Friday, September 12, 2014

Take Control| Featuring BuzzFeed's 14 Day Clean Eating Challenge

Hey, hey friends! Happy Friday! Today I want to share something a bit on the personal side. I've mentioned in a couple of my recent blog posts that I wanted to share with you how I have decided to Take CONTROL of my health and fitness! Well, my friends, today is that day!

Just to give you a brief background story (ok, well at least I am going to try to keep it brief)...I had always considered myself to be a fairly healthy person. I had even fooled myself into believing that I lived an 80/20 lifestyle. If you would have asked me a few months ago, I would have told you I tried to eat 80% healthy and the other 20% of the time I ate what I wanted. Well, that was not entirely true...and I did not realize that until I REALLY adopted an 80/20 lifestyle over the past few weeks. Every late spring, early summer I gear up to whip my butt back into shape for the summer time. This past summer was no different; however, even though I increased my workouts by double of what I had been doing in the months prior, I still did not see the results I was looking for. By mid-July I was extremely unhappy with how my body looked. The pound or two I had lost going into the summer had not made a difference in my appearance or the way I felt at all. Furthermore, I knew I was at a point where I wanted to make a full-on lifestyle change! I had complained enough about my metabolism slowing down at the ripe old age of 26. I was tired of just losing weight to just look summertime fine! One day in late July, while doing my daily Pinterest perusing I came across the Buzzfeed Clean Eating Challenge. I liked the pin, and I made a mental note that I would come back to that post the beginning of August. Now, I specifically chose the beginning of August for a couple of reasons. 1) I knew Little R would be going back to school, which also means that we no longer have him for extended periods of time. 2) Big R would be knee-deep into football with camp and preparing for the football season. I have found that it can be very difficult to adopt a new meal plan/healthy eating change when you are preparing other meals for your family that aren't as healthy. So since I knew my time with my guys would be limited that allowed me the time I needed to jumpstart my new health journey with little to no distraction. that backstory was longer than I anticipated!! BUT, that brings me to the BuzzFeed Clean Eating Challenge"BuzzFeed's Clean Eating Challenge is a two-week detox plan that’s all about eating real food in order to feel great and have more energy. All of the food is low carb and gluten free with an emphasis on lean protein (no red meat) and fresh produce. There’s no processed food allowed; every meal is homemade."

Now let me go ahead and keep in funky with y'all! I followed what would be considered a modified version of the challenge. I followed Week 1 of the challenge with just a few modifications to the grocery list and meal plans. Week 2 I did not really follow the grocery list or the meal plans from the challenge, BUT based on Week 1's meals, I made sure to stick with the same overall theme of grocery items, meals, and snacks. My goal with trying the BuzzFeed Clean Eating Challenge was not to just lose a magical number of pounds with in that two week timeframe and quit. I wanted to use the challenge as a way to transition into a new healthy eating routine forever...hopefully. So far I am happy to report I have been able to do just that!! Woot woot...AND holla at ya girl!! Haha! I have so much more control over what I put into my body, and as a result I feel soooo much better! And added bonus is that I look better too. ; ) 

When I first started the challenge I was hitting the gym pretty heavy as well. I will talk more about my workout routine in another post, BUT I do want to mention that I contribute the way I feel and look in most part to the change in my diet!!! I still want to lose a little more weight, but my focus at this point is to TONE! I am in need of some serious toning, so my goal at this point is to spend more time working on strength training in the gym.

In future posts I plan to talk more about what I ate during the Buzzfeed Clean Eating Challenge, what I am eating now, my plans to try weekly meal prep, what I have done in the gym up until now, and more about what I plan to do in the gym going forward!

Now this post would not be right without some before and after pictures right?! I really debated whether or not I wanted to share these pictures or not...but I hope that by sharing them I will be an inspiration to someone else! Here we go:

Now I realize the change is not drastic! So far I've lost 6 pounds since early August, and I'm pretty happy with that. I don't necessarily have a weight goal...I just want to be healthy and feel comfortable in my own skin! So tell you feel like YOU need to Take CONTROL of your health and fitness? If so, join me!!! Use the hashtag #takecontrolwithkeia on Instagram and Twitter. I would love to follow you along on your journey. I need you to encourage me to keep it up, and I would be happy to do the same for you!!

Remember! You are the only one who decides how you feel about your body!

<3 Keia