The F45 8-Week Challenge is Back!

Hey guys! The F45 8-Week Challenge is back!!! Our gym decided to shake things up this time around and create challenge teams, so I volunteered to lead one of the teams, which should be a great deal of fun!

Since coming back from vacation (a good two months now), my workouts have been on point. Clarissa and I are still smashing CrossFit Metcons, following program, and hitting up several F45 sessions each week. My back pain and elbow pain still flare up a good bit, so weights at times are kept a bit lower, but the intensity is always there. While my nutrition has been fairly clean, the weekends have been quite the free for all, so leading this team is great motivation to maybe dial it in a bit more, and attend more classes alongside my team members.

Monday began day 1. While this 8-weeks isn’t about weight loss for me, I had my In-body scan completed along with updated photos, to share with you all where I  am currently in terms of body fat and aesthetics.

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I am currently sitting at 19.7% body fat. Tell the old me these numbers and I might just have a mini-meltdown; however, nowadays I am not so much caught up in the “totals.” While I do have a little layer of cushion going on, I still feel good. I look in the mirror and I am absolutely okay with what I see. We are only halfway through summer though, so if leaning out a bit more over the next 8-weeks is the reward of leading a team, I can handle shedding a couple of lbs,

The F45 Challenge offers an incredible meal plan with calorie suggestions; however, I will continue to macro-track. This is the approach that I prefer for my clients and works best for me. Not a whole lot will change with my diet. I am using this challenge as more of a platform to build greater relationships, but it does help create more mindful eating patterns for yourself when those around you are being a bit more strict.

Below I have given you a rundown of what a typical day for me regarding nutrition looks like. My breakfast is consistent: shredded potatoes mixed with riced cauliflower and bell peppers, a side of egg beaters topped with avocado and hot sauce, and a green smoothie.
For my smoothie, I use almond milk, yogurt, spinach, and Super Greens. The challenge calls for no caffeine the first 2-weeks (this is part of the 2-week detox), but for me- cutting back from 3 cups a day to 1 with breakfast is considered great progress!

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Lunch is typically broccoli or bell peppers mixed with a starchier carb such as rice or potatoes: beans or fish for protein: and avocado for fat.

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Dinner is usually determined by lunch. If I have fish for lunch then I will skip the salmon and opt for eggs or edamame. If I have potatoes for lunch I will have rice instead (or vise Versa), and fats almost always come from olive oil for sautéing.

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As for snacks, I have about 3 green smoothies a day. I have one with breakfast and two scattered throughout the day that includes protein powder. If it’s a pre-workout smoothie, I will include BCAA’s and if it’s a post-workout smoothie, I will include coconut water (or tropical fruit).

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Thanks so much for taking the time to stop in. I invite you to subscribe and follow along throughout my wellness journey.

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