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LWG Challenge One Month Recap


I hadn't really planned on writing this post so closely to the two week recap but I've had some pretty big milestones in my journey to living a healthier lifestyle and I wanted to share them with you guys in case you find yourself to be where I was two weeks ago. You see I put off changing what I was eating and trying to exercise because I was convinced that it would be too hard and take too long to be worth it. I love food! When I wasn't losing weight after the initial weight loss I was super discouraged. THEN something really amazing happened. I had Sam take my picture for @lwgchallenge on the 30th day and I was blown away by the changes I saw. I'm so glad we took pictures because otherwise I would have had no idea!

The changes I've seen have been subtle and gradual. All of a sudden my pants weren't quite as tight and I didn't have as much "overhang" if you will.  I'm not having to force myself into this new "lifestyle" any more, I'm just living it! That feels really awesome for it to be completely natural now to cook mostly vegetables + protein meals and to stay away from sugar. I don't even think about it. I walk every day and I don't have to think about that either. I crave it (read more about that here). I just want to encourage other moms out there that are struggling with losing the baby weight or getting in shape to just start! I'm not killing myself at the gym or starving myself and it's just coming off. You can do it, too!

I want to be a good role model for my girls. What better gift could I give them than a healthy mama? I'm so much happier and I love being active with them. It's my favorite kind of quality time. I love watching them run and dance. Matilda is having a Michael Jackson moment (unintentionally ;)). I get really emotional thinking about all of the time I've wasted feeling like I couldn't do any better for myself and that I couldn't get back to where I was. I love proving myself wrong and more than anything want to inspire other women to do the same! Please feel free to ask me any questions in the comments!

This was for lunch after our trip to the Farmer's Market: burgers with sweet potato fries, guacamole and my favorite sweet ginger chili sauce.
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19 comments :

  1. I enjoy your blog so much! Your writing is very refreshing and real. I have a daughter the same age as your Phoebe and I'm still trying to feel better about my "new" body. The challenges you've made to yourself are inspiring and it makes me want to eat better and get moving more!

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    1. Hi Rankin! That means so much to me!! Thank you. The struggle is real and I'm just relieved to hear that it's not with just me. You go girl! xx

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  2. Way to go girl! Here is a recipe I think you would like. I made it with broccoli and it was delicious!

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    1. oops, here is the link
      http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/ginger-beef-mushroom-kale-stir-fry-recipe/#_a5y_p=1571535

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    2. yum! this sounds delicious!! i owe you a phone call. xoxox

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  3. Thank you so much for this post and this series! My "baby" is almost two (where did the time go?!?!) and we (the mister, too) have just started our own lifestyle overhaul in an effort to (finally) lose the 20 lbs, have more energy and feel better about ourselves. It is very important for us that we present good habits to our little(s) to help them develop healthy habits from the beginning. Thanks again, so much, for your example and inspiration!

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    1. i feel you! phoebe is 18 months so i'm not far behind. you can do it!! thank you so much for the encouragement christen!

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  4. You are inspiring the crap out of me. I need to get my butt in gear -- thanks for the motivation! You look so great!

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  5. I too have made this change in my eating/outlook - clothes feel better, REAL FOOD kicks booty,

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  6. Lesley, thank you so much for your blog and for sharing your Challenge! My daughter will be one tomorrow (!) and I lost the baby weight pretty quickly at first but then put 10 pounds back just from being less active and making bad food decisions. Your posts and Instagram pics inspired me to cut out sugar and start walking with her every morning - and I already lost 2 pounds this week! Can't wait to get my FitBit for Mother's Day :) Thanks again; I'll be following along and hopefully getting healthier with you!

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    1. this makes me so happy!! go you! hope you get that fitbit and have a happy mother's day!

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  7. Hi Lesley, first if all, I really enjoy your blog. You are so real and I relate to so much of what you write about. Recently I did a Whole 30 challenge and it went ok. I would like to adopt a more paleo lifestyle, but I'm having award time getting my kids on board. I actually used to be vegetarian for many years, so my kids are not so into meat because they didn't eat it often. Is Matilda a big meat eater? Do you make different meals for yourself and your kids? I would like everyone to eat the same meal, more or less, instead of making multiple meals-I have 5 kids between 2 and 12, so that could mean a lot of dinners!

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    1. thank you so much for reading debby!! ok, real talk... phoebe will eat anything i put in front of her and matilda is a different subject. baby girl in her recent years has gotten super picky. i still try every day to give her what we are eating along with something she likes. looking forward to when her taste buds evolve. :) they both like turkey roll-ups and cut up bbq chicken and sweet potatoes with guacamole, so we eat a lot of that. i think it's just finding crowd pleasers and going with those. i also typically feed them at 5 because they are so little and then sam and i eat later. good luck! i know it has to be challenging feeding a big crowd of all ages. i have faith in you though!

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  8. Hi Lesley, I started following your blog a little over a year ago. I love everything you write about and am so inspired by your challenge! I did a Whole 30 challenge last spring and it was good, but difficult because I don't eat meat. I do eat some fish, but mostly plants and grains. I am trying desperately to get back on track with healthy eating and exercise to feel healthy and confident in myself before I start trying to get pregnant later this year. I often feel like I can't do it all and stay sane! Seeing you during this challenge and having 2 little ones on top of it really inspires me that I can do it too. Thanks for sharing your life and being an inspiration. You look great and your family is beautiful!

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    1. aw this comment means so much to me!! the whole 30 would be difficult if you don't eat meat. i have found a huge vegan community on instagram with tons of plant-based recipes. it's wild! i love happyavocados and if you follow her you can see who she follows for more ideas. good luck and thank you again for the kind words!!

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  9. Love your blog! I have to ask, are the photos of the girls running around in Savannah?

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    1. thank you so much kimber!! they are actually on the marietta square which does remind me of savaannah. :)

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