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Hammer and Chisel Week 3 Recap

STATS:

Matt : -1.0 pounds (Total: -6.6)

Erica: -0.2 pounds (Total: -2.2)

Week 3 is done and I am still very much in love with this program. It is challenging me in new ways and I love that tracking my weights is helping me push myself more. When I’m about to do a workout, I look back at what weights I used before and how many reps I did and I always try to increase that number. I can see my arms and legs becoming more defined, and even though my belly is ALWAYS last to respond, I can see a difference there, too!

I’ve been following Meal Plan A but after doing a little bit of research and trying to figure out what my body is telling me, I’ve decided to add in another red (protein) and 2 more teaspoons. I am hopeful that this will continue to move me in the right direction, and maybe at a faster pace. I think it’s really easy for most of us on a weight loss journey to get discouraged when the scale isn’t moving as fast as we’d like it to. I’m constantly reminding myself that the scale does not tell me the whole story. It doesn’t tell me how much muscle I’ve gained. It doesn’t tell me how good I feel and that my confidence is continuing to rise. It doesn’t tell me how many years I’m adding to my life or how much energy I have during the day. So, while I’d like to see that scale go down a bit more, I DO know that the scale is just a small, tiny piece of this whole transformation. And to be honest, if I’m toned and less jiggly at the end, I don’t care what that scale says. It’s more important to me to feel good about my body than to be a specific number. People don’t see a NUMBER when they look at you.

Banana Oat Pancakes from the Fixate Cookbook

I have been EXHAUSTED at the end of the day! I’ve been getting up at 5am for quite some time now but for the last couple of weeks I’ve been finding it difficult to keep my eyes open past 8:30PM. These workouts are intense and rest is so important, so I try to listen to my body and just go to sleep. I’m still working on finding a good balance of following the meal plan, but still enjoying & living life. Matt and I typically do date night once a month, and I found myself putting it off this month because I was nervous about how we would make it work. We really enjoy going out to eat as a family on Saturdays, and I just couldn’t see doing two cheat meals in one week. If I’m putting in all of this hard work, I want to see results at the end! But I also need to remind myself that this is not a 60 day program… this is my life! So I need to live in the moment. We decided to do our typical Shakeology for dinner on this upcoming Friday and then go out for a good dessert! That way we can still go out to eat with Cole on Saturday. I haven’t had any treats since starting this program (except for Shakeology Bars) so I am SO looking forward to indulging a bit!

If you’ve been considering trying out this program but have hesitated on taking action, I get it! I was terrified of the heavy weights because it was so outside of my comfort zone. I have learned so much about myself in these 3 short weeks and I’m so glad that I didn’t let fear stand in my way of trying it. I’m not sure that I will ever go back to a program that doesn’t include weights. Don’t say NO to an opportunity just because you’re scared. Magic happens when you step outside of your comfort zone and you may learn something new about yourself. Email me at Erica.tehonica@mac.com if you’d like more information on this program or our challenge groups!

0 Comments 18 January 2016
Erica Tehonica

Erica Tehonica

Erica is a wife to Matt and a mama to a 4 year old boy named Cole. She is on a mission to help other moms live a healthy lifestyle while leading busy lives and taking care of their family.

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