Monday, January 11, 2016

21 Day Fix

So it's been awhile since I've blogged, 2 years to be more precise!  It's amazing how having kiddos can take up all your "free time".  But I wouldn't want it any other way!
Today though as I was meal planning I started thinking about my blog and how I used to find time to blog almost daily and I missed writing.
So I thought I'd tell you a little bit about the newest thing I started participating in.

21 Day Fix

I know that we've all heard about it and most of us probably know at least one person who's done it, the posts have flooded my Facebook news feed.  So, when Giselle @ My Healthy Happy Home, someone I had always looked up to while teaching, asked me to join her accountability group starting at the after the 1st of the year, I decided why not give it a try? I mean I'd been wanting to get back to working out.  But, I kept coming up with excuses and not having enough time (more like not finding enough time).   So I went online and ordered my 21 Day fix along with 30 days of Shakeology and a free 30 days of Beachbody on Demand.  Of course as luck would have it my box did not arrive on time and was somehow lost in the mail.  Luckily for me Giselle is awesome and made sure I had all the resources necessary to begin the program without my box.  AND when I called BeachBody their customer service was AMAZING!  They shipped out a new box, expedited shipping and included a sample of their vegan Shakeology all at no extra cost to me.  Major Points for customer service!
But I digress, the workout is NOT easy, so far though, it's been worth it.  I've only been at it for one week today and I ALREADY see results.  The workouts are done at home following a DVD or on demand and each one is 30 minutes.  They are hard, but they are short enough that you know you can get through it!  The workouts consist of numerous sets of exercises, all exercises are 60 seconds with a 20 second break in between.  60 Seconds, you can do anything for 60 seconds right?!?  Sometimes it doesn't quite feel like it AND I must say Autumn that is leading the workouts is pretty motivating, I swear sometimes she urges "you" on at just the time when I am ready to give up!  You do a different video everyday for 7 days and then you start over with the same videos the next week.  Two days are active recovery days (Pilates and Yoga) and BOY did I LOVE those days!  They came at just the right times!

However, the exercise is only part of the program. The other part of the program is an eating plan.  Basically it's about eating healthy, fruits, vegetables, protein and a small amount of carbs. To be honest it's really confusing at first.  There are all these different colored containers that you have to use those to measure out the amount of food you can eat for the day.  At first I stared at the containers not even knowing where to begin.  But once again Giselle came to the rescue with recipes and sample meal plans.  And of course there is always pinterest!  One week in and I am feeling pretty confident in the meal planning and not quite as confused by the colorful containers.  I do feel healthier though, no white sugar or white bread and I feel like it is creating a healthier lifestyle not only for me but for my family!  A couple things that have helped me succeed thus far is to meal plan, write down a plan for the week of every meal and every snack you plan to eat.  I find it easiest to make extras of whatever we have for dinner to eat the next day at lunch, two birds one stone.  Also I make sure to always pack 21 fix appropriate snacks when I know I am going to be out and about to ensure I won't be tempted to stray from the diet due to hunger.  I'll post some of my favorite recipes later, there have been quite a few!

Bottom line coming from someone who does not like to push themself when exercising, I look forward to working out every morning!  Stay tuned for more updates!

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