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 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!

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).