So I'm done with the first 7 days of the 21 Day Fix. . . YAY! And I honestly surprised myself with how easy it was for me to complete. It really helps that not only am I a part of a challenge group with a good friend who is a coach, but I also have a coworker and my husband doing it along with me! So basically I can't go anywhere in my everyday life without seeing someone who will keep me accountable. It really helps!
One of my biggest concerns when starting the 21 Day Fix was how I was going to fit in the workouts. My schedule every day is pretty full. Harper wakes up about 5:45 and from there I feed her, pump, get ready for work, go to work, come home, feed Harper and make dinner, go through our bedtime and bath routine and then finally have a minute to myself at about 7:30. So I was worried that by 7:30 at night I wouldn't have the motivation or energy to get a workout in, but I've done it every night and actually looked forward to it. If nothing else comes out of this program, I'm excited that I have figured out a way to fit in exercise and time for myself in my busy day! The first few days I found myself so sore. . . especially after the cardio and low fix workouts! But every day I feel like I'm getting stronger!
When it comes to the eating plan, I've done pretty well. I ended up changing the plan a little to make up for the calories I was burning breastfeeding. So I added 500 calories to my total calorie amount and figured out which eating plan that put me in. I've tweaked it a little throughout the week but feel good about where I'm at and how many of each container I have to fit in during the day. I ended up buying Shakeology with my challenge pack and was definitely skeptical trying it. I'd always seen so many Facebook posts or people who raved about it, but I just wasn't sure it was worth the money or would even taste good. I decided to use the Shakeology for my breakfast and I have loved it every morning and am even ordering more! I guess I'm no longer a skeptic. . . . well at least when it comes to Shakeology.
Most of my days consisted of this sort of eating plan:
Breakfast: Vegan Chocolate Shakeology with a scoop of PB2
Snack: Banana & Hard Boiled Eggs
Lunch: Chicken Breast, Roasted Veggies and a Quinoa Wild Rice mix
Snack: Carrots & Snap Peas
Dinner: Chicken or Pork with Sweet Potatoes and Salad
This week's favorite recipe is a take on a Minestrone Soup. I added some meat for some protein and a few extra veggies and cooked it all in the crock pot. What's even better is that it fit into my 21 Day Fix eating plan! Here's the recipe!
21 Day Fix - Crock Pot Minestrone Soup
1 can of white beans (15oz)
32 oz container of reduced sodium chicken broth (you can also use vegetable broth if you wanted)
1 tsp olive oil
1 cup diced carrots
1 chopped onion
1 cup diced celery
2 mined garlic cloves
1 can of petite diced tomatoes
2 fresh rosemary sprigs
4 Bay leaves
2 Tbs chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
salt and black pepper to taste
1 medium zucchini
1 medium yellow squash
2 cups cooked small pasta
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 package of cooked sausage
Step 1: Add white means, chicken broth, diced tomatoes, rosemary, bay leave, basil and parsley to the crockpot. Add your salt and pepper to taste. Turn on High for 4 hours or low for 6-8.
Step 2: Sauté carrots, celery, onion, garlic and olive oil in a pan until the veggies are soft (about 5-8 minutes), then add veggies to the crock pot.
Step 3: About 40 minutes before the soup is done, sauté the zucchini and yellow squash in a pan until soft, then add to crock pot along with cooked sausage.
Step 4: While the soup finishes, cook the pasta.
Step 5: Once the timer goes off, add the cooked pasta to the soup, serve and enjoy. You can also add some parmesan, but make sure to account for that with your blue container.
I'm off to complete another workout and another week of the 21 Day Fix. I plan on posting my recap of the week and a recipe I used each Monday until the program is over, so check back here the next two Mondays for more 21 Day Fix info!
Have you ever completed the 21 Day Fix or other Beach Body programs? Do you have any suggestions or tips?