21 Day Fix – Day 12

 TGIF! This morning I woke up bright and early, put the coffee on, checked my email (I doubt anyone is looking for a response at 6:30, but I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything critical last night), and put today’s workout on my ipad. So Far + So Good = Great Friday.

Today is going to be short and sweet because I ain’t got time fa dis!

The Workout:

Cardio Fix – I have no idea why I was looking forward to this today because I totally struggled with it and it kicked my A$$!!! I made it through though with no blood, but lots of sweat and tears….or maybe I just mistook the extra sweat for tears. I don’t know. Cardio is your frenemy. It puts a beat down on you but fights your fat cells at the same time. Damn cardio.

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1/2 red, 1/2 green, 1/2 yellow)

  • One over easy egg over broccoli and mushrooms
  • Black Beans

Lunch:

(1 green, 1.5 reds)

  • Turkey Unwich with onion, jalapeños, sprouts, & mustard

So today I made plans with my friend Karin because I’m working in Jacksonville and we haven’t seen eachother in forever. I told her we needed to find something healthy which is terribly hard among all of the restaurants downtown. You just never really know what chef’s are adding to things to make them taste good, and I don’t want to be that girl that customizes everything. We ended up going to Jimmy Johns because I could get an unwich there. I know iceburg lettuce is basically water and doesn’t count as one of our veggies, but I’m counting that along with the other items as my veggie. So I guess I did customize this but it’s not like I asked for it to be rolled up in spinach leaves that they didn’t have. 

Snack:

(1 green, 1 purple)

  • San Marco Elixer (apple, carrot, celery, parsley, beets, ginger, garlic)

Right after I met with one of my favorite customers I felt super hungry and didn’t have anything with me. Luckily Pulp was right across the street. Pulp in Jacksonville is one of my favorite juice bars. I wish there were one of these everywhere. Other places, it’s harder to come up with something with no added sugar, but lately I’ve been accommodated for. I love to add beets into my juice! one of my favorite smoothies here is Good Morning Granola. I’d have that every time if I could! 

Dinner:

(2 greens, 1 purple, 2 oranges, 1 red, 2 yellow)

  • Asian salad
  • One beer
  • One glass of red wine

Sooooo I kind of cheated tonight. I didn’t mean to! We went to watch an improv show across from our building and then saw that this place down the street was having a soft opening. We have been waiting for it to open so wanted to go check it out. I ended up having a glass of wine at Hourglass Pub and an Asian Salad at Elements Bistro. I was only going to have a taste of it and then ate almost all of it. It could have been worse. I think the only thing that made it a real cheat meal was the dressing it was tossed in because it had a sweetness to it. The tuna was amazing! By the way, I’m totally guessing at the container amounts


We went back to the pub afterwards where we caught an awesome blues band and…I had a beer…

Hopefully that will tease my body a little and won’t affect my fix. I doubt that it will. It’s not like I had a burger and fries and sometimes your taste buds need to have a little bit of fun!

21 Day Fix – Day 11

This morning I woke up bright and early and started the day. It’s Thursday, and for some reason I’ve always liked Thursdays. I mean, it’s no Friday, but it’s still a pretty good day. I woke up on the right side of the bed with happiness in my heart. I think those endorphins are really kicking it, because I’m like happy and I want to exercise and I think it’s always beautiful outside even when it’s not. They should really create an endorphin pill for people who won’t ever exercise because then people wouldn’t complain as much. If I had loads of money I would do the research and create it myself, but now someone is just going to steal my idea like always. It’s okay though, if I can spread the happiness, then I’m all for whichever robber is stalking my idea cupboard. I know some people use cocaine, but that’s just not good for you!

 I knew today was going to be a great day and it was! Mostly because I received a box at the end of the day from one of my fabulous vendors and it was literally a box of money plus a couple of dope items from their collection of Freakers and Freaker Feet. See below for pics!

   
 This is an awesome company and if you want to meet the owner Zack and find out about his story, then definitely watch this documentary that features him and a couple of other entrepreneurs that started their businesses through crowdfunding. It goes through the ups and downs of starting a business and is really cool and inspirational. Check it out:

 Capital C – the movie

I need to get more boxes like that. Anyone want to buy a Freaker display? The sell through is great…I’m just saying!

The Workout:

Pilates – Another great Pilates session for the books. I really felt like I needed to do a little cardio today even though I was sweating during this session. I just added a little more to the end of my workout by doing some jacks, weighted walking lunges, push-ups, and more planks. I probably could have done another workout but didn’t have very much time today. Is it crazy that I’m looking forward to cardio fix tomorrow? 

Tonight we went to Everbank Field for the NFL Draft picks. We live right by he stadium but it’s a good half mile, so we had a nice little walk to and from tonight. Plus our first pick was  Jalen Ramsey from FSU! #GoNoles

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1 1/2 red, 1/2 blue, 1/2 green)

  • Broccoli, mushroom, onion fritata with shredded cheddar

Fritatas are definitely my new favorite. I’m running out of hot sauce plus a bunch of other stuff so I’m going to have to find time to go to the grocery this weekend.

Lunch:

(1 red, 1/2 yellow, 1/2 green, 1 orange)

  • Salad with baked chicken
  • 21 day fix dressing (1/2 orange)
  • Walnuts (1/2 orange)

We had chicken left over from a few nights ago that was still good, so I ate that on top of some Romaine lettuce with the dressing and nuts.

Snack:

(1 1/2 green, 1 purple)

  • Green smoothie with berries

I really look forward to my afternoon smoothie. Next week I’ll be in some small Ga towns so I doubt that I’ll be able to find a way to get one for a snack.

Dinner:

(1 1/2 red, 1 yellow)

  • Turkey meatloaf

I knew that if I didn’t have dinner made tonight that I wouldn’t be able to make healthy choices. I had prepared a meatloaf of the leftover turkey sausage and ground turkey so popped that in the oven when I got home. Otherwise I would have had to find a food truck or concession at the stadium and would probably not have gotten anything fix approved. Among all of the beer drinkers I felt a little lonely, so I had a glass of wine for my carb substitute. I think you can do that a couple of times a week. I also had my two tsp of almond butter when I got home. Can’t let a tsp go to waste! Now we have leftov meatloaf for tomorrow which I’m excited about because we are running out of food. Guess I can always revert to canned tuna if need be! Duh!

Here is my obligatory selfie on the way to the stadium. In this picture it looks like my face may be a little bit slimmer, but it may just be the angle. Can’t wait to see those results!

  

21 Day Fix – Day 10

Day ten and we are basically halfway through the fix. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling good (even if you aren’t doing it with me and you’re feeling good for me, that works too). The only thing that I’m not getting enough of is sleep, mostly because of this blog since I have to finish it after dinner. I’m sure I am technically getting enough, I just like to sleep more than most people. I could sleep a week straight if I wanted to and I can fall asleep anywhere and sleep through anything. Maybe it’s because my dreams are magical, but I think it’s mostly because being horizontal just feels so good. This is especially true when you’re surrounded by feathers. I obviously don’t have much to say today, so let’s dive in to the daily workout and eats.

  
Today’s Workout:

Lower Fix –

I stopped by Wal-Mart when I was out today and picked up some weights. I was looking for 12lb free weights but they didn’t have any. I knew 15 would be a little much, especially for upper fix so I just got 10lbs. I’m not sure if they will make much of a difference, but we shall see. I also bought a heavy resistance band so I could try that out. I figured it would be great for traveling too!

Leg day felt good, but I feel like I could have pushed it a little more and would have had a better workout with 12lb weights. I say that now that it’s over with; I may not have said that while I was in the midst of it. I’m hoping I will feel sore tomorrow. I’m not saying it was easy, I’m just saying that I think I can be tougher! Pilates is tomorrow so I may try to find time to do a double workout and get in some more strength training tomorrow. 

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1/2 blue, 1 1/2 red)

  • Scrambled eggs with shredded cheddar
  • Turkey Sausage

So I bought this turkey sausage like a week ago and have yet to make it because I haven’t really felt like eating it. I just went to the store a couple of days ago and bought this other sausage that my boyfriend really likes. When I was making that for him this morning I deceided to try the turkey sausage and you know what? I just isn’t the same. I love sausages and maybe that sounds gross, but I don’t care. I’ll shout it from the rooftops, because it’s true! I made two patties and ate 1 1/4th. I think I’ll put rest in a turkey meatza or turkey meatloaf later on this week. Sausage Fail.

Snack:

(1/2 blue, 1/2 red)

  • Chicken & hummus

I brought leftover fajita mix from last night for lunch today and had some extra chicken for the hummus I’ve been craving. Good little snack to get me through until lunch. Gotta get that, gotta get that Pro-tein!

Lunch:

(1 yellow, 1 red)

  • Leftover fajita mix
  • black beans

For lunch I just packed leftovers from last night (which I already told you). A yellow scoop of blackbeans and a Red scoop of fajita mix. I didn’t seperate the veggies out from the chicken to measure, but it was mostly chicken so that’s what I’m counting. It was yummy cold too!

Snack:

(2 green, 1 red)

  • Strawberry, Spinach, Carrot Smoothie with almond milk

I found out that if you go to a juice bar you can order anything you want. I mean they have all the ingredients so why not ask? Tasted just like the one I make at home. I get weird looks wherever I go, so I’m used to it. You may not be. It kind of helps to be an actor, because sometimes you just find yourself experimenting on people.

Dinner:

(1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green, 2 tsp)

  • Tuna filet
  • Broccoli & mushrooms
  • Black beans

Dinner tonight was so yummy. It fulfilled all of my cravings even though I stuffed it down my throat in order to make a meeting with fellow actors tonight. Our meetings usually don’t get over until late so I wanted to make sure I ate beforehand and not after. Instead of using coconut oil tonight, I wanted a different flavor so I used ghee (a paleo friendly ingredient) which I love. It is clarified butter and used in a lot of Asian recipes. I also had two tsp of almond butter when I got back from my meeting, which ended earlier than usual due to lack of attendance.  I didn’t like almond butter at first, but I have to say, it really makes me happy now!

Now I’m about to edit a little vlog for Friday. When it comes to fixin, Day 10 is done! You go girl!

21 Day Fix – Day 9

Today I’m sleepy and I could have gone back to bed for the rest of the day. Even though I’m sleepy I still have energy. My body isn’t tired, my brain is wide awake, but my attitude is just a little sleepy. I’m an introvert that pretends to be an extrovert. I could go days without any social interaction and be okay with it. Since I’m striving to be a professional in the acting world and have another job that puts me in front of so many people each day, you might find this fascinating or just plain wierd. It is kind of wierd! My thoughts provide more entertainment for me than any other human could. If you could steal my head for just a moment, you’d be flabbergasted (such a great word).

Well enough on that, I don’t want to share too much. This is about the 21 fix anyway isn’t it. That’s not a question.

So i got breakfast ready this morning, put on my face because I wanted to look cute today. Not for any particular reason. Sometimes if you actually try to look decent it just makes you feel more decent. I put on my new $30 dress which I got from 4c (which was also marked down from $300 – I only bargain shop these days, but when I do it, I do it right). I got in my car. I drove to St. Augustine. I was early for my appointment. Whoop Whoop! I’m never very early, I usually make it right on time though.

I then realized that I forgot to pack a lunch or snack and I forgot my lemon water…shitake! I worked everything out though. Take a look.

The Workout:

Upper Fix was great today. I think out of everything Push-ups are still the hardest for me. They are the only exercise that I have to move to the modification for. On the first set I started out with 8 and then had to move to my knees to make sure my form was correct. On the second set I did about 5 and then moved to knees. Otherwise, I stuck with 8 lbs the entire time and didn’t struggle on many of the moves, so again, I need to increase.

After my workout tonight my friend Natalie and I went on a nice walk with her baby who is just the cutest. He slept most of the walk while she and I caught up. It’s been beautiful weather, so this was a great way to end the day and burn some extra calories! This was a case of much needed social interaction. Maybe I’ll explain it to you one day.

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1.5 red, 1/2 green, 1/2 blue)

  • Broccoli & Onion fritata with shredded Gouda

I love when I start my day off with a great breakfast. Fritata’s are so easy to make and look super gourmet and stylish, so you feel extra fancy when you eat them on a paper plate (for some reason I always use paper in the mornings..oh I know the reason it’s because our dishwasher needs a 21 day fix and I hate handwashing).

Snack:

(1/2 blue, 2 purple)

  • 6 almonds
  • 1 banana

Thank Goodness I didn’t have any fruit this morning or I don’t know what I would have done and thank God I had gotten a little bag of almonds to put in purse just in case this sort of thing happened. I was in St.Augustine meeting with customers and all of a sudden I got sooo hungry. I looked at my phone and saw that it was already almost 3pm. No wonder. I knew just where a Starbucks was and I was dying of thirst, so I stopped and got an iced unsweetened green tea to have with my 6 lonely almonds. When I got up to the window there were bananas just sitting on a tray with a sign that said “eat me”. No, I’m sorry the sign said, “only $1” and I was like, “You may be worth a dollar to someone, but you’re priceless to me.” I asked the kind barista if she would add a banana to my order and she complied.

Score.

Lunch:

(1 red, 1 green)

  • 1 can of tuna
  • Green Goblin juice

As you can imagine I had a really late lunch, but I didn’t want to wait all the way until dinner because we usually don’t eat until about 7 or 8. I got home and grabbed a can of tuna, added some hot sauce and ate it while I made a green juice (celery, kale, lemon, & ginger). I’m not totally sure what a serving size of juice would be, but from most of the research I’ve done I’ve learned that it should count as one serving of veggies a day. I made 10 oz worth.

Dinner:

(1 red, 1 yellow, 1 tsp, 1 green)

  • Chicken fajita salad

After I got back from my workout I got a little more work done and cut up chicken and veggies for fajitas. Then, I ran the bath, lit a candle, and relaxed! I picked up some bubble bath from Old City Bathecary in St. Augustine and pampered myself for a bit. They have some of the best products. Click here and you can see for yourself! Once I was shriveled up I got up and out and heated up a pan with coconut oil. Minutes later dinner was ready. No tortillas for me, just some Protein and veggies over romaine lettuce with black beans.

While I was washing dishes I was thinking about something sweet. I had a tsp of crunchy almond butter and it did the trick. It’s hardly sweet, but tastes like a treat!

Truthful Tuesday: Today was a good day, I hope yours was too! Meow.

Materialistic, St. Augustine, FL

21 Day Fix – Day 8

So this morning I got up and thought I’d weigh myself since it’s been one whole week. I haven’t lost a pound (insert blochy teary eyed face). I am not weighing myself anymore until the end. I know there isn’t anything wrong with me. I just had a check up at the Dr. and was issued an  A+ on my clean bill of health. No thyroid problems or anything. So I took a deep breath and said, “Jul, just stick to the program and it will all work out.”

My measurements haven’t changed either (for those of you wondering). Well I didn’t measure everything else today, just my arms, waist, and hips…but those didn’t change. 

So, someone has a case of the Monday’s…

Today instead of being out and about I’ll be in front of my computer for the most part of the day on conference calls and customer calls.We have an awesome new line we are representing called Cinda B so that’s super exciting! If you haven’t watched my vlogs or read any of my other posts, I am a territory manager for a company called Just Got 2 Have It. We rep so many great brands that you see in your local boutiques. It is such a fun job. Not only is it great because of the line up of brands we have, but our rep group is amazing – the best team I’ve ever been a part of (it’s mostly women and I haven’t even seen one cat fight), and fabulous customers!

I was going to try to workout this morning but I didn’t have time and accidently slept until 7:15m. Hopefully I can fit something in between work and my improv class tonight. If not, it’s going to be a late one!

The Workout:

Total Body Cardio Fix

Not to be confused with Cardio Fix, but they both kick your butt. The surrenders, which are the very first exercise after the warm up are getting easier for me. They are super easy on my right leg, but my left leg still struggles. My right leg has always been my dominant leg and also measures bigger. I think they still look pretty symetrical though.Crap, I’ve never thought about it. What if every time I walk into a room, somebody’s like, “Oh there goes Julie Ann with her big right thigh. I bet if you fry that up it would taste just like chicken!”

Omg, I hope not. Haters gonna hate. I bet my thighs do taste like chicken and now they’re going from processed and fatty to free range lean mean organic machines!

Anway, I do need some heavier weights for the leg exercises so hopefully I’ll have some time to grab some this week.

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1 red, 1/2 green)

  • Scrambled eggs with hot sauce
  • Green beans

We had plenty of green beans leftover from last night so I’m probably going to have the rest for lunch or dinner

Snack:

(1/2 green)

  • Green Beans

…or maybe I had the rest for a snack. I had them cold and they were a great snack actually. I might just have to make them for snacks. They’re like veggie fries!

Lunch:

(1 red, 1 yellow, 1/2 blue)

  • 1 can of tuna
  • black beans
  • shredded white cheddar and hot sauce to top it off

Oh you know, just love that canned protien!

Snack:

(1 1/2 green, 1 purple)

  • Strawberry Spinich smoothie with 4 oz almond milk and water

This is the same thing I had yesterday without the carrots. Sooo goood and refreshing.

Dinner:

(1/2 green, 2 red, 1/2 blue)

  • Bun less sandwich?

I guess that’s what it was. I fit in my workout in just enough time to take a shower, get on another call for work, then grab something out of the fridge before heading to my improv class. You know what’s good about improv class? It helps you improvise! I had no plan for dinner so I grabbed a couple of romaine lettuce leaves, some turkey, and some hummus. I cracked an egg in the pan and flipped that right on top and devoured it. That’s why there’s no picture. It was eggcellent and the yolk almost dribbled on to my white shirt but I did a little dance move and it went on to the floor instead. Don’t worry, I cleaned it up!

What a crazy day of eats. This is how I don’t meal prep. Works for me though.

I’m just getting home and am ready for bed. I also just had (2tsp) some almond butter because I didn’t use my teaspoons today. It was a nice little treat.

Class was fun, but I was a bit tired and not on top of it. I love watching my classmates more than anything. It almost, not quite, but almost makes me want to direct.

Here is another lesson learned through improv: 

Trust the process. It all comes together in the end.

Goodnight!

21 Day Fix – Day 7

This has been a great weekend. I love the great outdoors! We woke up at 8ish and my chef (otherwise known as my boyfriend and “the campfire King”) started making breakfast and I began cleaning up the tent. Once we ate we enjoyed the morning with a campfire cup of joe while sitting back with our books. 

I thought I’d do Yoga when I got home today, but it was such a beautiful morning so after digesting breakfast I made it to my daily workout.

The Workout:

Yoga – I stretched it all out today and it felt most wonderful! My flexibility has come back and my muscles thanked me for giving them some love today. 

I used to do yoga all the time when I belonged to a gym. After that I started doing Bikram yoga which I really loved but it got to be too expensive for my budget. It really is a great practice so I am glad that it is part of this new routine.

Listening to the birds chirping and sounds of nature in the background really brought me to a zen kind of place. Yoga is perfect for Sunday’s. Namaste.

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1 1/2 red, 1/2 blue)

  • Eggs
  • Turkey
  • Coffee w/stevia & almond milk 

Well, I all I had left to eat from the approved list in our cooler were the above. Tasty, but I wasn’t quite satisfied. I really missed having a vegetable or some fruit.

Lunch:

(1 red, 1/2 blue,1 yellow, 1 purple, 1 green)

  • Canned tuna
  • Black beans
  • Smoothie

I was so excited to get home just so I could pick something special out of my own food wardrobe. You’d think I’d pick something super fantastic, and it was…to me! This will be a staple until I get sick of it and never eat it again. I added some shredded cheese and hot sauce to my bb/tuna mix. I also was craving veggies & fruit which is entirely kind of new for me. I’ve always hated veggies and normally if I could pick a snack of choice I’d get chips (preferably plain ruffles or jalepèno kettle chips).

I guess hate is a strong word, because it’s not like I never ate a vegetable. I’ve always really loved salads. My tastebuds just appreciate me more now. I think since I’ve found new recipes and know how to cook and make things taste better, I’m more comfortable with choosing something good for me. This kind of came in my 30’s and now that I’m mid 30’s (yikes, that sounds weird), I’m a pro! I think I’m finally converting my boyfriends palate as well. Either that or he really really loves me and will eat anything I make him. Maybe it’s both 😍!

Snack:

  • 1 tsp almond butter

I wanted a full jar. Just saying…

Dinner:

(1 red, 2 green, 1 tsp, 1/2 yellow, 1 orange)

  • Baked chicken thigh with mustard
  • Salad with fix approved dressing and black beans
  • Green beans with Mrs. Dash

So I binged on Hulu and did laundry for the most part of the afternoon. If y’all don’t watch Scandal, it’s about to go down no matter what episode you start on. I started watching this show from the very start when it first began. Now I hardly have a schedule to watch tv so I use my Roku for evvvverything. I did not feel like making dinner, but then hungry happened and I had a vision of Olivia from Scandal telling me to push pause and make dinner. If Olivia tells you to do something. Oh, you do it!


For dinner I tried to fit in as many of my containers as I could which probably wasn’t the best plan because it’s best not to eat a ton before bed. At least it’s all healthy though and I can kickstart tomorrow with a workout. I added a little more red wine vinegar to the dressing I pre made on Friday to cut out the olive oil taste that was so substantial. It tasted much better! I made mashed potatoes in an instant (because they were instant mashed potatoes, duh) for my partner and didn’t even stick my finger in them. 

Well that’s a lie. I stuck my finger in them, put it in my mouth…and then I spit it out. I’m a little mental if you haven’t noticed yet.Yep, will power still going strong on Day 7! 

Now, if you’ll excuse me while I go finish this episode of Scandal.

Goodnight! 

21 Day Fix – Day 6

 Saturday’s are for fun, but it helps when you get your workout done before the party starts or you veg on the couch with an all day Netflix binge. Let’s face it, we all love those days!

Today we actually slept in which is rare for us. We bounced out of our tent at about 9am and went to get some firewood from the ranger station. When we got back, I got out my mat and weights, set up my camera and pressed record. Once you hit that play button on your DVD player you hit the point of no return!

The workout:

  • Dirty 30

I am doing the 30 day free trial of the Beachbody on demand app. I feel like since I already payed for the 21 day fix workouts I should be able to stream those for free anyway, but of course not. That’s how they get you! I am using my iPad to stream them and it stopped loading midway so I had to reload the page and find my spot. I jogged in place for a little while I was waiting. When I was done working out I went to my camera and found that it stopped recording! I didn’t get the whole workout on film, but I think I got at least the first two rounds. 

We also went for a little walk along the nature trail and went canoeing for 2 hours which was so nice. By the end of the night I was ready to rest!

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast

(1 purple, 1 1/2 red, 1/2 blue)

  • 2 over easy eggs with cheese
  • Strawberries & raspberries
  • Blackened mahi mahi
  • 1 cup of coffee with almond milk and stevia

Oh that bacon over the campfire smelled sooo good. Where oh where in the world is this will power coming from Jules?

I brought my containers with me so was able to measure my fruits. The salad from last night that I was going to eat today for lunch didn’t look so hot so I reheated the rest of the fish over the fire and added that to my breakfast. A little extra Protien after a workout never hurts!

Lunch:

(1/2 green, 1 red, I purple)

  • Turkey lettuce wraps 
  • More berries

So self explanatory – turkey wrapped in lettuce!

Dinner:

(1 1/2 green, 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 orange, 1/2 blue)

  • Slaw with baked chicken, feta cheese, & Dijon approved dressing
  • Sweet potatoe fries

I packed this dinner for the trip because I knew I needed a healthy option for tonight. We made sweet potato fries (wrapped in tinfoil and thrown in the coals)as a side. I wasn’t a big fan. They were kind of mushy. My boyfriend had crescent dogs roasted over the fire which looked delish. The Dijon vinaigrette that I made had way too much olive oil for my liking…so I won’t share that recipe! 

Snack: 

….I might have had an extra piece of cheese (1/2 blue)

I might not have! You can believe whichever you’d like.

21 Day Fix – Day 5

It’s Fresh Friday! TGIF! 

Before I hit the 21 day fix part of the post I just wanted to touch on a couple of things.

First, it’s my sisters birthday!! Happy birthday Kathleen. I love you! 

Secondly, (this will be the only depressing part of this post) I wanted to wish peace to those that were close to a musical hero named Prince. He touched so many lives with his music and spirit and we will always be grateful for that. The most wonderful thing about an artist is that their spirit always lives on through their art. It’s never easy losing anyone because everyone has a huge impact on somebody else. God Bless everyone who is suffering from a loss of a loved one. 

So with that said lets dive in to Friday!

Today I was visited by my lovely Aunt. She’s the only aunt that I really don’t care for. She just pops up out of the blue sometimes with her depressing attitude and that smirk that I just want to wipe right off of her face. She is the total opposite of a fairy Godmother. The affect that she has on me is entirely dreadful. “Oh Aunt Flo,” I always say, “when will you go?”Sometimes she sticks around for a whole week and it puts a damper on everything!

This time, yeahhh…this time I am  not going to let Flo interrupt my flow! I think she will get sick of my positive attitude and be gone before I even realize it.

I have an uncle who’s a historian named Rick who we call Historicktome. When I was a teenager I always hoped that he would visit and take Aunt Flo on home. (Ok maybe I went a little too far with that one)

So who’s feeling good today? I am! I’m a little worried about this weekend though because we are going camping. I think I’ll survive and I’m bringing my workout and containers with me. Below is my YouTube vlog covering my little plan to make it work!

Fresh Friday Fix Vlog

Today we focus on cardio. Let’s pump up the volume. Week one is almost over. Yay!

Today’s workout: 

Cardio Fix – I don’t really have much to say about this workout except that it’s hard to love. I kind of have a love/hate relationship with it because I know it’s working every body part while keeping my heart rate up. If you haven’t tried it, this workout will have you sweating and breathing hard (in through the nose out through the mouth kind of hard of course) and I really wanted to rest more than the allowable time. However, I made my self jump in with both feet (sometimes literally, because you know…burpees) every single time. Whether you’re super fit or just beginning cardio fix kicks butt! I treat all these workouts as games, if you make it through the entire game than you’re a winner!

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1/2 purple, 1/2 green, 1 red)

  • 2 scrambled eggs
  • Leftover asparagus/mushroom mix
  • Strawberries/raspberries

I tried to make an omelet with yesterday’s left over veggies and it didn’t work out. It turned into more of a veggie scramble. The struggle is real!

Lunch:

(1 red, 1/3 blue, 1 yellow)

  • Baked chicken
  • Hummus
  • Black beans

Today’s lunch consisted of all leftovers. I cut up my chicken and used my hummus for a dip. Superb and easy to eat on the go!

Dinner:

So I was worried about dinner because I knew we would be eating out since we had to go to our campsite first and set up before the gates closed. I googled the nearest restaurant to our campground and found a gem that’s been around for 25 years. Before that it was a tackle shop. It’s called Matanza’s Inlett. They had a variety of food that I really wanted to eat like fried shrimp po’boys and crabdips but I went with some of the healthier choices. We did have to try the gator andouille sausage and of course steamed oysters as an appetizer so I’m so glad that I had some reds saved up for this meal! 

(2 reds, 2 green -probably more like one but I’m counting it to be on the safe side, 1 yellow, 1 Orange, 1/2 blue) 

  • gator andouille sausage
  • Steamed oysters with hot sauce
  • Blackened mahi salad with balsamic vinaigrette on the side (hardly had a bit of dressing, but counting a full orange because who knows what was in it + I had a few olives!) & shredded cheddar 
  • 3/4 glass of house cab

So I feel like after using the containers I can make better estimates of what a portion should really look like. I had 5 oysters with just hot sauce and I thought I was really going to miss having it on a cracker but I really didn’t. I had half of my salad and packed up the other half for lunch tomorrow. I just need to remember to put it in the cooler! The andouille gator sausage were small bites and I had about 5 of those too. They were soooo good! See the pics below! My boyfriends basket of goodness is included and no I didn’t even steal a fry!

   

    

 

21 Day Fix – Day 4

Today we stretch it out, which will feel oh so nice on those muscles. It’s funny because I’m never sore directly after a workout. It usually takes one ore two days for me to feel the pain. Last night my triceps started feeling it forrr surrre! The sides of my buttocks (haha buttocks) are feeling it a little bit right now, but I know as the day goes on it will get worse. One thing I like to do when I’m feeling sore is to take a nice warm bath with Kneipp bath salts. Particularly the joint & muscle mineral bath salts with arnica. It seems to work very well for me.

 

kniepp joint and muscle mineral bath salts


I first found this brand at a spa I work with in Tallahassee called Kanvas (beautiful spa with fabulous products and specialists). The salts are from a body of water in central Germany that’s 250 million years old. Check out their website below for more information (I’m not getting anything for this, just love this product)!

Click here for Kneipp story! 
So there’s that…

I feel super energized today and might have to add in some cardio or a Hiit workout to today’s plan. We shall see. I ain’t about that bass, but I’m all about results!

Workout:

  • Pilates fix

This workout felt great today. I have always loved Pilates but have never really done it in a regular basis. I’ve never worked on any of the machines, but I know lots of women (who are all lean) that love the studio workouts. Here’s to a flat tummy and being a lean mean human machine! 

If you want more quick Pilates mat  workouts then check out YouTube. I’ve been following Boho Beautiful. She has some great Pilates and yoga workouts if you feel like you need a stretch and more engagement on those muscles that you might need more attention on in any given day. I’m sure there are other great channels that you can subscribe to as well for that.

Another great YouTuber to watch is Christine  Salus. She has a ton of HiiT videos where she works along side you. She definitely knows how to make you sweat and if you start at the beginning with her you’ll see her transformation too. I was doing some of her workouts last summer when I wasn’t in the gym and she kicks butt. There are some great 20 minute workouts if you need a quick intense session! I did about 10 minutes of one today and then I decided that maybe my butt was a little too sore!

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1/2 green, 1/2 purple, 1 red)

  • Eggs with spinach & hot sauce
  • Strawberries

Great breakfast and I didn’t miss the little bit of cheese I have been using one bit!

Snack:

(1 purple)

  • Half of a banana

Lunch:

(1 green, 1 1/2 red, 1 yellow, 1/2 blue)

  • “Santa Fe” salad
  • Romaine turkey wrap with cheddar

So I was super hungry for lunch today and then I was super full. I had a little bit of the mix left over from my Santa Fe peppers (sans cheese) so put that on top of lettuce with a little bit of salsa. I also had a romain lettuce leaf topped with Turkey and a little bit of cheddar cheese & yellow mustard. That really hit my sandwich spot and I didn’t even miss the bread!

[If you are on the go, the unwich from Jimmy John’s is a pretty tasty lunch. You’d definitely have to check out your serving sizes though. I would say half of one would probably be a good bet]

Snack:

(2 teaspoons, 1/2 green, 1/2 blue)

  • Almond butter (by itself)
  • Carrots
  • Humus

So I got confused today because I was thinking almond butter fit in the orange category. Nope! I rarely use that little orange guy and just thought nuts! I was wrong so I’ll have a little teaspoon overflow today. I really don’t think coconut oil should even count, but whatever.

Dinner:

(1 yellow, 1 green, 1 red, 2 tsp)

Or

(2 green, 1 red, 2 tsp) *see below

  • Butternut squash fries
  • Asparagus/mushroom sauté in coconut oil
  • Baked chicken with spicy Mrs. Dash

I have had a butternut squash sitting on my counter just asking for me to do something with it. I found a recipe in Pinterest for these fries and let me tell you something. They. Were. Delicious! They did take a long time to prep which I wasn’t a fan of, but they turned out great. 

So Autumn counts butternut squash as a veggie even though they are one of the starchier types of squash.  Even so, I’m still counting it as a yellow container. Hate me if you want. That’s the closest thing I could get to a carb besides another can of black beans…

Check em out check em out!

 

  
Looking forward to tomorrow. Stay tuned and thanks for catching up with me. I love feedback so if there is anything you want to share, go for it!

Xo Julie Ann
PS. I just realized that I had half of a purple container left so I had some grapes! Saving a fruit for dessert is the bomb!💣

21 Day Fix – Day 3

Welp it is Wednesday which means it’s leg day! I’m getting my workout done early so I can get to St. Simons and visit my customers. Exercising  in the morning is always a good idea because it gives you added energy for the rest of the day. Plus, it’s just nice to get it over with! Someone in our group asked everyone what their favorite move was from the fix videos and I didn’t answer because mine is child’s pose! Ha!

 If I could get up at 5 every morning and get it done that would be a dream! Most of the time I have to travel an average of two hours to get to some part of my territory to visit people so it is hard to make the time. Now with 30 minute exercises I don’t have an excuse! Although sometimes I drive four or five hours just to get somewhere and no matter how short a workout is, it’s hard. However my personal goals and professional goals that I wrote at the beginning of the year are my focus, so we are making it happen! Or…I am in the process of making it happen! Check out my very first blog/vlog on goal setting. It is so important if you want to move forward in any aspect of your life!

If you have any tips for accomplishing your goals please share!

The workout:

  • Lower Fix

So you know how I said that I would have to increase my weights for leg day? Well maybe I won’t be ready until next week! I used my 8lb weights but really concentrated on my form. When you do an excercise correctly it’s almost like you add weight by just using your own body resistance.   Make sure that when you are doing these excercises you have proper form. Really listen when Autumn tells you to keep your pelvis in while doing sumo squats or when she tells you to look 3-5 inches in front of you while doing floor excercises. When you do the fire hydrant leg lifts (or whatever they are called) you may subconsciously be leaning on one side for support when you need to keep balance on both sides. This will work your core more as well as the active muscles your focusing on. When you are looking in front of you it forces you to keep your back straight and your body in line. 

Another example:  When you are doing leg lifts in a seated position, focus on your quad pulling the leg up rather than kicking and you will feel a significant difference. It helps me to actually look at the quad I’m engaging to keep focus. 

Sometimes, especially when we are just starting a new routine, we are just trying to make it through the whole thing without dying! I promise though, that if you concentrate on doing it right you will see results faster and people will start thinking you’re Wonder Woman (or Superman…we aren’t gender biased here)!

I really need to listen to my own advice! I always wanted to be a superhero! 

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1 red container, 1/2 blue container, 1 green container, 1 tsp, 1 purple container)

  • Eggs with shredded cheddar
  • Asparagus (sautéed with coconut oil)
  • Strawberries
  • 1 cup Coffee with stevia and almond milk (I forgot how much I love coffee! I had been staying off of caffeine for 21 days as part of a hormone reset diet. I may have to take it back out. We will see how it affects me.)

So, OH my goodness, it must be strawberry season because they were so incredibly delicious I could have eaten a whole container. I might have to save my other purple container for dessert so I can have more. Strawberries (when they are in season) are my favorite fruit. When I was growing up in California we would go visit my moms bestie Colleen and on the way back home we always stopped on this corner in the country (as country as you could get anyway) and picked up a flat of strawberries. My favorite dessert is still strawberry shortcake (the real kind with biscuits, none of that cakey crap). I think I want that as my wedding “cake”. Wouldn’t that be awesome? One humongous biscuit with strawberries and whipped cream! 

Sorry…back to earth Julie Ann!

  

Snack: 

(1 purple container)

  • 1/2 banana (guess I’m saving the strawberries for tomorrow)

Ok so I normally don’t eat bananas but I bought them for my boyfriend and they are going to go bad if somebody doesn’t eat them…

Lunch:

You guessed it! Ha jk, no black beans and tuna. Today called for leftovers!

(1 yellow, 1 green, 1 red, 1/2 blue)

  • Santa Fe stuffed peppers (look for link to recipe in yesterday’s  post)

Snack:

(One red)

  • Chicken 

I was so hungry when I got home today and wanted to save my carb and veggie for dinner plus I didn’t realize that I had already eaten a full blue container. I picked the chicken out of leftover fajita mix and had a red containers worth of that plus hot sauce.

Dinner:

(1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 tsp)

  • Tuna filet
  •  Sautéed veggies   – sweet pepper, mushrooms, spinach
  • Black beans

I over cooked my tuna but it was still delish. I thought I was going to have some leftover, but I was pleasently surprised when it all fit in my red container! I sautéed my veggies in the coconut oil left over from the fish. Two birds, one stone!

Bon appètit!

[Iknow, I know I have a black beans and tuna problem…this is the dinner version though!]