Avocado & Egg Salad on Toast

(Single serving)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 of an avocado (1 blue)
  • 2 eggs, hardboiled (1 red)
  • 1 piece of whole wheat toast (1 yellow)
  • Any spices you like (I used the 21 day fix’s Mediterranean spice from the guide book) (free)

Instructions

Hard boil 2 eggs in whichever method you prefer. Cool and peel the eggs, then in a small mixing bowl, mash the eggs together until chunky, then mash in the 1/4 avocado and toss in any spices you like (or use either the all purpose spice, or the Mediterranean spice from the 21 day fix guide book. Once the mixture is the consistency you like, toast the toast, and pile the salad mixture on top! Delicious, nutritious, and very filling.

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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!

21 day fix challenge update

I promised myself I would start the Beachbody 21 day fix challenge on Saturday, and I did. I’m in a challenge group that started on Monday, so I waited on the exercise portion of the 21-day fix until then and got started with the eating plan on Saturday.

Working with the containers certainly has made things easier than any of the other diets where I have had to count caloric intake by numbers. I really like the system and not having to calculate every food I eat. I haven’t found the allowed foods too limiting yet, and it isn’t far off from what we eat already. I’m waiting on the cookbook for more meal ideas, and I know there are lots available on Pinterest as well, so I will be checking that out.

I really didn’t think I would like the shakes, but I have to say that Shakeology is really good. I don’t think I could drink it on its own, but I’ve had two so far, one was a chai shake made with black tea, chocolate Shakeology and chai spice, and today’s was vanilla mocha, with vanilla, coffee and chocolate Shakeology. I really enjoyed the vanilla mocha, and added a bit more ice to make it thicker. I used that instead of my regular morning coffee. While I love Shakeology, I don’t think I will keep up with it in the long run – I would love to, but it comes with a pretty hefty price tag. After this round is over, I will be looking in to alternative solutions, and I have read that the vega meal replacements are comparable. When the 30 days of Shakeology are up, I may switch to this option, and only do the shakes every second day to cut down on the cost. Vega meal replacement is about $54 for 20 servings, where Shakeology is $155 for 30 servings. In my research I can understand why Shakeology is so expensive, it is so rich in superfoods and nutrients, but it’s really beyond my budget.

I started the workouts on Monday, and they are challenging. I’ve done two so far, and my legs are sore! I still need to get the appropriate weights for the workouts (I’ve been using two tomato juice cans, lol) and hope to do that tonight so I can maximize what I get out of the workouts. Apparently I fung shui-d my old weights out when we moved – silly me. For now, I’m waking up at 5:45 to get my workout in, but I’ll have to see how that will fit in to my new schedule once my work moves (we are changing locations) and I have more of a commute. I may end up doing evening workouts.

All in all, I am really enjoying the program so far. I have not been hungry – nor have I been able to finish all the containers that I’m supposed to eat in a day. I can see where I fall short in my nutrition almost immediately, as I generally eat my go to foods first then realize that I still have so many fruits and veggies left to eat. I’m trying to even that out now by bringing fruits and veggies to work for lunch, then serve more veggies with dinner.

Between this diet and weight watchers, clean eating has made a big difference. While weight watchers boasts that you can eat anything you want, when I was on it, I would stick to salty foods or carbs that would just make me more hungry. With clean eating, I’m finding that I’m fuller longer, and I haven’t been craving much at all – even dessert.

That’s the update that I have for now, and I’ll keep posting as I continue through the next 20 (almost 19) days of the program. 🙂

21 Day Fix Challenge

When it comes to exercise and trying to lose weight, I’ve always been the type of person to just try to do things my way. Last year, I ran a lot, made healthy meals and that was really working for me. I was running up to 3x a week at lunch time, and that was enough – but this year I have totally fallen off the bandwagon.

Last year I worked in an office with only 1 other co-worker who sat across the room. We have no showers at work, but I would run at lunch and sponge bath and that was fine. This year, the production team is much larger and I can’t sit around in my sweat all afternoon if I run at lunch – so that’s when the lunch run ended, and I’m sad to report that I didn’t pick up the exercise anywhere else up until a month ago.

I’ve gained weight. I’m not happy about it, but it happens and I just need to get back in to a routine that is going to work to get the weight back off. Something a little more than what running alone was doing for me.

I joined a fitness club, and that has been working out okay, but I’m at a point where I need to do MORE than the 3x a week exercise that I’m doing – and it’s not just more exercise that I need, it’s also a new eating routine.

After much thought about how I was going to get this all going, I decided to stop being stubborn about trying to control how my dieting happens (as in, not my own way, but actually seek help), and try a clean eating and exercise program. I settled on beachbody’s 21 day fix challenge.

I received the package today and read through the material. It’s pretty straightforward, and it’s definitely a diet that I believe I can follow (despite the lack of sugary foods, salty foods and all the other crap I like to eat *LOL*). I figure I can at least do it for 21 days. Realistically I probably need to do it a couple of times, but let’s see how this first round turns out.

I start TOMORROW.

I am taking before and after pictures, and I’m hoping I will see results and that will motivate me to keep going. I really want to be in shape!

2015

So here we are, January 1st, 2015 and I’m pretty sure 10lbs heavier than I was last week. I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, so this is not the post where I say that I’m going to start a new crazy routine and stick to it, BUT it is the post where I realize (like I do every year) that I need to make a better effort to gain control of my health through healthy diet and exercise. As I’m currently in the post-holiday “if I see any more food, I’m going to puke” phase of the season, I think this is a good time to re-assess my goals for this year, and here they are:

2015 Health Goals

1. Exercise AT LEAST 3 times a week for 30+ minutes – This is a reasonable goal. I don’t have to run every day, or do a hard core workout, but I must commit to at the very least doing 30 minutes 3x a week of SOMETHING. Even if I’m tired, I can still take a walk… cold or not, I’m Canadian, I have mitts and a hat, no excuses.

2. Eat sensibly. No fad diets. No major overhauls, just pick recipes that are sensible, no dining out, and eat reasonable portions (biggest problem).

3. Drink water. Lots of water. Stay hydrated. This one is so hard for me.

4. Find a workout other than just running that I can mix things up with. Not sure if that will be gymbox, or if I will just find some other workout videos, or what, but I want to add to just the running with something that I will stick to.

Okay, so that’s it. Here we go 2015. I’m ready. Today is the last day of stuffing myself.

The Cooler Weather has Arrived

Well, the Almanac said that it would be an early winter this year, but I feel like we’re only starting to see the cooler weather now this late in the year. I’m sure lots of people would like to throw their shoes at me for insinuating that any sign of winter is upon us, but alas people… it’s the end of October, and not uncommon to have had a flurry by now, but I digress.

RUNNING. Where I have been with running. Well, I after a great month of running activity in September (including this year’s beer run which was even more fun than the previous year), I crashed in October. I’ve got one run in this week, which I believe is the first I’ve done this MONTH – in new all-season under armor running pants to boot – and I hope that marks the beginning of a productive winter of running.

My goal this winter is to NOT BE LAZY. It’s cold. I’m Canadian, I should be used to this cold weather garbage by now. The cold is not an excuse for me to sit on the couch and overeat. I enjoyed freezing my arse off with lunch runs last year, and I WILL enjoy them again this year..

Speaking of which, it’s lunch time, I’m running today, and it’s 5 degrees out. Here I go!

The Herd Mentality

Wow! Yesterday’s 5.5k run was the fastest I’ve managed to do all summer and I can totally attribute it to the herd mentality. The fastest 5K I’ve EVER run was 30 minutes and 12 seconds. That was last year after many many trail runs over rough terrain with lots of ups, downs – oops! watch out for that tree root.. well you get the picture.

I made my 5k in 32:01 yesterday after trying to keep up with my run group people. They’ve all become so much faster in the short time that I’ve been running with them that I just didn’t want to fall behind… So faster I went.

Was it painful? Yes! Did I have to walk at some points? Yes! Do I love the benefit of running with people who are faster than me? Absolutely! Must… not… fall… too far behind.

Yesterday’s run was so fast, I burnt the soles right off my shoes… Ok, no, my shoes were two years old and very worn down (I’m proud to say). I replaced them last night with a shiny new pair of Asics (my faves). Can’t wait to try them out!

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