Category: 21 Day Fix

Autumn’s Italian Meatballs

Meatballs are a favorite around here because everyone heats them. Sigh….

They even eat them leftover for lunch! Is there anything better than that?

I usually just wing it with my meatballs- following a general formula of 1 cup breadcrumbs and 1 egg per 1 pound of meat. I might swap out some of the breadcrumbs for some grated parmesan. And they’re good. But I love Autumn Calabrese’s recipes from her cookbook, Fixate, so I thought I’d give this recipe a try. I didn’t tell anyone what I was doing, because they would be immediately suspicious. After dinner last night Rose asked me if I did something different because they were “really, really good.” Luke said he liked them a lot, too! And Frances, who usually just takes the leftover whole wheat pasta for lunch, asked for a meatball with her pasta. So I guess this is our new meatball recipe!

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Autumn's Italian Meatballs
(from Fixate by Autumn Calabrese)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper, lightly coated with cooking spray
  3. Place bread crumbs and milk in a small bowl. Set aside; soak for 10 minutes
  4. Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-low heat
  5. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until onion is translucent
  6. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute
  7. Combine onion mixture, turkey, eggs, parsley, cheese, oregano, salt, pepper, and bread crumb mixture in a large bowl; mix well with clean hands or wooden spoon. Refrigerate, covered, for 1 hour
  8. With clean wet hands, form turkey mixture into approximately 42 1-inch meatballs; arrange onto prepared baking sheet
  9. Bake for 13 to 18 minutes, or until browned and cooked through
Recipe Notes

I tweaked the recipe just a little bit. I used two pounds of ground turkey and one pound of grass fed ground beef. I also omitted the onion because my bubble of meatball happiness might have burst if just one of my children found an onion.

Serve topped with tomato sauce. Autumn has a great sauce recipe, too! I'll share that soon. In the meantime, try making your own or use jarred sauce. Just check the ingredients; watch out for added sugar. Look for a brand that has just tomatoes and spices. Rao's is a great one, but a bit pricey.

Enjoy ūüôā

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Clean Eating Turkey Chili

Chili is a staple around here. What started as beef chili with jarred chili sauce and little vegetables has evolved into turkey chili, no jarred sauce, just a little bit of sugar, and lots of vegetables. And now, just yesterday, it became turkey chili, no jarred sauce, no sugar, lots of vegetables, and a can of pumpkin. Pumpkin? Yes. Pumpkin. If I had stumbled across this recipe any other way, I would have jumped ship immediately, and moved on to the next turkey chili recipe. But I made it and it was really good!! Our new go-to recipe.

Clean Eating Turkey Chili

 

I love turkey chili because it is so healthy, so easy to make, tastes really good, and makes a ton. I usually make it on a Monday, so we have lots of leftovers for lunches during the week. Then if I make something on Tuesday or Wednesday that doesn’t leave us with leftovers, we have some extra lunches ready.

The only reason I went ahead with the crazy recipe with the pumpkin in it was because it’s part of the menu for a clean eating group I’m running with a friend this week. She added the recipe, and I figured I may as well be a good sport and give it a go. I’m so glad I did! And bonus- it’s made in the crockpot! And it’s 21 Day Fix friendly ūüôā

21 Day Fix Chili

Serving size 1 1/2 cup Makes 6 servings

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped red pepper¬†
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 giant can dark red kidney beans (40 ounces)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can pur√©ed pumpkin¬†
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 3¬†tbsp chili powder¬†
  • 1/2 tsp cumin

Preparation: Heat oil and brown meat on medium-high heat. Pour meat into crockkpot and add all ingredients. Cook on low for 4-6 hours; serve with shredded cheddar and plain Greek yogurt (optional). If you’re following the 21 Day Fix eating plan, each 1 1/2 cup serving would count as 1red, 1yellow, 1green, 1 blue (optional).

The recipe is flexible, too. Try different peppers, play around with spices.

Enjoy!!

 

Hearty Beef and Butternut Squash Stew

I feel like I have completely dropped out here. I have been trying to string together a bunch of recipes to post together, and have stressed myself out instead of just posting one recipe, or something! It’s hard to string together a week of new meals that turn out good (and that you remember to take a picture of so you can share it).

But my big plans¬†did get me to try some new recipes, and I’d like to share one of my favorites. This one comes from the 21 Day Fix Extreme. I haven’t started this program yet, but I bought it awhile ago in anticipation! It’s been fun to look through the Eating Plan for ideas.

The original recipe is for the stovetop, not the crockpot. I just love the convenience of the crockpot; dinnertime can be busy and I am happy to be able to do things other than cook at that time. The recipe also called for more vegetables- onion and red and green bell peppers. I omitted these and it was delicious. But next time I will include the peppers.

Hearty Beef and Butternut Squash Stew

(in a Crockpot)

(adapted from 21 Day Fix Extreme Eating Plan)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs beef stew meat
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash

Preparation:

Heat the oil over medium-high heat and brown the meat. Remove the meat. Add the canned tomatoes to the pan; scrape around pan and pour everything into crockpot. Add seasoning, broth, and vegetables. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.

And that’s it! Dinner is done. You don’t need to add any side dishes. Maybe a nice loaf of bread to dip at the end. I did have salad with this stew, but if you add more vegetables I don’t think you’d need to.

You know I’m lazy with my cooking, but if you wanted to be really lazy (or were really rushed in the morning) I think you could skip the browning the meat part and just throw everything in the crockpot. Browning definitely makes the meat more tender and adds to the taste, but I have had some delicious stews that skipped this step.

Speaking of lazy, I found the butternut squash already cubed at BJs, and have since seen it in the frozen section at ShopRite. I had never used butternut squash before, so I was happy I didn’t have to figure out which squash to buy and what to do with it once I got it home:)

We are finally getting out of the chilly weather, but I think this stew would still be a nice weeknight dinner. It’s not too heavy, but is very satisfying. Can’t wait to make it again!

My Review of the 21 Day Fix

I was really surprised by this program. I did not expect to love it‚Ķbut I love the 21 Day Fix!¬†And I don’t know anyone who has completed the program that doesn’t love it!

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The 21 Day Fix was also the program I chose for the first Facebook accountability group I started on my own. And I love that group. One of the participants had the following to say about it:

“i can’t believe we are done with round one. i am pretty damn impressed with myself and ready for round two. my scale moved and i feel great. i have never worked out everyday. the most i ever got to the gym was three days a week. i have learned so much…..
here is what i learned
1. working out everyday is doable when you have a plan
2. you will not die from working out a little everyday
3. you do not need to drown your salads in salad dressing. it is actually nice to be able to taste the vegetables.
4. a baked sweet potato is very yummy with out two pats of butter
5. having buddies keeping you accountable¬†really works”

She was and still is one of the highlights of the group- always posting, always commenting positively, posting recipes and motivating quotes. And when she posted this, without me asking her to, I loved it! It’s a great summary of what you can get from the 21 Day Fix.

There are so many great things about the program (I like Autumn- the trainer, I like Kat- the modifier, I like the daily quotes on the chalkboard in the background) but here are a few points I think it’s important to mention…

  • One of the great things about the 21 Day Fix is that it’s 21 days. A longer program can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re new or just getting back to exercise. It feels manageable.
  • Another great thing is that you can get results fast. And that’s motivating. It makes you want to keep it up.
  • The eating plan spells it all out for you. The 21 Day Fix containers make it easy and kinda fun; having a new knickknack adds a certain something to planning it out.photo-6
  • You can still eat all types of food- you’re not cutting out any food group. You can have carbs, just not with every meal.
  • The workouts are totally doable. First of all, they’re 30 minutes so it’s not too daunting and you can usually find that kind of time in your day. Second, there’s a modifier, so even if you could push yourself, you know you can modify and take it a little easier if you want to.
  • There’s a different workout each day. You don’t get sick of the workouts, because they’re different each day.
  • The format of the workouts makes the time pass quickly! Most of the workouts are done in rounds, with a given number of exercises in each round. This is also nice if there’s one exercise your really hate! You know you only have to do it twice and then it’s done‚Ķuntil next week:)
  • You learn lifelong good habits. Like the quote above, you learn to like salad with less dressing, vegetables with less butter or cheese. You eat vegetables more often than you used to.
  • It teaches you balance. You can eat anything you want, just not all the time. I can eat pizza. I can eat pizza every week. But‚Ķif I know I’m having pizza on Saturday, and I find myself faced with pizza¬†on a Friday, I can choose to eat pizza then and there or wait and have it Saturday. If I’m having ice cream and cake for a birthday, I’ll try to avoid carbs during the day. And none of it is deprivation; I am making healthy choices and I feel good about them.

This last one was a big eye-opener for me. For the last few years I have been eating really healthy foods. Most of the time. Because of that, I sometimes felt entitled to eat junk as if it didn’t really count. But junk adds up. If we have pizza once a week there’s a splurge. If we make cookies and I have a few (or eat some cookie dough, or both) there’s a splurge. If my mom brings over a bag of Double Chocolate Milanos, there’s a splurge. If I have tea with my friend and she buys a bag of Double Chocolate Milanos (can you tell they’re my favorite?), there’s a splurge. If I buy pink Hershey’s kisses for Valentines Day to put in my kids’ lunch boxes and happen to eat 3 or 4 or 27 there’s a splurge. And this could all happen in one week. And not seem like I was really being so bad, because it was over the course of a week. And it wasn’t like I went out to dinner and had fettucine alfredo and chocolate cake for dessert. It was dribs and drabs, but they add up.

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The 21 Day Fix forces you to be more mindful of your food choices, and to see each individual choice as part of a bigger picture.

The 21 Day Fix workouts are as follows:

  • Total Body Cardio Fix- works the whole body using weights
  • Upper Body Fix- focuses on the upper body, uses weights
  • Lower Body Fix- focuses on the lower body, uses weights
  • Pilates Fix- my favorite Pilates ever. A nice change of pace, but you will feel it!
  • Cardio Fix- cardio, no weights
  • Dirty 30- lots of cardio, with weights, challenging
  • Yoga Fix- a nice yoga workout; you’ll feel great at the end.

They are all challenging, but not so hard that they’re daunting. I’ve been working out with Beachbody programs for over 2 1/2 years and it was a good, challenging workout. I have friends who are in better shape than I am, and used to exercising hard, who love this program. But you could do it if you haven’t worked out in years, if you have a lot of weight to lose, if you are completely out of shape. I would really recommend it to almost anyone!

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The 21 Day Fix is a total package. It is so healthy. The first few days you might feel a little hungry, but it’s never terrible. You really do get to eat a lot of food. And after those first few days I remember saying, “I feel amazing!” You will feel healthier, stronger, you can almost feel the results happening right there in that first week. It’s a wonderful feeling!

This Week’s Dinners

I’ve been a little obsessed with recipes the last few weeks. I’ve spent a lot of time searching for 21 Day Fix recipes, especially for dinner ideas. It occurred to me that most of the dinners I would normally make would work just fine with the 21 Day Fix. For the most part, I stick to “clean” dinners. While doing the program you’d just need to be more mindful of portion sizes. I have added some new recipes to the rotation, thanks to my obsessive searching. And I’ve eaten a lot more sweet potatoes and whole wheat tortillas!

I have also learned that a lot of other people doing the 21 Day Fix are looking for recipes too. I thought I’d share what I made each night this week, so there are several recipes in one post. And hopefully you can link up to them fairly easily.

Monday- Baked Marinated Chicken and Sweet Potato Fries 

I stumbled across the chicken recipe online when I was desperate for a quick and easy, and healthy, way to make chicken for dinner. I have only ever marinated it for a short time because I’ve always made it while in a last-minute panic over what to do with the chicken. But it’s very tasty. I’d like to see what it’s like if I gave it a little more time to marinate. Basically, you marinate chicken in olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 TBSP each oregano, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Marinate for at least 10 minutes, then cook at 425 degrees for 20-30 minutes. The recipe called for 15 minutes, but I tend to over-cook my chicken a tad, and like it that way. You can find the full recipe at Men’s Fitness.

Along with the chicken, we had these amazingly delicious sweet potato fries. First, peel and cut your sweet potatoes into sticks. Melt a few TBSP of coconut oil in a small saucepan; when it’s melted add in some spices. I used salt, pepper, and paprika. Pour this over the sweet potatoes and toss to cover them. Spread them out on a baking pan/cookie sheet. I cooked them with the chicken at 425 and then kept them in a little bit longer at 450 to get crispier and they came out great. I also used coconut oil instead of butter, because I love using coconut oil and because it’s 21 Day Fix-friendly. These have become a staple at dinnertime. You can find the full recipe and some more seasoning ideas on the Pioneer Woman website.

 

Tuesday- Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

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I just can’t get enough of chicken fajitas. I could eat them every day, and some weeks I do. They’re easy, they’re healthy, they taste so good as leftovers. They pair well with quesadillas, which my kids adore. And I am sure in no time they will be gobbling up fajitas too! They can be bit of pain with all the extras you have to have on hand, but they’re worth it. And when you make them as often as I do you usually have most of the stuff on hand anyway.

Sometimes I make them on the stovetop, but that is a lot more work than the lovely crockpot. I just throw in the chicken and frozen mixed peppers, top with seasoning (1/2 tsp salt, 2 TBSP cumin, 1 1/2 TBSP chili powder) and a few squirts of lime juice. Then leave it to cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. I’ve played around with a few recipes and think this recipe from¬†Stacey Makes Cents is just right.

Now I need to find the perfect tortilla. It’s hard to find one that’s “clean.” I’m afraid I’ll have to start making them myself, which is a little bit daunting at this point. But one of these days I’m going to give it a go…

 

Wednesday- Leftovers

One of my favorite things about fajitas is the leftovers! My husband was out for dinner, so I had leftovers and the kids had grilled cheese. To make the grilled cheese I used 100% whole wheat bread and American cheese from the deli counter, not the pasteurized slices that are pre-packaged.

Thursday- Whole Wheat Pasta & Meat Sauce w/Salad

My 5-year-old just loves pasta, so while I’ve gotten away from my taste for it I still try to make it at least once each week. And my other three love meatballs, but will settle for meat sauce. This is by no means a gourmet recipe; it is a quick-and-easy, no-frills, no-fuss dinner. I put a teaspoon of olive oil in a big non-stick pan, browned a pound of ground turkey, breaking it up with a fork. When it was browned, I lowered the heat, poured in a big can of crushed tomatoes (make sure there are no added ingredients), a can of diced tomatoes, and about 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning. While that sat over low heat I cooked a box of whole wheat rotini.

This may not even count as a recipe:)

But it’s what we had for dinner. And, for the 21 Day Fix, you measure out a yellow of pasta, a red of meat sauce (because the meat is your protein), and 2 greens of pre-made salad and you’re good to go! You should also figure a portion of a purple container for the sauce.

Friday- Salmon over Quinoa

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I usually buy salmon at Costco. They have delicious marinated salmon that I love! I am not sure it’s totally clean, but I get it anyway. I also buy plain frozen salmon fillets, which is what I used for this dinner. I oil a baking pan, plop the salmon on there, brush it with dijon mustard and sprinkle liberally with paprika. You can make salmon so easily, and play around with different seasonings. My husband loves the mustard flavor and I don’t, so I use more on his piece and less on mine. There are usually directions on the package, but in general I cook it at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes, depending on how big the pieces are. To see if it’s done, you can press on it with a fork for firmness.

While that’s cooking I made some quinoa and steamed broccoli and dinner is done!

Saturday- Quinoa Turkey Bake

This is a recipe I found during my first round of the 21 Day Fix. It’s very tasty, and makes a lot of food! Great for leftovers. I found the serving given in the recipe was too much (though on a hungrier day maybe not) so I divvied it up into six servings rather than four. Do give yourself extra time for this one- it’s easy, but has to bake for a while, so start earlier than usual. This recipe has a few more steps, so I won’t try to give you an abbreviated version here! You can find the recipe at Michelle’s Fit Life.

 

Sunday-¬†Rose’s Birthday Dinner

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Today’s dinner was not very clean, nor very Fix-friendly either (gasp!). But it was my oldest’s birthday, and our tradition is that the birthday girl or boy gets to pick the dinner. So, she really wanted mashed potatoes, and really likes Oven Fry chicken‚Ķback from the days when I kept Oven Fry in the cabinet all the time for a fast and easy (and tasty) dinner. And it was yummy. Back on track for Monday…

So, if you are a Barefoot Contessa kinda cook you are surely shaking your head in disapproval and perhaps even disgust right now. But, if you are a looking-to-get-through-the-week-and-be-pretty-healthy kinda cook, this might be helpful. I am looking to broaden my recipe horizons and will share as I do!

I’d love to hear your favorite, easy clean-eating dinner regulars too!

Ready for Round 2

I can’t believe how much I love the 21 Day Fix!!! Well, I guess I can believe it because I really have loved every Beachbody program I’ve done. But I did resist this one for a while- I’m glad I finally gave it a try!

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I am getting ready to start another 21 days with my challenge group. What an enthusiastic, positive and fun group of women! I think everyone is enjoying doing this together, and each of us is motivated by the other. We’ve also learned a lot from each other.

I have some goals for Round 2:

  • try out some new recipes
  • stick to the meal plans I make for myself a little more stringently!
  • do the double workouts suggested for week 3
  • cut out a cup of coffee and add a cup of green tea each day

I gave myself a little leeway eating-wise today, as I had already weighed in and taken my measurements, and I am uncomfortably full for the first time in three weeks. I don’t like it! I didn’t even go too crazy…and I really feel kinda crappy. I’ll remember this next time I’m at Day 21! When I do have “treats” I’ll be sure to keep them to a container-size:)

That said, I’m ready for a new week to start tomorrow‚ĶHere’s the 21 Day Fix meal plan I created today:

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I got a little crazy this week and color-coded my foods. I still feel like it’s a little boring, but I really don’t mind eating the same thing each day. As long as I change up dinners it’s ok. I do hope to share some more recipes this week, and explore new ideas for next week’s meal plan!

21 Day Fix Meal Plan Week 3

Creating meal plans can be tricky‚Ķthis week I kept most of my meals/snacks the same and just focused on dinners. I don’t mind eating the same thing for breakfast every day, and sometimes snacks are just easier when I don’t have to think about them. For the first two weeks, I planned knowing that I would change things up quite a bit.

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I have found, though, that being too flexible can be a problem. When you have a dinner that includes cheese you need to be careful not to snack on cheese during the day. You want to be sure to get your containers in each day, and not to go over. So if you do swap out, say a snack you had planned for leftovers from the night before, make sure you do a quick check of what containers you need to hold on to for the rest of the day.

I definitely want to play around with my plan a little more, but I’m going easy on myself this first round. Will definitely work on variety and adding new recipes as I progress!

If you’d like to see my humble meal plan, click on the link below…

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I am so in love with this program! Looking forward to my final week, though I know it won’t be my last:)

21 Day Fix Meal Plan Week 2

If you told me two years ago that the exercise part of the equation would become more attractive to me than the nutrition part of the equation, I would not have believed it.  I wish, wish, wish that I could just work out a little more and eat a little more freely.  But I have been working out pretty hard and eating healthy foods for the most part and not seeing the progress I wanted to see…I have been in denial about something.

The 21 Day Fix has been a real wake-up call for me, in a good way.

I think the planning is the most challenging part as you begin your 21 Day Fix journey, but so important!

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For Week 2 I kept a lot of last week’s menu in place, but changed around the dinners and a few of the breakfasts. I’m sure I’ll tweak things during the week; I’d like to try out some new recipes. But having this plan will make sure I have all the ingredients I need in the house and if I switch it up I can save those for later.

You can see my clean eating meal plan for my Week 2 of the 21 Day Fix here:

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I’m sure with more experience this step will get easier. Once the containers are more second nature to me it will be easier to branch out, too. Right now I like to know that what I’m eating is exactly the right portion, so I’ve been making things separately. For example, my turkey quinoa adobo would be totally fix-friendly, but until I’m further along I’d rather measure each ingredient out separately and then combine them.

The full menu for each day also helps you make sure you get in all your containers for the day, and don’t go over on any either. ¬†If you know you’ll be having cheese (a blue container) for dinner, make sure you don’t plan cheese and crackers for a snack that day.

Planning ensures balance in your menu, and therefore in your nutrition.

Meal Planning for the 21 Day Fix

Absolutely, positively print out a blank menu template and plan out your first week. ¬†Even if you don’t stick to it, have a plan! ¬†I find I am much more successful if I don’t have those moments of, “uh‚Ķlunch?” ¬†That is when I often put off eating until I’m ravenous and eat whatever I can get my hands on!

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There are tons of templates online or you can create your own. ¬†I have tried meal planning before, but always only with dinner. ¬†For this, I planned every meal and snack for the week. I followed it for dinner for the most part, but I did switch up the other meals. ¬†But there were times when I wasn’t sure what to eat and I went to look at the menu. ¬†It helps! ¬†Sounds silly, but it really does.

Having that concrete menu plan sets you up for success.  It also makes grocery shopping a lot easier.

Your meal plan might look the same each week. ¬†Or maybe you’ll have the same thing for breakfast each day. ¬†I usually have pretty much the same thing for every meal except dinner. ¬†Once you’ve been doing it for a while chances are you’ll have a whole arsenal of menus that are fix-friendly and work for you.

As you get ready for the week, make your meal plan first. ¬†I usually make while I’m sitting in front of the computer. ¬†I also hold on to old meal plans, so I can plug in ideas from those. ¬†Then I try to add 1 or 2 new recipes for the week and put them in on a day that’s not too crazy. ¬†I try to make busy days a crockpot day and I plan big meals for the beginning of the week to set us up with some leftovers. ¬†My husband brings leftovers every day for lunch. ¬†It’s much healthier and saves a lot of money! ¬†I’ve loved leftovers for quick and easy snacks on the fix, too.

I keep a recipe binder in the kitchen and plan on adding a tab for 21 Day Fix. ¬†I do pin a lot of recipes, but I like having a hard copy to look at. ¬†Sometimes I’ll use my phone to look at the recipe the first time I make it and if it’s a keeper I print it out and put it in the binder. ¬†I like being able to write notes on them, too.

Don’t feel constrained by having your week planned out for you. ¬†You can always make changes! ¬†But if you plan healthy meals and snacks, at least you know you’ll have what you need on hand to make good food choices.

I’ve included my blank weekly planning calendar. ¬†It’s simple and not color-coded, but it could get you started. ¬†I hope to create some nice ones this week and will share when complete!

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Week 1 of the 21 Day Fix

The 21 Day Fix is amazing!!! ¬†I love it!!! ¬†I want to tell everyone about it…

I feel really, really good. ¬†I have a lot of energy and I just feel good- healthy. ¬†Eating healthy is always more work in my mind. ¬†Chopping veggies, making things from scratch, prepping food for the week‚Ķbut it is so worth it. ¬†And it’s been kinda fun, too. ¬†There are a lot of resources out there to help, and doing it with my accountability group has eased the burden.

 

I foresee this becoming a real lifestyle, and I’ve learned a lot by being in the program. ¬†I knew it looked great before I tried it, but now being one week in I really get it!

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I can really see how this will impact me when I’m no longer using the containers. ¬†(I think I’ll always use the containers here and there, to keep me on track with portion size, and because they’re nice little containers, but I mean when I’m not officially doing a round of the 21 Day Fix. ¬†Or when I’m slacking off a bit…)

  • I made myself quesadillas the other day; I used half of one whole wheat tortilla and one blue container of shredded cheese. ¬†It came out delicious and it showed me what an appropriate serving of cheese quesadillas is for me. ¬†I can tell you I did not used to eat only that amount, probably double that even when I was showing some restraint! ¬†But now I know when I make quesadillas for the family I can have two of them and feel ok about it.

The workouts are awesome! ¬†I am so happy with how challenging they are- I am sore!!! ¬†The time passes quickly in them. ¬†I like the format used. ¬†For most of them there are say four rounds with two exercises in each round. ¬†You do each exercise for a minute. ¬†So the first time you’re doing a given exercise it’s not terrible because you’re going into it not knowing what to expect. ¬†Then you know you only have to do it once more. ¬†It suited me psychologically:)

The Pilates workout is my favorite Pilates workout ever. ¬†I haven’t done a ton of Pilates, but I have done a few workouts. ¬†I liked the exercises Autumn chose, and the way she explained the breathing.

Some tidbits I’ve learned along the way…

  • Have a go-to protein snack that’s easy. ¬†For me it’s been turkey slices. ¬†You can have six for a red container; it’s filling, it’s satisfying, it pairs well with veggies. ¬†At times when I didn’t have a snack planned, or had to change plans last minute, it was easy to fall back on turkey.
  • Plan, but be flexible. ¬†It’s soooo important to plan ahead; I planned each meal and snack ahead of time. ¬†But know, especially if you’re new to the 21 Day Fix eating plan, that there’s a learning curve here. ¬†Play around with what you eat when. ¬†For example, I usually have Shakeology for lunch but today I had it as my mid-morning snack. ¬†I think I feel more satisfied. ¬†Some days you may switch things around based on how hungry you are.
  • This is a process. ¬†On the second day, I was the most hungry I’ve been so far. ¬†But I didn’t let it get to me‚ĶI told myself, “It’s ok to be hungry. ¬†This is a process. ¬†Being hungry will be part of it.” ¬†I’ve been eating too much all my life! ¬†And allowing for “treats” far too often! ¬†Of course I’ll be hungry getting used to a more healthful way of eating. ¬†As long as you’re not really miserable or feeling sick, know that hunger, and other feelings that might crop up along the way, are just part of the process.
  • Be creative. ¬†I made guacamole today‚Ķmostly because I bought four avocados the other day when I did my fix food shopping and they were ripe. ¬†I didn’t want to throw them out, but I wasn’t very excited about eating them either. ¬†I do like guacamole, but with chips. ¬†Crunchy, salty chips, and large quantities of them. ¬†So…I was allowed one more carb for dinner. ¬†I cut up my whole wheat tortilla into chip sized pieces and put them in the oven for a little while. ¬†They came out crispy and perfect for dipping! ¬†No guilt either.
  • Make big dinners. ¬†Choose dinners that you like a lot and that make good leftovers. ¬†Those leftovers can make the next day that much easier to plan for, or can provide a good alternative to one of your planned snacks. ¬†If you get a little sick of turkey slices and veggies, switch that mini-meal out for last night’s meatballs.

I am so happy I’m doing this! ¬†And I’m only one week in:)