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May 08, 2015

oh hey, friday! | my #bikiniseries changes

friends. this #bikiniseries has kind of taken over...but it's only for four more weeks, and that's totally do-able. totally.

but before i dive in and tell you all about the little changes i've been making over the past 3.5 weeks, let's talk link-up...

1 | grab this here snazzy springy-themed button and link back to september farm.
2 | link up your post at the bottom of this post.
3 | tell all your friends + have a fantastic friday.

1 | i've cut dairy - this has been ridiculously not fun. i didn't realize how much dairy i was actually eating in a day. whole milk in my coffee, snacking on cheeses, probably cheese on our dinner, and then ice cream at the end of the night. dairy all up in here...up in here.
i'm all about the bolthouse yogurt dressings. so delicious! you can find them in the refrigerated
section of the produce at the grocery store. they are delicious and super low in calories.
i can't say this is going to be a permanent change, i'd miss it too much. however, i will say my stomach feels better.

2 | workouts every day. no seriously...you work out every day. this has certainly been the hardest part. i feel SO GUILTY. kaye isn't napping anymore so i typically try to get my first workout in during sawyer's first nap around 9 am. i try to encourage kaye to workout with me, but that always ends up making it suuuuper hard for me. the workouts usually last anywhere from 20 - 40 minutes. the easiest way to bust it out is having kaye log some screen time. this usually consists of some iPad time or a show on TV. see...bring on the guilt.

i bust out my second workout (if that day calls for one) after the girls are in bed, which is usually around 7 pm. these workouts are pretty hard to get motivated for because by the end of the day...i'm shot. i just want to sit down, do some online browsing and watch some super crappy TV. can i get an amen? but you know what, i do it. because it's what the plan calls for. and i'm always happy when i make the choice to get my sweat on.

3 | i'm not overthinking it. here's the thing...i'm no whiz in the kitchen and i certainly don't have the resources to buy fresh every day. in addition, the plan calls to prep your meals on sunday so you're prepared for the week. there is no way in hell i'm going to prep meals for myself and then cook something different for my family for the week. not gonna happen. so i've been loosely following their ideas for meals, snacks and smoothies. i'll still make my family something healthy and yummy...that's also karli-friendly. for example -

wednesday night i made something we call bean-wa bowls. it includes shredded zucchini, shredded chicken breast, diced tomatoes, and quinoa. throw that all together and throw in some cheese, sour cream, and whole grain chips...you have yourself a very tasty, filling meal. for myself, i just left off the sour cream, cheese, and chips...and guess what? it was still so so yummy. i ate the leftovers for lunch on thursday and was one happy camper.

4 | energy level...i never thought i had low energy. i mean...even with being up several times a night for six months it's not like i was dragging through the day. i was still getting in my cardio several times a week and doing the daily grind...but by the end of the day, i was shot. there was nothing left in the tank.

now? maybe it's new types of workouts? maybe its the nutritional adjustments? it's probably a combination of the two...but i feel so much better. i have more energy and motivation to get more done in the day. love that.

5 | confession - i in no way have been perfect on this plan and i'm still seeing major changes. for the past three sundays i've had brunch with some sort of alcoholic beverage. i've enjoyed a beer here or there...and for nearly four weeks i've eaten popcorn EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT. and that's a fact.

now that the challenge is almost halfway over i'd like to adjust a few things. i'd like to cut the popcorn. i mean...every night? that's excessive. i also need to work on getting in all my calories in the five meals recommended in the bikini challenge. we'll just see how that goes.

i've also started a tone it up instagram to post my progress, meals, and workouts over the next four weeks...so if that's up your alley...feel free to follow me over there!

okay...that's enough of that talk.

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28 comments on "oh hey, friday! | my #bikiniseries changes"
  1. You look fabulous!!!!!

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  2. Keep up the good work. I gave up dairy and started drinking almond milk in place of regular milk. Put it in everything. You are looking good.

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  3. You look great!! I did a "no sweets for a month" thing and it was hard at first but my body adjusted to not crave them anymore. It was so great and I still don't crave them very often! During that time we also ate popcorn EVERY night!

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  4. Wow, your abs look dang amazing!

    And I could never give up dairy, so snaps for you! :)

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  5. This is so awesome, you're looking great! Dairy would be super hard for me to give up too, but I definitely feel better when I cut back on it!

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  6. Wow! You look great. Good for you for sticking with it!

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  7. Insert inappropriate comment here about how DANG GOOD YOU LOOK!!!! WELL DONE!!!!!!

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  8. Karli. You look amazing. I am SO inspired. Good job, Mama!!!:)

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  9. You're doing great! I love the Bolthouse dressings too. Yummy!

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  10. I just added your button to my post. Thanks for hosting the linkup. I'm right there with you..I have been trying to make changes lately too. I does pay off but I have to dig deep when i'm craving a glass of wine or chocolate at the end of the day!
    You look amazing! Happy Mother's Day!
    Traci
    waltzmetoheaven.com

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  11. You're doing such a great job and look amazing! I know it can be extremely difficult at times but keeping on pushing through. The way you will feel makes it worth it.

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  12. Way to go! You look amazing! I think it's good to figure out how to include a few things you love and not deprive from everything. Much more sustainable in the long run.

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  13. You're doing great! You look so good!

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  14. You look phenomenal!! I recently switched to a few of the yogurt based salad dressings and they are SO good. My grocery store has also started stocking dips with a greek yogurt base which are delicious with a few crackers and have way less calories than the standard chips & dip snack.

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  15. You're looking great!! It's amazing how those small adjustments make a huge difference! I love that you're tracking/sharing your progress :)

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  16. Way to stick with it, girl (especially those evening workouts!). You look fabulous!

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  17. you look INCREDIBLE! i'm completely motivated to start my own training program :)

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  18. Good for you, you look great!! I've been doing the 21 Day Fix, and nutrition definitely plays a huge part in everything! You have me motivated to go do a workout right now! Have a great weekend!

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  19. woo hoo!! you look awesome! Just curious, ddi you cut dairy for your own personal reasons to for the nutrition plan? I've always heard it can cause some bloat, but was never sure how true that was! We just got gym memberships (hello childcare!) because I need to get back in shape. pronto!

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  20. Looking good girl! If you want dairy free ice cream try Arctic Zero. It tastes like fake ice cream, but it does the trick ;)

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  21. I'm so impressed! Giving up dairy would be super hard but makes a huge difference I'm sure. Keep it up! You're doing so amazing.

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  22. Look at you! I am super impressed.

    That first week, I went all in. My mom watched our boys so I could grocery shop alone, and then I had 3-4 hours by myself to cook, bake, etc. to prep. I did awesome that first week. The second week I wasn't so lucky, and it's gone down from there, basically. It's so expensive to just buy all of that for myself when I'm the only one eating it all, so, I'm making "healthier" meals for all of us, basically.

    Cutting out dairy is tough. For me, it's sugar. I've noticed sugar really affects my body, so, I should be cutting it out altogether, but um, ice cream.

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  23. mama be looking goooooddddd! I'm doing the 24 day challenge right now and it's been on point! My energy levels are through the roof its cray!

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  24. You are rockin' it, girlie! Lookin' good. I don't know how you can do a non-dairy diet, I would freak out! I'm a Cheesehead so I have to eat cheese all the time or they'll kick me out of Wisconsin. Tee hee!

    Mandie ~ http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/

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  25. you look great! I need to get on the program of working out every day, my energy is super low lately

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  26. wow - this is amazing!! congrats girl. you're clearly working hard and you look fabulous! i have seen these challenges and stuff but the food won't work for me because i'm picky haha. your bean-wa bowls sound delicious!

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  27. OH.EM.GEE. You are rocking this my friend - you look totally smoking hot!!! Keep going - I am so proud of you x

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  28. You look fantastic! Weird question, but dying to know where your bra is from in #4, pic on the right??! Looks super supportive and that is exactly what I need!!

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