Hammer and Chisel - Week 2

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Master's Hammer and Chisel Week 2 recap

I made it through week 2! I know that I love this workout by the fact that it makes me want to get out of bed in the morning -- which is still weird for me!

As of this week, I've seen 11 of the 12 workouts that make up the full calendar and I'm still really enjoying all the variety. This week I did Hammer Power for the first time (which is power lifting) and was very proud when I used 5, 7, 10 and 15 lbs weights for the exercises -- back when I was doing 21 Day Fix Extreme I was only using 3 and 5 lbs weights for upper body, so this was a cool accomplishment! It was also very cool to do Chisel Balance for the second time and up my weights on 4/6 exercises. I am excited to see more of that as I progress through the program - I love having tangible ways to measure my progress and that is certainly one of them.

I stuck with the meal plan and ate all sorts of great food!

Taco Salad - 21 Day Fix Approved

Greek Chicken salad - Hammer and Chisel meal plan

This Chicken Greek Salad was super easy to make:

Romaine lettuce, chopped (1.5 green)
Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half (0.5 green)
Cucumbers, diced (0.5 green)
Mediterranean dressing from Hammer & Chisel nutrition guide or your favourite dressing (1 orange)
Grilled / baked chicken, sliced (1 red)
Goat feta, crumbled (1 blue)
  • Assemble vegetables in a bowl. 
  • Toss with dressing. 
  • Top with sliced chicken and crumbled goat cheese & enjoy! 

Garlicky kale with chicken and spaghetti squash

Hammer and Chisel meal plan

Hammer and Chisel meal plan approved

Hammer and Chisel meal plan

Corbin has been super helpful and supportive of me following the meal plan and helped cook dinner a few times this week including some delicious taco salad and pork tenderloin. I made a couple small changes based on available of produce & meat when we went to the grocery store (Brussels Sprouts were nowhere to be found!) I was reminded of how much I love spaghetti squash (and roasting it this way to make it easy peasy!)

I also enjoyed lots of delicious snacks including homemade granola, hard boiled eggs and my fave: peanut butter with celery.

Hammer and Chisel Snacks - so important

Hammer and Chisel snacks

I've found snacks to be integral on this plan! They help me to ensure I get all of my containers in, but it also helps because I'm hungry on a fairly regular basis.

Hammer and Chisel meal plan

I was back into my regular routine this week after the holidays, which meant that I needed to pack my lunch and snacks to go. I've found that packing up my lunch while putting away dinner leftovers was supremely helpful and just meant that I could grab everything and go really easily in the morning!

Beachbody Coach Ashley Gibson in week 2 of Hammer and Chisel

This week I am looking forward to more morning workouts and awesome inspiration from our January support & accountability group! There are nearly 50 of us in the group and everyone is doing such an incredible job with their workouts, meals and staying accountable to one another. It's because of these groups that I've been able to stay consistent with my own workouts - and feel inspired to get them done early in the day! They also understand me when I'm commiserating about having arms that I feel like spaghetti after an intense round of lifting with Sagi. 

Hammer and Chisel Meal Plan - Plan B

This week I decided to do my meal plan a little bit differently because I found that while I was following the plan I set out for myself, I wasn't following it exactly to a T based on time, what was leftover and availability of everything once we did our grocery shopping. This week I decided to make a list of breakfasts, meals and snacks and make a list off that. Then I'll know that this week I have all of the ingredients to make these choices, but don't have to feel constricted by the specific plan. I'm looking forward to some more great Fixate recipes, as well as more spaghetti squash (along with delicious meatballs!) and working on perfecting my soft boiled egg technique with this salad.

Now that I've been following the containers consistently for a couple of weeks, I've fallen into a groove of really understanding how I like to break things up during the day to ensure that I feel satisfied and eat all the containers. Usually it ends up looking something like:

Breakfast - 1 red, 1 purple
Snack - 1 purple, 1 red, 1 yellow
Lunch - 1 red, 1-2 green, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1 tsp
Snack - 1 purple, 1 orange
Dinner - 1 red, 1 yellow, 1-2 green, 1 tsp
Snack - 1 green, 2 tsp

Off I go on another week - I am looking forward to seeing more progress this week as I get to repeat some more of the workouts. I've been tracking my weights through this whole process, so it's easy to see where change is happening!

What were some of your favourite meals this week? Are you interested in learning more about the Master's Hammer and Chisel or another workout you can do at home? There is still room in my February Challenge Group beginning Monday, February 1st - RSVP to save your spot! 

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