Sunday, October 12, 2014

21 Day Fix: Day Seven

I have been terrible about getting the blog posts up, I know. Not because I didn't want to, but I'm still trying to work out a good schedule for myself so that I can fit in my workouts, meal prep (some days there is more of this than others), my 10 hour days everyday this month, and time to take a shower and get a decent amount of sleep. So, for now if my updates are spotty, I apologize and definitely feel free to say, "Kim, post some things!" One of my friends has been doing that and I appreciate it because it keeps me accountable!

I did do some thinking and because I eat a lot of the same stuff each day since I make a few meals that I can eat over a few days I think that I will do brief over views of my days and share my recipes instead of a breakfast, lunch, dinner format I had been doing.

My meals for the last few days have included the Carb Buster breakfast from previous posts (I REALLY like that one because it is simple, easy, and delicious!), turkey bacon and egg cups, buffalo cauliflower buffalo bites, quinoa fried "rice" with blackened tofu, turkey bacon wraps, and these shrimp taco things (that I was not a huge fan of).

Before I post some of the pictures of the yummy, healthy food I ate let me just share with you a picture of the market thing we have in our break room that is so easily accessible, but almost no healthy food. There is the occasionally fruit or veggie cup, but those go pretty fast because they are one of the few healthy options.

The Buffalo Cauliflower Bites that I made are definitely a recipe to make again in the future! It tasted like a cheat meal, but it wasn't! I used Frank's hot sauce for these ones. My little sister really liked these too! It is so amazing that she is wanting to try these healthy things with me. We decided that next time we would make homemade BBQ sauce (with stevia!) to coat them. 

Another things I finally decided to make was Quinoa Fried "Rice"! I used my coach's recipe because it was simple and easily accessible. My coach, Alexa, has a lot of healthy, tasty recipes on her blog you should looks through if you are looking for food ideas. I also made some Blackened Tofu to go along with my quinoa fried rice and it was not bad, but I think I will try something new next time. I love finding different ways to season tofu.

I also made these shrimp wrap things with this avocado corn salsa...but I didn't like it so I only ate it for one meal...I didn't even bother taking a picture or feel the need to link it. I also made turkey bacon and egg cups! I love making these things! Makes quick and easy breakfast for the mornings!

One thing I'm still trying to work on is getting in all my fruits and veggies. I usually get pretty close and part of my lack of getting my fruits in is I normally put fruit in my shakeology, but I'm waiting for things to ripen before I can eat them. I've been doing the mocha chiller for shakeology (the powder and coffe with ice, blended) . The veggies is more I keep running out of veggies and need to get better at making sure I stock up on the things I eat. I wish I could buy mushrooms in bulk, but they go bad so fast that by the end of the week I wouldn't be able to use them. I'm still slowly working out how much of each thing to get and what I can and can't stock up on. I have stocking up on things like beans, corn, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce/paste and things like that.

My other meals have been nothing super exciting...just grilled chicken or fish with sauteed veggies. I get tired of those after awhile though so I've been researching recipes of things that make me feel like I'm eating cheat food, but are actually healthy. One of the things I want to make soon is cauliflower crust pizza with homemade pizza sauce again! I have made it before and it is soooo good. Time consuming, but good!

As far as my workouts go, they are still kicking my ass, but I'm doing them! I definitely don't look pretty when I do it, but it's getting done. Not really noticing any physical changes yet other than I am feeling better. Starting to get less fatigued all the time, my face is clearing up, and my skin and hair are feeling healthier. I am excited to see what other changes happen as I continue on!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

21 Day Fix: Day Two and Three

I was so tired yesterday that I fell asleep before I could type up a post. For the month of October, I am working 56 hour weeks so expect that I will not have much of a social life until the end up the month. Not that I have plans yet for Halloween, but that will probably be the first day I'll be able to do something.

That aside, day two went well. I was incredibly sore from Monday's workout. was like my body forgot how to walk and I thought my legs were going to give out! I still did my workout for the day though! It was upper body day so my legs got a little bit of a break. I did my workout after work on day two because I had to be at work so early.

As far as food goes, it was a pretty solid day. I made Greek Yogurt Pancakes and I also mashed up a banana in the mix. They tasted yummy, but the addition of the banana changed the texture a little bit (obviously) so they fell apart a little easier than they would have before. Not too bad, but I did notice as I was flipping them. I also cooked up a side of turkey bacon to go with it. I love the sweetness of the pancakes and salty, crunchiness of the turkey bacon together! I put a little bit of syrup on them , but not too much, I don't like a whole lot of syrup on my pancakes.

For lunch I ate another serving of the Quinoa Taco Bake that I had made the other night. I forsee this recipe getting made a lot. It is a relatively cheap dish and I get 4 servings out of it, plus it is super easy to make or make alterations to. I found a site that has the recipe up too. For anyone interested this is the recipe I used: Quinoa Taco Bake. My snack was more greek yogurt with raspberries and blackberries. Then for dinner I again had the salmon with mushrooms and asparagus. I actually ended up have my shakeology after working out in the evening. I like having it after a workout because I feel that it fills me up without and mu body feels good if I drink it after.

Monday, October 6, 2014

21 Day Fix Begins!

I missed a few days posting partly because I wasn't feeling well for awhile and partly because I went out with some friends for the first time in about a month. We ended up eating out and although I maybe didn't make the best choices in the world, I did at least watch how much I ate. I didn't gulp down an entire basket of fish and chips like I normally would have. I ate half and took the rest home. Made myself some yummy breakfasts those days, Greek yogurt pancakes with turkey bacon, yum! I'm thinking about making those for breakfast tomorrow so I'll post the recipe I use and some pictures in tomorrow's post. Instead of trying to catch up on the last few days and have a crazy long post, I am going to just continuing on with today.

Today was the start of the "Hot For Halloween 21 Day Fix" Challenge group I'm in! Super excited! All the ladies in my challenge group seem great and there is already a lot of encouragement and suggestions happening which I love! I'm also working a lot of overtime this week so I am really having to keep myself on track. I started out the morning with two simple breakfast burrito, just two eggs, mushrooms and onions wrapped in whole wheat tortillas (the little 6" ones). I also drizzled a little bit of ketchup on there, but just a little! Condiments in moderation is what I am trying to get myself to do.

After breakfast, I relaxed for a little bit and then did my workout. Oh, by the way, I was up at 6am this morning. For some people that is not a big deal, but with my work shift I usually don't get up until maybe 9am at the earliest and I am a night owl so I stay up late. Since I am working overtime this week I had to be at work at 9:30am instead of 11:30am and since I knew I wouldn't have the energy to workout when I got home at 9pm I was a good little girl and got up nice and early. Day one was the Total Body Cardio Fix and boy are my legs still on fire. I can't do the moves nearly as well as they can in those videos, but I can definitely feel that I was doing something right.

After getting ready for work I made my morning shakeology. Today I just put shakeology, cold coffee, and ice in my shaker cup and took it to go. Drank it on the bus and it was quite delicious!

For lunch I made one of the 21 Day Fix recipes which I am in love with now! If you know me, you know that I am a sucker for a quinoa bake. I made Quinoa Taco bake! If anyone is interested in this recipe let me know! I will type it out for you. I am not doing that tonight because I am in dire need of heading to bed so I can get up early again tomorrow, but just look at it! So yummy!

The rest of the day I had Greek yogurt with raspberries and blackberries and for dinner I had grilled salmon with asparagus and mushrooms! I didn't quite get all my containers in for the day a) because that is a lot more food than I am used to and b) I really need more groceries for certain things (fruits!) but payday is a few days out.

Oh! and I made these delicious treats with some over riper bananas!