WEEK 1 of 21 DAY FIX
I love constantly setting new goals for myself.. One goal that I change every so often is my goal body. I set small goals to reach my larger goals in the long run. I have reached my goal weight, and maintained for a while (about a year), but want to change things up. I really want to tone, so in order to lose the last 5 or so pounds, I need a strict nutrition regimen, along with a workout program that works well for me.
Since I am a mommy of 2 amazing little boys, a wife, and a nurse, I need to manage to make time for my health and fitness goals as well! What better way than picking a program that is giving my home DVD's that are 30 min a day, and a meal plan that I can understand and live off of! NO DIETS FOR ME! I do not believe in them and feel you should the way you can live off of forever! It's a LIFESTYLE right?!
The 21 day Fix is literally 21 days long, but you may repeat as needed, and includes the focus on both nutrition and exercise! It is all about portion control and self control! I know for me personally, having a specific regimen that tells me what to do makes my life so much easier! Not including how convenient the home DVD's are.. I no longer have to pull my kids out of the house to drive to a sitter so I can go to the gym!
Yesterday was day 1! Sunday I had all of my food prepped and ready to go for the week! I had made my meal plan ahead of time, went to the grocery store and got all my goodies, and cooked everything! I spend about 3-4 hours total getting all my meals ready for the week. It sounds like a long time, but I save lots of time during the week and lots of money by sticking to the same foods every week.. I like to keep things simple.. Its easy to follow and easy to remember what I am eating every day. Here is what my meal plan looks like this week!
And then the prepping!! I honestly LOVE to cook now! It use to be something I felt was a waste of time and was not good at it... Until I made goals. I knew eating out at restaurants was not healthy, no matter where you went! Foods are cooked with so many extra calories its crazy! I decided, I am not wasting my calories that way.. I want to reach my goal and now that I cook for myself, I enjoy it! I also think I enjoy it more because I know its the best thing for me and my family!
These are the containers that came with the 21 day fix.. They looked extremely small when I took them out of the box and all I thought to myself was "How in the world am I going to be full off these portions!?"
As I was cooking my food and actually putting what I thought was a portion size in the container, I was pleasantly surprised that I was pretty much on with the portions! So for example, one of my current snacks is 3 hard boiled eggs and an apple.. That was a meal on here, but looking at the containers, I didn't think my normal portions would fit and they did!
I am still eating lots of my every day foods- Chicken, fish, salmon, stir fry veggies, eggs, Quinoa and brown rice!
I think the hardest part is not using additives to cook with.. So I am only using EVOO twice daily. No condiments on my food either! That is tough because I am a HUGE condiments LOVER!! But that may be the key for me to lose this last 5 pounds! We know its the hardest to lose the last couple!
Day 1 went well!! I was a little distracted without having my E&E to drink ( beach body's Pre workout formula with natural flavors and vitamins) but I made it through!
I am drinking 1 gallon of water a day.. YES gallon!! It is in the books and I am going by it! Its a great way to cleanse your body and take away all that extra bloating that is not needed!!
In order for me to enjoy an entire gallon, I am using lemon in my water to help me out! Makes it so much fun when I am drinking something other than plain water all the time lol! Nothing like spicing it up with some fresh fruit also!!
This may sound silly but one way I am getting my water in is having chugging contests with my friends! Yes, even at my nursing job! We chug water to make sure we are ahead of the game! NO SLACKING HERE! :)
How often am I eating?
During the 21 day Fix, I am eating every 2 hours. Since I wake up so early and do not go to bed right when I should, I try to make it every 2.5 hours, which works for me much better!
What do I do when I get hungry and its not time to eat?
I am not going to lie, I have been hungry a couple times prior to the time I am suppose to eat.. So I drink Green tea! Nothing in it, just plain Green Tea! I use Zen and it really helps me, also it helps cleanse and take away bloating!
Day 2 today went really well! It was easier than yesterday, and I am enjoying my meals, and my workouts! I love that you still are lifting weights, but are also incorporating your own body weight into your exercises! I got my water in ... YES the whole GALLON.. with the help of another chugging contest!!! ;)
I already feel less bloated and like I can really tell when I am actually hungry vs emotional hunger!
I am going to bed and ready to take on another day... another day closer to reaching my ULTIMATE goals!! WOO HOO!! Oh p.s. Although I would love to lose 5 pounds, I also understand the scale is not everything! I will be happy with more definition! :) Good night and get ready for a yummy recipe to be posted tomorrow!!
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