6-PACK AT THIRTY-6 – Blog #5

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How Much Longer Mom? 

By Mary Sheckler

When I decided to start this 6-pack journey, I told my kids about it. I explained to them I was giving myself until my birthday to get defined abs. I explained what it was going to take to achieve it. I also told them that I don’t know if it is possible after they had been in my belly, but I was going to try my hardest.

And now they are questioning, “How much longer, Mom?”


Over the course of the last four weeks, they have had lots of questions but have always kept me in check. Like when I ask them if they want to eat a certain food, they are concerned that I can’t eat it too. They watch me make them a pb&j and see how much I want to lick the peanut butter off the knife but don’t. I didn’t realize at the time, but I actually think I may be teaching them some important life lessons. My hope is they are learning sacrifice, hard work, dedication, and consistency are the keys to achieving goals. I wanted them to know there are no shortcuts in life to achieve something. I hope they are picking up on this as they keep asking, “How much longer, Mom?”

My kids are excited and supportive. They watch and sometimes help me meal prep. They are encouraging me and constantly check to make sure I don’t cheat. They know I can eat greens but now THEY realize that doesn’t include green jelly beans. They talk about how they are going to get me an ice cream cake for my birthday and then ask, “How much longer, Mom?”


So I asked them, “Do you think Mom will actually get a 6-pack?”

Ethan (age 9), “Yeah Mom. You are going to get abs because you try and have been working hard.”
Jackson (age 6), “Yes, you will get a 6-pack because you are strong and getting skinny.”
Addie (age 4), “Yes, because you eat green stuff.” (She is very hung up on the green veggies)

I feel like the key to a successful diet and achieving your goals in a supportive environment, telling people about your goal so they can hold you accountable, and having a strong & positive mindset. If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will. If you don’t tell anyone about your goal, its easy to back out. And if you aren’t strong enough to not lick the peanut butter and jelly knife, your kitchen will become a destruction zone.

So as I continue on this journey, I even ask myself, “How much longer, Mom?”


Pre Workout Meal – 1/2 cup oatmeal with a 1 scoop Dymatize ISO-100 and 1 TBSP almond butter, 100 grams berries, 4 Finaflex ALC/CLA, 1 Prime Nutrition’s Yohimbine, 1 serving high quality fish oil 

Workout – Sip aminos throughout

POST-WORKOUT MEAL – 1/2 cup(uncooked) white rice + 3 oz chicken

MEAL 1– 1egg, 4 egg whites or Oh Yeah! ONE Bar, 1/2 cup (uncooked) white rice & coffee and 1TBSP MCT oil

MEAL 2– One scoop Purus Labs Myofeed, 4 ALC/CLA, 1 Prime Nutrition’s Yohimbine, another serving fat burner if needed for energy.

MEAL 3 – (supper with family) 4oz chicken or turkey (use spices and baking this week to keep kids happy and eating this), 1 cup green veggies

MEAL 4 – 1 cup cottage cheese, 1 serving, daily multi-vitamin + 1 serving fish oil

*30 min after last meal take 1 serving

DRINKS – Coffee, Water, Optimum Nutrition’s Amino Energy, Metabolic Nutrition’s Tri-Pep

SNACKS – Can eat as many green veggies as
wanted for hunger

DIET RECAP: This week we added white rice to my meals and also the option to eat Oh Yeah! ONE Bars…my favorite! The One Bars can be substituted for eggs at breakfast. This is a great option when I am running behind in the morning. White rice was added this week too. I never really ever eat rice, but if I do, it’s brown so I questioned this. My diet coach said that white digests a little quicker as well as spikes insulin a little more. This helps shuttle protein into muscle cells. So white rice it is! I also realized that with the diet changes, if I want to eat…I NEED to workout! Every workout adds two meals.

Sunday – REST DAY
Monday – INSTRUCTED – On the Ball Class
Tuesday – LIFT – Upper Body Workout
Wednesday – REST DAY
Thursday – INSTRUCTED – On the Ball Class
Friday – LIFT – Leg Day Workout
Saturday – REST DAY

WORKOUT RECAP: So life happened this week. I wasn’t able to workout as much as I hoped and planned. So you did read that right, I took 3 rest days from the gym. It happens to the best of us and sometimes our bodies need it. I am just excited to bring on this next week of harder and more intense workouts. I can guarantee my cardio will be upped this week.

WEEK 4 RESULTS – We changed up my diet a little last week. I realized that if I don’t workout, I don’t get to eat as much. So that is my motivation to get my workouts in this week. I have lost another pound over this last week so I am down a total of 9 pounds. However, my body fat is down 4% since the start. I have noticed the changes and now others are too. I can really notice the body fat loss on my body. I have been taking some progress pictures, but need to get enough confidence to share them. Maybe next blog…

#FindYourStrength #TheRoadToSuccessIsNotShort

Mary’s ON THE BALL Class & LIFT CIRCUIT coming soon!


Mary’s 6-PACK AT THIRTY-6 Blog Series

Blog #1 ABSolutely Committed
Blog #2 Starting to die…it!
Blog #3 All About That Diet
Blog #4 Did Someone Say Cheat Meal?

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