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21 Day "Fix" and Healthy Lunch Ideas

Monday, September 15, 2014

What a great workout with Autumn! The 21 Day Fix Lower Body workout is WORK!

Personal opinion of the 21DF program to follow...

I'm realistic, I know that with 50 pounds to lose, nothing is going to "fix" that in 21 days. With that said, I am a fan of Beachbody's 21 Day Fix program.

I had read about the program, and I thought it might work for me. I also figured that for the price, even if I didn't like the eating plan, it was a good price for so many workouts. After completing my order, I thought, "that's silly, with the little dishes and stuff." I kept an open mind, and since I take my breakfast and lunch to work each weekday, I gave it a try.

The plan included several 30-minute workout DVDs and recommended food lists with the foods having the most nutritional value at the top of each list. I mostly ate foods from the top of the list, and I found I was very satisfied all day. I followed the food program too well, and I got burned out on the very foods that helped me be successful.

I took a break from 21DF for a few weeks, but kept up my walking (50,000 steps per week), aimed for 100 oz. of water per day, and continued to pack my breakfast and lunch, getting 5 or more fruits and veggies daily.

Now that I'm back to tracking, I'm using the 21DF food lists as a guide, but I know I've also lost weight using WW Points eating very different foods. (Yes, Points, that's how long it has been.) So, I know that in order for me to continue to be successful, I need to find the balance between eating from the "top of the list" and getting the variety I need to stick with it.

For those of you who take your lunch, what do you eat for lunch to help you be successful?

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SUNSHINEINIOWA 9/15/2014 10:05PM

    I'm partial to salads, too. I gravitate toward spinach when possible.

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    lunch is the meal I struggle with the most. I usually have a main dish salad if I am eating on plan.

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Tracking, tracking, tracking

Sunday, September 14, 2014

What's new with me? I'm tracking...

Tracking my food: When I was doing the 21 Day Fix, I got burned out on eating the same things. I was eating from the top of the list (most nutritional), so I am finding a balance between eating like I did when I lost weight with with WW and 21DF, and of course tracking in SparkPeople.

Tracking my fitness: I'm wearing my Fitbit, working out at least 3 days a week, tracking my workouts, and syncing my steps with SparkPeople.

Tracking what I'm wearing: I'm a goofball, but I'm tracking what I wear each day, how comfortable it is, and rating it on a 10-point scale. As I lose weight, this is the best time to make my wardrobe work for me.

Tracking money: I hadn't really been tracking well, and then I kept feeling like there was "more month than money." I've updated our budget, and I can't figure out why I felt that way, so I'm tracking everything we spend.

Tracking my cleaning: Ok, this isn't really tracking, but after taking 2 days off work to clean my house, I'm back with FlyLady and keeping up with the daily tasks to keep it clean.

I feel so much better when I eat right, I'm active, and my house is clean.

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    Thanks for all of your encouraging words! I'm excited to be focused on making good choices again.

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    Sounds great. I like Flylady too and need to get back into it. Good job on the tracking!!

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    Thanks, everyone! I'm excited for some structure. :)

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HMBROWN1 9/14/2014 9:17AM

    Awesome idea about tracking wardrobe! Sometimes the right clothes make all the difference - in attitude, endurance, confidence. Such a great plan. Have a great day!

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MISSMUFFETT101 9/14/2014 9:02AM

    I LOVE FLYLADY!! and I really have to update my budget too... thanks for the reminder.

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JAROL7 9/14/2014 8:45AM

    And ... you will lose weight!!!!!! Tracking and adjusting the calories eaten are the secret. Forget the fad diets.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Monday was much like a Sunday as I spent it planning for the week. I planned my meals, went to the grocery store, and planned what I'm wearing to work.

I'm starting my day today with a healthy breakfast of greek yogurt and peaches. What do you enjoy for a healthy breakfast?

For lunch I'll have leftover Unstuffed Pepper Soup for lunch (YUM!) and my snacks are carrots and almonds. Of course I never leave home without a full water bottle!

I'm touched by all of the kinds words from yesterday. I know I can do this, because I've done it twice before. This needs to be the last time!

I hope you all have a fabulous day!

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    @hmbrown - I love, love Unstuffed Pepper Soup. It tastes exactly like stuffed peppers, but it's MUCH easier to make. It's a Taste of Home recipe, and if you search for it, it will easily come up. I hope you give it a try.

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    I'm on a lower carb diet. I have 4-6 egg whites, 2 strips uncured bacon, a clementine, and some unsweetened almond milk.

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STORMIE62 9/2/2014 8:23AM

    emoticon There is no stopping the tide now... going with the flow

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HMBROWN1 9/2/2014 8:16AM

    What is Unstuffed Pepper Soup? Please share!

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Getting Back on the Wagon

Monday, September 01, 2014

I'm constantly recommitting, and as a result, I am still not at my goal weight. I've been thinking this weekend about what it will take for me to get and STAY recommitted. I'm 47 years old, and I have every expectation of myself that I will reach my goal weight before I reach 50.

I know that in order to reach my goal, I have to be accountable. Here I am, being accountable to all of you. I'll post progress pictures monthly, as embarrassing as that may be. I've been saying, "I'm going to lose 50 pounds this year" for too many years. This is when it happens. Next summer I'll be shopping for a new swimsuit.

I invite you to follow along as I embark on this journey, and hold me accountable. I need to do this for me, and I know myself well enough to know that I need support.

I will reach my goal weight by...
- Tracking: I love tracking, and I love SparkPoints.
- Walking: I've been wearing my FitBit and averaging about 10,000 steps per day. I'll keep this up.
- Drinking water: I've heard that we should be drinking half our weight in ounces of water. I'm aiming for 100 oz, which exceeds that goal, and committing to a minimum of 80 oz.
- Workouts: I'll do at least 30 min of workouts 5 days per week. I'll start lower and increase when I can.
- Eating right: I did a 21-Day Fix (Beachbody) in July. I loved the program and didn't get hungry. I ate the same foods most days though and I burned out on them. This time I'll use 21DF as my framework, and mix up the foods much more.

Please follow along. I thank you in advance, and I'll thank you again.

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    Good luck with your goals!!

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    Thank you for the very kind comments everyone. I'm excited for the journey! (And espeically for the end result. emoticon)

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 9/1/2014 12:12PM

    I am here in NW Iowa, and everyday I try to pick one message on the message board that is not on my friends list and write a note to them. Today it is your blog. I joined SP several years ago and was making great progress and lost almost 30 lbs and then thought I could do it on my own and gained it all back. Now I'm back and I learned how to use the programs SP offer. I have not lost any weight but I have improved my health, have more energy, can move a lot better, and can actually walk l mile without stopping. So that is a great NO SCALE VICTORY. Hope you have the success you want. I have. Linda

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SPINNINGJW 9/1/2014 9:37AM

    I am in Iowa too! I saw your blog due to HOLLYM48 commenting on it. I have been taking progress pics of myself in the sports bra and shorts too (well, having a sister take the pics) I haven't been making any progress lately, so that kinda slowed down.

I need to take a page from your book, pick myself up, dust myself off, and get back on the wagon!

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HOLLYM48 9/1/2014 8:46AM

    I will be cheering you on as well! You can do it and it sounds like you have a good plan in place! Keep up the good work! I am adding you as a friend, hope you don't mind! Holly

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STORMIE62 9/1/2014 8:37AM

    I'll be watching and cheering you on.
I'll be watching and give a shoulder to lean on.
Oh heck forget about watching... because of you, I pledge, I'll be right here with you doing the same.
Together we will be accountable!

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KESTRYLL 9/1/2014 8:37AM

    Good luck, my friend, you are on the right track emoticon

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Easter with my Hubby's Family

Saturday, March 31, 2012

It's a cool morning in Central Iowa, not near the 80+ degree high that had been predicted earlier in the week, and we're off to a family picnic.

We'll have tons of fun, laughs, and and of course an Easter egg hunt. And get a load of this menu:

- fried chicken
- BBQ chicken
- baked beans
- potato salad
- coleslaw
- chips
- dessert
- birthday cake
- and don't forget the Easter candy!!

Oy!! I'm bringing some veggies!!!!!!!!! And I'll be bringing my own water, because with this group, they'll probably have Coke & Mtn. Dew. (No thanks!)

So I'll be enjoying some BBQ chicken & veggies, and knowing me I'll splurge on a little bit of baked beans, potato salad & dessert OR cake. And when I return, it will be time for my long Saturday workout.
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Looking forward to a good time!!

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    Wow!! This sounds fantastic!! I would love it!

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HYATTI1 4/1/2012 3:13AM

    Hope you had a great time and enjoyed yourself. It's chilly here in Michigan but it is do-able.


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IMREITE 4/1/2012 2:08AM

    i find chasing my cousins or nieces is a great way to burn off some of those calories. another trick is to spend more time visiting while holding a small plate. it will look like you are eating plenty and people will not keep offering you food.

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LITTLEBO 3/31/2012 10:04PM

    your menu sounds yummy...moderation is the key.... emoticon

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    The sun is out. I had BBQ chicken & a little potato salad & beans. Now I'm enjoying some celery & peppers. :)

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N_STITCHES 3/31/2012 2:10PM

  Hi Sunshine----That does look like a carby delicious meal. Make good choices and have fun with the family. It's gorgeous here in Missouri today too!......Patti

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