NotSo30s is Going on a 21 Day Fix

We’re stuffed.

Yes, post-Thanksgiving we are walking around and can’t see our toes…

Let’s be honest… We haven’t seen our toes in a while. We are going back to something that we know is healthy and is just what our waistlines need.

 

NotSo30s is going on a 21 Day Fix…

 

Melissa and I have sat here making our shopping lists, looking up recipes, and planning out our week. We will be posting our favorite recipes from the week, and any useful tips that come up along the way.

Make sure to follow the blog to catch all of the progress!

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NotSo30’s Official 3 Day Refresh Review!

 

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Happy Monday everyone! I have received a LOT of questions regarding Beachbody’s Three Day Refresh, so I wanted to share my “official” review.

What is the Three Day Refresh?

Beachbody created a three-day cleanse as a reset button for your body. This is not a miracle cleanse where you lose 15 pounds in one week. No. This is a HEALTHY NON-STARVATION way of reducing bloat, jump starting a clean-eating program, and/or losing a few pounds prior to a big event.

What does the Three Day Refresh come with?

You will receive EVERYTHING you need to successfully complete the Three Day Refresh in a simple and clear manner. The only thing you need to get are your simple groceries! My box arrived with a booklet detailing what to eat and when for EACH of the three days and answers to many questions. It also has a list of the acceptable foods for the cleanse. The kit I purchased included 3 single-serve Shakeology packets (in a flavor that I got to choose), 3 Fiber Sweep drink packets (one for each day), and 6 Vanilla Refresh drink packets (two for each day).

What Makes this Cleanse Different for Others?

Ready for this?… You are SUPPOSED TO EAT with this cleanse. Yea. You read that right. You eat FOOD. Not just liquids for 3 days. Yes, you have to stick to the approved foods list, but you have fruits and veggies! Snacks, lunch and dinner… Being that it is a lower calorie program, the Shakeology and Vanilla Refresh are nutrient-rich drinks to help ensure that your body is getting the nutrition it needs.

3DR Snack

Now It is Time to GET REAL… What was the Three Day Refresh REALLY like?

I have done a few cleanses in the past. Can we say HUNGRY? I was VERY impressed with this cleanse. First off, this cleanse let me eat HUMMUS. I looooove hummus. The fact that you are eating/drinking every couple of hours helps to make sure you aren’t going hungry. Now, I will be honest. I was not a fan of the Fiber Sweep, but I found a way of making sure I drank it every day. The ONLY change I made on days 2 and 3 were that I added the Fiber Sweep to my Vanilla Refresh shake! I also found that making the Vanilla Refresh and Shakeology into a blended drink with ice was yummier than just shaken in a shaker cup. It was great that I was able to add cinnamon and other “approved” flavors to help mix it up.

Any Tips for Someone Trying Three Day Refresh?

Yes! I made the mistake of eating the SAME thing three days in a row just because it took almost NO planning. I highly recommend you mix it up a little. This program takes minimal planning, so take a few minutes since it will help ensure your success.

Can you Exercise During the Refresh?

YES! The program allows mild to moderate exercise.

How Do I Order my Three Day Refresh kit?

You can CLICK HERE to visit my Coach page to order your kit…

What Were Your Results and Would You Recommend this?

During my 3 days I did not exercise since I was barely even home! The program was easy to follow even for someone who was constantly ON THE GO! I lost 4 pounds and 5 inches! My clothes felt better on me and I did not feel as bloated! I definitely recommend this. I know I will be doing this another time before my wedding just to make sure that dress fits just right! It is that PERFECT jumpstart to getting to a healthier fitness goal!

3DR Results

 

If you have any questions or would like more information about Three Day Refresh, feel free to email me at NotSo30s@gmail.com or visit my Coach page by clicking HERE!

My 3 Day Refresh Results!

3DR Results

Ummm… WOW.
Yea… I just lost 4 pounds and 5 inches with the 3 Day Refresh! These last 3 days have been CRAZY busy, but this cleanse was so easy that I barely had to think about what to eat and when… It was all so simple and broken down for me!
These results are without me working out during the 3 days… So I can only imagine that my results could have been over 5 pounds if I did!
Now, this isn’t some Miracle weight loss cure. It is a cleanse! It is a reset button! Now the responsibility is on ME to keep good clean eating habits and get my fitness on track!
If you are interested in the 3 Day Refresh send me an email!!

NotSo30s@gmail.com

NotSo30s@gmail.com

NotSo30s@gmail.com

3 Day Refresh Review – Day Two!

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I have to admit that one of my FAVORITE things about the 3 Day Refresh is that I barely have to THINK! I wake up in the morning and almost my entire day is planned and ready. Now, let me not mislead you… There is a BIT of planning at the beginning… But honestly, it took me 10 minutes to review the food options, pick my favorites, and make my shopping list! Yea… You read that… FOOD OPTIONS… Cause this isn’t an all liquid cleanse!

Today I started day two… I did get a headache yesterday in the afternoon but that is because of the caffeine withdrawal and returning to work after being out for 5 days. The 3 Day Refresh DOES allow you to drink black coffee, but that’s just not for me. This morning I woke up feeling great. I FINALLY caught up on all of my sleep and I DID NOT FEEL HUNGRY.

I repeat, I DID NOT FEEL HUNGRY.

That is one of the first questions asked when someone is doing a cleanse – “But are you hungry?” Honestly, I’m not…

I am not weighing myself until the END of the 3 days… I have a feeling my results are going to blow me awayyyy and I want to see that WOW factor! That only BOOSTS my motivation to eat clean…

If you are interested in the 3 Day Refresh click here or feel free to email me!  NotSo30s@gmail.com

 

Hitting the Reset Button

The last week has been a little bit of madness!
I drove 10 hours within a 36 hour timespan to see my gorgeous nephew who was born 7/2/14… I celebrated my fiancé’s birthday and the anniversary of our engagement!… Oh and it so happened to be 4th of July weekend…

Now it is confession time… I ate HORRIBLY! Yes, I hang my head in shame! So, what’s a girl to do EXACTLY 4 months before she walks down the aisle?

I am doing the Beachbody 3 Day Refresh!!

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Just three days to reset my system and get myself ready for some SERIOUS fitness and clean eating! No starvation! Simple three day nutrition… If anyone is interested in a HEALTHY 3 day cleanse, let me know! Let’s do thissssss!!!!

Click here to check out my Beachbody website!

My 21 Day Fix Round 1 Results!

Most everyone has seen the same stock before and after images of 21 Day Fix results. Some of them are from one round, others are the before/after results of multiple rounds. I have to admit that the picture that was MOST encouraging was the one of the woman who lost approximately 96 pounds after 10 rounds of 21 Day Fix. Why did this one really get my attention? Because I don’t have 10-15 pounds to lose… I have OVER 50 pounds to lose! That picture SHOWED me that this program could work on a plus size person.

Last week I completed my FIRST round of 21 Day Fix, and I have to admit – I loved it. This program isn’t the “easy way out”. No. I worked for my weight loss. I exercised EVERY day. I ate HEALTHY. I didn’t pop pills. I was careful with portion control.

Well, here it is ladies and gentleman. MY 21 Day Fix Round 1 Results!

Measurements

  • Left Arm: No Change
  • Right Arm: -0.5 inches
  • Chest: -2.25 inches
  • Waist: -4 inches
  • Hips: -2 inches
  • Left Leg: No Change
  • Right Leg: -0.25 inches

TOTAL INCHES LOST: 9 INCHES! NINE! YES! NINE!

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 11.8 POUNDS! In just 21 Days!

I placed my measurements first, as I believe that is where the emphasis should always be!

And for visual proof, here are my before and after pictures. Yes, the photography technique needs improvement… I will work on that for this round… But check out my belly/waist… I FEEEEEL the difference in my clothes. It is AWESOME!

Here are MY 21 Day Fix first round results. Progress is important!

Here are MY 21 Day Fix first round results. Progress is important!

I loved this program so much that I am starting ROUND 2 with my challenge group today!  We are also already planning our APRIL round of 21 Day Fix. Interested in joining? Let me know! I would love to help guide YOU to your goals!

Have a great day!!

A Day in the Life: 21 Day Fix…

I have been asked by SEVERAL people what my daily routine on 21 Day Fix is like, what I eat, what my workouts are like, and so on… I’ve been contacted through this blog, through family and friends, and I even had a coworker ask me after she saw me slowly get up from my desk chair… Why was I getting up slowly from my desk chair? My muscles were SORE. Hamstrings, Quads, Abs, Arms… Everything! It was the GOOD kind of sore. Not painful… But a post-workout reminder that I have work to do!

I wanted to give everyone a quick insight into a day in the life of 21 Day Fix… At least for me! Most of the photos that I am going to share are from day one, but I will continue to update with food/meal ideas! (I have a yummy turkey burger recipe that I am posting tomorrow morning!!!)

THE NIGHT BEFORE

Every night I prepare for the next day! It is a LOT easier to plan ahead on 21 Day Fix. Luckily, my fiancé and I are on the same portion category.

(Portion category? Yes. Based on your current wait and some quick math, you determine on 21 Day Fix what portions you receive on the program. The booklet it comes with tells you how many of each color-coded container you are allowed a day. The booklet also comes with lists of foods that correspond with each container on the plan. For example: Red is protein, and I am allowed four containers a day from the list of foods on the red container list. The lists are long so you have TONS of options).

21 Day Fix Containers

I prepare the meals for our work day which includes two snacks and our lunch. For snacks I like to use portions of our fruit allowance, or some carrots and humus! (Yuuuuuuuum. Hummusssss.) I also set out everything for my morning Shakeology. I prefer to have it

THE MORNING

The alarm wakes me up…. I snooze it. My back-up alarm wakes me up… I snooze it. The first alarm I snoozed wakes me up. I sometimes snooze it. You get the picture.

I like to make my Shakeology shakes the same way, no matter which flavor I choose (with the exception of Greenberry). I toss in a bunch of ice. About 3-4 regular coffee mugs worth of ice. Next, one scoop of Shakeology. I follow that up with 2 teaspoons of PB2 and half of a banana. Last, I add in 8 ounces of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Then I blend, blend, blend, blend, blend! What comes out is a whole lot of deliciousness! This counts as 1 red container, 1 yellow container, 1 purple container and 2 teaspoons. I usually take FOREVER to drink my shakes since they are so filling.

 

MID-MORNING SNACK

Oh yes. Every kindergartener’s and grown woman’s FAVORITE time of the day… SNACK time! Today I had fresh strawberries. LOVE strawberries.

LUNCH

Remember that lunch I prepped the night before? BAM! Right there waiting for me. No needing to wonder what I am going to have for lunch and no chance of giving into the temptation of all the not-so-healthy restaurants that surround my office. In the picture you will see steamed green beans seasoned with Mrs. Dash and lemon juice, brown rice, and grilled chicken breast with onions and mushrooms. I used a little bit of non-stick cooking spray and a teaspoon of EVOO to cook the chicken, mushrooms and onions. I seasoned with lime juice, pepper, garlic powder and a dash of sea salt.

21 Day Fix Day 1

Note: Not everyone’s portions amount will be the same, but they aren’t too far off. Your friend Angie here is on the highest category. I have a lot of weight to lose and as I lose the weight I will come down in portion categories.

MID-AFTERNOON SNACK

What What!!! Snack number TWO for the day. I chose to slice up a small apple. I recommend trying different types of apples. Pick 3 or 4 different kinds and buy one of each! Some apples are sweeter than others… Some a crunchier… Find what YOU like. I know I prefer Honeycrisps! SWEEEEEET and delicious.

AFTER WORK WORKOUT

I like to come home and get it over with! I’ve mentioned before that I’m a slug. I don’t workout regularly, so any workout is a challenge. (Hey Angie… Maybe that’s a reason you became overweight in the first place… Yea. DUH.) Anywho. Every day of the week has a different workout. Autumn Calabrese likes to workout multiple muscle groups at the same time. Oh! And DON’T let the petite young thing that walks on your screen fool you. She’s fierce. She’s tough. She’s the reason I was sore from the tips of my toes up to the ends of my hair! What I do LOVE and LOOK FORWARD to about these workouts is that they are only 30 minutes long. THAT’S IT. In just 30 minutes I have a HUGE sense of accomplishment. Then I peel myself off the floor. Slowly.

21 Day Fix TKO

DINNER

On this day I kept dinner light. I chopped up some romaine lettuce and added chopped up onions, mushrooms and shredded carrots. I topped with grilled chicken and a 21 Day Fix recipe for balsamic dressing.

Note: This day just so happened to have grilled chicken twice… But I have had seasoned ground turkey, steak, turkey burgers, eggs (I looooove breakfast), etc….

AFTER DINNER SNACK

After unwinding from the day I like to have a VERY small snack. I eat a few peanuts… Or… *GASP*… A small piece of dark chocolate! YES. That IS allowed on the plan!

REPEAT

Then I repeat and prep my meals for the following day.

TIPS

A great tip is to pre-make your veggies and protein ahead of time. Food prep for 3 days or so, that way you aren’t cooking your lunches EVERY single night.

Here’s another one… Forget to pre-make your veggies? Frozen veggies and half a lemon are your friends! A little bit of seasoning and a microwave and BAM, veggies for the day!

For the first week, PLAN your meals out ahead of time. At some point, you will know your portions off the top of your head, but for the first few days having a plan helps!

 

If you have ANY more questions about 21 Day Fix let me know!!! My current challenge group is already planning our next round! YES! We are only ONE week in and we are already planning the next round. It is THAT good. Want to join us for our March 19th group? Write a comment and I’ll get in touch with you!

Meal Plan for 2/10/14 – 2/16/14

Here it is! My final meal plan before I start the 21 Day Fix!!! (I’m SOOOO excited! AHHH!)

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I’m going for SIMPLICITY next week! Easy to prep, easy to pack up lunches. As for dinners, those are pretty easy too! What I like to do is grill a lot of chopped up chicken breast ahead of time (bite-sized cubes), and pre-portion them out in Ziplock snack size bags. Then, when it comes time to make my salad, I already have the chicken pre-cooked and ready to throw in my salad!

As for Valentine’s Day, eat a healthy breakfast and lunch! You might have a dessert or meal you wouldn’t normally eat… Don’t feel guilty!! One small splurge will not ruin everything. Just don’t let a cheat meal turn into a cheat day or a cheat week!!

I will not be preparing a meal plan for the three weeks starting on February 17th while I am on the 21 Day Fix… I will, however, post recipes! I can’t leave people completely in the dark!

I hope everyone has an AMAZING week! xoxo!

 

Meal Plan for 1/27/14 – 2/2/14

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Hi everyone! Here is my meal plan for next week… I wanted to focus more on veggies, so you will see I use them a bit more… I AM preparing two different lunches this week, but I noticed that I did crave a bit of variety… Especially since I am being repetitive with my dinners as well. (Although, salads can be different EVERY time you make them!)

As for breakfast, I am NOT straying from Shakeology! It is my replacement to coffee in the morning. I feel the same amount of energy as I would have if I drank a cup of coffee… EXCEPT… No crash after the coffee’s caffeine wears off and Shakeology is FULL of protein, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, digestive enzymes and phytonutrients… I know, I know… You read that list and said, “Great! But I’m sure it tastes HORRIBLE.” Wrong! Shakeology comes in several flavors and I must admit Chocolate is my FAVORITE. ❤ If you are interested in Shakeology and have any questions feel free to email me at ohnothebigthreeoh@gmail.com or just visit My Shakeology Page!

I’ll be posting my shopping list for the week tomorrow morning… (As well as the all-terrifying before picture!) Have a great day and a great weekend!

Meal Plan – Week of 1/20/2014

Look who is meal planning again! WHAT WHAT!

Yea… I said “what what”… I wrote it… I almost deleted it… But no. It needed to be there, cause I’m excited to be meal planning again!

The holidays were fun… and fattening… and they are now OVER. Time to readjust and get back to healthy eating habits.

I actually started meal planning again this past weekend, but didn’t get a chance to write up my plan. Also, I’ve changed a few things around. I would drive myself crazy planning several different lunches and dinners for the week, in order to accommodate my family members with differing tastes and a disdain for eating too many left overs. No more. I need to take care of ME. My engagement party is around the corner and my wedding is in 297 days (but who’s counting)! I actually don’t mind having the same lunch every day for a week, as long as I don’t repeat that every single week. My Sundays were spent cooking up a storm and not enjoying my weekend. As you will see from these new meal plans, I will be repeating my lunches every day of the week, but every week will be different.

I’m becoming more strict with what I eat and trying to simplify as much as possible. This girl here has a career, a wedding to plan and *hopefully* will be house hunting soon… Simplicity is needed for my sanity.

You are going to notice a lot of SkinnyTaste recipes… Why? Cause they are AWESOME!! Please go check that site out! She makes the most delicious recipes… I have tried several and they are delicious. Here is the link for this week’s lunch recipe… SkinnyTaste Baked Spaghetti Squash

There will be some days that I double up on my Shakeology shakes… That will happen on nights that I get home late and don’t have time to prep a meal.  If you are interested in Shakeology feel free to email me with questions!!!

I hope everyone has a great week!

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