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??

image

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!

Fajitas

fajitas(Single serving)

Ingredients:

  • 21 Day Fix Smoky Southwestern Seasoning (from the 21 day fix guide book)
  • 1 chicken breast cut in to strips
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • 1/4 red pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1-2 tbsp of diced tomatoes, or a little salsa
  • 1 x 10″ whole wheat tortilla bread
  • A few leaves of baby spinach
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Container values:

1 red, 1 green, 1.5 yellow, 2 tsp

Instructions:

  1. In a non-stick pan or skillet, heat up 2 tsp of olive oil over medium heat and saute the onion and red pepper for about 3 minutes, until the onion is a little soft, but still on the crunchier side. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl.
  2. Put the skillet back on the oven (it’s okay if there is still oil from the veggies, if the pan is dry, you may need a bit more oil to cook the chicken). Add the chicken and season with the Southwestern seasoning. Cook over medium heat, turning chicken a few times until fully cooked. Remove from heat.
  3. Lay tortilla bread flat, and put a few leaves of baby spinach, then the veggies, chicken, and top with the diced tomatoes or salsa.
  4. Fold up, and enjoy!

I didn’t put cheese in my fajita because I already used my blue container earlier in the day, but you could sprinkle cheese on top. It doesn’t need it though, the Southwestern seasoning is fantastic!

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!