21 Day Fix – Day 21

I just want to start by wishing all of my mama readers a very happy Mother’s Day! Ihope, even if your children aren’t with you, that you are being celebrated. I believe children learn the most from their parents, and moms in particular, are a guiding light. I’ve learned all of life’s most important lessons from my mom and she’s the best example of the type of person I want to be. She never speaks negatively of anyone except for this one guy on a commercial that comes on all of the time (Who knows how he got cast). She always looks at things objectively, she gives more than she receives, she forgives, loves wholly, helps those who have less and those who have more, and treats everyone as equals. She’s understanding, she listens, she smiles at strangers because she wants them to smile, she’s empathetic, kind, smart, beautiful, strong, resilient, and wishes the best for everyone. She never gives up on me when I feel like giving up on myself and that’s what makes me keep going at the end of the day. I have no idea how I got so extremely lucky. I could say all of the same for my dad (but it’s Mother’s Day!). In my opinion both of my parents are as close to perfect as you can possibly be. Mother’s you are your child’s blessing, just as they are yours.Through my mother I see, and I know Gods love. If I become a mother I hope I can somehow compare. Thank you mom!!

Yesterday was so fun and busy that I was too exhausted to blog last night. You didn’t miss much though. The day started off pretty well with my workout and healthy breakfast but moving on from there it all went downhill. I’m not upset about it though. I knew what my choices were and I knew I was going to have to make up for it afterwards. 

My boyfriend and I hung out with my parents all weekend and went to the Blind Willie Blues Festival in Thomson, GA. I’ll be posting a video of it on my TownieGirl YouTube channel, so if you’re interested please subscribe and you’ll get an update when I post it this week. It was a lot of fun! It’s such a great annual event and this is the second time we have been. I highly recommend it! I had a few beers and snacked on treats pretty much all day. When we went for dinner I got a perfect juicy hamburger and I enjoyed every bit of it. My belly wasn’t really thanking me, but my tastebuds were.


Today I woke up and ate some fruit then took my boyfriend to the airport. I’m still out of town so checked in to a hotel, got some healthy groceries, and got my yoga in. Plus I did one of the workouts from the 22 minute hardcore series. It worked me! This is the last day of the 21 day fix for me and I’ll be posting my results on Tuesday when I’m finally home and have access to the tape measure. That doesn’t mean I’m stopping. I’m starting over again tomorrow! This week I’m going to learn more about what it takes to be a coach so you’ll get new updates on that as well. Please let me know if you’d like to join any challenges and I’ll update you when I’m close starting a new one so you can jump on board. 

21 Day Fix – Day 15

It’s Monday, Day 15! Time goes by so fast! Even so, I still don’t appreciate Monday’s as much as I should. Every day is a blessing and I should count each Monday as Saturday’s equal. I Even though I woke up early today, I didn’t fit in everything I planned to do, but I was still pretty productive. I feel like I had a mountain of email to climb today and I climbed half way up. It was more like Mount Everest than Mount Baldy (if you don’t know where that is, there is always Google). *Side note: We used to go to Mount Baldy just for the “Mount Baldy” that one of the local places served. It was a huge pile up of nachos with everything you could ever want on it. Sometimes I still dream about it…<sigh> … Anyway, I organized, I saw a customer that needed help with some bridal party gifts, talked to folks on the phone, and I did not one but two workouts!! I’ll be here all week folks, no need to applause!!

During the 3rd and final week of the 21 day fix, Autumn recommends that you do two workouts a day, one in the morning and one in the evening to re-boost your metabolism. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do that all this week because I’m traveling so much, but I’m going to try! I’ve got my iPad with the 30 day trial of beachbody and I bought that resistance band at Walmart. I’m interested to see how I do with that instead of weights. I got the heavy one so I think that will give me a run for my money. Otherwise I’ll be running back to Walmart to get my money! Hehe

The Workout:

Total Cardio Fix – I did this in the morning and I tried to increase weights on all exercises, but on a couple I had to go back to the lighter weights. I wish I had even lighter weights for the weighted knee pulls. I’m getting better on those, but I had to do the last 15-20 seconds of each round without weights. Otherwise the tens on most of the exercises worked for me. Oh I also started out with tens during the weighted runs and switched to eights a little more than half way through each set. The tens definitely bump up the intensity and I was sweeeaaaaty (and definitely wanted to stop, but I didn’t).

Pilates – I changed back into my workout clothes and got double the sweat on. You wouldn’t think pilates would make you sweat that much, but it does! It’s so cool to see how I’m improving every week with my form and strength. I hope I’m getting addicted!



Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

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

  • 2 Veggie Frittata Muffins

and then I had another one for a snack after my first workout.

Lunch:

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

  • Canned tuna with hot sauce
  • Cucumbers
  • Hummus

Snack:

(1 Green, 1/2 purple)

  • Green Juice

Dinner:

(1 red, 1 green)

  • Chicken from the crock-pot
  • Roasted zucchini & squash

Snack:

  • Protein powder with 8 oz unsweetened almond milk

So I just got this protein powder. One of my customers had given me a packet to try after she listened to what I was looking for. She carries the Raw Fit probiotics and the protein powder which is certified organic. One jug only has 10 servings I believe and I really wanted it so I ordered it online. I’m hoping I’ll like it and the next time I see her I’m going to pick up some from her. Shakeology from what I’ve seen is great, but for my diet this works better. Some shakeology flavors are dairy and gluten free so I may try those. If you don’t have any issues then I would recommend Shakeology as everyone seems to love it and the reviews are great. The Raw fit was a little gritty but I didn’t blend it at all, I just used my shaker and shook it baby! I’m used to using protein powders as a supplement and chugging them. I rarely make something tasty with them just because I use them when I’m in my car for the most part.


In other news, I had my improv class tonight with Mad Cowford which was super fun as always. I might have said this before, but it’s so much fun to see everyone grow and I have such a great group. I’ve thought about joining in before, but everything happens in it’s own time and I know I was meant to be part of this group.Everyone is so supportive of one another and I see some bonds forming. Oh I love it. We’re so cute!

Step outside of your box and try something new. You never know who you’re going to meet or what you’re going to learn about yourself. It could change your life. Sometimes change is weird, sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it makes you nervous. Most of the time it turns out to be really really good. You have to start doing something for yourself. It’s only when we truly love ourselves that we can give fully to others.

Have a wonderful week!!

21 Day Fix – Day 14

I had a busy day, too busy for a Sunday if you ask me. I wanted to watch Hulu all day. I have some major guilty pleasures on there that I won’t speak of. They might ruin my reputation of being kind of cool. I had an audition that I needed to put on tape so my friend Chris helped me out, then after several takes I got it to my liking and drove to the grocery store. I loaded up on produce and meat, came home, unloaded, and began my meal prep. This week is going to be a little tricky because I won’t be home Wednesday through Friday. I’m working the outskirts of my territory so am overnighting it. I plan to take a cooler for breakfasts, snacks, and lunch at least.

Today I made paleo egg muffins. I’ve made them before following a recipe and they are super easy so I just kind of winged it this time. My recipe:

  • 10 eggs
  • 1/4 C Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 10 asparagus spears
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 1/2 Red Onion 
  • 2 Sweet peppers

Preheat oven to 350. Chop all vegetables and sauté in coconut oil. Whisk eggs and almond milk together. Once veggies are done to your liking separate them into your muffin pan. Pour egg mixture on top of veggies and bake for approximately 20 minutes. Yields 12 muffins, 6 servings.

For 21 day fix servings: 1 red, 1/3 green


I also made my green juice for three days. You really don’t want to make too much of this ahead. Make sure that if you do store your juice, store it in an air tight container. 

  • 2 lemons peeled
  • 1 1/2 celery stalks
  • 1 bunch of Kale
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 inch size piece of ginger
  • 8 strawberries

Yield 3 10 oz servings. I count each serving as 1 green, 1/3 purple.

  
Next I prepped my butternut squash fries. Now I seriously hate making this but I love the way they taste. I think this counts as a workout. I have the recipe posted on one of my blogs from several days ago, but you can find them on Pinterest too. Just make sure to sub any ingredients that you shouldn’t have. I seasoned mine with Himalayan sea salt, garlic powder, pepper, and paprika and have them in a gallon ziplock bag in my fridge. You might want to wait on the garlic powder because every time I open the fridge I get punched in the face with the smell of garlic. I have a black eye.

  
Right now I also have a whole chicken defrosting on the counter. First thing in the morning I’m putting that baby in the crockpot so dinner will be done without me having to tend to it. I also have some zuchinni and squash ready to go in the oven as a side. Tomorrow’s not even here and it’s done. Yayo!

There is also a chicken and cabbage recipe that I didn’t have time to make but it’s super quick and easy. I’ll be making that very early tomorrow morning before work gets started for my lunches. I should have made it today but I still had to get my workout in. Speaking of…

The Workout

Yoga Fix – I definitely wanted to do yoga today but I felt like doing something a little extra. I needed a little push after my cheat evening on Saturday. Although I was busy all day today I wanted to sweat a little more. Before yoga I did four rounds of this to get my heart rate up and burn some extra calories…


I found it on pinterst and thought it was the perfect little push, without going all out, that I needed for today. Afterwards, yoga felt great. Every time I feel stronger and better about my alignment in the poses. It’s funny when you think you’re doing it right, make an adjustment, and then realize you’re doing it right.

Today’s Eats

Breakfast:

(1 red, 1/2 green)

  • Veggie fritata. No cheese!

Lunch:

(2 red)

  • Leftover turkey meatloaf

Snack

(1 green, 1/3 purple)

  • Green juice 

Dinner:

(1 red, 1 green)

  • Grilled chicken breast
  • Slaw without mayo 

Everything I do is without mayo. I can’t stand it. That and snakes are my worst fear. If I were ever to experience hell, it will be snakes swimming around in mayo. Ugh. That’s awful imagery. I’m sorry. 

I hope you enjoyed your Sunday! Get ready for the last day of 21 Day Fix!!

21 Day Fix – Day 13

I’m going to be a weekend warrior. Who’s coming with me?!

 

I feel like I can’t ever sleep in on the weekends unless I’m camping when I should be waking up early to sieze the day and natural wonders whichever park we are exploring. That’s not the case though as I woke up at 7:30 this morning. I really woke up before that but I closed my eyes in hopes I would fall back asleep. I just lay there and then a thought came to me. “Crap, I didn’t post my blog from yesterday!!!”…
So up I got, coffee on the burner & breakfast made, blog complete. 

There’s so much I wanted to get done today but I prioritized my workout so I could get it over with and focus on everything else like laundry and grocery shopping. Yes, I could use the hashtag #adulting, but that’s just silly and overused. I’d rather just call myself a #maturemaiden because I’m so responsible!

The Workout:

Dirty 30 – People usually love this workout and I like it just fine. I think I would love any workout afte cardio fix though. I’m using the 10lb weights and it feels good. 

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast

(1/2 green, 1 red, 1/2 blue, 1 tsp) 

  • Scrambled eggs with shredded cheddar
  • Broccoli & mushrooms in coconut oil 

+ a cup of coffee which I only drank half of. I don’t know what the deal with coffee and me is. I can’t drink a full cup in the morning, but that’s a good thing I suppose. Maybe I’ll have an iced coffee later for a little pick me up.

Lunch:

(1 yellow, 1 red)

  • Canned tuna
  • Black beans
  • Hot sauce

Right now I’m folding my second load of laundry and watching Jane the Virgin on Netflix. She’s planning a wedding and this wedding cake is really having an effect on me…mmmm tuna…

Snack:

(1 purple, 1 green)

  • Strawberry and spinach smoothie

That was the last thing I remember. I blacked out on the rest of the day…

Just kidding. So I went to a graduation party and there was a table of food. I could have made all great choices and I didn’t. I started off with a chicken wing and a glass of wine. Next thing I know there is a jello shot and a cracker with brown sugar and bacon in my hand. I thought, “Hey, it’s a celebration and my taste buds want to party!” Well party they did. Compared to yesterday this was definitely a cheat evening. System shocked. My tennis date just got cancelled for Sunday so I’ll fit in an extra workout somewhere in there…

It’s not the end of the world. Sometimes you’re going to eat things that aren’t the best for your body, and that’s fine. You’re creating a healthy lifestyle by eating right and exercising most of the time. If you’re doing the 21 day fix and you’re seeing results, those aren’t going to go away with a couple of slips. The only way they change is if you slip and fall and don’t get back up. It’s up to you to shake it off and get back to your routine. I used to beat myself up if I made unhealthy choices and now I shrug it off and move on. That’s what we should do with anything ugly that we cross on our paths. Shrug them off and move on. It does nothing for our well being to focus on negative energies. It’s up to us to turn the negative into a positive. So on Sunday I’m going to be proud of myself for kickstarting another healthy week. Let the meal prep begin!

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 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!]