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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:

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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 9

Well, today was another weird day.  Work was filled with annoying and frustrating meetings – and in addition, they messed with my eating schedule again.  So I went with the weirdness and today was a bit off script.

The morning started with Upper Fix Extreme.  I still suck at push-up – but managed a few on my toes.  I hate that the modifier can do all her push-ups on her toes.   Damn too good modifier.  My bi’s and tri’s are definitely stronger than my shoulders.  The shoulder exercises kill me – but I can do most of the others ok.  This routine moves fast – very little time to even get a sip of water!  Happily enjoyed my chocolate Shakeo after my workout.

Tea was all I had after my 7am Shakeo until noon.  So I went right to lunch – a leftover from the other day.  It heated up great and was delish.  1 red, 1 green, 1 blue.

I managed to sneak in my breakfast of Greek yogurt and berries during my 2pm meeting.  1 red, 1 purple

I got home near 6pm, it was raining so I wasn’t in the mood to grill the chicken I planned.  I also hate to cook on the day my house gets cleaned – I like it to stay clean for at least one day!  And work sucked – I needed a treat.  So I gave in to popular opinion and we went out.  I didn’t want to totally blow it  – so we went to Pei Wei.  I think I did pretty well – I got a salad with chicken and sesame seeds – I got the dressing on the side and used very little of it.  Ok, ok – it had some of those really yummy crunchy wanton strips.  I took some off – but indulged in some.  I had a lot of containers left for dinner – 2 green, 1 red, 2 yellow, 1 orange – I didn’t exactly use these, but I figured I would call it even.   A healthy option for eating out and it was tasty.

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Ok, ok…so I gave in and had a special dark Hershey’s miniature.  I’m human – and a little hormonal… 😉

21 DFX – Day 8

Week 2!  Whoo hoo!  Although just because I’ve already tried Plyo Extreme, didn’t make it any easier today.  Ok – maybe if I give myself a little credit, I think I did a little bit better.  But damn it if I still can’t do burpees.

Food today…hmm…today was a weird one.  I am just about always hungry.  I’m not one of those people that say “oh, 21 Day Fix…yeah, there’s PLENTY of food…I’m NEVER hungry”.  There have been plenty of days that I’m hungry.  But today oddly was not one of them.  I had my Shakeo after my work out.  Then I got to work – and the day just got crazy.  Emails, meetings, people…before I knew it it was noon and I hadn’t had my usual yogurt and berries.  And I wasn’t dying.  So I had my lunch – but not even all of it.  Leftover flank steak from last night (mmmmm…soo good!) and green beans.  1 red, 1 green.  I skipped my  yellow.  Mid-day when I was going to have some apples, I had my yogurt and berries instead (1 red, 1 purple).  So when I got home it was crazy how many containers  I had to play with for dinner!

My boys LOVE taco night.  And it turns out it’s pretty fix friendly.  I used 95% lean organic ground beef and low sodium taco seasoning mix.  I put a red of meat over 1/2 greens of shredded lettuce.  I topped that with some tomatoes (1/2 green), a blue filled with diced avocados and cheese and a side of refried beans (1 yellow).

I still had a yellow and a purple left….I’m snacking on some grapes while I type this.  But I think I’m going to forego the 2nd yellow today…no sense eating just for the sake of eating.  Especially since I’m pretty sure this won’t happen again.

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).

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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).

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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!

21 DFX – Day 3

Well thank goodness that I found that resistance band – because Pilates Fix Extreme required it for almost the entire time.  I thought this exercise was great – except for the part where we were on our hands and knees…I guess I’m just not very strong because I just couldn’t stretch that band like everyone else – and the pressure on my wrists got a bit much.  But overall, great workout.

I followed-up up my 5:45AM workout with Chocolate Shakeology.  (1 red)

At work I had my typical fruit and yogurt breakfast – but this time I swapped out the berries for apples and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  OMG – sooo good!  Very season appropriate.  (1 red, 1 purple)

Lunch was a repeat of yesterday’s sandwich (well, I made 4 of them – so you’re going to see this repeated 2 more times!).  Seasoned chicken patty, flatout bread, slices of avocado and tomato.  Side of cucumbers and carrots (I munched on these into the afternoon).  (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1 1/2 green).

Dinner…sooo good!!  (recipe here)

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It was pork tenderloin, diced sweet potatoes and green beans.  (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 1/2 green)

Dessert:  Grapes (1 purple)

I didn’t use the orange container, so I had a small scoop of almond butter.  It takes all my willpower to have just a little bit – I think I could eat the entire jar with a spoon.

21 DFX – Day 2

Day 2!

This morning’s workout started with a mad search in the basement.  I didn’t realize that Upper Fix Extreme required a resistance band.  I got one with my original 21DF order over a year ago, but never used it.  Of course it was right in front of my eyes – but at 5:40AM, the obvious isn’t so obvious.  Anyway…finally got started with the workout.  Upper Fix was one of my favorites from the original program – except the damn push-ups.  This one gets the same review from me.  The funny part was when I was done, showered and went to blow-dry my hair.  I could hardly hold my hairdryer up!  I think that is a definite sign of a great workout.  Speaking of signs…holy cow are my legs sore today from yesterday’s workout!  I’m in pretty good shape – but it’s amazing the effect that a new routine can have on your body.

Food today!  Because I lost 10 minutes running around my basement, I drank my Shakeo in the car on the way to work.  (1 red).

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Breakfast:  the usual – Greek yogurt and berries.  You’ll see this a lot from me – unfortunately, I don’t like eggs.  (1 red, 1 purple).

Lunch:  Last night I made these chicken patties (recipe here ):

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I didn’t use as much seasoning as the recipe – it just seemed like too much.  I combined it with a flatout, some avocado and some tomatoes.  Pretty tasty and filling!  Although I think it would’ve been dry without the avocado and tomatoes.  I had cucumber “chips” on the side.  (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1 green).

Dinner:  This was not good planning on my part.  We were having burgers!  This time beef – Laura’s organic lean ground beef.  I served it again on a flat out, a slice of tomato and a few dill pickles.  Plus a salad on the side (with some olives).  (1 red, 1 yellow, 2 green, 1 orange).

Dessert:  Grapes (1 purple).

I didn’t really use any tsps today, so I had a scoop of almond butter.  YUM.

21 Day Fix Extreme – Day 1

Day 1 – let’s go!!

Workout review first:

My alarm went off at 5:30.  I’ve learned that with my work schedule and the kids, things seem to get out of control in the evenings.  So if I want to make sure I get a workout in, I do it first thing.  So by 5:45, Autumn and I had started our quality time together.  Plyo Fix.  When Autumn said that each exercise was only 30 seconds, I was happy at first – then scared.  They must be bad if she’s only making us do it for 30 seconds!!  And hard they were.  I admit – I had to modify.  I have crappy knees – so all the jumping was not good for me.  But even decreasing the impact, I still got a really good workout.  I’m already sore tonight.

When I got home, I was feeling motivated, so I decided to try out the 10 minute exercise that comes on the DVDs.  It was good – but I like the 10-minute abs workout from 21 Day Fix better.  I do like fitting in that extra 10 minute workout, so I’ll probably switch between the two.

Here’s what I ate today:

After workout:  Chocolate Shakeology.  I mix it with 1/3C unsweetened coconut almond milk and 2/3C water.  I add a splash of almond extract and ice.  Whirl it all up in the bullet blender – yum.  (1 red)

Breakfast:  Greek Yogurt & strawberries & raspberries.  (1 red, 1 purple)

Lunch:  Salad (spinach, carrots, cucumbers), grilled chicken, some beans, sliced raw almonds and a splash of cider vinegar.  (1 red, 2 green, 1/2 yellow, 1 orange)

Dinner:  Chicken enchiladas!!  This is one of my favorites that I’ve come up with.  I make the rest of my family more decadent enchiladas with sour cream and lots of cheese.  I set aside a few ingredients and make mine fix-approved.  In a small baking dish, I put a little canned green enchilada sauce.  Then 1 corn tortilla, some re-fried beans, cooked, shredded chicken, 1/2 blue of cheese, 1 more corn tortilla, the rest of the cheese container and then a little more enchilada sauce.  I use just under 1/4 cup of sauce – which is 20 calories.  Maybe cheating, but for 20 calories and my pure enjoyment, I don’t count it.  Bake covered for 30 minutes, then uncover and broil until browned.  YUM.  Served with a small side salad.  (1 red, 1 1/2 yellow, 1 blue, 1 green).

Dessert:  Grapes (1 purple).

1 day down, 20 to go!

Getting ready!

Ok…my favorite month (October) is now over.  Birthday, anniversary, Halloween…done.  Time to undo all the celebrating before Thanksgiving hits!  I will be starting 21 Day Fix Extreme tomorrow…and blogging my experience as I go!  Join me for my ride – either just by reading – or ask me how you can start your own journey!  21 Day Fix challenge packs will still be on special for November – as will Cize (tempting!!).

Meal planning, shopping and prepping are still ahead today.  Big key to success is preparing!

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