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!

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!] 

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!

Fresh Friday – Fresh Field Farms

So today when I opened up the freezer to pull something out for dinner tonight I realized that it was time for a trip to the grocery. Whenever I need an ingredient for a couple of things I’ll just pop into the store and pick it up. Today I felt like going on a much needed adventure though…and adventure to Fresh Field Farms!

The holiday season got kind of tricky for my regular grocery shopping sessions because my household was very busy. Between me and my boyfriend we have a lot going on because we both have regular work hours and then we have our not so regular work hours when we are still actually working. He is in an outlaw country band and plays the stand up bass and I am an actor. Our schedules are always packed so sometimes it’s hard to find the time to cook healthy meals. Often I’ll buy fresh veggies and they will go bad by the time we are actually able to stay home and cook a nice healthy meal. Now that the holiday’s have been over, it’s easier to get on and stay on track. I just have to figure out how to tackle the holidays when they come up. Advanced meal prep is key…I have yet to do that!

Fresh Feild Farm’s is a great grocery store. It’s more of a farmers market. They bring the farm to you! It’s full of freshly packed, organic, non GMO, antiboitic and hormone free foods. Many people are scared to jump on the health food bandwagon because it may seem more expensive to buy fresh foods (especially of a great quality) than processed foods, but that isn’t the case if you know where to shop! I definitely suggest scoping out your local farmers markets if you don’t have access to a store like this. Although, it seems now that people are becoming more aware of their diets and nutrition, places like this are popping up everywhere, so be on the lookout! If you are in Jacksonville or Orlando Florida check out the below link to learn about Fresh Field Farms and find the location nearest you!

Fresh Field Farms
Watch my vlog to sneak a little peek into Fresh Field Farms and find out what great goodies I got. I also found a recipe via Pinterest that I made with all of my fresh goodies. The link to that recipe is in the video description notes and I can attest that it was yummy!  Click the link and watch below and please subscribe to my YouTube Channel for FRESH updates! Have a great weekend!

Fresh Friday Vlog – Fresh Field Farms