Monday, August 6, 2018

Postpartum Weight Loss with Beachbody 21 Day Fix

Left {Pre-Pregnancy}, Middle {6 months Postpartum}, Right {After 21 Day Fix}

First, I want to say thank you to everyone for your sweet comments on the picture above yesterday! They meant a lot to me and really made me glad that I decided to share my postpartum fitness journey with you all. 
I did the 21 Day Fix once before a few years ago and continued to use the workouts for maintaining even through my pregnancy. The workouts are easy and convenient because I can do them quickly right in my living room. It has been tougher with the baby setting aside the time every day to workout, but I knew I had to do it for my mental and physical health. 
I did get some requests for meal ideas and a bit more information regarding the 21 Day Fix workout and cleaning eating program so here they are.

21 Day Fix Program

The 21 Day Fix Program consists of 7 different, 30 minute, workouts using hand weights or resistant bands. Some workouts require no equipment at all. 

6 colored containers (green, purple, red, yellow, blue, and orange) each for different food groups. These help you make sure you get in your correct daily portions. 

Shakeology Protein Powder. We LOVEEEEE Shakeology and we always have it in our house. We prefer the Vegan flavors, strawberry, and chocolate. Even if we aren't doing a program Shane and I each make a smoothie in the morning with Shakeo. If I was craving it while I was pregnant, I would not take my pre-natal and supplement with folate instead. I also continued to use Shakeology while I breastfed. 

If you are interested in trying this program you can purchase it here: 21 Day Fix Program
I have signed up to be a coach because we use Shakeology so much and you get a slight discount per month. That being said, if you purchase a program through me I will be there cheering you on throughout your journey. That is one of the best things about Beachbody. Having a coach and being apart of a community gives you the support needed to successfully complete this fitness program. I studied behavior change a lot in graduate school and one of the reasons why I love the 21 Day Fix is because it includes EVERYTHING a person needs to be successful. The 30 minute workouts are quick and soooo hard {they include great modifications}, the portion control containers make it easy to know you're not overeating, Shakeology helps with getting all your vitamins and helps curb cravings, and the online fitness community gives you the support you need to complete the program. The best thing about this program is the flexibility. You CAN replace your yellow {carb} container with wine 2-3 times a week. So if you just can't give up your wine, you don't have to give it up completely. I only had wine twice while doing the program because I wanted to get the best results possible. 

If you just want to try Shakeology you can purchase it here: Vegan Shakeology Sampler

Typical Daily Menu

Breakfast: Morning smoothie with 1 scoop Shakeology, 1 cup frozen fruit,  and 1 cup unsweet original Blue Diamond Almond Milk {add water to get desired consistency}

Containers: 1 red, 1 purple {Autumn doesn't count the almond milk I never have either. That is all I have in a day.}

Midmorning Snack: 2 hard boiled eggs with salt and pepper. 
{To switch it up sometimes I add a dash of Sriracha, or a small spoonful of Dijon Mustard}

Containers: 1 red

Lunch: 1 light multi-grain English Muffin, 1/2 cup tomato puree {seasoned with Italian dry seasonings}, and 1/3 cup low-moisture shredded mozzarella cheese. Stick in the microwave or toaster oven to melt cheese. 

Containers: 2 yellow, 1 blue, 1/2 green 

Snack: 2 tbsps raw, unsalted sunflower seeds and 2 clementines 

Containers: 1 orange, 1 purple

Dinner: Protein {Baked Chicken, Salmon, Ground Turkey} with oven roasted veggies. 
For a fresh, flavored, chicken I season it with fresh chopped rosemary and basil, 1-2 cloves mashed garlic, juice a lemon, add some olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic seasoning let it sit in a plastic bag for 30 minutes or you can prep in the morning and let it sit all day. Roast in the oven on 350F for 30ish minutes. 
I add tons of fresh dried Italian herbs to my veggies, toss in some garlic cloves, sprinkling with a little olive oil and roast on the same temp, same time with the chicken. 

Containers: 1 red, 2.5 green, 2 tsp oil

I use the marinade below for Salmon.
Marinade includes a juiced lemon, dried dill, drizzle of olive oil, small spoonful dijon mustard, salt and pepper. 

Dessert: 3/4 cup non-fat Chobani Greek Yogurt, dash of cinnamon and a drizzle of Maple Syrup. 
I am a HUGE dessert person and that is alway my biggest weakness and craving. This dessert helps me get my last serving of protein in for the day and gives me a little bit of sweetness to help with cravings. 

Containers: 1 red 

By the time I am done with the 21 Day Fix my cravings are significantly better and my willpower is always stronger. If for some reason I am dying for something throughout the day I always try to consume either a green juice or a small serving of raw fruit. 

More 21 Day Fix Recipes

Crock Pot Meals {these are bomb and so easy!}

Taco Salad {I use ground turkey}

Snack Ideas

Hummus and Carrots

Apples Slices and Almond Butter

Raw Almonds

Reduced-Fat Mozzarella String Cheese

You can also follow my Work Out and Food pages on Pinterest for more recipes or workout ideas. 

I still have a few more pounds I would like to lose so I plan to continue with this program just not as strict. I lost 7 pounds during this program over 21 days. That may not sound like a lot, BUT you have to remember you are also gaining muscle because of the intense workouts. Muscle weighs more than fat, so if you see your scale staying the same don't get discouraged. It can be a good thing. You want to build muscle, so you can be strong and not just skinny.
I have my 30th birthday coming up in a few weeks and I would definitely like to be a bit closer to my goal weight by then. My goal has always been to have all the baby weight gone by 9 months postpartum.  I think it's really important to give your body and mind time to heal and process before you commit to any eating and physical lifestyle changes. Also to realize, it took you 9 months to grow that baby, it may take 9 months to get your body completely back afterwards.. and guess what?! That is totally fine! A woman's body literally creates a miracle and all Moms really need to remember that. 

I hope this posts answers some questions, but if you have more questions please feel free to email me {} so I can do my best to thoroughly answer them. 

As always thanks for reading!

xo, Alina 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Christmas 2017 Photos

My look:
Asos Dress (currently 30% off) // Steve Madden Heels // David Yurman Bracelets here and here // Honora Pearl Earrings

Shane's look:
similar Hugo Boss Suit //  similar Hugo Boss Shirt  (on sale) // similar Burberry Tie

Happy Monday! (JK this morning was so hard to get my butt in gear and back to work)

These photos were suppose to go up Friday, but I forgot to schedule the post and completely forgot about it over the weekend. I looked at my blog today and realized they never went up. Sorry about that. 

I am so happy with how these photos turned out. We were so lucky that we missed the rain. It started just as we were finishing our last few photos. We took these photos down on 5th Avenue here in Naples and at Hotel Escalante. We have taken many photos at that hotel over the years. The little alley way they have there is so perfect for photos. We actually almost had our wedding here. It was a bit too small of a venue for us, but it is so incredibly beautiful and unique. 

Next Sunday, {weather pending} we are doing my maternity photos! I cannot believe it is already time for them. I am 34 weeks today and definitely starting to feel some exhaustion. We had 12 people over for Thanksgiving dinner and while I didn't cook all the food, the entertaining, table setting, and what not was A LOT more strenuous than I thought it was going to be. Friday I was so tired I really could only hang out on the couch and relax. Learning to listen to my body and not push myself has been hard for me, but I am getting better each day. 

Now time to get those Christmas cards ordered. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

xo, Alina

Photos by Jillian Lee

Friday, November 17, 2017

Christmas Photo Inspiration

{This is probably one of my absolute favorite photos of us. Shane has it framed on his bedside table}

Happy Friday!

Today I am sharing our Christmas photos from two years ago. Some of these photos are my favorite that Shane and I have ever taken together. I love this location and the light was just perfect that evening. Unfortunately, they cut all the tall grass down in this empty lot so we haven't been able to take photos there again. 

Last Sunday we took our Christmas photos for this year. I haven't got any sneak peaks yet, but I am dying to see them. We took them in downtown Naples, on 5th Avenue. All the Christmas lights and decoration are up so I am excited to see how they turn out. 

The nursery furniture is being delivered today and I am dying. I cannot wait to get the room set up and ready to go. We only have about 8 weeks left until little man arrives. SO much left to do before that happens. 

Have an aweseome weekend and as always thanks for reading!

xo, Alina

Photos by Jillian Lee

Friday, November 10, 2017

Christmas Photos

Hello hello! 

I am sharing our Christmas photos from last year today. We are taking our photos for this years Christmas card this Sunday and I am so excited. This year will definitely be a bit different because I'm almost 32 weeks pregnant at this point. I am looking forward to having those photos to look back on and to show Baby Smith one day. 

Jillian does pretty much all our photos and I love working with her so much. She knows how to direct us perfectly to get the right shot. I will definitely share the newest Christmas photos here when she gets them back to me. 

Most of the items I am wearing are old/out of stock unfortunately, but you can still get some inspiration from our outfits. Shane's outfit is pretty much all from Nordstrom and Vineyard Vines and they usually these types of basics in stock. 

Picking the perfect location for your photos is crucial. I usually spend a lot of time thinking about the location we are going to shoot at and if it will go with the vibes I am aiming for. These were taken at Koreshan Park here in Naples. If you live in our area I highly recommend it for any photo shoot. It has a rustic vibe that can't be really hard to find anywhere else around here. 

I hope you guys enjoy the photos and can draw some inspiration from them for your own Christmas photos this year. 

Thanks for reading!

xo, Alina

Friday, October 20, 2017

Our Couples Shower

The Neapolitan baby shower

The Neapolitan baby shower

The Neapolitan baby shower

How cute are these blocks that Michelle made?!?! They were the perfect shower decor! I believe she found the DIY instructions on Pinterest. 

{Above and Below}
The absolute BEST girlfriends a girl could ever ask for. I love these ladies SOOO much! Some of them flew in from Chicago and Philadelphia just to be there and I couldn't be more grateful. 

Last Sunday two of my amazing friends Michelle and Shea threw us a couples shower and I wanted to share some photos from the party. My MIL had asked me a few months ago what my ideal shower would be and I said a "Non-traditional couples shower" and I feel so lucky that we were able to be surrounded by our closest friends and Shane's siblings to shower Baby Smith. It was SO much fun and turned out exactly how I had envisioned.  

Baby Smith got so many incredible gifts and books. He has a whole sports collection going already with gear for the Gator's, Fighting Illini, and the Cubs. 

I finally ordered his nursery furniture and we are nailing down paint colors this week. I decided to go with Pottery Barn furniture because the set I loved had many matching pieces. I have ordered so far this crib, dresser, and nightstand. I will definitely do a nursery reveal post when everything is complete. I can't believe I am already in the third trimester and little smith will be here before we know it! Time is flying by. 

Thanks so much for reading!

xo, Alina