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!

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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

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!