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.

Day 5 of 21

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Day 5 was another office day. This requires me to prep all of my food the night before, due to having to leave the house by 5:20 am. Since I was attending an offsite conference, I knew I needed a shake to keep me nice and full for the four hours of data analysis lecture (I struggle with being hungry when I’m bored and let me tell you these meetings are anything but exciting….).  I was full all day but my legs were still quiet sore from Lower Fix Extreme. While I had the energy I needed for Cardio Fix Extreme, I struggled with having the power I needed from my legs for the more explosive jumps.

Breakfast: IMG_7806 Due to having to travel across the city to the location of the meeting, I knew I had to eat an early breakfast. I hate eating my breakfast right at 6am because that means I have to wait 3 hours until my shake. I decided on a piece of peanut butter toast, which tends to keep me pretty full (I needed to use up both of my teaspoons for the day, hence the large quantity of peanut butter slathered on my whole grain sprouted toast). I also had two of the mini vegetable egg cups (see Recipe section) drowned in my favorite hot sauce. It was 2 degrees when I left for the office, so I liked the idea of hot sauce to warm me back up before having to brave the cold again for my meeting.

Snack 1: Repeated from yesterday, Double Berry Shakeology and an Orange (I prepped the berries and ice the night before in a ziplock bag to IMG_7809so I could make the shake faster early in the morning.  I poured this plus the Shakeology and water into the blender and save myself several minutes of finding a purple container, measuring fruit, and fighting with our ancient ice trays). The cup in my photo is the shaker cup that comes with the plan. It is huge! I love that I can fit my larger shakes in this cup or transport a large amount of water to work with me (D.C. public water is so gross, so if you plan on visiting, bring a lot of water or you will end up paying a large amount for bottled water).

Lunch: I talked my coworkers out of lunch out after the meeting so that I could stick to the 21 Day Fix Extreme. I am not saying you can’t go out to eat on the 21 Day Fix Extreme (there are great salads, soups, or lean proteins available at a lot of restaurants today) but my coworkers wanted to eat at places that served pizza only or sushi (for some reason the sushi place they picked didn’t have sashimi, which would work quiet well on this plan). I had my quick meal of a sweet potato, baked chicken, and broccoli. I added freshly ground cinnamon to my sweet potato to jazz it up. My mom introduced me to a cinnamon mill the last time I was home and I’m in love with freshly ground cinnamon. You can find them at your local grocery store, and you use so much less cinnamon using this method.

Snack 2: Almonds and an Orange (I can’t wait to get to the grocery store tomorrow to get more fruit variety!)

Dinner: Leftover fajitas (see Day 4 for Recipe). I think the fajitas are even better day 2, it gives the spices more time to soak into the vegetables and chicken. Today I skipped the salsa and taco dip and added a little hot sauce for flavor and freshly diced tomatoes.

Workout: Cardio Fix Extreme is 4 rounds, 2 exercises each round with a 30 second cardio interval in between, as in the other workouts you repeat each round one time. The workout is 32 minutes IMG_7831long including the warm-up and cool-down. This workout does not use the resistance band, but does use both your light and heavy weights. During the warm-up I could feel all of the work from yesterday’s Lower Fix Extreme. Each round has two one minutes exercises, by about 30 seconds on the weighted leg exercises I had begun to struggle with muscle fatigue, but I was not about to give up! While the weighted exercises pushed you, the cardio intervals were quiet simple moves (run in place, basic jumping jacks, etc.), which allowed you to focus on increasing your heart rate. There were two moves in this workout that I was happy she included a modifier: Jack Press Jumps (an explosive jumping jack with a press at the top while you were in the air) and Clean Lunge Jump (from a squatted position jumping into a back lunge, while performing a clean with your light weight). My legs were so tired from the day before that I didn’t feel I could perform these exercises with correct form. I used the modifier for the full minute, but my goal is to do 30 seconds of these exercises without modifying next Friday and by the final week complete them without modifying! I have no idea why, but our golden retriever loves cardio workouts! She will bring us her toys, dance around, roll on the couch and wag her tail. By the end of the workout we were covered in sweat and had tired herself out from all of the excitement. She fell asleep upside down on the couch while I was reheating leftovers for dinner. While my legs are completely dead between Lower Fix Extreme and Cardio Fix Extreme, I am so proud of what David and I have accomplished over the past 5 days. We have stuck to the plan and we are already feeling and seeing results.