3 Day Refresh – Review

A few things you should know before reading any further:

  1. I am a beachbody coach.
  2. I only completed 90% of the first day of this program before stopping.
  3. I love beachbody, their vision, and their programs (including the workouts and shakes).
  4. The 3 Day Refresh… was not for me.

I know so many people have had wonderous luck with this program.  People have lost between 3-10 pounds in just 3 days, their cravings were gone, their tummies less bloated, and overall looked and sounded pretty happy afterwards.  So, please do not let my opinion sway your overall decision, but I do want to give an honest review of how I felt it went.

Day 1 (and as it would turn out the only day):

  • Wake up and drink a cup of water – nbd, I like water.
  • Drink a vegan chocolate shake – I don’t like the vegan shakes, so this kinda bummed me out since I usually have café latte or regular chocolate shakes and I prefer their flavor and texture over the vegan chocolate.  I added some strawberries to the shake (per the plan) and threw a few in my mouth as well (since you get 12 of them).
  • Water, water, water (pee, pee, pee)
  • Have a glass of tea – nbd, I like tea as well
  • Water, water, water (pee, pee, pee)
  • Fiber sweep – there were a lot of bad reviews about this online, but I didn’t mind it.  I mixed it with 10 ounces of water and downed it faster than a college kid at a frat party.  Kinda lemony, but it didn’t bother me.
  • Water, water, water (pee, pee, pee)
  • Lunch – Vanilla Fresh Shake (kind of tastes like cereal milk, without the cereal).  With fruit, veggie and hummus.  I think my husband put it best when he said, “I found myself licking the container to try and get every ounce of hummus out of that thing.”  Because the shake was drank with it, I was relatively satisfied after lunch.  Full would be a strong word, content would be stretching it… but definitely not still hungry.
  • Water, water, water (pee, pee, pee)
  • Snack – veggie and hummus again.  Again – violation of tiny hummus bowl (2 Tbsp) commenced.
  • Water, water, water (pee, pee, pee) hungry, hungry, hungry
  • Have another glass of tea – nbd, I like tea as well — however, super hungry and the tea wasn’t really cutting it.
  • Dinner – Vanilla Fresh Shake again, and an option from the dinner list.  We did the stir fry veggies.  My husband sat across from me and next to his son.  He picked at his veggies while drooling over his son’s canned raviolis… bless his heart… my husband was holding out for me.
  • Water, water, water – still holding fork – staring down husband – reconsidering life choices – remembering why I never tried out for survivor, naked and afraid, or any other show where food wasn’t guaranteed.
  • Dinner 2.0 – Added a chicken breast and packaged up the rest of the refresh contents to return via the mail.
  • Day 2 – resumed normal eating, but my stomach was SO upset and bloated. Not sure if it was something to do with the shakes being different?  But my stomach didn’t feel right until what would have been Day 3.

Basically – it just wasn’t for me.  I spent the entire day worrying about what I was going to eat, when I was going to eat it, how I was going to gum 12 strawberries to feel more like 27 strawberries. I didn’t have much weight to lose, my husband was only doing it for moral support… our hearts just weren’t in it… and our stomach’s and resolve were empty.

Again – I do believe that this is a good jump start for people looking to jump start their body and minds onto a new path.  With the right mindset, and the okay-ness with a lack of solid food… this could totally be the program for you!

I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about it, just know I chose not to finish it… so I can only speak to what I did complete.

Peace out!

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New Breakfast Find, Yoga, and Progress!

I usually start my day with a Shakeology shake, but I love breakfast food!  So, I often have breakfast for lunch, or a snack even if I need to get some extra protein in and am craving some eggs.

I saw this idea and just had to try it:

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Banana pancakes: 1/2 banana, 1 egg, cinnamon to taste. Cook like regular pancakes. Makes 1 serving.

It was pretty tasty. I could taste the banana, but it definitely has an essence of pancake. I could have added fruit as a topping… But already have my fruit containers for the day (I’m following the 21 day fix program).

This helped fuel my active recovery workout for the day, yoga fix.

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I really enjoyed this workout today, I’m not very versed in the yoga poses, so I won’t even try telling you the names of the poses above :)

I’ve been following the 21 Day Fix program “officially” for 7 days now.  I’ve lost about 4.5 pounds and can tell that I’ve toned up a big around my mid section.  I have loved the new exercises (I was doing T25 for the last 9 weeks).  Here are my week 1 progress photos.  Top row is today, bottom row (in shorts) is day 1.

Week 1 complete of 21 Day Fix

Week 1 complete of 21 Day Fix

I’m enjoying the rest of this glorious lazy day by couching it with my husband, watching the Green Bay Packer playoff game (hopefully it goes well) and will be cooking up some food for the week in just a little bit.

Have a great week!

Game changer alert: Greek Yogurt

short version: add cinnamon.

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21 day fix: 1 purple, 1/2 red, cinnamon is free.

Ive been trying to like Greek yogurt since I started the 21 day fix nutrition plan… And wasn’t successful. I don’t like the smell of it. Bleh.

HOWEVER… A fellow coach mentioned adding cinnamon to the yogurt. I thought it was worth a shot. I tell you what my Greek-yogurt-avoiding friends… It totally changed how it smelled for me. Smelled more like a cinnamon roll or something. Now… I look forward to my Greek yogurt snack!!

Who knew?!

Try it and let me know what you think!!

For more tips… Find me at http://www.facebook.com/ingridkareenfitness

Whine about Wine

Friends… let me tell you something.  Everyone has their unique struggle when it comes to maintaining a nutrition program (short or long term).  I eat pretty healthy most of the time, I like healthy food, I can even go without chocolate for short periods of time.  I have peanut butter almost every day along with English muffins, fruit, a chocolate shake, etc.  So, what could I possibly have to whine about?

Wine.

I like it.  I like drinking it.  Which, isn’t a problem… everything in moderation, right?  However, I don’t know about you… but once I have one glass of wine, the wine gremlins come out… and they don’t like only having one glass.  They certainly think that cheese curds are a vegetable… and that dropping like it’s hot at 34 is not only necessary, but also counts as my evening leg workout.

I think it’s a constant struggle trying to balance “living the good life” and “living the life that meets my goals… that I set to live a good life”.  I want to live a healthy and active lifestyle.  I also want to drink the wine.  So, where is that line… and how come the line moves once I’ve had one glass of wine?  I have had many people tell me that life’s too short, so drink that wine!  Yeah, well… if I drink the wine every time I want to drink the wine… my waist on my pants will be too short as well.  Life… pants…

Sigh… first world problems, I know.

Anyways – all that to say that I am currently doing a (reluctantly) good job at not drinking the wine… and am trying to figure out what MY balance is.  Similar to how I tweak my workouts as I get stronger, lift more weights, jump higher, sweat more… I also am finding out what MY nutrition plan looks like.  What MY body will tolerate.  My goal is to eat and workout to meet my goals, both short and longterm goals.  My goal is NOT to diet and deprive myself unnecessarily… only to then eat ALL THE THINGS once I am done with the diet.

Alright… I’m done with my whining now!

What’s your struggle with nutrition plans?

21 Day Fix Recipe – Turkey Chili

I don’t know if you know this about Wisconsin, but it’s cold  here… for many, many months.  Which is why when I saw this recipe, I had to snag it!

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Chili is a winter staple because it’s hearty, nutritious, and, most importantly, warm! It’s is a great meal to make ahead and freeze for a quick, high-protein lunch or dinner when you’re too busy to cook. This recipe calls for two cans of kidney beans, but you can use any beans you like, or try two different colors of beans, like we did here.

Total Time: 35 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 25 min.
Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:
1 tsp. olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium yellow (or orange) bell pepper, chopped
1 lb. raw 93% lean ground turkey
1 (28-oz.) can chopped tomatoes
2 cans (15-oz. each) kidney beans, rinsed, drained
1 tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. sea salt
Crushed red peppers (to taste; optional)
12 Italian parsley sprigs, chopped

Preparation:
1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
2. Add onion and bell peppers; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is soft.
3. Add turkey; cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until turkey is browned
4. Add tomatoes, beans, chili powder, salt, and red peppers; cook, stirring frequently, for 10 to 15 minutes.
5. Divide chili into 6 serving bowls and garnish with parsley if desired.

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Per serving: 21 Day Fix containers: 1 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 Green

Source of recipe: Beachbody Recipe Blog

Transformation Tuesday

Transformation Tuesday:

My journey (so far).

The picture on the left, I was about 170 pounds and didn’t feel very comfortable or confident. I had never counted calories, nor did I have any idea really the nutritional value of anything I was eating (hello box of macaroni and cheese). I hadn’t “worked out” since I left high school sports behind me.

I tried weight watchers, lost 30 pounds being VERY strict with what I ate and not drinking at all. Three months later (yup… 3) and I had gained all 30 back. That was my first introduction to the need to create a healthy LIFE, not a successful short term diet.

I did well changing up my habits on my own for a while, then hit a point where a “healthy lifestyle” wasn’t a priority in my life anymore and I was drinking way too much, suffering from depression & anxiety, and struggling in secret with an eating disorder.

Thankfully I eventually acknowledged and owned my dilemma and re-aligned my priorities to put my health and myself first. I started to workout almost every day (Zumba, walking, jogging), amped up my nutrition and cut back on the amount of alcohol I was consuming regularly.

Then, a friend introduced me to ShaunT and “Beachbody”. I had never sweat so much… In. My. Life. I went from hour long workouts… To 25-30 minute workouts… With much better results.

I can honestly say that being a part of the beachbody community has been one of the more enjoyable lifestyle changes I’ve taken on in a while. The workouts are transforming my body (again) to a stronger one. The nutrition plans have me eating more clean/whole food than I did before. The focus on progress vs perfection… Is really just beautiful.

If you are ready to transform your lifestyle for the better… Why not try beachbody products, programs, or even coaching?!?! It could change your life… And the lives of those around you in such a great way.

Are you in?!

PS… There is a 40 lb difference and 9 years between the photos… However the biggest differences are on the inside and can’t be measured.image

Healthy Fajita Recipe

I’m a HUGE (huge) fajita fan.  It is a totally versatile dish that allows you to “build your own” dinner.  It’s something my husband and I make often because he can pile on the sour cream and beans (not listed below, those are his personal additions)… and I can pile on the veggies and pico de gallo. This fajita recipe is 21 day fix approved! 
Note: Sometimes we add a 5 ounce glass of wine along with dinner, which would replace one of the yellow containers for the day (you can do this 3 times a week and stay on the meal plan for 21 day fix).
 
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Total Time: 53 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 7 min.
Yield: 4 servings, 2 fajitas each
1 1/2 Green, 1/2 red, 1 yellow, 1/2 blue
 
Ingredients:
1 tsp. chili powder
1 dash sea salt
½ tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. olive oil, divided use
4 (4-oz.) raw chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut into ½-inch strips
½ medium green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
½ medium red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
½ medium yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 yellow (or orange) carrot, sliced thin
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
8 (6-inch) whole wheat (or corn) tortillas, warm
½ cup fresh tomato salsa (pico de gallo)
Lime wedges (for garnish; optional)
 
Preparation:
1. Combine chili powder, salt, cumin, garlic powder, and 1 tsp. oil in large re-sealable plastic bag.
2. Add chicken; mix gently to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
3. Heat remaining 1 tsp .oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Empty contents of bag into skillet; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes.
4. Add bell peppers, onion, and carrot; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender-crisp. Remove from heat.
5. Add lime juice; mix well.
6. Top each tortilla evenly with chicken mixture and salsa; garnish with lime wedges if desired.
 
Serving size: 4 servings, 2 fajitas each
1 1/2 Green, 1/2 red, 1 yellow, 1/2 blue
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Recipe from teambeachbody.com website.