good and made me happy. Of course, I had a lot more time on my hands back then and I was able to focus all my attention and time on myself but I think I can still get to a good place while balancing family life and work. So glad to have the support and motivation that this group provides!

    1. This is so good. You are so right. I realized this after reading Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Diet. I could never imagine going back to the way that I ate before! People don’t realize how much of what they are feeling and experiencing is not normal because they are just used to feeling that way. When you change your diet, it’s CRAZY what changes! Everyone tells me “I could never not eat this, or I could never not eat that.” When it’s actually the FOOD making them want it! If they just didn’t eat it they wouldn’t want it!
      Anyway, I could rant all day but what you said is so good.
      I love our group! I’m so glad you joined us Melanie!

  4. I got so caught up with that I forgot to log my food and exercise lol

    B: Coffee, banana, larabar
    L: Salad
    S: pretzels (I panicked and bought these at work lol I need to bring more food with me!)
    S: Carrot sticks and hummus
    D: homemade soup

    Workout: 20 min legs and abs

  5. Hey there, can your midsection become “small” again? I had this client once who showed quite similar pictures as you and asked if the belly would ever get back to it’s former shape again. Not wanting to demotivate her I told her it would. Was I wrong?

  6. Awesome abs there Sarah! I don’t think I ever, ever, ever had a flat stomach like that. A true dream for me.
    Angela, your progress is remarkable ! Your hard work has paid off !!
    I would have to have a tummy tuck to look like either of you.

    Today’s workout was core/cardio. Circuit 1, rest 60 sec, repeat, rest 60 sec, then duplicate with circuit 2. Full sit up w/twist. Legs out straight, 10 each side, 20 sec plank, 30 sec mtn climbers, 20 sec plank, 5 each arm plank surrenders, 15 jumping jacks, 15 Stability ball crunches, 10 stability ball froggies, 10 stability ball reverse crunches, 30 second mtn climbers and jumping jacks.
    I also added a few others while I was lying on floor. Bird dog, toe taps, bridging. Took a little walk with the pup, about 15 minutes. A little stretch. Will do that again later.

    In regards to the workouts, I do the best I can and implement strategies to get through, haha ! Sometimes I just cannot do a move or all of the movements. Like burpees…those are ridiculous. I cannot move that fast and they hurt my lower back.

    Foods :
    Meal 1,Pre workout: fluffy oatmeal pancakes w/vega (too many I thought so I ate one less)
    Meal 2, Post workout: vega, unsw almond milk, 1 tsp honey, 1c blueberries. Mmmm yummy!
    Meal 3, chicken, sweet potato fries. Delish with a tid bit honey mustard to dip the chicken.
    Meal 4, this I missed. Turkey, tortilla, avocado. Not really into cold cuts lately.
    Meal 5, ginger glazed fish, pecans, steamed veggie
    Meal 6, choc coconut fudge, I may not have this as cocoa at 8:30/9:00 may keep me up.
    6 16 oz glasses of water

    This food schedule is a bit too much food for me. I would be eating all day long if I actually ate everything on the days listing. I know there is a reason for it all but I just cannot do it unless I get up a couple hours earlier to have more hours in my day. It’s not that important to me to do that. I sooooo treasure my sleep.

    Down two pounds due to the water loss. We will see what it all brings at the end of 15 days.

    Good evening all. Off to make my dinner. Not really feeling fish as I had found a worm on my cod a few month ago. I try my hardest to forget that happening but cannot !!! Typically gag it down ! Now…that is not intuitive eating, hahaha !

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