21 Day Fix Results!

Wow, I just left you hanging with that last post, huh? I told you all about my starting the 21 Day Fix, but then no follow up with my results?! Shameful.

So, here’s the deal: I LOVED the program. It taught me a lot about proper portion sizes, and that I really don’t need as much food as I was eating. I could be satisfied without being FULL and still be happy.

I learned to exercise, which I’ve never really been good at. I took a stab at running for a while, but it just never “fit” for me. I like a good 5K every once in a while, but a runner I am not.

And I also learned how to live without BREAD. You are allowed some bread on the plan, but I rarely did. I just didn’t need it. When you’re full of veggies and protein, there’s no room for bread! Though I did enjoy quite a bit of brown rice, which is my favorite anyway so it was all good.

Here’s where I was before the Fix, and after:

21 day fix results

It’s a subtle difference, but you can definitely see my belly reduced. I have much  more energy (which I totally attribute to the lower amount of carbs I’m eating, and all the healthful goodness in Shakeology). I’m getting ready to start another round because I still have about 10 pounds to go before I’m comfortable strutting around at the pool in a few weeks. Wanna join me???!!  Comment below and I’ll contact you, or you can friend me on Facebook.

Starting the 21 Day Fix

It’s been so long since I’ve blogged, that I almost forgot how to use WordPress! I just really haven’t had anything to share, but now I do so here I am.

In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m always looking for something to help me with weight loss. I’ve done Weight Watchers successfully a few times, but then gained the weight back. I’ve done a Sugar Detox a few times, and started gorging on sugar again right after. I need something permanent; a lifestyle change, if you will.

Nikki’s weightloss journey

I’d watched local blogger Nikki transform her body  in real time. I watched as she worked out and the pounds melted away. I watched her drink Shakeology every day. But I can’t do that! (Can I?)

Damn straight I can. And I will.

Last week I started the 21 Day Fix, which is part of the Beachbody program. In a nutshell, you’re given color-coded containers that correspond with different types of food: Red is protein, Green is veggies, Purple is fruits, etc. If you can fit the food you want to eat in its corresponding container, you can eat it. Even potato chips.

I’m always intrigued with something that can help me with portion control, which was what I liked about Weight Watchers, but didn’t want to do any WORK. I don’t want to count points or calories. I just want to EAT. And I definitely do eat. This is just for breakfast, lunch and snacks during my workday:

Breakfast, snacks and lunch for the day.

Shakeology with peanut butter and banana for breakfast, snacks of veggies, grapes, almonds, cheese, crackers, and cottage cheese, and a nice lunch of meatballs, broccoli and sweet potato.

And then there’s the exercise part of it, which I’ve never really done with any consistency. I haven’t been to the gym since October. I haven’t run since…hell, I have no idea the last time I ran. But Nikki’s transformation convinced me and I ordered the 21 Day Fix with Chocolate Shakeology.

I’ve done the exercises for 2 weeks now and I have to say it’s becoming part of my  nightly routine. I put Chase to bed and Carter either does the DVD with me, or cheers me on as I grunt and sweat my way through them. I actually LIKE doing the workouts. Each exercise is just one minute, and there’s a 15-20 second break in between each one so you get a chance to catch your breath.

I’m part of a 21 Day Fix Challenge Group, so we post in the private Facebook group after we workout, we post what food we’re eating, we post any challenges we’re facing, and we post any celebrations. It’s a great way to be accountable. I need that accountability, which is why I’m excited to start my own challenge group in a few weeks. It’ll be totally FREE and I’ll provide workout ideas and inspiration, menu plans, etc. Who’s in??

ColorVibe 5k

Oh, what a mess we were, but what a blast it was! Carter and I ran the ColorVibe 5k in Manassas, VA this past weekend. I knew to expect a party atmosphere, but it blew me away. So much fun and I highly recommend it to anyone. Lots of folks walked the whole thing so it’s okay if you’re not a runner. In fact, it’s not even timed so no one would even know if you ran it or walked it. Or even finished at all!

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My recommendations for this run: sunglasses to help keep the color dust out of your eyes, a hankerchief or something to put over your nose/mouth when you’re running through the color stations, a towel for cleanup afterwards, and seat covers so you don’t make your car a mess on the way home.

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Some post-race mac and cheese courtesy of Noodles & Company

run1

I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone, and took my dude along for the ride. He loved it, I loved it, and we both can’t wait until next year!

(It rained for the last 1/3rd of the run, which is why we look a little drippy and gross in some of the pictures.)

 

Whole Foods Tuna Salad, Lightened Up

I got a bee in my bonnet the other day about prepping my meals better. I’ve relied on using the cafe downstairs from my office, and the surrounding quick restaurants, way too often recently.

So I did some searching (on Pinterest, of course) and found a fun and different tuna salad idea. I made it last night and I’m eating it for lunch as I’m typing this. So good. If you like fruity tuna or chicken salad, that is.

I found the recipe on Skinny Kitchen and made it exactly as she wrote it. I eat a lot of food, so this is about 2 servings for me, though if I keep eating while posting I may just finish the whole thing off without paying attention.  (UPDATE: That’s exactly what happened.)

whole foods tuna

 

Whole Foods Tuna Salad, Lightened Up

Ingredients

  • 1 can of white albacore tuna, (water packed) drained well
  • ½ cup chopped apples, unpeeled (I would suggest Granny Smith)
  • ⅓ cup celery, chopped
  • ¼ cup diced red onions
  • 3 tablespoons dried sweetened cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dill
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. How's that for an instruction list???
http://www.alittlenosh.net/2014/08/whole-foods-tuna-salad-lightened/

I would suggest using a Granny Smith or other tart apple, as I found the Fuji I used was maybe a little too sweet.

Sugar Detox – Days 12, 13, and 14

I slipped a little this weekend, but it’s over now and I’ve moved on. And I’m down 5 lbs, so there’s that!

Friday breakfast was a banana with peanut butter and (unsweetened) coconut. I wasn’t sure if it would all go together well but it was really good!

breakfast

 

I snacked on unsalted cashews and cherries.

Lunch was a treat! Chipotle, baby. And for the first time the brown rice was actually cooked perfectly. They usually serve it underdone, probably because it takes longer to cook than white rice and that’s what they’re used to. I did only intend to eat half of it but, well, I didn’t.

sugar detox lunch

For dinner we went out to a local restaurant where I got a veggie burger with no bun and a side of veggies instead of fries. Not my favorite dinner, plus I was still pretty full from my enormous lunch.

sugar detox dinner

The weekend started well, with me making another breakfast hash of onions, eggs, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and sausage.

sugar detox breakfast

But then we went out for lunch and I just really didn’t want a salad. I got a veggie sandwich with avocado and cheese. I took most of the cheese off and ate it open-faced.  It really wasn’t great and I only ate half of it, but then three of us split a nice chunk of carrot cake that was DIVINE.

For dinner we went to Denny’s because we hadn’t gone grocery shopping and the fridge was bare. Plus, kids eat free at ours on Saturday nights. I got a breakfast skillet so the only cheat in there were the white potatoes, which I’m not supposed to have.

Sunday started with a banana, and then later I heated up the leftovers of my skillet with some eggs.  I can’t remember at all what I had for lunch, even though it was just yesterday. Dinner was a turkey burger on mixed greens, and dessert was delicious sweet cantaloupe.

So, even though I cheated a bit this weekend, I still think I made some decent choices. It’s all about balance, right?