Day 13 of 21

01fdc01b1d29f0bf54d74396e68ac1fd1ececbcc8fToday was the day all of my hard work over the past 7 months (my official start of clean eating and BeachBody workouts) was going to pay off! I had gone from a size 14 to an easy size 6, and I was actually looking forward to shopping with my mom and sister for the first time in my life. In the past I could barely fit into clothes at mainstream clothing stores, or if they had my size, the clothes were clearly not designed for someone of my height and weight. I also hated buying shorts, dresses or skirts because my thighs would rub together and be so painful in the heat. But with the help of 21 Day Fix, T25, P90 and PiYo I had lost 35 pounds and sculpted my legs so that I could finally wear a pair of short shorts!!!!

I won’t thoroughly review my workout today because I did a hasty Yoga Fix Extreme in the morning before shopping and really struggled on focusing on the moves. Yes, I was stretched out by the end, and this time I used my own music; but I still really struggled to even get into position for a lot of the moves and the modified move didn’t really push me. I swapped Yoga for Dirty 30 Extreme, because I didn’t have time for a shower in the morning and my husband refuses to workout before 9 am and since he doesn’t “do” Yoga, I figured we could do Dirty 30 together on Sunday.

In addition, it was haircut day for Zoey and I, we were off the salon and groomer respectively for a well deserved trim. If you have seen our photos over the past 13 days she looked like an overgrown muppet and I looked like I was growing a fine mullet….After my breakfast and haircut we headed to King of Prussia for a day of shopping and fun! My sister and mom have been following 21 Day Fix eating and doing at home workouts (21 Day Fix, P90, PiYo and Tai Cheng) and have both toned their bodies and lost weight. In the past shopping would make us all pretty grumpy and we would go out for a terrible meal at the mall, but this time we were inspired and excited by the way clothes were fitting us and went to Bahama Breeze for a healthy meal to keep up our results. 01fd716fc8b0c2650c159226f143b5307795d1f8e0

My main goal was to find a dress for formal night on the cruise, I had gone shopping with my best friend and fellow coach Carly a couple of weeks ago for shorts and t-shirts but wanted to wait on my final results to pick a dress. I loved this pink colored one on the left, but agreed that I probably wouldn’t have much use for it outside the cruise. We were having a fun time texting our cousin with some of the more unique finds…yes that dress in the middle is one piece oddly….it is connected in the back! My final choice from the day was the purple dress on the right. I felt it was classic, appropriate for any future friend’s weddings and showed off the progress in my stomach. I was inspired and ready to kick butt on my remaining 8 days of 21 Day Fix Extreme. Here is what I ate during my day out, it wasn’t perfect but I think I did a good job of sticking to the plan as closely as possible:

01e72c5b073bf03c873feeec0f1af091ff479dba53Breakfast:

  • 1 Yellow Serving Steel Cut Oats
  • 1 Purple Frozen Mixed Berries
  • 2 Scrambled Eggs

Snack 1:

  • Chocolate Shakeology
  • Frozen Strawberries

Lunch: After shopping for an hour we headed to Bahama Breeze for lunch, they had so many great fix approved meals, but I opted for one of their fish of the day options. We also started with some delicious Hummus and Vegetables as an appetizer. I ate all of my fish but skipped some of the potatoes to keep my meal to two yellows, two reds and 1 green and 3 tsp.0172cffc5f168ff1fa7db9d2a62d95701743540489

  • Wood Grilled Mahi Mahi with Chimichurri
  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Mashed Cinnamon Sweet Potatos
  • Hummus
  • Carrots and Celery and Peppers

Snack 2: I couldn’t find a good healthy snack for the day and was still full from lunch. I opted to skip this meal in order to conserve containers for dinner. We didn’t have a plan so I wanted to leave as many options open as possible.

Dinner: We had so much fun shopping we actually forgot to stop anywhere and make a dinner reservation. By the time we got to the restaurants in the mall, every place had over a two hour wait. We headed to the food court….I was really nervous but when I found a make your own salad place, I knew I would be fine. 018426f7f6323699ba5b8605b069e3623e85335dc6I loaded my salad up with:

  • Spring Mix
  • Grilled Chicken (yes over on my reds for the day but I was tired and needed it!)
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Green Peppers
  • Oil and Vinegar for Dressing on the side

Overall I would call today a shopping success. We were all able to find what we were looking for at the mall. No one broke down in tears…that’s usually my job…and we actually closed down a store finding mom the perfect bathing suit! I don’t think we have ever shopped that long in our lives. Bonus: I had over 15,000 steps on my fitbit Charge HR by the end of the trip.

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Day 9 of 21

013b1ea2ad526d65702f31b4fd0515f479075f5fa1Today was training day at the office, which for me always equates to weight loss, because we only get two scheduled breaks during the day so there is no way I can even try to get off plan! My biggest struggle is that we aren’t even allowed water bottles in the training room, so I had to keep standing in the door to the room sipping water to try to get in my 100 oz for the day! I brought along my Fix Extreme book to do some meal planning over our breaks and found three other people in the office who wanted to do the regular fix program (two had recently started the program) with me! I don’t work in a supportive workplace when it comes to eating healthy (crazy because I live in DC) my coworkers are always bringing in candy, chips and cookies to the office! I’m so excited to have new coworkers and friends I can share recipes with in the office and on Pinterest. My hunger level was low today, since I was having fun getting to know my training group; the day was over before I knew it and I was super motivated for my Upper Fix Extreme.

01dedc7367f3444f6be8b3b61c4444b343ee0dec02Breakfast: (Yeah I really think it’s time for a bigger lunch box…see photo on Left….)

  • 2 Slices of Whole Grain Sprouted Toast
  • 2 tsp Peanut Butter
  • 2 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 1/2 Orange

Snack 1:

  • Shakeology Bar
  • Banana

Lunch:

  • Italian Stuffed Pepper (I swear these make the BEST leftovers)

Snack 2:01e29ba00f608717a387115742705833d908045c9b

  • Vanilla Shakeology
  • Antioxidant Fruit Blend (Costco)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

Dinner:

  • Curry Rubbed Pork Tenderloin (This was a HUGE flop, going to use the leftovers in salads to not waste it, but very bummed about the new rub I tried)
  • Balasamic Roasted Vegetables (best roasted veggies yet! Used the recipe for Balsamic Vinaigrette from the extreme book to marinate them)

0146262e35e26f01fb6d0e71964d6f72b69371af8dWorkout: David had a late night makeup class due to the snow last week and I was stuck working out alone….or so I thought….Tonight I had Upper Fix Extreme on my schedule; but after a long day of training and being away from home, the dogs wanted nothing more but to play! First I took them for a quick business walk around the block and then we played fetch and worked on some recall training in the yard. I thought I would be good to go for my workout, so I marinated the veggies and rubbed my pork and threw them in the oven. Lexi and Zoey still had a TON of energy, so I said a little prayer and started my workout hoping they would wrestle while I worked out. Zoey immediately started attacking my resistance band (I was secretly hoping she would destroy it so I could justify buying the correct resistance band for the program :p I am currently using the next step up, which came with my T25.) Then Lexi started trying to run away with my 3 pound weig01cdfb72f370657531fef851945a27db40b0550904hts!!!!! I kept going with my workout regardless of the distractions, but had to continue with my heavy weights for several sets due to a missing three pound weight…..LEXI…..By the end of the workout my arms were jello, but I had successfully conquered the triceps dips and kickbacks! It was a blessing in disguise that the dogs were not cooperating, because it forced me to realize that next week I needed to up my weights to challenge myself! I was also really glad I had cooked dinner beforehand, because removing it from the oven with dead arms was a challenge. I may not have the greatest arms, but I am seeing huge improvements in definition. By the end of dinner both dogs were exhausted and ready for bed! I am super excited for this workout next week and to see how it goes with heavier weights. I hope you are finding these reviews helpful! Let me know if you have specific questions about the program in the comments below.

Day 8 of 21

01d029c589f770641285b2f17ace33ac0ea631fd15Day 8 was a very busy day: tons of meetings, lots of work to finish up before training, and David had class late so I knew I was on my own. I was also dreading Plyo Fix Extreme by myself since I struggled so much the previous week. I planned out my meals for the week on Sunday, prepped my food for work, and was determined to kick butt this week in order to be ready for the last of my cruise shopping on Saturday with my mom and sister. Lots of repeats food wise today in order to not to be wasteful and save on my weekly shopping budget by bulk cooking.

01979e86125e02ecce40798c11884edc88e9d57ef4Breakfast:

  • 2 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Sprouted Whole Grain Toast
  • Banana

Snack 1:

  • Shakeology Bar
  • Apple

Lunch:01862b6bf4f3951b45784623486c95a487d8a731ec

  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Shrimp
  • Lime Basil Vinaigrette

Snack 2:

  • Vanilla Shakeology
  • Pineapple
  • Coconut Extract

Dinner:

  • Balsamic Glaze
  • Pan Grilled Chicken
  • Spring Mix
  • Red Onion
  • Tomato

Workout: Plyo Day!!! Last week I was still recovering from the flu and really struggled with the workout, having to modify a majority of the moves or pause during the 30 second intervals. I had several coughing fits and was worried that the workouts might be above my current level of fitness. Well I’m glad to report I was wrong! I had to workout alone because David had a late night class; I was worried I wouldn’t push myself, but I knew I had to see if I could really do this extreme workout. I didn’t modify a single move, except the bonus round, and I made it through a full 30 seconds of each move. I will admit that I may not have kept pa01c83d36ce46ab954e324613d4907769ab142b907ace with Autumn the entire time, but I focused on perfect form and exploding into each jump. I think Plyo went from my least to most favorite extreme workout. I felt so strong and accomplished by the end of the 30 minutes that I was sad to reach the cool down!!!  Zoey and Lexi kept me company the whole workout and gave me kisses during the breaks for encouragement. Lexi even brought me all three stuffed dragons in an attempt to kill me during the squat jumps!! Note to self for week 3: hide all the dog toys before attempting Plyo! David caught up on the workout on Tuesday morning and also saw large improvements in his jump height and ability to keep up with Autum. He really liked this workout which makes both of us excited for our next workout challenge: Insanity Max 30!

Day 3 of 21

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Today I really struggled with hunger, I’m not sure if it was due to being home for 5 days in a row, or if I didn’t space my meals and snacks correctly. The good news is that I stuck to the plan, the bad news was I was quite cranky! If you’re wondering why there is a swimsuit in my collage today, its my goal suit for the end of the program and I just ordered it from J.Crew!!!! I was searching for a second bathing suit for the cruise and my cousin told me it was time to enjoy all of my hard work and buy something more age appropriate! You’ll also notice a lot of repeated food from day 2. Since we’re essentially a one income family, I try to cook in bulk for two reasons: to save money when grocery shopping and to reduce the number of times I’m in the IMG_7778kitchen cooking after work.

Breakfast:

  • Whole Grain Sprouted Bread (Rudis Organic Bakery: my husband found this at our local organic store and the quinoa provides a great crunch when you toast it)
  • Vegetable Egg Cups (Recipe provided under breakfast)
  • Orange (Cara Cara from Costco, these oranges are amazing right now!)

Snack 1: Shakeology Bar and I’ll let you guess the fruit…..(Orange…..grrrrr stupid bananas are still green 5 days post purchase)

IMG_7725Lunch: Repeat from yesterday….

  • Baked Chicken with salt free Garlic and Herb Seasoning from McCormicks
  • Baked Sweet Potato
  • Broccoli (note the extra cute Zoey toofers being flashed at me for a bite of chicken!)

Snack 2: Vanilla Cherry Shakeology

  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 Purple Frozen Cherries
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 10 oz of Water

Dinner: Taco Salad (I swear the meat gets better on day 2 after the seasoning has time to really soak into the turkey)

  • Red Container Ground Turkey with Smokey Southwest Seasoning
  • Green Container Spinach
  • Green Container Chopped Onions and Tomato
  • Orange Container of Lime Basil Vinaigrette
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Zoey and her dragon are ready for Pilates 🙂

Workout: I think David came up with the perfect summary of Pilates Fix Extreme, “50 Shades of Banding”! This workout used a resistance band for the entire 30 minutes. It took me a minute to even figure out how she had wrapped the band around her feet, after that some hilarity ensued as we tried to flip ourselves over without losing the band off our feet. I would suggest having the pause button handy for this workout, and making sure you have a mirror or camera that you can observe your form with. Pilates is about form and if you are not following the moves correctly, than you will not get the most out of your workout. By about minute 13 my core was burning! I said I wanted a six pack and this is the workout that’s going to get me there! All of the moves are performed on the floor and it’s important to really focus on your breathing. I enjoyed this workout, but it was definitely not my husband’s cup of tea. His band kept snapping out of the handle and he kept cursing Autumn….I think I may have to workout on Wednesdays by myself IMG_7761 for the next two weeks….My biggest complaint was that my wrists were sore by the end of the workout, I think I will take her suggestion to switch my grip during the moves. I was also feeling all of the arm work from yesterday’s Upper Extreme Fix workout. I may be going crazy, or I am just super hopeful but I think I can see changes in my abs and arms after only 3 days. I’ll post updated pictures and results on Sunday to see what you think.

Day 2 of 21

IMG_7724Snow Day!!! Who else had a wonderful day off from work or school yesterday? Waking up to my job and my husbands school being closed for the day was a great surprise. I spent my day out in the snow playing with the dogs and in the kitchen cooking up the remainder of my meals for the work week. We fit in our workout in the early afternoon. I had a great day 2, no hunger, I could tell my body is almost completely over last week’s sickness, and the dogs had a blast digging and rolling in our 8 inches of D.C. snow.

Breakfast:IMG_7678 If you saw my recipe post from yesterday, you might have already seen a sneak peek of my breakfast from day 2. I typically try to fit one of my three carbs in the morning meal; my husband was making oatmeal so I asked him to make a little extra for me. Since it was prepared using water and was just a plain oatmeal, I added cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt (free) to give the oatmeal a little more flavor. You might have noticed at this point that we are eating a lot of oranges….unfortunately my husband and I both bought a huge bag on the same day without realizing it, so in order to not waste them, my purple containers will not have a lot of variety the next couple of days! The last thing on my plate, those little green muffin shaped objects, are the mini vegetable egg cups from the 21 Day Fix Extreme book. If I have learned one thing from my husband since we’ve been married, it’s to mess with a recipe. He never follows a recipe exactly, which can drive me insane, but has also IMG_7667led to some awesome discoveries. I changed the spicing and the onion used from the book and these egg cups were delicious! It was such a nice change from the normal plain jane dippy eggs that I tend to make on my days off. There barely even needed hot sauce, which is a huge feat in my household. Usually my husband pours hot sauce on everything egg related, since he isn’t a huge egg fan. I do have one big suggestion from the books original recipe, USE MUFFIN LINERS, this pan was a nightmare to clean as I don’t like to use PAM or other non-olive oil based sprays. Unfortunately the olive oil mister didn’t cut it on this recipe. After breakfast we took the dogs out into the snow to play and chase snowballs. Half of the time Lexi was trying to rip off Zoey’s coat. I don’t think Lexi appreciates Zoey’s fine taste in fashion or the fact that her sister benefits from being a double coated golden retriever! By the end of the hour both were covered in snow balls and it was time to come inside and dry them off!IMG_7673 I think my favorite part was that Zoey had formed a pretty impressive snow beard! I can’t wait for her groom next weekend… you can’t even see her eyes when I try to take photos of her at this point.

Snack 1: This was a repeat of yesterday’s morning snack. A Shakeology bar, which I swear gets better every day from sitting in the fridge, and an orange. Something about sitting in the fridge another day made the bars denser, and more nutty tasting. I think they would pair great with a banana for a mid morning snack, but my bananas are still super green three days after I bought them, so I’ll have to wait to test this theory.

Lunch: My original plan for my lunch was to have a repeat of my dinner from day 1 (cilantro lime chicken on a bell pepper) but when I realized that was what my husband was eating across the couch… it didn’t really work out the way I expected… at least he was inspired by my dinner yesterday, he really enjoyed the combination of chicken, and finished off the last of the tortilla from last week. So I threw some chicken breasts in the oven (450 degrees for twenty minutes, flip after ten) after seasoning them with McCormick’s garlic and herb salt free seasoning and a little sea salt. I also baked some sweet potatoes to have on hand for the week. I like having these two items in my fridge because sometimes I’m ambitious with what I’m going to cook after a workout and I’m dragging my butt up the stairs wondering what I’m thinking. This way I can grab some chicken, a sweet potato, and throw a vegetable on the side for a quick yellow, red, and green dinner. I’m not going to include a photo since it just looks like a boring clean eating meal. Believe me, it isn’t the most exciting thing in the world but it has saved me multiple times from caving and ordering pizza or getting takeout.

IMG_7685Snack 2: Chocolate Covered Cherry Shakeology

  • 1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 Purple Frozen Cherries
  • 12 Oz Water
  • 3-4 Ice Cubes (depending on how thick you like it)

I had seen this recipe from several friends on Facebook and was anxious to give it a try. It didn’t disappoint on that delicious chocolate milkshake flavor. I think the hardest difference between the 21 Day Fix and the 21 Day Fix Extreme for me to deal with is the lack of a chocolate treat yellow. Thank goodness for chocolate Shakeology to satisfy that afternoon craving and give me the boost of energy that I needed for Upper Extreme Fix.

Dinner: Taco salad! Over the next 21 days you will see a lot of Mexican inspired dishes. I am not sure it has to do IMG_7695with my husband’s love affair with all things hot sauce, but we eat a lot of Mexican and Tex Mex food (tacos, fajitas, quinoa taco bake, stuffed Mexican peppers, enchiladas). This meal was super simple to prepare. I browned a pound of lean ground turkey with the smokey southwest seasoning found in the 21 Day Fix Extreme booklet. I also whipped up the Basil Lime Vinaigrette from the back of the book to use instead of salsa (I was in the mood to be experimental and had an orange container left for the day). Boy am I glad I tried something new tonight, that dressing paired with the taco seasoned meat was so refreshing! I will admit that I reduced the amount of olive oil called for the in the book by an entire tablespoon. I added a green of freshly chopped onion and tomato to the meat, put them on top of salad greens, and added dressing for a dinner that totaled 2 greens, 1 red, and 1 orange.

Workout: Tuesday is Upper Fix Extreme and we decided to tackle this workout right before cooking dinner. This workout consisted of 3 rounds with 4 exercises per round. The workout was technically 33 minutes, I was aIMG_7690 math major in college, so when the times aren’t exact it bothers me, but hey the workout was fantastic so I’ll let it slide. Each move was a minute long, you started with your heavy weight for the first thirty seconds and then reduced to your lighter weight for the last 30 seconds of the move. I just completed T25 and I was super excited that I made it through an entire minute of pushups!! The good news is there is only one pushup move for the entire upper body workout, which I really appreciated. This workout made my arms burn and turn into jello! I enjoyed the workout so much that I was actually surprised and sad when she said we were on our last move for the day! My favorite part of the workout is she really works your triceps which is one of the main areas on my arms that could use some work. Autumn does a great job of explaining the form of each move and exactly which muscle the move is working. The move I struggled with the most was the military press, I loved her tip to use your knees to get you that little extra umph to push through the last couple of reps instead of sacrificing form. I had an extraIMG_7702 tsp left for the day so I thought I would enjoy a nice peanut butter spoon after my workout, but my dogs had other ideas…I have never seen them beg so hard in their lives! The good news is they were tired from all of the playing in the snow and slept for our workout for the second day in a row. I have a feeling on day three I won’t be so lucky! I’m really looking forward to day three tomorrow because the workout is Pilates Extreme and as we end the night my legs are finally recovered from Plyo Extreme.

Welcome

Hello, my name is Sandra and I love working out in my own home, my two dogs, running, and trying new healthy recipes! I practice clean eating and love the outdoors! I can’t wait to share some of the delicious recipes that I have been trying out in my kitchen and to introduce you to my two fluffy and lovable dogs. I have a golden retriever, Lexi (aka Alexandra Ovechkin), who is 4 years old and suffers from a thyroid condition and a crazy mutt, Zoey, a cockercavashollie (Cavachon Mom and Cocker Spaniel x Collie Dad).