Another week rolls around and I'm left with a blank meal plan slate! So, I take out my pen and paper, look in my pantry, my fridge, and my freezer and start to see what I can use to fit the 21 day fix meal plan! I am all about keeping it simple so that when I get home from work, I'm not stressing about cooking a big, elaborate meal. If I can't make it happen in under 30 minutes then I usually don't put it on the plan! All of these recipes are 21 day fix and 21 day fix extreme approved! If you're doing Cize then you can use these too! What is on your plan for the week? Check out my recipe page for ideas also! Want to learn more about the Fix? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know if you want more information on my upcoming challenge group! Happy planning!!
Summer can be a tough season when trying to drink enough water! There are parties, soda (pop if you're from my area), adult beverages and busy days! I have challenged myself to drink half of my body weight in ounces of water each day for the next week. So far, it hasn't been that terrible! I need to consume roughly 65-70 ounces each day and I will drink more than that since I am exercising along with it. This is what has helped me keep the water consumption going:
There are SO many benefits to drinking enough water. It helps maintain the balance of fluids in your body, flushes toxins and excess salt out of your body, makes your skin clearer and "glow", keeps your calorie intake in check, helps keep your muscles energized, keeps your kidneys working properly and the most exciting benefit of all....keeps you regular! :)
Do you want to take the challenge with me? Comment below "I'm in!" and let's get the water flowing!
Holy cow! This is one of the best salads I have ever had! It is super simple, takes less than 20 minutes to make from start to finish, and is packed with awesome nutrition! The recipe can be found in Autumn Calabrese's new cookbook, Fixate. This recipe is just one of over 100 that is 21 Day Fix approved and absolutely delicious. My husband is not a fan of quinoa but he really likes this! The dressing that is mixed within the salad has a lime juice base with cumin added to it. I literally had to tell myself to walk away from the bowl because I could've eaten the entire thing! This made a HUGE bowl--I needed to use one of my largest Tupperware bowls to fit it all. It is perfect for a large party! Want in on this great cookbook? It's only available through a coach (me! Me!) so you can get your copy here: http://bit.ly/FixateEMC
Let me know what recipes you have tried!
Okay, I get it...I'm into eating right and exercising yet there are moments like these! My friend said to me while we were camping, "For being such a health nut, your kids sure get a lot of candy!" Well, that weekend, on vacation, he was right! I felt a little like a phony at that point in time but then I thought...you know, if we lived 100% eating clean ALL of the time, how would my kids navigate those parties and sweets later on in life? For me, it's all about the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent of the time we are eating right and eating healthy, nutritious foods. The other 20% are for those parties, candies, ice cream dates and for adults...beverages :) I'm hopefully teaching my kids that you can have these treats without over indulging. So, on vacations and camping trips...we do have candy and sweets! But, I can guarantee there isn't a big bag of skittles or M&Ms in the house so that they become an everyday staple. Here's to those 20% ice cream cones!
One thing that has helped keep me on track this summer was setting goals. I set a variety of goals including fitness goals, nutritional goals and house keeping goals! I have to admit, my goal of getting my kids' closets and dressers organized by August 1st was NOT successful! But, my goal of working out at least 5 days a week was. The main reason one was successful and the other was not....it was a SMART goal.
SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Bound. When you break down your overall goal and fit it within these parameters, you will be much more successful. I failed to make my closet/dresser organizing goal fit into these categories. So, this is my new and improved goal for August:
I will clean out my sons' dressers of clothes that are too small and move them into bins by August 28 . This will be done in 4 half hour sessions (because any longer with a 3 and a 4 year old running around is NOT attainable or realistic!)
Goal setting isn't just for weight loss, financial planning or these big picture concepts! Use it in your day-to-day life and you'll find your mind will be less cluttered and you'll be reaching those goals before you know it! What are some goals you are setting for yourself this month? Comment below or post on my Facebook wall and I'll help keep you accountable! Let's finish the summer strong!
I'm a wife, mom of two rambunctious boys with a new baby girl, a middle school science teacher and a health and fitness coach. Oh...and a huge bird nerd.