Day 4 of 21 Day Fix EXTREME

AHHHH……I made it to Day 4!!

I love this program more and more everyday.  One reason could be because my gym shorts felt looser today ;-) but also because I’m never hungry.  Energy levels are on point all day.  I haven’t felt that afternoon crash or fatigue that I usually feel when I try to cut out certain foods.  I made the turkey chili for dinner last per recipe in the book and it was very good-my husband actually likes it too.  Of course, he adds srirachi to it but he puts srirachi on EVERYTHING.

Today’s workout is Cardio Fix….I’m sure this one will be tough considering cardio is my least favorite form of exercise.  The good thing is that she uses weights in every workout which I LOVE so maybe it will be fun.

Couple of things to know about this program and who it’s good for…

*Looking to lose weight quickly

*Likes having a meal plan-all day, everyday

*Can workout 21 days straight

*Has 30 mins to workout

*Likes incorporating light weights into their workouts

*Likes doing a variety of exercises

*Loves a food list

*Easy to follow along with

Next post will be Day 7..now I just have to stay on track through V Day! No wine, no chocolate for me!  17 more days to go!!

I will be running a test group March 2nd and I’m only taking 5 people along with me. I will be doing another round of the 21 Day Fix Extreme and if you would like to join me please email me at mgauthier28@gmail.com

21 Day Fix EXTREME Journal

Today is Day 2 of the 21 Day Fix Extreme workout.  Day 1 is complete but here are my thoughts…….

Yesterday, I portioned out all my food in the containers provided and did my 1st workout.  The workout was PLYO Fix Extreme.  Definitely challenging but I found that as soon as I felt like I couldn’t do another second of the exercise we were onto the next.  It was perfect…..30 second intervals with breaks in between each block.

My overall energy level was high all day.  The size of the containers are little deceiving because it turns out they hold a lot more food than I thought. I wasn’t hungry at all throughout the day.  I have never been a fan of food containers and measuring out food for weight loss because I always felt I was eating the right amount for me.  There are times though, when I know I overeat because I feel overly full afterwards and just want to crash on the couch.  I am 8 months post baby and getting the weight off after a second baby is tough.  Real tough.  I have noticed that it all comes down to eating and how much I’m eating.  I can exercise all day long but the weight isn’t going anywhere.  I took my before photos and I was completely disgusted.  Now, looking at me on a normal day some might say – “oh, you look great after having 2 kids” and I appreciate that but we all have a goal we want to meet.  We all have areas we want to work on. Maybe it’s a goal weight, maybe it’s the way we want to fit into our clothes, etc.  Dressed, you would never know that my mid section is out of control – I hide it well.  :-) But I have a closet full of clothes that I cannot fit into and I’m tired of wearing stretching clothes all the time.  My goal is to fit into those clothes again and feel confident in a swimsuit this year.  I do live in the sunshine state after all so I can’t wear the big bulky cold weather clothes anymore to keep it hidden.

On to Day 2 of the Fix – I’m excited.  So far today, feeling great.  A little sore but ready for the next workout.

Keep an eye out for my next post after Day 3 to see if I still feel this good :-)

FREE CLEAN EATING GROUP

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Do you struggle with clean eating? Or knowing WHAT to eat? 
I am putting together a 5-day **FREE** clean eating group starting Monday February 16th … and I am giving you a complete menu and a shopping list to take the guess work out of nutrition. Plus, some bonus information.
Is this something you would be interested in being apart of? If so, comment below.

What will I require from you for the 5 DAYS?

*COMMITMENT

*PARTICIPATION IN OUR PRIVATE GROUP PAGE

*SOME FORM OF EXERCISE DAILY

*POSITIVE ATTITUDE

I run this group twice a month for free and have had nothing but positive feedback and great results.

Please email me at mgauthier28@gmail.com and put in the subject “I’M IN!”

Exercising While Pregnant and Postpartum

 

Today I am 6 weeks postpartum and have a healthy baby boy named Austin.  He was born June 3rd weighing 8 lbs 3 oz via csection. He was my second scheduled csection and my second boy.  My first experience with pregnancy was different from this last one.  For starters, I ate anything and everything I wanted.  I exercised here and there but was not consistent with my workouts.  This led to a lot of weight gain and tons of body aches and pains.  I know most people think the more you eat the healthier the baby or that you are somehow being selfish if you do workout and eat healthy while pregnant.  I think that is a little ignorant.  For one, I think you should do whatever is best for you and baby.  Exercising (as long as doctor approves) and eating healthy is so good for you and your baby.  I don’t think that is selfish at all.  These are just my thoughts and I’m sure some will not agree and that’s OK.  Plus, you can pick up every magazine or book on health and exercising has been proven over and over to be beneficial whether you’re pregnant or not.

1st pregnancy I gained 60 lbs….yes, 60lbs.  I was very happy throughout my pregnancy but had very little energy and my body just hurt.  After I delivered my 1st boy I was absolutely miserable.  I started breastfeeding and thought the majority of the weight would fall off.  It didn’t.  Now, I only breastfed for 3 months because of other issues but nothing FELL off.  It took me 8 months to get that weight off and start feeling good about myself.  Postpartum for me was not fun. I was very depressed and just really down on myself.  I cried when my baby cried and sometimes I cried for no reason.  I was sad and very depressed.  I kept thinking that I needed to be happy because I had this healthy baby boy but I couldn’t.  I felt like I didn’t really enjoy the 1st few months of his life.  That is sad to me.

Fast forward to my second pregnancy…..I decided to do things differently this time around.  I talked to my doctor and got the ok to workout and worked out all throughout my pregnancy.  I didn’t listen to what anyone else had to say about it.  I had less aches and pains except for little one kicking my pelvic bone constantly – OUCH! Had more energy this time to chase my toddler around the house.  I gained around 34 lbs. and all my weight fell off.  I am breastfeeding and it’s going great this time around.   I have some toning to do and 7 or 8 lbs to drop that I have gained from this crazy appetite you get while nursing.  My postpartum is so much better this time around. Actually its a 100 times better compared to my last.   I’m happy. I am enjoying this time around with my little one.  Mentally, I feel like I’m in a better place.

Women put their bodies through so much during pregnancy and it’s worth every ounce of it…but there is nothing wrong with taking care of yourself.  I truly believe that taking care of myself physically helped me mentally.  Just doing 20 minutes of exercise 4 to 5 times a week is so beneficial during pregnancy.  Even if you think you don’t have the energy, try to squeeze in a little workout and you will feel 100 times better afterwards.  You don’t have to put yourself on the back burner just because you created another life.  I am such a better mom and wife for that matter when I’m happy and when I feel good about myself.

How much do you know about Vitamin D?

Are you feeling tired, achy, muscle soreness or joint pain?  This is what I have felt for the past few months now.  At first, I thought it was nothing but week after week I started feeling worse and worse.  A few weeks ago, I started taking ibuprofen as soon as I got out of bed because my body felt so sore and that’s when I started thinking something was wrong.

I have been doing a weight lifting program for about 8 weeks now called Body Beast.  I am at a point in my program that I should be lifting a lot heavier than I am.  I am supposed to be getting stronger, have more energy and I am experiencing the opposite.  For a while,  I thought maybe it was just soreness or maybe the program was too intense for me.  Then I thought maybe I had early stages of arthritis.  I started drinking 2 cups of coffee in the morning and then making a glass of E & E (Energy and Endurance) and I would yawn all throughout my workout or skip my workout and lay around.  I was getting very frustrated!  I know this program is not too intense for me-I’ve been lifting for years.  I decided to make an appointment with my doc.  She took X-rays and blood work and informed me that I have a vitamin D deficiency.  I wasn’t even sure what that meant so, of course, I asked google. :-)  I was surprised at how much your body needs this vitamin.   Sure, I know you should drink milk for the vitamin d for strong bones but I had to cut that out after having my son.  I became lactose intolerant.  I wasn’t getting enough vitamin d in my foods or supplements.  All my symptoms matched those who have the vitamin d deficiency.

Not sure if any of you are feeling this way but if so, it’s good to check with your doctor.  Have them do blood work to see what’s going on.

Here’s a list of foods that are high in vitamin d:

Salmon, oysters, nuts, salami, sausage, ham, eggs, tuna, milk, cheese and mushrooms

Food Staples in our Kitchen

I wanted to share a few food staples in our kitchen.  I am always interested in trying new things and expanding our healthy eating habits.  There are some of you out there who think eating healthy is flavorless or too expensive.  Replacing all the junk with healthier food will cost you close to the same and go a lot further.  Please feel free to comment with any additional healthy foods you have in your kitchen that I can add to my grocery list.

Here is a list of my favorites!!

  • Quinoa
  • Brown Rice
  • Rice cakes
  • PB2 (powered peanut butter)
  • Almond butter (this is a new obsession and I only have a small serving on my rice cakes)
  • Cottage cheese (not a big fan unless there is honey and fruit in it)
  • Veggies (green, orange, red bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots)
  • Fruit
  • Ezekiel Bread
  • Coconut Oil
  • Almonds
  • Almond Milk
  • Eggs
  • Oats
  • Avocado
  • White Fish
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Garlic
  • Chicken, Steak and Ground Turkey
  • Unseasoned Black Beans
  • Tuna
  • Potatoes
  • Honey
  • Green Tea
  • SHAKEOLOGY – we will always make sure this works with our budget. It’s too healthy not to!

BODY BEAST – DAY 1

My husband and I have decided to start a new workout program TOGETHER called BODY BEAST.  I’m excited because it means we will hold each other accountable for reaching our personal goals.  This program is great for both of us because he is looking to build more muscle mass and I am looking for more LEAN muscle mass.  We are going to share our journey with all of you…30, 60 and 90 day transformations.  Here is a short clip of Day 1