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21 Day Sugar Detox Day 4 and a Treadmill Workout

Four days down, 17 to go!  To be honest the 21 Day Sugar Detox hasn’t been too, too bad so far.  Because I already eat a primal diet during the week, there wasn’t too drastic of a change for me.  The biggest changes this week have been removing cottage cheese, berries, chocolate, and ketchup from my diet.

Day 2 and 4 have been the harder days.  I feel like my energy level is low and I’ve been a little hungry during the day at work.  I think one of the hardest parts has been changing my habits because I stay pretty consistent during the week (I eat my lunch and snack at the same times every day).  Oh, and I really miss GUM!  It’s such a small thing but I always pop gum in after I eat or if I get a little hungry.  It’s probably a good thing that I am breaking this habit!

My meals all week have consisted of:

  • Morning Snack: Cinilla Nut Mix from the 21 Day Sugar Detox book
  • Lunch: Mexi Meatloaf from the 21 Day Sugar Detox book
  • Afternoon Snack: I’ve switched between green apple, avocado, or a banana coconut shake
  • Dinner: Leftover Balsamic Braised Beef or my Omelet

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This was me while cooking dinner after the gym.  I was too hungry to wait so had a few carrots! 🙂

Plans for the weekend:

So I think the weekdays are going to be pretty much a breeze for me.  It’s not too different from how I eat already.  What IS going to be hard are the three weekends during these 21 days.  Although I follow a primal diet I pretty much follow the 80/20 rule and indulge a bit on the weekend.  Not having sweet potato fries, or cheese, or wine, or beer….ahh this will definitely challenge me! I am looking forward to making some more recipes though!

My workout tonight:

Because I completely failed at getting up and running this morning (I pressed snooze 7 times!) I decided to go to the gym tonight.  In order to keep the gym fun, fresh, and something to look forward to I like to switch things up.  I did a new Treadmill interval run tonight that I kind of just came up with on the spot. Sometimes I do exercises on the best non slip yoga mat I recently bought.

This is a 20 minute run that gets you to about 1.9 miles.  If you run at 6 for an extra minute on either side you will easily hit 2 miles!  I was so winded for some reason during this run, but it was well worth it!

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This is the first time I tried out PicMonkey!  It’s a really cool site that allows you to make awesome pictures with text, etc.  I’ve always seen Tina from Carrots n Cake use them so asked her for the tip!

Has anyone else been feeling sluggish this week?  Especially those on the 21 DSD?

 

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How To Stay Fit Without a Gym Membership

Confession.  For about 2 to 3 years while living in Boston I didn’t belong to a gym.  Anyone living in a city can relate I’m sure.  Gym memberships are just too darn expensive! Especially when you have a rent to pay that claims half of your pay check.

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There is good news though.  You don’t need a gym!  I worked my way towards feeling the best I have in my life, without one.  Let me tell you how to stay fit without a gym membership…because I did it myself!

Go For A Run:  The best thing about running is all you need are your two legs!  Okay and I guess some shoes and gear.  The key to keep running fun and effective is to change it up or work your way towards a goal.  Some days do hills, other days to interval sprints.  Change up the route, or sign up for a 5k.  Running outside is one of my favorite ways to get my sweat on!

Drop-In Yoga Classes:  I was lucky to find a studio in Boston that had cheap drop in classes (only $10).  If you can’t find a studio with cheap rates like this, look for community classes which only ask for a small donation.

Work Out At Home:  For about a year I would do Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred videos (they are available on YouTube for free).  I still love them, and actually just did one tonight for the first time in a while!  They are only 30 minutes long but incorporate strength training and cardio.  Just make sure you have a set of dumbbells ( a great gift idea)!  I also just discovered Melissa Bender’s site that has short workout videos you can do at home!  Check it out!

Use The Park as Your Gym: I had a big park in my back yard when living in Boston.  It was a great place to work out in the mornings.  I usually would look up Crossfit workouts that didn’t require any weights.  Think lunges, burpees, sprints, squats, etc. I also recently found a great website called BodeeFit that sends you a daily workout that you can do at home.

Go For a Hike:  Find a trail near you.  Ask around or use Alltrails.com.  

Now that I look at this list myself, I might be re-thinking my gym membership!  The world is our play ground and there are so many ways to stay active without expensive equipment or machines.

How do you stay fit outside of the gym?

 

 

Coconut Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry

I haven’t made stir-fry in ages!  I don’t even know how that’s possible but when my roommate made it last week for dinner it’s been on my mind ever since.  I was excited to saute the chicken in coconut oil too.  I’ve really only used coconut oil in some paleo / gluten – free treats so was interested to see how it would come out using it in place of olive oil, etc.  Well it came out delicious!  And now I have lunch for the rest of the week.

Coconut Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry

  • 3 Organic Chicken Breasts
  • 1lb Fresh Mixed Stir Fry Veggies (Whole Foods has a great bin of them in their produce section)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Gluten Free Teriyaki Sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper

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  • Cut the chicken into cubes (or strips) and turn the stove on medium heat.
  • Put the coconut oil in the pan once it gets hot and then throw in the chicken.
  • Throw in the onions from the veggie mix at this point.
  • Saute the chicken until there is no more pink, approximately for 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the chicken and mix.
  • Add the teriyaki sauce and let simmer on medium heat for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the stir fry vegetables and cover the pan.
  • Turn the burner on low and let cook for about 10 – 15 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.

I put my stir-fry over some quinoa.  It made a great dinner and lunches for the rest of the week!

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Monday’s Workout

Tonight’s workout felt great but it definitely winded me!  I swear every time I look at a Crossfit work out and think “oh that might be a little bit easier” it ends up being such a tough one.  Those tricky Crossfit WOD creators I tell ya!

This is how I chose my workout today.  I went to Crossfit.com.  After not seeing any recent ones that I was feeling I decided to go back a bit further into the archives.  I went to November, 2012 and decided to look at November 3rd because that’s the day that me and Andy went on our first date. Yes, this is how my weird brain works.  I wrote that work-out down along with two others.

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I then texted this exact picture to Andy and asked him which workout I should do.  He really helps with my indecisiveness a lot!  He also knows what my body can and can’t handle and what will challenge me.  It’s nice having a sort-of personal trainer for free! He suggested the first or last one.  I went for the last one:

Three Rounds for Time: I did mine in about 23 minutes

  • Row 500 meters
  • 21 Burpees (I just realized I did 25 for all 3 rounds!)
  • Run 400 meters