Last month, I shared my results using the 21 day fix.
After the holidays had come and gone, I realized I needed some help to get back to good eating habits and also lose some of the baby weight I was still carrying around. My number one focus when researching programs was finding one that I could do while nursing. Breastfeeding is one of my jobs for Luke’s first year. It’s something I’m committed to make work and I will not do anything to impact. I had seen a lot about Beachbody and the 21 day fix all over Instagram. You can find details of the program here. It looked like an easy program to use, lots of tools are available for users and I was able to do it while nursing. I decided it was a program that I wanted to try.
Thankfully, around that same time my friend Tricia contacted me about trying the program. She’s a coach and also used the program to take the baby weight off. She answered all of my questions and gave me the confidence I needed to give it a try.
Within a few weeks, I had the program in my hands. I was also lucky enough to have another close friend doing the fix at the same time as me, which provided great support. Support is definitely one thing that helps when doing the fix. Other women you can talk to, share recipes with and who will encourage you along the way. I know Tricia has a support FB group that was also a great resource for me.
I’ve had a lot of emails about how I did the fix. Many readers wanted to know what I ate, how I stayed on track and if I had any advice before they started. Today, I’m going to answer all of those questions. If after this post, you still have questions, feel free to email me or Tricia with them.
My number one piece of advice with the program is to purchase the 21 day fitness tracker app. It’s $1.99 and beyond worth it. The app helps you track your containers, gives you a reminder of what goods go in which containers and reminds you of the corresponding workouts. I found a bunch of printables on Pinterest that I printed before starting the program and the app was definitely the easiest to use.
The food part of the program wasn’t difficult for me. We eat pretty clean at home when it comes to meals. Snacking is a different story around here but meals are pretty easy. I don’t eat dairy, which is probably a hard part of the program for many to adjust to. I did continue my morning latte, just using sugar free syrup and unsweetened almond milk. That wasn’t fix approved but with a 3 month old and 2 year old, I needed my coffee. I did start drinking tea during the time I was doing the fix and found that helped curb my cravings at night. Every night I had a caffeine free cinnamon tea. Below you’ll find a lot of the food I ate and the meals I prepared. I kept it pretty simple. Again, it wasn’t difficult once you got the hang of what foods fell into which food category and how much you could eat each day.
1 whole wheat low carb tortilla with egg whites and bacon bits or turkey bacon crumbles
Oatmeal with half a banana
Omelets with egg whites and half a green of veggies
hummus with peppers
oatmeal ( i made sure I had an oatmeal each day because it is good for nursing)
salad with spinach, peppers, chicken, cucumber and tomatoes
chicken sausage with peppers
tortilla with hummus, chicken and peppers
For the first two weeks I had bowls: I would use brown rice or quinoa, I’d add meat (ground turkey most of the time) and veggies. You could do a mexican bowl with black beans, tomatoes and guac. I honestly just threw them together most nights with what was in the fridge and they were always filling.
You can also find tons of recipes on Pinterest.
Like I mentioned before, breastfeeding is my priority right now. Losing weight is great but if anything impacts me being able to feed Luke, it’s not worth it. When I started the program, I did a lot of research about how much I should be eating while nursing on the program. A lot of the information I found suggested for nursing mothers to bump up to the next calorie level if they’re nursing. I didn’t do that. What I did do was listened to my body. If I was hungry, I ate. Even if I had already met my container goals for that day. I made sure that what I ate during those times was something healthy and approved for the fix. I was surprised that there weren’t many times when I was searching for food beyond what I could eat not the program. The healthy options filled me up and my milk supply was not impacted one bit.
I will say that I didn’t use Shakeology during the 21 days I was doing the fix. I do have the chocolate vegan shakeology at home. Since Luke has a milk protein allergy, it was important for me to have the shakeology that was dairy free. The reason I didn’t use the shake on the program was because I hadn’t checked with my doctor for approval. I had an appointment after the fix was finished and brought the bag of the shakeology with me. She said it was absolutely fine while nursing. I have had shakeology since and only use a half of a scoop in them. Luke hasn’t had any reactions to me drinking them. I love that they not only fill me up but also satisfy my sweet tooth.
I was impressed with the workouts that go along with the 21 day fix. They’re 30 minutes and done in the comfort of your own home. Most days I did them while both kids were up. Luke played on his play-mat and AG worked out along side me. I was a sweaty mess when they were finished and sore the next day. That is definitely impressive considering it’s just 30 minutes of your time each day to workout.
Overall, this program helped me get back to feeling like me. My confidence is back. I can fit into most of my pre pregnancy clothes, at now almost 6 months post partum. When I started this program I weighted 147lbs. When I finished, I was down to 139. My goal with the program was to see the 130’s. Goal met! I also lost 14.5 inches total. Since the fix has ended, I’ve continued to lose weight. I’m eating a lot of the meals I did while on the fix and still using the workout DVD’s. Today, I weigh 135 and have 13 more lbs to lose before I’m back at my pre-pregnancy weight. With AG I didn’t see my pre-pregnancy weight until I was done breastfeeding, which is absolutely okay by me. The most important thing is how I feel in my own skin. Today I feel good. I’m proud of my progress and grateful for this program to get me back on track.