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…Body Fuel…

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It’s been just about 4 months now since I last did the 21 Day Fix program. (You can click HERE to see my results from that Round 1) In addition to losing pounds and inches, I saw a noticeable difference in the way my clothes fit and how I felt about my body. Perhaps most importantly for my health, towards the end of the 21 Day Fix, I stopped craving my night-time snacks.  I don’t know about you but the only “alone time” I get is after the kids go to bed late at night and is my time to relax, watch Netflix, craft, and SNACK! Hurricane Popcorn, ice cream with fresh sliced bananas and chopped almonds, Hagen Daz ice cream bars, sugar cereals, chips and dip…I could go on and on. Well, towards the end of my 1st round of the 21 Day Fix, those night time cravings (for sweet, salty and crunchy snacks) seriously diminished.  With the guidance of this program, I was able to focus instead on what fuel my body “needed” – mind over matter! – and FELT great in the process! (not starved…)

Since I first completed the 21 Day Fix program (that runs for 21 days), I’ve just been enjoying being a busy mama of three (4 and under) – and truth be told, have once again indulged in one too many ice cream cones and Starbucks frappuccino’s! (<—my weakness)  Well, it’s a NEW month and I’ve decided to once again focus on my nutrition (in addition to my fitness) and begin Round 2 of the 21 Day Fix!

SO, what exactly does the 21 Day Fix  look like?

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In the Challenge Pack, you get:
– 7 color-coded pre-portioned food tupperwares (for measuring out your foods)
– a detailed Eating Guide
– the complete 21 Day Fix workout program
– quick start guide
– 3 Day Quick Fix manual
– Bonus Workout (from purchasing through me)
– 25oz Shakeology shaker cup
– 1 month supply of Shakeology (<—-yummy Superfood Shake with 70+ natural ingredients)

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On this program, you’ll drink Shakeology every day in addition to a wide range of clean foods. The detailed eating guide will walk you through how to figure out how many color coded containers to eat (i.e. 4 red, 3 green, 2 purple, etc) and from there, you’re given freedom with creating your own tasty meals.  However, I fully understand that sometimes, when you’re given too much leeway in creating your own meal plans, it can get quite overwhelming, SO in my Challenge Groups, I offer sample weekly meal plans in addition to posting some of the meals that I eat.  As an example, this is my favorite go-to 21 Day Fix breakfast: plain greek yogurt, fresh cut strawberries, and frozen organic blueberries. (1 red and 1 purple FIX container)

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So, what is a Challenge Group? A Challenge Group is a private Facebook group where people come together with a “like” goal (complete the 21 Day Fix together) and can turn to for support, motivation, accountability, inspiration, recipes, share photos, and just CONNECT with one another. I will be posting daily (and including many of my own personal meals) and find that when people have a group like this to turn to, not only do they successfully complete the program, but they encourage others to perhaps stay more true to and involved in the program than they would’ve otherwise had the self-control to do so alone.

All you need in order to participate in my Challenge Group is the 21 Day Fix program.  Message me or click HERE if interested!

You can watch this video to learn more about what’s included in the 21 Day Fix and learn about my Challenge Group 🙂

***BONUS***  The 21 Day Fix is on SALE for the month of September! It’s just $10 more than purchasing Shakeology alone (did I mention Shakeology is the single most nutritionally dense, healthiest thing I eat/drink every single day? Worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY!) And kids love it too…. 😉

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Take control of your health and fitness……YOU ARE WORTH IT! 

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RESULTS – 21 Day Fix

After a long, at times hard, yet very eventful 21 days, I can say that my 21 Day Fix program has finally come to an end! (Round 1 of the Fix that is, since I can do it over and over again as many times as I wish for desired results!).  Just in case you haven’t been following my progress and are clueless as to what the “21 Day Fix” is, it’s a fitness and nutrition program that combines CLEAN eating and healthy, portion controlled choices with 30 minute (enjoyable) total body workouts. Everything works together to give you RESULTS in just 21 days.  SO, with that said, I’ll cut to the chase. Here’s my rundown:

Stats:
– down 3 lbs
– lost 5 inches
– clothes are not as tight, especially in the tummy area- face is thinner (most noticeably in my chin/jaw)
– abs are starting to peek through in my stomach
– I now have slight definition in my back/shoulders
– lower back is more defined
– overall FEEL better!

Let’s keep it real…sometimes all I wanted was a Venti Caramel Frappuccino.  I could very well have caved and satisfied my coffee cravings, but the whole idea behind the Fix is making healthy choices and getting quick results. So, I stuck to my guns and to get my Starbucks fix (I just LOVE the way Starbucks smells….and those green straws….gets me every time…..) I would opt for an iced (decaf) Americano (sweetened with honey) instead. Not the same, not the same, BUT, I didn’t want to sabotage my results and, I now no longer “crave” those frappuccinos. WIN!  Although at times, it was hard sticking to my meal plan, and making healthy choices I found that the longer I stuck to this Fix plan (without caving in) the easier it got!

For my fitness portion, I’ll also admit that at times it was difficult to find the time, energy, motivation or willpower to workout.  I am NOT an early riser and my kids typically wake up between 6 and 7am, so for me, getting a workout in BEFORE they woke up wasn’t an option that I wanted to entertain. This led to late night workouts after they were all snuggled up in bed. Although I didn’t always “want” to do it, I ALWAYS felt so much better after I did. (Mind, Body and Soul) 🙂

My overall take-away from the 21 Day Fix program – it works! You CAN get amazing results just from 21 days of dedication to eating right (clean, unprocessed, portion controlled foods) and staying active (daily 30 minute Fix workouts). (I do my daily Shakeology too)  I do NOT feel sluggish in the least anymore.  I don’t seem to need as much sleep now too (I typical go to bed at midnight, wake up once to feed Monroe, and get up with the kids around 6-7am with more than enough energy for my day!). I no longer “crave” sweets, and spend more time and money in the fresh fruits/veggies section of the supermarket.  My body – although I was happy with it before, I am now starting to see actual definition.  I still wear the same jeans/pants but my belly area is so much firmer and not so floppy. Everywhere is starting to firm up and I’m feeling so much stronger too. I notice this when I go to pick up the kids – I no longer have to strain in my quads or back area since those muscles have gotten noticeably stronger.

Sometimes pictures speak louder than words. Although you may not see a huge difference in these before/after pics, I sure do! (It could be because I get to “feel” the difference too, lol)  If I’m able to experience results from the 21 Day Fix (2 months post partum) I am confident that you sure can too! So, here goes! My before and after pics, taken exactly 21 days apart…….

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It certainly isn’t a get-fit-quick-miracle workout that just “happens.” You need to put in the time, effort, and dedication, but if you stick with the program, you WILL see/feel results! (speaking from my personal experience here).  Ready to make a change in your life? I’d LOVE to talk to you more about it. FB message me HERE to chat, or click HERE to order or read more about the 21Day FIX program.

I’ll also be holding a 21 Day Fix Challenge Group starting Monday, May 19, so if you’re ready to make some health/fitness changes and want in to this group, I’d be happy to chat with you about it!

Post Baby Fitness – Part 3

Today is February 27th, 2014. Which means, little Miss Monroe Eve is officially ONE MONTH OLD!! She’s already getting so big – growing up before my very eyes – it’s going by too fast! Man, I love her…

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Anyways, onto the Fitness! Today makes 1 month since I gave birth to Monroe. From the 2.5 week postpartum mark, I’ve been slowly testing my feet in the exercise world (with the prior approval of my midwife since I had an uncomplicated delivery).  I started with a couple T25 workouts alongside my husband but quickly determined that those were a bit too hardcore for my post baby “intro” workout. I therefore transitioned into the Brazil Butt Lift workout with trainer Leandro Carvalho.  Now, this guy knows his butt exercises, lol.  He trains supermodels like Alessandra Ambrosio, so I TRUST his moves!

I’ve been on this workout program now for about 1.5 weeks and so far am loving it! My core feels tighter, my thighs feel less “jiggly”, and I feel my tush is firming up. (jeans are fitting more comfortably!) Now, I fully know it’s only been 1.5 weeks, but I am definitely starting to feel a change!  Watch my video below for more of my Post Baby Fitness story firsthand 🙂

Now, as far as how my workout time management is coming – I’ve determined that late night workout sessions work best for me.  So far, I’ve done one early morning workout (when I woke up at 3:55am to nurse Monroe and couldn’t fall back asleep…) but I was so paranoid that one of the kids would wake up while I was in the garage working out – even though I had the baby monitor with me – that I found myself constantly looking at the clock and the baby video monitor.  I couldn’t “enjoy” my workout :o/  Therefore, I usually resort to late night (9-10pm) workouts while my husband is also home. Once the kids are all in bed, they usually stay put so I can get my workout and shower in without worrying. It’s what works for me so far 🙂

2.5 more weeks of the Brazil Butt Lift workout left to go – can’t wait to see/feel my results!

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Nope, not talking about getting some sort of plastic surgery. 😛  I’m talking about a WORKOUT!  This was one of the very 1st workouts I purchased (via a Challenge Pack).  It included everything shown below – workout DVD’s, eating/meal guide, workout calendar, body measuring tape, and a month of Shakeology.

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Today, I successfully completed my very 1st post baby workout!  I was told by my midwife, that as long as I physically felt up to it, I had her go-ahead to start exercising from 2 weeks postpartum.  (as long as I wasn’t powerlifting…she was serious about this…I delivered at a Military hospital and she said she had some serious fitness enthusiasts who push themselves too hard and start INTENSELY working out from 1-2 weeks after baby! WHOA…)  Anyways, today, I am 2.5 weeks out from having Monroe (17 days to be exact). I’ve been feeling great so I decided to begin with a fairly low impact form of exercise.  Currently, we have Focus T25, P90X3, Hip Hop Abs, TurboFire, and Brazil Butt Lift workouts.  Yes, you could say I’ve been stockpiling workouts while I was pregnant. 🙂  Out of all of those, I figured the Brazil Butt Lift workout would be the most low-impact – giving my body a little more leeway (compared to the others).  Plus, I honestly didn’t feel ready to be jumping all over the place, and sweating bullets.

Well, yes to “no jumping all over the place” but forget the “no sweating bullets” part!  I did the 20 minute Basics workout which breaks down each move for you – prepping you for your workouts to come, followed by a 35 minute Boom Boom workout (apparently what they call the booty in Brazil) and man was I dripping by the time I was done with these 2!  My thighs felt the burn, my core was kept engaged throughout, my glutes…..I can feel them starting the get “lifted” (lol….just kidding, not YET, but I definitely felt a burn there too!). I was challenged in every sense of the word throughout this entire workout. There wasn’t a whole lot of jumping (just one section of burpees for 30-45 secs or so) so this was a low impact workout in my book – but what it lacked in impact intensity, it made up for in targeted muscle engagement.

Here’s some pics that my amazing husband took….one-handed while holding baby…in our new, 1/2 complete, home gym (A.K.A. garage… 😉 ) Maya even got in on the action copying mama!  Good habits start young and we fully intend on setting a healthy example for our children:

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Those pics may not “seem” like a big deal, but:
1) this was my very 1st post Monroe workout
2) by the time I was done, I was sweating bullets and my legs felt like jelly
3) this is the 1st step towards getting a ‘Brazil Butt’!
4) I’m not showing all the other pics because they were blurry and I looked too awkward! lol…

I’ll be the first to admit that it takes me awhile to catch on to moves and I’m still working on my coordination, but I had so much fun with this workout!  If you’re thinking of setting up some sort of workout studio – I HIGHLY recommend trying to set up a mirror so you can watch yourself workout – I truly feel it helps with your form so you can try to correct yourself to look more like the people in the video. You don’t need a huge one like the one my husband just set up in our garage – a small one will do just fine! I know Walmart has full length mirrors starting at $7-10 – one of those would be great!

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Anyways, great thing about being able to workout in the comfort of our own home now: I don’t have to waste time driving to a gym – paying for a gym membership – and finding childcare (since we have THREE kids now!), I don’t have to look awkward doing difficult coordination moves in front of anyone other than myself (in my reflection), and MOST importantly… I get to hold my baby girl in my arms again the minute I’m done… 🙂

So, did I spark your interest in trying the Brazil Butt Lift workout?!  To order or to read up more about this, click HERE . I can’t wait til tomorrow to do my next Brazil Butt Lift workout in the series!

7 days out!

Well, my 1st week as a mommy of THREE has officially come to a close. And I must say, having Marv back from his deployment has been a HUGE help! Not only am I loving having HIM back and enjoying his company and companionship, but he’s also able to take care of the two “big” kids while I can focus on little Monroe.

So, since I’m no longer pregnant, I decided to do another video  – “Post Baby Fitness – Part 2” – going a tiny bit more in depth with things I did during pregnancy to keep me active, and how I’m doing now at 7 days post partum:

 

Basically, here’s what I’ve done during this pregnancy:
– KEPT busy! Got involved more with crafting (did a craft fair), sold some of those crafts on Etsy (hats and jewelry),  started sewing, made kids Halloween costumes, playdates, playgrounds, etc.
– Joined Beachbody and started Shakeology while 6 months pregnant
– Tried to stay active walking – going on daily walks with the kids around the neighborhood and also intentionally parking farther while out doing errands
– LOW impact exercise (mainly watching and preparing myself mentally for when I’d be able to physically do those exercises in the months to come)
– my daily Shakeology seriously cut down on any junk food and sweets cravings I had and all I wanted to eat were “clean” things like fruits, veggies, and whole, healthy foods. I was therefore eating much healthier this pregnancy than I was during my other 2, allowing me to gain HEALTHY pounds with great quality nutrients instead of just “weight”.
– AND – I should also throw in there – taking care of 2 kids who love their mama…and love for me to pick them up….constantly, lol. My arms got some serious workouts holding my 23lb 2 year old, and my 33 lb 3.5 year old. Who needs to lift weights when you have kids, right?

7 days out, I physically feel fantastic and just about 99% of my “normal” self.  I credit this in LARGE part to my daily Shakeology shakes in addition to staying active, getting outside and MOVING! 🙂  Ready for the scary part?! Well….for me anyways. Since I’m trying to be real here, and prove how confident I am with crediting Shakeology to helping me physically bounce back after having my 3rd baby…….here’s some photo proof!

Here’s me the day before I gave birth (yes…I helped my husband hang our new garage “gym” mirror…that thing is HUGE!):
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The next morning, leaving for the hospital since my little Monroe decided to make her appearance:
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Just about 5 hours later, welcoming little Monroe into the world (entirely all natural!):
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2 days Post Partum at the hospital just before we were all discharged to go home:
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AND….scaaaary…..me this morning at exactly 7 days post partum (almost down to the hour)…I normally NEVER show this much skin unless I’m at the beach, so, scary! :
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Anyways, every ‘body’ is different, every pregnancy is different, but this was my experience during this 3rd pregnancy and what I did that kept me healthy and active during it that I feel really contributed to my overall wellness now, 1 week after having Monroe.

For more info on Shakeology, visit my FB Fitness page HERE and message me. I’ll be happy to give you TONS of info on it!  You can also browse my Beachbody site HERE to get more info on it. 🙂

21 Day Fix LAUNCH!

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So, I’ve mentioned it here before but being as how the LAUNCH of the 21DayFix is riiiiiight around the corner (Monday, Feb 3rd, 2014!!!!)…why not do a brief video explaining just how AMAZING this program truly will be!  Combining fitness AND nutrition, the 21DayFix will incorporate 30 minute workouts, 7 days a week, for 21 days straight, with a straightforward, portion controlled, nutrition plan to give you maximum impact in a minimal amount of time – TWENTY-ONE-DAYS people!

Test group participants have lost up to 15 lbs (in 21 days!) but perhaps more importantly, people are seeing results in how they feel and losing INCHES off their body. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned fitness enthusiast, this program offers something for everyone and allows for you to go at your own pace.  But don’t just “read” my words about it: watch this short video to learn more 🙂

AMAZING right?!  For the month of February you can take part in the fantastic introductory release price of just $140 (compared to the regular price of $160) as well as FREE shipping.  Ready to take the next step?  Comment below, for more info; message me via my FB Fitness Page HERE; or visit my Team Beachbody Site  to read up more on it.

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!

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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.

Post Baby Fitness – Part 1

Hold on, YES, I’m still pregnant!

But I decided to start a video diary/blog diary of my journey to getting fit once baby gets here – STARTING with now! On this journey, I’m sure I’ll chronicle daily struggles  – time management with THREE kids, energy, physical endurance, emotional struggles? etc. My goal in all this is to keep myself accountable with my ultimate end goal – as seen in my post here of getting into the BEST shape of my life in 2014!

So, anyways…..here’s to the beginning of this journey. Follow along with me!