I did it y’all! I made a commitment to myself, and I stuck with it. If you’re reading this and have no clue what I’m talking about, let me fill you in. On Feb 1st, I started a fitness challenge with the Prevailing Fit Woman. The challenge consisted of 25 days of clean eating and exercising. I know what you’re thinking “girl, you’re always working out.” Yes, I don’t mind working out, but I also LOVE food. That was the hardest thing for me throughout the entire challenge, training my mind that I didn’t need all the food I craved, I just wanted it.
Honestly, I was hesitant to join at first because I thought by day 2, I was going to fall off the wagon and have a snack-cident lol. I had to remind myself that the only person I’d hurt by doing so was me. Having some of my best gal pals in the challenge with me was truly my saving grace. We held each other accountable and motivated one another to remember why we started.
So, here’s the deets! The 25-day challenge consisted of a meal plan, supplements, a gallon of water per day, 60 minutes of cardio 6x/week, strength training 3x/week and completing the fitness Bingo board with different exercises. Sounds like a lot, right? I’m exhausted just from typing it. Fear not, once you get over the thought of how hard it is, you realize how STRONG you are.
I can’t go into full details regarding the meal plan, but our wellness coach Janassa laid out a clear and concise plan for us, consisting of 5-6 meals per day. No dairy, no sweets, no carbs, and no alcohol. The silver lining was the one cheat meal per week. Not a cheat day…just one meal. After my first cheat meal, I realized it was totally overrated. It was Super Bowl Sunday, so I went in! Pizza, buffalo chicken nachos, wings, the whole spread. I woke up the next morning feeling like complete crap.
As the challenge continued, I also noticed a big difference in my skin. The breakouts were less frequent, and the blemishes started to fade. Although I am not vegan, I have been eliminating dairy as much as possible from my diet. I still eat it here and there, but it’s not a must have in a meal for me anymore. Eating more whole foods has significantly impacted the way I view food, and my digestive system!
I’ve never been in a morning person. I usually workout during my lunchbreak, but I knew I had to make it a priority to work out in the morning, to get all 60 minutes in. So, there I was up at 6:30am on the treadmill. The challenge has now ended, but I’ve maintained my early morning workouts. As a mom, it is extremely hard to find alone time, but the time I’ve been spending with myself in the mornings have been my saving grace. I’m intentional about my day, more energized and all around I feel AMAZING!
All in all, it was a great experience, and I would absolutely do it again. I didn’t win the challenge, but the biggest challenge was changing my eating habits and remaining consistent…and I DID THAT! I lost a total of 5lbs in 25 days, and a good number of inches (I didn’t measure). It’s not about getting to an ideal weight or body type; I just want to be the best ME I can be for myself and my family.
The next Prevailing Fit Woman fitness challenge begins on May 3, so be sure to follow them on Instagram (@prevailingfitwoman) so you can be alerted when registration opens. If you want to learn more about the meal plan, or get a customized plan for yourself, @fitnesswithnassa is your go to!
Total vulnerable moment…check out my before and after pictures below!