Happy Wednesday everyone! Hope you aren't too sore from yesterday or Monday's workout! I know I'm feeling those RDL's!! (Rommel, you are EVIL! But at least you're an evil genius.) How is everyone else feeling? Besides the soreness, I do feel I'm getting stronger with every workout! 

In other news, can anyone tell me how it is possibly ONLY Wednesday?
It's okay, though, Friday is coming fast and the challenge is definitely keeping me motivated. I'm feeling great (despite a not-so-fun cold) and looking forward to feeling even better. I will admit though, there was something that happened that made me a little more confident in myself, and I'd like to share it with you all.

I assume by now most of us have had our body fat composition tests done by Rommel.  If not, I highly recommend doing it. I actually did NOT feel this way before last Friday. I dreaded the test like I dread doing pull-ups and whenever Rommel reminded me, I found any reason not to do it. Here's how the interactions went:





By time Friday rolled around, I knew I had pretty much run out of excuses. It was time to face the music. Luckily, I consider Rommel not just a boss but a good friend as well, so I felt comfortable and was even able to laugh during the test. It took all of 5 minutes and when it was time to look at the results I had to slowly peek at the computer screen.

Rommel: Okay, your results are ready.
Rommel: No, actually they're -
Rommel: ..they're actually very good!
Casey: Impossible. You have the wrong person. Re-do?
Rommel: You are ridiculous. Look at the chart.
Casey: All I see are lines and lots of colors! Yellow!! Yellow must mean bad!
Rommel: I'm going to lock you in the storage closet. RELAX!
(Note: Okay, he didn't really threaten to lock me in a closet, but I think he may have considered it)

Long story short, my actual results were far different than the ones I had envisioned. I thought my percentage would be much higher than it was, and I was truly surprised at the number I got. If you had asked me, I had a bunch of fat I would easily part with. According to the test, I did not have any "excess" or "unhealthy" fat. 
This really got me thinking. So often we are caught up in how we look in a bathing suit, what size pants we wear, or how much "bigger" we are compared to others, that we hardly have any time to recognize the positive things about our body. I was so caught up into fitting into an old pair of jeans, and getting frustrated when I couldn't, that I completely neglected the fact that my body had already made positive improvements since I began my new routine. My body had gone from doing little exercise and being treated poorly, to doing strenuous exercise on a daily basis and being treated completely differently. And here I was - still thinking so negatively about my healthy body, just because it didn't weight ten pounds less or have a six pack. 
To say the test gave me a new outlook is an understatement. This challenge is not just about eating better, losing weight, and gaining muscle so that we look even more awesome than we do now (although, let's not lie, it's definitely a plus) - it's about treating our bodies the way they deserve to be treated. It's not about changing our habits for two months to reach an ideal weight; it's about making permanent and lasting changes that will benefit our bodies and minds for good.

I think it's time to start giving our bodies a little credit. After all, our mindset is what motivates us during exercise, but our body is what carries us - and that in itself is a blessing. With that being said, here's a Challenge-Friendly Cookie recipe to reward our BEAUTIFUL, hard-working bodies after a workout at Element 5. Enjoy!

Challenge-Friendly Cookies (Post-Workout)

3 Ripe Bananas, mashed
2 cups oats
1/4 cup almond or coconut milk
1 tbsp honey
1/3 cup coconut butter or regular butter
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, cranberries, coconut, whatever you please!
1 tsp vanilla

1) Pre-heat oven to *325 degrees.
2) Mix all ingredients and let sit for 5 - 10 minutes so oats can soak up milk.
3) Bake for 25 min or more until firm but chewy
4) Enjoy post-workout!

Here is where I got the original recipe & slightly adapted.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Please feel free to share about your body mindset or perhaps just a positive thought you've had during the challenge! I'd love to hear it!

1/30/2013 12:47:52 pm

I love your little comic :-) I also was pleasantly surprised with better results than I was expecting! In fact one of my personal goals with this challenge is to reach a certain body fat percentage, and after my test I got to adjust my goal to a lower number!

2/8/2013 02:26:34 am

Isn't it nice to be pleasantly surprised? I bet you'll reach that goal and even pass it! Keep up the great work!

Sandy Harms
2/1/2013 01:06:12 pm

I love your blog! Thank you for taking the time to keep us all motivated and for showing us that you're a "real" person. People like you are what make E5 so different than a regular gym. I appreciate all of you! Thanks for helping me transform myself!

2/8/2013 02:27:41 am

You rock, Sandy! Thanks for reading. We love having you as a part of the E5 family! Keep up the great work!


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