19 February 2015

21 Day Fix Extreme Recipes

Make five of these seven recipes between February 23 - March 1, 2014 and post them on Facebook or Instagram and tag me @makingdinnerfit and #extremechallenge and you will be entered in a drawing to win Shakeology samples :)

Banana Pancakes

  • 1 banana
  • 2 T flaxseed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  1. Mix together and cook like a regular pancakes.
- 2 purple, 1 orange, 1 red

Greek Yogurt Parfait

  • 3/4 cup non fat plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 T crushed walnuts
- 1 purple, 1 red, 1 orange

Mini Vegetable Egg Cups (from the 21 DFX eating plan)
6 servings

Watch Autumn make them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JPAwRaKimY 

  • 12 eggs
  • 10 ounces of finely chopped spinach
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper chopped
  • salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 12 cup muffin tin.  Wisk eggs together and add salt & pepper.  Add spinach, onions, and bell pepper.  Fill up the muffin pan and bake for 15-20 minutes. Two cups is one serving.

- 1 green, 1 red

Tomato & Avocado Quinoa Salad

  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 T + 1 tsp avocado
  • salt & pepper

Add all ingredients together and refrigerate. 

- 1 yellow, 1/2 green, 1 tsp, 1/2 blue

Beef Taco Salad

  • 1 cup chopped lettuce (not iceburg)
  • 3/4 cup taco meat (ground turkey or lean ground beef)
  • 1/2 cup sliced tomatoes
  • 1 T + 1 tsp avocado
  • 1/2 cup beans
1 1/2 green, 1 red, 1/2 blue, 1 yellow

Lemon Grilled Broccoli

  • 1 cup raw broccoli
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • salt & pepper
  1. Cut cup broccoli and put in a mixing bowl.  
  2. Add olive oil, lemon juice to taste and salt & pepper to taste.  
  3. Grill on a grill pan for 8-10 on each side or roast in the oven.
- 1 green, 1 tsp

Chicken Fajitas (from the 21 DFX eating plan)
Makes 4 servings, 2 fajitas each

  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided use
  • 4 ( 5- to 6- oz) raw chicken breast, boneless, skineless, cut into 1/2 in strips
  • 1 medium red or green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 T fresh lime juice
  • 8 large romaine (or butter) lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 medium avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh salsa
  1. Combine chili powder, salt, cumin, garlic powder, and 1 tsp oil in large resealable plastic bag.
  2. Add chicken, bell pepper, and onion; mix gently to coat. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  3. Heat remaining 1 tsp oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Empty contents of bag into skillet; cook, stirring frequently, for 5-6 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Removed from heat. Add lime juice.
  6. Evenly top lettuce leaves with chicken mixture, avocado, and salsa.
  7. Garnish with lime wedges if desired.
- 2 green, 1/2 purple, 1 red, 1/2 blue

28 January 2015

Brothers & Friends

When I was pregnant with Wyatt I was worried about Quentin and how having a new sibling would change his life.  I had the distinct impression that Quentin and Wyatt were good friends before coming to Earth and were really excited to be brothers.  Some days they fight and make each other cry, but today (January 28) was different.  Wyatt threw all his grapes on the floor, which I'm trying to get him not to do.  I told him he had to pick them up, but he really didn't want to so Quentin volunteered to pick them up.  He jumped off his chair and picked them all up for him!  It was so sweet! Reminded me of my older brother, Jesus Christ, who did that for me.

Quentin has been particularly thoughtful lately.  When I get done working out and am all sweaty he brings me a paper towel to dry my face.  I never asked him to do it, he just saw a need and did something about it.  I'm just amazed that at not even four years-old he would be able to see past himself like that.  I have a hard time and I'm almost 35!  It's truly a gift.  

I really love energy profiling and the Child Whisperer so I can see and appreciate Quentin's special gifts he has been given as a Type 2.  He is so sensitive and emotional, sometimes it drives me crazy, but I know he relates to the world emotionally and that's just how he is.  I know I would try to change him if I didn't know that about him. 

It's easy to compare Quentin and Wyatt because they're so different.  Quentin is so great at expressing himself and is very eloquent for a three year-old.  He picks up new vocabulary very easily and has been complimented for having great manners at both school and at church.  Wyatt doesn't have great pronunciation (even for his age) and makes up most words.  He is good at drinking from a cup, something that Quentin just mastered.  He goes to sleep so easily, whereas bedtime has always been a struggle with Quentin.

They love playing together.  It's been great having a playmate for Quentin since he hates being alone, and it's nice to have Quentin watching out for his brother.  Anytime I have to go get Quentin from his room or preschool, Wyatt wants to come too. 

playing at the library 1.24.15

I'm always learning that different doesn't equal better or worse.  They each have their strengths and things that don't come as easily, but they are both sweet babies and I'm so blessed to be their mom.  They are gifts from Heaven.

26 January 2015

Super Saturday!

On January 10th Beachbody had it's quarterly regional get together called Super Saturday.  They have local gatherings all over and you watch a video put together by headquarters.  They encouraged us to invite people to come participate in the free workout and sample Shakeology so I invited some friends and a few came! Unfortunately it took forever trying to get the projector and then the audio set up and in the end we watched it on a laptop.  Not ideal.  So all my friends had to go before we did the sweet Insanity Max:30 workout :( They did get some Shakeology samples at least!  

I brought the boys with me and met a couple who are Beachbody coaches and their daughter goes to preschool with Quentin.  Albert was able to pick the boys up after he got off work so it worked out nice.

They announced in the video that Beachbody is coming out with Beachbody on Demand by the end of March.  That's going to be pretty awesome!  They are going to have some great programs like P90X, P90X2, and P90X3, Insanity, Les Mills Combat, Les Mills Pump, 10 Minute Trainer, Rockin Abs, and ChaLean Extreme.  I'm super excited for ChaLean Extreme.  I've been wanting to do that one for awhile and had planned on buying it.  You just have to have the Team Beachbody membership, which is $2.99/mo, to get the Beachbody on Demand.  

Erin Pitcher lead the meeting and took these pictures.  I'm in the front of the room in the pink tank.  I was pretty nervous when I found out we were doing Max:30 because it's supposed to be super hard.  It was hard.  I couldn't even jog it out during the cool down.  I was surprised how well I did though.  Les Mills Pump and Combat have really helped me with my cardio.

Stephanie is the one other person there who is on my team so we sat together and took pictures of our sweaty mugs after the crazy Max:30 workout :)


23 January 2015

Family Fun in the First Half of January

We found a peanut grinder at Smith's! The peanut butter is so good and it's the same price or cheaper than natural peanut butter in a jar.  I will definitely be doing that again!  Plus it's fun :)

On January 12 it snowed so Albert took the Quentin outside to play and make snow angels while he shoveled the driveway.

Later that morning we went to the Coronado Mall where they have a new H&M and a new play area.  It was a win-win!

There is a little exercise snippet in between cartoons on PBS and Quentin loves to do them.  He says they're HIS exercise since he watches me doing my exercises every morning. They only last like a minute.  It's really cute :) 


21 January 2015

New Year's Progress

We didn't do anything for New Year's!  I went to bed early and Albert stayed up by himself.  Since my new goal is to go to bed at 10:30 pm and wake-up at 6:45 am I felt like I couldn't mess up on the first day! I took this picture of the newly fallen snow and the sunrise out our window on January 1.

Here's my sweaty pic after my New Year's workout - Les Mills Combat Power HIIT!

Another one of my goals is to do personal development everyday.  In Beachbody (which is an awesome company bytheway) they encourage all the coaches to read 10 minutes of a personal development book everyday. I haven't been super consistent recently so I wanted to make it a goal. 

I am switching between this one and "Push" by Chalene Johnson which is great for getting you organized and making goals.  "The End of Overeating" really explains why we can't stop eating in scientific terms.  It's my first nutritional book and it's pretty exciting :)  I'm also listening to some of the "Book of Mormon" everyday, except for Sunday when I listen to a talk from General Conference.

My main focus this year is making new habits.  I'm a firm believer that all those little things you do everyday make a big difference in the weeks, months, and years to come and writing things down is really key. I created a fitness journal where I write down everything I eat and my exercises I do.  I also put in my fitness goals and what I read for personal development and in the Book of Mormon.  

I want to find a way of eating that makes me feel good AND that I can maintain.  I love sweets and I can't just do away with them, but I don't want to feel guilty every time I eat something.

I did a comparison of me in Jan 2014 and one in Jan 2015.  I have cut my hair and lost 15 lbs!  You can see my face is a little thinner, which I didn't expect.  I have also gone down three pant sizes!  Being healthy (in all aspects of your life) is definitely a process and a balancing act, but I'm happy that I'm moving in the right direction :)

19 January 2015

Les Mills Pump Extreme

On January 7th I asked Albert to take a pictures of me doing squats.  I just needed one pic on my phone, but he got out the big camera and took a bunch of pictures.  Unfortunately he stopped before the end so I don't have pictures of the lunges, (of which I am very proud because I've moved up to 15 lbs on each side - when I started I could only do 5 lbs), shoulders, or abs. Oh well!  Here's almost the whole workout :)

Squats!  17.5 on each side.  I could probably move up to 20, but I have a hard time lifting that much over my head.  My legs are a lot stronger than my arms.

Chest! I've been wanting that sweet crease on my chest that strong people have and it's coming along.  I have been lifting 10 lbs on each side for awhile but I can still barely get through the track with that much so I'm not going up anytime soon.

Back! I lift 12.5 lbs on each side.  I like the clean and press, but not as much since I added that extra 2.5 lbs :) It's definitely a challenge.  Especially those wide rows!

Triceps are tough, but these raises aren't so bad.  That's a 10 lb weight.

Triceps part II.  This is a 5 lb weight.  

I added an extra 2.5 lbs on to the bicep track and I barely made it through. I was making some fun faces there at the end.  I have noticed some changes in my arms thanks to Pump and I am pretty happy with the changes in my body.  I love having more muscle!  I want to keep lifting weights 2-3 times a week.

17 January 2015

Quentin's Preschool Artwork in 2015

We had to get rid of all the cool artwork Quentin brings home twice a week so we took pictures of them.

Here is his Halloween and Thanksgiving artwork:

Here is his Christmas artwork:

15 January 2015

Making Dinner Fit in December

Albert loved this acorn squash.  It doesn't have any grains in it, it's super healthy, and really easy to make! Here's the link.

Another delicious recipe from my Skinny Taste recipe book.  I really loved this soup!  Luckily I found the recipe on-line so you can love it too!  Go here.

This is both of our new favorite salmon recipe from the Skinny Taste recipe book.  I don't have any sriracha sauce so I just omitted that, still awesome!  Again I was able to find the recipe on-line.  Here it is!

One of my favorite breakfasts!  Avocado is so delicious with egg.

13 January 2015

DYT Outfits // December

I bought some new clothes this month with all the pre-Christmas and after-Christmas sales :)  I bought a bunch of new pants that actually fit me; plaid, houndstooth, pink, indigo jeans, black jeans, and black star jeans.  I also bought a bunch of tops from Downeast Outfitters that were only $5 with free shipping :) I also got a new down coat that folds up into a bag.  I LOVE IT! It is so Type 4 with all the parallel lines and shine.  Plus I love that I don't have to carry around a heavy coat once I'm inside.  These are all posted on my fashion Instagram: http://instagram.com/dressingboldly - it helps me keep it fresh and I am always looking for fashion inspiration.

11 January 2015

Christmas Day!

Opening presents with the boys on Christmas morning is always fun.  I was a little worried that we had given Quentin too many presents, but after he was done he wondered why he didn't have more.  What can you do? 

For breakfast I made ebelskivers, eggs, and bacon, which is tradition, then for lunch/dinner I made lasagna with bechemel and flat pasta like they do in Italy.  I even simmered that ragu for hours the night before :)  We just hung out and ate on Christmas day.


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