Powerblocks!

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Yesterday I finally gave up on the exercise band for doing my workouts. While I think that exercise bands are a great, and much cheaper alternative to buying free weights, for some of the 21dayfix workouts I find them to be more trouble than they are worth. I can’t tell you how many times I have snapped myself in the butt with that thing on leg day, and I can never switch out and set up fast enough to keep up with the video.

I went to Fitness Depot, and I was originally just going to pick up a set of 7 and 12lb dumbells, but a co-worker had shown me these Powerblock dumbells beforehand. As the cashier was ringing up the sale of my 7 and 12 pounders, and it was totalling up around 70 dollars, I’m thinking – this is kind of nuts. Chances are in another couple of weeks I would be back there buying another size or two for another 70ish bucks or more. I decided instead to opt for the Powerblock dumbells. http://www.powerblock.com/prod_homeuse_u33stage1.php While the up front cost is a little pricey, they are cheaper than buying free weights individually, so I sucked up the cost and went for it. I tried them out last night and they are awesome! I bought the 3lb – 21lb set and I think that will be good for the purposes of this program. They switch out fast, they are stackable and take up very little space for storage. So far, I’m really liking them.

I started another round of 21 day fix yesterday. Round 2 was okay, and round 3 I really just didn’t commit to, but the good news is, despite not having really followed the exercise plan over the last 2 rounds, I have not gained any weight. We really have done much better with eating overall because this program really has changed the way we eat, and I think that is a win for sure!

21 Day Fix – Round 2

Yesterday I officially started Round 2 of the 21 Day fix. The week before I kind of half-assed it, and well, turns out things don’t work as well when you half-ass them – SO, here I am at day 2, round 2.

Over the weekend I didn’t exercise, and I ate all kinds of junk and it’s amazing what a toll that took when I went to do Total Body Cardio yesterday. I’m sooooooooooooo tired this morning. This happened last time I started the fix though and now that I know what lies ahead (more energy, feeling great, stronger etc..), I’ll push through this first few days to get back to where I was before.

We’ve been trying recipes out of the Fixate cookbook, so I haven’t been posting recipes (copyright infringement would be bad) but I will get back at it as we continue to come up with new dinner and snack ideas.

Every recipe out of the cookbook so far has been really good. The best so far that we’ve tried was the Turkey Chili – I mean how can something with red wine in it not be good? I will definitely be making that again!

Last night, Tim made the Italian Wedding Soup and though a little time consuming (probably should have made the meatballs the night before), it was really good. We served it with a side salad of zucchini noodles (made with the Veggetti), chopped spinach, grape tomatoes, orange peppers thinly sliced and the Dijon vinaigrette from the Fix guide.

We also tried one of the desserts from Fixate, which was the chickpea brownies. They were delicious! As close to brownies as you can get without all the flour and sugar. It’s hard not to want to eat the entire pan though, and since you can only have one three times a week, probably a good idea to go ahead and take your portion and just go ahead and pop the rest in the freezer so you won’t be tempted!

21 day fix – Round 1

I finished my first round of the 21 day fix on Sunday. I’m happy to report a 10lb loss, but more importantly, I feel stronger.

The exercises that I could barely complete in the first week are doable now. Less and less modifications every time. I went from 10 second planks to 60 seconds.

When I look in the mirror I see the difference, it’s amazing what proper diet and exercise can do, and how fast the transformation can happen when you stick with it.

I started another round on Monday, so here’s to the next 21 days.

I also bought a Vegghetti. It makes noodles out of veggies! One way to cut out some of the carbs! Made zucchini noodles yesterday with tomato sauce and ground chicken. Fantastic!

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21 Day Fix Ingredients

So far, cooking meals for the 21 day fix has been very reasonable. When we stick to basics, the food stays relatively inexpensive, no more so than our regular grocery bills. As I’m starting to expand our bank of recipes at home, I’d like to be able to include some breakfast bars, or muffins as grab and go items so that I don’t have to plan so much for mornings. (My job location will be changing soon, and I’ll have a lot less time to be making up breakfasts).

There are quite a few recipes in the Fixate cookbook that look great – BUT – they are all requiring almond flour, or coconut flour – things I’ve never purchased before. Here I am looking up the cost of these items and then realizing – holy crap! I can’t afford to buy the ingredients that they want you to put in these things. $22-ish for a bag of almond flour??? Even at Walmart they have cheaper almond flour, but I’m still looking at between $12-15 for a really small bag. Maybe some people are willing to pay that, but I just really can’t justify it as an item I would buy on a regular basis. I need to be able to work with affordable ingredients.

Over the next while, I will be on a quest to find some breakfast bar or muffin recipes that do not require such expensive ingredients. There has to be something out there.

If you have done the 21-day fix, or are doing it, have you found anything you want to share? If you’ve published any recipes, I would love include a link to the recipe on your blog or website if that’s something you are interested in. Please feel free to comment or get in touch!

Fixate Cookbook has Arrived

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Got the Fixate cookbook yesterday, so tonight I made the turkey chili… Fantastic! If this meal is an indication of how the rest of the recipes will be, it will be gourmet cuisine all the way at our house. The portions are HUGE for this too! Even my daughter loved it and she is picky!

2 weeks of the 21 day fix down, and I’m still loving it. My husband and I even managed to go out for dinner and not get carried away on portions – but dining at a restaurant after eating clean for 2 weeks is a real eye opener. We went to Mongolian Village where you pick out your own ingredients and they cook it for you because we figured that was the best option. You have a selection of noodles, meat, veggies and sauces to choose from and that part was fine – you can make up a really healthful dish – but when they cooked it, they added so much oil, it made it really greasy. I guess I should have been specific to ask to use a lot less oil, or just forgo it altogether as is seems they soak some of the meats in oil, but I wouldn’t have expected them to use so much. The dish would have been so much better with minimal amounts. Date nights are always fun nights to go out for supper, but I’ll have to just watch out for the extra ingredients… Or, we can turn our kitchen in to the gourmet restaurant, we love to cook anyway.

I almost missed a workout on Saturday, but I felt I needed it, so in the evening still managed to get it in. Today I did the yoga, then a little extra treadmill running to try and burn off some of that extra grease, haha I feel like if I don’t do the workouts, I’m cheating. I’ve got one more week until the first round of 21 day fix is over, why start flaking out now? I feel like bad habits are being broken. I feel awesome.

2 weeks down, 1 to go! Looking forward to finding out and sharing the final results of the first 21 days.

21 Day Fix – Day 12

12 days in and still going strong with the 21 day fix program. I feel great and am definitely noticing changes in my form and tone. I have lost some weight, though I’ll wait until the end of the program to see what I end with.

I’m proud to say that I have not missed a single workout, even with them being 7 days a week. For me even the “easy” ones are a challenge, but in this second week I am feeling stronger and able to motor through them without doing the modified versions of the workouts most of the time.

I have stuck to the meal plans. There was one day early on where at an event I had to pick and choose, but I think even then, I did okay. Still after 12 days, there has NEVER been a day where I have been hungry after I’ve finished my containers and I’m not craving anything.

I mean, how could I still be hungry when this is what I can eat for supper??

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Potatoes with 21 day fix Mediterranean seasoning, pork tenderloin with 21’s Smoky Southwestern seasoning and steamed veggies.

If anyone is considering this program for weight loss or just to get in shape, do it! You won’t regret it. I feel better and healthier than I have in a long time, and I’m so full of energy. It’s been a positive experience in every way, and it has motivated my hubby to get on board.

I love that when I slept in this morning and decided to do my exercise this evening (instead of 5:30am like I have been), my 3.5 year old daughter bursts in my room to ask me why I haven’t done my exercises. She’s watching us, and she’s keeping tabs, and I feel like it’s important that she sees us trying, and working towards being healthy. She will understand what it’s all about one day, just like I now understand the determination and dedication it took for my mom to run marathons while my brother and I were growing up. We have to work hard for all the good things in life, but it’s so worth the work when you take on a goal and just really crush it good.

Little over halfway through the first round of the 21 day fix, looking forward to sharing more updates, recipes as I work my way through.

I have one yellow container left today, and I’m filling it with wine! Cheers!

21 Day Fix – Week 1 done!

I’m happy to report that I completed the first week of the 21 day fix! There was only 1 day where wether or not I stayed on track with eating was questionable (had to pick and choose at an event, but did my best!), but I did the exercises every day.

At the moment, I don’t want to pay attention to my weight because it can fluctuate so much in a single day and I don’t want to disappoint myself. What I am paying attention to however, is how I FEEL – which I can honestly say is amazing. I’m finding that I have increased energy, I’m awake, I don’t slump in the afternoons – I just feel good. I have noticed some change in my body as well. I feel like I can physically see a difference already.

After a week, I can still say that this is a diet where I have not been left hungry. I still don’t always eat all the containers in a day, and I feel full, not stuffed. I thought cravings would be harder too, and while I’m in the presence of things that I crave (sweets), I have the control to say no.

When I first looked at the guide, I really thought I would have a hard time creating recipes, but that hasn’t been the case at all. We’ve been eating great and the food we have been cooking tastes fantastic. I’ve tried a few things out of the guide, and I particularly love the spices, but everything else so far as just been my own creations and they have worked out great. I’m waiting to receive the Fixate cookbook, and I’m excited to see what recipes will be in there.

Since I’m raving about the food, here’s a few photos of the stuff that I’ve made so far.

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This is the stir fry recipe from the guide (used white asparagus instead of green). It was delicious, served it with quinoa, and used the all purpose spice recipe.

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This was oh so good stuffed peppers. I mixed in veggies, I believe cherry tomatoes, zuchini, mushrooms and some peppers with lean ground turkey, then shredded some carrot and quinoa. Baked, then added cheese. THESE WERE AWESOME. And the leftover mixture was good for the next night’s meal.

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This was using the leftover pepper stuffing mixture. We combined it with scrambled eggs and served with a side of zucchini and portobello mushrooms.

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Also made a delicious sirloin steak, and used a little bit of reduced salt steak spice. Served it with roasted potatoes and vegetables.

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And last but not least, this morning’s breakfast was egg/feta/veggies/spinash/ham breakfast muffins.

There are lots of ideas on pinterest to start from which is what I did.

More updates to come as I head in to week 2 of the 21 day fix!