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

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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Live Fit Trainer – Phase 1 Recap + Phase 2

*Editing to add I am down 4lbs since starting! That’s a pound a week. Not too shabby!*

We did it! One month down, two to go. We are a third of the way through the Live Fit Trainer. Of course Phase 1 is the ‘easy’ phase. No cardio, just getting you into the habit of lifting weights and eating clean. Phase 2 is a whole new monster. We move from 4-5 days a week in the gym to 6. SIX. We can’t pull that off so we will most likely be dropping a leg day since there are 2. Also, we are adding cardio in after our lifting FOUR days a week.

See all about Phase 2 HERE.

If things don’t start changing up this month I must be doing something wrong.

So far through Phase 1 the workouts have been great. Some I dislike more than others but over all we are really liking the fact that we focus on a couple body parts a day vs 3 full body days per week. It’s different and I feel like I’m really working those muscles more since the whole day is dedicated to them.

The other half of the program would be diet…or should we call it ‘lifestyle change’. Not really a DIET. You know, eat within 30 minutes of waking up and again every 3 hours. Get your protein, avoid processed stuff…the normal clean eating rules.

I suck at it. I’m so back and forth. One week I’m great! Totally on track and sticking with it and then I have a cheat meal and suddenly I forgot that I ever was eating right.

Meh.

Phase 2 seems to be a lot of the same with nutrition but beginning to reduce carbs.

Which sounds awful because I really do puffy heart my carbs.

This seems to be the phase that I quit in but I’m dead set on finishing this whole program. I know things will come up and I wont be able to follow it 100% but I will do what I can and make it work for me. Wish me luck.

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