No way, It’s not possible! That’s what I thought too…but finally something I always heard of other people being able to do and never really thought I had the determination to do, I did.

I lost 20 pounds in 8 weeks!!

On January 7th of this year I got on the scale and saw the highest weight I’ve ever seen (besides when I was pregnant of course) and it pushed me into a state of motivation I haven’t seen in a very long time. And to top it off, I had a vacation planned in February where I would need to be in a bathing suit. If that wasn’t the icing on the motivational cake, I don’t know what is.

So how did I do it? I did this by following our Shred10 program daily and implementing some Keto/Paleo modifications. I also didn’t allow cheat meals during the 8 weeks. I am the type where I can’t just have one cheat meal. Cheat dinner turns into cheat desert and then it just snowballs from there. I also implemented intermittent fasting. It’s not as bad as it sounds. I simply eat all my meals in an 8-hour window. For me I have my first meal at 11:00AM and dinner by 7:00PM. I didn’t do this cold turkey. I started with my first meal at 9:00 for a week, then moved to 10:00 and then finally 11:00. My body adjusted fairly quickly and now it doesn’t bother me at all.

I try to keep my meals simple and repetitive during the week. All I need to do to prep is hard boil some eggs, cook a bunch of chicken and veggies and BOOM! I’m ready for the week. Try not to overthink it and keep it simple. There are a lot of ideas below, but I usually keep is simple by having eggs or a shake for my first meal and than chicken, salmon or another protien with veggies for my next two meals. 
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard. Here is a sample of what I ate each day:

11:00AM 3 hard boiled eggs with ½ an avocado (Topped with Sriracha and Everything but the Bagel Seasoning)
2:00 4oz chicken, Brussel sprouts, goat cheese (never light on the veggies…fill up!)
4:30 snack – cut up cucumbers with Everything but the Bagel seasoning and some dairy free dip or guacamole. (extra fat)
6:30 dinner – Fathead Pizza, Stir Fry OR another 4 oz chicken with a veggie of choice.
WATER! Lots of WATER! I try to do about 80+ ounces a day.

BREAKFAST IDEAS:
Hard Boiled eggs (with or without avocado)
Eggs and Bacon
Egg muffin cups
Chocolate Smoothie (Plant based chocolate protein shake mixed with coconut water, HERE is my favorite)

LUNCH/DINNER IDEAS:
Fathead pizza
Spinach mix topped with Tuna or chicken salad
Stir Fry (protein and veggies…LOTS OF VEGGIES)
Chocolate Smoothie (Plant based chocolate protein shake mixed with coconut water, HERE is my favorite)
Italian Sub Roll Ups
Salad – top some spinach with a TON of veggies and chicken
NOTE: For salads I usually make my own dressing (1/2 olive oil, 1/2 balsamic vinegar, oregano, garlic and a tsp. of mustard) but you can use a dairy free ranch too. Both my homemade dressing and the ranch will add additional fats. I also always add a 1/2 an avocado to my salads.

SNACK IDEAS:
Cucumbers or celery with ranch (a sugar free dip, even dairy free is best)
Green Banana Muffins
Olives, goat cheese, Boar’s Head lunch meats

The most helpful tool during this journey was using an app to track my food. It helped me stay on track with my protein, carbs and fat. It was so surprising to see how many carbs were in certain foods and also how much I had been overeating when it came to protein. Each day in the beginning was a learning experience and I would make adjustments the next day and going forward. My favorite app is SENZA because it tracks your net carbs for you. That’s a huge help!

During this process I learned a ton about my body and how it reacts to certain foods, which actually made the process fun! I also spent a lot of time on Pinterest looking up new recipes to try. I have a lot of great recipes coming your way…good for the whole family too! I should mention that my family ate the same food that I ate. There were a few occasions where my husband and two sons wanted roasted or mashed potatoes or a specific dinner I was trying to avoid and guess what? I made it for them! This was only a handful of times during the 8 weeks and I actually had no issue not eating it. It was easy to say no when they just wanted mashed potatoes with our chicken and veggies, but when they got a pot pie from Costco…It was a little tough to decline. But I did.It’s all in your mindset.

I am still eating this way but focusing on maintaining. I feel great and am so glad I decided to do this push and kept on track. My biggest advice is to get out of your own way. It’s OK to say no to things at birthday parties and to even bring your own food. No one is going to be mad that you don’t eat the pizza at Chuck E Cheese or say no to the birthday cake. See the goal at the end and stay on track…YOU CAN DO IT TOO!

Here are my 8 week results:

If you have ANY questions at all or simply want some support, please message me, I would love to help in any way I can.

p.s. my meal plans are coming soon!

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