So if you guys follow me on Facebook or instagram, you know that I am one week into my 21 day fix program!
After completing Jamie Eason’s program for the second time, you can read my full recap (round 2) HERE. I just really wanted to switch it up and try a new workout program. I especially LOVE the fact that these are 30 minute AT HOME workouts! So just like I did for the Jamie Eason program, I am going to be posting recipes, weekly recaps, and meal plans for the 21 day fix too!
At first I was a little overwhelmed when I got my 21 day fix program, BUT once I looked over all the info, I realized the food was totally what I was already doing, just lower carbs AND more emphasis on portion control. Really it wasn’t a HUGE change like I was expecting, so that was nice. I’m not going to lie the last two weeks of Jamie Eason (round 2) I didnt meal prep all my food like I should have. So when I decided to start the 21 day fix, I knew I wanted to meal prep to keep myself on track!
Meal Prep: 21 day Fix
So I went to the store and loaded up on lots of veggies, fruit and lean meats!
Took me about 3 hours to prep all my food. I decided I would stick with what works, so I prepped all my meals EXCEPT dinner. I like to cook, so I enjoy making dinner fresh every night. Since it was my first week doing the program, I kept the meals pretty simple (as far as being foods I was already eating).
So I decided to become a Beach Body Coach when I signed up for the 21 day fix. There’s lots of reasons, why. But mainly I LOVE the supportive community that Beach Body offers! I’ll explain more about that decision in an upcoming post. But since I am a coach, I will have Challenge Groups every month, that I help get through the program. I LOVE it! As you know I was already coaching so many women doing the Jamie Eason program, but my Facebook group (1,500 women) was just so large! So now I am keeping these groups SMALL (20 women) each month, so I build a more personal relationship! That being said, I provide a meal plan, grocery list and RECIPES for all my 21 day fix meals Here’s my week one example meal plan.
This meal plan is for the 1500 calorie range. Download my FREE Meal Plan HERE.
Of course I had to make my spinach and egg muffins! You can find that RECIPE HERE. I actually use whole eggs now instead of just the egg whites. I just like the way the whole egg tastes AND I think it still has alot of protein as the whole egg.
So if you are following the 21 day fix program, 2 egg muffins, chickpeas and spinach equal to ONE green container, one red and one yellow. I quickly learned that I am only allowed 2 yellow containers (carbs a day) based on my calorie breakdown, SO I only had chickpeas for about 3 of the mornings. I soon became a carb hoarder and wanted to save them for something really special! HA
For a snack in between breakfast and lunch, I had a spinach salad with baked chicken, strawberries, blueberries and slivered almonds. So ONE green, 1 purple, one red and 1/2 a blue. AND I also had some newmans own balsamic vinaigrette dressing (so one orange). It was delicious ALL week! I really loved having the containers to measure everything! It’s great for making sure you have the right portion control.
For lunch I had zoodles (zucchini noodles, tomatoes & garlic. WITH sautéed shrimp and steamed broccoli) OMG probably my fave PREPPED meals so far!! I LOVE zoodles, BUT adding garlic shrimp made them SO MUCH better!! Loved mixing it up instead of my usual chicken. Also I tricked myself into thinking I was eating “pasta” but ate zoodles instead so I could save my yellow containers. Because I’m awesome like that! HA
The only bad thing about the 21 day fix is that dang yellow container (carbs) is SO STINKING SMALL! HA I was used to high carb days doing Jamie Eason, ( aka, EAT ALL THE PANCAKES / BANANA PROTEIN BREAD) SO this was a bit of a shocker! HA When you measure out pasta in your yellow container it looks SO SMALL. Hence my super sad face.
BUT actually when you have it on your plate with the rest of your dinner, its really not that small! I usually use the rule that your plate should be 50% veggies, 25% lean meat & 25% carbs. So really the 21 day fix is totally the perfect portion control!
One night I made baked tilapia, asparagus, and quinoa. And you can see that one yellow of quinoa is really the right portion! I saved my yellows for dinner so I would feel fuller. If I was still hungry after dinner I just had some greek yogurt and blueberries.
Alright so enough about food right?! Let’s talk 21 day fix workouts. So let me say that I totally thought coming from Jamie Eason program these would be a piece of cake! I was VERY QUICKLY put in my place! HA when I got my butt kicked on DAY ONE! Who the heck knew that 30 minute workouts could be SO DANG intense! OMG I was drenched in sweat almost every workout this week! You do need weights, (heavy & light) I used 5 lbs for my light and 15lbs for my heavy, and I was SHAKING on leg day! BUT honestly I love that its crazy but then its over! Only 30 minutes is so quick! That’s prob one of my fave aspects of this program!
Also I really like having someone “talk” to me during the workouts! HA Autumn Calabrese is an amazing trainer and she is VERY motivating! It really really helps to hear her cheering you on during the workout! Now sometimes I just wanted to say Would you just Shut up and let me STOP! HA But I really pushed myself to do ALL the workouts and give 110%!
So we went out of town this weekend so I doubled on some of the workouts, and Boy O Boy were they intense! But loved being able to just do them pretty quickly.
Okay so I lost 2 lbs this first week! Woo Hoo! I’m super happy with that, AND even though it’s not more, I feel ALOT leaner in just ONE week of doing the 21 day fix! I can really tell the low carbs, and workouts are really helping lean out my stomach area. I’ve always struggled with my stomach especially after having my daughter, BUT I can tell limiting my carbs is really helping! I’m on my way to wearing a bikini this summer Well maybe not a bikini but some sort of bathing suit! HA Still have a LONG way to go to get that FLAT stomach that I have wanted for the past 8 years LOL
So my husband graduated college this weekend! Woo Hoo! After being Active Duty Coast Guard for 6 years, he got his Associates degree during his military service. Then he has spent the last two years being a full time Student for his Business Management degree, I could not be MORE PROUD of him! He’s balanced being a NEW dad, amazing husband and even working countless jobs to provide for us as family! I am beyond BLESSED to have this partner to do life with!
So for his graduation I really wanted a new dress. I tried on all my dresses I’ve had forever and I just really felt like wearing something different. I went shopping and saw this adorable black & white striped dress on the rack! I put it in my cart and put it back TWICE! HA I thought I would never be able to pull it off and I thought I still have a LONG way to go before I could wear something like that. BUT I finally tried it on, AND to my surprise it fit! It was way out of my comfort zone, BUT I loved trying something totally different and embracing this body that I have worked so hard for! It’s so crazy when I look back at just a couple years ago. I used to only wear “Empire” Waist dresses, because I thought they were the only shape I could wear. And for the first time in my life I wore a dress that was actually form fitting (except for maybe my wedding dress ;)! HA And I felt really great! It feels good to get dressed up every now and then, yoga pants count as formal wear right?! 😉 I love seeing progress pictures, they keep me motivated and push me to keep going! My body has gone through so many changes over the last couple of year and I couldn’t be more excited about the future!
So WEEK ONE down of my 21 day fix! YEAH! If you’re interested in joining my next 21 day fix Challenge group then fill out my Application HERE. Would LOVE to work with you!