21 Day Fix Results

21 Jul

Brace yourselves….I am about to post sport bra pictures for the very first time.  I am not extremely comfortable doing this, but I don’t think you can accurately see my results in compression gear.  That glorious fabric is kind and holds you in.  A pair of cotton shorts and a sports bra…not so much.

I have mentioned how much I loved the 21 Day Fix and here at the end of round one, I still feel that way.  I have been stalled out for well over a year and have actually seen the pounds start to creep back up.  I am seeing the scale (slowly) move in a downward direction again, and seeing a major difference in my body.  I am feeling stronger and actually reinvigorated toward this never ending battle of losing weight.

21 Day Fix Round 1-Back 21 Day Fix Round 1-Side 21 Day Fix Round 1-Front

 

My starting weight was 261 lbs and my ending weight was 255 lbs.  This loss of pounds and inches also came with me increasing my calories from the 1300-1400 range to the 1500-1800 range.  I am extremely motivated to keep this going.  I am going to keep going with the program, but am officially starting round 2 on August 4th.  Angie is hosting another challenge group, and I have decided to join as a coach and will be co-hostessing that group with her to get my feet wet and keep the momentum up!

If you are interested in trying the 21 Day Fix, you can order with Shakeology here, or without Shakeology here.  A big reason I signed up to coach, besides loving this program, was to be able to get the Shakeology at a discount.  Tim agrees with me that it is the best tasting protein shake either of us has tried yet.  I only drink one shake a day as my post-workout/late night snack.

Remember that anyone that orders a challenge pack, and sends Angie an email to angieinprogress(at)gmail(dot)com telling her that I sent you, will get a $10 Amazon gift card for ordering!

I will be sharing more sample days and recipes that can be used on and off this plan in the coming weeks.

Disclaimer: I received the 21 Day Fix program and Shakeology for free in exchange for an honest review of the program.  All opinions and results are honest and my own.

 

21 Day Fix Update

14 Jul

Well well well.  Long time no blog, eh?  I trust that the world kept spinning and life went on without my randomness clogging up the blogosphere.  For those of you who have reached out to me, I truly appreciate you missing my musings and progress updates.  It makes a girl feel good to be missed.

I can’t promise any kind of regularity with blogging right now.  To be quite honest, blogging was cutting into my TV time.  No I am not kidding.  I decided to cut back on blogging as often so that I can watch more television.

I am not a morning person, so I wake up in time to get my self clean and presentable for work.  After work, I have to juggle being mom, wife, chef, and fit in a workout.  I know you all are in the same boat and know how hard it is to juggle all of that.  After a day is spent dealing with responsibilities, if I am lucky I have an hour maybe two left over at the end of the day.  In the past, that was the blog time.  A quick post could turn into an hour or three long pursuit.  This was eating into my TV watching time.  Watching TV makes me happy, and it is my favorite thing to do.

That being said, I do plan to still  check in here and share new recipes, my progress (when there is some to report), and any other randomness that seems like it would be fun to share.

On that note, I want to share my thoughts on the 21 Day Fix 2 weeks (14 days) into the program.  So far the scale has moved down 5 lbs and stopped.  However, I am noticing changes to my body and Tim confirmed that he thought I was looking thinner lately.  That is a love language, right?

While I am still planning meals, and meal prepping, I don’t have to break out the scientific calculator to calculate my calories in advance of making a dish.  The containers are really an awesome way to keep your portions in check and make sure that I am getting a balance of all nutrients.  Prior to starting the program, I was eating between 1,300 to 1,400 calories on my planned and prepped days.

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I decided to up my calories for this plan.  I am still under what the booklet told me I should have, but I was nervous about adding too many calories to my diet  I know that part of my being stalled may be from not eating enough calories.  I am eating between 1,500 and 1,799 calories a day now on the 21 Day Fix plan.  I am occasionally a little hungry, but it is usually when it is time for my next meal or snack.  Sometimes, I actually can’t eat everything I am supposed to eat that day.

21 Day Fix Sample Day 1
The workouts are really phenomenal.  I have never found a love for the Jillian Michaels workouts, but just chalked it up to hating working out.  While I am not going to be hanging up my medical billing hat to become some workout guru (I still don’t LOVE working out), I actually don’t hate the 21 Day Fix workouts.  There are 9 different workouts that came with my package.  It is designed really well to give you total body work, but also let you rest an area that was worked extra hard the day before.

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The look of someone who exercises out of absolute neccesity?
I am liking this program so well, that I have already decided to keep it going and go for round two after the 21 days end.

My coach, Angie, is going to start another challenge group on August 4th.  I plan on keeping the food and workouts going in between my end date  and the start of the next group.  The Facebook group we have is really small and offers a lot of great support and daily accountability to keep going with the plan.  If you are interested in joining the next challenge group with me, you can order the 21 Day Fix with Shakeology here and without Shakeology here.

Anyone who orders a challenge pack, and sends Angie an email to angieinprogress(at)gmail(dot)com telling her that I sent you, will get a $10 Amazon gift card for ordering!

Deadline to join, so that you have time to get your Fix goodies in the mail, is July, 25th.

I do not receive a commission on sales, and I am not compensated in any way to promote Angie as a coach or Beachbody products.  I was provided the 21 Day Fix plan for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.   

Next Monday is the end of my first 21 Days, and I will share before and after pictures, weight and measurements so you can see my progress on the plan.

Thanks for reading here and interacting with me.  Let me know what all of you have been up to and if you have any questions about anything I am currently doing!  Also let me know if you are joining me in August!

Fitness Friday

13 Jun

Fitness Friday
Today I am linking up with the ever lovely Aubrey Leigh for Fitness Friday!  By this time next week, I will have met this looker (not hooker) in person for a drive by lunching!  I can’t wait!

Well fitness is as fitness does and around my house fitness is not.

Eats have been pretty steller.  I am doing some protein shakes, veggies, and meat for dinner.  I am restricting gluten and dairy still.  I am down 4 lbs of the 23 I had regained.  This week we made turkey meatballs and I ate mine with brown rice instead of pasta.  I also made some killer oven “fried” okra.  I neglected to take a picture as I was basically devouring it as I was putting it on my plate.

 

Essentially I took a small bag of frozen okra, ran it under water to quick thaw.  I pull out all the funky pieces that are ends.  They make me gag.  Then I took the remaining pieces and tossed with 1/4 cup of white cornmeal, and lemon pepper.  I sprayed a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and laid out the okra in a single layer.  I then sprayed the top of the okra with the cooking spray.  Baked at 375 for 15 minutes, stir/flip and bake for another 5 minutes, and turn on the broiler to kind of finish of the top for a minute or two before taking out.  It was crisp, crunchy and fantastic!  I split it in two with Tim and it ended up being around 110 to 115 calories for each of our servings.  You can’t beat that for “fried” okra!

 

I know the progress or regaining lost progress is slow but it is going.  I know the slowness is due to lack of working out, but I am just not making it a priority and therefore, it is not happening.
Excuses in 3…2…1…
  1. Lately work has been extra crazy
  2. I value sleep over decreasing my pant size at the moment
  3. A kind soul gave me their HBO Go login and I am hooked on Girls
  4. Did I mention, sleep?

I know that I have to get up off my butt and move.  I also am itching to do something different, food wise.  I have been given an awesome opportunity to try and review the 21-Day Fix that I am sure all of you have seen all over the internet.  I will be honest and say that this is the first of these types of plans that have really intrigued me.   Recently I purchased one of those “customized macro plans” from a bikini pro, and I was really disappointed.  It was really basic and was stuff I already knew and was already doing.  I wanted some meal ideas, some sort of plan other than eat baked chicken, broccoli and brown rice.  I got that much.

At this point, I am tired of thinking, planning, counting, and weighing everything I eat.   I am the one responsible for coming up with meal ideas, figuring the portions, calories, and then making a grocery list…oh yeah and then cooking all that crap.  I can’t just let go or I will regain all the weight lost, but I am burnt out on what I have been doing.  The little container feature of the 21-day fix seemed like it would take some of the guess work out of it and when Angie contacted me about reviewing the plan, I was really excited to try it.

 

I received my kit and 30-day supply of chocolate Shakeology and started reading up.  This is exactly what I need right now.  It is simple.  What fits in the container (or the portion recommend) is fair game.  Sorry there is not a doughnut container.  The booklet that comes with it tells you suggested foods for each color of container.  You just look up the calorie range you want to stay in, and it tells you how many of each containers to eat that day.  It also came with some recipes for seasoning blends, and actual meal ideas.

 

Since we have vacation next week, I want to enjoy myself and not worry with getting in workouts, or watching everything I put in my mouth.  So, I am going to start this on Monday, June 30th.   Tim liked it so much, he is going to be doing it with me.

 

I am joining Angie’s Facebook challenge group that starts that day.  I am excited to branch out and try something new.  If you are interested in trying this out with me, contact Angie at angieinprogress(at)gmail(dot)com.  I am not selling you on this, I don’t get a commission if you try it.  I am genuinely excited to try this plan out and I will give you an honest unbiased review of it as I go along.

 

Angie is someone that I connected with early on in my blogging and weight loss journey.  She is not pushy with her product and is genuinely supportive and encouraging.  I would not be trying this with just anyone and I would not recommend anyone who was going to blow up your email and never leave you alone about trying their stuff.  I don’t like that.

 

If you do think you want to join the June 30th group, let Angie know by June 20th, so that you have time to get your 21 day fix in before we start on the 30th.  Otherwise, stay tuned for mine and Tim’s progress and review of this plan!