24DC Day 25

24DC Day 25

As you noticed the post is titled day 25, which means I’m all done! Time to share my results with you all; 

So as you all know I don’t own a scale so I have no idea what my starting and finishing weights were, what I CAN tell you is my clothes are fitting looser, so that counts for something right?

Day 1 measurements:

  • Chest: 32″
  • Waist: 28″
  • Hips: 34″
  • Thigh: 19″

Day 25 measurements:

  • Chest: 30″
  • Waist: 27″
  • Hips: 33″
  • Thigh: 17″

And the before and after picture!:

  
I think what’s most important about all of this though is that I feel better, and it’s helped me get a handle on some of the really nasty eating habits I had which is ultimately what holds me back from being the best version of myself.

If you’re interested in doing your own 24 Day Challenge you can check it out here.

These are some of the biggest tips I can give to anyone who decides to do a 24 Day Challenge;

  • If you mess up, just keep going. We all make mistakes and I definitely had a few slips ups.
  • Get a couple flavors of meal replacements if you can. I’m not going to lie, I am now thoroughly sick of chocolate peanut butter meal replacements. 
  • Make sure you’re well prepared. I was pretty lost about what to buy for snacks and stuff going into this, so I was starving the first couple of days. So just make sure you go on shopping trip first, with a list in hand. 

Overall, I had my good days and bad days during this challenge, and it wasn’t always easy but I would definitely do it again in a heartbeat! 

Start Small

Start Small

As I’ve expressed to you guys before, I’ve never been a big fan of working out. I’ve had a gym membership, I got super excited about going and then would find myself wanting to leave after being there for a mere 20 minutes. So here’s my piece of advice to you guys for the day; start small. It’s something I’ve found has been helping me. Ive always placed this expectation on myself that working out for 15 or 20 minutes wasn’t enough, but who says? Maybe that’s all you can handle at your current fitness level, but at least you’re starting somewhere. Even if you do a set of 10 push ups and find your arms have turned into noodles, at least you did something. You’re making the decision to try and you should applaud yourself for that, don’t beat yourself up because you couldn’t run a full mile or lift a 20 pound weight. You’ll get better, you just have to keep making the decision to try. A lot of days my 24 minute DVD workouts are all I can handle, and that’s okay. I don’t need to be in the gym lifting weights for an hour to better myself. If you’ve made the decision to try to better yourself, good job you’ve taken the first step! Now if you’re not really sure how to do that, just start small. Whether that’s doing a set of 10 push ups, a 24 minute workout, or taking a jog around the block. Everyone has to start somewhere, and the fact that you’ve started is something to be proud of. 

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hey everyone! Today I’m whipping up these skinny chocolate chip cookies and had to share the recipe with y’all. They’re pretty low in sugar, and vegan friendly! Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 cup flour (all-purpose, whole wheat, gluten-free flour)

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 TBS-1/4 cup sugar (or 4 TBS honey if not strict vegan)

4 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter

8 oz unsweetened applesauce

⅓ cup dark chocolate chips or Vegan Mini Chocolate Chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla extract and sugar and mix well

Stir in the peanut butter and applesauce until a combined well then fold in chocolate chips

If the mixture is a little sticky for handling try refrigerating it for 30mins to an hour to help

Drop the dough onto a greased baking sheet by the tablespoons.

Bake them for about 8-10 minutes or until they are golden brown.
Original recipe from Veggiebalance

24DC Day 16

24DC Day 16

Well folks, I’m officially down a pants size. So that’s exciting right? I’m not going to lie I’m a little disappointed that my waist is still measuring at 28″ but there’s still 8 days to go! I’ve been slacking on my water intake too because I’m just so sick of water! I’ve been trying to add lemons and such to it to try to change it up a bit. 

During tis second phase of the 24 Day Challenge you have a meal replacement one a day, and I must say the chocolate peanut butter ones are pretty bomb, so if you ever think about doing meal replacements I’d most definitely give them a shot! Plus, they have 24 grams of protein! 

Vegan Shepherds Pie

Vegan Shepherds Pie

I found this and couldn’t resist since its 24 Day Challenge diet friendly. The only change I made was omitting the wine since I didn’t have any because it’s not allowed.  Super tasty! 

  

RECIPE:Serves: 6
Ingredients:

– 4 russet potatoes

– 3 carrots

– 3 celery stalks

– 1/2 yellow onion

– 2 cups chopped mushrooms (one package)

– 1 Tbsp. flour

– 1 tsp fresh thyme

– 1 tsp fresh sage

– 4 cloves garlic

– 2 cups veggie broth

– 1/3 cup red wine

– salt 

– pepper

– soy milk (or rice milk)

– vegan butter
Directions:
Peel, chop, and boil the potatoes for 10-15 minutes until soft.
Meanwhile, chop the carrots, celery, and onion, sauté in vegan butter or oil for a few minutes. Add the mushrooms, and cook until the edges begin to darken. add the garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Add the tomato paste, flour, thyme, and sage. Slowly add the veggie broth and wine, stirring continuously. Let simmer for a few minutes to thicken.
Mash the potatoes and add the soy milk and vegan butter. Add more if needed until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Lay the veggie filling into a baking dish, the spread the mashed potatoes over top. At this time you can get creative with designs and patterns for the top. The rougher the surface, the crispier it will turn out.
Spray the surface with cooking oil. Broil for 10-15 minutes, or until the top is crispy.
Enjoy!

Original posting from Buzzfeed.