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!

Where Did Summer Go?

Wow, so I haven’t blogged since the 10k I did a few months back. I’ve been a slacker on the blogging, and honestly, on the jogging this summer too.

While I have been getting a few runs in here and there, this summer surprised me because I wanted it to be a summer full of exercise. It wasn’t. As soon as the heat hit, I stopped jogging at lunch time at work. I would have loved to have kept the lunch runs going, but it was way too hot work doesn’t have a shower. I didn’t bike to work this summer either, which was also disappointing. The one day I finally said ‘enough is enough I’m biking in tomorrow’, I blew up my bike tires and they were no good. It wouldn’t have been a big deal to just get new tubes for the tires, but I just didn’t get around to it, so that was that.

One thing I did do that has been beneficial in helping me get any runs in at all was join a running group that a friend I used to work with invited me to. They run Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings year round. It’s great because there’s motivation for me to keep going at least twice a week. I’m looking forward to fall and winter with them as I’m sure I’ll need that extra push to get out there.

Now that the weather is much much cooler, I’m intending to also resurrect my lunch runs. I really do miss getting on the trail and I need to get out there before winter comes and the trail is 3 feet deep in snow.

I can’t believe how fast the summer has flown by, let’s hope winter makes its way through just as fast. A girl can dream anyway.