21 Day Fix Extreme one week down 2 to go!

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I’m excited to say that I survived week 1 of the 21 Day Fix Extreme! Although I’ve been sore somewhere new every single morning, I find the workouts fun yet challenging and I can already see some changes in my body! I loved all of the workouts in the original 21 day fix and this program proves the same. The variety is perfect! Every day targets a different muscle group and that Sunday Yoga fix comes at a time when your muscles REALLY need that extra stretch. Kind of like they knew what they were doing, lol 🙂

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I had never used a resistance band the way its used in Pilates but WOW – talk about resistance training at its best!!! I thought you just used it as a subsitute for weights but turns out some basic moves can be turned up a notch or two or three with this simple little band!!!

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I still kind of feel like a twisted pretzel at times but I’m getting better for sure!!!

Now truthful moment – my nutrition has not been where I’d like it to be! The planning part is there…and prep is there…its controlling my urges to eat when I know its not “time” to eat! I keep reminding my challengers and myself – Don’t mistake that feeling of thirst for hunger – if it hasn’t been 2.5-3 hours since the last meal – CHUG!!!!

I’ve been dabbling in a lot of the new recipes within the 21 Day Fix Extreme nutrition book – and those are nothing short of AMAZING – I’ve tried out the Cashew ‘N’ Oat Hotcakes, the Turkey Chili, Strawberry Protein Bars, Chocolate Pudding and repeated each of them!!!

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I never miss my SHAKEOLOGY and even found myself subbing some of my “reds” last week and doubling up on my shakeo!!! Perhaps it was the new addition of the Candy Bar to my rotation (modified to fit into my daily container allowance!) but there have been people sick all around and I know that will only help boost my immue system with all the antioxidants along with the pro and pre-biotics! This mama doesn’t have any time for getting sick!!!

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I know a lot of people/men see Autumn and wonder if this program can be for men too. Well let me tell you my hubs has been working out regularly for almost a year and while he is in the middle of Insanity Max: 30, he passed on the PULSE day and joined me for a little Dirty 30 on Valentines Day morning and he even admitted he got a good 30 minute burn in!!!

We’ll be doing round 2 together 🙂

Its been FRIGID in western PA this weekend and as much as I dislike these subzero temperatures I can tell you I was pretty darn productive!!! Today I’ve already prepped the Turkey Meatballs and Veggie Egg Cups for this week…along with some cajun chicken, tilapia, mancakes for the hubby, and veggies!!! I’ve set myself up for success….I just need to resist the random snacking and desire to finish off my munchkins’ snacks!!!

2015-02-10 06.51.32My week 1 goal was primarily to STOP finishing remaining food and the mindless snacks – and I failed. Why is it that that macoroni and cheese just screams out my name to take just ONE bite?!?! My willpower was just bad this week!!!

So this week I’ll try again…no more finishing the oatmeal or cereal or those darn cheese its – its time to FOCUS and stick to my meal plan!!!

 

21 DFX Week 2 Meal Plan

I’ve planned out week 2 really focusing on the foods at the top of the lists to maximize my results!!! My YELLOWS are primarily quinoa, sweet potatoes and oatmeal…my REDS are usually fish/seafoood, chicken, turkey, eggs, and Shakeology, my PURPLES are apples and berries and my GREENS are asparagus, broccoli, peppers, spinach and cucumbers. I’ve also eliminated bananas, greek yogurt and almond milk.

I took the time, planned, shopped and prepped and now I’m looking to my challengers and accountability group to help hold me to my goals this week!!!!

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Turkey Chili

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So….if you heard that there were going to be more awesome recipes in the 21-day fix Extreme nutrition guide I am here to confirm its TRUE! Not only do these new, intense workouts ROCK but the meal plan is amazing!!! We’ve been trying recipes out all week and we have not been let down yet!

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The first dinner recipe we tried out was the Turkey Chili! I actually did 1.5x the recipe so I could freeze some for a quick dinner one night next week or whenever we need it!!! But even with freezing some – we had enough for 2 dinners and a lunch for both me and my hubs! I actually think tonight’s dinner tasted better since the flavors all had a chance to combine and settle in!!! My 20-month old was a HUGE fan too!!!

Turkey Chili

Makes 6 servings, 1 cup each

1/2 Green, 1 Red, 1/2 Yellow

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1.5 pounds raw 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped (I used red and yellow and added extra!)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (to taste; optional)
  • 1 (15-0z) cans black beans or pinto beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 (15-0z) can all-natural diced tomatoes, no sugar added
  • 12 fresh cilantro sprigs, finely chopped (for garnish, optional)

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-heat.

2. Add turkey, onion, peppers and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 8 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink.

3. Add cumin, chili powder, salt and cayenne pepper; cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute

4. Add beans and tomatoes (with liquid). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; gently boil, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes or until thickened.

5. Serve warm, sprinkled with cilantro

Start to finish this took about an hour but while I was making it I also multitasked and cut up veggies for the week, cleaned and portioned out our berries and made our Mancakes for the next 2015-02-09 18.41.30day. Productive meal prep hour no doubt!!!

If you’re going to freeze this, like I did, cook fully, let cool, place in freezer bag. When ready to eat, pull from freezer and allow to thaw overnight. Cook in crockpot on low for 3-4 hours or on the stovetop until warmed through! ENJOY!!!!

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