Monday, March 2, 2015

A Day in the life of the 21 Day Fix EXTREME!

We kicked off our 21 Day Extreme challenge group this past Monday and are absolutely LOVING the program!  The program (by hot mama Autumn Calabrese) just came out Feb 4th & we ordered it the day it came out :)

As much as we love to live a fit & healthy life, we just can not commit to a workout longer than 30 minutes these days ... I have 2 daughters, a 3 year old and a 1 year old, so workouts happen before they get up, during nap time or after they are in bed & at the end of the day, I am exhausted and wouldn't have the motivation to 'push play' if it was longer than 30 minutes.

But with this program, I SO look forward to my workout!  They are at-home ... wouldn't have it any other way as I don't go to the gym ;) ... crazy intense, there is a ton of variety & they are all just 30 minutes.  The moves are all 1 minute long & Autumn will tell you, you can do anything for one minute right?!  Well, wait till you try some of the moves she has in store for you ...

The program comes with 7 different workouts - Plyo, Upper Fix, Pilates, Lower Fix, Cardio, Dirty 30, Yoga & Hardcore.  Let me tell you - the Plyo, Lower Fix & Cardio are absolutely INSANE.  Burpee tuck jumps, one leg squat jumps anyone?!  But there are modifiers for all the moves so it keeps you motivated & challenges you to get better each week.



And you will get serious results.

The meal plan is absolutely awesome.  All of our recipes here are full of clean. healthy, real ingredients and this plan 100% represents the way we eat and our philosophy that abs are made in the kitchen.  

It also comes with portion controlled containers which is HUGE.  We truly believe that is the downfall to a lot of people's success.  We are so used to restaurant sized portions which are usually enough to feed THREE people, not one.  We always serve our meals on salad plates which goes along perfect with the portions for this meal plan.  You also will eat frequently on this plan ... every 2-3 hours which is awesome because we all know, it's harder to make healthy choices when you are starving.


SO, here's what a day looks like on a plate for us while following the 21 Day Fix Extreme!

Breakfast: Two scrambled eggs with peppers, onions & garlic.  Topped with fresh tomatoes & cilantro.

Snack: Plain Greek yogurt topped with fresh blueberries & strawberries.

Lunch: Whole wheat wrap with mixed greens, organic turkey, cucumber & roasted peppers.  Drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Snack: Grapes & hot lemon water.

Dinner: Chicken Fajita Salad - Spinach with grilled chicken, peppers & onions.  Topped with avocado, homemade pico de gallo & fresh lime juice.

Sounds delishh, right?!  This program is SO not a diet.  It is a true lifestyle change with clean, healthy, real food & 30 minute daily workouts.

If you are interested in the program & would like to join our next 
21 Day Extreme Challenge group, round 2 starts March 16th!!  

Once you purchase the program, we will email you with all the challenge details.

 * With the next challenge group, we will all be replacing one meal a day with 
Shakeology as well to get serious results in time for summer. *

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Skinny Shrimp Scampi over Zucchini Noodles

From our skinny table to yours...

Newest obsession:  Turning veggies into noodles!  We recently purchased an AMAZING spiralizer (finally) that we are getting SO much use out of... we've made numerous zucchini noodle dishes and even a chilled shaved cucumber salad (recipe to come soon as well)!  If you haven't yet purchased a spiralizer we highly recommend the Paderno 3 Blade, which is super easy to use!
 
 
This shrimp scampi dish was super easy to put together.  We started off by making our 'noodles'.  How much fun does that look?! 
 
We lightened up the usual buttery and calorie filled scampi sauce with olive oil, garlic, shallots, LOTS of lemon juice, chicken stock, parmesan cheese and just a touch of grass-fed butter for creaminess!  We added sliced cherry tomatoes to the dish for another veggie and a pop of color!  Spinach and asparagus would be super delicious too if you're looking to add even more veggies :D
 
          
 
YUM!  This was SO delish and perfect for a date night meal!!  We LOVE the zucchini noodles and this was perfect for us, but our hubbies usually request a little pasta on the side (carb lovers we have on our hands).. so we always make up a small amount of whole wheat angel hair pasta to mix in for the men!  Hope you enjoy!!
 
Nutrition facts per serving
Serves: 4
Calories: 284
Fat: 12.2 grams
Carbs: 13.7 grams
Dietary fiber: 3.3 grams
Protein: 31.8 grams
 
Ingredients
1 pound wild caught raw shrimp peeled, deveined & tails removed
5 lemons & zest
4 zucchini
1 shallot minced
5 garlic cloves minced
1 pint cherry tomatoes sliced in half
2 cups sodium free chicken stock
1 tbsp. parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. grass fed butter
small handful fresh parsley
 
*buy all organic ingredients when you can*
 
Let's get cooking!
1.  Spiralize zucchini as shown above and set aside (we left the skin on)
2.  Add butter, olive oil, garlic and shallot to pan over medium heat.  Cook for 2-3 minutes.
3.  Add shrimp and juice from one lemon to pan and cook until done and pink (approx. 2 minutes per side)  Remove shrimp once cooked and set aside while you finish sauce.
4.  Zest 2 lemons directly into pan and add the juice from the remaining lemons. 
5.  Add stock, parsley and parmesan cheese to the pan and allow to cook for 5 minutes.
6.  Toss back in the shrimp and add the tomatoes and zucchini noodles - cook for 2 minutes and remove from heat.
 
Plate up and enjoy!!  :D
 
 
 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Shout out to our 21 Day Challenge winner!

Happy & healthy Friday all!!  Just had to take a minute to brag on our 21 Day Challenge winner Angela!  She is down 11.8 pounds in just 21 days.  

If you're interested in joining our next challenge group to get skinny for summer, send us over an email to idontgotothegym@gmail.com with the subject '21 Day Challenge' for the details.  

We only accept 10 challengers per month so please let us know if you want to reserve a spot!



We would LOVE to have you join!