Since participating in the #250kchallenge, I’ve been searching for protein/cleaner sweets to make. I purchased small kitchen appliances, ingredients and saved many images on Pinterest!
For our anniversary, I picked out a delicious looking protein cheesecake to make. The ingredients looked simple enough and all I needed was 2 tubs of cream cheese. SOLD!
I read and followed the directions so I’m not quite sure what happened! I used egg whites, lower fat cream cheese, vanilla extract and plant protein powder.
*Note: we ate a piece before I captured an image…obviously.
Hubby said it looked like the surface of Mars and that he only wanted a bite (I gave him half of my my slice). I added sugar free caramel on his half and sugar free chocolate on mine.
The Verdict of Protein Cheesecake:
The texture isn’t as “airy” as a normal cheesecake.
We are in week 7 of the #250kchallenge 12 week challenge. So far, I’ve lost about 9 lbs & several inches since January!
NUTRITION: I’m eating a ton of calories, drinking a gallon of water daily, getting in a lot of good carbs, plant protein and good fats. I’m still nursing so dropping calories is not an option.
TRAINING: Training is where I’m killing it! I never miss a workout and I’m feeling stronger than ever! My plan includes running 4 times a week, but I’m enjoying it and it only helps my endurance in Muay Thai!
What’s better than seeing progress? Experiencing this amazing transformation process. I’m learning a lot about myself, my mental strength, and my spirituality has grown. I’ve done daily meditation and journaling, which has helped me stick with my program. There really is a connection between the mind + body + spirit so I work on all 3 aspects daily. I care more about my overall experience and happiness than I do about killing my metabolism in an unhealthy manner.
I used to be a bad vegetarian. I ate a lot of processed food, pasta, and fries and not enough fresh fruit or veggies. Since the challenge, I’ve cleaned up my meals and feel so much better!
Today, I created a vegetarian/vegan protein power bowl for lunch using items I had already prepped. I used to hate tempeh and beets but I enjoy them now.
Brown rice + quinoa mix
Side of cooked beets (I purchase these already cooked)
It has been an awesome challenge so far. At the end of 4 weeks, I lost 6 lbs and dropped 5 inches all over! WOW! Just when I thought I had hit a plateau, this challenge comes along and kicks everything into gear.
WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER: I truly enjoy following the other #250kchallenge participants on BodySpace and Instagram. Their stories inspire me and push me when I feel like I don’t want to eat the healthiest or skip a workout.
ROADBLOCK: The only roadblock I had in the first 4 weeks was STREP THROAT. Yucky. However, I think due to the fact that I was eating so healthy, drinking a ton of water, and in great shape, the only symptom I had was some fatigue and painful throat. It didn’t hit me nearly as hard as it hit DH (he could barely leave the bed). I managed to get in 3 workouts that sick week.
This morning, mid week, I am down another lb. I am still BF so calories are still way over 2000 a day. I am looking forward to the next 8 weeks.
At the beginning of the month, I happened to check out bodybuilding.com and noticed they were holding a contest! I entered the #250kchallenge, I figured I have nothing to lose. I decided last month that I was going to change things up. I’ve completely revamped my workout routine and I’m getting results within weeks.
While I was losing my postpartum weight, most of my strength training and cardio was HIIT but I’m lifting weights and adding variations to my cardio program.
I am still going to kickboxing but decided to put muay thai and BJJ on hold for a few weeks. I have a couple new piercings (daith and belly) so the thought of rolling or accidentally getting punched in the piercings brings tears to my eyes. My baby also has a swim lessons that conflicts with one of the classes anyway so I will take the time to heal and LIFT.
I gave birth at the end of February 2016. Since May 2016, I’ve participated the 90 day live Bikini Body Mommy 5.0 challenge and 3 other free IdealShape 15 day challenges to whip my postpartum body into shape!
Currently, I’m in week 2 of 12 week Bikini Body Guide by Kayla Itsines. I think these short yet intense workouts compliment the bjj & MT training.
I gained 27 lbs during my pregnancy but not only I did I lose all my pregnancy weight by June 2016, I’m currently 15 lbs UNDER my pre-pregnancy weight! I’m now entering my “dream weight” stage but honestly, it is more about how I feel and move. I don’t look the same as I did at this weight 10 years ago (when I was a pro dancer–ooh, I miss my dancer body sometimes) but I feel better and have more energy despite sleepless nights!
I recommend following challenges or a program if you’re anything like me and like to follow protocols and checking in weekly (measurements/weigh ins/photos).
I’ll post an update after I complete the 12 week program.