21 Day Fix: Week 3 Review

Happy Monday Tuesday!

Having a 3 day weekend always messes me up on my days. It’s Tuesday, feels like a Monday… same concept, don’t feel like working after being off and having an amazing weekend with my friends and family. But anyhow… time for my week 3 review! If you missed the first two parts, check them out here and here!

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My eating went pretty well last week. I tried a new dressing which I loved! It’s calledΒ Cilantro Lime Dressing. My friend Lauren suggested it so I gave it a show.

  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

This was super good on my chicken salad (top left picture). I also ate a lot of rice, quinoa, crab, rosemary potato fries, and salad. The usual.

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I tried mixing up my workouts more and didn’t do the Fix dvds as much. Mainly I stuck with walking and the Tone It Up workouts. In doing so, I’ve noticed that my results weren’t what I was expecting. I was expecting to lose about 10-15 lbs (since everyone around doing this program lost that amount), but since I have more weight to lose and not toning, I gained muscle and lost inches. So the weight didn’t go down. Now I’ve targeted my problem and will be doing MORE cardio than weight training in the future until I get the weight down. Kind of bummed out, but also kind of relieved to have solved my problem.

I can tell how much better I felt doing this program and how my body loved eating natural whole foods and avoiding the junk food and soda. I felt a difference in my energy and how I was more awake in the mornings than normal. My clothes felt loose, my workouts were becoming easier because I was becoming stronger. It was an overall amazing feeling and I’ll be doing this program at least 3 times a year. I would recommend it to everyone because it’s life changing and opens your eyes to what you’re eating and how much you’re eating.

kayak tripMy cardio started last week when my family rented a lodge by the lake. I walked 3 miles around the lake and did a lot of kayaking during the trip. My eating will be very similar to the 21 day fix guide simply because it’s how we SHOULD be eating. It’s also very similar to the tone it up nutrition plan – which makes my life a lot easier. I’m going to be toning down the weight training and focusing more on burning calories by cardio which will consist of walking/jogging/running, at home DVDs, and other various ways outside of the gym.

Things I would have done differently:

  • Been more strict with the condiments and dressings
  • Added more cardio
  • Followed the workout program
  • Cut back on starchy foods
  • Limited my “wrap” intake – I can’t eat a lot of wheat
  • Would not have had small “cheat” meals

Overall Experience: I loved every second of doing this and loved the accountability I had with my friend Lauren and the people around me who supported me by not tempting me to eat bad!

xo Brittny

 

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21 Day Fix: Week 2 Review

Good morning & Happy Thursday!

Time to review my week 2 progress for the 21 day fix. Can I just say how I am loving how this new change has affected myself, my personality, and my body?! I never thought it would be possible for eating healthy can affect my total self. It’s eye opening and refreshing. And for once, I don’t crave bad foods or soda. I think I found the one…

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My main concern was staying at my fiance’s house all weekend. He isn’t exactly the healthiest eater (all though he is getting better) and his lack of food would throw me off track. So I meal planned & prepped. I packed all my food Friday after work and headed over to his place. Saturday morning I made 2 eggs + basil + feta cheese with a vanilla shakeology w/ almond milk and peanut butter. This has been my main breakfasts through the week and on weekends. Very simple and very filling!

I even packed my 21 Day Fix dvds so I could still get my workouts in at his place. I only rested on Sunday because I was super sore after all the hard workouts I did for last week. The rest of my meals were simple: rice, quinoa, egg wraps, lots of veggies, etc… it’s hard getting fancy with foods when I’m not at my own home.

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Sunday was my grocery shopping day. I stocked up on more veggies, proteins, and fruits. It’s a lot easier for me to shop every Sunday to ensure that my veggies and fruits are fresh and that they don’t go bad by stocking up on more than I can eat. Plus I feel it’s a lot cheaper. My method of thinking can be sometimes weird.

After I was finished shopping, I headed home to start my meal prepping for the week. Here is what I basically ate all week:

  • Breakfast: 2 eggs + hot sauce + spinach, Shakeology + peanut butter + almond milk or water
  • Mid-Morning: Fruit + pistachios
  • Lunch: Lettuce + whole wheat wrap + dijon mustard + onions + chicken
  • Afternoon: Greek yogurt + banana + veggies
  • Dinner: quinoa + mushrooms + protein + veggies

workout collageI’ve been mixing up my workouts a lot so that my body doesn’t get used to doing the same routines. I’ve been walking/jogging every other day while mixing in the Tone It Up workouts. When I’m not walking, I do the 21 Day Fix DVDs along with the Tone It Up workouts. I always try to do cardio + toning exercise for best results. After all, summer is 6 weeks away!

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I gotta say, the new TIU bikini booty workout is a killer. I was drenched in sweat and burnt over 100 calories in a mere 12 minutes. Head over to their page to try it for yourself! I’m currently on day 11 of the 21 day fix and I never would have made it without my friend Lauren. We are still texting each other every day with our meals, workouts, and motivation. I found it to be a lot better when you have someone with you because you don’t want to let your team down. I highly suggest finding someone to do this plan with you if you struggle sticking to things (like myself). I haven’t weighed or measured myself yet. I’m waiting until after my 21 days to see what I’ve accomplished.

I can feel a difference in myself. That’s all that really matters at this point. I feel more confident about myself (which I never, ever feel) and I look forward to my meals and workouts. My body feels tighter and slimmer. I’ll take it! I am looking forward to doing round 2 after this as well. Stay tuned for my final review next week!

xo Brittny

If you missed my first week review, read it here!

21 Day Fix: Week 1

TGIF! πŸ™‚

Happy Friday everyone! I’m so thankful this week is over with and I get to go home in an hour. Even though the week went fast, I’m getting anxious about going home sooner now that the weather is finally nice in PA! It only took a few months…

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So a few weeks ago, I posted about how me and my friend Lauren would be starting the 21 Day Fix program together. It’s a lot nicer having a friend doing it with you for support and motivation – we send each other pictures and texts throughout the day to help push each other. I’m also posting on my IG account for more accountability. So far I am loving how I’m feeling, I’m loving the food, and I’m loving the program in general.

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Sunday after I left Nate’s house, I stopped to get groceries. I mainly got Greek yogurt, lean proteins, whole wheat wraps, almond milk, and a lot of fruits & veggies.

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Breakfast: Typically I’ve been sticking with either overnight oats + cinnamon + almond milk + Greek yogurt with a piece of fruit. I also like to add 2 eggs + salsa. On the weekends, I’m going to be drinking Shakeology for my breakfast to mix it up.

For my snacks, I have a piece of fruit (bananas, oranges, or strawberries). When I’m feeling hungry, I’ll also eat some peanuts.

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Lunch: I only get a 30 minute lunch break at work, so I like something simple and filling. I’ve been making a whole wheat wrap + spinach + lettuce + chicken + Dijon mustard. If I don’t want a wrap, I’ll make a salad with the approved dressings from the plan. This holds me over since I’m eating a lot of carbs and protein in the morning.

photo 5Dinner: This is where I go hard on the protein and veggies. I’m avoiding carbs (or the yellow containers) after 3:00 pm. This helps me digest my food better and not feel so bloated when I wake up the next day. I’ve been loving the crab + shrimp + brussels + asparagus as my main dinners for the week.

What’s awesome is that I get to incorporate a lot of my favorite Tone It Up meals into this plan. Mainly, that is where I’m getting my recipes and ideas. Next week I’ll be mixing my meals up and what not. This was just a quick overview of what my meals are looking like. As for my workouts, I’m doing a Fix workout + Tone It Up. On days where it’s nice outside, I usually go for a walk or jog with my family. Next week I’ll be adding more weight training into my workouts. I’m staying at my boyfriend’s fiance’s house this weekend, so I have a lot of meal prepping & packing to do.

Stay tuned for next week. I’ll be doing a better more in depth post about the plan and what I’m doing. Wish me luck!

xo Brittny

Check out my week 2 review here!

Tone It Up: 2014 Bikini Series!

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Happy Monday!

For once, it is a happy Monday for me! Today is the first day of the Tone It Up Bikini Series! As many of you know, I bought the plan last summer, after the bikini series ended. So this will be my first time participating in the challenge. It lasts for 8 weeks, leading up to the first day of summer!

I absolutely love the TIU girls and the plan, so it will not be hard for me to stick with this challenge. I’ll also be participating in a 21 Day Fix challenge group. So I’ll have double the motivation! I’ll be posting weekly about the challenges and my progress along the way.

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If you haven’t already, head over to their blog and sign up to also join in on the fun! They email you a great Starter Pack that is loaded with recipes and a grocery list to help you plan your meals throughout the challenge. Oh, and did I mention it’s FREE?! How awesome is that?

They will have a new blog post each day to help motivate you and give you daily challenges. It’s fun to play along with their challenges and post them to your social media sites using the hashtags they provide in order to win prizes! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get fit and fabulous for the summer!

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My goal for this challenge is to finally accomplish the 100 By Summer goal. I started the Love Your Body series back in February and unfortunately did not meet my 100 By V-Day goal. If you are unfamiliar with this, they explain everything HERE.

Each Sunday, they post a NEW weekly fitness schedule to follow. It’s suepr fun to follow along with the members. I mainly use Instagram for my posts and check out everyone else’s posts. It’s motivating and keeps you accountable. I’ll be creating a spreadsheet to help me track my progress along the way. I’m going to be a busy girl! For those of you who ARE participating, feel free to comment on my posts, follow me on IG, or simply email me and we can bounce ideas back and forth and keep each other motivated! I love interacting with new fitness friends.

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Their first challenge was to create your summer list. So that’s exactly what I did and while I was writing down each idea, my heart was pumping faster and faster due to the excitement. I have so many great plans for this summer to make it one of the best summers yet! I’ll also be doing a lot of wedding planning which also gets me super pumped. Summer is one of my favorite seasons and I can’t wait to share it with my friends, family, and fiance! So here is my list:

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What are some of your plans for the summer? Comment and let me know! I hope everyone reading this will join in on the fun so we can get in the best shape for summer time!

xo Brittny

The 2 Big E’s: Easter & Engagement!

Happy Humpday!

I am long overdue for a post. Some new and big things are happening in my life that I am dying to share with my readers! If you follow me on social media, then many of you already know. But for the rest of you… I just got engaged this week!

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My boyfriend fiance proposed to me on Easter in front of my family. I am the hardest person to surprise so this is sort of a funny story. He originally wanted to propose to me in New York City aka my dream city, but it would have been too obvious since it’s hard for us to take a day off work to travel up there. Then he thought he would be sweet to propose to me at our favorite location in Gettysburg overlooking the battlefields. So he called off work and arranged for this to happen, but of course me being stubborn and difficult I didn’t want to go down. I am literally the worst person in the world to surprise haha!

Instead, he decided to surprise me on Easter with my family around us. His original plan was to have an Easter egg hunt for me, but I said I was not hunting eggs unless there was money in them. I know, I know… I’m a terrible person lol! So he numbered the eggs from 1 to 14 and each egg had a sweet message inside. Once I opened up number 13, he grabbed the last egg from my basket, got down on my knee very nervously and asked me to marry him. I was speechless and kind of blacked out for a few seconds haha but then I said yes! I’m so happy we’re engaged and that my family could be there to be a part of it. Hopefully he learned his lesson for future surprises and to let ME plan them ha!

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Before the engagement went down, we colored Easter eggs together. Of course, I picked up 2 boxes of Marvel egg kits since I’m a total nerd. We made really pretty eggs and decked them all out in stickers… Iron Man & Spider-Man! Then we got up early Sunday morning and got ready for church. After church, we went up to my mom’s for lunch where she made the cutest bunny bread ever! I almost didn’t want to eat it, but alas, I took the rabbit’s foot lol. Apparently, that brought me good luck because an hour later I got engaged πŸ™‚ yay!

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We left my mom’s and headed over to my aunt’s for even more Easter celebrating. Everyone loved the ring (as do I) and it was just a perfect/gorgeous day out. Got some sun, had a Easter egg hunt, and I got to see the baby! Apparently someone decided to hide an egg on the roof… I certainly was not capable of climbing up. I can barely reach the cabinets in my house.. short problems and all. It was the perfect day and I’m still thankful I got to be around my family and new fiance. It still doesn’t feel real. No big wedding plans yet, as I want a long engagement. So stay tuned for news on that!

Also, either today or sometime this week, I will be posting about the 21 Day Fix. I’m currently NOT a BeachBody coach anymore, but I still love the products. A lot of people have been telling me to try it so I dived in and just ordered it for myself. I’m currently on day 3 and loving it. So I’ll be posting details about that and I’ll also try to keep this thing updated more. I’ve been slacking, no more excuses!

xo Brittny

UPDATE: I will not be posting about the 21 Day Fix this week as I will be participating in a challenge group starting next Monday. I will be posting weekly about that and my progress. Stay tuned!