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 ūüėČ

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.

 

Gym Shirts I Need

One of my favorite things to do on Pinterest is look up fun gym shirts. I’ve saved so many with plans to make some of them one day. I thought I’d come on here and share some of my favorites that I definitely ‘need’ asap.

hangry hulk

10.) A Christmas gym shirt. I love this one. Perfect for holiday lifting.

9.) Gandalf told me to. This would be awesome if I actually ran. Any LOTR shirt makes my list though.

8.) Dont put me down for cardio. I love Fat Amy and Pitch Perfect. And this shirt.

7.) OH My Quad! Seriously. Leg day, then derby practice. I was screamin this.

6.) Leaking Awesome. Well, yeah!

5.) Feed me and tell me I’m pretty. I have made this shirt already. It had to be on the list.

4.) Leveling Up. Let my geek shine. Lord of the Rings and now Mario. Oh yeah!

3.) Slurpees not Burpees. I need to wear this to derby practice.

2.) Fitness pizza. I saw this on Pinterest and actually laughed out loud.

1.) Of course…my Hangry Hulk shirt! I love ¬†this shirt.

Also, it didn’t make my fun quote gym shirt list but it is one of my favorite shirts. I love the style and the color and that its so thin. AND that my fave blogger turned personal trainer sells them.

Glisten Fit Tank

Glisten Fit
Photo via www.glistenfit.com

High Five for Friday!

Wow it’s been for.e.ver. since I’ve done a High Five for Friday post. I don’t know why? Life just happens I guess. Things come up and then I forget. Either way, I’m back (at least this week. One week at a time haha) ¬†and am linking up with Lauren to share my 5 happy things from the week. Hopefully I didn’t already share too much because I can’t remember what I’ve posted already.

high five for friday

1.) Totes Amaze. – Did I mention yet that TJ Maxx just opened here in town? Well I’m kind of in love with it. Kassie and I went today after the gym just because. Just to walk around and touch the things. I love this tote but I can’t spend $8 on it. I did leave today with some pumpkin spice room spray and let me just tell you now…it’s heaven.

2.) 21 Day Fix. – ¬†I’ve been signed up as a coach with this company for a while now and am just now ordering from them. I’m just not a home workout kind of person. I have a gym membership with childcare for a reason. I have zero motivation to work out when I’m home. There are a million other things that get my attention and need to be done. Any who, I saw this program came out and it really sparked my interest. It does come with the DVDs but it is more nutrition focused. I know that I already know how and what to eat…I just don’t. This comes with containers and tells you based on your calorie needs how much you need to eat. Each container color is for a different type of food (protein, carbs, veggies, fruits, etc) so you can easily measure things out. I’m going to be starting it Sept. 29 and going on into October. Hopefully I stick with it. I’m just trying to figure out which container I fill with PB filled pretzel nuggets and iced coffee.

3.) Killin’ the gym. – Today was Day 40 of the Live Fit Trainer. We are well into Phase 2 now. First it was a LOT added to the program from phase 1. We did drop the Saturday workout so we are down a leg day but are adding 4 days of cardio in on top of our weight training. I love it even though while I’m on the elliptical I think I’d much rather be home. I *think* I’m seeing a difference. We’ll see what my after pictures say.

4.) Handstands! – Speaking of gym time… this is what we do when we are done. Playdate at the gym. Handstand selfies and seeing who can hold it longer. Kassie totally did. My head wanted to explode. I don’t know how all y’all crossfit people are always doing handstands everywhere. It was kinda fun though but there’s no long term holding for me…

5.) The Derby Circle. – One of our girls posted a video on our team’s FB page showing a big circle and 2 girls on skates trying to legally shove the other out of the circle. It’s all about foot work and legal blocking/hitting. So much FUN. We made our own circle for practice last night. It was a blast! Seriously though, when else can you be completely sweaty disgusting and have such a great time rubbing all over your friends? Do normal people do that or is it a derby thing? I can’t imagine the people at the gym laughing as they slip off of each others shoulders.

That’s all from this week. It feels really good to be back blogging again.

Pumpkin Protein Shake

Back in 2011 I shared a recipe I found for a pumpkin protein smoothie… you can see it HERE. ¬†After the gym today I wanted to make some kind of yummy meal shake since it was kind of lunch time and I wouldn’t have a lot of time after picking up Timmy from school before we went to the library. Also, there’s a new shop here in Enterprise that sells Herbalife shakes. I’m a bit obsessed with them but am trying to cut back since all the yummy ones have soy and I want to avoid that. Also, I don’t have a job to fund my Herbalife shake addiction.

ANYWAY, I wanted to make a shake. I found some shake recipes online and saw they use a tablespoon of instant pudding mix. Um, yes please?! I’ve been making some with Mounds pudding mix but changed it up today and busted out the cheesecake. OMG.

I’m not really sure the nutrition content in this. If you want to know you can plug it all in somewhere. I figured its going to be meal sized calories since I kind of just tossed ALL THE THINGS in the blender and turned it on.

pumpkin protein shake

Toss all of this in a blender until it looks like a hot mess- 

  • 1 sc vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 sc vanilla meal shake powder (I use nature’s bounty but it ALSO has soy along with whey. I just cant win)
  • 1 tbs ground flax
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tbs instant cheesecake pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • A couple shakes pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 big handfuls spinach (I keep a bag in the freezer for this)
  • 1 cup lowfat milk (Id use almond if I had it. but I dont.)
  • ICE.

Blend all that goodness together. It was really tasty! Especially with all this talk of pumpkin spice lattes floating around the internets…I needed something fall-y that wasn’t going to make me sweaty or drive 45 minutes to get it…

protein pumpkin shake

 

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