Monday, March 31, 2014

21 Day Fix Week 2 & 3

Day 21 of the Fix and we're DONE!! The results are in and I'm blown away considering that with the craziness of our move we managed to stay on track for the most of the 21 days.  Were we perfect and spot on?...NO...but we stuck through it and made every effort to avoid fast food, sugary drinks and focused more on building the new habits when it comes to our food choices.  We did great when it came to packing snacks and making our meals ahead of time.  The tough part was when we are out with friends and family.  Not giving in was tough and some slips ups were made but that's life.  Having my hubby join me on the workouts was definitely the most challenging part for me.  We both have different schedules and trying to meet at the same time did not work for me.  Sorry babe but you mess up my The workouts are not easy, so don't let the fact that it's only 30 minutes fool you.  They are not difficult but they are challenging and I enjoy that you have options where you can decide how low or high intensity you want to take it.  It's not just the modifier that makes this program worthwhile but having a variety of cast members with different body types of different fitness levels allows you to find someone you are comfortable following.  My eyes are not always focused on Autumn.

Ok, so who is Autumn Calabrese?  She's Beachbody's newest celebrity trainer and is the master mind behind the 21 Day Fix and is also a national-level bikini competitor.  That's pretty much all I She's a mom and also had another fitness program called Mighty Mommies-9 months of fitness that made me LIKE her even more.  That and the fact that her portion control system in the 21 Day Fix has taught me a thing or two about what I was doing wrong.  It has also helped my husband tremendously when it comes to eating ENOUGH.  He is really bad at skipping meals because of work and usually makes a pit stop at the drive thru on his way home because he's so hungry.  Well not this time, I did my best to have his snacks and meals ready to go when he was out and bless his heart he did the best to make sure all my hard work wasn't put to waste.   Here's the day I NAILED IT!

The Fix comes with 7 workouts, Total Body, Upper, Lower, Pilates, Cardio, Dirty 30, Yoga and if you ordered through your coach (or me) you also got 10 Minute Fix for Abs.  The Ultimate Package includes two more, Barre Legs and Flat Abs Fix.  Like I mentioned before I didn't find them HARD so to say just challenging but I have been actively working out for over a year now.  If you ask my mom she'll say she was about to die but she's a little dramatic...Love you Mom!  Autumn has some great exercises in all the DVD's that are also new to me so that was well worth it for me.  I tend to get a little bored after a few weeks especially if I begin to memorize the videos which is why I change up my workouts after a few weeks to keep it fresh.  I'm a Turbo Girl at heart and since getting certified and being introduced to Piyo I just can't stop alternating between the two because the Music is just Fantastic!

Ok, back to the Fix...The portion control system is what made this much easier to follow than any of the others I've attempted to do. This was simple: If it fits you eat it!! There were no specific recipes to follow which allowed me to control the menu.  My husband is a picky eater and when it comes to trying something "NEW" or "HEALTHY" it takes some convincing.   I had no objections there at all! I stuck to some of our favorite meals and just cleaned them up.  We enjoyed tacos, burgers, salads of all kinds, and even my famous home made green enchiladas.  I do my best to share all my yummy food on my FacebookInstagram so if you are looking for ideas or inspiration I'd love for you to follow :)


 I lost a total of 7lbs and my husband lost 12lbs!! I have this suspicion that I may have measured my thighs incorrectly but hey I'll take the loss in my waist and arms for sure!! My jeans fit better and everyone has been noticing and commenting on my husband's weight loss too!  Our food choices are healthier and my husband had given up the red bulls and soda...for now at least...You can read more about our first week Here. My mom is on her 2nd week and has lost 5lbs and I'm so proud of her for sticking to it. I really wanted to knock this one out of the park but things really do get out of your control sometimes.  But it's how you handle those set backs that really determine your success.  I only see the positive things that came out of these 3 weeks and the most important one being the strong partner I have by my side supporting me.  This is the first time my hubby stuck with a weight loss or healthy eating challenge with me to the end and I am so happy I had his support.  He made me so much stronger during this challenge that I've decided to continue with the portion control system of the fix and keep applying it to my goals.  My hubby is going for another round to drop another 10lbs!  I'm so sick of counting calories and macros that this was a game changer for me.  I recommend it to anyone struggling with their food choices and portion control.  It allows you flexibility with your food and as long as you stick to how many containers you are allowed you will see results I promise.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.  I hope you found this helpful, I'll be posting more 21 Day Fix Approved Recipes as the weeks follow so be sure to stick around :)

Thanks for visiting! 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

21 Day Fix (week 1 review)

Last week was our fist week of the 21 Day Fix, myself and 8 other challengers (including my hubby) are following this program.  It arrived just in time the Friday before.  It came with all you see here and my Shakeology of course!

 So how does it work? Each color stand for a specific food group or foods you can eat. Green-Veggies, Red-Protein, Purple-Fruits, Blue-Healthy Fats, Yellow-Carbs, and Orange-Seeds/Nuts & oils. You follow a super easy formula to calculate your daily calories needs.  Once you have that it tells you how many of each color you are allowed in a day.  For example I'm allowed 3-Green, 2-Purple, 4-Red, 2-Yellow, 1-Blue and 1-Orange.  My husband is allowed almost double of what I am.  He is allowed 6-Green, 4-Purple, 6-Red, 4-yellow, 1-Blue and 1-Orange.  There is also flexibility with wine and other goodies. You can also trade some of those containers for other treats like chips but if you want great results trust me you'll want to skip the chips.

 I'm not going to lie but when I first looked at those containers I thought there is no way I was going to stay full or much less keep my hubby full! So of course I popped those containers open and started filling them up with some of the food I already had in my fridge.  I was surprised to see that it was a good amount of food that fit into them.  The first week was more like a trial and error week.  It took a little bit to figure out how to properly combine my foods with only being limited to 1 blue container.  I am a HUGE avocado and cheese fan and if you see down there...that's all I get for 1 day!! I'm used to having a full Avocado and then some but that's obviously no ideal considering I don't skip on the cheese  

Our fist week results are already mind blowing! I started at 169lbs (Yeah I gained weight-don't ask!) and am currently sitting at 164lbs.  My husband started at 249 and lost 11lbs! He's currently at 238lbs! Another one of my challengers (John) lost 5lbs and according to his wife who is also in our group, he is sleeping better and no longer snoring like he used to.  This is just 1 WEEK of healthy eating and exercise!! Imagine what our 21 day results will be.  I feel less bloated and am also seeing an improvement in my sleeping.  No more late night tossing and turning.  Our personal life has been so crazy busy that we have been relying on take out, and I've been using it as an easy excuse to overindulge. Well HELLO! Summer is less than 100 days away and I got some serious work to do!

The best part is doing this along with my Hubby.  He has been a great support and I think he's really enjoying the process.  Ok, I think he's enjoying the food more than the workouts but he's killing those right along with me.  He ditched the soda and the red bulls and has been sticking to Tea and Water.  Our typical breakfast looks a lot like this.  He's not an oatmeal type of guy, and cereal is off limits for this challenge.  He'll only eat Fruit Loops so TRUST me this is much healthier than a bowl of sugar.  We both had a little butter on our toast and enjoyed the veggies with our eggs! Shakeology is our go to Breakfast EVERY DAY!! Even the hubs says he craves it now and feels better on the days he drinks it so BOOM! Give it up to the healthiest meal of the day!! 

I'm not kidding with those half portions  We take our Avocado very seriously in this house...It's like the icing on the cake, you can't have a good meal without a little Avocado even if it's only a few slivers. I save the other half of the blue container for another meal later in the day, for cheese or of course more Avocado ;) 

I think I enjoy this program the most because of how easy they made this portion control system. All the food you see here is no different than the typical meals I was already making for myself and my family. I just wasn't paying much attention to how big and often the portions were.  I love me a good taco, it's the Mexican in me and I can never go wrong with Tacos for Dinner in this house.   I like salads too don't get me wrong but come on...look at that goodness right there!  

See we're getting down with our salad making skills too.  Throw in some Grilled Chicken, Ground Turkey or Beef. You can even add a hard boiled egg for added protein. I prefer to skip the egg and veggie it up and top it off with homemade green salsa.  If you have enough Yellow containers throw in some black beans and or quinoa for an added Mexican Salad dish. Delish! 

 Week 1 is officially in the books. The workouts are great, I'll have a better review of those later this week so stay tuned.  Once we wrap up with week 2 I'll of course share all the yummy meals I've made and our progress.  I really want to share some pictures but I think they're better left for the end of the 21 days don't you?

Thanks for visiting and I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions on the 21 Day Fix or want to join one of my next challenge groups feel free to contact me or find me on Facebook!