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Who needs accountability?

Meeee, this girl does! Last week went sideways. I could list plenty of reasons but pretty much they all boil down to .. I took a week long break from all things. Lol. I managed to survive with the 3 kids and hubby in tow. Bleh. Even when you are so very much wanting to change things and make better choices, sometimes you’ll have a hiccup and come to a halt. Getting back to it by making plans and setting a goal will help you start turning those gears again.

My plan: follow the 21 Day Fix and train for a 5K Thanksgiving run
My (short term) goal: Lose 15 more pounds

The people over at Beach Body finally listened to all the voices asking them more a more reasonable vegan 21 Day Fix eating plan. They way the plan was before, the only vegan sources of protein allowed were tofu, tempeh (which is tofu-like), Shakeology, and a very vague “veggie burger”. Thats just not enough choices and no one wants to eat 4 servings of tofu a day! I did the whole 21 days before, eating only vegan foods, but it was pretty limiting.

But they recently edited the 21DF plan to include many more plant based sources of protein, along with a new break down of carbs, and a change in the 21DF container amounts. Which made this girl super happy!!! I can do the plan while focusing on eating a vegan diet and actually continue the nutrition plan after the 21 days is over! (Why do I ❤ this plan so much? They have a pretty great listing of yummy and healthy foods you can eat, you use their recommendations for calorie bracket and container amounts, cook the food, measure it in the containers, and eat the allowed containers for that day. Its really simple and takes little thought.)

I just prepped my meals for the next 3 days. Why 3 days? I figured out that batch cooking for any longer then that takes too much time, the food doesnt stay super fresh, and I start getting tired of eating it after 3 days! Im posting not exactly to get anyone to join (although, hello, you totally should join!) but to have the accountability of putting it out there. Encouragement and accountability. Because I want to lose the stupid final 15 pounds that have been hanging around. And I want to show that this nutrition plan is very do-able (even for people with dietary needs or restrictions, like no animal products). It can be done. You can do it. I HAVE done it (after baby no. 2) and I WILL do it again this time. Woop Woop!

  • Breakfast : Smoothy (Shakeology, Salad greens, Banana, 2tsp chia, water)
  • Lunch: Quinoa, Tempeh, String beans, Mushrooms
  • Snack: Apples, Nuts, 2teasp peanut butter
  • Dinner: Brussels sprouts, snow peas, tofu, Sweet potatoes, hemp seeds, 1tsp oil
  • Snack: Edamame, Cauliflower, Brown rice

21 day fix vegan

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Who do you compare to?

Do not compare yourself with others

My mom’s birthday was this week and we went back home over the weekend to celebrate. You know what that means? Lots of family and fun time. And lots of food… Birthday cake, s’mores, and pimento cheese sandwiches for days! Its all about balance, some days are great and other days are filled with pimento cheese. But that was my entire weekend.

When I got back to my house on Sunday night I was super sluggish, I climbed into bed but before I fell asleep I made an attack plan on how to get back on track this week. The only person I needed to be better than was the person I was the day before. That I can do! Instead of fretting over my weekend or comparing myself to someone else, I decided to focus on making better choices then what I had made over the weekend. Step 1: No more sweets or pimento cheese. Ha. Step 2: Search Google for some tips! Help and advice from the experts. Step 3: Make a plan and attack it! Here are my goals for this week:

Drink a ton of water. Go to bed 30 mins early. Eat meals from the 21 Day Fix Fixate cookbook. Dont eat after 9pm.

To put that into practice, I closed my kitchen at 9pm last night. Why? Late night snacking trips me up and thats when Im most likely to make that unhealthy choice. Something about after dinner ice cream while I’m watching The Walking Dead… mmm! However, studies specially show you will snack MORE if you’re watching something sad, scary, or action packed. (If you have a little extra time, read THIS, it details Cornell University’s findings on this subject and is really interesting!) So last night at 9 pm I closed my kitchen. No more eating. No mindless eating in front of the TV, no emotional eating, no more food. I made a hot cup of tea (straight tea with no sugar or milk), sat down and enjoyed that with my tv show..but that was it. I felt great making that decision.

Making simple, obtainable, specific goals to crush so that I can be better than the person I was yesterday.

Plan my what..?

Today in my Fall into Fitness PiYo Challenge I did the Core workout. One of my favorite in the PiYo series because I know I have a bit of a mommy tummy to deal with and I want some abs! I’ve never had them before. However, along with the core exercise, diet is key to leaning out and getting those abs to show through. When I hear experts and trainers talk they consistently agree that you cant out exercise a bad diet.

I like to meal plan on Sundays, keeping in mind I need to use whats already in my kitchen … because I’m cheap and I want to go ahead and use what I already have. Here is my meal planning menu for this week. Its all animal-free, I cook enough for myself and my family and then my hubby will cook the meat for every one else (Im the soul vegetarian). For some of the meals I’m using the Beachbody Fixate cook book (so if you want a review of that particular meal or curious about ordering it ($15), shoot me a comment and I can walk you through that). I also find a lot of recipes on Pinterest! Its flooded with healthy options but you do have to pay attention to the ingredients because not all are meat free.
Breakfast
  • Shakeology with unsweetened coconut milk and banana
Lunch
  • M- Spicy tofu and cabbage, baked sweet potato, broccoli
  • T- Fixate Zoodles with veggie tomato sauce
  • W- Cauliflower steaks with mushroom gravy and roasted sweet potatoes
  • T- Leftovers
  • F- Veggie burger, baked beans, and slaw
  • S- PB&J (lol)
Dinner
  • M- Fixate chili over wheat pasta
  • T- Leftovers
  • W- Fixate stuffed bell peppers and peas
  • T- Burgers, baked beans, corn
  • F- Tofu, carrots, and green beans
  • S- Grilled veggies with brown rice
As a busy, homeschooling mom I really do not have the time or energy to cook some over the top meals but all of these are very do-able. Plus with a little prep work (cleaning and chopping veggies, batch cooking the tofu) I dont actually have to spend very much time cooking it because a lot of the work is already done. Score!
meal planning menu
Meal planning Sunday, join me! I found this super cute Meal Planning template on Pinterest to make it even easier to keep track of grocery store items and daily menu.

Where’d I go? Transformation

I talked about joining the #FitTeamInspire group in the post before last but for today I wanted to share some of the exciting results that Ive seen! Since joining and becoming part of the Beachbody community at the end of last year I decided to throw my dedication into this new avenue. I had lost 50 lbs after delivering kiddo #2 but I did it all on my own. This time around, after baby #3, I really wanted to connect with others and have an extra push.

Our #FitTeamInspire has hosted several challenge groups that I completed: the PiYo and 21 Day Fix Extreme programs. I also used the Focus T25 workout dvds.. as well as continuing with cardio and Zumba class at my gym. Ill be honest, Focus T25 was my least favorite program, its a lot of jumping (plyometrics is the fancy term) and ya girl just isn’t good at that! Its hard and uncomfortable and sucks. Lol. I guess its a good kind of hate. My goal is that once I loose a little more weight, to start and complete T25! The instructor, ShaunT, makes the workouts killer, its a no-joke kind of thing because he demands that you give it everything you’ve got and requires you to focus only what you’re doing. The workouts are short but boy do they work you!

PiYo and Zumba are my exercise loves; PiYo is like yoga on crack, only body weight is used so it makes me feel strong. The progress I saw with this one was slow but once I started noticing a change it was like, BOOM, hello muscles! Plus it is easy to take the moves and use them wherever, when I was on vacation in Key Largo I did PiYo on several mornings. Zumba is ridiculously fun and leaves me feeling oh so sexy! I take the class at my gym and its heavenly for when I need an hour of kid-free time. Finally, 21 Day Fix Extreme is THE program for getting your diet in check. It really helped me tune in to what I was eating and knock out any unhealthy habits. Its fool proof in that the lady who developed it did all the hard work for you, all you have to do is follow the directions and you’re good as gold.

I know that sounds like a lot of different kinds of programs but I love switching it up. Trying new things keeps my interest and helps me stay dedicated because Im never bored. As opposed to just going to the gym and running on the treadmill, yawn! I took a pic of myself before I started with the programs and then again last week, to compare. Sometimes it feels like progress is at a standstill – if the scale wont budge or if I have an off week – but these pictures don’t lie.

Before and After weight loss with Beachbody I’m pretty stoked with the progress! I’m toying around with doing another round of the 21 Day Fix Extreme because I appreciate the dummy-proof program and I think that’s exactly what I need right now with homeschooling starting back. Crazy schedules means this mama doesn’t have the time to mess around. Ain’t no body got time for that! So while this picture shows a before and after – I’m determined to make this “after” my new before!

I wanted to share what I had been doing because I know when I see some else’s transformation I want to know exactly what they did to get their results. There are innumerable different programs & eating plans out there that are suppose to help people get fit, lose weight, get stronger, be leaner, have a sexy body, and be healthy. However, the key is to be dedicated and consistent with whatever it is you’re doing.

Trust the process

Are you hungry? Baked Tofu Bites

Yep, this post is about baked tofu. Let that sink in for a minute. Baked tofu… 

Sounds good? No? Lol. I think most people would turn their nose up at such a thing, especially if they have never had it! But Ive found a several ways to prepare it and I think its actually pretty good. (Why tofu? You can read about the benefits here.) Baked like this gave a brown crust, paprika added a smoky flavor and it reminded me of nuggets. So hey, dont knock it until you try it. 😉

Baked Tofu Bites

Baked Tofu

I dont know that this will be much of a typical recipe because I didn’t measure the spices. If you’re the kind of cook that needs exact measurements, go ahead and use your favorite store bought spice mix – it’ll be ok!)

Package extra firm tofu
Favorite spices (I used sea salt, paprika, ground cumin, and chili powder.)
Olive oil

Prepare the tofu by removing it from the package and pressing it in between two plates to remove the excess water. Cut into cubes. Whisk together spices and olive oil, coat the tofu cubes. Place in a single layer on a backing sheet. Bake at 425 for 30 mins, flipping half way through, or until nice and brown!

I topped mine with hot sauce and parsley, dipped in mustard. This was one package of tofu and according to the 21 Day Fit Extreme program that Im on, it served 2. Cut in sticks, like french fries, and places in a zip lock bag, these would make for a really easy on-the-go snack.

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