21 Day Fix – First 2 Days

I just wanted to get on here and update y’all since I feel like I’ve dropped off the planet again. I made the mistake of starting Once Upon a Time on Netflix… 3 seasons at about 22 episodes each…. Life Suck. But I’m almost caught up and can return to real life soon.

Now, onto the real news of the week. I started the 21 Day Fix on Monday (I know, it’s only Wednesday…) and so far, it’s not too bad. I am in the last phase of the Live Fit Trainer so I will be sticking with that for workouts for the month. I have tried a couple of the 21DF workouts at home though and they are great. Reminds me a lot of the 30 Day Shred. Short time, big workout. Good stuff.

Live Fit planning

Planning my gym week

Ready to do the Upper Fix workout

The real reason I picked this program though is to control my eating. First, let me say this is not a crazy restrictive diet. I’m not cutting out all carbs or fats, or sugars but instead and learning to control portions. I think I’m going to see results just by having to cut out all my mid day junk grazing. I don’t really eat bad meals it’s all the little things I snack on between those meals that is adding up.

Anyway, the whole thing is based on these containers. Each one stands for a different thing like protein, starches, fruits, veggies…and depending on your calorie intake goals you get so many of each container per day. A great way to spread it all out and have the visual is to use post it notes.

I keep this board in my kitchen so I can see what I’m eating and move things around as needed

21 day fix

I didn’t leave much for dinner this night (Monday) and actually switched the second snack and dinner places since it was a derby practice night. I normally don’t really eat on derby nights…just snack a bunch before going. This time I had a small dinner portion and then ate my snack afterward (no starch though because I ended up eating it earlier)

Day 2 went much better I think. I realized after day 1 where I really need to be eating what things. I had eaten way too much breakfast. Also, 2nd snack is always big because that’s my post workout shake which has fruit, spinach/kale, protein, and coconut milk (counts as a starch/yellow container). With dinner though I’m not sure if it really broke down to what I counted it as but I don’t think it was too far off. And I had a pumpkin oreo. Just 1…

Only ONE pumpkin Oreo ;)

Today is Day 3. So far I’m feeling better and less hangry about it all.  I’m not so much hungry as I am just bored snacky…that’s what kills me. I’m trying to just grab my water bottle when I’m bored instead of the little bags of Chips Ahoy.

I did take before photos. We’ll see if there’s any change by Day 21.

 

Organic Matcha Green Tea Frappe

matcha powder

Do you like green tea? I’m not a fan of actual hot green tea but I do love all the green tea flavored backed goodies and frappes. Do you know where the pretty green color and tea flavor comes from? I honestly had no idea until I got this bag of organic matcha green tea powder.

Honestly, my first impression was pretty iffy…when you first open
it you’re hit with a strong grassy smell. Once you use it though it’s nothing but good flavor.

My first test run with the matcha powder was a green tea frappuccino like Starbucks.  I only tried one recipe and I wasn’t too thrilled with it. More milk next time maybe. This is what I did:

  • 1/2 tsp green tea powder
  • 1/8 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 cup ice

Mix tea powder and hot water until disolved. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.

I’ve also been adding this powder into all of my smoothies lately which definitely tastes a lot better!

The green tea powder I used was the Organic Matcha from Kiss Me Organics.

 

I received this product for free using Tomoson.com.

Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Biloxi again

Whew. This weekend has been non stop and suddenly it’s already Tuesday. Trying to come down from our weekend high and get back into the groove of normal isn’t easy. Especially when Monday stays just as busy as the weekend. But today is slowing down a bit…which is nice because fall showed up this morning. I have windows open and the pumpkin scentsy burnin. It’s a good day to catch up.

Over the weekend T and I left the kids with Melissa (thank you again!) and hit the road to Biloxi, MS to meet up with some friends who were already down there.

Ocean Springs MS

When we got there and settled in we went for lunch at the Beau Ravage Resort & Casino. When you walk in that place it’s like Hollister for older people. They have rose smelling perfume pumping out in the lobby. Everything was pretty floral and ritzy. We ate at their sports bar type restaurant. The black and blue burger was amaaaazing.

We didn’t stay there long though. Once we finished eating we headed down the road (after going back to the hotel for my sweater) to the Hard Rock Casino. If the Beau Rivage was Target, the Hard Rock was Walmart people wise. As for the general atmosphere I did like it much better. Just like the Hard Rock Cafe restaurants there was cool music memorabilia in glass cases all over the place. AND a Starbucks.

Hard Rock Casino

I had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season at a casino in MS. And it was delicious. This trip was my first experience in a casino which seems crazy since my mom and Thomas are both pretty addicted to them. Either way, I got my first players card and pulled a whole $40 out of the ATM to play with.

Can I just say it hurt a bit to lose that $40…I mean, it was a lot of fun playing penny slots most of the night but when it was gone all I could think of was all the things I could have found at TJMaxx for $40 lol I don’t make a very good gambler. We did spend money on something that I did feel good about though! We got tickets to the Montgomery Gentry concert that was there that night.

So. much. FUN. I saw them in Hawaii when they played a free concert on post but it was on a huge field and we were far away. This room was small and we were much closer. Totes Fun.

concert tickets

Zoomed in dark cell phone pictures look so much better on my small phone screen…

Montgomery Gentry

Montgomery Gentry

We only stayed the one night. The next morning we got up, had hotel breakfast, and headed out.

We drove home a different way than we came…through Mobile.

Mobile, AL

mobile tunnel

Mobile bridge

USS Alabama

And then Pensacola. This way was much prettier.

Pensacola FL

Except for the love bugs.

lovebugs

And finally back in Sweet Home Alabama. I’ll take this ‘snow’ over Korea snow any day.

cotton fields

The trip was short and sweet and perfect. Now I just need to snap out of vacation mode and get back into real life mode.

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