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21 Day Fix Check in!

SO, I’m now 11 days into the 21 Day Fix program (or a little over 1/2 way there – woohoo!). I’ll be honest, it’s been tough so far! The fitness part – daily 30 min workouts – has been great, but what’s been the most challenging has been the nutrition portion! I’ve realized through this that I have very little self control….lol.

Let me rewind back to the start, all of 11 days ago.  I started this program with a weekly menu in hand (that I sat down and prepared the week prior to the start of the Fix), a fridge full of healthy ingredients, and a drive to finish what I was about to start!  My first few meals were SO basic! I wasn’t yet comfortable “mixing” foods (like good ole fashion stir-frys) or doing 1/2 container measurements, etc. I was very by-the-book, and left no room for modification. Well, that didn’t last very long!  1/2 way through that 1st week, I decided that I needed to have more variety and have FUN with my meals! For example, instead of just plain greek yogurt, why not mix it with a dash of cinnamon and a banana (or other fruit) to sweeten it up and make it feel like you’re eating a Chobani yogurt, or add in some chopped nuts and again some fresh fruit to make a mini parfait?  (All totally Fix approved)  Or experiment with those stir-frys – add ginger or coconut oil to boost natural flavors, mix in all sorts of different vegetables for different textures, and substitute brown rice (vs white) or a mix of purple and yellow sweet potato!  For me, eating is just as much about flavor as it is appearance.  I mean, who wants to sit down and eat a boring plate of “stuff”. If you can jazz it up and make it look fun and appealing, it no longer feels like a chore to prepare or eat “healthy” foods, but rather an exciting adventure.

All in all, the biggest thing nutrition-wise that I’ve so far been able to take away from this 21 Day Fix program is that my portions were WAY out of whack before! I was probably consuming 3-4x’s the recommended amount of carbs pre-program. What can I say?….I LOVE my breads – bagels, waffles, muffins, cereals!  It’s been hard to cut waaaaay back on these, but in doing so, I’ve noticed that I don’t feel as sluggish throughout the day.  Also, I never realized just how many processed food items I was consuming on a daily basis. My fridge now is fully stocked (vs my pantry), and I’m consciously making smart grocery purchases for not only me but for my family now as well.  It’s about a lifestyle change and in my wanting to eat better, and focus on CLEAN eating (vs lots of store-bought processed foods), my family is benefiting too.

Moving onto the fitness portion – at just 30 minutes for each workout, these are totally do-able!  I do my workouts just after the kids go to bed at night (since that’s the only uninterrupted time I get each day). I LOVE that there’s a count-down clock that stays at the bottom of the screen throughout the workout  so you can visually see each second ticking down 🙂 Every workout has a modifier (Kat), and she modifies all the moves to lower intensity ones.  I LOVE how every workout has a different group of people in it and they all look “normal”.  So often do you see programs where everyone is BUFF – this program is real and makes you feel like you’re working out in the crowd of other REAL people.  From their ethnicities, to body builds, to gender, and even to their clothes – I just feel so comfortable working out amongst my fellow video workout peeps. Also, Autumn does a great job at explaining and demonstrating every move before she begins the exercise.  This is lacking in some other programs and is a breath of fresh air in the Fix!  In sticking with these nightly 30 min workout sessions, my stamina has increased, and muscles I never knew I had have started to get a workout (i.e. they’re hurting).

Lastly, in what I’m sure is a carefully planned out combo of this fitness AND nutrition program, I’ve lost a whole entire pound! woohoo!  But in all seriousness, I’m convinced I’m gaining muscle where there was once jiggle and fat (so weight loss is not very important to me at all)  My clothes are fitting better, and I don’t have quite as much jiggle to my belly or thighs.  The weight doesn’t really matter a whole lot to me – what I focus on is how my clothes fit, and I’m excited to attempt to get into more of my pre-pregnancy clothes soon!  That alone is great motivation to continue with this program for the full 21 days, and to carry on portion controlled, CLEAN meals afterwards.

I look forward to checking in in another 10 days or so to weight in on my final thoughts on the 21 Day Fix program!

Interested in joining me on this 21 Day Fix journey? I’ll be doing it again in May and will be hosting a private FB Challenge Group for accountability, encouragement and motivation….did I mention I’ll be supplying yummy HEALTHY Fix approved recipes 🙂 Click HERE for more info on the Fix or comment below or send me a FB message!

“Fixin” it!

Today was Day 1 of the 21 Day Fix.  In case you haven’t yet read my previous blog posts on the 21 Day Fix (which you totally should by the way), the 21 Day Fix is a fitness and nutrition program geared to run for 21 days. It teaches clean, portion controlled eating, and throws in total body workouts too. People have been experiencing tremendous results on the Fix and in just 21 days, SO, I thought I’d finally give it a go – it’s my turn!

So, let me backtrack for a minute.  After having Monroe, I quickly lost most of my baby weight (within about 5 lbs of my pre-pregnancy weight). Once my body readjusted to all the changes post birth, I did however gain a few lbs back. (typical for me to do after I have a baby – lose a lot, gain some back, then plateau there during the duration of me nursing my kids) Also, I must mention that I’ve just completed the Brazil Butt Lift program so I’m sure some of that weight is due to fat converting to muscle.  In any case, I’m “ok” with my current weight, but wanted to learn how to better fuel my body and choose wiser, more portion appropriate food choices.

Que the 21 Day Fix program!  In preparation of the start of the Fix, I spent last week reading/studying the Eating Guide and trying to best plan out my menu for this first week.  (Trying to utilize what we already had in the fridge, my variety wasn’t very interesting, but simple can still be yummy not to mention easy to prepare too 😉 )

So, here is a run down of what you can expect a typical day on the 21 Day Fix to look like (1200-1499 calorie plan – the book goes over how to calculate your ideal calorie range). Keep in mind there is a TON of variety for you to choose from- this is just what “I” prepared for myself today:

Breakfast:  greek yogurt with a sprinkle of cinnamon and 2 hard boiled eggs (I ate one for breakfast and 1 for a mid morning snack)
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Lunch: Chocolate, PB, Banana shake – chocolate Shakeology with almond milk, ice, an apple banana, and a tsp of PB. I jazzed it up a bit and drank it from one of the German “steins” Marv brought back from his deployment 🙂
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Afternoon snack: 10 baby carrots and about 1/2 a pear (1 purple container)
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Dinner: 10 asparagus spears, japanese eggplant, roast chicken (gotta love those Costco $4.99 chickens!), and brown rice.  This turned out to be a TON of food! Those containers may look tiny at 1st glance, but they’re surprisingly deceiving and fit a nice portion of food! And YES, yes I finished all of this.  🙂 Felt full and satisfied but not uncomfortably full afterwards.  By the way, the brown rice is in a ‘container tower’ in the pic…the actual portion was more than it looks, and I had already eaten about 3 asparagus spears and 1/3 of the eggplant before I took the pic…..so LOTS of food! 🙂
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After dinner, I dutifully completed my 1st 21 Day Fix workout. What I LOVE about these workouts is that they’re only 30 mins long. Autumn takes the time to really walk you through each move, and there’s a modifier for everything so you can go at your own pace. I broke a sweat with this workout and felt great afterwards!
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Followed it up with my evening snack: an orange container of peanuts, and 12 almonds. Again, looks are deceiving! That tiny container turned out to be an adequate amount for me = enough to leave me satisfied instead of uncomfortably full.
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My takeaway from today is that I typically eat a TON of carbs! I think that’s why sometimes I get so sleepy after eating. My energy levels were great today, I felt ZERO bloating or yuckiness, and I’m excited to move onto Day 2.  I feel like it’s a game – figuring out what to plan for the next day, using the cute color coded containers, and trying to get creative with meals.  So far I’m feeling great! I KNOW that everything I’m putting into my body is clean, unprocessed, fresh….FUEL for my body vs empty calories!

Ready to take the next step and JOIN ME on this road to eating right and getting healthy? Order your Fix HERE!  I’ll be doing the 21 Day Fix again in May, so be sure to order in April so you can join me and my Challenge Group!

Challenge Yourself

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Ready to “DO something”?  Starting Monday, March 31st, I will be hosting a Challenge Group for:

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Beachbody’s newest fitness and nutrition program – the 21DayFix has had such an AMAZING reception so far….results have been phenomenal with participants losing up to 15 lbs in just 21 days!  It combines total body fitness (via 30 min workouts) with CLEAN, portion controlled eating. In wanting to keep the amazing momentum going and HELP others experience their own success with this program, I’ve decided to host a 21DayFix Challenge Group.

What is a Challenge Group?
A Challenge Group is a FREE small, private Facebook group where people come together to complete a workout program TOGETHER.  The purpose of it is to provide support, and encouragement and to keep people motivated as they embark on their fitness/nutrition journey.  I will be posting daily within the group – recipes, words of encouragement, food for thought, assignments, and check ins.

Why should I join?
Joining this Challenge Group will provide you motivation, support, and encouragement as we ALL go through 21 days of this 21DayFix fitness and nutrition program together.  We will all be in the same boat, encouraging one another to stick with it. It won’t be “easy”, but we’ll all be in this TOGETHER!  It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you have to be accountable to not only yourself, but others as well.

What is expected of me in order to participate?
What you need to participate in this Facebook Challenge Group is the 21DayFix program. If you already have it, GREAT! If you still need to order it, click HERE  You will also be required to check into the FB group daily.  It’s only 21 days!

I’m SO READY! When will this start?
This 21DayFix Challenge Group will begin on Monday, March 31st.  If you still need to purchase the program, click the link as mentioned above as soon as possible to order.  Due to its amazingly popular demand, it’s currently backordered 2-4 weeks, so get your order in ASAP! If you still want to join this Challenge but don’t think your order will arrive in time, don’t worry – there will be other 21DayFix Challenge Groups. Make sure to order your FIX program to save yourself a spot in the next Challenge!

What is included in the 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack?
With your Challenge Pack order, you’ll get everything as seen below:
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More specifically, you’ll get a general instructional booklet, a 3 day quick fix pamphlet (for when time is limited and you want to quickly lose some weight in a HEALTHY manner), the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan – complete with sample recipes in the back, 21 Day Fix Workout DVDs, and bonus Plyo Fix DVD.
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You’ll also receive 7 color-coded pre-portioned eating containers (for portioning out your meal ingredients/foods), and a 25 oz Shakeology shaker cup.
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Since you get a Shakeology shaker cup, it’s only fitting that some Shakeology would be included with your Challenge Pack as well, right?! You’ll get a 30 day supply of your “Daily Dose of Dense Nutrition” – Shakeology:
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Ready to get started? Fill out the form below to sign up for the Challenge Group:

Do you have 21 days?

Did you know it takes 21 days to form a habit? (good and bad) This is probably why so many New Years Resolutions fly out the window within the first month. Oftentimes it’s hard to find the patience to stick with things for much longer than a week or 2! WELL, if you were wanting to get into shape and seriously jumpstart your health and diet, and could commit to 21 CONSECUTIVE days……what would you do if I told you that you could seriously lose up to 15 lbs….in just THREE weeks.  I know, I know, sounds like it’s too good to be true, but wait – hear me out!

21DayFix

Coming February 3rd, a new Beachbody program will be launched called the 21 Day Fix. This program focuses equally on exercise AND nutrition – getting you in shape and TEACHING you how to sustain a healthy diet. The key as far as nutrition goes is focusing on portion control and not otherwise depriving yourself of food.  Of course it focuses on clean eating via the included eating guide, but also doesn’t rule out an occasional treat – provided it fits in your container!  The fitness portion consist of 30 min workouts lead by trainer Autumn Calabrese. Every single workout has a modifier – making this a great program for a beginner or an advanced level. You simply watch the trainer who’s at your ability level and progress up/down as needed.  Here’s a snipped of what to expect from this brand spankin new program:

Looks amazing right?! So what exactly does this program include?  The 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack will include a 21 day nutrition guide, all your portion controlled containers, your workout program and program manual, Shakeology, and a Shakeology shaker cup, reduced shipping, a discounted price, and ME as your personal coach for accountability, support, and guidance.  This program launches on Feb 3rd (I WILL be purchasing it!) and I will be starting a private FB Challenge Group for it on Feb 17th – the 3rd Monday in February. No one will have access or be able to see anything posted in this private FB group unless you are a personally invited 21 Day Fix Challenge participant.  (for peace of mind) This Challenge Group will allow you connect with like-minded participants, gain encouragement, support, guidance, and be accountable to not only yourself, but others who are in the same boat as you as well.

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Ready to get started with the complete package – fitness and nutrition/eating right all rolled into one? To begin with, go to my site to create a FREE Account. This will start you off with me as your Beachbody Coach. I am determined to get YOU to your health and fitness goals and look forward to motivating you on your journey! Next, fill out the Challenge Group form below. Remember, this Challenge Group will begin on Feb 17th (3rd Monday in Feb). The only cost to you will be the cost of the Challenge Pack which will give you everything you need to get started right.