Nov 12, 2016

21 Day Fix | Taco Salad

Hi all! Just wanted to share with you a quick and super yummy recipe that it one of my go-to favorites for my lunch on the 21day fix diet. This is only 1 red, 1green and 1 blue. You can also do an optional yellow depending on what you have left!


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    Ingredients
  • 1 lbs ground turkey 
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 small bell peppers, diced
  • Chopped Romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar 
  • Homemade taco seasoning ( 2tbsp ground cumin, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp chili powder)
Optional : Diced tomatoes, 1 yellow container of black beans, or 1 whole wheat tortilla if you want to wrap it (1 yellow)
         Directions
  1. Sauté a package of lean ground turkey with diced onion, bell peppers and tacos seasonings. Drain if needed
  2. Portion out meat in red container, lettuce in green container and cheese in blue container
  3. Put your salad together in a bowl, and you're done! I like to top mine with tobacco sauce, which is also a FREE food :)
With my left over meat I throw it in the fridge and either have a salad the next day or change it up and use a tortilla as one of my yellows for the day. I hope you enjoy!






21 Day Fix Journal | Days 11-21


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Day 11 11/11

Today was such a lazy day. I was so exhausted for some reason and all I wanted to do was take a nap. I laid on the couch while my daughter watched Paw Patrol and ate her apple. It was 2pm and I have to get my other daughter off the school bus at 3:30. Well, I did one of those fall asleep and scare the crap out of yourself things. I jolted awake because I dreamed it was 5pm and I had forgot to get her off the bus ( I was also late for work). In reality it was 2:07 :) WHEW! I did still get my workout in before this whole incident. It was plyo day, so that kicked my butt. One thing I'm proud of, is that I have been drinking my coffee with coconut milk and stevia. I actually really like it! I was scared to death of the coconut milk, but it makes it sweeter and I could totally keep using it. 


Day 16 11/16

It's my last week! It is suggested that I start the 2 a days as far as workouts which I am going to try to do. I had my weigh in the other day. I took my measurements, everything was the same except my stomach went down 1 in, so that's a plus :) The diet is most definitely a major struggle and I can't say I have followed it perfectly, but I have made far better choices and used the portion control containers. I'm sure more success would come with doing it the right way, buuuuttt I have just not been able to like I thought. I have not missed a workout day and see progress in my workouts. Doing something is better than doing nothing, right?



Day 19 11/19

Well, one of our friend's came in to visit us for a few days. He was with me all day while my husband was at work, so there was no time or place for me to workout. GRRR. I have been eating really well though! Yesterday I had turkey bacon and whole wheat toast for breakfast and for dinner I seasoned some chicken Italian style and threw it in the crockpot with some cauliflower. I had the same thing today as leftovers so I didn't have to cook, because who likes that? Yesterday I was able to do upper & abs because our friend left and ran to the store lol. I threw my clothes on and got those workouts in. Really it's like I only missed one day because yoga was Wed and that isn't a calorie torcher. Today I did abs and plyo and I'm making up my dirty 30 tomorrow. Looking forward to my weigh in!!




Day 20 11/20

For today's workout I did Dirty 30 & some arm exercises on my own. I did god with my eating again too, just had coffee for breakfast and for lunch a had turkey lunch meat and a string cheese. Dinner was shredded chicken in a ww tortilla wrap with lettuce and cheese. Still trying to drink more water than usual but I struggle with that! I can notice a difference with some of my workouts, like nt having to modify or using a heavier weight, so that's exciting. Since I basically stopped the diet and just stuck to the workouts I know I can keep up the workouts. I don't recommend not doing the diet, they do go hand in hand and I'm sure I would have got even better results sticking to the diet but it wasn't for me. Too expensive and time consuming in MY opinion. I'm sure some people love it and I do agree that the containers are great for portion control because most of us eat way more than we should, even if we think it's "healthy". Tomorrow is the last day of this round, but I'm sure there is more to come :)


Day 21 11/21--whoop whoop!

Well, today is the day! Today is the last day of my first round of 21day fix extreme. Here is my review and feelings about the program:

The exercises: I really like the exercises. They are all only 30min long but that is NOT saying that they aren't difficult. Some of the exercises I had to start off modifying. I feel like you still get plenty of the burn with modifying, so don't worry about that! There's even someone in each video who modifies. On the flip side, there are exercises I have been able to increase my weight with (from 5lbs to 10lbs) The abs video is only 10min long and that's not hard to add on to your workout or even complete at a different part of the day. The exercises are great and don't leave you bored (plus once I have watched and listened one time I just put on my headphones and jam out)

The diet: The diet was obviously difficult for me. It requires a lot of preparation and in my opinion it is expensive. Not to say that's it isn't doable because I'm sure it is if this is something you are committed to and willing to put in the work for. I slacked off and stopped doing the diet. If not, I'm sure I would have seen even better results, but you get what you put in right?

Here are my "willing to share" pictures :)




Nov 4, 2016

21 Day Fix Journal | Days 4-10

This post is my days 4-10 on my 21 day fix extreme journey. It's not pretty, it's not perfect, but at least it's honest. Check out my post for Days 1-3 and my pre 21 day fix post.

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Day 4 11/4

Breakfast- 2 eggs, 1 slice wg toast (1 red, 1 yellow)
Lunch-Casserole from previous post (1 red, 1 blue, 1 yellow, 1 green)
Dinner- Turkey "meatloaf" balls and baby carrots (1 red, 2 green)
Snack- Protein shake w/ peanut butter powder (1 red)
Snack-Grapes (1 purple)
Snack-Apple & peanut butter (1 purple, 1 tablespoon)

I think I'm really getting the hang of this! I've did really good today, I'm memorizing the colors and sizes of the containers so I don't have to keep going to look. I did have an emergency this morning- I ran out of turkey bacon!! It is one of my favorites so I had to go to Wal Mart and get more.  My only complaint is that I had to go to the grocery store again and I feel like this is running into a lot of money. It shouldn't be more expensive to eat healthy, am I right??


If you stumbled across this post you can read my Pre 21 DFX post here or my first 3 days here.

Today's workout was upper fix extreme. I have never had my shoulder muscles feel so sore! When you hear someone say, "I feel sore in places I didn't know was possible.." haha that's totally me right now. Under my shoulder blades hurt, is that a thing?? I have lower fix tomorrow, BUT I am going to be gone all day at my daughter's play off games and when I get home I have to work 6-12pm and I'm hoping I won't be late for that! The game starts at 2pm and it's 2 hrs away...ughhh. We'll see how that goes with what I'm going to eat too. Pray for me, y'all!



Day 8 11/8

It's election day, y'all and I'm voting for carbs! So, it's been a few days since I've posted.. 1, 2 skip a few I know :) Day 5 turned into a cheat day. There is no cheating allowed on this diet and I don't recommend it, but it just happened. I won't go into details but I regret nothing! I have NOT skipped a workout day so yay for that. Yesterday I had my 7 day weigh in and measurements. I had only lost 1lb so that was pretty discouraging (right after I said I had a cheat day, I know). BUT, I had lost inches or half inches in a few place, so that was great. I made some turkey chili last night to last a couple of days and I made some turkey taco meat to but in my wraps. My booty has been and still is so sore, I hope that sucker is getting lifted. I did super good yesterday, I feel like I wasn't hungry much or craving anything. This morning I even separated out the Halloween candy and I didn't eat any of it. Yayyy me! I was thinking I started on a Monday, but it was actually Tuesday so I'm doing cardio extreme today. Just a bit of info- I'm using a medium tension band when I workout. 5lbs for my light weights and 10lbs for my heavy. On some of the workouts when heavy is suggested and I just can't do it, I use the light.

 

Day 10 11/10

When I write these posts I feel like I'm being really whiny but inside I am trying to complete this and I don't know why it's SO hard for me. The diet is expensive and time consuming, even when you do meal prep. Is it possible? Of course it is, I think anything is if you really want it. But, I am trying to be honest and that's how I feel about it. My, friend has been doing it for 3 months and just loves it to death-so I guess it's just not for everyone. The workouts on the other hand, I really like. They are challenging and leave me sore every time. They only last 30min, and I think everyone has 30min. I was out running around all day today because my hubby & I both had the day off, then my daughter had a thing at school. When I got home I had 1hr before work and I was able to get my workout in, I was pretty proud!

Nov 3, 2016

21 Day Fix Journal | Days 1-3


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Day 1 11/1

It's almost 10pm and I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty miserable. I was so excited this morning and that has just slowly disappeared throughout the day... Sorry, not trying to be Debbie Downer, just honest.
I had my breakfast around 9am (2eggs and 4 slices of turkey bacon). It was my first time trying turkey bacon and I really liked it, so I was like wow, this is great! I was full for awhile after that. I worked out around 2pm doing Dirty 30 and had a peanut butter protein shake afterwards. Looking back, I should have had a snack before that, but I really wasn't hungry. I'll try that tomorrow. After that I had lunch-which was delicious-tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. I took my measurements and recorded those on one of the printables I mentioned in my previous post. At 4pm I had my snack which was a baggy of baby carrots, wah wahh wahhhh.  I don't care what anyone says, that's not a snack haha. Then I started to get really hungry. Mind you, my kids are eating on their Halloween candy, I had to make tacos for everyone else's dinner and I was trying to save my dinner for as late as possible. So I had my other snack, grapes. Didn't help. Around 7:30 I had my dinner of turkey lettuce wraps, they were good. All in all, not that great of a day but I didn't give up and don't plan to. That doesn't mean I can't complain though :) Tomorrow I will try to space my meals out better. Pilates on deck.





Day 2 11/2


Breakfast- 4 slices turkey bacon, 1 slice WG toast (1 red 1 yellow)
Lunch- Turkey lettuce wraps (1green, 1 red)
Dinner- Buffalo chicken and broccoi casserole (1 blue, 1 red, 1 green)
Snack- Grapes (1 purple)
Snack- Hummus and celery (1 green)
Snack- Peanuts (1 orange)
                                                             
Today started out well again. I know now my struggle is going to be watching everyone else eat and having to prepare meals for my family. I took an early trip to Wal Mart to pick up a few food items that I wanted so that I could change up my snacks a little. My husband had a work meeting and then was off the rest of the day. He was home before me with 2 rolls of sushi and a huge togo box of lo mien...grrrrrr. Seriously? So I snacked on hummus and celery--by the way I HATE celery! I have tried it with ranch, peanut butter and hummus. I was literally choking it down, but I got through it. After my snack I decided to go ahead and workout before my oldest got home from school. I mistakenly did pilates, it was actually supposed to be yoga, so I will just switch those days. Pilates required a fitness band, luckily I already had one because I didn't realize you needed that. After my workout I went to warm my soup that I said was so delicious from yesterday. I was picking it up off the counter and with my luck ,and flawless grace, I dropped the whole thing on the floor. People I'm telling you if someone asked me to splatter this soup as far and as wide as I possibly could, I wouldn't have even came close to making the mess that was in my kitchen. It was so not funny at the time, I couldn't even take a picture...but here's a visual: ALL on my counters, all along the baseboards, inside one of the drawers that was partially open, from my dishwasher all they way behind me on the fridge. The best part was the hot soup on my leg and all over my Nikes *insert mad emoji*. I just stood there holding my spoon looking at the mess in awe. MY hubby offered to help clean it but I was so upset that my planned food was now all over the floor, that I just wanted to do it myself. So, I handed him my shoes and socks and asked him to throw them in the washing machine. Once that fiasco was over I ate what was supposed to be my dinner. I looked on Pinterest and found a casserole that I tweaked a little bit to make for my dinner. I snacked on grapes that night as I tried to hold my eyes open watching the World Series with my hubby. Day 2 down....

Day 3 11/3

Breakfast- 4 slices turkey bacon, 1 slice WG toast (1 red 1 yellow)
Lunch- Turkey lettuce wraps (1green, 1 red)
Dinner- Buffalo chicken and broccoi casserole (1 blue, 1 red, 1 green)
Snack- Pineapple (1 purple)
Snack- Chicken and cabbage (1 red, 1 green)
Snack- Peanuts (1 orange)



Hallelujah! Today was a better day! I was actually looking forward to that casserole that I made for dinner last night. I still have 3 containers left so I will be eating on that all week! You can get the actual recipe here. This is how I made it:

Serving size :4

Ingredients:
3 reds of cooked, diced chicken
4 yellows of cooked whole wheat rotini noodles
6 Cups steamed broccoli
1/2 onion – diced and sauted
 1 blue of low fat cheddar

Sauce

3 TBSP of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 TBSP almond flour
2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
 dash of salt and pepper
2 blues of low fat cheddar or mozza cheese
1 red plain Greek Yogurt
Franks Hot Sauce – to taste


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. You will need to precook the chicken, veggies and pasta. Spray an 8×8 casserole with Pam. Combine the cooked ingredients in a casserole dish.
2. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan. Add the flour and whisk together. Add in the almond milk slowly while whisking. Bring to a boil and let it thicken. Add in the cooked onions, salt, pepper, and cheese.
3. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the greek yogurt and hot sauce.
4. Pour the sauce into the casserole dish and mix everything together carefully.
5. Bake for 20 minutes





Hopefully you enjoy that as much as I did! My workout today was Plyo and I knew it was going to be harder than others I have done in the past because if you are doing a good workout in 30 min, it probably going to burn and it burned! I can feel my butt and leg muscles right now, so I know I will be sore tomorrow. You should have seen me trying to get up the stairs in our house with my legs feeling like jello haha. What a sight! Tomorrow I have to work at 4pm so it will be my first 8hr shift on the diet. We shall see how that goes!



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