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Almost There

I am in the home stretch of my 21 day fix!  Saturday is my last day and I am pretty excited.  It really is perfect timing, especially with Easter being this Sunday.  Cheat meal for me?  You bet!  Anyway, I must say that I have been pretty impressed with the fix.  I haven’t felt hungry throughout the day, like I had originally anticipated, and I am seeing results.  I did not weigh myself this past week, but I did measure at 14 days.  I lost a half an inch off of both my waist and hips!  That is huge! I really did not expect that at all.  I am really incredibly happy that my hard work is paying off.

I know that some people are skeptical about “dieting,” but this really was not bad at all.  With all of the little snacks throughout the day, I really did feel satisfied.  The only time I was ever hungry was at around 10pm (I do not eat anything beyond this time anyway).  As previously stated, I usually have afternoon snacks such as yogurt so I will absolutely continue to do so.  But, instead of high calorie bars and other snacks, I made sure to snack on fruits, veggies, and healthy fats such as low calorie (part skim) cheeses and hummus.

Here are some examples of the yummy things I ate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner:

 

I am actually going to try to keep some of this 21 day fix knowledge with me and I am even considering doing the fix again in May.  I really do want to continue choosing healthier options for snacks and maybe even continue on a lower carb diet.  Who knows if that will happen in April, but if not the fix in May will set me back on track.  I really do like the fact that I wasn’t hungry or cranky throughout the day and the food that I made was delicious.  The only downside was that buying all of the necessities was really expensive.  However, now that summer is coming up, the fruit should be much better in terms of selection and price.  This is a huge plus!

So, for those of you who are afraid of change or feel kinda bummed about being stuck in either eating healthier or your workout regimen remember even if you start small, starting anything at all is half the battle.  I am trying to push myself to be more positive in terms of my body image, but I know it is not easy.  I still have a long way to go,but my hard work and dedication is definitely paying off and knowing that it actually is making a difference makes me feel great!  Here is to summer and healthy eating!


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So Far…

It has been a full 10 days since I have started the fix which means, I am set to finish right before Easter dinner!  (Can somebody say cheat meal?!)  I have found it much easier than expected. As promised, I wanted to tell you guys how it is going so far and what I have gathered.  I thought I would do a simple question and answer type review.

 

Let’s start with a simple how is it going?

Well, so far, the fix is much easier than originally anticipated. So far I haven’t been starving every day.  The one exception was on Friday.  No matter what I ate, it felt as though I had an empty pit for a stomach.  I definitely took advantage of more veggies, I even had additional fruit, and lots of extra tea and coffee.  Like stated in the original post, you can always have coffee or tea, and an extra green container of veggies if you are starving.  That being said, it has been pretty easy to stay on track, especially because I did meal prep.  This will lead me to my next point.

Meal prep is ESSENTIAL 

Without meal prep, it can be incredibly difficult to maintain the proper amount of foods you should be consuming on a daily basis.  I started on Sunday (3/15/15), so i made sure to have everything cooked and ready on Saturday.  I made chicken meatballs, sauce, chicken sausage, mushrooms, and sweet potato, turkey, and turkey bacon burgers. All, of course, were 21 Day fix approved.  This was just for week 1! (The turkey burgers have lasted because I froze them.  I still have some left) Cooking the food ahead of time helped plan my meals for the rest of the week.  This left me with no questioning of what I would be eating every day and allowed be to grab a container and go.

Is it difficult to cook for the 21 day fix?

I really enjoy to cook so, I don’t really think cooking and prepping for this is all that terrible. If you do it ahead of time, as I did, then you are cooking for the entire week so you don’t have to worry about cooking late at night.  There are a bunch of different recipes online so if you are interested in trying this, then definitely do some research and find recipes that best fit your needs/likes/dislikes.  However, be advised, it can get expensive.  You are essentially shopping the outer perimeter of the grocery store…aka fruits, veggies, yogurts, healthy fats, meats, etc. and these types of produce are rarely on sale/rarely have any types of coupons!

Are you hungry all of the time?

Thankfully, I am not hangry (so hungry you get angry) at all so far.  This plan worked especially well for me because I tend to snack on things like yogurt regularly throughout the day, which I can continue to do on this plan.  However, instead of granola or other carbs that I would reach for as additional snacks, I reach for fruit or veggies.  It really does not seem to be too bad at all to me.

Is cutting carbohydrates difficult?

This is probably the most difficult part of the fix.  I am only allowed 1 cup of carbs a day.  The limited carb intake seems to affect me the most during my high intensity workout on Thursdays.  I feel pretty tired and don’t seem to have as much energy as I used to.  I am thinking that on this day, I should try to add an additional half a cup of carbs and cutting out the container of healthy fats and cheeses so this way it evens out somewhat.

Is it working?

The reason I started the fix, is because I unfortunately gained a bit of winter weight.  I knew that, of course I have been working hard and the gym and I wanted that hard work to pay off, not to go unnoticed.  I want to try to look my best for summer so I was told about this through a few other people and finally decided to commit. Since I have started, I have lost pretty much half of the winter weight.   I haven’t measured my inches lost yet because I am waiting for the 2 week mark and can definitely let you know as soon as I do.


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Chicken Meatballs

I must admit, I too was skeptical with the whole chicken meatball idea.  I don’t eat red meat, so my usual go as a substitute is ground turkey.  Turkey meatballs are delicious.  Anything with ground turkey is so much better.  But, ground chicken?  This was uncharted territory.  However, ground Chicken Meatballschicken was on sale at the grocery store, so I decided now was as good of a time as any to try it.

I basically followed this recipe.  Instead of ground turkey, I used ground chicken and rather than use clove garlic, I used powder.  Everything else I followed.  (I was making sauce already so I threw a few into the sauce to cook)

These were delicious!  I was so surprised with how great they came out.  They are especially great because they are 21 day fix approved!

SauceP.S.  I did not forget to update you guys about how the fix is going.  However, seeing as it is only day 3, I do not have much to go off of.  I will definitely have more of an idea for next post and will let you readers know how it is and if I see any kind of results!

 


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Spring Time Challenge

Well, I decided to challenge myself.  Recently, I have no idea why, I feel as though I really have been eating terribly. It seems as though the cold and awful weather puts me into something of a rut.  In order to drag myself out of said rut, I figured I should change my eating habits.  How, you may ask?  A few weeks ago, I started talking to a friend, one that I haven’t seen or heard from in years, by chance on Facebook.  We started reminiscing, like anyone would do, if substantial time has gone by, and we somehow started talking about trying to live a healthier lifestyle.  Enter the 21 Day Fix program.  IMG_5909

What is the 21 Day Fix?  If you haven’t already heard of it, I will give you the information that I have learned by researching it a bit.  I am sure by now you are all thinking “Ugh.  Diet.  No thank you!”  The 21 Day Fix by Autumn Calabrese of Beachbody (P90 [x], Insanity, Brazil Butt Lift, etc.) is not really a “diet” per say rather, a color coded container system designed to teach the individuals perfect portion control with little room for error. Basically anything that fits in the containers, you can put in your belly.

In order to determine how many containers you are allowed per day, you are given a chart that looks like this:
calorie level
This then allows you to follow this simple chart for container breakdowns: (Less than 1200 round up, greater than 2300 round down)  I am following the 1200-1499 plan.
daily intake
If you purchase the whole program, it also includes  Shakeology , a protein shake supplement which, I knew that I did not want, and a workout regimen.  Proteins in the past have wreaked havoc on my poor stomach, so I am buying a plant based protein instead and I already go to the gym and take classes.  Needless to say, the program could be expensive.  However, you can purchase the containers on Amazon for around $25.00, which is what I did, then look up the many available pre-planned meals as ideas!  This is a great opportunity to get creative with food.  Here is a 21 Day Fix Week1 (1) chart that I made for week 1.  Even if I don’t follow the meals exactly, at least I have an idea as to what I will be eating and how much I am allowed.
It seems simple enough and I am definitely ready for a new challenge. The program allows for coffee and tea at no container cost from my understanding.  It also allows for an extra green container if you are extremely hungry one day, because let’s face it, I really don’t think you can ever overeat vegetables. I believe it recommends working out at least 3 times a week, which is something that I already do religiously.  I know it seems like a lot, and I wonder what in the hell I got myself into.  Then when I start thinking about it, I realize it is only 21 days.  3 weeks.  I can do that!  Not to mention if I start on Sunday (I need to get paid because …poor.  Poor=no food)  I will be done by Easter!  Plus, summer is right around the corner after all.
What do you guys think?  My plan is to keep you updated each week for as long as I do the program.  This way, if anyone is interested in trying the Fix you will have an idea as to how it works and any type of difficulties that may arise. Has anyone done the 21 Day Fix?  If you have please share any recipes or info that would be helpful.  Even if you don’t plan on starting it or haven’t ever done it, the motivational support would be awesome!  Can’t wait to see how this works!


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I Draw Things…Sometimes

For lack of any other better ideas, I am going to share what I accomplished this weekend as far as drawing goes.  One of my friends asked me to draw this for her and sent me some ideas of how she wanted it to look.  She wanted a pocket-watch with a feather that eventually transformed into birds.  I finally had the free time on Saturday so I got to work. I have pictures of most of my drawing process.  I tried really hard to remember to take pictures of the progression and did the best I can.  This is what I came up with…


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An Almost Disaster Date

Last night, my boyfriend and I had planned to go on a date at a fancy New York Restaurant.  He had to attend a wedding on Valentine’s day and then had to work Sunday night, which explains the Monday night date.  Why New York?  Well, from February 16th-March 6th it happens to be NYC Restaurant Week.  (I will include the link here in case anybody wants to give it a try!)  There are so many restaurants participating that it is actually slightly overwhelming.  However, the participating restaurants offer a 3 course lunch option for $25.00 or a 3 course dinner option for $38.00.  Can’t really beat that kind of deal for a dinner date in the city.  So, I put together a list of restaurants that I thought both my boyfriend and I would enjoy and then we picked one out of that list together.  It happened to be an Italian restaurant named Fino all the way in the financial district of Manhattan.  We made our reservations for Monday, Feb 16th at 7:15.  Here comes the craziness.

The night before I got a confirmation about my reservation for our party of two.  I was pretty excited.  I wanted to go to a fancy restaurant just as an excuse to have us both dress up for a few hours and this was the perfect opportunity.  Monday, I had everything ready before work, and we left pretty much immediately after I got home and drove to Journal Square to catch the train.  Heading into the city was easy, but because it was President’s Day the PATH was operating during weekend hours.  This was only slightly inconvenient, seeing as it was closer to WTC, but we decided to take a cab anyway.  We thought it best to not wander around in the cold.  So we take a $12 cab ride to the restaurant, pull on the doors to enter and they’re locked.  We go to the next set of doors, guess what… Yes, those were locked too.  So now what?  We call the restaurant… No answer.  I had printed out my reservations just in case and all of my info was correct, so what the actual hell?

We decided it was better not to wander around an area we weren’t completely familiar with, so we took a cab back up to the Christopher Street PATH station.  The restaurant we frequent is right around that area, so we were pretty happy to go there.  We get all the way there and guess what!?  They were closed too!  So now we both are in complete and utter disbelief at this point.  We just wanted dinner, and to not be cold.

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Luckily, there are quite a few restaurants in that particular area, so we entered the next one we saw.  The restaurant was named Gaetana’s and it was a small Italian place that we pass every time we go eat at our restaurant.  It was a little bit dark and cold and was not very full at all. But, we were both really hungry at this point, and cold.  We noticed that the food was a bit pricey, but again at this point who cared.  I ordered the penne with vodka sauce and grilled chicken, my boyfriend ordered fettucini Alfredo also with grilled chicken.  Let me tell you, it was absolutely delicious and the portions were large.

The food came out incredibly quick, probably because we were the only ones in the sit down area, and we both were happy.  We actually wound up tasting each other’s food and I was equally impressed with his dish.  Both were so yummy.  The waiter was attentive, but not overbearing.  He refilled our glasses without us having to ask and came to check on us while were were dining.  After our dinner, we decided to order a Ghiradelli chocolate cake to share for dessert.  Holy crap.  This cake was like air.  It was amazing!  It had a warm gooey center with chocolate chips, and powdered sugar, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce on top!  I need more of it.  We wound up getting it on the house, which was incredibly nice of the waiter and really only made me like the place even more.  I definitely want to return there in the warmer weather.

 

After being super full, we went back to the train station and couldn’t wait to get home.  Naturally, we had a 10 minute wait for our train.  As we are waiting, an announcement states that the train to Journal Square (where we parked) would not be running due to a “water condition”.  Great.  Okay Murphy’s Law we get it.  We decided we would call a life line as soon as we had service.

Needless to say, the train was jam packed.  We got off a few stops before our usual Journal Square and called a couple of people.  My boyfriend’s dad wound up being the lifesaver of the night and drove us to Journal Square so we could get his car and drive back home!

Clearly we had an adventure to say the least.  But, we laughed through most of it and I think we made the best of a pretty disastrous situation.  It also made us realize that we should definitely check out the other restaurants in that particular area.  We are 2 for 2 so far.  Why stop at that? What do you guys think?  Ever have a similar situation?


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Oatmeal Muffins

Last week, I had the pleasure of having a half day off from work due to the snow.  Usually, when these rare opportunities present themselves, I spend the majority of the day cooking or baking things that make me feel happy when it is so miserable outside.  Last year during the snowstorm, I made delicious low-cal tortellini soup and turkey chili.  This year I decided I really wanted to try to make oatmeal “cupcakes” or small oatmeal muffins.  I used a modified version of this recipe, that was naturally discovered after browsing Pinterest. These were delicious!  Plus, I did my own break down of ingredients to get a calorie count and they are only 180 cals each!  Can they BE any more amazing?!  Here is what I did with the recipe modifications.

Oatmeal Muffins 

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1 egg

1 egg white

1/4 cup (Slightly less than) canola oil

1 cup brown sugar

1 & 3/8 cups of 2% Milk

1/2 cup (1 single serving cup) apple cinnamon apple sauce

2 tspn vanilla

1 & 1/4 tspn cinnamon

3 cups of quick oats

2 tspn of baking powder

Then I followed the instructions from the link and they came out fabulous!

Note: For toppings, I used pomegranate craisins and walnuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, then a combo of chocolate and peanut butter chips.

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