When I first heard about Shakeology I was extremely skeptical and hesitant to try it. I was already very much into eating clean. Eating non-GMO and organic and eating less processed foods were very important to me. Plus I was NEVER a shake person! I am a researcher...
I immediately went to work Googling Shakeology, reading ingredient labels and reviews and blog posts galore. Even since starting to drink it I still listen to podcasts and read any new info that comes out because I still care immensely what is in what I eat!
Week 1 of 21 Day Fix is done and I am pretty happy with how I did. I wasn't perfect, but I worked out 5 days of the week only strayed from my meal plan on the weekend. Like I said - NOT PERFECT - but not horrible! Plus I feel so much better! I had a cough for about 3 weeks after finishing Reach the Beach and within a few days of eating right, working out and drinking Shakeology is was almost gone. Finally!
So I have done this program before, but always stray away before the 3 weeks is up. I suspect this usually happens after the weekend, where my schedule isn't as tight as during the work week, I go out to eat and my weekly meal plan and prep is running out. It's definitely easy to quit after your weekend is a few days in a row of less than perfect.
I committed to finishing this program so I am not about to quit now! Instead I am accepting my days where I wasn't 100% going according to the plan and am moving forward. That's the way you will be successful in making fitness and eating well part of your LIFESTYLE. Don't guilt yourself for the times when you aren't perfect. Start each day fresh with the intention of fueling your body right and getting moving or resting if you need it. Listen to your body! If you need a rest day and you have a scheduled workout, take the rest day. You don't need to injure yourself if you really know that you need that recovery time.
Everyone in my accountability group is doing awesome! This is my favorite NSV (non-scale victory) from this week:
She has been working hard and has done 21 Day Fix a handful of times in a row and is seeing MAJOR changes! I'm so proud!
Want to see some of my meal planning and food from Week 1?
Head over to my YouTube channel
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Last week I hosted a group on Facebook where we all focused on eating very clean, reading all of our ingredients on processed foods and avoiding anything we wouldn't use cooking in our own kitchen. I always feel awesome after I do one of these groups and I have decided to stick with it more long-term.
I always try to eat pretty well, but I wanted to really start fresh because after I a while I find myself drifting back to the land of ice cream and Goldfish. (my weaknesses!) So after this week of clean eating I felt great and decided to pick it up a notch by doing 21 Day Fix again.
I LOVE 21 Day Fix because on top of my focus on clean ingredients it also forces me to meal plan so I eat the right amount of containers each day. (Containers = types of food - protein, carbs, fruits, veggies, fats/cheese, oils/seeds)
Meal planning is a pain in my ass for the 1 hour I do it. But it also saves me time the rest of week, helps counteract laziness of not wanting to cook or having to come up with an idea for dinner when I am already starving.
I have been sharing stuff on my personal Facebook (you can add me if you want!) non-stop lately about eating clean, trying to convince people from afar....also probably annoying people, but oh wellll!
This is what I posted on there earlier today:
You can't undo eating crap by eating a few really good things or working out sometimes. You have to flip that on it's head and eat clean and be active almost all of the time with the occasional not good food or day where you lay around.
Superfoods are great, yeah, but you can't still drink 3 Cokes a day and other nonsense like that (crackers or ice cream for me), add Shakeology or a few healthy things here and there and think everything is dandy.
I have a lot of friends who are into cars/trucks/anything that moves and you will drive to specific gas stations because you say they have better gas. Yet you drink Monster or smoke cigarettes or eat and drink anything filled with chemicals. You are treating your car/truck/whatever better than yourself! What is really most important here? You can't enjoy that car if you are sick!
That last little part was a personal rant..sorry! Back to my message - Eat healthy and move often...at least 80% of the time. Just do it.
Want to do 21 Day Fix with me? I can add you to my group of friends doing the program together!
When I got my first pair of compression socks I knew nothing about compression, why it was beneficial or why it was often recommended for runners. I didn't know if I should wear them while running or after running (so I asked people on Instagram). I didn't know how tight they should be. So I suspect that many other beginner runners have these same questions.
Compression socks and sleeves are often recommended for runners to help with blood flow, absorbing some of the shock from repeated impact with the ground, reducing soreness and decreasing recovery time. Some of those benefits only occur when you wear compression gear while running (as opposed to post-run). Through trial and error, I have determined I like to wear my less compressive socks while running and the more compressive sleeves post-run.
My first pair of socks weren't TOO tight. They were easy to get on and off and left some imprints on my legs, so I figured they were tight enough to be effective. (Really scientific, I know!) Soon after trying my first pair of compression socks, Jake at BioSkin reached out to me about trying their calf sleeves. He told me ahead of time that their sleeves are extremely compressive and asked for measurements of my calves --> something I had never been asked for before!
When I received the BioSkin calf sleeves, I immediately tried to put them on. And failed. Jake wasn't kidding, these ARE extremely compressive. It took me a minute or two, but I figured out a way to pull them on pretty easily. (Pull them up as far as you can up your calf, then pull the bottom part all the way up over your heel, then pull them the rest of the way up from the top.) Once on, they didn't feel too tight. They were compressive, but not restrictive.
I tried a few runs wearing the sleeves, but I got hamstring cramps both times. It could have been a coincidence, but I have not tried them again during a run lately to say. After a few runs with hamstring cramps and removing the sleeves right after my run, I started doing the opposite and wearing them only post-run and for a few hours. I loved the sleeves for this purpose! They definitely helped to reduce my usual post-run soreness in my legs and specifically my usual Achilles pain in my left leg.
For the sole purpose my decreasing my soreness I would wear these sleeves after every run. I will probably try running with them on again soon, but for now I usually run without compression during my runs. I occasionally will wear the less compressive socks, but that is mostly when it is cool out and I don't want to wear full pants yet :D
Do you usually wear compression gear during your runs or post run? What is your go-to brand?
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I am adding a food section to TakesGuts2Run! What we eat is such a huge part of training and living healthy. To be honest, I have completely been slacking lately, eating crap! And I have been feeling the effects of it BIG TIME. So I will be adding to this section to help me get back on track, post some recipes to act like I know to how cook, and suggest products that I have found and love.
My goal is to eat MOSTLY organic, Non-GMO, real food. It has been really hard for me, but I am trying to cut out processed foods. It has been a struggle being someone who loves crackers (Goldfish, Cheezits, etc..) and working in an office where there are always snacks! I have been working on replacing products one by one to find organic alternatives to the brands I used to eat. My favorite organic find so far is Lundberg Organic Whole Grain Rice, which replaced my old chemical filled, though delicious, rice mix.
Check out how good these ingredients are for the Yellow Rice!
Ingredients: Organic Parboiled Brown Rice, Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Bell Peppers, Sea Salt, Organic Dried Onion, Organic Dried Garlic, Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Organic Turmeric, Organic Rice Concentrate, Organic Black Pepper, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Can't get much better than that for a boxed rice mix! They have a bunch of flavors and I have loved every one I have tried.
Here are the ingredients in my old favorite rice:
Ingredients: Enriched Long Grain Rice [Rice, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Folic Acid), Enriched Vermicelli (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Folic Acid], Whey, Vegetables (Carrots, Onions), Corn Starch, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Salt, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Chicken Fat, Corn Syrup (Dried), Cream Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cream, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Parsley (Dried), Spice, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Chicken (Dried), Sodium Caseinate, Natural Flavors, Disodium Inosinate Guanylate, Turmeric Extractive (For Color).
Do you have any organic products that are a must try? Leave them in the comments.
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Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pups. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance