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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Working Mom's Guide to 21 Day Fix


Often times our reason for not doing something comes down to one common denominator: time

I get it!
My time is valuable.
If I give you my time and you waste it, I never get that back. (And I'm not happy.)
If I give you my time, that means I'm giving you time I could be spending with my family.

So, we don't want to spend it doing just any old thing.  Nor do we want to spend it doing monotonous, tedious, arduous tasks.

Being a working mom is tough!  Time is a precious commodity.

That's why the 21 Day Fix is the perfect program for a working mom.
30 minute workouts = yes please!  
30 minutes is about all I'm willing to give up these days.  I mean, who really wants to spend 60-90 minutes sweating?!

There are a few things I do as a working fitmom that I feel make my life a lot easier and my fitness journey more successful.  By no means am I claiming to be perfect.  I am far from it.  Particularly in the nutrition arena.  But, if these things help me, they may help you as well.

I prep and plan my meals at the beginning of each week.  I do this on Sundays because that is also the day I generally do my grocery shopping.  I write down all the meals I intend to make each day on a weekly calendar and I plan my 21 Day Fix containers for each meal then work backwards deciding how to fill them.  You can see more about my backwards meal planning here.

I incorporate Carson into my workout whenever I can or I schedule around his schedule.  Generally I get a better more focused workout in when Carson is not in the room, but I have found him some little dumbbells to play with and he loves doing the workout alongside me.  Or, I wake up 30 minutes early in the morning and get my workout in before the rest of the house wakes up!  I realize that sounds crazy if you already have an early morning routine, but it means I wake up at 5:15 instead of 5:45 and honestly, I don't notice the difference when I get those extra 30 minutes.

I fuel my body with dense nutrition and all natural supplements.  I am a firm believer in putting good things in your body in order to get it to do what you want it to do.  For me, that means I drink Shakeology each morning for breakfast to get in a serving of protein as well as my daily supply of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins.  It also means I drink a serving of E&E each morning before my workout.  This is an all natural energizing pre-workout supplement.

When I originally started working out in the morning before school, I realized I was struggling with balance and stamina to make it through the entire workout.  I started using E&E and I haven't had any problems since!  It also helps me to get my water intake started for the day.

I actively engage and participate in challenge groups.  I truly think that challenge groups are what sets Beachbody apart from other programs.  I have had amazing success in challenge groups.  They keep me motivated, hold me accountable, and get me excited for each step in my fitness journey.  You can read more about the advantages of challenge groups here.

I realize all of this may seem very overwhelming, but it helps!  I promise.  In fact, some days I feel so overwhelmed that I use a checklist of sorts that I created to ensure I get in everything I want to get in that day.  For the pdf of that checklist click here.

If you're interested in learning more about challenge groups or the 21 Day Fix contact me!

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