Wednesday, February 24, 2016

21 day fix extreme RESULTS and REVIEW

Okay, to be honest, I didn't give this as much as I could've. It's really difficult with a baby waking up twice a night and two kids to keep on top of school with. BUT, those are excuses. I ended up deleting my facebook for a bit (so don't expect to find my wellness page on there) and that surprisingly has freed up a lot of my time! I didn't even know.

So here's what I did wrong:

1. WATER. I did not drink enough of it. I can't stand our tap water, so I drink sparkling waters or fill up my water bottle elsewhere. This means my intake is not all. I believe this is causing my to bloat and retain a lot of water weight, so I'm hoping to increase my water and see if I can lose that water weight.

2. EATING. I gave up a lot of days. Valentines weekend really did me in, as my in-laws were in town and I have a hard time knowing how to control myself once I say yes to something I "shouldn't" have.

3. SLEEP. Yeah... I have a  new baby. So..... pretty self explanatory.

So I only lost 5 pounds in 3 weeks. I think if I had kept my water intake up I'd have at least another 3 pounds, and if I ate better add 2-3 more to that. I definitely realize I didn't give it 100%. But, I still made progress. So, here are my results!

I really enjoyed the 21 day fix extreme workouts! For me and my body type, however, I need a lot more cardio. I was able to sweat in 4 of the workouts, but the rest I just got heated up. My heart rate never spiked, so interval training wasn't involved. I get SHREDDED on interval training. The weight training aspect was probably really good for me, being a postpartum mom, so I can get strengthened before jumping into my normal interval intense workouts.

Instead of the 10 min abs, I substituted insanity max "ab attack". This next month I'm doing a 21 day fix extreme/ insanity max hybrid, and the month of will do Insanity Max.

April 24 I'm registered to get INSANITY CERTIFIED! So lookout, Soldotna! This lady's gonna bring the burn!


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Superfood Coffee

So I'm on day four of 21 day fix extreme and am NOT feeling thrilled right now... I bought a jar of almond butter thinking "Oh look at me being healthy and replacing peanut butter". First off, it is NOT a good replacement of peanut butter. I couldn't stand the taste of it with apples or banana. Secondly,  however, it is amazingly delicious alone and by the spoonful... needless to say, I should not have almond butter around my home, and I know that now. Definitely went over my portion control...

On a different note, have you ever heard of the ketogenic diet? If you've been watching "My Diet is Better Than Yours", you would notice that "The Wild Diet" followed a very high fat diet. He put a lot of ketogenic ideas into his diet. One of the biggest ones is the famous "butter coffee". Google "ketogenic diet" if you want more scientific and nutritional info on it :)

So, I have created my own fatty coffee, aka "Superfood Coffee", that tastes like a Tan Mocha! For those of you who don't know what that is, it's basically a mocha with half the powder and sweetness. It's my favorite coffee splurge!

This Superfood Coffee cuts back only a little on calories, being that it has coconut oil in it (which has a TON of calories!). But it is sugarfree and dairy free (with the option to use a different form of natural sweetener).

Now, I have had this 3-4 times in the morning first thing when I don't feel hungry enough for Shakeology but still want energy to do a workout. And that's how it should be used. It should NOT be in addition to your diet or used throughout the day. Again, google the how-to's of ketogenics :)

1.5-2 tbsp Cacoa powder (CACAO is a superfood, NOT COCOA)
Stevia or other natural sweetener of choice
1 tbsp coconut oil

Step 1: Brew coffee. I like to brew mine strong.
Step 2: Add ingredients into blender.
Step 3: Pour 8-12 oz coffee into blender.
Step 4: Blend away!

The result is a frothy, dairy free latte texture! And it's delicious! I swear mine turned out just like a tan mocha. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Egg Nog Indulgence

I've finished day one of 21 day fix extreme! I didn't realize the eating plan was so different and was shocked to see that I could use two styles of eating for faster results! Competition countdown day and extreme eating day. Well, you only get two extreme eating days a week, meaning only two days a week I can have fruit (aka something sweet!)! So today I wanted to figure out a way to use my reds AND get rid of my sweet tooth, so I created the egg nog "indulgence"! I didn't get enough egg nog over the holidays so this is long overdue.

*I used Zoi greek yogurt which is VERY thick and tastes like whole milk so it's extra delicious :)

I'm going to try this countdown to competition plan for the first week and see if I want to switch to the normal extreme eating plan after :)