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My January goals of getting back to the basics of healthy eating have been largely successful – we’ve eaten mostly at home, I’ve cut waaay back down on soda, and I’m consistently eating more vegetables. In February, I’m kicking things up a notch and getting specific with my nutrition with the 21 Day Fix Extreme. I want to really drill down on eating “clean” and fueling my body for the more intense workouts and rides I have planned.
What is the 21 Day Fix Extreme?
Beachbody’s newest fitness program from trainer Autumn Calabrese, the 21 Day Fix Extreme is a follow up to Autumn’s initial offering – the 21 Day Fix. I lost almost 20 lbs last year with the 21 Day Fix so when sneak peaks of Extreme’s test group began to be shared on social media, I knew it would be joining my fitness toolbox.
Where the original 21 Day Fix is a top down nutritional reset designed for any fitness/healthy eating level, the Extreme is a more intense and dialed in version based on Autumn’s fitness competition prep routine for both the workouts and meal plan.
I eat a healthy, whole foods based diet as it is, but I know it’s not as balanced as it should be. I’m a starch lover, never eat enough protein and tend to eat the same vegetables every week. I’ve been slowly increasing the intensity of my workouts with a mix of PiYo, Insanity MAX:30 and the 21 Day Fix workouts. To reach my goals ( 25 more lbs and being able to run a comfortable 3 miles), it’s time to take things up a notch.
I’ll be using the 21 Day Fix Extreme’s portion control containers and the eating guide – which I’ve already discovered will mean eating A LOT more protein than I’m used to! I’ll also be working out 7 days a week with the 7 workouts from 21 Day Fix Extreme – with some PiYo worked in.
I’m also going to be making a point to drink more water. When the temperatures are cooler, I have a hard time getting more than 40 ozs in and I know that I’ll feel better when I’m more hydrated!
My Weekly Meal Plan
Even though I’m tightening up my nutrition, I don’t plan on making separate dinners for me and the rest of the family – I just don’t have the time or energy for that. Fortunately, we already eat healthy enough that with a little planning I can choose my containers around the dinners I plan for the family. In general, I aim for each dinner to include 1 red, 1 yellow, and 2 green containers. Sometimes, I’ll include a blue or purple. This means that for dinner I’ll have one serving of protein, one of starch, and 2 servings worth of vegetables.
me – 2 hard boiled eggs, roasted potatoes, 1 cup of fruit (typically berries)
my son – french toast (I make a week’s worth on Monday morning and warm it up in the oven
green salad + sweet potato wedges + leftover pork chops
creamy roasted veggie soup + cumin chicken
(I make big batches of cumin chicken for my salads on Sundays)
zucchini or carrot fries with hummus dip
chocolate protein bars
nectarines or berries with goat cheese
buffalo cauliflower with sweet potato wedges and cumin chicken
chicken pot pie
dijon pork roast with mashed cauliflower + potatoes and almond butter green beans
chicken and dumplings (I’ll be eating the pre-dumpling part)
leftover pork loin, pesto spaghetti and green salad
chicken Parmesan sub sandwiches with Parmesan zucchini fries (this is a direct husband request, I’ll have my chicken on a salad)