Here is my comparison picture from Day 1 to today after completing the Mr. Shut Up and Train challenge. Strangely enough, the scale did not budge over these last 3 weeks, but as you can see some inches were lost.
Overall, what I did like about the challenge was that I received an email every day as a reminder and motivator to get up and be active. There were always alternatives for just about every exercise in the challenge for beginners, which ever thought I work out regularly I still consider myself a beginner as far as strength and endurance. The nutritional challenges also helped me get back in the habit of making clean and healthy food choices, and being prepared to do so.
What I think did not work for me with this challenge was the lack of cardio over a long period of time. The workouts were mostly high intensity interval training workouts, which are good for building strength and endurance, but for me don’t result in much weight loss. Why? Because its too hard! I finish the workout but find because it is hard I am often needing to stop and take breaks. I think I would need to incorporate some additional cardio that I can do for longer periods of time for optimal calorie burn. I’m not sure when the next challenge will start, but in the meantime I plan to go back to using the elliptical for cardio 5-6 days a week and strength training twice a week to help burn fat and prepare myself for the next challenge.
Recently due some unforeseen circumstances, I had taken a detour from really focusing on losing weight. Now that things have changed, I’m able to get back on track with weight loss and continuing to live a healthy lifestyle. I came across a Facebook post for a FREE 21 day fitness challenge by Rahman Grayson, Mr Shut Up and Train, and I thought this would be a great way to get back in the groove and learn some new tips and tricks along the way. With a name like that, I figured this was what I needed to get serious again.
How does this challenge work? When you sign up, they’ll send you a daily email by 5am EST each morning detailing that day’s exercise and/or nutritional challenge. You commit to completing each work out, finishing the whole 21 days, and following the rules. The rules include no alcohol, no fried foods, no fast food, drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily, keep a food journal, and commit to eating clean. He did say challenge!!! At least there are 3 cheat day, and I already know what dates I’m using them on. So I’m ready. Will you join the challenge?
To sign up now, go to http://www.mrshutupandtrain.com/30daycc. There is also a #30DayCC event on Facebook. Go to http://www.facebook.com/events/556209034401342, click “Join” and then invite your Facebook friends. You can post your questions and pictures there as well. I hope to see you there!
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Cod is one of my favorite fish varieties. It has a mild flavor, and a dense, flaky white flesh. In the past I’ve bought frozen cod, and had a terrible time cooking it – and I’m not sure why to this day. It’s something I’ve experienced when buying other varieties of frozen fish as well – the strange phenomenon of the fish remaining transparent and mushy even though its been cooking for several minutes. But yesterday while in the supermarket, I saw fresh cod in the seafood display case and thought I’d try it again. It’s been YEARS after all. I did a little recipe search online to gather ideas, and came up with this simple recipe.
What You’ll Need
Cod fillets (I had 2lbs worth)
Olive oil (I used extra light olive oil as its formulated to withstand higher heat than extra virgin, making it perfect for frying and baking)
Seasoned bread crumbs (I did not use Italian style or plain, but you could depending on the flavor you want)
Sea salt or seasoning blend of your choice
Freshly cracked black pepper
What You’ll Do
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil, and coat with olive oil to prevent sticking. Sprinkle sea salt or whatever seasoning blend you prefer onto the baking sheet. Place the cod fillets on the baking sheet and pour the olive oil onto the fillets, just enough to cover. Coat the fillets with bread crumbs, add more or less depending on how thick or thin you want the crust to be. Top with black pepper. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
Check out this pictorial guide on portion control from One Medical! If you don’t want to count calories or weigh everything you eat, this guide is a great way to visually ensure you are eating enough of the right things.
Here’s an example of my typical dinner plate so you can see how I watch my portions. Do you follow this when putting your food on the plate?
I’ve been procrastinating on trying to cook with tofu for a while now. Finally, about four weeks ago I purchased some extra firm tofu from my local Walmart with hopes that having spent the money would motivate me to go for it. Didn’t really work. But then I saw a post on Instagram from my girl and fellow blogger Deanna aka Naturally Creole where she had made a stir-fry using tofu, and I was finally ready. Here’s the quick recipe I came up with. I can’t deny – it was delicious!
1″ slice of extra firm tofu (about 3 oz), cut into small cubes
1/3 cup of stir-fry sauce (I used Kikkomans)
1 package fresh precut stir fry vegetables (broccoli, snow peas, carrots)
1 Tbsp extra light olive oil
What To Do
Pour the stir fry sauce into a small bowl. Add the cubes of tofu to the sauce and let them marinate for about 30 minutes (or longer of you like). Heat olive oil in a wok (or whatever you have) on high heat. Add the stir fry vegetables, and cook about 5 minutes. Then add the tofu along with the stir fry sauce until heated through.