Friday, September 18, 2015

21 Day Fix Turkey Chili

Just in time for fall weather, chili!! I already have a great turkey chili recipe but decided to try the one listed in the FixAte cookbook, which is full of 21 Day Fix approved recipes. I love the recipes, they are all pretty basic and easy to make, and the container values are listed. I added a few extra things and doubled the recipe. This is one of my new favorite chili recipes! 

21 Day Fix Turkey Chili
Ingredients & Directions (because it's Chili, it's *not* that hard)

  • 2-3 lb cooked 93% lean ground turkey breast (or lean grass-fed ground beef)
    • (I add chili powder, cumin, and paprika to my turkey while it's cooking.) 

Saute the following ingredients ~10 minutes: 

  • 2 tsp extra virgin organic coconut oil, melted
  • 1 large or 2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced (optional)
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or crushed

Then add:

  • 4 cans (15 oz each) kidney beans (or pinto beans) drained, rinsed
  • 4 can (15 oz) fire roasted tomatoes, no salt added if available
  • 2 cups red wine (I choose red cooking wine)
  • 1 Tbsp ground chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • Cooked ground turkey

Bring it to a boil and let simmer around 30 minutes on low.
2 cups of this chili counts as 1 green, 1 red, and 1 yellow.

It is very filling, and my version is very spicy. If you can't handle the spice, cut out the jalapeno and cut back on the cumin.

My favorite is to serve it over 1/2 a baked potato.
My son loves to eat the pinto beans with cheese and elbow macaroni.

The FixAte cookbook has been one of my favorite new tools to help me sustain the 21 Day Fix lifestyle. Autumn Calabrese has created some amazing recipes that you will actually want to make! Just like the rest of the 21 Day Fix plan, preparation is the number one key to succeeding with this plan. 

Autumn gives us her 4 ingredients to maintaining a healthy lifestyle:

  1. Enjoy the foods you eat, 
  2. Have a fitness routing you can commit to, 
  3. Eat foods that are highly nutritious, and
  4. Know how much of it to eat. 

These four easy steps is how I've managed to lose the weight I have. And it's why I keep making some of the same recipes over and over again, I love the foods I love.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Nailing the rest of 2015

As of September 18, there are 15 weeks left exactly until the new year.

Have you made your goals for the rest of the year?

I have two very simple goals. 

Be <200 pounds by Christmas. I am close. I don't normally post my weight online. It is only a number. But the number is important at the moment. And I want to be held accountable. So my weight as of today (9/16) is 208.8. I recently completed the Beachbody 3 Day Refresh and am happy to say I lost 4.6 pounds. I will probably do another refresh after Thanksgiving. Because I love potatoes.  

Finish T25. This is my last week of Alpha phase and Beta Phase starts next week. I also am planning to try and workout in the mornings. This will give me more time in the evenings. But, my first priority is to work out every day. When I finish T25, it'll be the second time I started and finished a Beachbody Program. (21 Day Fix was my first.) I have started a lot more than I have finished. I finally stopped looking for time and instead made time. 

I plan to complete the 21 Day Fix Extreme workouts next, starting November 2. It's only a three week program and will get me ready for Thanksgiving! Want to join me? Why wait? Get it now! The Challenge Pack is on sale now! Get started with your weight loss goals before the New Year rolls around. 

Remember to make sure I'm listed as your coach at check out. Screen name is MegRG or Coach ID is 782058.

There it is. Accountability.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

September - 80 Days until Thanksgiving

The summer is over. It is. Put the white pants away.
Only 80 days left until Thanksgiving and the Cookie Season.
Are you ready? I'm pre-working out. Or I'm just working out. Trying to stick with my lifestyle changes and make all the right choices. I want to eat my favorite things this Holiday season and not worry about packing on the extra pounds. So if I can meet my goals in September, October, and November, I will feel a lot let stressed when the holiday season hits us hard in December (and into January.) 

We're only a couple days into this month. What do you want September to look like? What do you want the rest of the year to look like? When January 1st rolls around, will you feel good about how the last half of 2015 went? I'm not proud of a couple months (March-June), but I want to make the most of the end of 2015. 

My goals for the month include:

  • Fitness: At least 20 30-minute workouts/burn 300 calories.
  • Food (Fitness): Lose 7 pounds
  • Spiritual: Church every weekend
  • Financial: Crunch to save an extra $250/month. ($190 is already coming from Liam's Daycare Savings.) 
So far I have not nailed the fitness part. I'm juggling a lot on my plate right now and haven't made fitness a priority. All four of those items mentioned above are important to my life and don't have an order (though we know we'd die without food.) 

August saw better days with my fitness. I am very happy to say I lost 4.2 pounds in August. Even when I went without working out due to being sick. And when I'm sick I don't make the greatest food choices. 

Jason and I have been doing Beachbody's T25 Focus. Sometimes I hate all the jumping around or the up-down, but otherwise it's been good to me and I'm seeing results. We had a couple great weeks in August of doing the program. Especially the week of the 17th. 

In other news, August was a big month because I decided to become a Beachbody Coach! At the moment I'm still trying to figure it out, and I won't focus on coaching until after Halloween. You'll probably see a post or two about that soon and the Beachbody monthly specials. For now, if you want me as your coach, or you want to order anything, here's my link.  Feel free to email me with questions too. I have lots of tools - you can even click at the top of the page for some of my 21 Day Fix tools, including my own meal planner. (My coach name is MegRG, my ID number is: 782058)

And why Halloween? Because Jason is taking his Professional Engineering exam on October 30th. While he studies I get to do all the fun stuff like laundry, vacuuming, dishes, cooking, and taking care of the Little guy. But please keep Jason in your thoughts and prayers and send good Engineering vibes his way.