November Fitness Challenge Goals

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The dictionary defines a goal as, “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result”. So many of us make goals, but then we never stick to them. But why? Many of us make goals that are too vague or too long to finish and then we forget them. I am also guilty of making too many goals so I get overwhelmed and never even finish one.

I plan on making shorter and more attainable goals that I can finish in one month or shorter. It’s better to have goals that are specific and easy to finish and then work on another goal. It’s like a snowball effect. The more smaller goals you achieve, then you will continue to make more goals and your success rate will be higher. At the end of a year, you will be surprised at how much you accomplished. I have three main goals for the month of November I want to complete.

1) My Major Goal for November is to finish this Fitness Challenge by posting one new post each day on this blog. It’s a 30 day challenge and it will help me to have a lot of new and fresh content for everyone to read. It is a good idea to get into the habit of writing daily.

2) My Second Goal is to lose 5 pounds this month. Sounds easy enough right? That also means I have to get serious about eating clean this month and stop eating sugar. That one can be harder but doable.

3) My Final Goal for this month is to complete a third round of #21DayFix Exercise. I haven’t been as faithful the last couple of months and have gotten a little lazy. I did complete my first 5K in October and I am doing my second one on November 7th. I am proud for doing them as they aren’t easy, but I can do better with my health and fitness. I feel better when I am working out regularly.

I have lost 60 pounds so far this year which is amazing. It is taking me longer to lose the weight, but I am not quitting or giving up. Every setback I have just makes me more determined to lose the weight and become healthier. I am not in a race and I need to stop comparing how I lost 100 pounds in a year to this time. I’m five years older which doesn’t help, but I’m really trying to make this time a permanent change. I am definitely eating healthier than I had been and my whole family is on board now. That also really helps. What will your goals be in November?

21 Day Fix Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bars Recipe

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21 Day Fix Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bars Recipe

This is a great snack to eat that won’t undo your whole day of eating clean. It’s high in protein which helps to keep you fuller longer and it is also delicious. This recipe came from the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan Book that comes with the 21 Day Fix Workout.

This recipe uses Chocolate Shakeology® which has so many health benefits. It is very tasty and doesn’t have that horrible aftertaste like so many flavored protein powders. To make it a Vegan based recipe then just use Vegan Chocolate Shakeology®.

INGREDIENTS:
4 Scoops Chocolate Shakeology
2 Cups Quick Cooking Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Chopped Raw Peanuts (you can omit)
1/2 Cup Golden Raisins
1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 Cup All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
Just combine all the dry ingredients (except peanut butter) in a large mixing bowl and mix well.
Then add the peanut butter and almond milk and mix again.
Now press the mixture into a 8×8 glass dish or baking pan
Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
Finally cut into 24 bars and serve.

I would store them in a container in the fridge. One bar is one serving.

21 Day Fix Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bars Recipe
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High Protein chocolate and peanut butter goodness in a snack size bar. Good to eat when you are on the go or craving something sweet or chocolate.
Servings Prep Time
24 Bars 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 Bars 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
21 Day Fix Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bars Recipe
Print Recipe
High Protein chocolate and peanut butter goodness in a snack size bar. Good to eat when you are on the go or craving something sweet or chocolate.
Servings Prep Time
24 Bars 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 Bars 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Instructions
  1. Just combine all the dry ingredients (except peanut butter) in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Then add the peanut butter and almond milk and mix again. Now press the mixture into a 8x8 glass dish or baking pan Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Finally cut into 24 bars and serve.
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Homemade Gluten Free Granola Fixate Recipe

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After making this extremely delicious Homemade Gluten Free Granola Fixate Recipe, I can never go back to store bought again. I can hear you already thinking, no way this can’t be that good. Oh but it is! It is a very hearty and filling granola that tastes fantastic as a yogurt topping. I think it tastes good just right out the bowl. This recipe came from the Fixate Cookbook.

This is a gluten free and vegan recipe. I used the gluten free old fashioned rolled oats instead of Quinoa. I omitted the sea salt this time since I didn’t have any. It was really easy to make and I have a full bowl of granola. This recipe makes 30 servings of 2 tbsp so almost 2 cups worth. Just 2 tbsp shy of a full 2 cups. If you are watching carbs, then you will be pleased to know it has 12g for 2 tbsp and 2 grams of fiber with 5 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

INGREDIENTS:
2 1/2 cups of quinoa flakes or gluten free old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup sliced raw almonds
1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened dried coconut
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/3 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 tbsp extra-virgin organic coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
First you will Preheat the oven to 300° and you will line the cookie sheet with foil. You might want to add a light spray of Pam or cooking spray.
Then you will combine all the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl and mix well. I used a bowl that has a lid and shook the bowl to mix. A lot more fun that way.
Next you will cook the maple syrup, coconut oil, and applesauce in a small saucepan over low heat and stir it for the entire cooking time of 4 to 5 minutes. You want to make sure the oil has melted out.
Then pour the syrup mixture over the dry oat/flake mixture stirring it until it’s all well coated and place the mixture onto the cookie sheet in a thin layer.
You will bake the granola mixture for 40 to 45 minutes and you will take it out the oven and stir the mixture about every 15 minutes. Bake the granola until it’s a light golden brown color and it will be crisp. Allow it cool and store it in a tupperware type container. Maybe you would prefer a glass mason jar.

Remember a serving size is 2 tablespoons.

Homemade Gluten Free Granola Recipe
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This is a gluten free and vegan recipe and some would call it paleo. I used the gluten free old fashioned rolled oats instead of Quinoa. I omitted the sea salt this time since I didn't have any. It was really easy to make and I have a full bowl of granola. This recipe makes 30 servings of 2 tbsp so almost 2 cups worth. Just 2 tbsp shy of a full 2 cups.
Servings
30 2 tbsp
Servings
30 2 tbsp
Homemade Gluten Free Granola Recipe
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This is a gluten free and vegan recipe and some would call it paleo. I used the gluten free old fashioned rolled oats instead of Quinoa. I omitted the sea salt this time since I didn't have any. It was really easy to make and I have a full bowl of granola. This recipe makes 30 servings of 2 tbsp so almost 2 cups worth. Just 2 tbsp shy of a full 2 cups.
Servings
30 2 tbsp
Servings
30 2 tbsp
Instructions
  1. First you will Preheat the oven to 300° and you will line the cookie sheet with foil. You might want to add a light spray of Pam or cooking spray.
  2. Then you will combine all the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl and mix well. I used a bowl that has a lid and shook the bowl to mix. A lot more fun that way.
  3. Next you will cook the maple syrup, coconut oil, and applesauce in a small saucepan over low heat and stir it for the entire cooking time of 4 to 5 minutes. You want to make sure the oil has melted out.
  4. Then pour the syrup mixture over the dry oat/flake mixture stirring it until it's all well coated and place the mixture onto the cookie sheet in a thin layer.
  5. You will bake the granola mixture for 40 to 45 minutes and you will take it out the oven and stir the mixture about every 15 minutes. Bake the granola until it's a light golden brown color and it will be crisp. Allow it cool and store it in a Tupperware type container. Maybe you would prefer a glass mason jar.
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21 Day Fix Chocolate Avocado Pudding Dessert Recipe

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One of the hardest parts of trying to change your eating habits is all the delicious and unhealthy desserts you are still craving. Here is an amazing and delicious healthy and guilt free dessert that you can eat and all ingredients you can pronounce. This recipe came from the 21 Day Fix Extreme Eating Plan Book.

This recipe does use Chocolate Shakeology® which has so many health benefits plus it a delicious chocolate and no weird after taste. If you wanted to make this more of a Vegan based recipe then just use Vegan Chocolate Shakeology®. Of course you can make it without using any protein powder but I think that is what makes it thicker like a true pudding.

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Here are the ingredients you need:
1 and 1/2 scoops of Chocolate Shakeology®
1 medium ripe avocado
1 medium ripe banana
1 cup almond milk

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Now cut the banana and avocado and put into a blender cup (I use my Ninja Blender) and add the almond milk and scoops of Shakeology® and blend until smooth. Usually in 45 seconds to a minute. Pour into 4 dessert type cups or bowls (about 3/4 cup) and then chill in the fridge for at least an hour. I did sprinkle unsweetened coconut and hemp hearts on top. You could add sliced fruit, crushed nuts, chia seeds or again plain. It is delicious anyway and now my favorite way to get my chocolate fix without undoing all my hard work. Eating clean is healthy but can still be delicious!

21 Day Fix Chocolate Avocado Pudding Dessert Recipe
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Servings Prep Time
4 3/4 cup 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Servings Prep Time
4 3/4 cup 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
21 Day Fix Chocolate Avocado Pudding Dessert Recipe
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 3/4 cup 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Servings Prep Time
4 3/4 cup 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Ingredients
Servings: 3/4 cup
Instructions
  1. Now cut the banana and avocado and put into a blender cup (I use my Ninja Blender) and add the almond milk and scoops of Shakeology® and blend until smooth. Usually in 45 seconds to a minute.
  2. Pour into 4 dessert type cups or bowls (about 3/4 cup) and then chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
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