It’s time to kick off the Summer Mini-Challenge! If you’re participating in the Facebook Group, the Starting Weigh-In Thread is here.
Otherwise simply note your starting weight and body measurements in your MyFitnessPal acccount, and feel free to leave a comment here too if you like. We’re all in this together. 🙂
As we work together through this Summer Mini-Challenge for the next 20 days, I’ll share my own low carb diaries here with you for ideas & inspiration – along with helpful tips & resources to help you get the MOST out of the challenge.
Kicking Off The 20-Day Low Carb Mini-Challenge
The goal is simple: Eat 20 net carbs max / 70% fat minimum for 20 straight days. No off plan foods, no cheating. Exercise daily (or at least 5x/week) – at your own level. Give up ONE thing or make a “healthy swap” in your diet to improve both your health and your weight loss. That’s it!
Here’s What I Intend To Accomplish…
For the sake of accountability I’ll share my own goals for this challenge, as I’ll be doing it right alongside you! 🙂 As you probably know, I achieved amazing results in our last 90 Day Low Carb Challenge so I am starting this new challenge in a GOOD place.
I’ve been eating a healthy low carb diet consistently for over 100 days straight now, and am at my lowest weight since sometime in my 20’s! I’m 43 years old now. 🙂
I’m actually right at or just below what I THOUGHT was my “goal weight” all along. It turns out this weight doesn’t look the same in my 40’s as it did in my 20’s. 😛 Ha!
I don’t want to get “skinny”… I want to get LEAN and STRONG.
I feel good about where I am and what I’ve achieved through our challenges, but I do still have a ways to go on my health & weight loss journey.
These two photos were both taken on the same day for example:
Two confessions: I was feeling icky & bloated that night. And I was “letting it all hang out” (meaning: not sucking in, lol). Still… I definitely have some work to do around the middle! 😛 The most challenging spot, lol.
A friend and I were just talking the other day about how GREAT we feel and how great we feel like we LOOK now… until we’re sitting down. LOL
I have come A LONG WAY though. It was hard… until I got seriously serious. Here is a picture of me two summers ago, compared to a picture of me two months ago:
So yes – I’m definitely making amazing progress! 🙂
My current weight is 141.8 pounds
I’m not really focused on weight loss for this challenge, and admittedly I’m almost AFRAID I’ll get into the 130’s over the next three weeks. 😛
My main focus is going to be on training HARD, working out DAILY, and really making a difference in the SHAPE of my body – rather than just the size of it. Because sadly, I looked at side by side photos of me in a bikini with a 25 pound difference, and it’s the SAME body… just a smaller version of it, lol.
Obviously I’ll continue eating very low carb and healthy, both to maintain my weight loss and to lose the rest of my body fat. But I’m going to really focus on the fitness, and push myself HARD on that goal.
What I’m Giving Up For This Challenge – And Why
I’m making a “healthy swap” during this challenge by giving up my (*cry* lol) beloved Coffee-Mate Sugar Free Powdered Hazelnut Coffee Creamer. It’s only 1 carb per TBSP and I am losing weight consistently using A LOT of it, but it takes up way too many carbs in my daily “carb budget”… and it’s full of ingredients I want to eliminate.
The creamer wouldn’t be a problem if I only had a mug or two of coffee a day.
But if you’ve been reading along for awhile then you know I consume half a cup of this creamer or more a day! 😯
I’m so hooked… I take it everywhere with me. In the car, on road trips, around the country, out of the country, EVERYWHERE I GO.
I’m not even kidding. 🙄
I may go down to just ONE tablespoon a day, maybe in my bedtime coffee (lol), but otherwise I plan to just use butter and/or coconut oil in my coffee – with the goal to ultimately “go black.”
This is something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile now, and it will be a BIG challenge for me. I do love my creamy sweet coffee. *sigh* Still, it has to go – or at least only be used in moderation. I’m consuming entirely too much of it!
I had EIGHT full tablespoons of it yesterday. Gosh, it might have been 9 actually. I was just thinking there might have been that one coffee I forgot to log.
Confession: they’re not really tablespoons either. They’re heaping tablespoons. I started getting sloppier and creamier with it lately. 😛
It’s become an outright addiction. Plus it’s $5 a bottle… 😯
Confession #2 – I got up at 1am and made a creamy sweet coffee because I realized I couldn’t have it this morning, so I wanted one more – lol.
I seriously just want to cry right now!
That’s what a challenge is for, though. To CHALLENGE yourself. To make positive change. To stop the things you do that you don’t like about yourself, to change something you don’t like about yourself, or to become a better (happier/healthier) version of yourself.
I still feel sad though 😛 lol. I love that dang creamer! *sigh*
We all have our own goals. Those are mine…
Starting today I ditch my coffee creamer addiction and work out harder than ever.
I’m going to lose the last of this fat and TONE UP like a mad woman. 🙂
I would love to hear your goals for this challenge!
p.s. Don’t forget to weigh in, take your body measurements, start tracking, and of course check in here or in the group anytime you need to!
There’s a checklist for you at the end of this post where it says “Preparing For The Challenge” that will help. 🙂 *cheers*
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