Instead of using taco shells, you can use Whole Wheat Tortillas or in my case, 2 cups lettuce as a wrap. My main problem with meals is getting all my vitamins, calcium and iron. The only time I drink milk is if I put in my protein shake for lunch and that will depend on the protein powder.
Leave me a comment if you try it and let me know what you think. So far, kid approved, even if they complain about the beans.
For Monday’s meal, I didn’t follow any particular recipe. When I went shopping for beans, I picked up a few that I haven’t tried and wanted to give this chili a wide variety of flavor. As you can see in the picture, there are quite a few.
2 sticks celery
1 cup onions
4.5oz Old El Paso Chopped Green Chilies
1 can Nature’s Promise Organic Garbanzo Beans No Salt Added
1 can Bush’s Best Cannelli Beans White Kidney Beans
1 can (15.8oz) Bush’s Best Blackeye Peas
1 can Bush’s Best Chili Beans Kidney Beans Mild Chili Sauce
2 cans Giant Tomato Paste (small cans)
1 cup Pappy’s Pantry Pinto Beans
Season to taste, I used a variety of oregano, basil, bay leaves, chili powder, garlic salt, salt and pepper
Everyone liked it, except for the pinto beans that didn’t seem to soften after 2 hours. My oldest, who hates chickpeas, I got to eat 2 bowls with a promise of more cornbread. If I added more tomatoes it would’ve been a better chili but I was saving my diced tomatoes for tonight’s meal.
Leave me a comment if I try it and tell me how it tastes.
Last night, I made this recipe: Power Turkey Meatloaf. I wasn’t for sure how the kids would like it since I added salsa in it. Below is the what I used as I didn’t have all the ingredients.
1 cup Giant Mild Salsa
2lbs Jennie-O Ground Turkey
2 Large eggs
1 cup Mom’s Best Quick Oats
Nutritional Facts: 7 Servings (Servings will vary based on how you slice them)
Vitamin A: 6.1%, C: 0%, Calcium: 0.8%, Iron: 8.8%
Overall: 2 of the 3 kids liked it, despite it having peppers in the salsa., even helping themselves to seconds. I was advised to make this again as I will in a few weeks. I have other recipes I’m trying this week which I will post my review later along with facts and links. I’ve been trying to incorporate less meat and more varieties of vegetables. Below is the before/after.
Verdict: Very juicy and easy to cut through. Normally when I make meatloaf it ends up a little dry but the salsa helps make it this way.
Leave a comment if you’ve tried this recipe and how you or your family liked it.
I tried the 21 Day Fix, doing all the exercises every day and doubling up on the last week. I didn’t use the containers, as I didn’t have them, but watched what I ate since I plan meals for the week. The first week was tough. I realized how out of shape I was since I hadn’t worked out like this in over 5 years.
By week 2, I was feeling better and able to do most of the exercises without modification. My nutrition was still the same, watched what I ate, counted my calories and reduced my snacking. The kids started getting it with me and my husband joined me on Cardio Day. Needless to say, he was sore for the next few days and I laughed because he thought it was so easy watching me do it.
By week 3, I doubled the workouts, like it suggested. I spaced my workouts, one between 9-10am and the other between 2-3pm. I made sure not to overdo it with breakfast and lunch, knowing the type of workouts I would be doing, especially anything that involved jumping around.
I documented every day on Instagram, keeping myself accountable and hearing the words of encouragement. I was also in an accountability group, which had me logging in all my workouts, posting in the group, sharing recipes and hearing everyone’s struggles and achievements. I also didn’t weigh or measure myself the entire 3 weeks, not wanting to get discouraged and quit midway. I only weighed and measured myself on Day 1 and after Day 21, before starting 21 Day Fix Extreme, which I will post about after I complete it.
My Before Stats: My After Stats:
Chest: 46″ 44″
R Arm: 14″ 13.5″
L Arm: 12″ 12.5″
Waist: 44″ 44″
Hips: 54″ 52″
R Thigh: 27″ 27″
L Thigh: 27″ 26″
Total Inches: 224 219
Weight: 264.2 264.6
I lost a total of 5″ and gained 0.4lbs. The change I felt the most was in my hips. I normally wear a size 20 Jean but all of those fall off of me when I try to walk. I slide on my 18’s, didn’t have to suck in, buttoned, but felt tight if I had to sit for long periods of time. I wasn’t worried about losing weight as I know muscle weighs more than fat and my lower half is solid muscle. Had I been following the meal plan and containers, I would’ve lost more but as I’m working on Extreme, I’m even more conscious on what I eat and drink, as I’m working on lowering my carbs and sugar, my 2 biggest weaknesses.
Below is my before and after pictures. I debated posting these as I am disgusted with myself for allowing to get this big. In all honesty, who really wants to see this? I thought about putting up a picture of the before as a reminder of how far I’m coming and every time I want to grab something I shouldn’t, this reminds me of what I could look like again. I’ve had weight issues in the past and my husband loves me no matter what size I am but when your daughters call you fat, tell you-you have a big stomach and a big butt, it’s a gut punch that could knock you right out. I don’t want to be skinny, I want to be healthy. Am I getting stronger? Absolutely! Do I have over a hundred pounds to lose to be considered normal? Yes! Do I want to live long enough to see my children grow up and have kids of their own? Yes! Do I want to set a good example, not only with staying physically fit but teaching them good habits in the kitchen? Absolutely!
Do I care what other people think of me? Absolutely not! The old me cared about that, which caused me to go to extremes to lose weight and wound up in the hospital. The new me wants to feel good about myself, both in clothes and without. I have to remember: Summer Bodies Are Made in the Winter!