The human body is pretty incredible.
25 days ago (pre-cleanse) I was nowhere near the abs I wanted. My diet was not terrible, but could use improvement. I was lifting weights, but had hit a plateau with my upper body and all but neglecting legs. It was time to take the next step in building a better me.
The pictures below are my progress:
The top pic is upper body. I’ve managed to up my weight on many exercises, not the least of which is lat raises. Those has always been a weak point for me.
The bottom left ab pic was taken at week 2 of the cleanse and the right was taken yesterday (11 days later… I promise I washed this outfit in that time). I wish I’d had a before! I’ve ALWAYS wanted 6-pack abs and I’m so close right now it hurts.
This is thanks to 25 days of pushing harder and building a solid foundation with a clean, plant-based diet. It can be done!
Believe in yourself and anything is possible.
I also have to make a confession – I almost didn’t post the ab pic. In fact, yesterday I posted it on Instagram and purposefully didn’t like it to Twitter. I was scared to share my progress with a larger audience!
Then I remembered this post by Lindsay where she showed off her incredible abdominals. She posted her post-baby ab pic to celebrate hard work, to motivate, and because she was PROUD. And she should take pride in her hard work paying off!
Change is hard! It’s overwhelming to begin cleaning up your diet.
In the spirit of building, here’s how I built a healthy lunchtime wrap. At least it was supposed to be a wrap… I got a little carried away with the fillings. :)
Prep veggies and slather a tortilla with spread. I used my Raw Sweet Potato Hummus.
Layer your veggies on the tortilla.
- Broccoli and mustard sprouts
- Beets (raw)
- Asparagus (raw)
- Lentils - ***These are key to making your wrap filling. Lentils are prepared for the week every Sunday so I can quickly add bulk and protein to veggie dishes.***
Attempt to wrap the monstrosity up! I had to eat the carrots in the side to make way for the lentils.
Tomorrow I am trying out CrossFit for the first time! I love a new workout.
Have you ever tried CrossFit? Do you have any tips to share?
Celebrate Friday with some self-love – What accomplishment are you proud of?