21 Day Fix Planning Tools

Recently I’ve been receiving a lot of requests for my 21 Day Fix planning tools. I didn’t share them on here right away because I wanted to test them and see if they needed to be tweaked at all. I’m happy to say the the people in my accountability group all found them to be very helpful and no one had any changes to them!

Below, you will find a weekly meal planner, shopping list and a worksheet that will help you to plan your week and stay on track with the program! As I’ve mentioned in my 21  Day Fix posts, planning is KEY with this program. If you don’t take the time to plan out your meals, grocery shop ahead of time and meal prep, you will find yourself scrambling for meals and most likely going off plan.

21 Day Fix Planning ToolsI used the above planning tools along with these Printable Tally Sheets, which I found on Pinterest. You can either print out 3 to get you through the 21 days or you can laminate the sheet (or slip it into a clear sheet protector) and use a dry erase marker to mark off your containers and then wipe it clean for the following week.

Another great tool some of used was using the Reminders app on the iPhone to create a tracking system. Here is a great tutorial I found on Pinterest for how to set it up and use it. It really came in handy for the times I was out and about.

This may seem like a lot of tools for a 21 day program, but they all come in really handy and help to keep you on track and organized. My entire test group loved these tools and said that they made the process of planning a lot easier.

If you have any questions on how to use them, please feel free to contact me!

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Body Beast ….Whatever It Takes!

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It feels like I just settled in to the 21 Day Fix but it’s over, which means the start of a new program for me! When I started 21 Day Fix in June, I made a deal with Mike that if he joined me for the 3 weeks, I would join him for a round of Body Beast. He kept his end of the deal (with great results) and I’m keeping mine!

In all honesty, I love weight lifting. I would much rather lift weights than do cardio. I feel more accomplished, stronger and like I’m doing something with purpose when I lift. I don’t know…it just makes me happy!

Now, for those of you who have never heard of Body Beast, it’s a 90 day Beachbody program (no surprise there…I adore their workouts and have been doing them for 5 years now) that combines weight lifting workouts, groundbreaking nutrition, and supplementation, all in one neat little package. This program does require a vast collection of dumbbells, a bench and a bar with weight plates but there are limited equipment options that use a stability ball with dumbbells in place of the bench and bar. You’ll also need a pull-up bar or resistance bands.

  • Body Beast includes 12 different cutting-edge workouts that fuse the best of old-school resistance training with a new breakthrough in sports science called Dynamic Set Training.
  • Increases in resistance, power, tempo, and volume lead to greater muscle gain and fast results.
  •  The Body Beast Eating Plan helps you increase in size, maintain new muscle growth, and cut up to be in competition shape.
  • Four new extreme supplements specifically designed to enhance growth and performance. (optional)

The Base Kit for Body Beast includes 12 workouts plus a FREE bonus disc called Lucky 7 when you order through one of the links here. This kit will take you through the 3 phases of Beast which are Build, Bulk and Beast. There is also a Challenge Pack option for this program that includes all of the Body Beast Supplements. I am only using the Hardcore Base Shake and Fuel Shot. Mike has added the Super Suma along with those and decided not to add any M.A.X. Creatine for this round.

In my opinion, one of the best aspects of this program is The Book of Beast, which is the program/nutrition guide. It is packed with information and will give you such a great understanding about fueling your body correctly to get the results you want! It also has some of the best recipes I’ve tried with a Beachbody program. I’ve shared the recipes for Sagi’s Signature Turkey Meatballs, Power Protein Balls and Beast Chili before, but there are so many others, including this Body Beast Power Turkey Meatloaf.

Body Beast Power Turkey Meatloaf
Yields 8
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds of lean ground turkey meat
  2. 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (I used GF oats that I slightly pulsed in the blender)
  3. 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  4. ground black pepper to taste
  5. 1 cup of all-natural salsa (whatever you like with chips)
  6. 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  7. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  8. fresh chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
  2. Combine the ground turkey, salsa, bread crumbs, eggs, garlic, sea salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Form into the shape of a loaf and place in a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan.
  4. Bake on the center rake of the oven for 60-70 minutes until no longer pink in the middle.
  5. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Cut into 8 equal pieces.
Notes
  1. Tip: Sagi says that leftovers freeze well, so even if you are doing this program alone, don't be afraid to make a whole batch and freeze the extra slices.
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 I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this recipe. I honestly didn’t even want to make it, since I associate meatloaf was colder weather, but I’m really glad I gave it a shot!

Mike and I are almost done with week one and I am really enjoying lifting again. I am as sore as anything and I might have posted this today on Instagram…

Body Beast…but I really am enjoying it and feeling the changes in my muscles already.

I know I have been a little bit of slacker here the past week, but I hope to post a Fourth of July weekend recap as well as a post of how to Eat Like A Beast soon!

Any ladies out there complete Body Beast of currently doing Body Beast? If so, I would love to know if you are using the supplements and what your thoughts are on the program.

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21 Day Fix …Final Results

21 Day FixWow…I’m a slacker! I finished 21 Day Fix almost 2 weeks ago and I haven’t posted about it. Without further delay, here are my thoughts and final results for the 21 Day Fix.

Week three was a lot of fun but I’m not going to lie, it left me very tired. I opted to ramp things up by following the doubles schedule that came with the program. Each morning I did my secondary workout and then at night, I did the regular scheduled workout with Mike. Doing doubles definitely kicked my metabolism into overdrive and in all honesty, I think I should have upped my carb intake to fuel myself better through them. I followed the recommendation in the book that you can have extra green containers if you are still hungry, but I think my body needed that carb. That could be the carb junkie in me speaking, but I didn’t want to go against the “rules” since this was my first time doing the program. Doing doubles was rough on the shoulders but my core strength definitely improved that week. I recommend the doubles option in the third week. Just make sure you watch your form! Fatigue can cause injury if you don’t watch your alignment and no one wants to get injured.

My final weigh-in showed that I was down 1 pound for the week, .5 inches in my waist and .5 inches in my hips. I’m also up .5 inches of muscle in each thigh.

Overall for this program, I lost the most weight the week prior to the official start date, while becoming familiar with the containers. Including that week, I lost a total of 6lbs. I didn’t have measurements for that week prior, so my inches lost are 6 total for the course of the 3 weeks. I can see a clear difference in my waist, booty and I developed some nice shoulder tone (which I expected since she hammers them daily). My core feels a lot tighter thanks to doing Pilates multiple times during doubles week and my cravings and energy are both in much better places.

This program is definitely a game changer for your nutrition! My diet was pretty clean but my portions were all off. My carb intake was way too high and my protein portions were way too small. I also indulged in way too much avocado! Even healthy foods can cause weight gain if you eat too much of them…sigh. 21 Day Fix is an awesome way to dial in your eating habits, learn what healthy portion sizes are and start a new habit of working out daily. It’s a program I will definitely do again and those containers will be moving forward with me as Mike and I take on Body Beast for the next 90 Days!

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I Selected a Workout, Now What?

now whatGetting excited about starting a new workout program is natural. You hear about a new program a friend is starting, see someones results or can’t sleep at night, catch an infomercial and decide “I’m going to that!”. These are common beginnings for many people who decide to start a new workout program, but what happens when your program arrives, it’s time to show up for that workout class or day 1 of training rolls around? 

This is a list of workout tips that have worked not only for myself, but for the people I’ve helped to get started on their fitness journeys:

NUTRITION IS KEY: All of the exercise in the world cannot undo a bad diet. If you purchased a new workout program that comes with a nutrition, like the ones I follow, make sure you read, understand and follow the eating plan. If you are beginning a program that doesn’t come with a nutrition guide, become familiar with Clean Eating. You’re only cheating yourself if you don’t make your nutrition a priority.

FOLLOW THE PROGRAM AS LAID OUT: If you purchased a complete program, chances are it came with a workout calendar. This calendar is your friend and has been laid out to get your maximum results. It’s common to not feel like doing a specific workout on a specific day, but don’t go off program and pick a workout to suit your mood. Doing this works against your goals and doesn’t help you to break out of your comfort zone and form new habits. These programs will give you results if you follow them as laid out.

MAKE YOUR WORKOUTS A PRIORITY: Treat your workouts as if they were an appointment. Block out time in your schedule and show up everyday. You wouldn’t dream of laying on the couch and watching TV if you had a doctors appointment, would you? Don’t treat your workouts as an option…you have to work for the results. You’ll also feel better and have more energy once you complete them. The sense of accomplishment that comes from doing a daily workout is a powerful and will carry over into other daily tasks you do.

FIND YOUR WHY: Your reason for ordering, deciding to start or committing to a workout program is important. You should write down the top 3 reasons why you decided to start. After you write them down, put them somewhere visible…on the fridge, the snack cabinet, next to your computer or on the bathroom mirror…put them in a place where you will see them multiple times a day so they act as a reminder. Changing the way you think plays a big role in fitness success.

TRACK YOUR TRANSFORMATION: Taking “before” photos as well as measurements are super important. As a society we put way too much stock into the number on the scale. That number doesn’t tell the whole story of what’s going on during your transformation. There may be a week were the scale stays the same but you lose inches in your waist, hips and thighs because you are building lean muscle. If you don’t have that extra way of tracking, you may get frustrated and give up all because the scale showed you a big old zero, meanwhile your body did change and you didn’t know it because you didn’t take 5 minutes to measure. As for photos, I know the before may be embarrassing, but they are only for your reference and looking at the “before” and “after” side by side can be truly eye opening.

GET SUPPORT: Surrounding yourself with supportive people is very important when you take on a lifestyle change. Negativity is all around us and we have enough self doubt in the beginning, we don’t need outside voices telling us that we can’t do something because they are afraid to. People who begin a new program with me as their coach are always placed in an accountability group with people who are just starting out so they can motivate each other, ask questions and see that they are not alone in their ups and downs. Being around like-minded, positive people is a key component to successfully completely a fitness program.

 Follow these tips to start your journey off on the right foot. There will be ups and downs, challenges and road blocks, but if you stay focused on your “why” and have a good support team around you, the sky is the limit and you will amaze yourself at what you can accomplish when you truly set your mind on a goal.

If you’ve been wanting to start a new fitness routine but have been unsure as to where to start or need support, please feel free to contact me. I would love to hear what your goals are and help you get started.

Do you have a tried and true tip to share with beginners? If so share it below!

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You Can Socialize While on the 21 Day Fix…Who Knew?!

This past weekend I was invited to a Paint and Sip party at my friend, and fellow accountability partners house. If you are not familiar with what a Paint and Sip party is, it’s an evening of wine, cocktails, finger foods, laughter and trying to replicate a photo of a painting, chosen by the party hostess. (Note: My hostess chose the hardest option because she liked the colors….thanks Corine)

I was excited to give this a go since I have always had a love of drawing and art. I was however a bit nervous about the food and drink at the event since I am doing the 21 Day Fix right now. The bright side of the situation is that the party hostess is also doing the program with me, so we were able to chat about food options and what would fit in.

Before I continue, let’s take care of a few myths about being healthy:

  • We don’t lock ourselves in the house to avoid temptation.
  • We eat foods other than lettuce, carrots and spinach.
  • Healthy food doesn’t mean bland, flavorless and gross. 
  • We aren’t perfect and we don’t instantly gain back all of our weight if we eat a cookie.
  • We can enjoy alcohol and treats, in moderation.
  • We also like to have fun and enjoy a night out.

I have been to plenty of parties, weddings, bbq’s and the like over the 5 years that I’ve been working on being healthy, so I know how to make smart choices, I just wasn’t sure to plan my entire day around this event while on the 21 Day Fix. Looking back at it now, I made a bigger deal about it than I needed to. If you look at the items you’re allowed to have while on the plan, there isn’t much that is off limits and worst case, you need to go low carb for the day so you can trade in a yellow container for a treat or an alcoholic drink.

When thinking about typical party fare, there is almost always salsa, a veggie tray, hummus, fruit, some type of cold cut platter and in the summer there is always a grilled protein option. All of these fit into the program. In this case, the get together was late in the evening, so I already had dinner. I saved a veggie (green container), fruit (purple container) and healthy fat (blue container). I also happened to be short on protein  (red container) for the day, because as I mentioned yesterday, I had my son’s end of year party up at his school, so I knew I had plenty of options.

I ended up having some grilled chicken strips with pineapple salsa, a little bit of hummus and guacamole with veggies and I had two sips of the cocktail that was being made because it had Angry Orchard in it and I was intrigued, but I didn’t count two sips as a yellow…that’s just silly.

21 Day Fix Approved Snack and painting

A cocktail, some 21 Day Fix approved snacks and my assignment for the night

Once I had my snack situation all settled, the reality that it’s been years since I’ve painted set in and I became grateful that I ended up with the seat in the back, where no one could see what I was doing.

The instructor was very nice and gave us tips on setting up our canvas, how to sketch key items, a little lesson on perspective when drawing and how to mix the paints to achieve the different looks in the photo. The hardest part for me was working with acrylic paint on canvas because it doesn’t blend like oil paints and dried super fast. 

To me the most enjoyable part was chatting with the other ladies at my table, laughing at our mistakes and realizing that I am not the only person who is way too hard on themselves. We woman really need to learn how to lighten up, we put so much pressure on ourselves.

Finished product with original

Finished product along with original.

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Group photo of everyone with their master piece.

Overall I had an awesome time, even if I was exhausted by the time we were done. I’m trying to convince my husband to attend a Date Night one with me, but he’s resisting so far.

How do you handle events and parties while on the 21 Day Fix or just while being healthy? Do you try your best to stick to your goals or do you say screw it and have a full on cheat day?

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21 Day Fix – Week 2 Complete!

Talk about a fast moving program…wow! I honestly can’t believe I am in my last week of the 21 Day Fix already.

Coming off of week one, I felt ready when we entered week two. A lot of the guess work was taken out and I figured out how to space my meals and what snacks worked best for me. I used my meal calendar from week one as a guide, set up my menu for week two and prepped as much stuff as I could. There were a few days where I needed to change things up, but I felt confident in doing that since I had a week under my belt already…because one week of doing this makes me a pro, of course.

During week 1, while doing Cardio Fix, I noticed the blackboard in the background of workouts that has a motivational quote on it. The quote matched what Autumn was saying to keep us motivated and I thought that was cool. As I entered week 2, I became aware of this board in all of the workouts and how the quote changed in each one. I thought this was a very cool and subtle detail…not to be outdone of course by the Shakeology bar and t-shirts everywhere..haha! (But seriously Shakeology is good stuff…don’t sleep on it!)

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1 Day At A Time…1 Pound At A Time

I ran into a few challenges during week 2, but it was nothing awful. Friday I had my sons end of year party at school, which of course was right smack in the middle of lunch time. That day I opted to workout before having breakfast, which is something I am not usually a fan of. I actually loathe it, but I wasn’t starving and I knew it made sense to have a later breakfast so I wouldn’t be hangry while helping with his class. Thankfully I also thought ahead and blended up some Shakeology to pour it into my shaker cup before heading over to the school. The class mom provided Wendy’s for all of the kids and of course she ordered extra and when the kids didn’t want anymore, she offered it to us. I have only had fast food like that a handful of time in the past few years, which is something I am very proud of. However, if I was hangry I don’t know if I would be able to resist a cheeseburger…this is why planning is so important!

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My second challenge was also on Friday. I was invited to a Paint & Sip party (more on that in my next post) so I wasn’t 100% sure as to which containers to keep free to use there. The good thing was the hostess is in my accountability group, so I knew there would be something I could eat…score! The other  issue I faced for this event was whether or not I wanted to give up one of my yellow containers for a beer. I ended up only having a sip of a cocktail that was served and I’m not counting a sip as an entire yellow.

Overall I felt great in week two. The workouts seemed to go smoother, I felt stronger and planning my meals was second nature. I also had my husband on board 100% which was nice, because he was a little resistant to the containers in week one.

My numbers aren’t jaw dropping at all, but that doesn’t bother me because I feel amazing and I’ve managed to get my nutrition under control, which is why I’m doing the program. I lost 1 pound and my measurements all stayed the same. My  husband on the other hand, lost 2 pounds and a total of 7 inches and the ladies in my accountability group are all kicking ass and taking names, which makes me happy!

For week 3 I’ve opted to follow the doubles schedule along with one of my accountability partners. I haven’t decided if I’ll do the 3 Day Quick or not, I think that will be a last minute decision for me.

Have you done the 3 Day Quick Fix? I would love to know if you think it is worth adding or if I should save it for another time.

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My New BFF…Coconut Oil

Coconut OilI first heard of coconut oil a few years ago when my husband was trying to replicate his beloved movie theater popcorn. We bought some and it was used only making popcorn…and I don’t mean the healthy kind.

A little over a year ago, I began learning more about the Paleo style of eating and noticed that many of the recipes called for coconut oil instead of olive oil or other conventional oils. Around that same time, a friend of mine said that she recently began using coconut oil as a hair mask and I had to try it. Obviously curiosity took over and I tried using coconut oil in these new ways. I was instantly hooked and coconut oil has quickly become my go-to item for many different uses. As a matter of fact, I have three jars of it in my house at all times…1 in the kitchen for cooking, 1 in the bathroom and 1 in the bedroom for moisturizing and health & beauty purposes.

Ways I Use Coconut Oil
Cooking – I have been using coconut oil instead of olive oil when cooking for almost a year now. Coconut oil is able to tolerate high heats very well, so I’ve been using it in when I stir-fry or saute vegetables. It’s also great for baking and can be substituted in a 1 to 1 ratio. Coconut oil is a saturated fat, but it is cholesterol free and trans-fatty acid free and has actually been shown to help lower cholesterol levels due to its ability to stimulate thyroid function.

Skin Care – NJ winters tend to leave my skin dull, dry and scaly, but not anymore! I started using coconut as a moisturizer and my skin is now silky smooth. I began by applying a small amount of coconut oil to my skin after my showers, but now I even use it in place of shaving cream. You can also use it as a facial moisturizer. It may feel a little greasy at first, but the skin quickly absorbs it and leaves your skin looking refreshed and glowing. Coconut oil has even been shown to help with skin issues such as psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema.

First Aid – Speaking of applying it to skin, I recently found out that coconut oil helps to repair skin that has been cut, scraped or bruised. I noticed it on myself as a side effect of using it daily and after a little reading, found out that it forms a barrier that keeps dirt, bacteria and viruses out of wounds. It also speeds up the healing process and can help bruises heal faster. I was skeptical when I read that it can help reduce the visibility of varicose veins but I tried it and guess what…it works!

Hair Care – As I mentioned above, a friend of mine told me that she used coconut oil as a hair mask, so I had to give it a try. I warn you…it gets messy, but it’s totally worth it. I applied the coconut oil to my hair liberally and gathered my hair on top of my head so I could apply a shower cap (trust me, you want to use the shower cap. I tried it without and was running down my face and neck. Gross). I left it on for about an hour and then shampooed as normal. My hair instantly felt soft and smooth and my curls were more manageable. I’ve also noticed I don’t have issues with flaky scalp or dandruff anymore, which is a nice bonus!

Oral Health – While I’ve seen pins about brushing your teeth with coconut, I have not tried that. What I have tried is “oil pulling” which  involves rinsing (swishing) approximately one tablespoon of coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes and then spitting it into the trash before rinsing your mouth out with water. As the oil hits your teeth and gums, microbes are picked up as if they are being pulled out by a powerful magnet, then bacteria hiding in the gums and in pores within the teeth are sucked out of their hiding places and held firmly in the solution. The oil needs to be swished until it turns a milky white which means it is full of bacteria. It takes a little getting used to and you may need to start with a smaller amount of oil and work your way up. Just make sure you spit the oil into the trash and not the sink or toilet. Coconut oil turns hard at certain temperatures so it can clog drains. You also want to make sure you don’t swallow any of the oil since it is full of bacteria. People that “oil pull” claim that it helps to whiten their teeth, reduces halitosis, relieve gum and tooth sensitivity and reduce gingivitis. I began trying it when I heard it can help to alleviate jaw pain and it’s worked!

Digestion – The saturated fat in coconut oil has anti-bacterial properties that help control parasites and fungi that can cause indigestion and other digestion issues. The fat in coconut oil also helps to aid in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Coconut oil has also been shown to improve your metabolism and thyroid function, while increasing your energy levels.

These are only a few of the many uses for it…and as you can see it’s pretty damn versatile!

Do you use coconut oil in your daily life? Have a use for it that is not listed above…please share cause I’d love to hear how you use it!

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Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are a favorite of mine and honestly, they make portion control really stinking easy!

While wandering around the grocery store with my husband the other day in search of dinner inspiration, we saw some lean, shaved sirloin steak that is meant for Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches and I instantly wanted one. The problem with that, is we are both doing the 21 Day Fix and neither of us had enough yellow containers left for a hero style sandwich. Yellow containers are for carbs and carbs are my favorite. However, I only get two of them per day right now, so I really have to want something in order to blow both of my allotted containers in one meal. As much as I was craving a cheesesteak, I didn’t want it that badly. After pouting for a few minutes, I remembered a recipe I saw on Pinterest (of course), tossed the shaved sirloin into our basket and headed off to pick out some peppers to stuff it into.

The title of this post gives away what I was up to and you may be thinking to yourself “Another stuffed pepper recipes? She just posted one.”, but the stuffed pepper is your friend when you meal prep. My husband is not a big of fan of them, but when I told what I was planning, he was completely on-board, which was a pleasant surprise.

If you can’t find lean, shaved sirloin, don’t worry! The original recipe called for grass-fed ground beef, which I think would be perfect and let’s face it, we all usually have ground beef in the fridge or freezer and peppers and onions on hand, right?!

Philly Cheesteak Stuffed Peppers
Serves 4
21 Day Fix breakdown: 1.5 Green, 1 Red and 1 Blue
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Ingredients
  1. 4 bell peppers, cut in half, seeds/membranes removed
  2. 2 onions, thinly sliced
  3. 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  4. 1 lb grass-fed ground beef (I used shaved sirloin to make it more traditional)
  5. 2-3 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  6. Hot Sauce, to taste, if desired
  7. 8 slices provolone cheese, thin cut
  8. coconut oil or ghee, for sauteing
  9. salt & pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Place pepper halves on a foil lined baking tray and bake until tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. In a large saute pan melt coconut oil or ghee over medium heat. Add the onions and mushrooms and saute until the onions are slightly golden in color. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Add ground beef, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and salt to the saute pan. Cook until the meat is browned, making sure to let any liquid that releases from the meat evaporate. Add onions and mushrooms back to the pan. Stir to combine.
  5. Drain any water that has accumulated in the baked peppers. Evenly stuff the beef mixture into each pepper and top each half with a slice of provolone.
  6. Place the tray into the oven and bake until the cheese is melted.
Adapted from Primal Cravings
Adapted from Primal Cravings
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 As you can see, this is a pretty quick recipe that could easily become part of your meal prep routine! If you need more carbs in your life, add some quinoa or rice to the filling to make it more along the lines of a traditional stuffed pepper, or just serve it on the side. I love that I now have another flavorful recipe to add to my arsenal, especially one that is 21 Day Fix friendly!

Are you a fan of stuffed peppers? Why or why not?

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{ 21 Day Fix } Week 1 Review

Last week I began the 21 Day Fix and I’m loving it! What makes this experience even better are the people who decided to join me in a Challenge /Accountability Group. Over the years I learned that accountability partners are essential to success, so organizing one and watching people succeed is just full of awesomesauce!

The aspect of the 21 Day Fix that intrigued me the most was the color-coded,  portion-control container system that it uses. I have really cleaned up my diet over the past 5 years but portion-control can still be an issue for me and believe it or not, you can overeat healthy foods. Crazy, right?!

Here is some basic information on the program for those of you who have never heard of it or are not sure about the details:

21 Day Fix

What is 21 Day Fix?
• A 21-day program of simple portion control and 30-minute workouts that anyone can do (there is an exercise modifier for every workout)
• Simple, fast weight loss—no weighing food or counting calories, carbs, or points
• You can potentially lose up to 15 pounds in 21 days

What makes 21 Day Fix unique?
• Portion-control containers take all the guesswork out of losing weight
• It’s the simplest way to control how much you eat
• 30-minute workouts that anyone can do and fit into everyone’s busy life

Who is the target audience?
Men and women who:
• Want to lose weight
• Don’t want to make long time commitments
• Have tried and failed at complicated diet plans
• Don’t want an extreme fitness program
• Are new to fitness, dieting, and weight loss
• Don’t like “off-limits” diet plans or deprivation

How does it work?
• The Eating Plan shows you how to use the portion-control containers
• Simply put your choice of food in the color-coded container—if it fits, you can eat it!
• Do one 30-minute workout per day according to the Fitness Guide
• Follow the simple plan, and you can lose up to 15 pounds in 21 days

One of the unique features of this program is that it involves no counting of any kind. Outside of a quick math equation to figure out your calorie level, you don’t have to worry about numbers…well…just how many of each colored container you are allowed to have daily. That means you will not need to worry about weighing your food, fat content, carbohydrate counts or calorie amount in the foods you consume during the plan.

Each color-coded container is used to measure a specific type of food. You can eat as much of that food as you can fit into that container and the amount of containers you are allowed for each color depends on that one, simple math equation that you use to calculate your calorie level. The container colors and their specific use are as follows:

  • Green—Vegetables
  • Purple—Fruit
  • Red—Protein
  • Yellow—Carbohydrates
  • Blue—Healthy Fats and Cheese
  • Orange (2)—Seeds and Oils
  • Shakeology Shaker Cup—Drinks

In my opinion, the most important part of this nutrition program is being prepared. Meal Planning is key with the 21 Day Fix and I think Meal Prepping helps a lot, too. To keep my Challenge Group on track, I designed a meal planner, grocery list and color-coded cut out visual to help them plan their week with ease.

21 Day Fix Custom Tools

Another great tool are these colored sandwich bags that I found at Target. The come four colors to a box (Red, Yellow, Blue and Green) and are perfect for meal prepping. All you do is measure your food in the container and then put it into the colored bag to match. I do this with frozen veggies that I use in my omelets, rice and protein items so I have plenty of grab and go/grab and cook items on hand through out the week. I wish they had a Purple bag for my fruits, but I just use a clear sandwich bag for those. Another useful bag size to have are the snack size ones. These are perfect for storing nuts, seeds, flax and other items that go in the Orange container.

21 Day Fix Colored Bags

The Workouts:

Included with this program is a 30-minute workout for each day of the week and the only additional items you need are dumbells or resistance bands and a yoga mat. If you order the program through a Beachbody Coach you also receive a Bonus Workout called Plyo Fix. The workouts are all challenging but nothing crazy like Insanity. There is a moderator in every workout, so you can either follow her if you are new to fitness or you always have the option of following the group for as long as you can and then switching to the modified move if you begin to get tired. I love this because it offers lots of room for growth and lets face it, not every workout is our best. Sometimes you are tired and not really into it, so while you need to give it your all during every workout, sometimes all you can give is the modified version and that’s okay…cause you’re moving and not just sitting on the couch watching TV and shoving chips into your mouth.

Total Body Cardio Fix
The Total Body Cardio Fix is a fast paced cardio workout that can be done with your own body weight or can also be done with weights and/or resistance bands to up the intensity. The 30 minutes include two exercises done for four rounds. There is a short 20 second rest period in between each round for recovery. The purpose of the Total Body Cardio Fix is to give you a whole body cardio workout while toning every muscle from head to toe.

Upper Fix
The Upper Fix works the upper body, including arms, chest, shoulders and abs. You can use weights and resistance bands with this workout as well or you can simply use your own body weight. There are five exercises that will be done for two rounds with a 20 second rest period in between. You can expect to do push-ups, scissor twists, planks and presses, among others.

Lower Fix
This workout focuses on the lower body, with a special focus on most women’s problem areas, the legs and buttocks. Once again, you will be doing two rounds of exercises with a rest period in between that is 20 seconds long. Everything from your calves to your buttocks will be sore after completing this 30 minute workout.

Pilates Fix
The Pilates Fix focuses mostly on floor exercises that include basic Pilates moves to strengthen your core, elongate your muscles and firm up your lower body.

Cardio Fix
The Cardio Fix is a workout based on High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) similar to Shaun T’s workouts in the Insanity and Focus T25 programs. It involves minute long bursts of very intense exercise with 20 second rest periods in between for recovery. Explosive, plyometrics moves such as skater jumps and box jumps are mixed with classics such as jumping jacks and push-ups to give you a sweat inducing, calorie torching workout for the entire 31 minute length of the DVD.

Yoga Fix
Although the Yoga Fix seems less intense than the others, it is by no means an easy workout. It involves plenty of stretching to help recover from the week of more grueling activity, and is to be done on the seventh day of the week in addition to one of the other videos.

Dirty 30
In addition to the six workouts already included with the 21 Day Fix Program, you will also receive the Dirty 30 Workout to add to your fitness routine as a bonus gift. The Dirty 30 is similar to a CrossFit workout, and includes a variety of exercises that will be repeated for four rounds in order to help you carve out a leaner, stronger, more defined physique.

Bonus Workout: Plyo Fix
The Plyo Fix workout is a bonus. It does not come with the program unless it is purchased through Team Beachbody and can be done in addition to any of the daily workout videos on the 21 Day Fix workout schedule. It is filled with plyometric exercises that help improve overall strength and stamina.

As you can see there is a lot of tools included with this program. The information given in this post is based on the Essential Pack. There is also the Challenge Pack which includes all of the above plus Shakeology at a discounted price and 30 Days of Club Membership for FREE (this gives you access to recipes and meal planning tools). The final option is the Ultimate Pack which comes with everything included in the Essential 21 Day Fix Pack, plus an insulated bag to store your food while on the go, two additional workouts, a large “on-the-go” container and a resistance band. The two additional workouts are Flat Abs Fix and Barre Legs. They can be done in addition to the other workout videos already included with the program in order to turn up the intensity throughout the week or as a change of pace.

So far I’m really enjoying this program and the results from week 1. When I weighed in I didn’t have any change in my weight, however I did lose 2 inches in my waist, 1.5 inches in my hips and .5 inches in each thigh! This is why it’s so  important to take your measurements when you begin a new program. The scale does not and will not ever tell you the full story. I would hate to see someone step on the scale, not lose any weight and begin to beat themselves up or worse, quit over that. If you are following the program as laid out, sometimes you just have to trust the process and allow your body time to adjust. Measurements help to give a good insight as to what’s going on and are very important. If you don’t have a change in either weight or measurements, you may want to speak to your coach and tweak a few things to better suite your needs.

If you have done the 21 Day Fix, I would love to hear about your results. If you are interested in the program and would like more information, please feel free to contact me.

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Holy Sh!t….I’m A Certified Personal Trainer!

Back in November I was on cloud nine when I decided to finally sign up for a course through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) to become a personal trainer. When my books arrived, I couldn’t wait to crack them open. First week of class, I enjoyed studying and answering questions. Second week, I realized I was in over my head and began to panic. Things steadily began to declined from there with my studies. Each week I felt a little more lost and a little less confidence in myself. My on-line program ended in February and I should have taken my test then, but I had zero confidence and decided to take a few weeks for mental health, then study some more and take the test. Well, weeks turned into months and before I knew it, I had to pick up my book and study my ass off, if I was going to pass. I scheduled the test, studied like a maniac and said a prayer before entering the exam room on Tuesday.

As I sat there answering those 120 questions, I felt confident in some and unsure of others. I flagged, I reviewed, I reviewed again and I finally hit submit before going into the office and waiting for the results…..Pass or Fail. After what seemed like an eternity I got a thumbs up from the woman behind the computer and I felt all of the stress melt away in that instance. After 6 long months of studying, crying, throwing my books into the corner and stong away saying  “I can’t do this”, I am now a NASM Certified Personal trainer!!

NASM Certified

This smile was on my face the entire day!

I know this is old news since I shouted it from the roof-tops on Tuesday, but I felt I needed to post it here too. I learned a lesson from this experience…I am way too hard on myself, I need to have more confidence in myself and most importantly…I can ANYTHING I set my mind to!

Oh…and if you’re preparing to take your exam, make sure you show up looking presentable. I had no idea that they would be taking a photo of me before entering the exam room and I had just ran to the test in the rain. Thankfully it wasn’t busy and the woman let me run to the bathroom to fix myself a little bit first.

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