Fall Fitness Challenge Week 3 (Motivation Plus Recipes)

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By Fitness Editor Paula Jager CSCS

Week 3 of the Challenge:  how are you all doing? I must say I am very impressed with the food logs on Fit Day from those that have been keeping them. That shows a high level of commitment.

It also gives a clear picture on how to adjust nutritional intake to maximize fat loss. Overall, I would say the biggest issue I see is the over consumption of starchy carbohydrates.

Our bodies love to use glucose for fuel and when it is so readily available, the body won’t even attempt to tap into our stored body fat.

So, let go of the grains (bread, pasta, pizza, muffins, and corn), legumes (beans) and store bought fruit juices.

I don’t care if you grow your own wheat, grind it yourself and soak it for 2 days–it’s not going to help you lose body fat.

The same thing goes for excessive servings of fruit and potatoes. Get the bulk of your carbohydrates from non-starchy vegetables and 1-2 servings of fruit a day.

Now, when you are a lean, mean machine, at an ideal weight and exercising regularly and intensely we can add back in some more fruit and good starchy veggies like potatoes, yams, beets, turnips and the likeïŠ

In the meantime try this “remake” on one of my very favorite dishes Shrimp n’ Grits. It’s much healthier, equally delicious and beneficial in your weight loss efforts (provided the portions are “reasonable”).

Here’s another recipe from from Peggy N for a delicious Taco salad. . .

Taco Salad with Homemade Seasoning


2 Tbsp Chili Powder (less if you don’t like it too spicy)

1 tsp Cumin

1tsp Coriander

1 tsp Oregano

1 tsp Rapadura sugar (optional)

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

3 cloves of garlic

1 ½ cups diced tomatoes (more or less if you like)


Use whatever meat you want and make a taco salad full of fresh veggies! Top w/ a dressing made of olive oil, lime juice, freshly ground black pepper and chopped cilantro for a meal your whole family can enjoy.

Great job everyone! Let’s stay on track and keep your comments and questions coming– I am happy to address them all. For next week, I would like to feature Progress Reports from a midway challenge standpoint. So send me yours; I want to hear how you are doing, successes you’ve had thus far, challenges or obstacles you are struggling with and any tips you could off for your fellow participants. Good luck to all!

Paula Jager CSCS and Level 1 CrossFit and CF Nutrition Certified is the owner of CrossFit Jaguar in Tampa, FL
Her exercise and nutrition programs yield life changing results

The Healthy Home Economist holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mother to 3 healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, ABC, NBC, and many others.

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