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21 DFX – Day 21

Well I made it!!  Today is the last day of this round!

One last round of Yoga Extreme.  I still don’t like yoga, but I will turn to it if I have stiff muscles.  It does help.

Food today…today was odd.  I really wasn’t that hungry.  Or when I was hungry, I didn’t seem to mind being hungry.  I think I’ve gotten comfortable eating less.  I started the day with my yogurt, apples and cinnamon.  Since it’s Sunday, there was less time between breakfast and lunch, I didn’t have my shakeology in the morning.  For lunch, I broiled some chicken sausage and had a salad.  No yellow at this meal.  After running some errands, I had my Shakeo as a mid-day snack.  For dinner I had one of my favorite fix meals:  Asian chicken skewers.

asian skewers

I didn’t make the slaw side dish…instead I made steamed green beans (ok, reheated the beans from last night).  I still hadn’t had my blue container or either of my yellow containers.  So I decided to splurge…hey – it’s day 21!  My husband went to a pie auction and came home with a homemade apple pie.  I indulged in a reasonable size piece and toasted to my success and willpower.

So even though I’m done, with Thanksgiving approaching in just a few days, I figured I’d try to follow the plan for a few more days…at least the work outs and my breakfasts and lunches.  I may be a little more lax for dinner.  But I have to say – I love this program.  Yes, I have my days of frustration and cravings, but it works and makes you feel great not only physically, but mentally as well.

21 DFX – Day 20

Man, that Dirty 30 Extreme is a tough workout.  I will say that this is the best that I’ve done with it so far – but those shoulder exercises are a killer in the beginning.  For the curtsy lunges, I must admit that I had to drop back to my baby weights.  I did get a bonus work out in – I took my son to his Tae Kwon Do class – so I did 30 minutes on the elliptical while waiting for him.

Breakfast and lunch were basically the usual.  Yogurt, apples and cinnamon and then a ham and cheese sandwich on a flatout with some baby carrots and cucumber slices.  I had my Shakeo in the afternoon – just because it worked out that way.

For dinner, my son actually requested salmon (it makes me so happy when they ask for real food instead of usual kid-fare…).  I made it his favorite way – with a miso glaze.

miso_salmon  Recipe here.

I make it slightly differently.  I do the whole thing under the broiler.  I don’t bother with the oil since I foil line a pan – and I don’t care if the skin sticks because we peel the salmon off of it anyway.  The sauce is a little runny – so I combat this 2 ways.  I sort of press the foil up against the fish so that the sauce can’t run down onto the pan too much.  I also put about half the sauce on, broil it, then put the other half on.  I like it to get more caramelized than it looks in the pic above.  It’s delicious!!   I severed it with some rice and steamed green beans.

Oh – and please try to buy wild caught fish instead of farm raised.  I won’t bore you with all the details on why its better, but go look for yourself.  With just a little research, you will never want to eat farm raised fish again.  And don’t get me started on that GMO salmon…gross.

21 DFX – Days 17 & 18

Ok…so I forgot to blog yesterday…so I will combine both days here.

Day 17:  For the most part, killed the Pilates Extreme workout.  It’s tough – and I swear the people on TV have MUCH stretchier bands than I do.  I just can’t do the part on my hands and knees without killing my wrists.  Food-wise..nothing too exciting…Shakeo, yogurt & berries, salad with chicken and black beans…dinner was a yummy burger on a flat out (most of these low carb bread alternatives are gross – but the “flat outs” are pretty tasty).  I even got to make it a cheeseburger because I still had a blue container…yay me!!  I ended with some grapes.

Day 18:  I did the entire Lower Fix extreme with my heavy weights (another yay me!!).  Ok – so I don’t really jump much because my knees suck…but I was working it the whole time.  #strongereveryday.

Morning:  Shakeo after workout (I’m telling you…a few drops of almond extract is the bees knees).  Yogurt this morning was mixed with apples and cinnamon.  As much as I love my berries, this is soooo good!!

Lunch:  Salad.  I’m getting REALLY tired of salads…even if they are tasty.  Spinach, grilled chicken, some tomatoes and a few olives.

PM Snack:  Awesomeness.  I used a blue of shredded cheese, sprinkled it on my flat out and microwaved it for a few seconds to make it melty.  21 DF approved grilled cheese!  It was seriously the best snack ever.

Dinner:  Grilled flank steak (recipe here), sweet potatoes (plain) and yet another damn salad (I was going to have green beans, but my hubby made me a salad and I couldn’t say no *smile*).  The flank steak was delish!  First of all – I only made half the marinade – which was plenty for 1 flank steak.  To make it even more fix friendly, I used liquid aminos instead of soy sauce and I cut back the oil a bit.  But let’s face it – most of the marinade gets thrown away anyway.  I should’ve grilled more – there isn’t a single piece of meat leftover.  I ended the day with a few more apples.

21 DFX – Day 15

Day 1 of the last week!  So far for the 1st 2 weeks – I lost 4 pounds, my clothes are a little looser and for the most part, I feel great.  My metabolism is hard to predict.  Some days I’m hardly hungry.  Other days, I’m starving.  Last night I didn’t sleep well – I woke up in the middle of the night and I was starving.  In looking back at my containers from yesterday, I think I forgot to use my coveted blue container.  I figured some fat was what I need – so I went down to the kitchen at 3am and had some cheese and a few nuts.

Since I didn’t sleep well, I wasn’t in the mood for the high energy Plyo Fix Extreme at 5:45AM  I hit snooze, went in to work a little late – then powered through it when I got home from work.  After the 3rd time doing it, it’s still a killer workout.

Food-wise…still started the day with Shakeology (1 red).  Had my trusty yogurt and berries a few hours later.  (1 red, 1 purple).  For lunch, I made a salad with grilled chicken, a few olives and peach balsamic vinegar (2 green, 1 red, 1 orange).  I had to go to another building for the afternoon at work, so I needed portable snacks.  I decided to bring some cheese (1 blue) and grapes (1 purple).

For dinner I found myself in the enviable position of having BOTH yellow containers left.  Good thing – it was fajita night!  I had the grilled chicken, sauteed onions and peppers and both black beans and refried beans.  Hubby and the kids also had tortillas, cheese and sour cream.  Mine was still yummy without.

chicken-fajitas-vertical-dm  Recipe here.

21 DFX – Day 14

I don’t like Yoga.  There – I said it.  I find it boring – and the breathing stresses me out since I always seem to be doing it at the wrong time.  However…I do like how I feel after it’s over.  It’s like all my tense muscles melt away.  I don’t know how it happens since I’m unhappy while I’m doing it – but I magically feel amazing when it’s over.

Since it’s Sunday, I slept a little later.  I also didn’t feel the need for the protein hit for Yoga, so I stuck with just yogurt and berries for breakfast (1 red, 1 purple).  For lunch I choked down those turkey meatballs from yesterday.  I really don’t like them, so I think I’ll just pitch the rest.  I did have leftover zoodles which were yummy.  (1 red, 1/2 yellow, 1 green).  Mid-day I had a Shakeo for a snack (1 red).  Dinner was a winner.  This might be stretching the rules a bit, but it’s delicious, healthy – and I loved every minute of it.

1112-seared-scallops    Recipe here.

Since I only had 1/2 a yellow so far, I had plenty of beans.  The spinach is deceiving because it cooks down sooooo much.  Splurge on wild caught scallops – so yummy.  I’ll estimate what I had as 2 green, 1 red, 1 1/2 yellow.  Dessert:  apples (1 purple).

21 DFX – Day 13

It’s the weekend!  The routine is always a little different than work days – plus I have some more time to come up with interesting things to eat.

Instead of starting the day with a workout, I started it with a cup of tea and my yogurt and berries (1 red, 1 purple) and catching up on Scandal.  🙂  No worries – after I did that and some laundry, I got to my Dirty 30 Extreme before lunch.  Love this one – although I tell you, that first round burns out my shoulders like nothing else.  I confess I had to downgrade to by baby weights by the end – my upper body strength sucks.  Follow up my workout with Shakeology (1 red).

Since I had some time and I knew I wouldn’t be putting much effort into dinner, I decided to indulge in some extra cooking for lunch.  I’ve been dying to try the Fixate turkey meatballs that everyone on line raves about.  And I’ve been craving my zoodles.   Here’s what I ended up with:

IMG_2660  Looks, pretty good, right?

Well the zoodles were delish – even if I did forget to top them with some parmesean cheese at the end.  The meatballs however – not such a fan.  The extra zoodle sauce saved them a bit, but I’m not in a hurry to have these again.  Lunch total:  1 green, 1 red, 1/2 yellow, 1/4 blue (since I forgot the parm – would’ve been 1/2 blue).

I’m going for some double pampering in a bit…a facial and a massage!!  My treatments are from 5:30-7:30, so I figured I should have some sort of snack since dinner will be late.  I made a quick quesadilla – 1 yellow and 3/4 blue.  I LOVE this snack – feels like a cheat!

That will leave me with 2 greens, 1 red, 1/2 yellow, 1 orange and 1 purple for later tonight.  I plan to have a salad with grilled chicken, some olives and balsamic dressing.  Using up the 1/2 yellow (maybe I’ll toast another corn tortilla??) and the purple (probably some grapes or apples) is still TBD…

Off to my massage!!

21 DFX – Day 10

Almost half way there!

Today was a little different since it was Veteran’s Day – which means I had a day off from work.  I didn’t have to worry about crazy meetings getting in the way of my food schedule!  I started the day off with breakfast – Greek Yogurt, apples and cinnamon.  OMG – this is the best combo.  Especially with those delicious honey crisp apples that have become popular.  After a little digesting and some chores around the house, I attacked Pilates Fix Extreme.  I like this one a lot – except for the part where you’re on your hands and knees.  It kills my wrists.  I celebrated with a chocolate Shakeology when I was done.

Lunch was a salad with chicken and a plain piece of bread.  (2 green, 1 red, 1 orange, 1 yellow).

Dinner.  This was an absolute winner!!  I picked up some wild caught cod at Costco (plug here for wild caught fish…it’s so much better for you!!  Avoid the farmed fish – and absolutely avoid Tilapia…look it up – this is a fish that eats nasty stuff and becomes pretty unhealthy for you).  Anyway…back to my cod…I wanted to do something a little more interesting that just broiling it.  I used this recipe as my inspiration:

Parmesan-Fish-6

I made some changes to make it Fix friendly and for personal preference.  I still had a blue container, so I took advantage of that for cheese.  I also used my 2 tsps for pesto.  I may have used a little more pesto, but I definitely didn’t use all of a blue for cheese – so I consider it even.  Here’s the step by step of what I did:

  1.  Line a baking sheet with foil – quick spray of cooking spray.
  2. Put portions of fish on the baking sheet.  Sprinkle each piece with some Parmesan cheese.  Broil until fish is done (will vary depending on thickness of fish).
  3. Take the fish out of the oven, spread some pesto on each piece.  Top with chopped tomatoes.  I topped each piece of fish with some fresh ground pepper and a squeeze of lemon.  Then, another sprinkle of cheese.
  4. Back in the oven on broil until the tomatoes are charred (this is where I deviated from the recipe – they suggested leaving the tomatoes fresh.  I thought broiling the tomatoes was perfect).

I served the above with some quinoa and some broccoli.  (1 red, 1 blue, 1 green, 1 yellow, 2 tsp).

Dessert:  Apples.

Seriously, the fish was sooo good.  I’m already looking forward to having the leftovers for dinner tomorrow.

21 DFX – Day 7

So my shoulder isn’t back to normal – but it’s better.  I’ve decided that I didn’t injure it…or even sleep on it funny.  I believe it’s stress *sigh*.  Anyway…I finally got to Dirty 30 Extreme.  It was TOUGH – but I think like 21 DF Dirty 30, this one may become my favorite of the week.  It’s tough, but doable.  And it’s low impact – a major plus in my book.  But damn it if I still can’t do push-ups on my toes.  Someday…

Breakfast:  Greek yogurt and raspberries.  (1 red, 1 purple)

Lunch:  Leftover Philly cheese steak pepper from the other night.  I needed a yellow, so I added some refried beans as a side dish.  (1 1/2 green, 1 red, 1 blue, 1 yellow)

Snack after PM workout:  Shakeology (1 red)

Dinner:  This was a winner!  Thumbs up around the table!!  Grilled chili flank steak with mango salsa (recipe here).

chili flank steak

I marinated it all day.  I served it with asparagus and sweet potatoes (french fries for the kids).  (1 red, 1 1/2 green, 1 yellow, a little bit of a purple).

Dessert:  Apples (a little less than a purple to make up for the mangos).

1 week down and I’m feeling pretty good.  I am at the same point I usually am when I do a round of the Fix.  I start getting frustrated, annoyed, missing my wine and chocolate…but I am down 2 pounds and I’m enjoying the workouts.  Keeping my eye on the prize!!

21 DFX – Day 6

So my damn shoulder is still bothering me…I decided to swap workouts today and do Yoga Fix Extreme and then do Dirty 30 Extreme tomorrow.  I have to say – the yoga did help, even thought I really don’t like yoga.  Maybe it’s the height of my TV compared to me being on the mat on the floor.  I just don’t know yoga moves enough to just listen – so I’m constantly straining my neck to look up and see what she’s doing.  But all in all, it was a good stretch and I think I liked it better than 21DF yoga.

Food today:

Breakfast:  Started the day with Greek yogurt, apples and cinnamon.  This is a seriously good combo.

Snack before yoga:  Shakeo.

Lunch:  Leftovers from the other night:  Balsamic grilled pork, green beans and sweet potatoes.  All of it was just as good reheated…a good reason to make extra food for times that you don’t want to cook or come up with a new ideal

PM Snack:  Grapes

Dinner:  Went back to one of my favorites from 21DF, although not Extreme approved.  Broiled chicken sausage (love the Aidell’s brand – chicken and apple…take each sausage and slice them into 1/4 inch rounds…put on a foil lined cookie sheet, broil until toasty, flip and repeat).  Paired with some pasta and broccoli.  I hadn’t used my blue container yet today, so I sprinkled the pasta and broccoli with parm cheese.  This was DELISH.

I’m really hoping to get to that Dirty 30 Extreme on Sunday…it was my fav workout from 21DF!  And even better – I will be a whole week complete!

21 DFX – Day 5

So today didn’t start off as well as I planned.  I slept funny – and woke up with a pain in my shoulder.  I put off doing the workout (Cardio Fix Extreme) until after work.  I will say – not my best effort.  I’m always more tired at the end of the day, and my shoulder was still bothering me.  So I didn’t use weights for most of the exercises.  For my reduced effort I still built up a sweat – these workouts are no joke!

Morning:  Shakeo, water, ice, almond extract.  (1 red)

Breakfast:  Greek yogurt with raspberries (1 red, 1 purple)

Lunch:  Chicken patty (last one!!  they were yummy and filling – but I’m getting tired of them!), flat out and tomatoes.  Cucumbers and carrots.  (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green)

Snack:  Grapes (1 purple)

Dinner:  Philly Cheese steak peppers (recipe here).

IMG_2654

These are yummy!  I modify them a bit – the beef I found was shaved (hard to find!) but only a 14 oz package.  I fit the stuffing into 4 peppers – and used an entire blue of cheese since I didn’t have any blue yet today.  I was trying to think of a yellow to have and then I thought…it’s Friday…work was crazy busy this week – I’m going to trade a yellow for a glass of wine.  I know that this trade was only allowed in 21DF and not 21DFX, but I can live with it :-).  (1 red, 1 1/2 green, 1 blue, 1 yellow).

I’m probably down a few veggies today.  If I need a snack, I guess I’ll try to appease myself with some carrots.  Oh – and I still have an orange…time to grab some almond butter!