21 Day Fix Weeks 2 & 3 Recap, second round, and Shakeology!

Hello hello!

I’m going to just jump right in with my recaps!

Week 2 fell on Baby C’s 1st birthday…FIRST BIRTHDAY!

Ya’ll, my baby is one! I have a ONE year old! I cannot believe it has already been an entire year. I know, cliche in every way, but its SO true.

Anyways, I can’t say enough great things about 21 Day Fix. it’s quick, it’s effective, and it’s fun! I find it really easy to do the workouts. They are a combination of strength and cardio and going through this program, I have realized that my cardio conditioning is definitely not on point. It’s amazing how our bodies can adapt to one type of cardio, for instance running in my case, but then I do interval training with strength built in (21dfx) and I am sweating and out of breath!

The nutrition part of ANY workout program is always the hardest for me to follow. I love food, I have a major sweet tooth, and when I crave something I just want to eat it. So going into weeks 2 and 3 I knew I was going to cheat a bit. Week 2 I had 3 cupcakes – 2 on Baby C’s birthday, and my finally one 2 days later. This definitely put me over my yellow containers (carbs), but I knew this going in and was okay with this decision.

Week 3 I had some cheat meals because my husband was home more, and to be honest I didn’t meal prep nearly as much. I also had a couple of beers poolside 🙂 Again this definitely pushed me over on my yellow containers, BUT even though I cheated, I was also VERY conscience of my food choices. Instead of eating my weight in goldfish crackers (why are these SO good?!), I would eat apple slices, or carrots. I feel like i did very balancing good food choices with some cheats. I definitely believe in applying the 80/20 rule – eat healthy and clean 80% of the time and 20% indulge. Also, YOLO 😉

Overall, I lost 3 pounds. I didn’t re-,measure myself so I am not sure how many inches, but if i had to guess i lost a little in my waist which is where I also see the weight loss at.

I’m now onto my second round of 21 Day Fix and I have even dappled in 21 Day Fix Extreme. I am LOVING the Beachbody on Demand (24/7 streaming of over 600 workouts!!) Variety is definitely a big factor for me sticking with a workout so the on demand feature is amazing!

I am in week 1 of my second round and ya’ll I am seeing some real change. I look and FEEL leaner. You know when the scale says you lost weight, but you still feel kinda bloated or your clothes fit the same? Well, I can honestly say that now I feel like i have lost some weight and am getting leaner.

I know for a fact that i am getting stronger. I can do all the intervals without taking a break, I can do my reps, and I have increased my weight. This time around I am also being VERY diligent about following the peal plan, and I haven’t gone over on any of my portions.

During these rounds of 21 Day Fix I have also been drinking Shakeology. Wow, ya’ll…this product really is amazing!

As a chemist, I really value what I put into my body and I was never a fan of standard market protein powders. 1) they don’t taste great (Shakeology does!), and 2) most people eating a Standard American diet (SAD) are NOT lacking protein. What most people are lacking are true nutrients – vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients (nutrients we get from veggies and fruits), and digestive enzymes (these help our intestines actually adsorb what we eat). Because of this, standard market protein powder, isn’t very beneficial.

Additionally, since many of these powders contain soy, artificial sweeteners (I’m looking at you Splenda), are nearly 100% whey based (protein from milk which can wreck havoc on a lactose intolerant person), and have preservatives (Sodium benzoate, soy lecithin, etc.) I am not a fan. Plus, they aren’t really doing anyone any good because we (Americans in general) don’t have a protein deficiency – we have a nutrient deficiency. In my honest opinion, protein powders are doing more harm than good, and its a multi-million dollar industry based on really good marketing, unfortunately. not sound science.

Now enter Shakeology – this isn’t a protein powder.

Let that sink in for a minute.

Shakeology is NOT a protein powder.

Does it have protein? Yes, absolutely.

Shakeology is NOT a meal replacement shake (don’t even get me started on Slim Fast and what a load of crock and marketing gimmick that is *sigh*).

Can Shakeology be used as a meal replacement? Yes, absolutely – and its for sure the BEST choice for a meal replacement (read below).

So what is Shakeology then?

Shakeology is a nutrition powder.

It is full of protein (from whole food sources like chia, flax seed, quinoa), full of antioxidants like blueberry, gogi berry, green tea, cherries, and pomegranate. It has a plethora of phytonutrients – basically kick ass greens to support your health because we all know, as good as Kale is for us, who wants to eat it every day, am I right? So Shakeology has greens in it – spinach, kale, algea, and others. And finally, Shakeology is rounded out with pre- and probiotics and additional digestive enzymes, because what good is consuming all these awesome nutrients if our body can’t adsorp it properly?

In fact, the digestive enzymes were the first things I noticed working when I first started Shakeology – because it was cleaning out my system (I’ll avoid going into detail on this, but just know it was not harsh or unpleasant in any way) and lining my colon with proper and essential bacteria so my body could adsorp all of the goodness packed into Shakeology.

Seriously, this product makes my inner chemist giddy. I do a happy dance every time I drink it and every time someone tells me they drink it and love it too. It’s seriously a game changer. I may just have to write post (or two) on it and let my inner chemist shine 😉

 

  1. Do you workout? What is your favorite type of workout?
  2. Are you good about eating enough fruits and veggies (I definitely have to work at this EVERY day)
  3. Are you a protein powder fan?

 

 

 

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21 Day Fix: 1 Week down, 2 to go

Happy Tuesday!

Im just gonna jump right in and say I’ve lost 3 lbs.

For realzzzz.

1 week into this 3 week journey and I’m down 3lbs, and a poopin machine which is really awesome. I finally feel “empty”. I don’t feel bloated or like I still need to go so this was an unexpected yet pleasant side effect that I’m contributing to Shakeology.

Okay so here are my Week 1 Thoughts:

1. The workouts are quick. Like super quick. There’s 2-3 mins of a warm up, 2-3 mins cool down leaving about 26 mins for heart pounding, sweaty workouts.

2. The workouts are tough! You’ll definitely feel your muscles burning and the are effective workouts targeting multiple muscles at the same time!

3. The proof is in the pudding as they say. But in the case of 21 Day Fix, I really believe the proof is in my diet. Following the portion containers is essentially to getting the desired results. The portion containers make it super simple to eat the right portions and the right kinda of food (hello fruits and veggies). The premise for 21 Day Fix is NOT tondiet but rather change our eating habits so the containers allow for a simple visual way of doing this without counting calories!

And my realizations thus far:

1. I eat a lot of carbs. Too many  in fact. I don’t eat bad carbs just too much. My portions have been WAY too large and as I go through this program, I realize I don’t need all the empty calories in the carbs I eat.

2. I don’t eat as many veggies or fruits as I thought. I would eat them at just about every meal, but unlike my carb portions, my produce portions were WAY too small. This has been enlightening.

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3. My wine portions are on the order of 3 times larger than a standard portion. This is really sad because wine is essential. However, I’m learning to sip on a measly 4oz of wine and enjoy it…all 3 seconds of it. Kidding…kinda.

4. I really like my refined white sugar in my coffee. But refined sugar is bad, so in order to fully commit to these 21 days, I’m using a tsp of raw honey. I like my coffee sweeter but I’m willing to make the sacrifice. However, I think I might change to raw sugar after this round.

5. I eat a lot of protein. Like A LOT. I crave protein too. I’m still nursing Baby C so I’m wondering if that’s why I crave it, but I pretty much have a protein at every meal plus my Shakeology. Fortunately, for my calorie bracket I can have 4 red containers (protein) which works out nicely.

6. My PB portions were off the chart large. But I mean it’s PEANUT BUTTER! I have no comment on this except I’m trying…

7. And finally, I’m LOVING the program. Life’s is crazy busy with an almost one year old, a 5yo and  firefighter hubby working 24-48 hours at a time so 30 min workouts that are building muscle and a cardio workout to boot is just perfect.

And the most exciting  news…

I’m now a Beachbody Coach. After doing Insanity I fell in love with the programs and now after a week into 21 Day Fix I’m hooked. The workouts are creative, fun, tough, and multi-purposed. Not to mention, Beachbody has a TON of programs that allow for variety and opportunities to challenge every person.

If you have any interest (or just questions!) about 21 Day Fix or Beachbody let me know. I’m hosting a Workout Challenge Group starting June 19th. It will be 3 weeks long and we’ll be doing the 21 Day Fix program. I’ll be coaching everyone along, offering support, encouragement, and fun!

Walking, June, and 21 Day Fix

Happy FriYAY!

Happy June.

Happy Summer.

Happy Hurricane Season!

 

So BIG news…Baby C is walking! I have video proof and at 11 months he is walking. My boys both seemed to have missed the memo that they are moderate/late term preemies and decided to just go on with their bad selves and walk before a year old. Honestly, I love it. Little unsteady waddles with arms out are the cutest!

Now that Baby C has been walking for about a week or so, he’s doing more walking than crawling and he’s getting pretty fast!

And, now that it’s June, it’s Baby C’s birth month which means in a couple short weeks I’m going to have a ONE YEAR OLD.

How on earth did this happen??!

All the cliches about the days are long the years are short yadda yadda yadda…yeah…they’re true. I’m really looking forward to the next several months though as he grows up and becomes even more interactive with us.

In addition to his new found freedom of walking, Baby C is signing more every day and his newest sign is “more” and “eat” which really is no surprise from my little chunky baby.

And last but not least, he knows how to play peek-a-boo! Gah! The cuteness!!

In other news I have started doing 21 Day Fix and I’m soooooore. I’m following the meal plan as well and at first the containers looked SO small I was wondering how on earth I was going to survive on such little food.

But them somethig amazing happens…after you stuff your 21 day fix container…let’s say the green one (vegetables), and dump what appears to be a measly amount of food that couldn’t even sustain a rabbit, let alone a human being, you have a shit ton of food on your plate!

Im serious.

Every.Single.Time. I fill my containers…green, purple, red, yellow, so on and so forth, I’m thinking “how on God’s green earth is this enough food??!!”

and Every.Single.Time. I dump my food onto my plate, I have SO much more food than I thought.

AND Every.Single.Time. I eat, I feel full. I’m not starving and I’m STILL nursing Baby C. In fact, I think my supply is up a little which I’m baffled by because Baby C eats 3 meals a day, albeit small ones, and maybe a snack or two. And some days his snack is just a quick nursing session.

So the only thing I can even remotely tie to my increase supply, is my daily Shakeology (chocolate!). It’s a nutrient dense super shake basically (I say this bc it’s not JUST a protein shake and it’s not JUST a meal replacement shake) so this makes sense but I’m still left very surprised by this because for real y’all I’m having to pump and I get 3-4oz from ONE side. And I’m starting to leak again!! Say what?!

And since I’ve already crossed into TMI terrority I’ll share this tid bit with you…

Shakeology is making me poop.

And in a really good way.

See recently my bowls have been a hot mess. It got so bad that I didn’t want to eat because 20 minutes later I’d be in the bathroom. I’ll spare you these details but suffice it to say, food was running right through me.

I quickly got on some good probiotics and then I got backed up. Which is never a problem for me so I was left dumbfounded. After a few weeks on probiotics, yes WEEKS, I was somewhat starting to get back to normal but I was still kinda eh about my bathroom habits. I was feeling bloated and gassy and it just wasn’t my normal (1-2 times a day EVERY day).

Enter Shakeology *drum roll*

Honestly, Shakeology was a part of my Beachbody challenge pack (21 day fix containers, on demand access to Beachbody workouts – YES it’s as amazing as it sounds) so I didn’t seek it out to help my poop (or lack thereof) challenges. I just figured I’d do as Autum says and include it in my 21 day fix challenge.

Y’all the first day I drank it I pooped 4 times.

4 TIMES.

Yep, new personal record.

And the best part was, I wasn’t cramping, gassy, or bloated. I simply just had to poo.

After 4 days on Shakeology, I FINALLY feel back to normal in regards to my colon. I feel empty after I go and I’m going 1-2 times a day again. Hallelujah!

So all that to say, is that the digestive enzymes, pre and probiotics are a workin’!

Now the workouts…as I said I’m sore. And I love it. It takes a lot of running for me to be sore and the leg exercises in 21 day fix definitely target all 4 of the muscles in my quads, plus my hamstrings and my glutes! I think at this point I’d have to run 10+ miles to feel any soreness, but with 21 day fix, a quick 30 minute workout routine has left me cringing every time I have to go to the bathroom. And y’all know I’m going at least twice.

I also love that the moves involve weights and it’s legit strength training WITH cardio. Seriously every move is working several muscles at a time and that’s what I love and that’s why it’s only 30 minutes. Life right now is just busy and especially on shift days when running isn’t always feasible, having a quick, extremely efficient at home workout is a game changer.

Y’all bottom line, this is my second Beachbody program to try and I’m in LOVE. Beachbody is on point.

I’ll be posting my progress on here over these next 2.5 weeks so be sure to check in!

 

Have you ever tried a Beachbody program?

What are your weekend plans?

Do you live in a hurricane prone area?