My success with 21 Day Fix: Round 2

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January 18, 2016.  161.4 lbs.  Day 1 of Round 2.  Instead of giving myself a week off I jumped straight into round 2.  I mean, I was already prepping my meals and found ways to fit exercise into my schedule so why stop?  Plus, I was so excited by my results that I felt I had to keep going while the motivation was there!  I made some gourmet meals this time around, stuffed bell peppers, bun-less bison burgers, a big batch of caramelized onions…yum!  Being on the 21 Day Fix is about eating the right foods in the right amount, not about starving yourself or eating plain food.  If you’re going to make a lifestyle change, you need to find healthy recipes you want to make over and over again and create “new backups,” those easy recipes you can whip out when you don’t feel like cooking anything fancy.  Baked chicken (With lemons and balsamic vinegar) and steamed veggies; poached eggs on zoodles (zucchini noodles), stir fry bowls, Mexican bowls, etc.  Those have become my new backup meals.

I also started getting stronger.  My 6 lb weights were feeling easy.  I could do 14 burpees in a minute.  I could do more pushups and my flexibility was improving.  I also knew that February was around the corner, and I was motivated to wear a dress from high school that *almost* fit again for a fancy party the week after Valentine’s day.  Though I had healthy cookies on week 2 and a big container of lasagna as my cheat meal on week 3, I kept up the regimen of container portions and my exercise.  On days when I had time I’d throw in the extra ten minute ab workout and sometimes do double workouts- when my schedule permitted.  Overall however, I did find myself more active, even if it was just shoveling snow during our crazy blizzard.

 

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Another change this round was that I started drinking Shakeology.  I got the variety pack of chocolate, vanilla and cafe latte so I could vary the flavors.  My favorite way to drink it still is to blend it with blueberries and almond milk.  I add other things and sometimes just shake with water and go, but to me it is nice when it reminds me of a Starbucks frappuccino.  I would highly recommend checking it out and purchasing it here.  Because I had been leaving a red protein container empty several times a week and all of a sudden started adding in a nutrient dense drink, I gained half a pound that week, though one my body adjusted I started losing again rather quickly. (I went from gaining half a pound in a week to losing 2 pounds in half a week- bodies are interesting that way.)  My energy levels did keep increasing with the Shakeology addition, and I can tell my concentration is better on the days I drink it.

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Round 2 before and after results

Though my results were not as dramatic this time around scale wise, I lost 5 pounds and made it into the 150 range!  This was as low scale-wise as I had made it post children before bouncing back up the scale, but this time I was fitter, had a better routine, and a motivational coach and accountability group to keep my fire to succeed alive.  I also decided to take the plunge and become a coach myself so others could benefit from my journey and I could use my effervescent personality to inspire others.  There was no turning back now.  My clothes fit better, I had lost so many inches that people were starting to notice my change and I was getting a nice endorphin release of happiness everyday.  Life was changing for the better now that I was taking care of me.

(To be continued…on to Round 3!)

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Shamrock Shakeology

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Today is a great holiday for me because I LOVE the color green.

Lush green foliage, leaping frogs, verdant meadows, clover leaves, my eyes…

the renewal of life is embodied in the color green.

Below I’ve added my recipe for Shamrock Shakeology to give you a bit of green good luck for your St. Patrick’s Day, as well as a couple recipes for some fun, healthy treats.

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Shamrock Shakeology

5oz Almond milk  (or 10 oz Almond milk and no water)

5 oz Water

Vanilla Shakeology

2 Dates (preferred, or you could sub 2 tsp honey/ maple syrup)

1/2 Tbs PB2 or peanut butter

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/8 tsp almond extract

1 cup ice

green food coloring

green sprinkles (optional)

  • Add all ingredients except sprinkles to blender.  Blend until smooth.  Add sprinkles and enjoy!

 

Other favorite green recipes:

 

The Madness of March

March is upon us!  Spring is ALMOST here!  I LOVE being outside and being more active when the weather warms up.  It’s like awakening from a state of sleep for me, and I’m finally ready to shed off winter and enjoy what spring has to offer.  With that in mind, I wanted to share two Facebook Challenge Groups I’m going to be starting on MARCH 15 to energize and encourage others who want to use the spring to “spring into good health.”

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21 Day Fix Challenge Group

     This is the program that I have been doing consistently since December 20th, 2015.  Though I purchased it in the summer of last year, I was not consistent with it until after Christmas, when I looked at my holiday photos and held my holiday belly and realized I had had enough.  I was tired of feeling unhealthy, unhappy, and unattractive.  Most of all, I was tired of feeling out of control of my eating habits.  People can be beautiful and confident at any size-I strongly believe that- however how you FEEL on the inside is what matters and I needed to change my lifestyle to change how I FELT.  The weight loss for me was a bonus side effect of getting healthy.  That’s what this program is.  Simple tools for getting healthy.  Portion control containers + clean eating + 30 minute exercise + support= the best you possible!

      The challenge group I’m setting up through Facebook will add the support, motivation and accountability aspect of the program into place.  You can eat from your kitchen, practice at home, and check in with others trying to get healthy and lose weight from the comfort of your computer.  This was the key piece for me.  With two little kids and my choir schedule, I don’t have time for the gym, and I prefer to exercise at home.  I am NOT good however at staying on track without someone to vent to and someone to encourage me.  If you need that too, send me your contact information here or find me on Facebook through the link on the side of the blog and I’ll get you started in the group.  Once you purchase the program on my Beachbody website, I’ll be your coach for life and help you through any of the programs to get you as fit as you’re willing to get.

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March Madness Fitness Challenge Group

     This challenge group is my FREE March fitness group, based on the basketball competition that has enthralled millions all over the U.S.  Technically, you don’t have to be a fan of basketball to play, but I’m sure it will make it more enjoyable.  Here are the rules to the game:

  1. Pick one team at beginning of challenge. If that team loses, you are allowed to pick another team to keep up with the fitness, however you will be ineligible for the grand prize.
  2. Each sports team is designated a certain fitness routine and recommended reps. As your team plays, do the fitness reps for your team and the team they are playing that evening.  You may choose to do the recommended reps or challenge yourself to do one rep for each goal scored in the game.
  3. Post pictures, videos or comments (each one gives you a participation point) about the game on the Facebook group to gain eligibility to win the participation prizes.
  4. You can do more fitness reps for other games outside of your team choice for participation points (i.e. the more games you watch/do workouts for the more points towards the participation prizes).
  5. The challenge group is FREE, however if you do decide to place an order for Shakeology before or during the challenge then you will be eligible to win the bigger prizes.
  6. The person with the most participation points will win a free custom Beachbody t-shirt.  The person who ordered Shakeology with the most participation points will win a free custom Beachbody t-shirt and other Beachbody swag.  If a person who ordered Shakeology chooses a team at the beginning and that team wins March Madness then they will win the grand prize, a free custom t-shirt and a free basic Beachbody program of their choice!

 

Again, send me your contact information via this blog or on Facebook and I’ll set you up in the Facebook group.  Both begin on March 15th and you are welcome to join both!  Start building your summer body this spring and regain your health with some fun programs together with fun people!

3 Day Refresh

Today is the day!  I’m starting the 3 Day Refresh program from Beachbody.  I’ve been doing well with 2 rounds of the 21 Day Fix, losing 16.6 lbs and 10.25″ and staying on track with eating and exercise.  This is the first time I can say that I’ve exercised every day since the beginning of the year!  I ordered the 3 Day Refresh as a part of a challenge pack with my Shakeology order and decided to use it right before round 3 to make sure I look fabulous in my Valentine’s party dress next week.  (I’ll post pictures; don’t worry.)

The 3 Day Refresh is a detox program comprised of nutritious shakes and drinks made by the Beachbody nutritionists to give optimal cleansing to your system.  Unlike a juice fast, the drinks provide the right amounts of protein and fiber to help keep you feeling full and not put you body into starvation mode.  Aside from the provided shakes and my already owned Shakeology packets, there is a list of fruits, vegetables and healthy fats to eat, as well as a dinner menu to choose from to make this easy.  Below is my menu for the next 3 days.  After I finish, I’ll post my results and pictures with my honest opinions of how I felt about doing this and if I think I’ll do it again. Continue reading “3 Day Refresh”

“King Cake” Shake- Shakeology

Happy Mardi Gras today everyone!

Though I grew up in Texas, I went to college in Shreveport, Louisiana and spent those 4 years traveling all over the state, eating wonderful home cooked Cajun food straight from the kitchen, listening to well played jazz and zydeco, admiring the hanging moss and plantations hidden around the bayous, and just reveling in the culture with the friends I made while living there.  (I didn’t personally run across any gators though…yet.)

I remember leading up to the first mardi gras my freshman year, when all my native Louisianan friends started getting excited about king cake and parades and beads; I had no idea what was in store.  For someone not from the region, there is quite a bit with which to catch up.  I’ll give you a little lesson, and then a recipe.

Mardi Gras, French for “Fat Tuesday” is the last party before Ash Wednesday, the first of 40 days leading up to Easter in the Christian tradition.  This 40 day season known as Lent is a time when Christians usually give up bad habits or choose to be particularly mindful of their actions and attitudes, adding fasting, praying or meditation into their daily routine.  The individual choices vary widely in how people choose to celebrate, but those who celebrate Mardi Gras (also known as Carnivale in Europe), for religious or cultural reasons, they are celebrating Lent’s bachelor party, indulging in the sweets, treats, revels and dare I say-debauchery- as a last hoorah before pious living.

Whether or not you celebrate Mardi Gras, you can enjoy this guilt-free King Cake Shake all year round (even during Lent) to remind you to let the good times roll!

King Cake Shake

1 packet or scoop Vanilla Shakeology

1 cup almond milk

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp butter extract or ghee (ghee is healthier but butter extract is lower in calories)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp honey or sweetener of choice (I like agave nectar)

1 cup ice

sprinkles in purple, green and gold  (symbolizing justice, faith and power)

  • Blend together all but sprinkles.
  •  Sprinkle a little of each color in the bottom of damp Shakeology cup; pour in shake
  • Sprinkle colors on top and enjoy!

 

Laissez les bon temps rouler!