Snow 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: 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 led 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! 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.
Snack 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 with 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 a 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 extra 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.