21 Day Fix Extreme: Week 2

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I made it through the second week of the 21 Day Fix Extreme.  The second week is the hardest for me because the end still seems far away and it can be hard to stay focused.  Life sent me a lot of stress this week and that’s usually when I get into trouble with my eating.  I usually tell myself that it’s okay to indulge when life is stressful and that I’ve earned it.  But this week I made it through all the stress without cheating once.  It was my daughters birthday and we had cake in the house and my favorite french bread from Safeway but I didn’t have one bite of any of it.  I stuck to the meal plan with 100% focus and that gave me so much confidence in myself.   I was hyper focused on my results, even through the stress.

  I’ll be the first to admit that it’s easier to indulge in cravings when life is stressful than it is to deal with the emotions you’re feeling. But learning to deal with your emotions instead of running to food as a reward is something I need to learn.  I also notice that I eat out of habit a lot.  Certain times of the day my mind tries to pull me to the kitchen.  It’s not hunger but habit.  Life is going to throw every obstacle at you but you have to choose to overcome them all. Sometimes the biggest obstacle you have to overcome is yourself.

Day 1 and Day 15 Before and After Comparison:

21 Day Fix Week 2 Progress

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Day 1 vs. Day 15

Weight: 126.0 and 121.6

Chest: 34 inches and 33

Right Arm: 10.5 inches and 10.25 inches

Left Arm: 10.5 inches and 10.25 inches

Hips: 34.5 inches and 32.5 inches

Right Thigh: 20 inches and 18.5 inches

Left Thigh: 20 inches and 18.5 inches

Waist: 28.5 inches and 27 inches.

Day 15 progress: I’m down 4.4 lbs and 8 inches!!! 

Workout Recaps:

Day 8 – Plyo Fix Extreme:  This workout still sucks.  It’s so challenging and leaves me gasping for breath.  I have been using 7.5 lb weights when doing the jumping plyometric moves.  Each 30 second move leaves me gasping for breath.  This workout is no joke!!

Day 9 – Upper Fix Extreme: I have always loved working my upper body and so this workout is just fun for me.  I started using 12.5 lb weights this week for an extra challenge.  Upping my weights left me a little sore the next day and I loved it!

Day 10 – Pilates Fix Extreme: I absolutely love this pilates workout.  I love that all the moves use a resistance band.  I sometimes feel like I’m being tortured by the band when it’s wrapped all around me but it’s helping me tone my muscles.

Day 11 – Lower Fix Extreme: Oh how I hate leg day!!  I absolutely dread this workout each week because I know it’s going to be so hard.  I started using 12.5 lb weights on this workout too.  Autumn talks about challenging your limits with each workout and that’s been my goal.  I’m trying to push myself just a little bit more outside my comfort zone.

Day 12 – Cardio Fix Extreme: By Friday I was just tired.  I didn’t want to do this workout at all and actually got all my stuff ready but spend 30 minutes talking myself into getting started.

Day 13 – Dirty 30 Extreme: This workout combines upper body exercises and lower body exercises together.  To say that it’s hard is an understatement.  I’m so thankful this workout is done at the end of the week.  The whole time I was doing it I kept telling myself that when I was done with this workout I’d have done all of week 2.  It helped keep me focused.

Day 14 – Yoga Fix Extreme: I skipped this workout again this week.  I don’t like yoga and I know my body needed the rest.

Making the containers work for me: 

I love the container system that comes with the 21 Day Fix Extreme!  It makes planning my meals and portion sizes so easy.  I don’t have to count calories or worry about any numbers.  I just keep track of what I’m supposed to eat each day and eat it.

My plan requires I eat: 4 red (protein), 3 green (veggies) 2 purple (fruits), 2 yellow (healthy carbs), 1 blue (healthy fats), 1 orange (nuts/seeds/dressing).

On Day 13 I started the Countdown to Competition meal plan to lean out.  This plan is based on the concept of “carb depletion” and is designed to help burn through those last stores of body fat – while continuing to fuel your workouts and keep you healthy.  I’m curious to see what this plan does for me in my last week of Fix Extreme.

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I didn’t take many photos of my food this week but here’s a few of the things I’ve been eating:

21 Day Fix Breakfast

This is a staple breakfast for me now that I’m on the countdown to competition plan.  Eggs, veggies and potatoes.

 

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Of course I’m getting in my daily dose of dense nutrition!  I love Shakeology!

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We went to the Olive Garden for my daughters birthday and I stuck to a fix approved meal.  I got a tenderloin and broccoli and it was delicious.  I was so surprised I didn’t even want any of the breadsticks.

Week 2 Results: 

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I’m 34 years old, I’ve had 3 kids and I’m in better shape today than I was before I had kids.  In fact, I’m in better shape than I was when I graduated high school. This program isn’t just about weight loss for me.  It’s about proving to myself that I can have the body of my dreams even after having 3 kids.  I’m working really hard to get abs that I never even had before I had kids.  My body feels fantastic and I’m very proud of the results I’m achieving.  The workouts are challenging me but they’re delivering results so it’s worth all the sweat and tears!

I’d love to help you get in the best shape of your life too!! If you’d like to join me and have me by your side as you do the 21 Day Fix or the 21 Day Fix Extreme, fill out the below application and I’ll be in touch!

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21 Day Fix Extreme: Week 1

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I finished the entire Insanity Max:30 program at the beginning of February.  The workouts were amazing and challenged me in so many ways.  I would love to say I had great results during that 60 day program but to be honest I didn’t follow the meal plan at all.  The workouts were so challenging that I fell into the trap of, “I did an INSANE workout and I can eat this and be fine!” I shouldn’t have been surprised when I stepped on the scale last Monday and I was up 5 pounds from my original 21 Day Fix results in September.

I knew that I needed to focus on my nutrition again and I figured it was time to get EXTREME with the 21 Day Fix Extreme.  I love trying new and challenging workouts.  The difference between the 21 Day Fix and the 21 Day Fix Extreme is: harder workouts, a more dialed in nutrition plan that doesn’t allow any cheats.  That means, no alcohol or swaps for treats the entire 21 days.  Gulp.

Day1: Before photos and measurements: 

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Weight: 126

Chest: 24 inches

Right Arm: 10.5 inches

Left Arm: 10.5 inches

Hips: 34.5 inches

Right Thigh: 20 inches

Left Thigh: 20 inches

Waist: 28.5 inches

Workout Recaps:

Day 1 Plyo Fix Extreme: After recovering from the humbling the scale gave me I was ready to tackle this 21 days with all that I had.  I loved following the meal plan in the original 21 Day Fix and I knew that this was what I needed.  The first workout on the calendar is called Plyo Fix.  I figured I’d be fine with this workout because I just did 60 days with Insanity Max:30 and it was all Plyo.  Well, again I got humbled really quick.  This workout combines weights and jumping and was very challenging.  I was cursing under my breath a lot.

Day  2 Upper Fix Extreme: I woke up very sore from Plyo Fix Extreme.  In fact, I was so sore that the stairs were not my friend.  Going up and down them just killed my legs and I was so thankful that the workout for the day was Upper Fix Extreme.  I love working my upper body and I loved this workout.

Day 3 Pilates Fix Extreme: I woke up and my legs were even more sore from that first workout.  The Plyo Fix Extremem was haunting me and I was doing a lot of foam rolling to try and get all the lactic acid out of my legs.  Today’s workout was Pilates Fix Extreme and in the original 21 Day Fix the pilates workout is an active recovery day.  Well, not so much in the extreme.  This workout used a resistance band for all the exercises and was challenging in a different way than the previous days workouts with weights.  I actually really liked it because it was different than anything I had done before.  I’ll take a video next time but it’s lots of moves with the resistance band wrapped around the legs.

Day 4 Lower Fix Extreme: Leg day.  Really?  More legs?  My legs had finally recovered from the torture on Monday and it was time to do Lower Fix Extreme.  I remember the original Lower Fix left me sore too and so I was scared to do this workout.  Thankfully, my legs made it through the workout just fine.  I did mutter some choice words under my breath at Autumn. She loves to work the legs.

Day 5 Cardio Fix Extreme:  I’m so thankful that all of these workouts are 30 minutes long because I can push myself to do them.  It’s easy to tell yourself, “I can do anything for 30 minutes” and that’s usually my mantra for the entire workout.  This workout was Cardio Fix Extreme and I love cardio.  This workout went by fast for me and thankfully I wasn’t too sore from the previous day’s leg work.  I think the more I was using my legs during the week the better it was for me.

Day 6 Dirty 30 Extreme: I never liked the Dirty 30 workout in the original fix so seeing a Dirty 30 Extreme made my skin crawl.  I was surprised that I actually liked this workout and felt very strong when I was finished.  I also started to do the Hardcore 10 minute abs video on this day.  My goal is to do it 3 times a week in my remaining two weeks.

Day 7 Rest: This is the day you’re supposed to do Yoga Fix Extreme but I don’t like yoga and skipped the workout.  I did walk 3 miles with some friends as an active recovery day.

Making the containers work for me: 

I love the container system that comes with the 21 Day Fix Extreme!  It makes planning my meals and portion sizes so easy.  I don’t have to count calories or worry about any numbers.  I just keep track of what I’m supposed to eat each day and eat it.

My plan requires I eat: 4 red (protein), 3 green (veggies) 2 purple (fruits), 2 yellow (healthy carbs), 1 blue (healthy fats), 1 orange (nuts/seeds/dressing).

I keep track of my food intake with this app: the 21 Day Fix Fit Tracker

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I started my week off with a great shopping trip to Costco to get all the foods I need to eat.  I love Costco when I’m on the fix because I need veggies and protein in bulk!

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Here are a few examples of the food I ate during the week.  I usually eat a lot of the same thing every day.  Most meals I have a protein (red) and a veggie (green) and sometimes a healthy carb (yellow).  I added some whole wheat pasta to my salad one day and it was so delicious.  I love to eat tomatoes with my eggs too. My favorite snack is always greek yogurt and veggies.

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs and tomatoes

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Lunch: Turkey Burger and Veggies

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Dinner: Lean ground beef with homemade taco seasoning, whole wheat pasta, veggies and salsa

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Snack: Greek Yogurt and Berries

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I was out and about one day and made sure to plan ahead before I went.  Proper planning is essential when following this meal plan. I never want to get caught without a snack in case my errands run longer than expected.  Shakeology is my portable breakfast and Hummus with veggies is   my go to snack when on the go.

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I even went out to eat one day this week.  I stayed on track with my meal plan and ordered chicken and salad from Red Robin.

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Sunday I did a big meal prep and cooked chicken, veggies and whole grain pasta.  I measured them out with my containers and put them big containers and stuck them in the fridge so they’re ready to eat for the week.

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Week 1 Results:

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Weight: 123.6

Chest: 33.5 inches

Right Arm: 10.25 inches

Left Arm: 10.25 inches

Hips: 33.5 inches

Right Thigh: 19 inches

Left Thigh: 19 inches

Waist: 27.5 inches

Total Loss: 2.4 lbs and 5 inches overall! 

If you’d like to join me in doing the 21 Day Fix or the 21 Day Fix Extreme email me here or fill out the below application:

Work on YOU!!

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The best project that you will ever work on is YOU!

A few years ago I would have read that and laughed. I thought my family was the best project I had and that they should get 100% of my attention. I thought that to be a “good” wife and mother I needed to be self sacrificing. I was giving my family every ounce of me and was left feeling empty inside.

After feeling empty for awhile I woke up one day and realized the only person who was going to take care of me was me! It was my responsibility to make sure I did things that fed my soul. I started to run and take time for me. Do you know what I realized? When I started taking time for myself and working on me, I became a better wife and mother.

Take care of you, do things that feed your soul and work on becoming the best you that you can be and I promise everyone around you will benefit!

Sneak Peek Into Coaching

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Would having an extra $500-$1,000 a month change your life?

It’s certainly is changing my life right now! Coaching is allowing me to help support my family while my husband looks for a forever job. The best part is I can work part time and stay home with my kids. I have the freedom to choose my own schedule.

If you’d like to know how I make money while working at home and helping people get fit and have thought “I could probably do that” but weren’t sure where to go from there, now is your chance to get some information. 

Did I mention it’s FREE for active duty military and their spouses to coach plus it’s now FREE FOR ALL VETERANS who served in the military too?

I’m hosting a FREE Sneak Peek into coaching group where I’ll explain…
—> WHAT a Beachbody coach does everyday.
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No pressure — no commitments — just learn more about it if I have peaked your interest! It’s a fitness lovers DREAM JOB — but you don’t have to be a fitness expert AT ALL! I want to shout about it from the rooftops because it has been LIFE CHANGING for me. Come hang out with me here on Facebook and see what it’s all about.
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21 Day Fix On The Go!

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Being on the go doesn’t mean you have to succumb to fast food. The key to success is preparation.

I had a morning of running around and I did not want to compromise on day 3 with the 21 Day Fix Extreme nutrition plan. I took a few minutes before leaving and prepared a few things to bring with me while on the go!
—-> Water…never leave home without it.
—-> Shakeology…my quick breakfast packed with 70 super foods (1 red container)
—-> Hummus and veggies (red and green containers)
—-> an apple (purple container)

A dear friend once told me that prior planning prevents piss poor performance and she’s right! If you’re going to be busy, plan ahead!

Beachbody’s Military Discount Program

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My husband served 23 years in the Air Force and recently retired.  I served along side him for 13.5 of those years and I know what it means to make sacrifices for your family.  The life of my military family was different from a civilian family in so many ways.  The hours a military member works can change often and they can be called away for long deployments.  The only constant in our lives is that there is nothing constant.  Military families soldier on with bravery.  It’s our only choice.

But there are also some great blessings that come from being a military family.  I got to live in two foreign countries and travel to countless others.  My kids have lived in 3 different states and are always up for an adventure. We have great medical care and we don’t have to pay for any of it. I get to shop on base at the commissary and get extra discounts from a lot of other stores too.  A discount doesn’t make up for missing a loved one but it helps us make the most of our military income.

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One of the things I love about Beachbody is that they offer a discount for military coaches – and it’s not a little one that barely covers the tax. It’s 25% – which is $32.50 off your monthly Shakeology order! That’s a pretty big deal, especially in military families where money is normally tight.

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Here’s How it Works:

As an active duty military member or the spouse of an active duty military member or a military veteran, you can sign up as a Beachbody “coach” for FREE – your initial sign up fee is waived, as well as the monthly coaching fees. There are no sales requirements and no hidden fees – you can just buy what you want, when you want, for a 25% discount. How much is this worth? Well for a family ordering just one bag of Shakeology a month, you’ll save almost $400 a year.

Then, if you want to, and ONLY IF you want to, you can also build a pretty profitable business as a military coach.

I’ll be honest, that’s what I did – I signed up for the discount. I never intended to coach but really wanted to get my Shakeology at a discount. Then I started to share my love of Shakeology and the fitness programs with others that it just kind of happened.  I wasn’t trying to sell it, I was just telling my friends about something awesome! But then they wanted to buy it, and I was a coach, so why not help them out, right?

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I’ve been a coach for over two years and the first 18 months I was a coach but did it as more of a hobby.  I recommended Shakeology and various fitness programs to friends but didn’t pursue a steady business. I did earn a 25% commission off of everything  I sold.  When my husband retired from the Air Force and our income was unstable I decided to really work my business as more than a hobby.   I still earned 25% on anything I sold PLUS I started earning a team cycle bonus for building a team underneath me.  The more I was helping others with their goals the more I was helping my own family financially.

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That was 7 months ago and my income has doubled since then. Military spouses are retiring their husbands on the income they have made with the free coaching opportunity from Beachbody.

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The military coaching opportunity has been a HUGE blessing for our family. I’m able to stay at home with my kids, work part time and build a business online that I can help support my family now that my husband is retired. I don’t have to do parties and spend evenings away from my family, in fact, I work primarily when my kids are sleeping. I don’t have to have an inventory of products either.  I have the flexibility to make this business work for me and I’m so thankful for the income it’s providing my family.

Would you like more details on Beachbody’s Military Coaching Opportunity? Send me a message, look me up on Facebook or join my team  Whether you are just looking for a discount or you are looking for a way to take control of your fitness and finances, I will be happy to help you get started.

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