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.

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.

Chocolate Pudding (21 Day Fix Approved)

01b944b2064eae6da1fec154b9b2ee4edecb883b30 So anyone that knows me, knows I have a major major sweet tooth! Chocolate may be my biggest downfall while eating healthy, so Chocolate Shakeology was a huge breakthrough for me when I started BeachBody workouts. I bought a bag on a whim with my PiYo and decided hey why not, it’s only a couple of bucks more than the program by itself, and if I hate it I can return it and get my money back! I owe my ability to stick to my eating plan to that chocolate shake every afternoon, so when I saw a recipe for Shakeology Pudding in my extreme book, I knew I had to give it a try!

(This post was Inspired by the 21 Day Fix Extreme found on page 72 in Shakeology recipes section)

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  • 1 1/2 Scoops Chocolate Shakeology (You could use another whey based protein powder, but I won’t promise it will be as tasty!!)
  • 1 Ripe Banana (cut in 1 inch chunks)
  • 1 Ripe Avocado
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Separate into 4 bowls and cover and refrigerate for one hour (this is the hardest part, allowing the pudding to sit without being tempted to break into the fridge and shovel it down!)
  3. Enjoy!

If you have never tried Shakeology before it is a wonderful dense and nutritious meal replacement shake. It is full of fiber and probiotics to keep you full and reduce your cravings for sweets. My favorite benefit of drinking Shakeology daily is it keeps my energy levels up and has helped me to reduce my caffeine dependency! Drinking my daily shake and using 30 minute workouts I have lost over 35 pounds and never felt deprived.

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)

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  • 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.

7 of 21

012ca56b1ca7cf6b394ee4edb32bf46e8ec21236aaDay 7 and I am down 3 pounds for my first week! I usually have my biggest drop in weight during my first week of a round of 21 Day Fix and I expect 21 Day Fix Extreme to follow suit. The biggest changes I see in my body after one week are my abs (the center line can be clearly seen without sucking in my stomach) and my booty is much tighter (Thank You Autumn)! David whipped up some amazing buffalo hummus for our afternoon snack during the Washington Capitals game and I decided to make Italian stuffed peppers for dinner (a family favorite). I was not hungry today but my entire body was sore, thank goodness it was finally Yoga day, I was ready for a good stretch. 01155f61130bf1345ecd7f35cd1a5aeecf8f73b160

Breakfast:

  • Two Dippy Eggs (sunny side up for those who are not from Lancaster, PA)
  • Sprouted Whole Wheat Toast
  • Sliced Apple
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pour Over Coffee

Snack 1:

  • Vanilla Shakeology
  • Pineapple
  • Almond Milk

01d944ea9a2ebece35e810757f9881096d9dbfc137Lunch:

  • Spaghetti Sqaush
  • Shrimp
  • Lime Basil Vinaigrette
  • 1/2 Orange

Snack 2:

Dinner: Italian Stuffed Peppers (See Recipe Section for01854e6b5173e93671eeaec5d9bd13fe768607311f details) are a family favorite and David requested them for Sunday dinner. I love making these because I can prep the peppers in the morning, stick them in the fridge and then pop them in the oven while I am working out. It is also a great way to introduce your family to quinoa! They wont even realize you swapped out the rice in a traditional stuffed pepper.

Workout: Today’s workout was Yoga Fix Extreme, I won’t lie I’m not a huge yoga fan, I loved PiYo, but that was because it was fast paced pilates and yoga combined. I know yoga is very important, and this is a great yoga workout, but I hate stretching (I am a T25 019074a3f276fbb58850c2d42e942401a93a7d133factive stretching kinda girl). Trust me DO NOT skip your yoga workout, being too tight will quickly lead to injury!!!! By the end of the workout I was relaxed, all of my soreness was gone, and i had a few chuckles attempting advanced moves (I almost took out the TV during bird of paradise). I highly recommend previewing the workout before your first attempt so that you can smoothly transition between moves. I love that she gives a modified, an intermediate and an advanced level for each move. Right now I can do most of the moves at the intermediate level. Lexi enjoyed my recreation of the workout in the kitchen, she kept trying to lick the bottom of my foot!

Day 6 of 21

IMG_7894It’s the weekend!!! I love weekends at home because I get to spend my days cooking in the kitchen and snuggling with my husband and dogs. The weather was terrible on Saturday, 3 inches of snow followed by freezing rain, so I headed to the grocery store early in the morning to avoid all of the people buying milk and eggs. I asked David when he wanted to workout because if I do not set an alarm than we tend to try to skip our workout or talk each other out of it. I was surprised at 10 am when David asked if we could go ahead and knock out Dirty 30 Fix Extreme. That meant my Shakeology would be an amazing and refreshing post workout snack. The dogs were super stir crazy by the evening, I was glad I planned a quicker dinner so that I could play with them outside while the spaghetti squash finished in the oven.

IMG_7833Breakfast:

  • 2 Mini Vegetable Egg Cups (the last two of the batch, I am going to make these again for week 3 with some alterations!)
  • Hot Sauce, because in my house everything my husband heats up for me ends up with some hot sauce 🙂
  • PB and Strawberry Oatmeal with a pinch of sea salt

Snack 1: Pina Colada Shakeology

  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 tsp Pure Coconut Extract
  • 1 Purple Pineapple
  • 10 oz of Water

Lunch: Fajitas 🙂 I got the last serving!! (I swear that never happens)

Snack 2: I got a little off track here when I was baking for my husband…I was supposed to have veggies and hummus but I ended up sneaking a Vegan Berry Muffin (recipe to be posted later tonight). Luckily I forgot to add almond milk to my shake for my third yellow for the day, so I ended up counting that as my yellow, blue, and last purple (not perfect container math, but we all have slip-ups).

IMG_7864Dinner: Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp Marinated in Lime Basil Vinaigrette.

  • Spaghetti Squash (a great pasta substitute when you don’t have a yellow container left for the day)
  • Shrimp (sauteed in a pan with salt and pepper to taste)
  • Lime Basil Vinaigrette from the 21 Day Fix Extreme Book (added to the shrimp for the last minute of cooking)

This dinner was a big hit with my husband, since he didn’t have fajitas for lunch, I served his over whole wheat pasta. By the time I had come downstairs with my plate and drink, a majority of his plate was clean! I keep a list of recipes I cook once per round and this will definitely make the list. It was simple and you could cook the squash while you were working out and then quick saute the shrimp for a great weeknight meal.

Workout: Dirty 30 Extreme consisted of 3 rounds, 2 exercises each round and each exercise lastsIMG_7842 one minute. Most of the moves worked your arms and legs at the same time. For example, the Squat Press is a weighted squat with a press at the top of the squat. I thought my legs would be dead after Lower Fix Extreme and Cardio Fix Extreme, but this workout actually worked out all of the soreness from the past two days. My favorite move was the Lunge Row Curl, it’s a forward lunge with a row at the bottom and then you balance on one leg and curl at the top. I love that the chalk board in the back of the exercise room in the video says “Don’t Stop When You’re Tired, Stop when You’re Done.” Oh and just when you think you are done, Autumn throws in a bonus round move, it’s a Plank Crunch!!!! I really need to work on my balance for this one, I kept falling to the side I had the weight on. This workout made me feel so strong, worked out all the lactic acid built up in my legs and still managed to kick my butt. I am sad that there is only one more new workout to go, but I have loved every one of these workouts so far!

Day 4 of 21

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The ever dreaded Lower Fix Extreme Day! Today was my first day back in the office after my snow day and a day of telework. It was so sad when I went to grab my laptop and Zoey was already in the basement wagging her tail and hopping into her normal telework position. But I’m so lucky to have a job that lets me spend more time with my dogs and husband, so I can’t really complain! I’ve upped my container bracket from 21 Day Fix and didn’t realize how much my lunch box would be pushed to the limit. The seams on my lunchbox have split! If anyone has a great suggestion for a larger insulated lunchbox, I would be more than grateful if you commented below. Breakfast, lunch and my two snacks packed, I headed back to work in the office. All of the hunger and crankiness from yesterday was gone; I’m starting to think that was my bodies response to cutting out the sugar from the weekend of binging. While the workout kicked my butt, literally, I loved how strong it made my legs and butt feel, of course I struggled to get up the stairs to make dinner, but I will look forward to this workout next week.

Breakfast:IMG_7779

  • Mini Vegetable Egg Cups (see my recipe page)
  • Whole Grain Sprouted Toast
  • One Purple Container of Strawberries

I had a very busy morning back at work filled with meetings and phone conferences. This breakfast kept me full until it was time for my mid-morning snack. I ate it as three smaller meals, since I didn’t have a free time to just sit and eat. During 21 Day Fix Extreme I want to focus on mindful eating. The idea is that if you are watching TV, checking email or having a conversation and not paying attention to what you are tasting than you will feel less satisfied and ultimately less full. Have you ever grabbed a piece of fruit while checking email only to look down and realize you ate the entire piece and feel unsatisfied? That is mindless eating! So when I eat in the office I try to take 5 minutes to really just enjoy what I am eating. It seems to be working, and I find that I really appreciate the sweetness of fruit more than when i was just popping strawberries in my mouth one after another.

Snack 1: Shakeology Bar and an orange. Unfortunately I had to eat this during our morning teleconference, but I was still full from breakfast, so didn’t actually feel the need for a snack like I do on most days.

Lunch: My typical quick clean meal of baked chicken, a sweet potato, and broccoli. I was running way behind when I was packing lunch this morning, the coffee grinder was not cooperating…so I abandoned my more ambitious plan of a loaded sweet potato for a repeat meal. In the past I would have caved and just grabbed Chipotle or Subway out with coworkers but I’m determined to follow this plan for 21 days to see how my abs improve.IMG_7781

Snack 2: Double Berry Shakeology (my bag of strawberry arrived!!!)

  • 1 Scoop Strawberry Shakeology
  • 1 Purple Frozen Raspberries
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 10 Oz of Water
  • 2-4 Ice Cubes

I was super excited that my shake actually fit in my new shaker cup. Apparently I make monster sized shakes, because no one else in my group has this problem….I took my shakeology to my afternoon meeting, and since I was just sitting in for a second opinion I got to sit back and really enjoy it. This recipe by BeachBody is delicious (I added the cinnamon because I am a cinnamon fanatic) and it will be one of my regulars this month.

IMG_7799Dinner: Fajitas!

  • 1 Red of Chicken (cooked with the smokey southwest seasoning)
  • 1 Green of Bell Peppers and Onions (sauteed in 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil and then tossed with the chicken and seasoning)
  • 2 Corn Tortillas (6 inch)
  • 2 Tablespoons hot salsa (Ok, I admit that this is a little break from the book, she calls for pico de gallo…I couldn’t find any at the store that didn’t look gross so I did cheat a little…)
  • Dab of Greek Yogurt mixed with the leftover smokey southwest seasoning

As you can see I had a fajita fan club…I was trying to take a photo of Zoey begging for my fajita and next thing I know she is off that pillow with her face stuck in the fajita. She had a salsa beard, but was quiet satisfied with her piece of stolen chicken….She needs a haircut, bad, so that I can see when she is evilly glaring at my dinner! Fajitas are probably my favorite dinner on 21 Day Fix. I think it is because they remind me of the fajita kits from the grocery store that my mom used to make when I was a kid, especially after softball gaIMG_7792mes when we didn’t get home at our usual time.

Workout: Lower Fix Extreme uses weights and the resistance band with squats, lunges, and jumps to make your legs scream! The workout runs 33:51 including the warm-up and cool-down. There are four rounds, with two exercises that are repeated one time per round. While this workout was extremely demanding, I found Autumn to be very inspiring at just the moment I felt like quitting! Several of the exercises started with squats or lunges with your heavy weights for the first thirty seconds and then switched to the same motion as a jump. I loved this combination of weights and jumps to really get a deep burn in the muscle you were working. It also forced you to focus on keeping your core engaged and work on your form so that when you put down the weights and began the jump you were already using perfect form and reduced risk of injury. I struggled with the Back Lunge – Plyo move, which was a weighted backwards lunge for the first 30 seconds and then a jump from the lunge position, but the girl in IMG_7801the pink sports bras was using an athletic movement with her arms that no one else was using that really helped me to get off the ground from that position. My favorite move was the side lunge into a leg lift, this explosive movement really made my inner thigh (a problem spot for me) burn. By the end of the workout I had burned 268 calories according the my Fitbit Charge HR and was drenched in sweat. Lower Fix Extreme is my favorite leg workout I have tried by Beachbody (my completed programs include: PiYo, T25 (Alpha, Beta and Gamma), P90, and 21 Day Fix). I finished my night with a tsp of peanut butter and made the dogs their own spoon of peanut butter so that I could eat mine in peace. Since they are not on the fix they got to enjoy a lot more than a single tsp between the two of them..although Zoey is starting to pack on a little winter weight and we may need to develop the 21 Day Fix dog version sooner than anticipated!

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.

21 Day Fix Extreme Before

IMG_7607Tomorrow I start my journey on 21 Day Fix Extreme and I am beyond excited to journal my next 21 days with you! My hope is to provide a comprehensive review and help you to decide if this program could help you take your health and fitness to the next level.

I have been following the 21 Day Fix eating plan since August and have dropped a total of 30 pounds. This program focuses on clean eating and portion control. I think one of the biggest misconceptions I had about healthy eating was that as long as it was a vegetable, fruit, or lean protein, portion size did not matter. I could not have been more wrong! I was working my butt off in PiYo and eating healthy foods but having zero results! I couldn’t get the scale to budge and I was getting really frustrated. That was when my friend suggested I try following the 21 Day Fix eating plan along with my exercise. My first 21 day round I shed 7 pounds and more importantly 3 inches from my waist. I continued to following the eating plan while doing Focus T25 and the weight just fell off.

When Beach Body announced the 21 Day Fix Extreme, with more intense workouts, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy of this program. The booklet describes the plan and exercise as the perfect follow up to Focus T25 to get the final results you are looking for. With my cruise approaching in less than 30 days, I am rocking my new bikini but would LOVE to find that six pack I know is hiding under that last little bit of stomach!!! I have joined a challenge group with some fellow coaches and friends and for the next 21 days we are going to work like we have never worked before.

My goal is to provide a daily update of my progress, the workout, and the meals that I will be preparing along with the plan. I hope you enjoy following along and feel free to ask any questions in the comments below.