Happy Almost Thanksgiving!

Meet Doug the Pug.. from the Doug the Pug Facebook page. How cute!

Meet Doug the Pug.. from DougthePug.com How cute!

It’s Wednesday and hope everyone is gearing up for a super great Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow! I finally solidified my plans for dinner, and will be going over my Aunt’s to have dinner with her family and my dad.. and of course my husband is coming too!

Pre-dinner activities will include a Turkey Trot 5K with my husband and my friends, followed by a breakfast over at my mom’s afterwards. I’m glad I get to spend a little bit of time with everyone… but I’ll definitely be eating more than my fair share. Meh… that’s kind of the point with this holiday though, so not going to beat myself up over it. It’s one day.

I have been keeping that in the back of my mind however, and have planned this week accordingly. First lets take it back a bit.

A couple weeks ago, Mike and I drove up to his hometown of Farmingdale NY to visit with friends and family. We stayed Wednesday (Veterans day) to the following Monday. We hadn’t been up there since last Christmas, save a quick weekend trip to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday. Plus, we were planning on spending this Christmas at home in MD, since we’ve never done that in the 7 years we’ve been together.  It was a great little vacation, filled with some relaxation, and a little rushing around to see everyone. But it was also filled with food, and while I tried to prepare myself as much as I could (brought hard boiled eggs, salad fixings, greek yogurt, Kashi, some fruit and healthy snacks) I still couldn’t avoid the bad stuff the whole time. Most of the time the food was healthy, but I way overate my portions and couldn’t always follow the 21DF plan. I DID work out just about every day I was there, doing some pretty killer bodyweight HIIT workouts involving lots of plyo. But exercise can only take you so far when you’re not eating your best.

Anyways.. I decided that instead of replacing the S90D workouts I would have done, that I would just “re-do” that whole week when I got home. So I did. As of yesterday, I finished day 30 of the program. Quite happy to officially be 1/3 in! I haven’t measured any progress yet, because for the past 3 days, in anticipation of Thanksgiving and all the eating that goes with it… I’ve been following the 3 Day quick fix part of the 21DF plan.

So what is the 3 day quick fix? Basically, it’s a 3 day meal plan designed to be done at the end of a round of the 21DF to give you a little extra boost in your efforts, and help break through some plateaus. I’m doing it in preparation for Thanksgiving, but it can be done whenever you want a little edge up. The plan is pretty easy and tells you exactly what to eat- 6 small meals over the course of the day.

Breakfast is egg whites, coconut oil, and oatmeal. I cooked 4 egg whites in the coconut oil, and then made some plain oatmeal, adding a little Truvia and cinnamon. I do have to admit, I had my cup of coffee w/ fat free half and half.. not giving up the coffee. Sorry.

21DF 3 day Quick Fix breakfast

21DF 3 day Quick Fix breakfast

The next four meals rotate between chicken and fish with steamed vegetables. Some of which have coconut oil. The way I did it was I got some Perfect Portions chicken breasts and some individually portioned fish fillets (salmon and tilapia) and cooked a bunch of it to put in lunches. The chicken I cooked in the coconut oil, but the fish, I did not. One chicken meal was to be accompanied by yams, so I cut up and steamed some sweet potatoes. I also got some steamed broccoli to eat with the other chicken dish, and some Green Giant frozen vegetable mix to eat with the fish meals. The sixth meal was ground turkey, coconut oil, and steamed vegetables. I simply cooked the ground turkey in the coconut oil, then used the same pan to saute some spinach and tomatoes. This meal I ate after my workouts.

Four out of 5 of my remaining meals

Four out of 5 of my remaining meals

I’ve been pretty good sticking to this 3 day plan… my mantra has been..”It’s only 3 days… It’s only 3 days.” I miss yogurt and avocado and fruit and grains, and the occasional sugar. This plan is not sustainable for me beyond the near term.. thus.. only three days.

I do feel that I’m less bloated (not that I was a ton bloated to begin with) so I guess that’s a positive.. but I don’t like eating this often.. it feels strange to me to eat a regular meal every 2-3 hours.. especially when I come home from the gym. I’m usually craving something sweet and eat my Quest bar.. not ground turkey. I will say that although I’ve been kind of dreading my meals.. they’ve also been pretty good, so I don’t feel unsatisfied at the end… just.. doesn’t fit my cravings in the beginning. Guess that’s not a bad thing… but just kind of boring.

Anyways, today is my last day doing this.. so tomorrow I’ll take some measurements and see how I’ve done for this month. Looking forward to getting the next month going!

 

Meal Plan Week 1

I mentioned last week that I have started round 4 of the 21 Day Fix eating plan. I’m still meal planning, but I found a great tool on the Apple App store- a 21 Day Fix app for my iPhone. I’ve been using it for a few days now and I find it simple and easy to use, and a pretty good way of tracking the containers. I plan my weekly meals ahead of time so I know what I’m eating… but sometimes the plan doesn’t pan out the way I wanted. (For example, I will not have enough of the dinner I cooked to last me all week, and I have to improvise for a few days.) The best part was.. it was free! Yay free!

21 Day Fix App

21 Day Fix App

 

Week 1 (round 4) meal plan

Week 1 (round 4) meal plan

I had written up half this post last week, but life got in the way and I was unable to finish it. Last week I made two recipes, one for lunch and one for dinner. My vegetable counts are a bit high, which is why I highlighted them. But I think that eating more veggies is not a bad thing, so I made them yellow (neutral) rather than red (missed/failed target). Unfortunately, on Tuesday, I ate an extra carb and an extra half fruit…but not because I wanted to. I had a pretty hard workout and was feeling weak, sick, shaky, and tired. I ate the extras in attempt to boost my blood sugar so I wouldn’t feel so bad. I had an excess of 350 calories at this point, so I didn’t feel bad about needing to eat something. ( I did eat my Quest bar when I got home from the gym… this feeling came on after that.) It is what it is.

Breakfast:

I was in the mood for oatmeal last week- and since we have arrived in fall, I decided to get some pumpkin. I like to mix in protein powder with my oatmeal- not only does it give me a boost of protein, it helps sweeten the meal, so that I don’t have to add extra sweeteners. I bought some Quest protein powder from Amazon- it was cheaper than the Ideal shape I’ve bought in the past, and it has double the protein. (Less vitamins/nutrients, but that’s ok.. I take a multi.)

I got vanilla because it's fairly universal, and I can make it chocolate if I want by adding cocoa powder.

I got vanilla because it’s fairly universal, and I can make it chocolate if I want by adding cocoa powder.

I blended the powder (red) with half a cup of pumpkin puree (1/2 green), half a banana (purple), some cinnamon and some water. It came out as a mousse-like consistency.. not what I expected.. but it worked. I added to my oats (yellow) and microwaved for 1:30. It came out nice and fluffy, and I didn’t have to add more water to it. The flavor was great, and it made a lot- almost spilling out of my bowl. I paired that with my coffee.. and yes I used (natural) creamer… not willing to give up everything.

pumpkin pie oatmeal

pumpkin pie oatmeal.. looks gross.. tastes great!

Lunch:

I found a great recipe on Fit Mom Angela D‘s blog (In fact, I found a number of great recipes on her blog… so I’ll be a frequent visitor, I’m sure.) for Greek Chicken Souvlaki Salad. I portioned it out into 6 servings and added green container of spinach for an extra boost of veggies.

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Salad = 1 green, 1 blue, 1 red, and 1/2 orange. Extra green for the spinach I topped it with.

Dinner:

I found a recipe for Baked General Tso’s Chicken from Healthy Feels Happy. I added some tofu in with the chicken, since I wanted to double the recipe to feed both my husband and I for the week. I found it very time consuming to dip and coat all the pieces with egg/bread crumbs, but the actual cooking was pretty easy (30 mins in the over, turning at 15 mins. The sauce as prepared per recipe was a little salty. I added some agave nectar to sweeten it a little more (probably about a tablespoon) and that made it perfect. I served it with some brown rice and some steamed broccoli. The husband approved 🙂

General Tso’s Chicken/Tofu; 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green, 1 tsp (for the sauce)

Unfortunately, the General Tso’s only lasted until Tuesday. So, I had to improvise the rest of the week. I had some Birdseye California style protein blends in the freezer, and I combined that with eggs and some spinach. It was not terrific, but it was an alternative.

California style protein blends

California style protein blends

 

Eggs (red) Spinach (green), and CA style protein blend (1/2 green, 1 yellow)

Eggs (red) Spinach (green), and CA style protein blend (1/2 green, 1 yellow)

Snacks

For my first snack, I cut up an apple into little pieces to fit in my purple container. I then sprinkled the apples with cinnamon and drizzled some Jiff Natural peanut butter on top. Since I had to limit myself to 1 tsp of peanut butter, I heated my tsp amount for 30 seconds in the microwave, and drizzled it over the apples. It was very yummy.

Snack 1: apples (purple), cinnamon (free), peanut butter (1 tsp).

For my second snack. I measured out some cut carrots and celery in my green container. I paired them with a half orange container of pumpkin seeds (since the other half was used for the kalamata olives in my lunch.)

My post workout snack was a pumpkin pie Quest bar (red). OMG… this flavor is awesome! It’s a little higher in calories than I would like, but it is a limited time flavor and I wanted to try some, so I bought a 12 pack. It’s worth it my friends.

YUM

YUM

SO, this was week 1. I got as little caught up in my weekend plans and deviated from the Fix on Friday and Sunday (unfortunately). But, Today starts week 2 and I have nothing coming this week to derail me, so I’m getting right back to it. I will post my meal plan for week 2 sometime this week, as well as my fitness routine that I’m trying to work out. So far I’ve been able to stick to it… but I’ll talk all about it in another post. Happy Monday!