my journey, 21 day fix extreme – day 9

sore, sore, sore – push ups – AAAAHHHHHH

but happy i’m on track, eating right, regardless of how crazy the day was today! – sunday meal prepping has become the answer to maintain my nutrition in check!

My Journey Collage Day 9

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my journey, 21 day fix extreme – day 7

yoga extreme, what a wonderful way to start off my sunday

30 minutes of continuous stretching and holding poses that just made me feel so much better. it’s a great way to not only start the day but end the first week of my 21 day fix extreme challenge.

sunday, is also my meal prep day for the week. love getting as much of my meals prepared, cooked and packaged for the week.

wishing everyone a beautiful sunday!

My Journey Collage Day 7

my journey, 21 day fix extreme – day 4

17 days to go!

feeling lighter, less bloating, lots of energy! woohoo! leg day, love leg day (sarcasm)…it was definitely a tough workout. didn’t touch the lighter weights. went all out on 20# and as the day progressed boy was i regretting the choice of 20# for the full 30 minute workout LOL

yes, i am walking funny, or shall i say it’s the penguin walk (just like the penguins from one of my favorite disney movies – mary poppins). yeap that’s me, walking funny. but i know that all the soreness is worth the outcome. i’m looking forward to beautiful toned legs, on the beach getting a tan with my amazing new (tbd) bikini (my reward for sticking it out for 21 days of the competition meal plan).

My Journey Collage Day 4

 

my journey, 21 day fix extreme – day 2

today, was another good day…not great but good! it was cloudy and rainy – so not good for my mood…

lower body a little sore to start off the day, but workout was upper body – so i had to just suck it up! i want to be bikini ready for spring break, so i just have to do it. i also added 10 minute hardcore after the main workout. all core – hurt so bad and yet so good, knowing what it’s going to do LOL

chose the competition meal plan, definitely need to make a different protein for the 2nd day (it’s two days competition meal plan, then 1 day extreme meal plan, then back to two days of competition meal plan and repeat for 21 days). so fish for the majority of the day for 2 days, not very appealing for me…so need to plan thursday now

i was definitely hungry this morning, which is a bit unusual for me, but once again, it’s overall too much food, so unfortunately i just couldn’t do the last meal. i know how important it is not to miss a meal, but this meal plan is definitely for me a lot of food. (you are probably saying well you skipped the last meal yesterday and you just mentioned waking up hungry – hhhhhmmmmm could it be you skipped a scheduled meal – yes, i thought the same thing!)

i did have a smoothie for one of my meals instead of the fish, which was great!

i’m looking forward to my meals for tomorrow -oatmeal for breakfast, fruit & turkey lettuce wraps – YUMMY!

My Journey Collage Day 2

 

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my journey, 21 day fix extreme – day 1

every day i get to wake up is  – beautiful, today’s journey is the first of 21 days to a healthier me!

life is too short not to be at your best, today I am taking a step to be healthier!

portion controlled meals – actually are they controlled?, nah!

it’s just the way we are suppose to eat! clean, small portions throughout the day. i decided to follow the competition meal plan, so its much stricter than the regular eating plan (so no dairy, no wine 😦 etc…) but that is ok – this is what i need for me! yes, i’m putting myself first for the first time in as long as i can remember!

i will not feel guilty, instead i will look at it, as making myself healthier – it’s a gift to not only me, but my family and friends!

i’m a little sore, but not too bad, first hard core workout since late october, feeling relaxed and most importantly tummy is full.

here’s a collage of day 1….

My Journey Collage

5 things that change when you quit sugar

  1. your energy levels will increaselump-sugar-549096_1280
  • all the extra sugar we are adding to our diets prevent our bodies ability to keep our energy stores at maximal levels
  • there will be no up-and-down with your blood sugar, so afternoon crashes will become an experience of the past
  1. your weight will stabilize
  • sugar makes you crave more sugar
  • most sugar comes from highly processed or items that contain a high amount of unwanted ingredients (exception of fruit)
  • by doing a sugar detox your body will not need to deal with all those additional calories
  1. your internal organs will perform more efficiently
  • if your insides could speak they’d say feed me lots of fiber and a minimum amount of tough-to-digest, impure foods
  • when you remove these non-nutritious impure foods you enable your tummy and bowels to focus on processing the good food you’ve eaten
  • when you initially remove sugar – you’ll find that you may go to bathroom more often
  1. you’ll want sugar less and less
  • when you remove it from your diet, you’ll slowly loose the desire to eat anything with sugar in it
  • fruit may actually taste sweeter
  1. glowing skin 
  • sugar hurts your skin from the inside out
  • it’s been noted that your skin clears up should you suffer from blemishes or acne

 ready to make a change

  • start small by evaluating everything you’re eating and drinking.
  • if you’re addicted to sugar laced soda, scale back by reducing a little each day. lets say you tend to have 4 sodas a day, on day 1 of your detox, stop at 3 cans, a few days later stop at 2 cans etc… then, scale back some more.
  • before you know it, you’ve eliminated a sugar laced item. then start with the next item(s) on your list.
  • over time, you will physiologically adjust to your new habits.
  • remember it takes about 21 days to change a habit/start a new one.

cauliflower calzones

cauliflower crust calzone                                                                                 
makes three medium size calzones

serving size 1 calzone

ingredients

crust

1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets (should yield about 3 cups once processed)
½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
½ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

filling (you can change this up; this is a traditional calzone filling)
6 tablespoons tomato sauce
½ cup mozzarella cheese
pinch of salt

directions

  • preheat oven to 450°f – place rack in the middle.
  • line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease with olive oil.
  • in a food processor rice the cauliflower florets in batches (process until evenly chopped but not pulverized).
  • transfer cauliflower rice to a microwave dish and microwave on high for 8 minutes, until cooked.
  • place the cauliflower rice in a tea towel and twist it to squeeze out as much moisture as you can (you squeezed out more than a cup of liquid). this is very important. to end up with a crusty dough the moisture must be removed, otherwise you’ll have mushy dough
  • transfer the cauliflower rice to a mixing bowl and add egg, mozzarella, oregano, sea salt and pepper.
  • mix well, using your hands, press the mixture onto the baking sheet and shape into three 5” circles
  • place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, exactly
  • remove from the oven and, working quickly, top the half of each disc with tomato sauce and mozzarella.
  • using a large spatula carefully lift the half of the disc without filling and fold it over the other part (that’s ok if the disc brakes a bit).
  • use your fingers to push the edges of each calzone together and seal in the filling.
  • bake in the oven for an additional 12 minutes.
  • best when served hot

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