21 Day Fix Extreme was released last week and I got my copy on Saturday!! I previewed one of the workouts, Cardio Extreme and it is just love. Weighted cardio, Autumn, I love you.
But I’m not going to lie – the reason I am SUPER excited about 21 Day Fix Extreme is the Countdown to Competition plan. For all of those “next level” fitness people, this is RIGHT up your alley. While it is not a long term plan, it is something to do for a big event, right before a vacation or in my case, just to try and motivate myself through this last leg of winter!
I’m doing the eating plan while I finish the last three weeks of Insanity Max:30!
It took me a LONG time to get on the kale train.
I thought it was a hipster fad, a passing “superfood” craze.
And while I don’t run and sing its benefits from the hilltops or drink it in green smoothies, I do love making kale chips.
But literally only eat THIS version! If you like heat, this is the recipe for you!! If you aren’t into spicy food, leave out the cayenne in this recipe. Add more garlic and onion powder, salt and pepper for a non-spicy “everything” style kale chip.
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
2. Tear kale leaves up, pulling off the larger stem towards the bottom, spreading in a single layer on the pan.
3. Drizzle olive oil over the leaves.
4. In a separate bowl, combine the dry seasonings.
5. Spread over leaves and then use your hands to gently toss everything together, making sure the leaves are evenly coated.
6. Bake for 10 minutes and lightly flip them. Bake another 5-8 minutes, depending on your oven. You want them baked and crispy (but not burnt). Undercooked kale chips will be chewy!
I make these so often that I usually just sprinkle the powders and eyeball the amounts; this is a very versatile recipe and you only need to be careful with the cayenne!
It is also 21 Day Fix friendly! Conversion is 1 green and 2 teaspoons (roughly).
Everyone loves a free fitness challenge!!
Each day during the month of February, I’ll be posting a mini-workout to incorporate into your workout schedule or if you are a beginner or just short on time, you can use these moves on their own to improve your fitness level!
Calories in, calories out, right?
But one thing I’ve realized on this journey is that the sweet spot of calorie intake that also aligns with one’s goals can be a pretty tricky thing to nail down, with all the misinformation out there.
For one thing, and this has been written all over the internet, 1200 calories is typically not enough for a person who follows some sort of fitness program but it seems to still be floating out there as a strange magical weight loss number.
But if we think of food as fuel, you realize that excessively limiting intake to lose weight is actually counterintuitive!
We need fuel for muscle repair. Fuel for energy!
So, that said, the ultimate question?
How many calories should you be eating??
I’m a big fan of this calculator. I’ve found it to be accurate for me and my challengers have also had success with it. Once I have that number, I manually enter it as my goal into My Fitness Pal and since this calculator factors in activity, you don’t even need to worry about “eating back” your calories.
Many people will find that they are actually not eating ENOUGH to sustain their activity level!
So, the bottom line here is to look at your intake and evaluate your activity level. Try that calculator and do a little food journaling, if you’ve never tried it. See if your intake aligns with the calculator and your goals. And most of all, listen to your body! If you are hungry – eat! Make thoughtful choices with your food and pick filling, healthy meals and snacks 80% of the time.
Related: What is Clean Eating?
Good luck and let me know if can help you reach your goals!
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I confess, guacamole is a comfort food for me! I LOVE IT.
I also have a hard time keeping to a reasonable portion size because while it isn’t a “junk” food, it can pack some calorie damage if you aren’t careful!
This guy also loves his guacamole – including this 21 Day Fix friendly option!
This is one of my go-to recipes for an easy guacamole craving, inspired by the Good Foods or Trader Joe’s versions of Greek yogurt guacamoles.