Week 1 Stats
Initial Weight: 130.5 (I got to 125 during a good season, but the holidays ballooned me back to 130)
Current Weight: 127.3
Takedown Challengers have completed their first week on the challenge today and while I can’t speak for everyone else, I can say that for me, it has been AMAZING so far! I’ve lost three pounds, feel lighter, never bloated and I don’t need to hit snooze on my alarm clock 500 times. I wake up without feeling like I need more sleep and have more energy throughout the day. Which, for the last couple of months had been quite an issue for me.
I’m not actually sure why the Takedown Challenge is giving me more energy than usual because, when I started, I was already pretty much a clean eater – cooking my own meals, thinking about the lean protein, gravitating towards whole foods, drinking water, etc. But I suppose my problem was not the stuff I was consuming, but when, how and how much I was consuming. I mean, you don’t need to be so strict when you are maintaining, but when you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important to take all things into consideration. I don’t think I ever got my portions right by myself and I was definitely not incorporating all nutrients needed for every meal. I’m thinking these small changes are what’s making me feel better and present.
Within the first couple of days on this challenge, I was feeling my body adjust itself to this style of eating. It was kind of hard in the beginning and still is, especially from lunch time to snack time, but I’m determined to stick to it.
Like right now, I’m sipping on a cold black coffee, pretty hungry, and very much looking forward to my snack… And I keep looking at the clock… and it’s so close… yet so far.
Hopefully, it won’t be like this much longer once my body is “taught” to use my own body fat as an energy source. I’m not sure, but we will see.
I love that I don’t have to think much about anything, just FOLLOW. So that is what I’ve been doing. Following a lot of instructions. I came into this pretty determined after thinking about it for a night when Kristen asked me if I wanted to do the challenge. I wasn’t too sure at first, but as I began to get everyone else ready for the challenge, the more I saw how great it looked and how I definitely wanted to try it! It looks like a sure thing, if you just stick to the plan. Plus, I want to lose these last 10-15 lbs that I haven’t been able to budge since my initial huge weight loss of 60 lbs back in 2010. And I run, and in order to run faster, I need to shed some weight.
Everything in this kit is awesome. I LOVE this sheet:
I just pick however many units I’m alloted for that meal from each of these macro-nutrient ideas. It’s a lifesaver and totally tailored to me.
The recipes are also SOOO good. I made only two things from this week’s recipe book, but they were delicious.
The beginning of the Apple Pie Muffin:
And my meal prep for a day! Looks small, but that square container fits all of my lunch. Do-able!
Usually, the weekends are when I break a diet, but I feel pretty determined… so we’ll see how it goes! You live and you learn :)