21 Day Fix Must Haves

Thinking about getting started with the 21 day fix?

IMG_8623I have had great results with the program so far! You can read about my very first review here. I’ve completed 3 rounds of the 21 day fix and one 3 day refresh. In just 11 weeks I’ve lost 30 lbs! That’s the equivalent of losing Giada! She weighs exactly 30 lbs! The number one reason why I’ve been successful is because I have been in a challenge group with my coach and other people with similar goals. That accountability has helped keep me motivated.

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Along with that support, here are my top 10 items that helped me be successful with the 21 day fix. Some of the stuff you probably already have at home!

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1.Personal blender

I started off drinking my Shakeology from this Hamilton Beach blender… it did the trick, and at 17.99 it certainly did not break the bank! I loved how small it was and the fact that I could take it with me to go. But when I added any greens to my shake they were left chunky. I could never get the smooth consistency I was looking for. I recently upgraded to a Nutri Ninja Professional and it has been life changing for me! I love that I can just blend in the morning and walk out the door with same cup I blended in. I blend in spinach, kale, and bananas and would never even know there were there! I make Shakeology every single day, so the price tag of 79.99 for this model was totally justifiable for me!

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2. Lunch and dinner containers

Meal prep is a huge component to the 21 day fix. The more you do ahead of time, the easier your week will be. Just think, if you have a fridge full of healthy meals waiting for you, you are more likely to eat those healthy meals.  Since I usually prep for my husband and I there are typically 10 lunches and 10 dinner, so 20 total meals. I wanted containers that were universal and stacked nicely in the fridge. I found these at Meijer and they were super inexpensive! If you have any meal prep questions feel free to reach out to me personally! bestdressedbabes at gmail dot com

Here are a few of my meal preps:

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3. Scale

Duh. Weighing in at the beginning and end of each challenge is key to keep motivation up. If you aren’t seeing a huge change, make sure to check your measurements! Don’t forget to always weigh in on the same day and at the same time. I use Monday morning as my official weigh in each week.

4. Flexible Measuring tape

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Sometimes your results are easily measured on the scale, but sometimes the scale doesn’t move, but your body is changing. Make sure to have a flexible measuring tape to measure your body before and after each challenge. You can find these at any craft store or on amazon.

5. Veggie spiralizer

This tool is a great way to get in some of your veggies! I love to use this to make zoodles (zucchini noodles). For 8.99 at target, this item is a great kitchen gadget to have!

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6. Large water bottle

 Water is SO key to weight loss. It is recommended to drink double your body weight in water. So if you weigh 150lbs, then you should be drinking 75 oz of water at minimum each day. Having a large water bottle makes it easier to keep the water flowing. I like to use my Shakeology cup as a water bottle since it’s 25 ounces. Makes it easy to measure as I go!

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7. 21 Day Fix App

This FREE APP is incredible! I cannot tell you how much I use it! Not only does it allow you to track all your meals for the day, but it gives you a visualization of how much food you have left. Stumped on what to eat? Click on any of the categories and it lists out foods for that color! It also provides a visual for your body measurements and you can track day 1 and then day 21.

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8. Measuring cups

Sometimes your containers are in the dishwasher so it’s good to know the equivalents in actual measurements so you can use your own measuring cups instead.

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9. Seasonings & Extracts

It is recommended to reduce as much extra sodium as possible. I like to use Mrs. Dash for extra flavor to my recipes. It’s salt free! I also use vanilla, almond, and peppermint extracts for “free” on the plan. They are a great way to flavor your coffee without adding sugar or cream to it!

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10. Shakeology

Last, but certainly not least, Shakeology is crucial to my success. Yes you can certainly follow the meal plan and workouts without Shakeology, but I don’t think you will see as great of a success. Personally I think it helps me to avoid sugars and processed foods during the day because I have started my day with such a yummy meal. I don’t find myself missing sugary foods because every day I know I’m getting my sweet Shakeology. If you search pinterest there are a million different recipes to modify your shake each day if you get bored of drinking the same thing day in and day out. I like to drink mine with cashew milk and add a frozen banana and some kale. I drink it in the car on my way to work!

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Any questions, let me know! I’m glad to help!

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21 Day Fix Costco Staples

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I recently finished my second round of the 21 day fix and could not be more impressed with my results!!! You can read about my first round here. I’m losing weight, inches, but the best part is that I’m not feeling like I’m depriving myself. The meal plan has been simple to follow and I love preparing my meals on Sunday for the whole week.

Whenever someone switches to a healthier, cleaner meal plan I know money is always a concern. It’s true, eating fresh produce, organic products, and lean meats can be pricey, but if you are smart about it, it actually doesn’t cost that much money. One of my favorite ways to save money is by shopping at Costco! Prices are lower because you are shopping in bulk, but that just means you can shop less!

I go to Costco probably every week or every other and here is what I get:

Produce

I love their broccoli because it is already cut up and ready to go! Nothing makes more of a mess than cutting your own broccoli. Sorry, I don’t have time for that! Their deep green blends are perfect for salads, smoothies, and even a great addition to eggs. I also grab their tomato bites, English cucumbers, Brussel sprouts, and sweet potatoes.

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Meat

This is probably where the bulk of your grocery bill goes to. I love getting the 4 pack of ground turkey because we use it every single day. I use it for greek meat balls, taco bowls, and mini meatloaves. I also get their chicken that comes packaged with 6 sets of 2 chicken breasts. I don’t know about you, but I HATE cleaning chicken. I feel like having to clean 2 or 4 breasts at a time is so much easier than some of the other “bulk” packs of chicken. I use chicken to make buffalo chicken bowls, chicken fajitas, and taco chicken salads!

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Almond Butter

This jar of heaven has one ingredient in it; almonds. I use a teaspoon (or 2) with an apple as a 21 day fix snack. This jar is HUGE too and lasts a long time!

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Tzatziki Yogurt Dip

I’m not a 21 day nutrition expert but I could this greek yogurt dip as a red container when I am measuring my food. Since a serving of red is 3/4 of a cup I allow myself 1/2 a cup of meat and then 1/4 cup of this “dip”. Cutting back on dips was hard for me so this was a great solution!

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Quinoa Tabouli

Are you noticing a Greek theme? This past week I’ve been really into Greek flavors so I grabbed this up and used it as a yellow!

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Kalamata Olives

Can’t forget your 10 olives you can have a day!  This jar is HUGE. I mean it. I couldn’t believe it was only $7.99. The small jar I bought at Kroger the week before was probably less than a quarter of this and cost me $5.79! This will last us forever!

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Eggs

Hubs and I each eat at least 2 eggs a day on the meal plan so you can imagine how much we go through! Plus the babes love eggs too! These are $3.79 a dozen and I just love their packaging!

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There you have it! My 21 Day Fix Costco staples. What else am I missing?

New Year, New Mom: 21 Day Fix Review

I can’t believe the month of January has come and gone! Like so many other people I started the new year with a resolution to become a better me. I’m usually so wrapped up in being “mom” that I wasn’t taking care of myself. I was in terrible shape and absolutely needed to make a change for the better.

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I started the 21 Day Fix on January 4 and haven’t looked back! What I love most about it is how simple it is to follow. The meal plan is flexible and easy to prepare and the workouts are a mere 30 minutes a day.

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I’m a very all-or-nothing kind of girl so I researched as much as I could and followed the meal plan to a tee. This included starting every day with Shakeology and drinking ALL my recommended water.

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The hardest part was finding time to workout when my hubs was working late and I had two babes to corral. Instead of waiting for them to go to bed most nights I would set them up with their dinner & the ipad at the picnic table and get my workout in! Pressing play is the hardest part!

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The meal plan promotes eating every 2-3 hours. Instead of a carb filled snack or a calorie loaded specialty coffee my NEW go to is an apple with almond butter!

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Along with the support from my challenge group I think I was so successful because I made a plan each week and stuck with it! My meals were made ahead of time and my workouts were set in stone!

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I’ve gotten a lot of questions on my meal prep so I thought I’d share how I have been preparing for each week! This is a sample of a weeks’ worth of meals. To keep things simple I make the same lunches and dinners for a whole week. I do my meal prep on Sundays and never have to cook the rest of the week. It really is worth it to not have to mess my kitchen daily!

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Pictured above are turkey bowls, buffalo chicken bowls, and my Shakeology supplies.

Turkey Bowls: Lean ground turkey with low sodium taco seasoning, one yellow container of a rice/quinoa blend, and a yellow container of beans and corn. I usually add 2 tablespoons of salsa the morning I am going to eat it. I either eat the bowl plain or add to a cup of spinach to get another serving of veggies in. Recently I started leaving out the corn and only using one yellow container total between the beans and the rice.

Buffalo Chicken Bowls: I boil boneless skinless chicken breasts in plain water for about 30 minutes. Then I shred and add Mrs. Dash chicken blend,Frank’s wing sauce, and a diced red onion. I like to eat cold on top of pre made broccoli slaw. For dressing I combine plain greek yogurt and dry ranch. If I haven’t had a blue container for the day I add goat cheese too!

Shakeology Staples: I usually freeze a cup of spinach to add to my Shakeology in the am. Sometimes I add frozen banana or frozen berries too!

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I try to do a lot of my shopping at Costco and Aldi. At Costco I buy my chicken, ground turkey, microwave packs of the rice/quinoa, spinach, eggs (SO cheap!), almond butter, and broccoli. I can get away with shopping every other week for a lot of those items mentioned. Read my Costco Must haves here.

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I also utilize Aldi as much as I can because their prices are pretty amazing for some staples to my meal plan! This taco seasoning was 39 cents a pack!

Also on the meal plan are eggs! My hubs and I have been addicted to hard boiled eggs and I have to share a few egg tips with all of you! We each take 2 eggs with us to work each day so it’s safe to say I’ve kind of become an egg-pert! On my meal prep day I also boil my eggs. I place them in cold water and bring the pot to a boil. Once the water is boiling I remove from heat, cover, and set a timer for 20 minutes. At the 20 minute mark I transfer them immediately to ICE cold water. They turn out perfect every time! To peel them easily, use the back of a teaspoon. A co-worker told me this tip and it has been life-changing!

 

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So that’s where I’ve been the past month! Following my meal plan, doing my work outs, and making ME a priority. I’m down 15 pounds and UP a whole bunch of energy!

I’m starting my next 21 days TODAY and cannot wait to see my results.

What are your favorite 21 Day Fix meals?

**Edited: Since writing this post it has seen a lot of traction on pinterest. If you are getting started make sure to read my 21 Day Fix Must Haves and my 21 Day Fix Costco Staples

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