Day 12 of 21

018b4f18079935b33d60a0021170611e0ec6df6b07Today I had a major breakthrough in starting to see definition in my abs, the past 11 days of clean eating (no cheats!) and intense workouts is really paying off. I had my husband take a quick picture before our workout to show you the progress (see below). I was headed home to do some last minute cruise shopping with my mom and sister, so I knew I had a long car ride home after work. I was fortunate to have a second telework day, so I got to enjoy being home with my husband and dogs and being spoiled rotten; my husband prepares all my food while I am working in the office! We were also able to knock out Cardio Fix Extreme during my lunch break, which may have been a poor choice in hindsight! I had major butt cramps the whole 3 hour drive to my parents house, thanks Autumn!!!!!! In fact my booty and my thighs are where I am seeing major changes, this is huge for me since I usually avoided wearing skirts and dresses on vacation due to thigh rubbing and I don’t think this will be an issue for this vacation. Here we go day 12, don’t gloss over breakfast this is a major discovery of delicious Fix approved fast breakfast.

Breakfast: As I mentioned above, my husband lovingly makes my food when I am home teleworking. I passed him my trusty food journal and waited for my breakfast to be delivered. My eyes almost popped out of my head when I saw my oatmeal, it filled the entire bowl!!! So finally I asked him how much oatmeal was in it, turns out he used tw0115c6ef1f48aae1d527122b48410d45867d7f7522o yellows worth of oatmeal, but had discovered the most wonderful and filling meal (great if you know you won’t be able to fit in a morning snack).

  • 2 Yellow Servings Oatmeal Prepared with water
  • 1 Purple Frozen Mixed Berries (heated in the microwave for one minute and then mixed into oatmeal above)
  • 2 Eggs Scrambled with Herbamare (if you haven’t tasted this seasoned sea salt, it is worth a try)

Snack 1: I was so stuffed from breakfast but I wanted the extra energy boost from my Shakeology for my workout. I only made it through half of my shake before sticking it in the freezer for a great post workout snack.

  • Vanilla Shakeology
  • Frozen Antioxidant Fruit Blend
  • 2 tsp Peanut Butter

01525b7ce5e102e2152ea0df7dda737c8dae87dab3Lunch: I finished off my Shakeology and had a serving of leftover 21 Day Fix Extreme Shakeology and a delicious ripe Pear (Pears are amazing post workout snacks because the high water content they have makes them very refreshing). I had the cutest beggar during my meal, seriously this puppy melts my heart!

Snack 2:

  • Buffalo Hummus (homemade by my amazing husband)
  • Cherry Tomatoes

Dinner: I am so grateful and blessed that my family is also following the 21 Day Fix nutrition 01dc72998ac80f47b6b02feb8c367e837e5e95090eplan. I know when I go home to visit that the meals will follow the plan, the containers will be figured out for me and it will be delicious! It also helps to have my mother and sister to swap recipes with. My mom knew I was craving red meat, so she made this amazing Texas Beef Brisket (she does a lot of fat trimming to make sure the brisket is leaner, it probably isn’t a perfect fit to the plan, but it sure is tasty and worth a little treat).

Workout: Today we fit our workout in over my lunch break. Cardio Fix Extreme is challenging but if you push yourself, you will see amazing results. Every time I felt like quitting, I kept reminding myself, you can do anything for one minute! The workout rounds consist of two one minute exercises followed by 30 seconds of pure cardio without weights. This time the 30 seconds of cardio for each round were a relief! My legs were screaming with all of the weighted one minute moves, and it felt good to stretch them out in the pure cardio sections and get my heart rate going. O016bf45bf26003f5df143e5a565777fa9d51d62efbur golden Lexi was crazy with all the hopping around and unfortunately had to be crated at about the ten minute mark for everyone’s safety. She kept attacking my hand weights and rolling them into my foot path and jumping at my husband. She looked so sad in her crate, but loved stretching with us during the cool down. Other than a couple of leg shakeouts, I didn’t skip a single second of the workout! I will be honest my legs are so sore I think I am going to need to take a bath and roll them out before Dirty 30 Extreme tomorrow.  Also not to brag, ok I’m going to brag…..Look at that center line in my abs! It is really starting to show when I am just standing upright. I haven’t been doing the 10 minute ab fix, due to lack of time but even just the normal Extreme workout schedule with proper eating is giving me great progress in my ab definition.

Italian Stuffed Peppers

01854e6b5173e93671eeaec5d9bd13fe768607311fI wasn’t going to blog this recipe, but after posting a picture on my Facebook page, I had such a great response that I decided I had to share this one (please forgive the lack of pretty pictures, I will update the post when I make the next batch). This recipe is made about once per round of 21 day fix in our house. While we like our peppers on the crispier side, you can cover them in foil and cook longer to achieve a nice and soft pepper.

Ingredients:

  • 6 Bell Peppers (look for larger, wider peppers)
  • 1.3 Pounds Ground Lean Turkey (93%, I try to find antibiotic and hormone free as well)
  • 3 8oz Cans Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Cup Quinoa, Uncooked
  • 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese, 2%
  • 2 Tbsp. Dried Parsley
  • 2 tsp Dried Onion Flakes
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper

*Note: You could use an Italian seasoning blend but I prefer to make my own.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit01c64bfa67f30f5c85450f48eef7ab963447e6c4fb
  2. Cook Quinoa according to package (omit any oil indicated in directions)
  3. Combine dried parsley through ground black pepper in a small bowl
  4. Cook turkey until no longer pink, drain fat from turkey, add seasoning and cook an additional minute or until spices become fragrant 
  5. Combine quinoa, turkey, 1 cup of cheese, and tomato sauce in a large bowl
  6. Cut tops from bell peppers and stuff with turkey mixture
  7. Place peppers in baking dish and fill bottom of dish with 1/2 inch water, top peppers with remaining cheese (tent dish with foil if you desire a more tender pepper)
  8. Cook for 35 minutes or until cheese browns
  9. Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes before serving

0192e3c4eadb8e85fd797fe407e7cfb41959b6adeaIf you would like to go dairy free, there are some great dairy free/soy free cheeses on the market (my favorite brand so far is Daiya). Just make sure to keep them away from David, because he is a cheese monster and thinks my alternative dairy products are crazy. Interesting fact we learned during marriage, if you go dairy free long enough your body actually becomes semi lactose intolerant….I wasn’t feeding David dairy due to my intolerance and he got really ill after eating pizza…Good news is it can be reversed by incorporating dairy gradually back into your diet. Hence why David enjoys his cheese and snubs his nose at my dairy free!

Valentine’s Day Egg in a Basket

10968376_435843253240071_7176014929597506679_n

This Valentine’s Day I decided to surprise my husband with a healthy 21 Day Fix approved breakfast. We have been eating a lot of dippy eggs (Eggs Over Easy, for those not from Lancaster, PA) with sprouted toast. After doing some research online, I came across recipes for egg in a basket (a take on the British dish of Toad in a Hole, sausage and egg in a piece of toast or pastry). I though I would adapt the recipes I found with butter to fit my clean eating plan. I added avocado and hot sauce to make up for the lack of butter and think that I may have found a new weekend tradition! A heart shape cookie cutter added a little romantic touch to kick off a weekend of relaxation.

Below is the recipe to make two servings (Each serving is one piece of toast, an egg and avocado), I added two pieces of turkey bacon and half of a grapefruit to make the meal 1 Yellow, 1 Purple, 1 Red and 1 Blue for my 21 Day Fix fans!

Ingredients:

  •  2 Eggs
  • 2 Slices Whole Grain Sprouted Bread (or whole grain toast)
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • Hot Sauce (Mexican or Tabasco)

Directions:

  1.  Use a small cookie cutter to create a hole in the center of the bread.
  2. Lightly toast bread and cut out piece of bread.
  3. Spray pan lightly with olive oil and heat pan over medium heat and add toasted piece of bread in pan, crack egg into center of cut out toast.
  4. Cover pan and cook until egg yolk is set
  5. Flip toast and cook for an additional 30 seconds or until yolk is cooked to desired firmness.
  6. Mash avocado and spread on toast.
  7. Season with salt and pepper and hot sauce.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!