The end of June we traveled for 2 weeks to see family in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We hit the Jersey Shore (Long Beach Island) where I got in a few runs but mostly beach, beer and candy. Then on to central Jersey where I think I got rid of my tan lines at the pool, got to catch up with Jersey friends and got back on track a little bit with nutrition and workouts (and gave my mother in law’s neighbors some entertainment, at least). Townhouse courtyard workouts for the win! Then we traveled on to Pennsylvania to see my family. We visited Hershey Park; I got some great runs in with my brother but got sidetracked with ice cream and cupcakes. The sugar struggle is real. I have a really hard time resisting it when it’s right in front of me. I just can’t. When I don’t buy it at home I’m all good but elsewhere, forget it!
So after I got back, I started up Shift Shop, which is a 3 week agility and strength training workout that progressively gets more challenging (and each workout increases by 10 minutes!). I just finished up week 2 so I’m pretty stoked to see how the final week of workouts are!
After I wrap up Shift Shop, I am ramping up the long distance running to start training for the South Carolina Ragnar Relay Ultra I will be running in the beginning of October. I will be running an 8, 10 and 12 mile leg each over a 2 day period so I need to get the training started! I am pretty sure I will be cross training with Sagi with the program Body Beast, which is a lot of weights and strength training. I need a break from Autumn Calabrese. Although I love her, we have spent a lot of time together with 21 day fix extreme over the past year and we need some space. I’m pretty excited to be doing more with weights and I think it will compliment my running very well.
I’m also running two 10k races during the Ultra Training, one in August and one in September to keep me motivated! If you’d like to follow my journey a little more please find me on IG at jodiprice55, I keep things a bit more updated there!
This week I did a challenge to wake up every day at 5am and do a workout. Disclosure: I’m a night owl, I enjoy staying up late and I like my sleep in the morning. My usual routine is having my kids wake me up (they’re usually up around 7 or 7:30am), relocating to the couch where I sleep as long as possible while they watch a morning show until I have to rouse myself to get my son ready for preschool by 9am.
I have several friends who say that getting up early every day is the BEST time to workout! And I’ve resisted for about a year, telling them how much I would dislike it. Well, lately it’s been getting a little boring and also challenging to do my workouts with my 2.5 year old – my morning or afternoon then revolves around getting my workout done, and my daughter hasn’t been wanting to listen and get off of me when she is climbing on me during a workout, so there are lots of interruptions. She’s adorable, and I don’t mind it at all, but I do want to get the workout done! And I would like to do more social activities with her too versus not making any plans because of my workout needing to get done.
So for these reasons – I tried it out this week. Shocking fact #1 – it wasn’t hard to get out of bed at that time. My alarm went off, I’d jump up and go into the bathroom where I had my workout clothes laid out, slip them on and go downstairs to the workout I had loaded up in the DVD player already. 30 minutes later, workout done. I’d get a peaceful shower afterwards and a relaxing breakfast, and even some FREE TIME while the kids were sleeping! Shocking fact #2 – I loved it! I love the whole thing. It feels great to get it done in the morning. It made my days so much more relaxing, especially because I was able to get a few things done uninterrupted in the mornings. And shocking fact #3 – I didn’t really get tired during the day afterwards.
I did make an effort to get to bed by 10pm (failed the last 2 days of the week and it was more like 10:30). But I was shocked I wasn’t much during the week and I’m not collapsing today (being Friday). If I laid down on the couch for an extended period of time, well, that might be a different situation, hehe but for doing normal activities, I’m good!
What do you think? Are you a member of the 5am club already? Would you consider it?
I’ve FALLen head over heels for Greek yogurt lately. So many delicious combinations and ways to enjoy it. I’m getting protein – and it’s 21 day fix approved so fits in my nutrition plan! Yaaaaaas. Here are two ways(sweet and savory) I enjoyed today, try it!
Sweet potato pancakes with Proyo
Sweet potato pancake recipe can be found here. And for the Proyo – just add in some protein powder (vanilla whey, etc or even better, Shakeology – probiotics!) to plain nonfat greek yogurt. I added some unsweetened coconut flakes on top too. I felt like I was eating cake with pudding in the middle!
A little spice for my lunch – Chobani Meze Dip in three pepper salsa. LOOOVE that it has less fat than hummus and that I recognize all the ingredients on the label! It’s pretty hard to find a healthy dip that you can actually have more than 2 Tbsp of. This fits the bill! I added it onto my lettuce wraps along with low sodium turkey, cheese, tomato and red onion.
My kids ate this. Enough said.
4 thin sliced thicken breasts (pound thin with mallet if not thin enough)
1 c shredded cheddar
1 c broccoli florets, chopped
sea salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350. Place thicken breasts in a baking dish or pan. Sprinkle with s&p, paprika and garlic powder. place a spoonful of broccoli (however much you think will fit!) on one side of each chicken, topped by a spoonful of cheddar. fold in half and secure with 1-2 toothpicks. Brush tops with olive oil and more spices. Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake in oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and top with rest of cheese, bake another 5 minutes. Enjoy!
I purchased a whole head of broccoli but only used half for this recipe, steamed the other half and topped with a little cheddar as well for a side dish along with corn on the cob. Kid friendly meal!
21 day fix: 1 red, 1/2 green, 1 blue
I started doing the 21 day fix (Beachbody workout program) in January of this year (2016). I lost 10 lbs in two rounds of 21 day fix (42 days). Then I did 21 day fix extreme in March and started drinking Shakeology, losing another 7 lbs in that 21 days. Then I did Brazil Butt Lift Carnivale workouts, continuing to drink Shakeology and lost a few more lbs. Overall, I dropped from a size 10 to a size 6 from losing approximately 20 lbs.
Unfortunately, I had some side effects from this weight loss. My clothing no longer fit. I had to go out and buy size 6 clothes, as my 10’s and even 8’s were too large. I felt pretty good at my weight of 130 (I’m 5’6″) at a size 6 and I didn’t feel like I needed to lose more weight so felt like it was a good time to get new clothes. Even my stretchy tie at the waist pants were falling off.
So I bought a number of pairs of shorts, jeans and shirts. I continued working out daily, doing a mix of 21 day fix, Brazil Butt Lift Carnivale and 21 day fix extreme while drinking Shakeology – but I modified my eating plan for 21 day fix to maintain weight vs losing weight, per the 21 day fix nutrition plan.
My weight stayed the same, but I dropped another size. To a 4!! (I had to buy a size 2 and XS in Old Navy, but pretty sure their sizes run on the big side). Now, my size 6 attire is too big. Now, this is what upsets me! Nowhere in Beachbody’s advertising did they advertise that this could happen. Had I known that I could drop a clothing size without actually losing weight, I would have waited to buy all size 4’s. As it is now, I have more clothes that I have to donate and more clothes to buy. It’s quite ridiculous and I know several people that this same thing has happened to! I’m pretty sure there are more out there, which is why I’m proposing a class action lawsuit against Beachbody for failing to properly disclose these effects of undertaking their exercise programs. I consider it borderline manipulative business practices to fail to disclose this information. It’s really unacceptable that I’ve been deceived in this way and had to suffer from these hardships. I’m also recommending they compensate me for all of my wardrobe changes that have been required as a result of doing their exercise programs. I have several other plaintiffs joining me and I’m looking for more people to include in this legal action. Please comment below or contact me if you have suffered from similar situations with Beachbody exercise programs!
*Disclosure*This is meant to be a satirical article. I am a Beachbody Coach and everything I have indicated above in regards to weight loss is true. I do not plan on filing a Class Action lawsuit for losing weight and/or inches, or for requesting compensation for clothes that no longer fit me. I will, however, be requesting a receipt at Salvation Army for a tax write off for my old clothes!!*
We had leftovers the other night, and I was marveling how nice it was not to have to clean the kitchen. And then I realized there is an invention for that – I have a crockpot, and for some odd reason I haven’t used it in about a month. So this was dinner the next night! Served with some brown rice and side salad.
1.5-2lbs chicken breast tenders
1/4 c whole wheat flour (I used 1/8 c coconut flour and 1/8 c gluten free Pillsbury blend)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 TBsp coconut oil
1/4 c soy sauce (GF if needed)
2 TBsp rice wine vinegar
1 TBsp tomato paste
1 tsp honey
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 ginger, fresh grated or dried
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional, I did a dash)
1/2 c cashews raw
Combine flour & pepper in large ziplock, add chicken and shake to coat. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chicken approximately 2 minutes each side, place in crockpot. Combine rest of ingredients (minus the cashews) in a small bowl and pour over chicken. Cook on low 3-4 hours, add cashews before serving.
Makes approximately 4 servings (depends how much chicken you have!). Serve with brown rice and veggie of choice
21 day fix – 1 red, 1/2 blue, 1 yellow if served with rice, add 1 green for veggie side.
Goodbye for good, Frosted Mini-Wheats and Bran flakes + granola! Although I haven’t eaten much of these the past few months, I still occasionally have a bowl in between rounds of 21 day fix. I miss the ease of just pouring out my breakfast vs preparing something.
These overnight steel cut oats fill the gap. Pour everything in a bowl the night before and you’re set in the morning! You can use frozen fruit too, super easy.
1/4 c steel cut oats
1/4 c unsweetened almond milk (I use almond/coconut milk blend)
3/4 c non fat greek yogurt (plain or oikos triple zero vanilla)
1 c fruit, frozen or fresh
1 tsp vanilla or dash cinnamon (optional)
Put in fridge overnight, enjoy!
21 day fix: 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 purple