#LT90DayChallenge : The First Two Weeks

This is the first I’m posting about it, but my hubby and I are competing in the 90 day challenge at Lifetime Fitness. He’s doing the Weightloss Challenge and I’m doing the Transformation Challenge, which means they judge my change in body fat because I already have a healthy BMI.

Over the winter I put on about 15 lbs of mush, all around my middle, because that’s ‘how I rolls.’ (Sorry.) When I weighed in I was surprised to see that my body fat had skyrocketed to 24.6% from the 19-20% it’s always been since I had Savvy! Like anyone, I love a before and after picture, just not of myself…but what’s the point of this if I don’t show AND tell…

Before After 14 Days

Side note: isn’t it funny how small and tight my swimsuit bottoms look in the first picture compared to the second? Talk about holding on for dear life!

I am thrilled to have already changed my body fat percentage so much over the first 2 weeks, but for a little perspective, this is a picture of me last year at about 18%:

Mrs Kansas Mommy - Goal

My goal is to get to 17% body fat in the next 75 days by following a mainly low-carb diet and adding weight-training four days per week.

At the gym I’m usually a flip-through-Us-Weekly-on-the-elliptical kind of girl, so this weightlifting thing is new to me. I look like George Banks at the gym in the beginning of Father of the Bride Part II. (And if you get that reference, please comment because we are probably soulmates. I can’t even find it anywhere on the internet.)

I am tall (5’9″) so my plan is to eat anywhere from 1500-1800 calories per day depending on my workouts. These are the foods I eat in various combinations:

LT Challenge

LT Workout Sample Week

I also do a lot of squats at home and light conditioning while I’m watching TV.

You know what really annoys me about celebrities? When they’re like, “Oh, I just stay in shape by eating right and keeping up with my kids!” Really? Because I’m pretty sure you have a nanny doing that anyway and the rest of us with our kids ALL DAY LONG are not ripped.

ALRIGHT!

Arnold

#FitMommy: Kid-Approved Chocolate Protein Pudding

Chocolate Protein Pudding

Perhaps I am the last person to figure this out, but did you guys know you can make a delicious creamy dessert using avocado, almond milk, and chocolate protein powder?

I made it yesterday (on accident because we were out of bananas and didn’t have enough milk to make a shake) and it was a huge hit. I rarely post recipes, but Avery and I both agreed this deserved a post on the blog. The texture turned out as a cross between pudding and a Wendy’s frostie. For someone like me who is constantly battling sugar-addiction, this was a nice surprise dessert alternative to my usual greek yogurt or sugar-free jello.

What I did:

In blender or Magic bullet cup add:

4 or 5 ice cubes

1 small avocado

2 full scoops chocolate protein powder (Arbonne is a favorite of mine)

About half a cup of unsweetened almond milk

Blend until creamy then spoon in to bowls and enjoy! This amount was enough for the three of us. If my husband was having some, I’d probably add 50% more of everything.

-UPDATE- Nutrition Info: Obviously it will depend on the exact ingredients you use, but the way we make this it is approximately 190 calories per serving, 9 grams of fat, 4 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fiber and 25 grams of protein.

Chocolate Protein Pudding Avery

Chocolate Protein Pudding Savvy

Low-Carb Food for Toddlers

As moms, we are all looking for ways to help our toddlers drop that pesky baby weight, am I right?

JUST kidding! This post is NOT about putting your baby on a low carb diet. That would be so Fiona Wallice. (Are you watching Web Therapy? Lisa Kudrow is a genius.)

I’m going on a girls trip to Florida in a couple weeks! Anytime I know I’ll be in a bikini, I go to my tried-and-true low carb diet. The only problem with this is that I make about 9 meals per day and countless snacks because I stay home with a three year old and a one year old. Clearly Pizza and Mac and Cheese are always a hit. My challenge is making things in addition to the “kid food”  that they will like and I won’t feel bad about eating either. I’m not a baked chicken breast and steamed vegetable kind of person. I just can’t. I actually find most baked chicken breast dry and nasty. I’ve had an aversion to it ever since I got pregnant with my first child. (Weird, right?)

I’ve compiled a list of my favorite “low-carb diet” foods that my kiddos love to eat with me. These are not Atkins-grade low carb, just a good alternative to bread/pasta/crackers/potatoes/etc when you are trying to drop a few lbs and you need to cook for kiddos too. I hope it gives you some fresh ideas!

Low Carb Graphic

1. Hard Boiled Eggs with sea salt and fresh-ground pepper

2. No Sugar Added Mini Gherkins

3. Tomatoes + Mozzarella + Basil with a splash of olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Salt and fresh-ground pepper.

(We currently love the mini yellow and purple tomatoes and the Pink Himalayan salt grinder from Costco. Also, if you’re not always using fresh-ground salt and pepper you are wasting portions of your life on mediocre seasoning choices. I question other life choices you might be making…)

4. Green juice made with spinach, one lemon and one pear. This is a Savvy Carter morning FAVORITE. That baby loves her green juice more than anything!

5. Edamame with sea salt. (I have to remove the soybeans for the baby but the toddler eats them out of the pod.)

6. Shrimp with cocktail sauce.

7. Avocado. My kids and I eat them plain with a spoon.

8. Crockpot shredded chicken with taco seasoning and melted cheese. A yummy dinnertime alternative to baked chicken or fish.

9. Sauteed zucchini slices with olive oil and a dash of soy sauce at the very end. The soy sauce caramelizes and makes them taste sweet!

10. Mashed Cauliflower. Steam a head of cauliflower then add olive oil, garlic salt and white pepper. Blend with an immersion blender. My family actually prefers this to mashed potatoes.

11. Butternut Squash Fries. Cut a raw butternut squash into thick fry shapes (not for sissies, these things are tough so make sure you have a sharp paring knife) then coat the fries in olive oil, put on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 450 degrees until they are done to your satisfaction. I like them SUPER squishy and a little burnt on the edges which usually takes about 20-30 minutes in my oven.) Avery loves these so much she asks for them!

What other ideas do you guys have?