Monday, March 31, 2014

Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Creamy Rice: 21 Day Fix Approved

I hope you don't mind all these posts with 21 Day Fix Approved Foods...because that's what so many people are interested in these days! Either way, they're healthy recipes and that's what this blog was always about anyway. Today, like usual, I was searching around for a recipe that I could try for dinner. Shrimp and Grits came up and I was hooked. The first version I found was prettyyyy fatty and Grits aren't on the approved list of 21 Day Fix Foods, so I took some of the ingredients and lightened them up. Hope you like it!

Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Cheesy Rice

  • 1 cup Brown Rice (I use 1-minute Brown Rice)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Butter 
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 pound Shrimp, Deveined, Peeled and Uncooked
  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Parsley, Chopped

  • Follow cooking instructions on back of rice and cook. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Once the rice is cooked, stir in cheese and butter.
  • In another pan, heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add the shrimp, garlic and cayenne pepper. Cook for 4 minutes, or until shrimp are pink. 
  • Remove from stove top and stir in the juice from 1/2 of the lemon, 2 Tbsp water and parsley.
  • Portion out the rice (using your YELLOW container) and then portion out the shrimp (using the RED container).
  • Enjoy :)


Friday, March 28, 2014

Chalene Johnson's PiYo Workout!

Hey everyone! Long time since I've posted around here. I've been prepping everything and getting pumped for my spring group of 21 Day Fix Challengers!! I can't wait to share their results as they start coming in!
I've been keeping up with my eating plan and workouts as well. I'll do a post of Round 1 21 Day Fix Results and thoughts soon!
I even started working out at work! I'm pretty lucky that I have access to this awesome gym :)

Today I just wanted to share a little bit about a new program that you may see posted on social media! It's from the awesome Chalene Johnson and it's called Piyo!
What is PiYo?
PiYo is a new Team Beachbody workout program! It combines the fine toning moves from yoga and pilates --focusing in on flexibility training AND strength training all at once. It's also meant for those of you who would typically get bored with yoga and pilates. PiYo is designed to help you lose weight, build lean muscle and beome stronger and more flexible. All while ENJOYING the workout!
Is Beachbody PiYo Workout suitable for me?
From what I've found out, Chalene says that these workouts are low-impact and suitable for almon all people with or without workout experience! Despite being low impact, they are still intense enough to build muscle while losing weight. Also-- no jumping required!
How is Chalene’s PiYo Workout different from yoga?
You know that feeling during yoga when you're holding a pose and you're so extremely bored? PiYo DOES NOT have that! It is set to music and you move through with the speed of the sound. This helps keep you consistent with your workout.

Beachbody PiYo

Beachbody's PiYo is an ideal version of Yoga and Pilates! The workout includes high-intensity, low-impact moves that include:
  • athletic drills
  • core conditioning
  • dancing
  • sports training, and
  • stretching

PiYo is designed to improve your
  • strength
  • core stability, and
  • agility
So, if you want to be the first to know about when this becomes available... sign up here!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

How To: Survive Hot Yoga!

Today I decided to switch things up and head to a local yoga studio to replace my 21 Day Fix yoga! Not that I don’t love the Autumn’s 30 min version…but it’s spring break here at work so the students are gone and I have time to do whatever I want! Which is a welcomed break, knowing I have a lot of training to do with my employees next week :)

This class is a 1 hour, HOT yoga class! Hot at this studio means 95 degrees! It’s a flow class, which utilizes breath-synchronized movement to link together a moving meditation. It helps to build muscle, increase flexibility and find focus. Which I know we can all use! Here are my best tips for how to SURVIVE and THRIVE in a HOT yoga class!
  1. Dress for it! Tank top, sweat wicking capris and a headband are my staples. I use the No Limits LuluLemon Tank Top because it’s loose fitting, let’s air move around, but doesn’t put me on display in class. No, I’m not that girl that can just wear a bra top and tight shorts into class! Besides that, I wear my favorite pair of capri pants (Lululemon again, I had a really good gift card!). And finally, a headband! Nothing sucks more than having sweat drip into your face!
  2. Eat Right, ALL DAY LONG! So you know that feeling when you’re going for a run and your stomach is full of heavy carbs like that big sandwich you had for lunch? That same feeling in hot yoga feels 100 times WORSE! Because you’re hot and you need to engage your core the entire time. If you want to enjoy the class, eat small meals throughout the day like y our 21 Day Fix plan tells you to!
  3. Drink Water, ALL DAY LONG! Yes, I know, you don’t want to have to go to the bathroom all day….but suck it up! If you’re not fully hydrated, then you’re going to feel light headed in class, or even suffer from muscle cramps. Drink an additional 32 oz before class than you usually would, so that what you’re sweating out doesn’t leave you feeling dehydrated.
  4. Sit by the Door or Take a Break. There is no shame in stepping outside! I do this whenever I feel necessary. I also sit by the door so I can get the nice breeze when other people need their rest!!
  5. Bring a good towel!! I can’t get through any plank series without a good towel. I sweat so much that my mat turns into my own personal version of a slip and slide. I usually bring a beach towel to cover my mat (yes, because I refuse to pay $30 for a special “yoga” towel) and then a hand towel to wipe my face off!
Do you have any tips you live by for hot yoga?


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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Personally, I tend to be really sensitive to multivitamins. It wasn't until college that I learned WHY! It was pretty simple actually, my body (like a lot of people's body's) rejected the iron in the formula. Iron supplements have a high tendency to create nausea and upset stomach in people. If you react this way, it doesn't matter what time of day you take it or if you eat food with it--your body just DOESN'T like having it in there.
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

What's in my Fridge?

Sunday is grocery day. How about you? I despise having to "stop in" at the store on the way home from work, so I do my best to buy everything all at once. Usually I manage a healthy eating cafĂ© Monday-Friday, but with college spring break we're closed. So I had to buy all my meals for the WHOLE week! GASP!
So here's a peek into my fridge:

Let's start at the top: Cauliflower, Carrots and Strawberries already washed, dried and chopped. This makes my life easier on week nights. I'm known for coming home and gorging on food if I haven't followed my meal timing throughout the day. So, this way I end up eating healthy options rather than Joe-Joe's crackers. I also have lemons and apples up there. Lemon for water, and an apple a day. Because it's good for you!!

Middle shelf: Mediterranean Feta and Olives, this is a perfect snack for the 21 Day Fix!! Then I have Chobani. Granted, the Fix says plain, nonfat Greek yogurt but I just CANNOT get on board with plain Greek Yogurt. So vanilla, honey and coconut it is :) Then I have hard boiled eggs that I cooked off already. Easy for on the go, or for the Cobb Salad we're having for dinner on Tuesday. Finally, you see my red container! Already filled with leftover flank steak from last week. I plan to use this as a topping for a lunch salad sometime this week.

Bottom shelf: Beveragessss! Joe stocks up on Cran-Grape and Orange Juice so those aren't mine. But we share the Almond Breeze for our Shakeology in the morning. I also have lemon water soaking overnight for work tomorrow.

Drawers: That's where all the meat and cheese is! Right now we're stocked up on deli turkey and ham, marinated pork tenderloin and chicken breasts. For dinner I'm usually a 2 Red and 2 Green container. But I always make Joe something he likes as a side like Low Fat Mac and Cheese, Salad or Corn on the Cob, after all, he's not on the 21 Day Fix!

I really suggest putting all your fresh vegetables and fruit in plain sight. You're 75% more likely to eat them if you see them (okay, I just made up that percentage but if you tell yourself its true then it will become true!! haha)

What's in your fridge?



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Jessica Grace Fitness!!!

WOOO!! New title and (almost) a new look around here :)
Why the change? While I loved CarpeTheSangria (especially since all my friends started referring to me as Carpe), it no longer reflects what I'm trying to accomplish in my business and in connecting with new people! And I'm pretty sure a lot of people on Instagram and Twitter didn't even know my real name haha. So now people will know my name, and get a hint about what's going on over here even before reading.  Jessica Grace Fitness is not confusing when you land on it. You KNOW you're getting a girl who loves fitness! Don't worry, I'll still feature recipes that I create (or find!), some personal things, and any "ah-ha" moments that pop in to my head along this journey.
Why did I use my middle name instead of my last name? Y'all, my last name is too hard for you to remember how to spell :)
What's my number one goal? To get you ACTIVE in your health and fitness!
What's my second goal? To get you to eat more fruits and vegetables. After all, I'm still a dietitian!
If you ever have any questions or comments for me, please send me an email! Yes, that changed too. I'm always here to help and to motivate. Don't be shy :)
That's all for today, thanks to checking in!
You can still find me on Twitter @JessGFitness, on Instagram @JessicaGraceFitness and on my Facebook Page 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

5 Years Later...

5 years ago today, Joe-Joe and I started officially dating. I can't BELIEVE it's been 5 years (aka half a decade, aka 1/5 of my entire life). I love you, Joe!!

Enough of the sappy stuff, I know that's not why you come here :)
Yesterday was Cardio Fix. And I'm not gonna lie to you, I'm always intimidated when all the equipment I need is a mat. Like holy moly! You mean I'm going to be jumping and working for 30 minutes and I don't need anything? Luckily Autumn has created all the workouts to be done in "rounds." So once you finish a round, you do not return to those exercises. It keeps you guessing and doesn't let you predict what's next. Then you feel great when its over.

This morning I decided I would do a double day. Since Joe and I will be going out to dinner to celebrate, I knew that I needed more calorie burn than usual. So I started the day with a TurboFire HIIT workout. 20 minutes and I guarantee your legs will be screaming and your heart will be racing. What better way to start a Tuesday? Later I will be doing Upper Fix. Maybe I'll challenge Joe to an arm wrestling contest at dinner since I'm getting so much stronger!! (He'll let me win still, right?!)
What's your workout for the day?


Saturday, March 8, 2014

21 Day Fix Week 1 Results

21 Day Fix: Week 1 Results
Nervous to post these pictures? Absolutely. But I'm hoping that just one person decides to make a change because of it.

Left = Day 1, Right = Day 6

Left = Day 1, Right = Day 6

This program is awesome. I’m feeling so full of energy, and more and more accomplished every day! You know that great feeling where you actually accomplish a goal you set for yourself? I’ve been feeling that sense of accomplishment every single night. I’m following the meal plan and the results are amazing. Don’t get me wrong, this is a CHALLENGE. You have to decide that you’re going to do it and not let ANYTHING stop you. Not the muscle pain from the day before, not the bread basket at dinner and especially not the ice cream in the freezer. Once you commit to yourself- you can’t give up on yourself.
Day 1: Total Body Fix - OMG. What a way to introduce challengers to the workout program. Cardio and weights. Feels so good!
Day 2: Upper Fix - This is no joke. I ranged from using 5 pounds to 12 pounds.
Day 3: Lower Fix - I always feel like my legs are in shape, but Autumn reminded me that there's a lot of progress to make. I was sore for days after this one!
Day 4: Pilates Fix - This is exactly what you need on Day 4! Your body will love you for the break of not pounding on your joints, but your abs, booty and hips will still get a great workout (and you'll definitely sweat still!)
Friday Afternoons = I need my E&E PreWorkout!!
Day 5: Cardio Fix - You'll torch calories in this workout. And also need a towel :)
Day 6: Dirty 30 - 4 Rounds, 8 Exercises and 39 minutes. A great way to start the day and get a glow on!
Day 7: Yoga Fix - I'm so happy to be doing YOGA tomorrow. I'm BEAT!
All you need to be successful is a set of light weights and heavy weights, or even a resistance band! I would recommend light to be 3-5 pounds, and heavy to be 7.5-15 pounds depending on your fitness level!
So, yes, I'm 6 days in. Is it easy? NO! It's easy to FOLLOW the meal plan and it's easy to know what workouts to do, but its not as easy to say no to the pizza at the employee lunch or the ice cream Joe-Joe insists he "needs." Ha ha. But I know it's going to be so worth the commitment. I have 15 days to show you guys the awesome results you can get!
If you want to get in on the next 21 Day Fix group, sign up below!! Due to high demand the 21 day fix is currently on pre order.  What does that mean?!?  It means that if you are interested in participating in my next Fix Group which starts April 7th then you must reserve your copy now.  You will not be charged until the package leaves the warehouse but the orders are shipped in order of the pre-order placement!  So fill out the application below, reserve your spot and lets get you on the path to your own 21 day fix transformation!!  Just in time for warmer weather, tank tops and this year is the YEAR you rock your SHORTS and feel confident in your skin!!



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday Recipe Find! (PF Changs Lettuce Wraps!)

Today I was meal planning for the next few days to make sure that I stay on track for the 21 Day Fix...yes, if you want to be successful you HAVE GOT TO PLAN!! Anywho, I stumbled across a pretty awesome recipe. I love Asian flavors, but always seem to just make a stir-fry...not that I don't LOVE stir-fry. I just really wanted something different, and that's when I found Kristin, from Iowa Girl Eats. She came up with a KILLER, super healthy version of PF Changs Lettuce Wraps, that don't require a lot of "weird" ingredients. Full credit goes to her, I didn't change one thing about the recipe :) You can find it here!

 I really need to work on my food photography, it's definitely not a strong point of mine LOL.
So if you're on the 21 Day Fix, how would you credit this? Here's what I did: I measured out 2 Red Containers of the Chicken mixture and served it with 3 large lettuce pieces. To me, I counted it as 2 Red, 1 Orange, 1 Green. I don't know if it's 100% correct, but I think its a pretty good guess :)
I also did a DOUBLE DAY today to make up for my less-than-perfect eating in Chicago this past weekend. My arms are shaking as I type :) But like Autumn says in the workout, you gotta do this one set at a time, one minute at a time and one pound at a time.

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Lucky 2!

Happy Monday!!
I want to start out by announcing the 2 winners from the Shakeology Giveaway!!! They are: Laura E and Amanda R!! I'll be in contact via email soon to confirm your shipping address.
Joe and I went to Chicago this weekend, and man it was cold. We met the Pen's head coach. Then they lost on Saturday. Lots of ups and downs. Haha.

I also found out that I was selected to be a FitFlutential Ambassador!! It's a nationwide network of fitness enthusiasts who share their journeys through social media and other outlets. They're all about BALANCE and so am I. Can't wait to connect you guys with even more awesome products!

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