My first round of the 21 Day Fix is done! And now it’s time to write my (RAVE) review!!! First, a few basics about the program…
What is the 21 Day Fix?
It is a fitness and nutrition plan that you do for 21 consecutive days. There is a different workout for each day. Each workout is 30 minutes long, including warm-up and stretching. The eating plan uses color-coded containers to take the guess work out of portion size and types of food you should be eating. The goal of the plan is not necessarily that you will reach all of your goals in 21 days. The idea is that in 21 days, you form healthy habits of daily exercise and healthy eating. The gist: good food going in + regular fitness = new healthy lifestyle = RESULTS!!!
You get seven 30-minute workouts as part of the 21 Day Fix, and they are given to you to follow in a specific order through the week, so you are maximizing results!. AND if you order through my site, you get an additional Plyo workout for FREE! The seven workouts are:
Total Body Cardio Fix: Whole-body work using weights & combo moves to work multiple areas at the same time. Gets your heart rate up!
Upper Fix: Focus on upper body- shoulders, chest, back, & arms.
Lower Fix: Focus on lower body- everything not worked on upper fix gets a major workout. You’ll feel the burn (in the best way!)
Pilates Fix: Great core and glute work– shape those abs and you booty!
Cardio Fix: Cardio focus- gets your heart rate going for a solid half hour.
Dirty 30: Similar to Total Body Cardio- whole body work.
Yoga Fix: An ‘active recovery’ day. Basic yoga to stretch out after a week of work.
10-Minute Fix for Abs: A quick core workout using floor moves (lots of crunches). You can add this workout any day or after another workout. I generally do half of this video at the end of a few workouts a week.
The workout videos include celebrity fitness trainer Autumn Calabrese as the instructor (and her abs are enough to motivate anyone to do those crunches..).
Beachbody did a great job of including people of all fitness levels in the video. So there is a woman to follow for beginner-level exercises which utilizes body weight resistance… all the way up to the super-fit girl on the other side of the screen who is doing more intense versions of each move.
The workouts require minimal equipment– 2 sets of dumbbells (1 heavy pair & 1 lighter pair… I love THESE) or resistance bands and a yoga mat. Autumn explains each move well; while it might take a couple of reps to make sure you’ve got it down, she also gives little reminders for correct form– like pull in your abs, relax your shoulders, keep your head up. Correct form is SO important.. if you listen to her cues, you’ll save yourself an injury and a setback.
The Eating Plan
The program comes with color-coded tupperware containers for the eating plan. Based on a calculation, you can see the amount of each container you should be eating each day. The colored containers are:
The program comes with a list of approved foods for each container. The plan allows only whole (real) foods and nothing overly-processed. This is where the planning comes in and there’s likely a learning curve: Removing super processed foods from your diet means removing a good amount of the quick and easy meals you may be used to. So, you will need to plan. Good news is: We have lots of tools for tracking meals and planning for success!
Getting the results you want is 80% diet, 20% exercise. This plan hits all the right points in helping you learn what a healthy lifestyle looks like using both!
Round 1: Done.
When I started the 21 Day Fix, I was 5.5 months post-partum and frustrated with how out-of-shape I still felt. I never gained much excess weight during my pregnancy but the post-baby body was, of course, still there, and still a challenge. I tried going back to running several times a week, but between the temperamental weather and a temperamental baby that was hard to do consistently.
Truth: I struggled for the first few days. For me, the first days meant overcoming bad snacking habits & learning to schedule in workouts. It amazed me that I honestly had to learn to schedule when I was going to do this quick 30-minute workout.. but so many times I found myself at the end of the day, totally exhausted and without an opportunity to get it done.
I also learned that while I always plan my dinners in advance, I needed to think about my other meals and snacks ahead of time. I realized what areas I over-eat in. I initially ran out of yellow and teaspoons every day.. before I ever made it to dinner. I eat my breakfast of cookie crumble cereal (healthy and delish) most days.. but it took some time to realize that this breakfast was going to use up a precious yellow and a teaspoon for peanut butter. Ahh peanut butter, which I love.
Probably too much.
I ended up reaching my pre-baby weight goal! More importantly, though, as soon as a week into the program I felt SO MUCH BETTER. I quickly felt healthier and more fit. I gained energy and tone that had been missing in this new post-baby body. For the first time in moths, I felt comfortable and confident!
By the end of the 21 days, I found myself telling everyone about the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology. Between the exercise, nutrition, and meal replacement shakes, I was overcoming the exhaustion of having a six month old who still doesn’t sleep more than a few hours at a time.
It’s amazing, on the days I missed workouts and/or shakes, I could feel the difference! By the afternoon, I could feel the fatigue back in full force. Following a healthier lifestyle was so obviously making a positive change, that was my driving force every day! Follow the plan⇢ feel better, stronger, happier, more energetic! I’ll take that.
I definitely cut out some bad habits (particularly the excessive snacking and sweet tooth I always fought) and gained loads of new, GOOD habits! One of my favorite new habits- every night, I finish my day with a coffee only sweetened with almond milk and one Sweetleaf packet (a form of Stevia, which is a sugar replacement. Trust me, don’t waste your money on Truvia.. it’s super highly modified through a 40 step manufacturing process⇢ serious false marketing as a ‘natural’ sweetener) I also treat myself to one square of rich, high quality 74% cacao dark chocolate. That is my gift to myself after a day of working toward a healthier & more fit me. A much better habit than my constant hunting for a sweet treat between dinner and bedtime, which usually meant a sneak into something not good for me at all.
After finishing this round, I can say this is a great program for anyone hoping to kickstart a healthier lifestyle. The workouts are easy to modify for different fitness levels, and I enjoyed the options to make moves easier or more difficult- and I used both.
The program is definitely meant to kickstart a new lifestyle, not be a ‘quick fix.’ You should be aiming for long-term change and this is a great way to begin. While I don’t plan to follow these workouts and use the containers every day for forever, I will keep the containers around to keep myself in check when I feel I need it. The dvd’s are great for any day you need a good, 30 minute workout.
So Now What?
My plan moving forward is another round of 21 Day Fix just to continue establishing these habits, and then I think I’ll start adding in other workouts. Piyo is already in the mail headed my way!!!
*As part of signing up for a challenge pack (includes both 21 Day Fix and a month’s supply of Shakeology), you get a trial of their on-demand program. Using mine, I was able to try a Piyo workout and LOVED it!!! Excited to try this program soon! I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂
Ready to Make a Change for Yourself?
Interested in joining our 21 Day Fixer crew?? Contact me to answer any questions, and I’d love to add you to an upcoming challenge group!!!
This awesome program + me as a FREE coach + a private Facebook challenge group filled with others encouraging you= GUARANTEED SUCCESS!
Step one: make the commitment! Step two: contact me for more information and to talk about your goals!
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