Join us for the Fall 2016 Low Carb Challenge!
Happy Monday! 🙂 We’re kicking off the 9th week of the challenge, and it’s time for the 8 Week Weigh-In.
If you’re participating in the Challenge Facebook Group, use that link to post your weigh-in. Otherwise you can leave a comment here on this post.
We’re kicking off the Exercise Challenge today! It will run for 34 days, now until October 29th, ending with the current Low Carb Challenge.
The goal is simple: to get in the HABIT of making exercise part of your daily lifestyle.
The challenge: to exercise daily, even if it’s just stretches or walking some days!
I lost all of my weight just eating low carb. Exercise isn’t necessary for weight loss, but it IS true that muscle is leaner than fat so you’ll easily lose inches by adding exercise – even if you don’t lose pounds.
That’s why you want to also take body measurements and not just rely on the scale.
Speaking of scales, when I started exercising I upgraded to a full body composition scale.
It gives you a more accurate view of your progress by measuring body fat, water weight, bone density, muscle mass, etc. I use this one.
I’ve often said I wish I had started working out much sooner in my weight loss journey.
That’s because I’ve been very unhappy with my leaner body. What was under the layers of fat I lost… didn’t look the same as it did before I gained that weight. I ended up “skinny fat.” 😛 Toning makes such an amazing difference in your overall appearance, and in how you FEEL. 🙂
Exercise at your own level, of course.
This additional mini-challenge is designed to encourage you to be more active in your everyday life, and to work up to a more active lifestyle. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym or on the treadmill either. I often do Tricep Dips and my Ab Carver (both!) while half a pot of coffee is brewing. 🙂 It really doesn’t take that much time!
Plus I’ve seen much faster results!
I also love the Focus T25 Fast Results Workout for the same reason: faster results in just 25 minutes.
If you are unable to do strength training or high impact exercises, consider what you CAN do – stretches, water aerobics, yoga, walking, etc.
The goal is simply to be more active and move your body more!
I challenge you to get SERIOUS with us… for just 34 days!
If you’re able, I encourage you to REALLY challenge yourself.
If you’re not able to exercise at all, that’s okay! Just continue on with and finish out the current Low Carb Challenge with us. 🙂
Free & Easy Home Workout Ideas
I can’t remember where I found this image, but I saved it because it’s very simple Ab & Arm workouts you can do with hand weights at home:
I always enjoy the free workout videos from Fabletics because they target specific goals & muscle groups, like this one for toning your back:
And my favorite, the one below for Booty Sculpting. 🙂
I really like this lady’s home workout videos too:
Here’s the second one I’ve done before. She makes the workouts fun:
You can find tons of home workouts on YouTube, depending on what you want to focus on or what kind of workouts you want to do. Sometimes I just want it to be FUN and I LOVE to dance, so I’ll find something like this:
That one’s a personal favorite. 🙂
Here’s my own video for easy Tricep Dips too:
Things I Have, Use & Love for Exercising:
My Northside Burke II Shoes top the list because I love to walk, hike, take my great dane creek-wading, go caving and kayaking, and just play outside in general. 🙂
I’m currently researching the best pair of running shoes though, because I’m getting SERIOUS about training to run a marathon. 🙂 If you have running experience and can recommend the ideal shoes, let me know!
I have traditional 5 pound weights, but I really like these hand weights because they’re easier to use while walking or jogging.
My Ab Carver Pro has been one of my FAVORITE home workouts!
I just got the new Fitbit Charge 2. I originally had the Flex and then the Charge HR, and I’m loving this upgrade.
The Fitbit has been the ONE thing that finally motivated me to move more! 🙂
Both are a lot of fun!
This is the Full Body Composition Scale I use, which is great for seeing not only how much weight you’re losing but how much muscle you’re gaining:
I have some other fun things like a jump rope, resistance band, push up bars, a pull-up bar, the core slider discs, and a great Yoga DVD I haven’t done in ages.
I’m going to set up a dedicated spot for my home workouts, and organize all my things to make my workout time EASY. You should do the same! 🙂
The additional Exercise Challenge is optional of course, but getting more active means getting more healthy – and that’s what it’s all about!
Plus you’ll be A LOT happier with yourself (and your body) as your weight comes off eating low carb… instead of wishing you’d started sooner, like me. 😛
How are things going for you?
It’s day 57 and we’re kicking off the 9th week of the challenge. How are you doing with your low carb meals & macro tracking? Any questions or struggles?
I would love to hear your results so far…
Don’t forget to weigh-in, here or in the Challenge Group.
I hope you’re planning to join me in the Exercise Challenge for the next few weeks too! I’ll be posting here along with my food diaries and sharing my daily exercise with you, and you can reply with yours – so we can keep each other accountable to our fitness goals. 🙂
** Reminder: Take your body measurements today! **
p.s. The next Keto Krate boxes are shipping right now, so if you’re already signed up (or if you sign up now) you’ll be getting a box full of FUN this week. 🙂
I’m excited to see what we get this time!
p.p.s. Every time I see these photos of myself… it inspires me to eat cleaner, exercise more, and challenge myself even harder! 🙂 It’s SO worth it!!
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