Saturday, March 28, 2015

21 Day Fix Day 21

Sweating Round 1 Friday


So sleepy. The perfect day to start with morning yoga and then do 21 Day Fix Yoga Fix workout.  And today is the last of my 21 days.  Tomorrow I will be taking me “after” measurements and know how many pounds/inches I’ve lost these past three weeks.  I’m eager to see the stats.  And I’m scared to see them as well.  Stay tuned . . .


Today is the last day of the 3 Day Quick Fix.  Tomorrow I’ll be back on the usual 21 Day Fix meal plan but I’m considering moving up a level.  I feel tired most of the time.  It is easy to say that part of the reason I feel tired is that I’ve been sleeping poorly due to the night sweats I’ve been experiencing. (We’re going to pick up some black cohosh and maybe I can start sleeping well again.) 

I won’t go up a level until I am doing 21 Day Fix again, starting on 6 April.  Starting on the first, I’ll be doing two challenges.  First is a 30 Day Crunch Challenge.  The second will be a surya namaskar challenge, doing one Sun Salutation on the 1st, two on the 2nd, etc., building up to 30 on each side by the end of the month.  I’ve been doing my morning yoga again (and loving it) and I remember being pleasantly surprised with the results when I did this challenge before.  When I began doing it, I could not put my left leg up between my hands but halfway through the month I started being able to do it and consistently too.  Since one of my goals for April is to increase my flexibility, I am returning to what I know worked for me before. 

And I realize that I just ended the "diet" section talking about exercise. Oops.

Exercise Round 2


Tomorrow is the big day, to see how effective the 21 Day Fix worked for me.  I’ll be writing a review of the DVDs and in April I’ll begin posting reviews of workout DVDs starting in April, with a focus on exercising with a balance disorder and/or severe osteoarthritis (and, of course, knee pain that comes with the osteoarthritis). 

So, although technically this is the final post about my 21 Day Fix journey, this is not the final post about 21 Day Fix and, since I’m already planning on doing it for a second round, there will be more posts about my fitness, albeit not so focused on this particular exercise program.  What will I be focused on? Well, I keep saying that I have announcements coming.  Just another reason to stick around.   

Friday, March 27, 2015

21 Day Fix Day 20

Meal 4 steamed chicken & carrots


No yoga again today because Rob had an early start.  Used the bike and did the 21 Day Fix Dirty 30.  The side plank with leg lift is impossible for me.  Still.  For now, anyway.  Next week, when I take a week off from 21 Day Fix before starting my second round, I’ll be working on my abductors and adductors. 

Meal 5 tuna with tomatoes and orange bell peppers

Eating six times a day is easier said than done. Today I took a much needed nap (because of the night sweats that keep disrupting my sleep) and slept through my third meal. I still had my first serving of fish but I skipped the second.  I would have slept longer but had to use the bathroom.  While doing the 3 Day Quick Fix, you drink a lot of water.   Not that I don’t always drink a lot but I have been drinking more because I keep wanted fresh vegetables and fruit.  Yes, even fruit. 

The truly significant victory for yours truly came yesterday when I was putting together Bibi’s Easter basket.  All the chocolate and jelly beans and temptation as I filled over 30 eggs with mixed nuts, stickers, stamps, goldfish crackers, and a variety of chocolates and I didn’t eat even one of them.  Not one piece.  Not even a tiny M&M.  I have set aside a stash for myself and Rob to enjoy on my birthday.  And enjoy we shall! Just eight days from today.  Oh boy!

Meal 6 ground turkey with mixed vegetables


This past week, my ketones haven’t been good.  No signs at all.  Not sure if this means I’m not burning fat or what.  I’ve been avoiding the scale so I can be more surprised on Sunday.  Now I have a sneaking feeling that the surprise won’t be mind-blowing.  I may need to increase my food intake.  That has always been a problem for me.  Because of how the program is designed, this means I’ll have more vegetables, fruit, and carbs as well as more peanut butter.  (BTW, I could easily have something other than peanut butter;  I just really like peanut butter. LOL!)

We’ll see how it goes.  Sunday morning I’ll do my official final weigh-in and take my measurements.  Then take some “after” pictures to compare with my before pictures.  But the journey isn’t quite over and I’ll be doing 21 Day Fix again starting 6 April.  Round two and counting until I reach my weight loss goal.  This is my year to finally reach that goal.   

Thursday, March 26, 2015

21 Day Fix Day 19

Breakfast:  steelcut oats


I had insomnia last night (thanks to night sweats) and Rob had an early start to his work day. As a result, I chose to skip yoga and get right to using the bike.  Holly gets fussy when I use it and I was hoping she would not be awake enough to interrupt my using the bike. She cooperated so I was able to get 7.1 miles in this morning. I took the dogs out, fed them, took them out again, then did 21 Day Fix Cardio Fix.  I am already seeing improvement!  I went deeper on the lateral squat.  Still struggling with some of the plank exercises but I pushed through.  Yes, I exercised in spite of my not sleeping well.  Yes, I exercised in spite of my being super dizzy today.  Yes, I held onto the wall while doing the standing oblique exercises.  But yes, I did it.  I did it.  I did it!

Meal 2:  chicken and sweet potatoes


When you start 21 Day Fix, it’s recommended that you do the 3 Day Quick Fix.  Six simple meals spread out throughout the day.  Steamed veggies can be boring after a day or two.  And two servings of grilled chicken a day can also be dull. And let’s not forget the egg whites.  Bland. But I love using herbs and spices so I can easily mix up the flavors which keeps me from ever getting bored. 

When I did it at the beginning of this 21 day adventure, I found myself missing only one thing:  the crunch of fresh vegetables.  You can imagine how enthusiastic I was to finally have a salad as part of my daily diet!  I was looking through the materials that come with the DVDs and I read the following:   
we also suggest integrating it into the end of your 21 Day Fix, starting with Day 19

Uh oh.  Guess what?  I started my 19th day today and if I hadn’t noticed that, I might have missed repeating the 3 Day Quick Fix.  In any event, I’m back on the 3 Day Quick Fix now.  The pictures of my food may not change quite so much but it will still give you an idea of how much you would eat to start with if you were to follow the program as it is designed.  I’ve noticed a lot of people don’t do the 3 Day Quick Fix, not even at the start.  But I wanted to give this my all and my all is what I’m giving.

Meal 3:  steamed cod and broccoli


No real progress update but I had to share something.  I picked up P90 for Rob and I was hoping he would be working the day it arrived.   But then I figured, if he happened to be home, that would be okay.  I could just say that it is an anniversary gift, which it is, and tuck the box where he wouldn’t snoop for it.  (Rob is much better about not snooping than I am, that’s for sure.)  Yesterday the box arrived and . . . well, it was pretty obvious what had arrived.  Naturally, he immediately knew who it was for.  So there was on anniversary surprise ruined.  Never fear!  I actually have something else for him.  But shhhhh . . . don’t tell him.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

21 Day Fix Day 18

Today's Breakfast


Yoga ♥ ♥ ♥
21 Day Fix Pilates Fix 
Bike 7.2 miles / 14.7 rpm

Last night's dinner

Last night Rob and I made a slow cooker pork tenderloin with apples and served it with some mashed sweet potatoes.  So delicious, I cannot even describe it. Better still, the recipe came with a “leftovers” recipe, in this case a berry filled salad with homemade raspberry vinaigrette.  Remember how I said yesterday I like to add fruit to my salads to sneak them into my daily diet?  Well, you can imagine why I would be thrilled to my toes that today I can do that with no effort on my part whatsoever!

The salad recipe has further suggestions for variations.  If berries are not in season and/or are too expensive, peaches or plums, even sweet bell peppers or pears, can be used. I love a recipe that has so much versatility and this one definitely has that.  

Leftovers in salad

I hit an emotional wall yesterday. I was feeling dizzier than usual and that had me feeling less than great about myself and life. Then my kindle died.  It’s so silly, really.  I mean, I don’t want or even need the top of the line ereader and am content with the most basic version.  And yet, it just bugs me that it isn’t working.  Because of how I felt physically, I didn’t use the bike. I pushed myself not to slack off too much today and used the bike before lunch. Even if I am having another bad vertigo day (and I kinda am), I will have done what I want to do before my body won’t cooperate.

The thing is, at this point I should be used to these two steps forward, three steps back moments.  I know there is no cure. I know that when the seasons change—especially winter to spring and summer to autumn—I struggle more than usual to maintain my balance.  None of this should come as a surprise after nearly a decade.  And yet . . .

No carpet until Tuesday

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

21 Day Fix Day 17


Yoga already this morning and bike a little later.  I did the 21 Day Fix Lower Body Fix this morning using 5 lbs and it was great!  I was literally dripping sweat!  When I started, my hands were a little cold and I was wearing layers but I peeled them off before I even began.  Love these workouts!!!  Even modified, they are not easy.


While doing the Master Cleanse, I mentioned that I was surprised to find that there were times when I was eating more out of habit than hunger.  I would grab a little something to nosh whenever I fed the dogs or started making dinner or . . . well, there were several times a day when I realized I reached for something out of habit. 

Now I find myself looking at the containers, considering what I want to eat and what I need to eat.  Fruit seems to be the one food I don’t reach for as often as I do vegetables and cheese.  Now I am enjoying two servings of fruit a day (although I do miss my cheese).  With four servings of protein a day, I can easily have protein at every meal and for a snack or just have a protein shake.  The hardest part may be the 3 portions of vegetables a day.  I like vegetables.  I want to eat them more.  So on days when I am feeling hungrier, I eat an extra salad.  (And when I am not really eager to eat fruit, I add some to my salad.  I sneak my fruit in my veggies.  LOL!)


When I remember to do so, I measure my ketones and I’m still burning fat each and every day.  I love that I am able to double up the exercises and feel the ache in my muscles but not be so sore I can’t move.  That’s definitely the best kind of progress!  When I do these DVDs again, I will begin immediately using the light weights and, depending on how I feel, I’ll be doubling up by week three again.  Who knows, maybe by my third or fourth time through, I’ll be using heavier weights and doubling up!

Monday, March 23, 2015

21 Day Fix Day 16


I woke up feeling just a wee bit sore, so my morning yoga felt so glorious.  Just perfect!

After my yoga, I rested a bit before jumping into 21 Day Fix.  Today was Upper Body Fix and, if I were to follow the recommended doubling, I would have also done Cardio Fix.  Instead, I chose to do the Abs Fix.  Not sure what happened during the second set of Bicycles.  I felt a pinch of a nerve in my shoulder and immediately back off so I didn’t do the second set of bicycles but I did the bonus exercises (modifying along with Kat).

I did not use the bike at all, yesterday.  Today, I really need to hit it.  The last time I used the bike, my knee was not very happy but, when I use the bike regularly, my knee doesn’t bother me at all.  I guess I’m still hoping that I’ve rehabilitated it enough to have moved on but that is not happening.  Not yet.  Maybe not ever. But I want to be pain free and using the bike for 30 minutes is a small price to pay for being free from pain.


Because of Rob’s diabetes, we’re very aware of portion sizes but I am realizing that I haven’t been very good about having a balanced diet.  I am not a big fan of fresh fruit or fruit in general so I can go days and weeks without.  Don’t get me wrong.  I actually love eating fruit; it’s just not my go-to food of choice and, as a result, I bypass it for other foods.  On this plan, however, I make a conscious effort every day to eat fruit.  And I’m loving it.  I really am.  I’m beginning to think that maybe the reason I didn’t eat fresh fruit because I was being a mother, sacrificing my own diet to ensure there is enough for my loved ones.  Time for me to get over that, given that Rob is the only loved one still living here and he likes seeing me enjoy good food.

I emailed Coach Stephanie and asked her about Food Exchanges. Have you noticed that some recipes have a food exchange under the nutrition? Many diabetes cookbooks have these.  As I was doing the menu planning for the week, I realized that maybe the food exchanges at the end of the recipes corresponded with the containers.  It would make sense, wouldn’t it?  I asked Stephanie and, sure enough, she said they do.  This makes using the containers even easier.  I was already mixing things up a bit, tossing some fruit into my salads or combining carbs with protein.  I guess Rob and I have done this enough that I can guess how a recipe adds up without feeling overwhelmed.  Anyway, I definitely don’t feel like I’m depriving myself of anything tasty.


I really really really want to do my measurements but I am resisting the urge, not wanting to take them until I finish the full 21 days.  I gave into temptation yesterday and I did measure my waist.  So I can say for certain that I have lost something above and beyond weight. Bonus:  I measured my waist with my shirt on, which I obviously didn’t do when I originally took my measurements!  Next Sunday, I’ll give the official end of the 21 days before and after measurements—weight and inches lost.  I’ll also be making a couple of announcements and such, as promised. Oh boy!   

Sunday, March 22, 2015

21 Day Fix Day 15


By 8am I had already done my morning yoga and two 21 Day Fix workouts:  Total Body Cardio Fix and Pilates Fix.  Right now, whether I also use the bike or not is open to debate but anything is possible.


This week I’m going to focus on the food I eat from day to day.  I took some pictures last week and will take more this week.  My meal plan based on my weight loss goal includes the following:
  • 3 Green
  • 2 Purple
  • 4 Red
  • 2 Yellow
  • 1 Blue
  • 1 Orange
  • 2 Teaspoons

The green container is vegetables and mostly I’ve been having salads.  I dump some protein on it sometimes.  Other times, I mix some fruit in with the greens.  The orange container holds the salad dressing. I have never finished the orange container because I don’t really like that much dressing on my salads.  However, I have a feeling I make up for it a bit by having some fats in other meals. Frankly, I’m not too worried about it because I don’t typically eat fatty foods. 

There were a couple of days last week where I was famished and wanted to eat more.  The Eating Guide that comes with the program suggests that, if you are especially hungry, go ahead and add another serving of the Green container.  I was fully prepared to do just that.  Wouldn’t you know, the next day I simply wasn’t as hungry. But at least now I know what the program suggests I should do if I face that dilemma again.


Okay, enough with the jibber jabber.  You probably want to know how my weekly weigh-in went this morning.  Are you ready?

I lose another 1.8 lbs (0.9 kg) for a total of 3 lbs (1.4 kgs) in 2 weeks! 

Next week I will not only be doing my weekly weigh-in but I’ll also take my measurements because I will have finished my first cycle of 21 Day Fix.  Yes, I plan on doing it again.  It’s been a long time since I’ve seen my efforts pay off like this and I would like to keep it up.  Wouldn’t you, if you were I?