The Scoop – 21 Day Fix!

It’s everywhere – ads on tv, posts on Facebook, friends were talking about it – so I had to make sure it was my first full workout when joining the Beachbody family.  What am I talking about – 21 Day Fix.

Every Beachbody program has two components to it – nutrition / meal plan and the workouts.   As with all of their programs, a third component does exist as part of the nutrition – Shakeology.  For those who don’t know about Shakeology, I will only begin to scratch the surface of it as I could go on and on about the details and benefits.  It is a nutritious superfood, that for me has given me more energy, curbed my cravings, provided me with a great source of all my daily nutrients and curbed the symptoms of IBS.  That’s just to name a few!  All each program asks it that you swap out one meal a day for a Shakeology Shake.  It is not a weight-loss shake, although it does help you to lose weight.

With the 21 Day Fix and the 21 Day Fix Extreme, the nutrition is based off following a simple and easy to follow container system with step-by-step instructions.  When you sign up for the program, along with the workouts and nutrition plan, you are sent a set of (7) color-coded containers.  Each container is labeled for a specific food group – Red for protein, Yellow for carbs, Green for vegetables, Purple for fruits, Blue for healthy fats and cheese, and (2) Orange for seeds and oils.  They lay out instructions for how you are to calculate how many of each container you are allowed to consume per day so there is no grey area.  It’s all based off your current weight and lifestyle.  Don’t worry, you will not starve!  Just remember, this is not a diet but your next step to living a healthier life.

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I did the 21 Day Fix Extreme so it was a rotation of 7 workouts, no rest day.  Each workout is completely different so your body doesn’t have time to get used to the moves before moving on – Pliyo Fix, Upper Fix, Lower Fix, Cardio Fix, Yoga Fix, Dirty 30 Fix and Pilates Fix.  Even though it’s called Extreme, they still have a modifier for the program so don’t feel too intimidated by the name.  Here is a sampling of each workout, done by yours truly.

I found the workouts to be fun, engaging and Autumn a great motivator.  You go through roughly 4 rounds of exercises so you are constantly moving and don’t have time to get bored.  Because you only do each move 30 – 60 seconds it makes the time go by faster, so while the workouts are only 30 minutes, it doesn’t even feel like that long.  Plus, you can do anything for 60 seconds!!  All you need is a set of heavy weights, light weights, resistance band and yoga mat (optional).

Now for the part you’re really reading this post for . . .my results.  In 21 days, I lost 6lbs and 8.5 inches.  In 21 days, I have become stronger, fitter and committed to a healthier lifestyle.

21 Day Fix Results (Rd1)

As a sidenote, I am breastfeeding so I increased my nutrition plan to the bracket above what the plan suggests to ensure I was getting enough calories to feed my son properly!

Overall, I love the 21 Day Fix Extreme – the variety of the workouts, the easy to follow meal plan, the fact that I have a bad knee so I have to be careful about too much jumping and I didn’t have any issues and each workout is only 30 minutes.  All in all, I will definitely be doing it again!

It is said that it takes 21 days to form a habit.  What have you got to lose?  Give yourself 21 days and see if it can work for you too!

YES! I want to lose 10 lbs in 21 Days!

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Summer Slim Down!

SUMMER SLIM DOWN CHALLENGE

Summer is fast approaching and you know what that means – tank tops, sundresses and BIKINIS! Eek!

If you are looking to jump start your fitness results, break a plateau, increase your strength or want to get healthier then let me help you.

I am launching my Summer Slim down Accountability and Support Group on June 6th.

For 30 days we are going to work together and I am going to share sample meal plans, recipes, snack ideas, motivation, daily accountability, a workout program designed to fit your needs and well balanced nutrition. You will not be alone in this – I will be with you as well as a community of others available to help answer questions and support you 24/7.

If this is something that interests you, comment below or email me at jennsanny@gmail.com

LET’S DO THIS!

The Pursuit of Hydration

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AQUA!  Summer feels right around the corner here in Boston and with the warmer temperatures it becomes more important than ever to ensure you are getting enough water.  Fortunately, I have never been a big soda drinker, so water has always been my drink of choice (unless we’re talking about wine – then I’m a Riesling girl all the way or I never turn down a good glass on Prosecco).  But not everyone relishes in a cold glass of water on a long summer day so below are simply a few options to making that h20 a little bit tastier and maybe more refreshing for you.

Something helpful to note: According to the powers that be, it is said that you should be drinking about half your body weight in ounces of water per day.  So, if you’re a 150-pound person, then you should be getting roughly 75 ounces of water a day.  So, drink up my friends!

TIP: Now, if you’re only an occasional drinker then what I find helpful is to slice up the below fruits / veggies, place them in a ziplock baggie and in the freezer.  They stay fresh longer and also become fun versions of ice cubes.

 

FRUIT

BENEFITS

Apples Iron
Blueberries Antioxidants
Grapefruit Flushes out toxins
Lemons Jumpstart your digestive system
Raspberries Fiber
Strawberries Antioxidants
Watermelon Loaded with vitamins

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Slice, dice, mix ‘em up, sip and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday Taste: Spaghetti Squash

I am a lover of all things carb . . and chocolate . . .oh and ice cream!  Just like Oprah “I LOVE BREAD”.  If I could, I would eat pasta daily.   But, unfortunately for me pasta is not a very good friend of my waistline and I’m always looking for more creative ways to get in more veggies.  Enter Spaghetti Squash.

Spaghetti squash is such a great food in that you can actually pair it with quite a lot of –  veggies, meats and other yummy foods, like you would pasta.  This post will be simply for how I like to cook spaghetti squash.  In case you were wondering, my two favorite combos for it are with Bolognese sauce (usually leftover from dinner the night before) or with grilled zucchini, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and some feta cheese (a favorite during the Summertime).

Now unfortunately to get to this yummy goodness you have to cut through the world’s toughest shell.  No joke.  This is actually something I dread.  So, I have come up with a few helpful tips to make cutting the squash a little bit easier.

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Instructions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees
  • To make the shell softer and easier for you to cut in half.
    • Make slits around the spaghetti squash, ideally where you will cut it in half
    • Use a fork and poke holes near the slits
    • Microwave your squash for 6 minutes on high

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  • Be careful, as your squash will be toasty to the touch
  • Cut your squash in half, following your slits
  • Use a spoon to scoop out all the seeds
  • Place your two halves in a 9×11 baking dish – lightly drizzle olive oil, seasoning on your halves – I like to use Mrs Dash No Salt Seasoning
  • Place the halves upside-down in the baking dish
  • Cover the bottom of the baking dish with water (just enough to cover the bottom of the dish so you won’t need much)

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  • Place in the oven for about 45 minutes
  • Use a fork to “shred” the spaghetti squash
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Tall, Short, Buff or Not – It’s All Spandex

When I made fitness my full-time job over 3 years ago, I decided it was time to branch out from my usual suspects in the yoga pant department and try some new names.  As women, we are all shapes and sizes and what works well for one person may not work well for others.  And to be honest, I was actually starting to hate the way my new (enter brand name here) pants I had purchased were fitting me – they just weren’t comfortable.  And to me, if your yoga pants aren’t comfortable then it’s time to kick them to the curb and find a new pair.

So, here are my most beloved “yoga pants” you just have to try!

K-Deer

When I first heard about K-Deer and the message behind them, I just knew I had to go out and try a pair.  My love for these leggings is two-fold.  First, they have these signature stripes which are all named after strong women with a portion of the profits from the sale of them going back to non-profit organizations.  That in and of itself gets a major thumbs up from me.  Second, the leggings make me feel AMAZING!  They are high-waisted and super flattering.  The prints are one of a kind and pretty spectacular.  I always go a size up from my usual size as they tend to hug your body in all the right places.

 

Crane & Lion

These are my new, “go-to” leggings.  They are classic but with a little bit of flair.  They don’t cut in to give you an awkward silhouette or give you the dreaded muffin top.  They are super comfy yet stay put no matter what activity you’re doing.  Plus, the material is like no other yoga pant you will try on. (Side note, their wrap sweater is super stylish yet practical for breastfeeding no matter where you are.)

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Booty by Brabants

Before these bad boys, I had no idea a legging that was one size fits all would truly be comfortable and flattering!  What I love most about these leggings is that they have a nice high waist, the material is fun and crinkly and even better than that is they make you feel sassy and sexy!  Plain leggings, these are not!

 

I would love to hear what your favorites are!

Summer Strong Challenge

I don’t know about you but the fact that summer is right around the corner makes me really excited! It means sunshine, long walks, spending time at the beach, tank tops and oh crap, bathing suits! Especially post-baby, let’s be honest, my body does not look quite the same as it used to. I’m proud of my body – it gave me my beautiful, bouncing baby boy. But at the same time, I would give anything (and I have before) to look good in my bikini again. I want to feel strong, I want to feel healthy and I want to look damn good too!

When I first began my journey, back in January, I realized that for me to become a stronger mother, a stronger wife, that it meant I needed to take time for myself. When I began to focus on myself, everything else started to fall into place. I had more energy, I was happier and I felt better about myself. All it took was 30 minutes a day – 30 minutes – that’s only 2% of your day!

I started my journey back in January but now it’s time to kick it up a notch – really focus on my workouts and get my healthy eating under control. So, I’m starting a fitness challenge on May 16th. We’ll workout, eat clean and keep each other on track for 30 days! I’m looking for 3-4 people looking to get fit, healthy and beach ready with me! Who’s in??

My Journey: It’s Just The Beginning

Just over 8 months ago my life changed completely when I gave birth to the miniature love of my life!  Virtually everything about my pregnancy was as “normal” as could be expected, including my weight gain.  I gained just about 35 lbs.  I was active and felt great.  My little man arriving as on-time as could be expected from a first time pregnancy, only 2 days passed my due date.  Whether that was his choice or because of the spicy jalapenos I had the night before we will never know!

The first few months after giving birth, I didn’t think much about losing weight or my activity level.  I just cared about being with my new little love and making sure he was getting everything he needed.  We were getting out and walking around but that was more for the fresh air and change of pace then to actually work up a sweat.  Without a single thought, the first 20lbs were gone.  I thought this is amazing, the rest of my weight is simply going to melt off me!  Yeah right!  That was about were my initial weight-loss ended.

Finally, on January 2, I decided it was time to get my body back, lose the remainder of my baby weight and “get my groove back” so to speak.  I started being more conscientious about my food choices, I started drinking Shakeology again and working out.  I would do what I could, when I could.  If that meant doing BOD (Beachbody On Demand) workouts during naptime or sneaking out for a Spin class after my little man was down for the night, then that’s what I did.  After four months, I had dropped 18 lbs. and 5 inches off my waist – essentially the rest of my baby weight plus a little bit extra.  I’m feeling great, inspired and motivated to push myself even further.

I have always been fairly active and into health and fitness but after closing my business to be able to focus on my family full-time, I found there was a void in my life.  There is something so warming in being able to help people, to inspire them to help them transform their lives and their bodies.  There is something powerful about being part of a community.  That is why I decided to take the leap and become a Beachbody Coach.  I want to help inspire others like me, that being a wife, being a mother doesn’t mean you have to put yourself last.  By focusing on myself, by become stronger, I in turn become a better wife and mother.  I have more energy, I feel better about myself and that became a ripple effect onto my family.

My role as a Beachbody Coach is to be able to help others reach their goals – help with daily support and motivation, share recipes and tips – similar to what I was able to do as a Fitness Studio Owner, I just get to it all from home, on my own time and in a much more customized way.  I would love for you to follow me on my journey or even better, join me!

Have Baby, Will Fly – Sweating It Out FlyMomma Style

 

I think it’s safe to say that I am more than a lover of SpinningÒ / indoor cycling classes.  But since having my little man and sadly closing my business, I was left to take classes after he went to bed at night or on the weekends, when my husband was home.  So, when I found out that I could take classes at Flywheel and bring my little man with me I was pretty excited!

Since becoming a mom, I have found it more and more important to take time out for yourself.  Whether it be to workout, get your hair or nails done or simply go for a walk and get some fresh air.  I know that taking time for myself helps me to be a better wife, mother, friend, sister.  It allows you to remember that above all you are a women and not simply a label.

Indoor cycling classes for me have always allowed me to get out of my own head, forget whatever has happened so far in the day and focus on become stronger.  I like to equate the way I feel cycling to that of a “runners high”, although I have never really been a runner.

Being a first-time mom and only really having had my mom or sister watch my little man before (and only a couple times at that), I was a little hesitant at first to let anyone else look after him.  So, I took to the internet and did some research on Sensible Sitters, the company that Flywheel has partnered with, and decided to sign myself up.

The way it works is that come Sunday, when signups for the week at Flywheel open up, you sign up for your classes – Flywheel classes on Tuesday / Thursday at 9:30am or 10:30am or Flybarre classes on Tuesday / Thursday at 10:30am.  Once your spot in class is confirmed, you then complete the Sensible Sitters form – found here.

Now, there are only spots for 6 babies per class time so ensure you receive a confirmation email from their Boston Manager, Amanda Ciolino, before bringing your baby with you to class. They do ask that your infant be non-mobile as the little ones are looked after in their strollers in the area just outside of the Flywheel entrance.  Be sure to pack anything he / she may need while you are sweating in the saddle – diapers, bottles, favorite toys, or a mini “boom box” as my little man loves him some Mumford and Sons when he’s on the go.

I always leave class feeling recharged and finding my Brodeman giggling.  I have to say, it’s been a win-win for us.