Long Overdue Results from My 6-Week Challenge.

Dear Katherine,

I meant to share this with you… It’s the end of my challenge.

And the first thing I craved was chocolate.

Can you believe I didn’t eat any chocolate or wine for six weeks straight?! That is ludicrous. I can’t believe nor understand people who don’t eat chocolate. Six weeks is basically one whole entire month and a good two weeks of no processed sugars or anything!

I’m so proud of myself for being disciplined and having self-control and not giving into anything bad for me.

The final weigh-in was on a Tuesday, a couple of weeks ago (sorry for the delayed post I got busy with two new jobs lol) and well, I was surprised by my results. I knew going in that I wouldn’t lose a drastic 20lbs in six weeks… BUT! I did lose half that. I lost 10lbs. I also lost 3% body fat. I didn’t completely crush my goals like I thought I would, and I’m pretty sure it’s because I did not do as much cardio as I was supposed to do, however, I am halfway there. So, I’m not going to give up. I’ve decided to stick to this workout regiment along with a modified diet plan.

I’m happy with losing 10lbs and 3% body fat so far. The most rewarding thing is that I am stronger, my body feels better and I am a healthier me because of it. I used to be able to work out with only 5lbs weights. Now, I can work out with 15-20lbs weights.

strong lady lol

Although my 6-week-challenge has come to an end, I’m going to continue to challenge myself for another 6 weeks and change up my regiment.

I think one of the saddest things is when people fall off the rocker completely and after losing weight, they gain it all back because after a few months of hard work and strict diet regiment, results start to slow down. The body can only take so much restriction.

Sometimes, I feel like I am losing motivation and I miss eating certain foods. I definitely feel like I could easily go back to my old ways, but I also know deep down inside that I don’t want to. It is so much harder to start from scratch again and I don’t want to fail by going back to my old ways and bad habits.

I want to continue this whole healthy food and fitness life journey momentum in my life. I know my body will adjust to this routine too, so I just need to switch it up with variety.

I’ve learned a lot about what my body can do, but now I’m learning how to maintain and continue on my journey to a leaner, body fat-burning machine!

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Actual photo of me exercising (aka swimming) and simultaneously eating broccoli/greens.

Below are some motivating steps to stop the self from completely falling off of the healthy path:

  1. Don’t drop your diet completely. Despise a food you’re eating? Drop it. You’re never going to stick to a diet if you hate eating the food. Miss a certain food? Treat yourself occasionally. It’ll be okay. I tried it, it worked for me, so try it and it could work for you too! Only you know your own body and you don’t know for certain until you try it out for yourself.
  2. Don’t neglect your vitamins/supplements. They’re designed to help reduce things such as hunger pangs, cravings, and fatigue to help keep you motivated and focused. If natural is your way, I suggest using turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon and ginger in your dishes.
  3. Water is still important. When you don’t get enough water, your weight loss will stall, you’ll feel exhausted, and it’ll take longer to recover.
  4. Try different forms of exercise. Exercise doesn’t have to stay in the gym. Take a bike ride, go swimming, try your hand at skiing. Whatever sounds fun, give it a try!

Learn to listen to your body. I found that if I just ate a little bit of the food I want, it satisfies the craving. I also learned that what my body wants is a lot of healthy foods. We’ve just been conditioned to eat all the sugars and junk. My tastebuds do run sweeter than most and I have a massive sweet tooth, as you very well know. My love for delicious desserts and baked goods run deep. That’s why I will continue to write my food feelings and food journey here. I learned that by following these tips, as more time passes, I started to find fun new healthy recipes. I found creative ways to move around and I was actually excited to exercise. I discovered that my health was improving. Most importantly, I found myself learning to love and believe in myself, more and more each day. I can only hope that others can learn to cultivate a healthier, happier version of themselves.

Trying to continue crushing it,

Anne 🙂

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