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.
I’ve been taking cardio kickboxing since August, which are taught by the Muay Thai instructors. The classes are great because the instructors correct technique & call same combos they’d teach in MT but we mostly hit the heavy bag instead holding pads for each other (we hold/kick Thai pads sometimes). I’m not not sure if I should be counting those hours towards my journey to 20. I do feel it compliments Muay Thai training!
I became a mom February 2016. Since then, I’ve lost over 50 lbs. How did I do it? Through a safe and slow approach after I gave myself the recommended 6 weeks off after giving birth.
In the beginning, I was not focused on dieting. I tried to eat as healthy as possible and drank a ton of water. I admit, I did have food delivered a couple times a week in the first 3 months postpartum! I didn’t have the energy to cook or grocery shop often. My focus was the baby and getting enough sleep and enough food to eat. Luckily, nursing and movement helped me continue to lose weight within the first half year postpartum.
HIIT is how the weight loss journey began. 20 minutes a day, 6 days a week.
After a few months postpartum and working out consistently, I restarted Muay Thai and bjj training after 6 years away from the mma gym. I don’t have plans to be a fighter, I just enjoy the challenge and the social aspect of it.
I’d like to compete in a fitness competition again at the end of 2017. I keep this in mind when I want to eat outside of my nutrition plan or skip a workout.
My goals may change every week/month so I wanted a place to document the ups, downs, and ideas, hence, this blog was born. I’m enjoying the journey and hope to take all the lessons learned so I can spread knowledge and encourage others.