3 Day Refresh – Day 2

Today has been pretty good! I’ve heard from a lot of people that day 2 is the hardest and it wasn’t really bad for me. I did have a headache early in the morning and took some Aspirin with a bunch of water and almost immediately felt better. I may have just needed the water! I also felt a little tired, but I think it was mostly from sitting in front of my computer all day. We have one car this week so I had to reschedule some things so I could work from home for a couple of days instead of from my car. If it had to happen, this was good timing…close to a bathroom, got my blender, and I didn’t have to prepare my snacks ahead of time. Although, if I do this again I don’t think it will be a problem if I’m doing it while traveling. 
Today pretty much mimicked yesterday as far as my food went. I did get a variety of fruits and veggies but yesterday was so great that I decided to copy it. The only difference was I used strawberries instead of raspberries in my first vanilla fresh (and even had a few leftover strawberries to eat) and I made a different recipe out of the pamphlet for dinner. I made steamed kale with pinenuts, juice from one lemon, and pink Himalayan sea salt. It was so delicious! I would have been happy with a little less lemon though. 

I have a great steamer/rice cooker and it makes everything perfectly. In the recipe instructions it says to boil the spinoff and drain, but I steamed mine and it was delish. This was the first time I’ve had steamed kale and I absolutely loved it! Score!

Tomorrow is the last day! I don’t feel like I’ve lost any weight or anything, but we shall see. I certainly don’t feel like I’m depriving myself of anything, although I did want some of that leftover chicken in the fridge today. I can hold out, but just so you know I can’t wait to have a real meal on Friday!

3 Day Refresh – Day 1

I am so glad I’m doing this because so far it is easy peasy! It is the end of day one, I just took a bubble bath, I’m drinking a little more water and then I’m heading to bed.


Since it’s just after Memorial Day Weekend, it’s the perfect time to detox from the fun weekend. I didn’t go all out by any means but I did have more than one cheat meal! I went to the grocery store and got everything I needed which was all fruits and veggies and 3 gallons of filtered water. I wanted to get the gallons of water to ensure I was drinking enough every day. I’m drinking one a day and that should really assist in flushing out my system. In the refresh pamphlet there are some great recipes and food lists that you can pick from to prepare for the 3 days.

This morning I woke up, checked my email in bed, and then immediately made my shakeology before I got ready for the rest of the day. I added a half of banana, water, and ice to it and it tasted great. I had been drinking unsweetened almond milk with it and I honestly didn’t notice much of a difference in taste.

An hour later I had the fiber sweep which wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I put it in cold water and squeezed some fresh lemon in it, and shook it until it was all nice and blended. There were a couple of clumps at the bottom which didn’t go down as smoothly, but all in all not that bad!

For Lunch I had my vanilla fresh and added raspberries to it. I also had a cucumbers and hummus for my veggie and healthy fat. It was filling and I didn’t feel like I was missing out at all


I also got an afternoon snack. If I didn’t have that I think it would have been much harder. I prepared a couple of celery sticks with almond butter and it was the perfect snack.


Dinner was probably the hardest because I made dinner for my boyfriend. We had yummy, healthy chicken sitting in the crock pot all day. This is normally a go to meal for me because it’s so easy. I usually make him a starch and then add a veggie. Since roasted asparagus was in the recipe book I made that for his and my veggie tonight. They were sooooo good!!! 


I had to pass up the chicken and the mashed potatoes and I knew it was going to be hard, so I did the 21 day extreme upper fix workout. This made having another vanilla fresh shake soooo much easier. As an fyi, I really love the extreme workouts so far. I feel like I needed to change up my routine and my muscles are thanking me because I’m working them in a different way. That’s another reason I love beachbody. There are so many different programs to choose from so nothing ever gets old…except for maybe this vanilla fresh. I kid, I kid!!! hahaha

On to day 2!

 

 

 

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 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 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 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 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!] 

On The Road & Eating

When you travel for work it’s often hard to keep up good eating habits. I go through phases where I prep my lunches and snacks before heading out into the big, wide world, but there are times when I don’t have enough groceries in my fridge or time to make that an ongoing thing. When I don’t have my food packed up and ready to chill with me on the drive, I go to these gems below.

Before I get into my top picks, I just want to say that it’s not that hard to be healthy. It might mean taking the bread off of a club sandwich or losing the croutons on veggie filled salad. That might make you want to hurl, but if you are really looking to change your lifestyle, you become accustomed to eating healthy foods and your body will start craving them. If you can’t find one of these spots below or something similar, modify an item from your favorite place and lose the fries! If you’re not interested, start by eating half of what you are served. I promise you, that’s enough.

1. Zoe’s kitchen – These places are popping up everywhere and I am super thankful. There are plenty of healthy options and their chicken salad is supposed to be the best, but that’s not what I opt for. They have a Mediterranean Protien Power Plate (510 calories) which is grilled chicken and caramelized onions over their famous slaw (feta, scallions, light vinaigrette – no mayo). This is my go-to when I can find one. LOVE THIS and could eat it for every meal. (I’m eating it right now actually)… 

Zoe’s Kitchen – Protien Power Plate

 
2. Zaxby’s – The zalad is where it’s at. I get the grilled house zalad and lose the bread, fried onions, and (sometimes) cheese for a healthier option. 

3. Fresh Market & Whole Foods – Not every town or city has jumped on the bandwagon with these chains, but you can pop in and always find a healthy option to go. At Fresh market I usually get grilled chicken and two sides of veggies.

4. Your favorite Mexican restaurant – so I don’t know about you guys, but in the South there is a chain of Mexican restaurants that have different names, but the exact same menu (or something very similar). The salad that I always get is the San Jose Salad. It has fresh avocado, grilled chicken, onions, and tomatoes on it. I add a little bit of salsa instead of dressing and it is dynamite (as JJ would say).

5. Chipotle, Moes, Tijuana Flats – Again a salad is my go to or you can get a burrito bowl which is packed with your favorite protein as well. When I ate more legumes, I would add black beans, but now I just opt for the salad – lettuce, grilled chicken, guac, pico de gallo, salsa, and cheese.

I’m going to try dropping dairy from my diet, so will have to lose the cheese on some of the salads I eat, but that shouldn’t be a big deal. Most of my picks make you get out of your car to grab your meal, but it’s nice to get out of the car after a couple of hours to stretch your legs and much better than stopping at McDonalds for a burger and fries. Sometimes I’ll stop at Starbucks if I’m up early and need some caffeine. I’ll get a breakfast sandwich and lose the bread. For instance this morning, I ordered the sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich. I lost the bread and the cheese (because it’s melted to the bread- I think that they did that on purpose so I wouldn’t eat it) and ate the sausage and egg.

In everything you do, you make choices. Make the ones that you will benefit from. The happier we are with ourselves and the healthier we are, the happier we can make others and the easier it will be to positively impact the world. I do believe the food we eat is important. Everything starts from within. I do believe that I’ve been unhealthy for a long time and I think that has something to do with what I put in my body. 

Most of my meals are at home, but if I can make subtle changes when it’s easiest to make bad choices then that’s a good start. Like most people that write blogs say…If I can do it, anyone can. Take care of yourself this week. Embrace your life and be grateful for it!