Marathon Monday 2014

by agirlandhermutt on April 22, 2014

It is a GOOD morning! It is officially the day after the Boston Marathon and I can’t go without saying that it feels good to have had such a lovely day yesterday. It felt like a sense of closure (although nothing will ever “fix” or “make right” what happened) for the city. I’m so fortunate that I wasn’t directly affected by the bombing last year. But I also don’t think it is out of line for me to tell you that I felt a sense of insecurity and loss at what happened to the city and the people of my city. Last year was the first year since I moved to Boston that I did NOT attend the marathon. The BF and I watch the runners from mile 25 each and every year. Last year we sat at Mile 27 and had a beer instead. For a while there I had a sense of guilt. I should have been there. Strange, but true. As we sat in our house during lock-down last year, I genuinely felt scared. This year though? This year I felt renewed. The weather was gorgeous. The runners looked great. And I felt healthy. It was a new year.

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The weather was absolutelyfantastic in Boston so the BF and I biked from our house to the marathon. By the end of the day we had biked about 15 miles total which included a pit stop in Harvard Sq for some lunch.

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It felt so good to be a part of the community. Outside and in the sun!

The crowds were out in full force to show their support for the runners. So were the police and security. Everyone seemed to be in a great mood despite the crowds and extra security measures.

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Our usual spot provided some great views of the runners. I get a tear in my eye when I watch these people pass by Mile 25. You can see that they recognize that they “only” have one more mile to go.

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We watched tons of people speed up when they saw the mileage sign. We also saw a few get to their knees and take a break. One man didn’t want to stop so when he dropped to his knees he kept moving with just a little crawl. You could tell he didn’t want any help and just wanted to continue moving forward. The crowds were screaming for him as he stood up and hobbled off towards the finish line. IMG_3708

It was just a really emotional, but beautiful day for the city of Boston. I’m glad I could be a part of it.

Just like last year, when I got home I put a cap to the night by attending my favorite Zumba class. I didn’t run a marathon, but I did work hard yesterday!

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Since it is a short week, my planning for the week is a little off. This is the last week of the 21-day fix so the schedule calls for us to double up on the workouts!

Monday- Biking & Zumba
Tuesday- 21 Day Upper Fix & Cardio (Running to and from gym)
Wednesday- 21-Day Lower Fix & 21-Day Pilates Fix
Thursday- Spinning & 21-Day Total Body Fix
Friday- 21-Day Upper Fix & Zumba
Saturday- 21-Day Dirty 39 & Pilates Fix
Sunday- 21-Day Yoga Fix

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I hope you guys are having a good week! I’m going to enjoy the sunshine and the great outdoors during any free second I have. See ya soon!

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What is the 21-Day Fix?!

by agirlandhermutt on April 18, 2014

Hi folks! On Monday I mentioned that I started a new program (yes, another program!) from BeachBody called the 21-Day Fix.

As of today, I’ve been on the program for 10 full days. And…I THINK I LOVE IT! Since the program is 21 days I can’t give you my results or tell you that it is the best plan ever that is going to make you look like a super model, but I can tell you what the program is about and how it works.

The program is just like any other nutrition progam. It is all about what you eat and getting your body moving. Unlike the last “fun” challenge that I did, there are no pills or supplements that you have to take. They do recommend Shakeology, BeachBody’s nutritional shake, but it isn’t mandatory. I didn’t want to spend the money on Shakeology because I don’t know anything about it, so I just went with the basic program.

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The 21 Day Fix boasts that there is no counting, no guessing and no wondering. Technically, that is true. But it isn’t a walk in the park. You do have to do some work and think ahead. But isn’t that why the saying “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail” is so popular?!

What Comes with the 21-Day Fix:

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7 food containers
1 Shaker
6- 30 Minute Workouts
Start Guide
Eating Plan
3-Day Quick Fix Guide
Dirty 30 Workout

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Food:
Based on the calculation they have you do at the beginning of the program that factors in your weight and activity, you will be given a calorie range. In the book the calorie range is what dicates how many of each container you will eat throughout the day. For some in the lower calorie range, you might eat 2 yellow containers throughout the day. Others would eat 3.

Which answers the question I get most…do I eat out of the containers? No. I use them to help me measure out my meals and then just rinse them out.

The containers are the one piece of the program that trips everyone up. Yes, they look super tiny. When my containers arrived I wanted to throw the whole thing away because there was no way I was going to starve myself. But take a deep breath. You will use each of these containers (except the blue) multiple times in a day. And surprisingly, a lot of food fits into these suckers!

Green- Vegetables
Purple- Fruit
Red- Protein
Yellow- Carbs
Blue- Healthy Fats & CHEESE!
Orange- Seeds & Oils
Shaker Cup- Drinks (Shakeology, Wine, Wine, Wine)

You are also given foods that can be measured by teaspoons. They don’t include a teaspoon for ya because they assume you have one of those in your kitchen. If you don’t, you could borrow one of the 1000 that I found when I was moving.

This plan allows for some treats including 4 oz of wine about 3 times a week. THANK YOU. I’ve only used it once, but it was worth it.

To give you an idea of what dinner looks like 21-Day Fix style, here is my dinner the other night.

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2 corn tortillas- 1 yellow
Shredded Chicken- 1 red
Sautéed brussel sprouts & onion- 1 green
Mashed Avocado- 1 blue

I try to eat the purple and yellow containers earlier in the day, but every now and then I will have a yellow at night. Last night we had a whole wheat pasta & scallops dish that I got from Skinny Taste. I actually didn’t change any of the ingredients, but did adjust some of the serving sizes.

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Whole wheat pasta- 1 yellow
5 large scallops- 1 red
Diced tomatoes & Lettuce- 2 green
EVOO- 2 tsp

(I used Tuttorosso’s Diced Tomatoes. See bottom of post for a fun giveaway they are hosting on their Facebook!)

I stink at knowing how much pasta to cook to get the right serving size so I just cooked up half the box and then measured it out accordingly.

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Again, I know it looks small when in the container, but it was actually a pretty good amount. The BF ate his portion and was full. I figure that is a pretty good indicator.

I think one of the biggest things to remember is that this whole program is about eating clean foods. You are going to eat a lot in quantity to reach your calorie target because the foods are nutritious and naturally lower in calorie.

Now that you have eaten your little heart out, it is time to get MOVING!

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Exercise:
The program is designed so that you are working out/moving every single day of the 21-day program. Here is what I’m doing each day.

Monday-Total Body Cardio Fix
Tuesday- Upper Body Fix
Wednesday- Lower Body Fix
Thursday- Pilates Fix
Friday- Cardio Fix
Saturday- Dirty 30
Sunday- Yoga Fix

I’ve done all of the videos now and my favorites are the Total Body, Lower Body, Dirty 30 and Yoga.

I mentioned in my Planning My Week post on Monday that on some days I double-up on my workout. For instance, I do Cardio Kickboxing at the gym on Tuesday and then come home to do the Upper Body Fix. I don’t overdo it though.

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Why I Am Doing the Program:
I eat pretty healthy. I make smart choices…for the most part. I workout just fine. However, I still struggle with portion sizes. I do measure and weigh, but I can get obsessive. This is *hopefully* helping me to learn how to eyeball a bit better and not cheat myself out of food or overdo it either. That whole, meat the size of your palm doesn’t seem to help, but hopefully this little container thing will. We shall see!

Also, I really like Autumn Calabrese, the creator of the 21-Day Fix, a celebrity trainer and bikini competitor. I adore her! I like her style in the workout videos and I love how engaging she is over social media. Check her out on all the main channels. Plus, I wouldn’t be sad if I ended up with a body like her. Truth.

Anyone else doing the 21-Day Fix? Have you tried other BeachBody programs?

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PS. I used a big ol’ can of Tuttorosso’s Diced Tomatoes for the scallop dish above!

Go check out Tuttorosso’s Facebook page from April 16-May 7th for your chance to post about your family cooking tradition and win a $250 prize pack that includes a serving plate, sauce ladle, pasta pot set and heirloom wooden spoon, plus $300 to a dinner celebration of the winner’s choosing.

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Planning Out the Week

April 14, 2014

Hi folks! I’m making a big effort to get back on my blogging game. I miss the blog! I also miss being able to come back to my own blog to see what I have been up to the past few months. Sometimes I need a reminder or two. One of the questions I get […]

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