21 Day Fix Review

by Ali Piazza

I must admit, I LOVE the 21 Day Fix!!

It’s the first time EVER that I was able to lose 10 lbs and 9 inches in a month. I have tried and tried countless times and never succeeded. But with this program, I was successful.

What I liked was the sheer focus I had. I only had 21 days to get beach ready and that clarity kept me in line. For a full 21 days I stuck to the program – except for 3 missed exercise days due to illness and serious cramps. I didn’t stray from the eating plan and even resisted food at a Justin Timberlake concert, a baby shower and a birthday. The length of program helped me to really stick to it. It’s only 21 days after all.

The Exercise

I’ve done many Beachbody programs before and this is one of my favourites. The workouts are only 30 min. I didn’t feel like I was going to die while doing them and I definitely felt sore the next day, which meant it was working!! Autumn is a great trainer and she motivating to watch.
I’m really not a fan of ab exercises. But one of my  favourite aspects about the program was that every workout really worked the core, without having to do crazy amount of sit-ups. Even though I dislike working the core, a strong core always makes me feel stronger, leaner and sexier.

The Meal Plan

When I first saw the containers, I thought “holy smokes, I’m going to starve!!” They look really small. But they are deceiving. They actually pack a good amount of food. The good news is – I was never hungry!
As with anything new, there was a bit of a learning curve. But once I got a hang of it, it was really easy to consistently make healthy choices.

Round 2!!

After my initial round, I went to Cuba for a much needed vacation. I of course drank and ate to my heart’s content. It’s vacation after all. It’s amazing how tired and bloated I felt! It didn’t matter too much cause the only thing I had to do was lie by the pool, but it re-enforced how important eating properly is. Especially when you need energy throughout the day.

Anyways, that vacation was back in March and since then I’ve maintained the loss. BUT my wedding is coming up and I want to lose some more inches so I’m doing another round just to help me feel extra pretty on my wedding day.

This program really is a great way to either kickstart something new or to get to where you want fast! :)



 

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Eat to Heal, Not to Numb

by Ali Piazza

I lost my baby.

Perhaps I was a little overexcited to share. I told pretty much everyone. I even wrote a post about it. I figured if it happened I’d deal. And here I am…dealing.

I had a dream the night before I went to he hospital. It was one of those vivid dreams that are very clear. In the dream, I was in my mother’s room and on the phone to my doctor. In the dream the doctor told me that the hormones were low and the baby wasn’t growing properly.

The next day, I began to bleed with lower back pain. I went to the hospital to confirm what I already knew in my heart…my baby was gone.

After my miscarriage, I took a week off work. At first I was hesitant to do so, but I was happy I did in the end cause it allowed me to feel the loss: the anger, the guilt and the all encompassing sadness that I think most women feel when they experience a miscarriage.

During that time, I barely ate. When severely heart broken, I don’t eat, even when I’m hungry.

Once I started to eat normally however, my weight skyrocketed to an all time high.
Who knows why, but obviously my body and hormones were outta whack. I felt bloated, frustrated, unattractive and seriously grumpy. It was just such an unpleasant feeling. I hadn’t felt like myself for months and it was getting worse!
So, I had a choice to make….and both involved food.
Do I continue to feel this way, but NUMB my discomfort by overeating yummy, uber fatty, calorie dense food and drink?
OR
Do I HEAL myself (inside and out) with food that is satisfying, delicious and packed full of nutrients?
Even though there’s a lot more work involved, I’ve chosen to heal.
I chose to do a combination of the Wild Rose Detox and the 21 Day Fix, which is a new program from Beachbody.
By eliminating foods that cause me indigestion, proper portion control along and 30 min of exercise a day, Ive been able to lose almost 8 pounds in 7 days. That’s how bloated I was! No wonder I was so uncomfortable!
Has it been an easy week?
No.
My fatigue continued and my cravings were strong. My sadness comes and goes.
During the Valentines day party in my class, I totally wanted to indulge in the donoughts and chips and cheesies that my students brought in for the party.
At the Justin Timberlake concert I can’t even tell you how badly I wanted cheesy garlic bread and poutine with large amounts of wine. But I stuck to my plan and enjoyed both the party and the concert without having to stuff my face. Which showed me it is possible to have fun without food.
To help with the cravings, I just tried to see the food I wanted from another perspective. I started to see the food I was craving as not helpful. The food at the party and the concert is not going to help me stop feeling the way I do. What is going to help me is food from this earth, created by the earth.
I don’t mean to sound so tree-huggerish, but it’s true!
Look at the difference 1 week can make. I still can’t believe it. And more importantly I can FEEL it the difference. Lighter and stronger. Cause after all, it’s a feeling we’re all ultimately chasing, not a number.
I made a commitment to myself, to heal and feel like myself again. And I think I’m well on my way!!

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Happy New Year!!! Don’t you just love the feeling of optimism and hope that this day brings??

A chance for making changes and creating new and wonderful things.

This year will definitely be a game changer for me…

First off because I’m getting married to the most AMAZING man (seriously a-mah-zing!) He’s got it all :) I’m am truly blessed that he entered my life. We were going to elope on the 30th but I didn’t have the proper divorce documentation. So, now I think the new plan is to elope in March on some tropical sandy beach. Ahhhhh I LOVE that idea!!!

And the other big change is that I’M PREGNANT!!! Currently only 8 weeks. I know I’m not ‘supposed’ to share before the 1st trimester is done, but I just want to. The new little one will be due in August. :)

Before I found out I was pregnant I was planning on doing P90X3 and getting the best results possible, aka – abs and slimmer thighs! That goal is obviously not happening, but the actions will be the same.

I’m still going to focus on proper nutrition so my baby can put him/herself together properly and I don’t gain the whopping 60 lbs like I did with my first pregnancy.

And I’m still going to attempt X3, but I’ll change it up to my liking.

So, basically I’m going to eat well and move my body. Nothing revolutionary – just making choices that EVERYBODY should be doing whether they want to lose weight of not. 

Doing P90X3 While Pregnant

I must admit, I’m a bit nervous about attempting to do this. Having completed the original P90X, I know how challenging the program is. And throw in the common pregnancy symptoms I’ve been feeling – nausea, fatigue, sore boobs, headaches etc. It’s going to be even more challenging.

My doctor said that I can continue to be as active as I was before. I was doing a round of ChaLEAN Extreme before so I feel I can start X3. Plus, according to Beachbody, P90X3 can be for anyone – both veteran’s and beginners because there’s modifications available. I’ve been debating between Lean and Classic version but I think I’ll go for Lean just cause that’s what I did when I did the original. There’s simply more cardio in the Lean version compared to the Classic.

I will also have to double up on the sports bras because my boobs are sooo sore!

My Pregnant Modifications

  • Do all modifications instead of regular
  • Do 15 reps with a lighter weight instead of the recommended 10.
  • Do low impact cardio instead of high impact –> no jumping and plyometrics.
  • Will not do exercises that require me to lie on my stomach, back or twist my torso.
  • Will attempt to do ab exercises on the stability ball.
  • Listen to my body. If I’m exhausted or nauseous I will do an easier workout from my DVD library.
  • I will aim to workout 4-5 x a week, I don’t know if I can commit to 6x a week cause of my fatigue.
  • Probably going to do 6 weeks (not 13) because that will bring me into my 2nd trimester.

Eating while Pregnant

I will still plan my meal and I will share them here with you each week. I’m not going to be tracking calories. I will be focusing on eating whole foods – fruits, veggies, lean meats, light dairy (cause I’m totally craving cheese!) and whole grains. I’ll be continuing to make meals that are cheap, quick and easy to make and that the whole family will enjoy – including my uber picky 5 year old son!

Despite my meal planning, I will also follow my cravings in moderation cause I believe that pregnant women crave certain things for a reason. Perhaps the baby is needing more protein, or vitamin C or whatever nutrient he/she needs. Am I going to give into EVERY craving?…No. I’ve been craving beer recently, which is weird cause I don’t drink beer and I’m obviously not going to start now. I also want to gain a healthy amount of weight, not the amount I did with Evan.

I am also going to continue to drink Shakeology when I feel like it.

I of course asked my doctor first and she told me to call Motherisk to determine if it was safe to drink during pregnancy. The Motherisk Program is a clinical, research and teaching program run by The Hospital for Sick Children, one of the world’s leading paediatric health-care institutions. When I called they said that it was safe to drink. So, on days I don’t drink it I take my prenatal vitamin, and on days I do drink it I add a folic acid supplement.

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