Feb 27, 2015

21 Day Fix Extreme Day 11

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Food (Extreme Plan):
Breakfast: Peanut Butter Toast
Snack: Greek Yogurt with Apples and Cinnamon
Lunch: Avocado Toast
Snack: Greenberry Shakeology
Dinner: Grilled Chicken Salad and Chicken Tortilla Soup from McAllister's Deli

Workout:
Extreme Lower Fix

Feeling:
Today was one of those days that I feel like I didn't have a second to myself.  It wasn't a bad day...just a super busy one!  Luckily I squeezed in my workout and didn't do too bad eating out for dinner at McAllister's.  (Their giant chocolate chip cookies were so tempting!)  Just about half way done--it's all down hill from here!


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Friday Favorites

Naptime Diaries Lent Devotional
1. Lent Season
Do you give something up for Lent? I usually do but this year I'm mixing things up and being more mindful with my time.

Every morning, I jump out of bed and immediately check my email and 48485 Facebook notifications. I sit down at my desk and instantly start putting out fires. What tone does that set for my day? Hectic, rushed, overwhelmed.

This is not how I want to start my day.
This is not how I want to live my life.

This lent season I am focusing on nourishing my mind, heart, and body. Today, I started my "early to rise" Lent challenge. 6am wake up time and two hours of quiet, focused ME time. I'm starting off the day with the things that matter most: my lent devotional, personal development, meditation, workout, and a slow breakfast. No social media, no emails, no distractions.

Lent is about giving something up to make room for Jesus. I can't wait to push myself, live boldly, and see how my heart is shaped during this season.  So far, it's been a challenge but an amazing challenge.

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2. Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
I have been raving about this homemade pizza dough all week but honestly I cannot get enough.  It is so simple to make with only 5 ingredients and saves well in the fridge if you prefer to make individual pizzas instead of one large pie.  Recipe found at 100 Days of Real Food.

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3. Black and Blue VS White and Gold
The debate over the color of this dress totally had me melting down last night.  I saw it (black and blue, 100%), thought everyone was crazy and asked Rob what he saw.....white and gold, 100%.  We analyzed the picture and kept trying to convince the other of our side.  It is really freaky to see something and be told you're wrong.  Creepiest part?  I'm scrolling through my newsfeed an hour later and I see the dress....clear as day WHITE AND GOLD.  Now I'm totally convinced I'm losing my mind!  What do you see?

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4. Passion
It's been a busy week of dream chasing for our team!  Lots of work and lots of big goals being hit.  Everyday I feel blessed to have a job that I love waking up to, that sets a fire burning in my soul, and that allows me the freedom to work my schedule around Rob's crazy flight schedule.

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5.  #Selfless Selfie
This is something so near and dear to my heart that I don't even know where to start except to ask you to please be a part of it.  AJ Slye was a neighbor, a family friend, a student at the school where I taught, and the son of my mentor teacher.  He was one of those kids that everyone liked, and no one could say a negative thing about.  He graduated and went on to Salisbury University in Maryland to play football.  When he came home over winter break, he felt some weird aches and pains but being a healthy college athlete, didn't think much of it.  A trip to the doctors however brought the most devastating news--AJ had Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a rare blood cancer, and was immediately sent to the UVA medical center.  (You can read his full story here)  After a brave and heroic 14 month long fight, AJ's battle with cancer ended on February 27th at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

AJ's spirit lives on in the legacy he leaves behind.  Today, his family is asking you to honor AJ by performing a selfless act, a random act of kindness, and sharing a picture of yourself holding up a piece of paper that says "I honored AJ Slye by...." and tag 3 others in the post using the hashtags #slyestrong6 #SelflessSelfie @slystrong6foundation @slyestrong6.  No act is too small!  If this cause wasn't so important to my heart I would never ask, but will you join me in honoring AJ today?

Linking up here 

Feb 26, 2015

21 Day Fix Extreme Day 10

21 Day Fix Extreme Meal Plan
Food (Extreme Plan):
Breakfast: Coffee and Sausage, Egg, and Cheese on a homemade Whole Wheat Biscuit
Snack: Apples and Almond Butter
Lunch: Cajun Chicken Sausage and Scrambled Egg Tacos
Snack: Greenberry Shakeology
Dinner: Shrimp and Bacon Cauliflower Chowder


Workout:
Extreme Pilates Fix

Feeling:
Extreme Pilates is just plain HARD.  There is no way around it.  I think I said "I miss Kat" more times than I can count.  BUT I did feel better than last week (having a lower resistance band helped!) so I will call that a success and hope to improve a little more in the final week.



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Feb 25, 2015

21 Day Fix Extreme Day 9

21 Day Fix Extreme Day 9
21DFX Meal Plan
Food (Extreme Plan):
Breakfast: Chocolate Cherry Shakeology
Snack: Sausage, Egg, and Cheese on homemade whole wheat biscuit
Lunch: Peanut Butter and Bacon on Ezekiel Toast with apples
Snack: Homemade Lara Bar
Dinner: Cilantro Lime Chicken with onions, peppers, and cilantro lime cauliflower "rice"

Workout:
Extreme Upper Fix

Feeling:
Today was a great day!  I felt so much stronger than last week and really pushed myself in my workout.  Last week, I was feeling a little defeated by the workouts but today I had a better idea what to expect and crushed my upper fix.



Interested in trying it out for yourself?  Get yours hands on a copy here (or the original fix!) and/or get plugged into one of my challenge groups here!

Feb 24, 2015

21 Day Fix Extreme Day 8

21 Day Fix Extreme Meal Plan
Food (Extreme Plan):
Breakfast: Breakfast Sandwich (homemade whole wheat biscuit, bacon, scrambled egg, cheese)
Snack: Homemade Cashew Cookie Lara Bar
Lunch: Chicken Taco Pizza (on homemade whole wheat pizza crust)
Snack: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shakeology
Dinner: Asian Meatballs with Asian inspired Zoodles
Snack: Baked Apples with Cinnamon and Almond Butter

Workout:
Extreme Plyo Fix

Feeling:
I think I was still half asleep during the workout but I enjoyed it.  I really like that the moves are only 30 seconds each and feel like I am able to push myself much harder compared to them being 60 seconds.  That bonus round though?! OMG!

Today was one of those days that I realized that I wasn't completely dialed in on the nutrition side.  While I was roughly in line, my blues were a little high and my greens a little low.  I downloaded the 21 Day Fix app (99 cents) and am excited to use it to really track my containers and water intake for the rest of the week.  In the past, I would have felt like I "cheated" and just given up but now I realize that I can change what I'm doing at any point and improve.  Here's to dialing in my nutrition and really sticking to the plan for the final two weeks.

When it comes to 21 Day Fix recipes, I really just wing it based on the containers I have left for dinner.  I don't have set measurements for the ingredients because you can't really mess it up.  Just measure out based on your containers.  I used 1 red, 1.5 green, 1 teaspoon (and counted the coconut aminos as orange since technically soy sauce/coconut aminos are not 100% fix approved)

21 Day Fix Approved Asian Zoodle Recipe
Asian Meatballs with Asian inspired Zoodles
Ingredients:
Ground Beef
Soy Sauce or Coconut Aminos
Fresh Ginger
Garlic
Green Onion
Bell Pepper
Zucchini
Sesame Oil

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 375.
Combine ground beef, green onion, ginger, and coconut aminos (or soy sauce) together and form meat balls.
Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes.
Meanwhile, spiralize zucchini into thick noodles (I use the Veggetti) and chop bell pepper.
Heat sesame oil in a pan and saute ginger, garlic, and peppers.
Turn down heat, add zucchini and soy sauce/coconut aminos and cook for 1-3 minutes until tender.
Serve zoodles with meatballs on top.




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