Les Mills 21 Day Challenge

Today marks the day my sister-in-law and myself will be starting the Les Mills 21 Day Nutrition challenge. In short:

  • No Carbs or Fruit (it’s just 3 weeks get over it)
  • Palm size protein
  • 2 handfulls of veggies
  • 1 thumb oil
  • All of the above at every meal – 5 meals a day

So I made a special last supper last night of chicken pot pie from scratch and new potatoes. Gotta get my carb fix! The recipe was originally from the Pioneer Woman, but I found two blogs for the crust and filling that had GREAT directions, and to be honest I think it could have been a disaster without their step-by-step.

The overall product was delicious! I did forget all the seasonings (salt, pepper, thyme) but oh well. Still pretty durn good, so I can only imagine how good it will be when I remember all the ingredients.

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So I encourage you to try the 21-day challenge. It’s only 3 weeks, so what’s the problem? Plus, it’s a great way to work on meal prep!(my current downfall) and to put together a kick ass routine to get ready for… BIKINI SEASON!

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Creating a Personalized Diet

Beginning a new health routine is not easy, and in my opinion it is just not realistic to take a plan and try and follow it to a T. Don’t be afraid to tweak a plan to fit your lifestyle! Otherwise you are simply setting yourself up for failure. This is a journey, and you will have plenty of time to tighten the reigns. So slow down, take a deep breath, and figure out what you want to accomplish and where you are going to start.

For me, the starting point was obvious. I LOVE Tosca Reno, and I especially love her Clean Diet principles. In my opinions, this “diet” is the only one that is realistic and straightforward in terms of what really needs to be done to get the body of your dreams, and for those of you on the fence, Reno’s books are great when it comes to breaking things down and making the information easy to swallow. That being said, while I want results and I want them fast, I would much rather take things one step at a time and minimize my potential for failure. So instead of going clean cold turkey, I started to look at specific areas I could change focusing on continual growth.

Where this process has helped the most is when it comes to my boyfriend, who works out religiously, has amazing genetics (no one in his family ages past 50), but also survives on carbs and soda. So our first deal?

Breakfast. Every. Single. Day.

I make breakfast when I don’t have to teach TRX at 5:30 AM, and we fend for ourselves on the days that I do. It doesn’t have to be complicated, and in reality you will be more likely to stick with it if you keep it simple. Start with something you like, and gradually make things healthier. For example… our breakfasts started out roughly like this (480 calories).

Whole Wheat Bread with Summer Sausage and 2 Eggs

Whole Wheat Bread with Summer Sausage and 2 Eggs

And then became this (420 calories).

Sprouted Grain Ezekiel English Muffin with 1.5 Eggs, Chopped Green Pepper, and Chorizo

Sprouted Grain Ezekiel English Muffin with 1.5 Eggs, Chopped Green Pepper, and Chorizo

And we are both now down to half an Ezekiel with more veggies, 1.5 eggs each and no meat (230 calories!)…extremely satisfying!

Coming Clean

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Over the holidays I read this book and ate it up. HA I’ve been a fan of Tosco Reno for awhile and had yet to read one of her books, and I have to say this, it is THE BEST guide for getting your eating habits in line. This book is specifically aimed for those of us who are struggling with losing those final 10-15 lbs.

This plan breaks clean eating down into an easy 4 week plan. The keyword here however is plan. The key to being successful with this change, and any diet and fitness plan in general, is planning. So instead of jumping into the deep end without swimming lessons, I have been taking the time to create my own clean eating regimen I can easily follow and slowly tweak to become more strict.

So first things first, get everything together.

  • Cooler for my car (Don’t need this yet – its been super cold)
  • Water bottle (I lost mine and my water consumption has suffered for it – lame- I know)
  • Snacks and week 1 supply of food
  • Set of tupperware

*Plus, I’m really hoping this will help me to control my grocery budget.