I’m halfway through the challenge and feeling fan-freaking-tastic! I have a ton of energy, my shirts and pants are getting looser and the cravings for all things carbs and sugar are finally leaving.
Clearly I need about eleventy billion squats in my life.
I am not sure how much longer I can keep up with 4am wake up calls to work out. It was pretty easy the first 2 weeks, but now it’s getting harder and harder and I just don’t know if I have it in me! When the days were shorter and it was getting darker earlier, that was one thing, but now – I slept right through my alarm this morning and was almost late in getting the 2 oldest off to school…thankfully they woke up with their alarms! I’m going to do a naptime workout today and see how that goes. I’m not a night person, so I know if I wait too long or until after dinner, it’s just not going to happen.
That being said, I forced myself through this cardio workout yesterday, I really just wanted to go back to bed, but kept on going.
After everyone left for school, I had my Fiber and oatmeal with peanut butter. Pretty standard right now, just the thought of eggs makes me want to hurl and I used to eat eggs every single morning for years!
Even if I was a food photographer, there wasn’t anything that could have made my lunch look appetizing…but I assure you it was delicious! Salsa chicken with some shredded corn tortillas added in.
Instant Pot Chili Lime Pork Chops
The more I use the instant pot, the more I love it! These were hands down, the best pork chops I have ever made. *Disclaimer* – these were Costco pork chops which are about double the thickness of other pork chops I have used in the past. Because of that, I doubled the cook time recommended for other Instant Pot recipes and these came out perfectly.
I placed the chops in the pot, covered in 1 cup of water and then covered the meat with this marinade. I used about 1/2 the bottle, but next time I will add the entire bottle. I was worried it might be too spicy, but even my 2 year old loved the chops. Then I set the Instant Pot to MANUAL and 30 minutes. That’s it. Super easy and tasted like they had been cooking all day long and marinating all day as well.
And then I ended Day 8 of my 24 Day Challenge with another 10K step streak.
I have been working so hard and I am so excited with my progress so far! I honestly didn’t think I would lose any weight this first week because I just started girly time and that typically brings a huge weight gain, low energy, etc. I have had none of that this week and I hope this just gets better and better!
I have managed to keep my 10K streak going strong, last night I was only at 7,000 steps and I got my 9 year old to walk up and down the street with me until I hit 10,000 steps.
I think (according to the next 10 day forecast) that Spring is arriving here in Michigan. We are set to hit near 70 today and in the high 50’s for the next 10 days. That means our walks are back!! Emma and I went on a 3 mile walk today to and from the park. It felt amazing to get out, enjoy the fresh air and stretch our legs.
My oldest daughter and I are going out with my Mom and sister in law to see Beauty and the Beast tonight, I am so excited, I have heard so many great things about this movie! Have you watched it yet?