21 Day Fix results

I know most people see mega results after following this meal plan… but you know me… I had to take my fair share of cheat days. And with multiple birthday sushi dinners thrown in there and other friend/family celebrations, I’m SUPER pumped to be down ten pounds. My typical pattern is to usually gain a bit this time of year, so no diet shaming here!

The biggest tweak I made to my diet is to basically cut out the heavy carby carbs prior to dinner. Breakfasts are usually apple and peanut butter or hard boiled eggs. Lunch is always veggie-heavy with some protein. And then dinner is a more of a free-for-all situation. If we’re cooking at home, we’re making food light on carbs. If we’re eating out, it’s obviously harder to plan. No matter what, I┬átry to track as much as possible. Here’s my system (pic taken yesterday):


It’s basic and easier for me than Weight Watchers.

Other changes: EXERCISE! I sweat nearly everyday. I’m seeing major improvements in lifting weights, planks, push ups, ab workouts, stamina in spin class and ankle strength.

I’ve told a few of you about the black bean brownies I’ve been making to kick the sweet tooth. They’re from Chocolate Covered Katie and found here. Here’s my second batch:


Sorry, still working on my blogging skills.

Ok, now I’m off to check out the website Paleo Leap… suggested to me by Amanda during our fabulous salad party lunch earlier today. Long live healthy friendships!

Any other healthy foodie websites I should check out?




One week in


I even have Eli on board… and I truly believe he’s the secret to my success. My advice if you’re looking to change your lifestyle: be open and honest with the people in your home/life, and ask for the help you need. Although he’s not tracking food with me, he is an all-star in the kitchen and can make healthy ingredients taste restaurant quality (i.e. meatball stuffed poblano peppers in spicy tomato stew…drool!). And he’s 100% into family fitness and showing Cassidy how much we value being outside and active as a family. He totally kicked my butt on Saturday when he suggested we climb the Mt. Tabor stairs… with Cass… on our backs. He carried her up once and then strapped her to my back for round 2. Brutal. People probably thought we were insane-o. I thought we were insane-o.

I’m down 6 lbs this week, which isn’t surprising… water weight and such. But I’m already stronger with improved stamina during my workouts.

Stay tuned for a recipe in my next post… an approved sweet treat all three of us love!