Hello all! I’m writing this from the AMAZING new Popover Cafe in Simsbury. What is a popover you ask? Why it’s a sinfully delicious bundle of pastry which makes me really glad I ran three miles this morning. Paired with a $6 mimosa – a ‘back to school’ special for Moms – isn’t that clever? I think that’s pretty darn clever. Plus, a beet salad for balance!
So, perhaps it’s a bit odd to open a post about a fixed nutrition and exercise program with a rave review of mimosas and popovers (and, to be fair, salads), but the whole point of the fix is that it’s 21 days of discipline, followed by healthier eating habit that last – but aren’t as restrictive of course. So here are some basic numbers: I followed the fix for 30 days instead of 21, to compensate for the vacation I took in the middle of the program. And I lost six pounds. But more important is what I gained – a realization of how to amp up my workouts:
Hallo, nine minute mile!
Much more strongly defined abs:
Before. Note my “meh” face
During – getting stronger and a bit more definition!
That’s what I’m talking about
Here is the before, front and back:
I’m a generally healthy person, but the 21 day fix was enormously beneficial in tweaking my lifestyle and helping me to tone my ‘problem areas’ – arms and abs – as well as improve my nutrition.
There are three core parts to the program:
DVD workouts, shakeology nutrition, and meal plan!
The DVDs were fantastic for a busy mom like me, as they require virtually no equipment (just light weights and a mat!) and can be done at home – ie/ after Penelope goes to bed. And a 30 minute, intense workout, definitely beats a 90 minute (with driving time) gym workout in terms of efficiency! Again, I’m not a weights/gym girl – I’m a hiking/tennis/running out doors girl, so it’s great to have a “down and dirty workout that produces great results. The nutrition plan was super simple to follow as well, with portion controlled tupperwares (I still use them all the time! they are great for prep) and lots of options and trade offs – including a wine budget! I may have gone over my wine budget every single week (oops) but I made up for it with higher intensity workouts.
Last but not least, my favorite part of the program was definitely the shakeology shakes:
Pictured: vegan chocolate
Pictured: my favorite combo of coffee, blueberries, coconut milk, and organic “black magic” kale! Absolutely delicious and packed with nutrition.
They are an excellent breakfast. Dense nutrition, protein, and a nice energy kick. I will be ordering more in early September in order to get an extra ‘kick into shape’ before we go to the Bahamas for our anniversary at the end of the month! And I’m also offering a give away to anyone who would like to try a seven day supply of shakeology to see how they like it before committing to the program in entirety. To enter, “like” Erica’s coach page Fit Mom by Erica (click here !) and comment 21 day fix to enter. Erica will randomly select and contact a winner in the next few days. Best of luck to all! And enjoy!