Shakeology Chocolate Treat – 21 Day Fix Extreme Approved!!

Hello. I’m Amanda. And I’m addicted to chocolate.

Self portrait right there.

Self portrait right there.

Unfortunately, Autumn does not allow us to have chocolate on the 21 Day Fix Extreme plan. (Although dark chocolate is allowed as an occasional treat in the original 21 Day Fix.) We’re supposed to be all EXTREME to get EXTREME results, yadda yadda yadda. Lemme tell you: not eating chocolate for 3 weeks is pretty dang extreme for me. And sometimes can cause some EXTREME behavior and mood swings. Yep. Just ask my boyfriend. Poor guy.

But…There is a way to get around this little rule, without actually cheating. Oh yes. You can actually make a chocolate treat by using foods that are listed in the 21DFX nutrition guide. And it tastes GOOD.

Do I have your attention yet?

It’s Shakeology chocolate!  I won’t lie, you can add this to the list of the things I was skeptical of!  I really wasn’t sure I would like this, especially after seeing the ingredients that goes into it. But it’s actually good!

The recipe is simple:

  • 1 scoop of Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 spoon of melted coconut oil (zap in the microwave for a few seconds)

Stir it up to mix, and then spread it on a sheet of wax paper and put into the freezer until solid.

That’s it.

Looks sinful, but is oh so healthy.

Looks sinful, but is oh so healthy.

I broke it into chunks and basically enjoyed a chocolate bar with zero guilt.

The coconut oil is a healthy fat (tsp) and the Shakeology serving is a protein (red). You can also add in some peanut butter, PB2 or other nuts to add variety. I think maybe some almond slivers or chopped unsalted peanuts may be good next time? I like crunchy textures, so that is right up my alley.

Try it and let me know what you think! Drop a comment below or send me an email. If you find another cool variation (as long as it’s Fix approved!) let me know and I’ll add it to this post for others to try. 🙂

If you want to try it and don’t have Shakeologyhit me up for the details on how to score your own!!!!

21 Day Fix Extreme Countdown to Competition Meal Plan

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Oh Autumn, you really wanted to see how hard you could push me, didn’t you? As if meal planning for the original 21 Day Fix wasn’t enough of a challenge, you go and throw the C2C plan at me and just rock my world!!

That’s ok because I got this.

I figured out that the most difficult part of planning for C2C was going to be fitting in #allthereds – because I never eat that much protein!! But, I think I have this meal planning thing down pat. Here’s my plan for this past week:

C2C plan March 2-8

You’ll see I am NOT eating cod 2829 times per day. Can’t. Just can’t do that. Props to Autumn and any other competitor who has that kind of dedication. I have goals and I have drive but I also don’t intend to make myself completely miserable haha. I know my limits.

I absolutely hate plain egg whites. Even hot sauce doesn't make it better. Bleech.

I absolutely hate plain egg whites. Even hot sauce doesn’t make it better. Blargh.

I also don’t strictly eat the + foods that Autumn has tagged in the C2C eating guide. I am avoiding dairy for the most part, but I am drinking regular Shakeology instead of vegan, and I am including some whey protein. I’d rather throw in a little whey and reach my protein goals for my red containers than try to choke down another serving of meat during the day. Again – I am doing what works best for me. My goal is to do better, not be perfect. 😉

As for my dinners – the chicken chili is modified from the turkey chili recipe that’s in the book. I am not a huge fan of ground turkey so I opted to use shredded chicken breast in place of the ground turkey here. The poached tilapia, beef and squash stew, and turkey meatballs are all found in the 21DFX eating plan recipes.

Today is day 6 for me, and I have stuck with this plan about 95%!! I had an issue with my lunch on Wednesday and ended up eating a bagel. And I may have had an extra carb or two today. Oops. However, I’ve had NO wine or beer this week, NO chocolate, and I’ve been eating ALL my reds! I am going to attempt to get 7 reds on my C2C days next week, since I am not really trying to lose any weight at this point. I just want to drop fat and gain muscle. I’m already down a couple of pounds and my muscles are super sore so I know I’m retaining water. Plus it’s my time of the month, so who knows what tricks my uterus is playing on me. She and my bathroom scale do not get along.

Do you have any awesome 21DFX recipes you’d like to share? Creative ways to get in all those dreaded reds? Please share! Drop a note below or email me!


Amanda

Family Friendly Meals for the 21 Day Fix

“How can I eat according to the 21 Day Fix meal plan without having to cook separate meals for myself and my family?” “What foods can I eat?” “I have no idea what to make for dinner!”

These are things that I hear often from my challengers who are trying to follow their plan with the 21 Day Fix, as well as from some friends who just want to try to eat healthier foods. But what about the husband and the kids? What do they eat? Easy…I’ll show you how I do it.

Honestly, you can continue eating most of the same foods you already eat, or at least cooking many of the same dinners that your family enjoys. As I have shown in my previous post on how to meal plan for the Fix, I always plan my dinners first. Those are the most complicated because that is the meal each day when our family all eats the same thing. I don’t enjoy eating a salad every night, and I am certainly not going to cook multiple meals for my family, so I just cook something that I know everyone is going to enjoy.

Some of our typical meals before I started following the 21 Day Fix were:

  • burgers and homemade fries
  • tacos, burritos, or fajitas
  • brinner (breakfast for dinner)
  • pizza
  • enchiladas
  • spaghetti
  • fish tacos
  • barbecue pork
  • buffalo chicken
  • grilled steak and potatoes
  • hot dogs or sausage and macaroni and cheese (that’s a bad one, haha!)
  • chili

And honestly, we still eat most of these meals now! The only thing I do differently is clean up some of my recipes. I use fresh ingredients and lean meats. I usually forego the bun or tortilla with burgers and tacos, but my family eats them if they want. I typically opt out of cheese and any sauces that contain sugar. I make my own spaghetti sauce and use whole wheat noodles. Even pizza can be a fun meal at home — just use pita bread or some other type of crust and everyone can make their own individual pizza! The only meal I have cut out is the hot dogs and macaroni and cheese. Oh and did we LOVE to eat that. On rare occasion, I’ll let the kids have Applegate hot dogs and Annie’s organic mac and cheese, but that’s usually a weekend treat. I use that time to either eat leftovers or make myself a salad.

We have also discovered some new meals we enjoy, and surprisingly my kids have adapted to eating “healthier” style foods! Baked chicken or fish, sweet potato fries, roasted broccoli, kale chips, sliced berries on whole wheat pancakes (and minimal real maple syrup needed, if at all!), even a Cobb salad is a family favorite.

red, yellow, green, and blue

red, yellow, green, and blue

What are your favorite family meals on the Fix? Or what are your favorite family meals, and you want to know how to incorporate them into your Fix plan? Drop a comment below or email me at amandaedenfield1@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to help you clean it up and work it into your plan! 😉


Amanda

How to Meal Plan for the 21 Day Fix

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((Edit: You can watch my YouTube video here if you would rather hear me talk through the steps of meal planning. Otherwise, keep reading below!!))

How do you meal plan? How am I supposed to figure out these containers? How can I follow this guide and still feed my family? I don’t want to make different meals for myself and my family!

Make sure you grab your book before you start planning!

Make sure you grab your book before you start planning!

I hear this often, and they are legit concerns! When you first get your nutrition guide and try to tackle meal planning, it’s almost enough to make you throw in the towel. And some people get so frustrated that they do just that. But don’t let meal planning be what stops you from sticking with this program! Here I will break it down and show you exactly how I do my meal plans each week.

Step 1:

I start with a chart. Yep, a chart. I need paper and pencil so I can sketch out what we will eat for the week. Some people use the computer and that’s cool, but I need it on paper. It works better for me that way.

Meal planning step 1

So my chart looks like this. I have the days of the week on one side and my meals on the other. Sometimes I have the days on top of the page, and sometimes I have them on the side. That’s pretty irrelevant – just make sure they’re on there somewhere haha. Moving on. I also have every meal and snack that I eat each day. You can add in an extra snack before or after dinner if that’s what you typically eat. This is just what works for me. At the bottom, I list the different containers and how many of each I am supposed to eat (I’m planning for level 2, the 1500-1799 calorie range). This allows me to put a tally mark as I enter the foods into my plan, so I can see how many of each I have planned and how many more I need to add in.

Step 2:

After I have my chart prepped, I start writing in the meals that are pretty stable. For me, Shakeology is breakfast Monday-Friday. I sometimes cook breakfast on the weekends, so it may get shifted to a snack on those days, but I rarely have time to cook breakfast during the week. So Shakeology goes in the chart first. Then I plan for my dinners. Taco Tuesday is pretty typical in our house, so some version of that goes on Tuesday. We also like to do burgers, brinner (breakfast for dinner if you aren’t a Scrubs fan haha), steak and veggies, fajitas…and so on. Those get placed in dinner slots throughout the week. If I have a new recipe I want to try, I figure out which night will work the best for me to cook it and I place it there. After I have my dinners planned…

Step 3:

…then I plan my lunches. Because I’m a teacher, I don’t really have the luxury of cooking something for lunch. Leftovers are my best friend! Pretty much 95% of the time, I take whatever meat we had for dinner and pair it with a salad for my lunch the next day. Yes, I will even cook extra for dinner to make sure I have enough to eat for lunch!

Dinners and lunches complete!

Dinners and lunches complete!

Step 4:

After I have my dinners and lunches planned, I go back and fill in the gaps. Snacks are generally the same thing every day. Fruit, almonds, deli meat, boiled eggs (oh wow, just realized I didn’t use those at all this week!), raw veggies and hummus…those are all pretty standard snacks for me. I tried to add in a little variety with this plan, but honestly I am a boring eater! I will eat some of the same things every day just to keep it simple. Then I don’t have to try to remember too many different things haha.

Fill in snacks and missing pieces!

Fill in snacks and missing pieces!

A zoomed in view

A zoomed in view

That’s pretty much it! You don’t have to be following the 21 Day Fix to meal plan this way. This method of meal planning can be adapted to any type of nutrition plan, and can also be used for the 21 Day Fix Extreme. I will definitely use this while I’m prepping my meals using the Countdown to Competition plan (eat #allthereds). For some 21 Day Fix approved recipes, check out my clean and healthy recipe board here.

If you need help with meal planning or want more ideas on meals and snacks, leave a comment or feel free to message me via email (amandaedenfield1@gmail.com) or on Facebook! Happy planning!

Amanda

My 21 Day Fix Results, Round One (Finally!!)

Well, I’ve taken 9 months to make a baby a couple of times, and apparently it also has taken me 9 months to FINALLY finish all three weeks of the 21 Day Fix. In all that time, I could’ve done about 13 rounds of the Fix….but I’ve only finished this once.

All my self-control, in pretty little colored containers.

All my self-control, in pretty little colored containers.

See, meal planning and sticking to said plan is the hardest thing for me. I can teach bootcamp classes, INSANITY Live classes, I can go super heavy with Body Beast workouts, and I can run a half-marathon. But eating the right foods 95% of the time for three weeks…. it’s.just.so.hard. I like chocolate, wine, carbscarbscarbs. But this time it was different.

I was stuck at a plateau. I had been exercising but not seeing any change. My pants got tight, and the last thing a single mom/teacher wants or needs to do is buy new clothes. Bigger clothes. Nope nope, not gonna happen. Christmas is coming up and I’d rather fit into the clothes I have than go buy clothes in a size I don’t want. So I got serious.

I stopped stopping.

I stopped stopping.

I planned my meals, I did my 30 minute daily workouts, and I had minimal cheats. Oh yeah, I did have a cheat here and there, but it was planned. One night a week I would hang out with my friends and eat more than one portion of a “non-Fix” food, or have a glass or two of wine. Did I completely overindulge? No. Did I make myself feel like a failure and want to quit? Not at all. Did I give myself some flexibility to enjoy life and still stay on track. Yes. Absolutely. Finally. And that was the key.

Sample meal plan. Variety is my enemy haha.

Sample meal plan. Variety is my enemy haha.

So…results. That’s why we do these things right? Well here they are. I didn’t have a lot to lose, but I wanted to get back to 130 lbs and tone up. I want my abs. I want to cut down my body fat percentage. In just three weeks, I went from 136.0 to 131.0 (I was down to 130ish last week, but I’m a girl so….hello water retention!). I lost about 3 inches all over – not a ton, but moving in the right direction. I’ve also learned that my pictures can tell a LOT more than numbers. And I present to you exhibit A:

Well, hello abs. Nice to meet you!

Well, hello abs. Nice to meet you!

This picture was an impromptu “oh my gosh what the heck is that” pic that I took last week. Before Aunt Flow came to visit (she never waits to be invited, she just shows up whenever!). I was changing clothes and caught a glimpse of this in the bathroom mirror. I’d never seen that on my body before, so I had to snap a pic of proof!! Look out P!nk, I’m going to have abs like yours soon!

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A picture is worth 1,000 words, and a whole lotta calories!

I know what you’re thinking. “She’s pushing out her tummy in the first pic and sucking it in in the second pic.” Actually, no. These pictures really were taken 3 weeks apart. I wasn’t pushing my stomach out AT ALL in that first picture. To be honest, I wish I could say that I was. :/ But that’s just how bloated and gross I was on November 3. So unhappy with myself and my string of poor choices with food and drink. I never like taking those before pictures, but they really helped me to push through to the end! All I knew was that I didn’t want to have my tummy look like that on Day 21 – and I succeeded!

So what now? I’m taking this week off from the normal Fix schedule, and playing around a bit with carb cycling. I’m going to try to alternate high/low carb days for a week (Haha, yes Thanksgiving Day will be high carb! How’d you guess?) and see what happens with that. Then I start back with the Fix plan next week – Round 2 is going to start on Dec 1! I’m not stopping now. With the results I got from this first round, I’m all pumped up to do it again!

Oh, and I’m getting this t-shirt. I finally earned it.

I don't submit pics for my free t-shirt until I complete a program 100%. And now this baby is MINE.

I don’t submit pics for my free t-shirt until I complete a program 100%. And now this baby is MINE.

Do you want to join me? It’s starting in one week. If you want in on this round, you have to let me know ASAP so we can get your program in on time! And if you already have the program, sweet! I’ll get you added to my group. Let’s share our meal plans and make it happen!

Not ready to join in, but want to get on the wait list for my next one? That’s ok too…I’m going to start INSANITY Max:30 in January but I’ll be following the Fix meal plan while I do that program (Oh, you didn’t know Max:30 was set up for Fix nutrition, did you? Yeah baby, winning at workouts AND food at the SAME TIME.).

**To order and start with me right away, go here: http://bit.ly/PhoenixFIX

**To get on the waitlist for the next round, add me as your coach here: bit.ly/CoachKauf and then comment below and/or connect with me on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/amandasue80

Looking forward to getting FIXed with you!! 😉


Amanda

If I planned your meals for 21 days…

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I don’t know about you but the HARDEST thing for me is meal planing. So I’m hoping to take that out of the equation. I’m starting a challenge group for 5 challengers only. I will…

Provide you with three weeks of personalized meal plans and grocery lists.
Tell you what foods to eat together and what time of day.
You will eat 5 small meals per day and each one is specific.
You will workout for 30 minutes or less each day.
You will increase your water intake.
You will drink one nutritional shake after each workout and I will tell you why.
You will follow this plan exactly for 21 days.
I have seen anywhere from 6-15 lbs lost.
You can repeat the plan as many times as necessary.

This plan is very detailed so I am only accepting the first 5 challengers at this time. I will consult with you on food allergies or items off limits and I will cater the plan to you. The only necessity is YOU MUST be ready to commit!! It is IMPOSSIBLE to not see results if you stick to the plan and are consistent with the workouts.

You must commit by May 5 and the group starts May 12! Comment or email me for more info. Taking the first 5 SERIOUS commitments only. You must be READY to CHANGE!!