Sunday, December 4, 2016

My First Week on the 21 Day Fix

I started the 21 Day Fix food plan on Sunday, November 27th and committed to following it for the week.  You can read about the how and why NOW here if you like.

Just a quick recap....

According to the formula suggested, I calculated my food allotment by colored container.

GREEN holds about 1 cup and is for vegetables. I am allowed 3 each day.
RED holds about 3/4 cup and is for protein. I am allowed 4 each day.
PURPLE holds about 1 cup and is for fruit. I am allowed 2 each day.
YELLOW holds about 1/2 cup and is for beans and grains and potatoes.  I am allowed 2 each day.
BLUE holds about 1/3 cup and is for cheese, avocado, nuts and hummus. I am allowed 1 per day.
ORANGE holds about 2 Tbs and is for seeds and olives and chopped nuts. I am allowed 1 per day.
I am also to have 2 tsp of healthy oils or nut butters.

I know myself and my limitations pretty well. I am going to allow myself all the leafy greens, ie. baby Spring mix and spinach, that I want without measuring or counting them.  The 3 GREEN servings of veggies will be for everything else, and if I am hungry, I will have more of them.

So, here is how it has been going so far. 

Sunday, November 27th

Breakfast at 9 a.m.
  • 1 egg and 2 slices of turkey bacon
  • 1/2 red grapefruit
1 RED, 1 PURPLE


After run snack at 10:30 a.m.
  • 1-1/2 scoops vegan protein powder
  • 10 ounces water
  • 1/2 small banana
  • 6 raspberries
RED, 1 PURPLE


Lunch at 12:00 p.m.
  • homemade Butternut Squash and Red Pepper soup
  • baby Spring mix, spinach
  • white kidney beans
  • cucumber, tomato, onion
  • avocado oil/apple cider vinegar dressing
2 GREEN, 1 YELLOW, 1 tsp oils


Snack at 3:00 p.m.
  • baby carrots
  • raw almonds
1 GREEN, 1 ORANGE


Dinner at 5:45 p.m.
  • shrimp
  • white rice
  • avocado
  • green onion, cucumber
1 RED, 1 YELLOW, 1 BLUE, 1/2 GREEN


Snack at 6:30 p.m.
  • 1 tsp peanut butter
1 tsp oils

Totals for the day:

3 RED, 2 PURPLE, 2 YELLOW, 1 BLUE, 1 ORANGE, 3-1/2 GREEN, 2 tsp oils

My Fitness Pal calculated 1062 calories and I was a bit concerned that this number is too low.  I was only at 82g of protein for the day which is not enough for  me. When I reviewed the day's menu, I realized I only had eaten 3 RED when I should have had 4 RED.  This will make a difference going forward... I am determined to get the hang of this thing!

For those Weight Watchers reading... this was only 20 Smart Points for the whole day.

I ate dinner somewhat earlier than normal after a smaller-than-usual afternoon snack, so I fully expected to be hungry during the evening.  But I was not.  I really only at the peanut butter because I had already recorded it. I did have a cup of coffee, and a few glasses of water throughout the evening, like I usually do, and went to bed at 10:30 p.m. feeling quite pleased with myself!


Using the containers to measure some lunch ingredients.


And eventually there was soup and salad for lunch.


White rice is not on the 21 Day Fix food list, but I had already planned this dinner and cooked the rice so went ahead and had it anyway. Love sushi bowls!


Monday, November 28th

I expected to wake up famished... I did not.  And I made up the day's menu while enjoying a cup of coffee.  I forgot to buy lemons on the weekend and so have not had my warm lemon water the past couple of days. Drat.

Pre-Workout Snack at 7:30 a.m.
  • 3/4 scoop chocolate whey protein
  • 8 ounces water
  • 1/2 banana
1/2 RED, 1 PURPLE


Breakfast at 9:45 a.m.
  • 1 egg and 2 slices of turkey bacon
  • shredded zucchini and white onion
RED, 1 GREEN


Lunch at 12:00 p.m.
  • baby Spring mix, spinach
  • 1/2 cup white kidney beans
  • cucumber, tomato, onion
  • light feta cheese
  • avocado oil/apple cider vinegar dressing
GREEN, 1 YELLOW,  1/2 BLUE, 1 tsp oils


Snack at 3:45 p.m.
  • 1 mini Baby Bel cheese wedge
  • 2 low fat turkey pepperoni
1/2 BLUE, 1/2 RED


Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
  • barbecued chicken breast
  • steamed green beans and baby carrots
  • baked sweet potato
1 RED, 1 GREEN, 1 YELLOW


Snack at 7:30 p.m.
  • Greek yogurt
  • blueberries
  • hemp seeds
  • peanut butter
1 RED, 1 PURPLE, 1 ORANGE, 1 tsp oils


Totals for the day:

RED, 2 PURPLE, 2 YELLOW, 1 BLUE, 1 ORANGE, 3 GREEN, 2 tsp oils

My Fitness Pal calculated 1170 calories and I am more comfortable with that.  116g of protein is much better for me. It was 22 Weight Watchers Smart Points.   Confession...  I am kinda missing my PB2, and my raisins and dates, and handfuls of nuts, too.  But I am going to persevere and see if I can find a way to work some into the food plan.

I admit to being fairly hungry for my afternoon snack by the time 3:45 rolled around... I took myself out for a long afternoon walk at about 2:30 when I might normally have a snack, for diversion sake... and a couple of bottles of water along the way helped too.


Always love a warm breakfast after a workout.


Quite a substantial evening snack.


Tuesday, November 29th

 Again, I made up the day's menu while enjoying a cup of coffee. It took some juggling but I managed to work in a couple of my favorite food items that I have missed... PB2 and my High Protein Puck at breakfast.


Breakfast at 9:30 a.m.
  • High Protein Puck made with: 
    • 1-1/2 Tbs pumpkin seed protein powder
    • 3 Tbs egg whites
    • 2 Tbs sweet potato
  • 2 Tbs PB2
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 slices turkey bacon
1RED, 1 PURPLE, 1/2 YELLOW


Snack at 11:00 a.m.
  • baby carrots and mini cucumbers

GREEN

Lunch at 12:30 p.m.
  • apple
  • 2 Tbs dried cranberries
  • chopped pecans
  • feta cheese
  • fat free Poppyseed dressing 
  • barbecued chicken breast
1/2 YELLOW,  1/2 BLUE, 1 ORANGE, 1 PURPLE, 1 RED


Snack at 3:45 p.m.
  • grape tomatoes and cucmbers
  • 2 low fat turkey pepperoni
1 GREEN, 1/2 RED

Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
  • edemame pasta
  • olive oil
  • parmesan cheese shreds
  • green onions
  • green and red peppers
GREEN, 1/2 BLUE, 1 RED, 1 YELLOW, 1 tsp oils


Dessert Snack at 6:30 p.m.
  • Greek yogurt
  • peanut butter
1/2 RED,  1 tsp oils


Totals for the day:

RED, 2 PURPLE, 2 YELLOW, 1 BLUE, 1 ORANGE, 3 GREEN, 2 tsp oils

Entered into My Fitness Pal, it totalled 1226 calories with 106g of protein... 23 Weight Watchers Smart Points.  I was a bit fidgetty in the evening and would have loved to nibble on something around 9 o'clock but didn't give in. It is a slippery slope once I break the rules!

One of my favorite breakfasts.


I don't normally snack on veggies but really enjoyed nibbling on these baby carrots and cucumber slices while working at my desk.


I love love love this apple slaw, and adding the chicken made it a complete and filling meal.


 Each morning I use my colored pens and notebook to plan my day's menu, and then enter it into My Fitness Pal to track the macros.  Once the day is planned,there are fewer decisions to make and I am not food obsessed all day long wondering what I am going to eat.



Wednesday, November 30th

Finally picked up some lemons so I really enjoyed a lovely glass of warm lemon water after a great night's sleep.  Then I planned the day while having my coffee.

Pre-Workout Snack at 7:30 a.m.
  • 3/4 scoop chocolate whey protein
  • 8 ounces water
1/2 RED


Breakfast at 9:45 a.m.
  • 1 egg and 2 slices of turkey bacon
  • sauteed onion, red pepper
  • campari tomatoes
RED, 1 GREEN


Snack at 11:15 a.m.

  • Greek yogurt
  • dark cherries
1/2 RED, 1 PURPLE


Lunch at 1:00 p.m.
  • baby Spring mix, spinach
  • albacore tuna
  • tomatoes, onion, capers
  • avocado
  • avocado oil/apple cider vinegar dressing
GREEN, 1 BLUE, 1 RED, 1 tsp oils


Snack at 3:45 p.m.
  • quinoa
  • blueberries
  • chopped walnuts
1 YELLOW, 1/2 PURPLE, 1 ORANGE


Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
  • pork loin chop
  • apple slices sauteed in butter and cinnamon
  • green beans, baby carrots
RED, 1 GREEN, 1/2 PURPLE, 1 tsp oils


Snack at 7:30 p.m.
  • Weight Watchers salt and vinegar chips

1 YELLOW


Totals for the day:

RED, 2 PURPLE, 2 YELLOW, 1 BLUE, 1 ORANGE, 3 GREEN, 2 tsp oils

All in all a good day.  Sometimes on the 4th day of a new food plan my resolve starts to slip a bit and I cheat.  Not this time. I am determined to see this through the week.  Today my calories totalled to 1222 with 109g of protein... satisfying and enough.

My huge lunch salad... delicous!


I wasn't sure about this snack of quinoa with berries and walnuts, but it was really tasty.


The apple slices sauteed in butter with a bit of stevia and cinnamon really added to this meal.




Thursday, December 1st

I sipped my warm lemon water while I planned the day.  Then I had some my coffee.

Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.
  • Cafe Latte Shakeology
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 banana
RED, 1/2 YELLOW, 1 PURPLE


Lunch at 11:15 a.m.
  • homemade Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Soup
  • chopped broccoli salad:
    • broccoli, green onions, orange bell pepper
    • chopped pecans
    • crumbled low fat feta
    • dried cranberries
    • chicken breast
    • sugar free raspberry dressing
1-1/2 GREEN, 1 ORANGE, 1/2 BLUE, 1/2 YELLOW, 1 RED


Snack at 4:30 p.m.
  • Baby Bel cheese wedge
  • baby rice rusks
  • turkey pepperoni
1/2 BLUE, 1/2 RED


Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
  • wild Pacific salmon burger
  • baby Spring mix
  • tomatoes, cucumber, onion
  • avocado oil/balsamic vinegar
  • low fat fudgsicle
RED, 1 GREEN, 1 tsp oils, 1 YELLOW


Snack at 8:30 p.m.
  • Greek yogurt
  • chopped apple
  • peanut butter
1/2 RED, 1 PURPLE, 1 tsp oils


Totals for the day:

RED, 2 PURPLE, 2 YELLOW, 1 BLUE, 1 ORANGE, 3-1/2 GREEN, 2 tsp oils

I was quite surprised that my lunch, even though a large salad, kept me satisfied for the whole afternoon till snack time at 4:30.  And just a note... the baby rice rusks that I have occasionally with cheese for my afternoon snack only have 15 calories total, so although I do record them in My Fitness Pal, I am not counting them here.  So total calories for the day were 1220 with only 95g of protein. The Shakeology protein powder has only 16g of protein but is considered a whole RED serving.

Love the taste and I know it is a healthy start to my day.


My lunch salad was fabulous!




Friday, December 2nd

Again, I really enjoyed a tasty glass of warm lemon water while planning the day's meals.  Then I sipped my coffee.

Pre-Workout Snack at 7:30 a.m.
  • 3/4 scoop chocolate whey protein
  • 8 ounces water
1/2 RED


Breakfast at 9:45 a.m.
  • 1 egg
  • 2 slices of turkey bacon
  • 1/2 red grapefruit
RED, 1 PURPLE


Lunch at 12:00 p.m.
  • chicken breast
  • green peppers, onion, tomatoes
  • quinoa
  • avocado oil/ACV
  • homemade Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Pepper soup
REDGREEN, 1 BLUE1 YELLOW, 1 tsp oils


Snack at 2:30 p.m.
  • 1 apple
  • peanut butter
 1 PURPLE, 1 tsp oils 


Snack at 3:30 p.m.
  • 2 mini Baby Bel cheese wedges
  • 2 baby rice rusks
  • 1 BLUE, 1/4 YELLOW

Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
  • pork loin chop
  • green beans
RED, 1 GREEN


Snack at 7:30 p.m.
  • Greek yogurt
  • PB2
  • raisins
  • pecans
1/2 RED, 3/4 YELLOW, 1 ORANGE


Totals for the day:

RED, 2 PURPLE, 2 YELLOW, 1 BLUE, 1 ORANGE, 3 GREEN, 2 tsp oils

Yes, I counted the 2 packages of rice rusks today as they total 30 calories which I think is a bit more than I consider negligible... and they complemented the PB2 and raisins in my evening snack to make up a YELLOW container.    Today's calorie count came out a bit higher at 1302 with 114g Protein.

The addition of the quinoa to my lunch salad was a real change for me.


Saturday, December 3rd

On Saturdays mornings I like to attend a local Weight Watchers meeting... to catch up with some friends there and also get weighed.  So, I did not do my planning while I drank my lemon water and then coffee.

 knew that I was going to add some extra YELLOW foods to my menu and also enjoy a gluten free beer with my late afternoon snack.  I did record my eats, though, and it worked out to just over 1600 calories on My Fitness Pal... about 120g protein.

And my weigh in results on Saturday morning?  Well, all of this effort rewarded me with a .8 lb loss on the scale.  Now I know that doesn't sound like much, but it was over 6 days and honestly, even though I was a bit disappointed in the amount, I was happy for a loss.

Lunch was zoodles sauteed with onion and green pepper and chicken.   Mmmm.


And some parting thoughts...

  • I know that planning my menu for the day first thing in the morning is a good idea for me.  It helps me make all of the food decisions at once.  After that, it is a matter of timing.  That has helped release me from the what am I going to eat obsession.
  • The macro numbers I recorded this week are very close to the numbers I was aiming for before starting it... yes, the carbs are lower somewhat, but the protein and fats are almost right on.  
  • I think that ignoring the leafy greens in my colored container count is the right way for me to go.  I do not want to feel too deprived or get too hungry.
  • I have learned to make little deals with myself, trading one food for another, or putting it off till tomorrow even. It works for me.
  • The colored containers are a good way to measure for portion control.
  • The program itself leads one to a variety of food group selections, and appropriate amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fats. It allows limited/reasonable amounts of cheese and nuts and healthy oils/fats.
  • It is not a crazy, unhealthy fast weight loss diet and it is liveable.
  • And yes, I am going to continue with another week... I have already planned Sunday's menu.
Thanks for hanging in with me this week. 





Sunday, November 27, 2016

Could the 21 Day Fix be the Fix For Me?

Mini confession here... I have to admit to being somewhat food and nutrition obsessed.

For the past few weeks I have been making an attempt to work with IIFYM - If It Fits Your Macros - to come up with a food plan that I can follow and use to knock off a couple of pounds of fluff.  I have been strength training 3 times per week and also walking a lot.  

I have not had a great deal of success... I have had a few mini losses and a few mini gains and what I find is that all I think about is food, to make sure I am hitting my numbers. I think it is not really mentally healthy. 

So, I have decided to change gears.  

I bought the 21 Day Fix when it was first released a couple of years ago, and although I do like some of the workouts, I never really gave the colored-container food plan an honest trial. I read it through, decided it was too restrictive and put the colored containers away in my cupboard.

This past week I saw that my BeachBody Coach is running a Holiday Challenge group and I jumped right in. I have been assembling the tools and information I need to follow the 21 Day Fix food plan and I am ready... mentally ready too.


Yes, I know that nuts and seeds and healthy oils and nut butters are limited.  Yes, I know that I cannot have cheese and avocado on the same day.  Insert sad face here... but on the positive side... I no longer drink wine so that will make it much easier.  I know that if I am hungry I can fill up on raw veggies... going over my GREEN container count for the day is not a serious infraction and will be my back up plan.

Colored containers?  

Yes, there is a set of cute colored containers with lids, and each color represents and different food group and they are all different sizes.  According to the formula suggested, I calculated my food allotment by container.

GREEN holds about 1 cup and is for vegetables. I am allowed 3 each day.
RED holds about 3/4 cup and is for protein. I am allowed 4 each day.
PURPLE holds about 1 cup and is for fruit. I am allowed 2 each day.
YELLOW holds about 1/2 cup and is for beans and grains and potatoes.  I am allowed 2 each day.
BLUE holds about 1/3 cup and is for cheese, avocado, nuts and hummus. I am allowed 1 per day.
ORANGE holds about 2 Tbs and is for seeds and olives and chopped nuts. I am allowed 1 per day.
I am also to have 2 tsp of healthy oils or nut butters.

All totalled, it is supposed to come to between 1200 and 1499 calories per day... which certainly is in the range of where I was with IIFYM and with Weight Watchers too.

But looking at it, it doesn't seem like very much food to a girl who can put away 3 cups of spinach and greens at lunch in a salad!  And who can toss back a handful of almonds in a flash.  Which is probably why I am struggling with those few pounds in the first place, right?

But I am committed, and I am going to do it.  Here is what I am planning for the week:
  • each morning I am going to write myself a food plan for the day according to my schedule of activities for the day.  
  • I am going to up my workout game this week and do 4 strength workouts M, W, Th, F using the 21 Day Fix DVDs and my Reebok Kettlebell workouts.
  • I plan to run today.
  • I am going to track my food intake on my colored charts as well as in My Fitness Pal to see what I am actually consuming.
  • If I am truly hungry, I will eat veggies/fruit to get me through to the next planned meal.  And being somewhat rebellious, I am not going to use the GREEN containers to count my leafy greens... baby Spring mix or spinach, only the other veggies that I eat.
And I intend to report back my progress... what was planned vs. what actually happened.

Here goes... wish me well!

Do you follow a particular food plan?

Do you have any experience with the 21 Day Fix?







Sunday, November 6, 2016

Rechargeable Knuckle Lights Review

This product is something I have been wishing for... Rechargeable Knuckle Lights.  I eagerly read the press release that arrived in my email and then contacted them right away.  I am so happy that they sent me a pair of the new rechargeable lights to try out and review.  Honestly, I really love them!

I first became familiar with Knuckle Lights about 3 years ago, and published a review of them at that time. You can read my review about the original product here, if you like.

I have been faithfully using those Knuckle Lights every time I venture outside in the dark... whether to walk or to run... no matter how far I have to go.  We live in an urban area and sometimes the traffic seems to pay little attention to people on foot.  And the first rule of safety, I am sure, is to SEE and BE SEEN.  Knucke Lights certainly take care of me that way!

And with the new, improved version... they look after me even better.

Rechargeable Knucke Lights


These new Rechargeable Knucke Lights shine much brighter than the originals.  And, they have an extra wide beam that moves with your hands so it illuminates the entire area in front of you as you move.

When you first take them out of the package, they need to be plugged into the battery charging station and fully charged before first use.  This dock has both a wall unit and a USB unit for charging.


There are indicators on the dock that glow RED when the light unit is not fully charged.

Rechargeable Knucke Lights

And then the indicator turns GREEN when the light unit is ready to use.

Rechargeable Knucke Lights

The dock has built in overcharge protection.  This means that the light units can be stored on the dock and plugged in at all times. There is not danger of overcharging and damaging the batteries.  Very convenient. And it means they will be ready to go whenever you want to use them.

Along with walking and running in the dark, these handy light units can be used in other ways.  The Captain has discovered that one works very nicely when he is out on our deck using the barbecue. And when he is finished with it, he places it back on the dock.

Rechargeable Knucke Lights

And a short time later is is completely recharged and ready to use again.

The light units are made to be worn on the front of your hands and they have adjustable silicone straps which means you can wear them over gloves and mittens.


Rechargeable Knucke Lights

And they are fully waterproof... the unit is completely sealed... which is a real bonus for me because where I live it pretty much rains all Winter!

The lights have 3 different settings.  You can easily cycle through them with a press of your thumb on that button on the top of the unit.  There is a very bright beam, and a low beam and also a blinker. Just hold the button down for a couple of seconds to turn the light off altogether.  

I will warn you now not to look into the light when you turn it on!  That bright beam is VERY bright.

And the lights are long lasting.  The battery charge is good for 4 hours on bright, 8 hours on low and 14 hours on blink.  Lots of charge there for long runs and walks.

I should also tell you that this is an American made product. The company is based in Oregon and was founded by Dan Hopkins who is a runner himself.

I hope you will have a look at the Knuckle Lights Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/KnuckleLights/  because they have a sale on right now. But you have to act fast.  There is a code on today's post to use as at checkout in order to receive a 10%  discount on a pair of Rechargeable Knuckle Lights.

How do you stay safe when outside in the dark?

Has the time change affected your routine?

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Wrapping up October

It is the end of October... the month has flown by!  I have lots of  fun things to share with you today so am going to jump right in.

First on the fitness front...

We finished up 12 weeks of Metabolic Prime workouts in the middle of the month and I have been looking for a new program to take us to the end of the year.  Not wanting to lose the gains I have made on in both muscle definition and strength I have been using a variety of methods to maintain.

Normally my strength workouts have been on Monday, Wednesday and Friday so I have been keeping to those days.

The first week I did a very short tabata style workout.  I started out with a good warmup and then did 10 squats followed by 10 pushups... repeated those moves 5 times... and then did a good stretch.  Not a lot but tough enough.  And of course I walked several miles each day.

This past week I got out some old workout DVDs and used them on M, W, and F.  And there was a lot more walking, and a run. There are some tough elements to a few of these older routines and it was fun to revisit them.


And new in my kitchen...

I am a huge fan of vegan protein powders but some of the recipes I have developed in my kitchen seem to work better with a whey powder.  I spent quite a bit of time looking for a new one that I could purchase locally and came up with a Canadian brand called LeanFit. It tastes good, and has a nutritional profile that I am fairly happy with.  I bought a tub of the vanilla and of the chocolate.

I found this recipe for Mint Avocado Protein Mousse on their web site this week and found it intriguing enough to try.  I made it for my afternoon snack and because it makes 2 servings, shared it with The Captain. We both loved it!  I would never had thought to put peppermint and avocado together myself but it works. I am going to be making it again and will try it with chocolate next time.



Another fresh product find...

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I received a box of coconut oil products to sample from a company called Skinny & Co.


There are several different products here... all coconut oil based... and they serve a great variety of applications. Along with all of the health benefits of eating coconut oil, there are a zillion ways it can be used topically...  skin cleansing and moisturizing, makeup removal, hair conditioning, shaving cream, after sun care, just to name a few.

One of these jars contains a brown sugar scrub... it is a terrific exfoliator and they claim that it can also be added to coffee or tea as a sweetener!  Nope, I haven't tried it yet, but I am going to!


There is also a peppermint flavored oil for pulling.... now I have been oil pulling several times a week for a couple of months now and am a huge proponent of this practice. I swear my teeth have gotten considerably whiter and less stained since I first started. It makes my teeth feel smooth and really clean.  I found this peppermint flavor in the oil a bit off-putting at first but I am getting used to it.  It is a good way for newcomers to the practice to enjoy it, I think.


And my food plan...

For a long time, I used carb cycling and intermittent fasting to work on staying lean.  But I am always looking to try new things and lately I have been using IIFYM - If It Fits Your Macros.  It took me a few iterations to come up with a set of macro numbers - grams of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats - that I can live with comfortably. Yes, it is a lot of work.  Yes, I am a numbers geek and like to do the math.  But I am happy with the results I am seeing on the scale and in the way my clothes fit. I feel like I work hard in the gym and pounding the pavement so I might just as well support that with good fuel.  And yes, I can make room for treats!

When I carb cycled, I couldn't eat a lot of my favorite dishes because you aren't supposed to eat carbs and fats on the same day so I was beginning to feel a bit deprived, which is never good. With IIFYM I can have whatever I want as long as the numbers work. I really like that aspect.

And coming up...

I have also signed up for a 21 Day Holiday Countdown Challenge with Lauren from The Bikini Experiment.  I did one of her challenges a while back and found it helped me stay on track so I eagerly joined this one when she announced it... it starts October 31st so if you are interested, you can check it out for yourself.

So, how did October go for you?  Anything new on your plate or in your workout bag?


Friday, October 14, 2016

Changes and Celebrations

I am in celebration mode today.


Why, you ask?

I have just completed the final workout in my 12 week Metabolic Prime series... These workouts are so much harder than the first one put out by Jade Teta called Metabolic Aftershock.  And I am celebrating because they are finished!  and that I did them ALL... faithfully every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the past 12 weeks.  And now it is time to take a break for a week and look for something different or new to start on the following week.  Hurray!



And... last night I worked my last meeting for Weight Watchers Canada.  Although I really enjoyed welcoming and weighing my meeting members each week, and I am totally behind the program, it was just time for me to leave and return to being a member myself.  Yes, I still will follow the program in conjunction with IIFYM and look forward to any changes that they roll out at the end of the year... the traditional time to tweak the current program or introduce a new one.

How am I celebrating?

Well, after lunch today, The Captain and I are heading to my favorite Starbucks and I am going to thoroughly enjoy a ginormous, whipcream-covered spicy latte of some sort.  Will fill you in on those deets after it happens.


UPDATE!

Enjoying my Grande Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte... extra shot of espresso, no whip!



Cheers!

Hope you are having a wonderful Friday wherever you are... anything special coming up this weekend?

Any ideas as to a good strength training program for me to consider?