Sunday, July 28, 2013


Hey! It's your Slactastic-Blueprint-Changer!  Sheesh, sorry for the blog delay (for those of you holding your breath).  A much needed vacation followed by having family in town for this weekend we're in now has been in my way of a good old blog post.  Got some great stuff for you today, though, and some pics, of course. :)

OK, so where to start?  How about at the beginning sort of and then I'll jump around some?

July 15th I started a new program, called Focus T25.  I am blessed to be connected to Nate, a trainer I claim as my own, even though he lives in Florida.  Nate is a Beachbody coach and fitness expert (he owns Underground Fitness Revolution, an awesome training gym in Alachua, FL, in addition to Renegade Nate Fitness, Coaching & Consulting - click here for Nate's Website).

What I appreciate about Nate is that he doesn't mince words, he has a strong and unashamed faith in Christ and he practices what he preaches (except for desserts - lol - but he has a six pack so he's allowed to eat more dessert than me).  He's solidly concerned about his clients getting results and he does not allow for petty excuses. 

Let me give you some history on how I connected with a trainer in Alachua, Florida when I haven't lived or worked in that area since 2010.

As you might recall, in December/January/February I started in a challenge group on Facebook that Nate created and at that time was doing Turbo Fire and running multiple days of the week.  I enjoyed the program and definitely saw results in January once my nutrition got straight.  Nate has always preached the "protein, produce, healthy fats" eating plan, so when he posted a link about Whole 30, I got excited and did my first Whole 30 in February, having NO idea what would happen.

The Whole 30/Paleo way of eating has COMPLETELY revolutionized eating in my heart and mind.  I am no longer a slave to my cravings, yet I eat what I want to.  My wants are radically different than they ever used to be, as I eat so clean most "junk" will make me feel like that, junk.  And who wants to feel like junk?  Not this chick.  Doesn't hurt one bit that since December I've lost a little over 39 pounds.  I'm giving nutrition MOST of the credit here.  Learn more about the Whole 30 here.  Just a side parents started their first Whole 30 on July 1st. I'm SOOO excited that they are both losing weight and winning the food battle.  Planning to interview them via skype later this week to post for you all so we can share their results and you can hear from someone other than yours truly that this plan is amazing!  First step?  BUY THE BOOK.  Here's the link on Amazon:  BUY It Starts With Food.

My vacation started simultaneously with Focus T25!  It's an intense, 25 minute workout 4 days a week, and a double-up workout (50 minutes) on Friday.  Every Saturday is Staturday where you do your weight, measurements, etc.  There is a Facebook page for accountability with people from all over.  I love posting and reading the posts of everyone's daily workouts.  They are taught by Shaun T. (the Insanity guy) and let me tell you, I am DRENCHED after each 25 minute workout.  I really am enjoying the program and am sure it will get me further down the road towards my weight loss goals.  Trying to run here and there as well without overdoing it.  If you're interested in T25 send me a message and I can hook you up with Nate to be your coach, etc.

The first official day of vacation I got to meet the incredible folks who have been encouraging me all of this time.

L to R, bottom row: Nate, Barbara.  Back row: Angela, Clara, Karen, Eliana.
It was amazing to meet these folks as they have ALL had a hand in my success thus far this year.  From challenging me, to supporting me, to checking in on me.  I feel like I've known them forever even though we just officially met week before last.  Was so awesome to put humans with my Facebook friends!  I rely on these folks SO much and many of them are in the new T25 challenge with me as well.

I stayed really close to Whole 30 on vacation.  I had two intentional treats and enjoyed EVERY bite of them.  First was frozen custard.  If you've never had it, you might not want to try it.  It's like the northern version of ice cream or frozen yogurt but SOOO much yummier.  I had it for the first time several years ago in Wisconsin and have been a fan of it ever since, but hardly ever find it in the southern states.  Well...on Amelia Island, where we spent a few days on vacation, they had it at a wonderful ice cream store.  It was so amazing and so worth it.  Actually did not experience any weird side effects from it either which was a bit of a surprise. So good.  The next treat I had were some amazing crab cakes from the Karibrew cafe in Fernandina Beach. They had melted brie and a cranberry chutney on them.  Holy moly.  Another "worth every bite" experience.

Interesting part?  I lost 2 lbs while on vacation.  I did not miss a workout and made sure my eating was on track, including veggies at breakfast just about every day (which is hard when you're traveling!). I made some of my own food at my mother in law's house and had plenty of protein, fruit and veggies to snack on.  I avoided alot of processed junk and I'm so glad I stayed mostly on track. I also found an awesome cafe/health food store on the island that made us some amazing really healthy food - and they carried kombucha! Yeah!

Here's a few pics from my trip:

Me and the family at Amelia Island.  Beautiful weather for the few days we were there.

Typical breakfast for me - leftover veggies from the night before (brussel sprouts salad - this one with spicy chicken sausage) with two eggs scrambled.

Chicken salad with diced apple, curry, garlic and sea salt topped with toasted almonds and coconut and a side of fresh GA peaches.

Same chicken salad (on sort of a kick here) and my favorite veggie, sugar snap peas topped with coconut oil, and toasted almonds/coconut.

Me and my wee one at Fort Clinch.

So I am loving T25.  I've completed 2 weeks and here are my stats:

4lbs since 7/15/13
2 inches off my waist
1 inch off my chest
1/2 inch off each arm
1.5 inch off right thigh and 1 off of left thigh

I can REALLY see a visible difference in my thighs (holla!!!) so I was excited to see the tape measure agreed with what the mirror and my shorts were saying.  Hoping that keeps up.  The Alpha phase of the T25 is 5 weeks, then the Beta phase is next and that's another 5 weeks.  I can see myself really meeting my fitness goals with this program and continued, on point nutrition.

Bottom line - if you don't eat right, you will NOT achieve your fitness results.  Period.  Until you're ready to change your nutrition, you are not ready to get fit.  I would honestly say don't even bother looking for healthy weight loss unless you are eating right.  It's not going to happen. And just eating less processed crap isn't going to get you there permanently either.  It's a lifestyle change, and not one you can stop and start when it's convenient.  I love that I don't track the first calorie, point, or whatever, I just eat the right balance of foods and the weight is coming off. I'm never starving and rarely crave anything other people are eating.

My food issues are still in the healing process, but I'll venture to say they are almost there.  This, after 34 years of struggling with it, and 4 years of trying to figure it out, is an amazing thing to be able to say.

Oh - in 1.4 pounds (when I reach 185) I will buy myself a fitbit for fun.  I love being able to see activity, etc. and I do not plan on starting a food log again, though I might do it for a week for fun just to see.

Will keep you all posted on how I'm doing! Let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you in any way to get started.  My best advice, in case you're wondering and don't want to ask, is you have to get there with your head first.  When you're really, truly read to DO HARD THINGS then ask me questions.  Until then, it will be a waste of time for us both.

Because this has really been hard...until I got used to it. Then it got really easy and that's where I'm at right now.  Good place to be...

Ending with a pic for you to enjoy, pre church this morning:

Ignore the weird armpit fat...but check out the forearms!  lol.  :D

Happy week to you all!!!



Missy Blitch said...

Why did I feel today's blog was all for me? lol Thanks for sharing! Love you!! Looking GOOD!

ClaraB said...

haha Missy! I promise it wasn't. I probably talk to upwards of 5 people a week about how to get healthy! I was just talking to some ladies in our town yesterday. I was one of those who wanted it to be easy for a long I don't mind the work (prob cause it's working?). Keep on keeping on girl! I'm here for you! love you too!! :)