Staying on track!

This was a travel week for work for me. I was determined to stay on track for my workouts. So, I packed enough food and shakes to eat almost every meal in my hotel room.

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This definitely set me up for success this week and kept me from being tempted. Id rather save my cheat meals with my husband, good wine, and good food… Than because I didn’t plan well and made bad choices while traveling.

I also worked out in the hotel fitness center in order to stay on track with the workouts and use the weights. I was a little nervous, but it all worked out well!

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I also found a great book at the airport on my way out of town… Read it!  I felt totally inspired and fired up!  Self-help with swear words  my kind of read.

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I also was training people all week, and that went really well. It’s  awesome when people are engaged and listening to what you have to say… Especially when you’re only reason for doing it is to make sure THEY succeed!!

Im so glad to be heading home tomorrow to the dogs, husband and my own bed!!

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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

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

Snack, Video, Toilet Trips, oh my!

Today I created a new snack (for me)… and it was awesome.  So simple, not sure why I haven’t done it before.  It brings all my favorite things together.  I definitely had a moment today when I wondered how often I could make this in a day and stay on track with eating to meet my goals (twice is the answer).

Snacking it Elvis style

Snacking it Elvis style

I got a little ancy today and decided to break it down to a little fitness-style ab video.

Today I was really trying to get all my water in.  According to the program I’m following (21 day fix)… I should be drinking have my weight in ounces… of water a day.  Which seems like a lot.  Based on the bazillion trips to the toilet today, my bladder felt like it was a lot as well.  However, I know it is important… so I’m proud of myself for getting my H2O in today!

Side note – I have been suffering with a killer headache for hours… it’s really bumming me out.  However, writing this and reflecting on my day… definitely lifted my spirits a bit.

Life is good… marriage, health, family, finances, fitness… focusing on positive things, brings positive vibes.  Bring on the good vibes.

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.

Abs are made in the kitchen

This idea is new for me… And equal parts interesting and disturbing. I like to eat, I like sweets, and wine. So, I’ve had to have some hard conversations with myself lately about what my real priorities are, what does have a cheat meal/day/week really do for me, how do I balance “living” and living a healthy lifestyle, how bad do I really want great abs?

I don’t have all the answers yet, but I’m being more honest with myself and asking the right questions and making good decisions more often than not!

Took a couple fABulous pictures today and was really happy with how my body was looking to my (mostly) good choices over the holidays!

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Its been a slow but steady progress so far, and I’ve honestly been loving having something so positive and healthy to focus on.

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