The 21 Day Fix, Brittany-style

So if you’re involved with the dieting/fitness world in any way, you’ve probably heard it the 21 Day Fix. It is one of the Beachbody programs, and involves portion control containers combined with a 7-day-a-week exercise plan.

It’s also about $60. And while I have heard great things about it from both friends and family who have done it, $60 is a good chunk of change. So with the being said, I decided to go my own route to doing essentially the same thing.

Up first is the food/portion control part of the Fix. A quick search on Amazon found me lots of different versions of portion control containers, almost all of which are the same size as the ones in the 21 Day Fix, and are even color coded the same. I ended up going with this set:

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7 Piece Portion Control Containers

Next up is the workouts. I am already seeing a trainer once a week and visiting the gym 2-3 other times each week, so I just needed to bump things up. I’m not doing the exact same workouts as the 21 Day Fix Program, but there are LOTS of free 30-minute workout videos available on Youtube.  So just set yourself a schedule of which days you will do a regular gym workout or which days you will be doing any particular workout video. 30 minutes every day of the week and be sure to switch things up each day to keep your mind and body on their toes!

For myself I wanted to really be able to see what kind of changes my body went through in the 3 weeks, so I created a fitness journal. A space at the beginning for my “before” measurements, pages for my “during” and “after” measurements, and a daily food log. This is where I keep a record of what I eat each day and track as I use up each of my different colors of containers for the day.

I am currently on day 4. Today was a bit of a “cheat day” due to circumstances both within and out of my control. Next weekend my sister is getting married, and I can guarantee that will be a cheat day as well. However, I’m confident that I will be able to stay pretty on track the other days of the week, and a cheat meal here and there isn’t unreasonable.

 

Have you ever done the 21 Day Fix or a similar program? What were your results like?

 

 

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INNX Product nylon dog safety belt

As you may know, we have three adorable dogs and often take them on trips to the beach, hiking, visiting family, and of course to the dreaded vet. I always used to worry about what would happen if I got in a car accident. Even if I need to slam on my breaks a little the dogs come skittering forward, what would happen if my car rolled over? (Dog mom anxiety is a real struggle).

Fast forward to finding these doggy seat belts on Amazon. They are the perfect solution for the worrying dog mom! They are easy to use and I can rest easier knowing that my dog is safely tethered in. They are easy to adjust as well — the slider clip on the belt adjusts the length so you can give the dog as much or as little moving space. The clip at the end attached to the dog’s harness the same way a leash would attach, then simply snap the buckle portion into your seat belt just like you would with a standard seat belt. It will stay securely fastened until you unclip it!

Check out my video on youtube to see my modeling the use of the product, featuring the handsome Kingsley as a model 🙂

If you want to pick them up for yourself you can find them here on Amazon – less than $8 for a set of two!

Disclaimer: I received this product for free or at a discounted rate in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the seller or manufacturer in any way. I received no additional compensation for this review.

Living with Depression and Anxiety

Living with depression and/or anxiety is a struggle.  When you live with both you get double the struggle. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out which one is the hardest on any give day. Every day is different. I may be at a 5 or 6 in terms of depression, but an 8 or 9 for anxiety. Maybe my anxiety isn’t as bad that day, but the depression is through the roof.

Depression isn’t just “being sad”. Anxiety isn’t just “being nervous”.  For me, life with depression and anxiety looks like:

  • Uncontrollable sobbing when you read an article about someone suffering, losing a child, losing a parent, losing a home, etc. Or cute animals. Or happy people. Sad people. Natural disasters. Violence. People having babies. A community supporting its’ members. Basically anything, really.
  • Physical aches and pains — headaches, body aches, muscle tension, upset stomach, constipation or diarrhea.
  • Wanting to get a ton of stuff accomplished but physically/mentally not being able to. I. Just. Can’t. I want to, but I can’t. There is no other way to describe it.
  • Feeling like your friends and family secretly hate you and talk about you behind your back.
  • Not wanting to go hang out with friends because you aren’t sure if you can park in their driveway or not.
  • Avoiding crowded places because there are just too many people and you feel overloaded.
  • Not having the mental or physical energy to get out of bed and start your day.
  • Always assuming the worst case scenario. Someone is late? They probably got in a car accident. Or they don’t want to actually hang out with you and are just going to blow you off. They’re cheating on you.
  • Needing space at the same time that you don’t want to be alone.
  • Uncontrollable emotional outbursts.
  • Constantly feeling like you aren’t good enough and are letting the people around you down.
  • Sitting on the couch staring blankly into space because you have no interest in doing anything.
  • Not enjoying any of the hobbies and activities that you used to like, or know that you like, or think that maybe you like but you can’t remember because it’s been so long.
  • Avoiding social activities because there may be someone there that you don’t know.
  • Calling people, businesses, etc after they are closed because you don’t actually want them to answer. Hoping for voicemail every time you call someone.
  • Constantly cancelling plans with people because you just can’t do it. It’s not the same reason every time, but it seems like there’s always something.
  • Not being able to focus on tasks, or starting new tasks before finishing others.

That is certainly  not an all-inclusive list, but it does touch on what I experience on a daily basis. What does depression and/or anxiety look like for you? What techniques do you use to manage day-to-day activities?