P90x3 Results



So, I completed P90x3 back in November 2014 but I wasn’t blogging then so I thought I should still share my results for anyone who is looking at that program.  This was my first beachbody program to complete.  I was originally looking at T25 because I wanted the cardio but I really like lifting weights and wanted a short program that used weights.  I had hit a plautu at the end of summer last year and hadn’t lost weight in 3 months, I needed a change but as a working mom I didn’t have much time. Tony Horton is a genius!  30 minute workouts from my home that offered a lot of variety so I was never bored! I did find I had to mute the TV sometimes because his constant talking got to be annoying but he was motivational and I did get great results!   I do NOT like pull ups or push ups so I struggled through those.

My Results:

I lost 13.1 pounds and a little over 11 inches!  My diet was not that great so I was thrilled with these results!  What is not shown in these pictures is how my mindset changed during these 90 days. I mean, I completed p90x3!  That is not an easy feat!!!  My confidence went way up not only because I was feeling better but because I was accomplishing something that I never thought I could do!  Below I’ll share my pictures and measurements.

Before picture and measurements

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After 90 days of P90x3

P90x3 results after 90 days

Who would I recommend this program to:

Honestly, the program was wonderful! This program is perfect for someone who wants to strengthen and tone.  If you’re serious about busting through a plateau (hello same weight for like 3 months last year!) and/or are super busy, this program is perfect!  Pair it with the right nutrition and it will add muscles and lean you out!  Tony Horton does a good job of breaking down the moves but you need some knowledge of working out.  I would say this is geared more towards intermediate to advanced fitness people. It’s only 30 minutes a day (so everyone has time!) and the workouts offer lots of variety which I’ll briefly explain below (this information is from the beachbody on demand website- which if you’re a club member the entire program is available!!).  Interested in learning more, just ask!!



 Brief description of the many workouts available on the P90x3 program:

CVX– Resistance is combined with intervals to give you a full body cardio burn.  This is cardio with weights!  You will need a medicine ball OR dumbbells

Cold Start: This is an optional 12 minute warm up if you have some extra time.  Tony Horton does do a short work out before every workout but the cold start is good if you need a little extra time to workout and get ready mentally.

X3 Ab Ripper- 15 minute AB work with no equipment

Total Synergistics- Full body resistance workout using dumbbells and chin up bar.

Agility X- Working aerobic & anaerobic energy working on flexibility, balance and strength.

Triometrics- Working on speed and power doing PLYO workouts… I LOVED this work out

X3 Yoga-A fast paced yoga working on flexibility and balance.

Pilates- A decent home workout Pilates that challenges your core and increased flexibility and stabilize joints.

The challenge-  Upper body using chin up bar or resistance bands- LOTS of push ups and pull ups!!

Incinerator- Full cardio using dumbbells and a chin up bar or resistance band

MMX- This is my FAVORITE!  It’s a martial art based cardio workout with punching and kicking.

The warrior- One size fits all

Isometrics- Working on balance through yoga like moves, no equipment needed

Dynamix- Increase range of motion, flexibility, and stabilization to help your body get ready to move athletically.

Decelerator-  A lot of jumping around working on going strong and then DECELERATING.

Accelerator- Another favorite.  Huge fat burner no equipment needed

Eccentric Upper- Upper body using dumbbells, chin up bar or resistance band and pushups

Eccentric Lower- LEG DAY!

Fish taco salad

So, I typically eat this for dinner but I ate it for lunch today.  It’s amazing with mango salsa and so simple yet packed with flavor!  I grill extra fish and then can use it throughout the week for meals like this, it’s so easy to put together using left overs.

21 day fix fish taco salad

Fish taco salad (21 day fix approved)

Makes 1 serving

  • 4 oz cooked white meat fish (I love Tilapia) (1 red)
  • 2 cups spring mix with some cut up tomatoes (2 green)
  • OPTIONAL:  Fresh salsa if you have it- Mango salsa is amazing
  • OPTIONAL: Avocado or try my Avocado “dressing”
  1. Put vegetable on large plate.  I added some tomatoes but onions and peppers would be perfect too.
  2. Add cooked fish on top, reheat if necessary
  3. I used my avocado “dressing” to really pack that extra flavor or add 1/4 avocado slices.
  4. Garnish with salsa or mango salasa

Notes:  If you’re packing this to reheat later, pack the fish separately and add after you’ve heated it up.  Add a squirt of lime to add some extra flavor as well.

21 day fix portions:  2 green, 1 red and 1 blue (if using avocado)

Avocado “Dressing”

Ok, this this is basically a simple version of guacamole but the flavor is amazing and I love to put it on salads and mix it all together as a dressing.  You can make some tortilla chips out of tortillas and use a dip or add to a burrito!!

Avocado "dressing"

Avocado “Dressing”

Makes 1 serving

  • 1/4 of a ripe avocado (1 blue container)
  • 1/2 lime juiced (free)
  • Fresh chopped cilantro or dried cilantro to taste
  1. Mash avocado until it has small lumps in it.
  2.  Juice the lime over the avocado and add the fresh cilantro or dried cilantro to taste.
  3. Add to your salad, burrito, or use as a dip.

Notes:  This should be used within 12 hours as it will start to turn brown.  It will be safe to eat but will look gross!  Use the rest of your lime to add to your water as an extra twist of flavor or squirt over your fish if you really love the taste of lime!

21 day fix:  1 blue

“Frozen” Yogurt

This is my go- to FAVORITE clean eating yogurt using plain greek yogurt and fruit and it’s Fix approved!  It’s the perfect filling snack or addition to a lunch. It’s great made the night before, the morning of or right before you eat it!

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“Frozen” Yogurt (21 day fix approved)

Makes 1 serving

  • 1 serving PLAIN greek yogurt 2% (1 red)
  • 1 cup frozen fruit (1 purple) -My favorites are cherries, blueberries, raspberries
  • OPTIONAL:  1 tsp honey for a touch of sweetness
  1. Put plain greek yogurt in dish (either bowl or tupperware container)
  2. If you’re using honey drizzle that on next
  3. Stir in the frozen fruit!

That’s it!  You’re done

Notes:  Store in the fridge until you eat it!  If you want the frozen/thick yumminess eat within an hour of making. I would eat this within 24 hours of making or else the fruit gets super mushy.  When I worked in the school system I would prep my yogurt in the dish the night before with honey and then add the fruit before leaving for work.  I’d store in the fridge and by lunch it was ready to eat and delish!

This counts as 1 red and 1 purple container if you’re following the 21 day fix.

 

21 Day Fix Extreme Mid Way Point!!

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Alright, yesterday marked my official half way point through the 21 day fix extreme! I’m loving this program so much more than I thought I would. Below I’ll write what I’m thinking about the program as far as the workouts and nutrition but I’ll also list some tips for being successful on this program.

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The workouts
They are hard! Autumn Calabrese is one tough cookie. You’re using weights or a resistance band every day so its built a lot around strength training which is amazing! The variety is refreshing. One day you’re focusing on arms, the next legs and there is a cardio day,  Pilates and yoga. She keeps things moving and my heart rate monitor assures me I’m getting a decent workout in! Some of the workouts I’m burning as much as I am with Insanity!!!!
It’s great they are only 30 minutes and I can do them in the comfort of my own home without people watching me attempt some of these crazy moves. Seriously, that dolphin move in pilates is TOUGH!!!

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Nutrition
I’ve always struggled here and honestly I have not been perfect. I’ve learned over the past year to let that go. Sure, I miss all my unhealthy foods, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t.  I’m just tired of not having energy and not feeling healthy so it’s worth it to give up my favorite cheats.  I get cravings (chocolate!!!) And still struggle to not unravel. Sure, shakeology helps but I still get cravings now and then and I still surcomb to them. I’m still seeing and feeling the results despite some hiccups. I’m sure my numbers won’t be as amazing as I would want but I’m gearing up for round 2 already. A few bad days doesn’t define you and its certainly helped me realize this is a lifestyle change, not a “21 day fix” I can actually take this plan and incorporate it in to my life and still see/feel results!!

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Tips for Success with the 21 day fix

  1. READ through all the materials they send you.  Then PLAN! I plan my menu the week before, at least for the first part of the week but  I try really hard to get the whole week planned.
  2. I plan leftovers by doubling recipes, freezing extras I wont use in a couple of days to make it easier for a grab and go meal.  Grilling 3 pieces of tilapia & 3 sweet potatoes is just as easy as grilling 1 piece of each.
  3. I plan simple meals when I either don’t have time to plan or cook.  This may be viewed as boring but it’s not something I do every day and it helps when I’m feeling overwhelmed or limited on time.  My favorite simple meal:  Grilled fish, veggies and sweet potato with cinnamon.   Simple meal are effective so find several simple meals to use as staples.  I also love my bean & cheese burrito for a quick lunch.
  4. I try new recipes when I’m feeling bored with my meals.  I have learned to easily adapt my already loved meals (see my Mexican Quinoa dish that I adapted pretty easily).  Pinterest has a TON of already “fix approved” meals.  When you have 5 extra minutes explore new recipes and save them.  This way you’re not trying to find new recipes, create your meal plan and create shopping list all at once.
  5. Keep staples in your cupboard and fridge for easy to throw together meals.  I always have beans, whole wheat pasta, tuna, eggs and yogurt on hand.  I also have tons of frozen fruit and vegetables in my freezer.  Frozen fruit can be used in oatmeal, yogurt or with my shakeology.  Frozen vegetables can be used in an omelet, a side dish for lunch or dinner.  Frozen vegetables are not my favorite but if I can’t get to the store it keeps me on track.
  6. Create a weekly MUST have grocery list of things you ALWAYS eat.  I definitely have several items I eat every week and having this already created shopping list makes it easy to not forget things.  On my list:  Spinach, Yogurt, Apples, Bananas, Eggs, Baby Carrots, frozen fruit.  I use the app Evernote to keep this list so it is always with me.
  7. Make your grocery list while making your weekly meal plan.
  8. Take your measurements  and before pictures.  These are  so valuable when your weight isn’t budging to gage your success with the program.  Focus on how you are feeling not on what the scale says.
  9. Use a meal planner and your workout schedule.  One benefit of having me as your coach is that you’ll get some bonus materials not included in your challenge pack.  You’ll get a meal planner like the one below and an extra printable workout schedule like I showed you above.  This way you can do several rounds of the fix with new FREE materials every time. Use these worksheets every day!
  10. Ask for help!  You can sign up for a free beachbody coach who will motivate and support you through your journey! They will help problem solve, share recipes and put you in private groups on facebook around the program you’re completing!  Did I mention a coach is FREE!   If you don’t have a coach you can sign up with me to be your coach.   Also, enlist help in your spouse, friends, co-workers and family.  Your loved ones want you to be healthy and want to support you so ask for help when you need someone to watch your kids so you can get the workout in, help you chop the vegetables or swap healthy recipes with one another.  Enlist a friend to go on this journey with you, the more people you surround yourself on the same mission the more support and motivation you’ll have which ultimately means you will more than likely succeed.
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21 day fix free printable meal planner

The containers

I LOVE the little colored containers. I thought I would hate them and they would just add clutter to my already full Tupperware drawer. They make it so much easier to measure and toss in my bag on my way to the park or work. They don’t even make it to my Tupperware drawer because they’re always drying in the rack or packed for the next day.

It takes some time to get used to figuring out how much of what color container and when. Honestly, by the 2nd week you’ve figured it out and can enjoy and learn from the process. 21 df teaches you the value in preparing food and how to set yourself up for success by balancing your meals! If you’re not prepared you’re going to be rooting through cupboards looking for any unhealthy snacks possible, trust me I know from experience!!

Bottom line…. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished these past 11 days and looking forward to the last 10. I feel full and satisfied with my meals and am loving the commitment and accountability of my Facebook group. I have some challengers in my group who are going to get some seriously awesome results with all the hard work and dedication they’re putting in! I’m going to use their energy to help drive me in to my own motivation and dig in these finally days. Its only 21 days after all!!

Anyone interested in joining me for a 21 day fix group?  Join my team by  contacting me, findingmotivationeveryday@gmail.com !  Who wants to commit 21 days to a healthier version of themselves?!

Easy Bean & Cheese Burrito (21 day fix approved)

This is my favorite go to lunch item that is filling, easy and tasty! I almost always have the ingredients in the house so if I need something quick without much prep time this is it!

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Easy Bean & Cheese Burrito (21 day fix approved)

  • 1/2 cup Black beans (no salt added, drained, rinsed)- (1 yellow container)
  • 1 Whole Wheat wrap (1 yellow)
  • 1/3 cup 2% Shredded cheddar cheese (1 blue container)
  • 1 cup Spring Mix or other veggie (1 green container)
  • Smoky southwest seasoning from 21 day fix recipes (free)
  • 1-2 Tbsp plain greek yogurt 2%- OPTIONAL
  1. Put black beans on whole wheat tortilla, add cheese on top
  2. Microwave for 30-45 seconds until cheese is melted
  3. Put spring mix or veggies on top
  4. Wrap it up!
  5. Spread plain greek yogurt on top and sprinkle seasoning on top
  6. Cut in half and ENJOY!

Notes:  I usually serve this with the rest of the yogurt and add frozen fruit to it!  (This adds a  red container and a purple to you lunch).  Or add a piece of fruit if you’re in the go!  This does not need to me microwaved if you’re making it ahead of time.  Let me know if you try it and what you think.  I often count beans as a red container since I’m a vegetarian so this becomes 1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow and 1 blue for lunch.

Shakeology


Why did I switch to Shakeology?

Probably my number 1 reason was it’s the cleanest shake I found for the price.  With a monthly price tag of $130 it may seem crazy that I think that’s a good deal but seriously some shakes are more expensive if you add in all the other pills or whatever they want you to also take with it.  Plus if you become a discount coach, you get 25% off!  The other shake I was drinking has maltodrexin in it (seriously, do a little research on this and it’ll freak you out!) and I really wanted something that I could eat every day (I really enjoy drinking shakes!) and not be able to worry about chemicals/side effects.
Shakeology is more than just a meal replacement or a protein shake.  Shakeology is a nutritional protein shake that provides you with the best nutrition in your day.  It can be used as a meal replacement or in addition to your meals to ensure you’re getting essential nutrients.  Due to the vitamins loaded in it I no longer take a multivitamin every day.

I started using shakeology in January of 2015 as my afternoon snack.  I chose the  afternoon time frame because that’s when I’m feeling sluggish and have the most cravings.  Shakeology is convenient, fills me up, curbs my cravings, keeps things flowing and is easy to make and so versatile so I never get bored with 1 flavor!  I prefer mine blended with fruit, coffee or peanut butter.  Check out my recipe page for my favorites!

So, what’s in it?!

There are over 70 high quality ingredients in just 1 glass! You can actually read and understand the ingredients on the back, which is almost impossible to find in any other shake on the market!

It’s not certified gluten-free but it’s made with gluten-free ingredients.  It is not certified because it is manufactured in a facility that processes other known allergies (soy, milk, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts and wheat) so you should consult your doctor before drinking.  Shakeology does use stevia to sweeten it.

What flavor do I recommend?

Shakeology comes in Chocolate, Vegan Chocolate, Strawberry, Vegan Strawberry, Greenberry and Vanilla.  I personally love Vegan Chocolate and Greenberry (which is fruity flavored to me).  Vanilla is a good base and kind of take whatever flavor you add to it, in my opinion.

You can sample all 6 flavors for $29.95! This way you don’t have to commit to one 30 day supply of 1 flavor and it gives you a week to see what shakeology can do for you! If you’re interested in checking out the sample pack CLICK HERE. or click on the banner below.

Feel free to email me (findingmotivationeveryday@gmail.com) if you have ANY questions or comment on my blog!  If you’re interested in the coach discount (25% off baby!) check out my coach section.

21 Day Fix Extreme Starts TOMORROW!!!


EXTREME FITNESS. SIMPLE EATING. SERIOUS RESULTS.

I am BEYOND excited to start this new fitness program!  I’ve had my eye on the 21 day fix for about 6 months but honestly, I love Shaun T so much I was scared to make the jump in trainers.  Crazy, right?  I really struggle with nutrition.  I seriously could work out 3 hours and day and be fine but I can’t control the fork in the kitchen… what gives?!?  That’s probably the biggest factor in why I bought the 21 day fix Extreme.  I bought the Extreme over the regular because physically I’m ready for a challenge after doing P90x3, Insanity and most of Insanity Max 30.  I want to make sure that I’m pushing myself so that I can get the results I want (in only 21 days I might add!!!).

Challenge group

I’m running my first challenge group with the 21 day fix (2 of us are doing the extreme)!  I’m a little nervous as this is my first group to run by myself and it’s a totally new program but I like the challenge and I’ve done the nutrition part of this program for the past couple of weeks and I LOVE it.  It’s so easy and easy to adapt what you’re already eating.  If you need help, contact me, I’m more than happy to help!  That link takes you to my about me page where you can find my e-mail.

Anyway, the group has spent the last week prepping and I have everything ready for this week!!  I’m sure bumps will happen and that’s okay, I’m as ready/prepared as possible and that’s all I can do.  I went grocery shopping today and prepped most of the food, it only took me an hour.

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Shopping at Trader Joe’s (in and out of the store in less than 20 minutes on a Sunday!)

I’m so excited to see what this group of ladies can do!  It’ll be fun to have some good friend and family on the journey with me to hold me accountable and vice versa.

What I did to prep

Last Thursday I sat down with the Nutrition guide and busted out my meal planner for this week!  My upline coach made an easy to use planner that is pretty amazing.  I make my grocery list right along with after finding recipes on pinterest and in my bonus guide.  Sunday I went shopping for all the goodies, even with my daughter I was in and out of the store with my list.  I came home and did a vinegar wash of my fruits and veggies while roasting veggies, cooking fish and prepping my lunches and snacks for the week.  That took me an hour!  That’s it, I’m done, I’m ready!  Let’s do this!

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Meun planned! Workout schedule ready! Measurements taken!

Measurements

Probably my least favorite thing is taking before measurements and photos.  But this is SO important and one of my largest regrets when I first started this journey was not taking them!  Measurements and photos show progress beyond what the scale does.  I love to see that number go down but I primarily focus on how I’m feeling and looking especially now that I’m so close to my goal weight!  Taking before photos is so awkward but here are mine anyways:

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If you sign up for me to be your free coach I share all of my prep materials (food tracker/diary, workout schedule, bonus materials, recipes and more).  Plus I”ll add you to groups, support and motivate you so that you get the results you want!  Contact me below and we’ll talk.

I’ll keep you all posted on m progress as well as weekly reviews of this program.  I’m so excited to push play tomorrow!!



Mexican Quinoa (21 day fix approved)

Okay, I’ll admit it… I’m in love with quinoa!  I don’t know how I just discovered this miracle grain within the last 2 years.  As a vegetarian it’s packed with vital nutrients and tons of protein!  It keeps me full for a long time and I love the texture (seedy) which is probably why my husband hates quinoa.  This is m favorite go to meal, it’s packed with flavor, fills me up, freezes well and heats up beautifully!  I adapted this recipe from a favorite recipe to make it a little more 21 day fix friendly.  You can find the original recipe HERE.

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Mexican Quinoa (21 day fix approved)

Makes 4 servings

  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeno ,diced (optional)
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 (15oz) canned black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 (14.5oz) canned diced tomatoes, drained & rinsed
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 Tbsp smoky southwestern spice (recipe below) OR 1 tsp chili powder + 1 tsp cumin
  • Optional: Lime wedge, cilantro and avocado (add a blue container)
  1. Heat oil in large skillet and cook garlic (& jalapeno if you’re using) over medium heat for 1 minute
  2. Add quinoa, vegetable broth, black beans, tomatoes, spices and season with salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through (20 minutes)
  4. Stir in spinach until wilted (less than a minute)
  5. Divide into 4 equal portions.  Add avocado, cilantro and squirt lime right before eating.

Notes:  Cool completely before storing. Reheat in the microwave.  This keeps in the freezer (I usually eat within 2 weeks but it would last longer).

Smoky southwest seasoning:  1 Tbso chili powder, 1 Tbsp cumin, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp smoked paprika. Mix together in a small jar (keep you old spice jars!).

21 day fix portions: 

Vegetarian: 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green, 1tsp, 1 blue  (If using avocado)

Regular:  Count the beans as a yellow- 1.5 yellows, 1 green, 1 tsp, 1 blue (If using avocado)

 

Banana Pancakes (21 day fix approved)

These are kid tested and approved!  I’m glad I doubled the recipe because Elizabeth gobbled them up and I would not have wanted to share!  I was surprised at how delicious  these “treats” were! Let me know what you think if you try them.

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Banana Pancakes (21 day fix approved)

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (1 yellow container)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • Dash of cinnamon and vanilla extract
  • Optional:  Honey or Maple Syrup
  1. Blend oatmeal until it becomes the consistency of flour- can still be lumpy
  2. Add the 2 eggs, 1/2 banana and cinnamon and vanilla extract and blend until mixed
  3. Heat non-stick skillet
  4. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to make pancakes on hot skillet
  5. Makes 4 pancakes per serving
  6. Drizzle with 1tsp honey or maple syrup (OPTIONAL)
  7. Enjoy

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Elizabeth ate 2 whole pancakes, which is 1/2 the recipe!

21 day fix:  1 yellow, 1 purple, 1 red