21 Day Fix: Week 3 Review

Happy Monday Tuesday!

Having a 3 day weekend always messes me up on my days. It’s Tuesday, feels like a Monday… same concept, don’t feel like working after being off and having an amazing weekend with my friends and family. But anyhow… time for my week 3 review! If you missed the first two parts, check them out here and here!

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My eating went pretty well last week. I tried a new dressing which I loved! It’s called Cilantro Lime Dressing. My friend Lauren suggested it so I gave it a show.

  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

This was super good on my chicken salad (top left picture). I also ate a lot of rice, quinoa, crab, rosemary potato fries, and salad. The usual.

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I tried mixing up my workouts more and didn’t do the Fix dvds as much. Mainly I stuck with walking and the Tone It Up workouts. In doing so, I’ve noticed that my results weren’t what I was expecting. I was expecting to lose about 10-15 lbs (since everyone around doing this program lost that amount), but since I have more weight to lose and not toning, I gained muscle and lost inches. So the weight didn’t go down. Now I’ve targeted my problem and will be doing MORE cardio than weight training in the future until I get the weight down. Kind of bummed out, but also kind of relieved to have solved my problem.

I can tell how much better I felt doing this program and how my body loved eating natural whole foods and avoiding the junk food and soda. I felt a difference in my energy and how I was more awake in the mornings than normal. My clothes felt loose, my workouts were becoming easier because I was becoming stronger. It was an overall amazing feeling and I’ll be doing this program at least 3 times a year. I would recommend it to everyone because it’s life changing and opens your eyes to what you’re eating and how much you’re eating.

kayak tripMy cardio started last week when my family rented a lodge by the lake. I walked 3 miles around the lake and did a lot of kayaking during the trip. My eating will be very similar to the 21 day fix guide simply because it’s how we SHOULD be eating. It’s also very similar to the tone it up nutrition plan – which makes my life a lot easier. I’m going to be toning down the weight training and focusing more on burning calories by cardio which will consist of walking/jogging/running, at home DVDs, and other various ways outside of the gym.

Things I would have done differently:

  • Been more strict with the condiments and dressings
  • Added more cardio
  • Followed the workout program
  • Cut back on starchy foods
  • Limited my “wrap” intake – I can’t eat a lot of wheat
  • Would not have had small “cheat” meals

Overall Experience: I loved every second of doing this and loved the accountability I had with my friend Lauren and the people around me who supported me by not tempting me to eat bad!

xo Brittny

 

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Not enough time in 1 day

Terrible Tuesday! I only say this because the week is draggggging.

I wish there could be more than just 24 hours in a single day. Between work and the holidays coming up I feel like I can’t get everything done that I need to – which tends to stress me out a bit. What else stresses me out? Walking outside to snow on the ground.. especially when I had NO IDEA it was suppose to snow. Bye bye fall, hello winter!

After a long and stressful day at the office, I came home and made a pretty amazing dinner and had some left over for my lunch tomorrow. Double win!

I made a little spicy stir fry. I simply added about 6 oz of steak, fried this in a pan with some oil until it was cooked the whole way through. Meanwhile I chopped up 1/2 red pepper, 1/2 yellow pepper, 1/4 of a red onion, and added some corn and added it into the pan until the veggies were sauteed. To add a little kick, I sprinkled some McCormick taco seasoning with some water and left it simmer for about 5 minutes. Then I added some salt, pepper, paprika, and chili powder to give it even more flavor. It was amazing and gave me the energy I needed to workout!

Tonight’s workout was intense.. I completed Turbo Fire – Fire 30 and P90X Arms & Shoulders. I was drenched in sweat but it felt so good! With each workout, I know I am getting closer to my goal and that is the mindset I plan on sticking with. I’ve noticed the more involved you get in your workouts and nutrition, the more you will be able to stick with it.

What better way to workout like an athlete than to represent them while doing your workout? Steelers pride – especially for my favorite quarterback (even if he probably won’t play for rest of the season.) It’s the little things that keep me motivated.

Time for me to unwind, cuddle up in bed, catch up on some Gossip Girl while drinking some green tea, and relaxing. I hope everyone is safe out in this weather! 🙂

xo Brittny