I’m doing my happy dance. I have completed week 2 of the 21 Day Fix with NO CHEAT MEALS! This week was definitely a challenge. I was faced with many temptations: birthday meals, a shower celebration, restaurant play dates for the kids. Each one posed a new challenge, and I squashed every one! Walking into the restaurants I thought it may be a disaster — the smells were magical. I stopped and thought about the changes I’m making to my lifestyle, how I feel, the energy increase I’ve had for the kids, and I recognized I wasn’t ready to branch out just yet. I special ordered a meal from the chef — obnoxious I know — but I stayed on plan and just sat and drooled over my beloved bread that came to the table.
Prep this week felt smoother; I had a stronger grasp on what was going on. It still was a bit overwhelming with two kids trying to get every meal accounted for. For this prep, I chose to have a stronger written plan. I knew exactly what I was making and for what meal. This made me feel more comfortable with spreading out my prep rather than hustling in the kitchen for several hours. Costco felt like more of a controlled shop, too.
I did switch my meals around so I wasn’t eating chicken every day; I added fish and more meatballs to the mix. I also made a vegetable soup for snacks; it was more filling and helped me get my full vegetable servings in for the day. I really enjoyed that even though it was over 100 degrees here in Kansas City (crazy, I realize!). Another change I made was to over-prepare for my proteins. As a nursing mama I am H.U.N.G.R.Y so I made extra protein to grab following my meal if I fell into that starvation category. It was perfect! Also, toddler approved! Evan’s plate was looking good too:
There is no way to describe the 21 Day Fix workout DVDs other than that they are INSANE! Some are harder than others, but each one really allows for you to push yourself to wherever you’d like to be. This week I tried to do less modification and challenge myself more. Even if that meant to do a few the way they are shown and then modify when I truly felt I needed it. I believe this is one of the best parts of the program for busy mamas. The workouts are done at home and take just 20 to 30 minutes. There are appropriate places to pause should you need a longer break, but there are excellent places to step it up a notch if you’re feeling the need to push more. I am really happy with the amount of movement they fit into these small segments, and I can’t imagine someone being disappointed with these! At first, it may seem overwhelming, but I promise every single move can be modified and every single move is worth it. It’s nice to focus on connecting our mind and bodies — as mamas we sometimes forget to do that for ourselves!
This week I felt stronger, more in control. I’ve noticed changes in my body and my energy level. Dare I say, I felt more accomplished? The reason this program goes 21 days, is because Beachbody believes it takes 21 days to form a healthy behavior. So tell me…
Do you think 21 days could help you make a behavior change? —Jennifer