This post is a long time coming. How long ago did I complete the 21 Day program? 2 months ago! Sheesh! I was not on the ball then was I?
21 Day Fix was released back in February. I honestly hadn't heard much about it until it was released, and then one of the fitness groups I am in started blowing up with how great it was. The ladies were talking about workouts and how they followed the meal plan.
It was the meal plan that really intrigued me. My nutrition is definitely the harder part of a healthy lifestyle for me, although I have gotten significantly better. I started asking questions, which had me even more interested in trying it out. So, on the last day of the promo I sale I went for it. I opted for the Challenge Pack, which came with both the program and Shakeology, a product I had also been thinking about trying but wasn't completely sold on. This particular promo allowed me to purchase one month of Shakeology with the program for only $10 more than the normal price of Shakeology. I was on it.
Before I go on about my experience here's a brief overview of the program straight from Beachbody:
SIMPLE FITNESS. SIMPLE EATING. FAST RESULTS. Now there's an easy-to-follow nutrition and fitness program that makes losing weight so simple, you can see results fast—up to 15 pounds in just 21 days! 21 Day Fix takes all the guesswork out of weight loss. There's no counting, no guessing, and no wondering. Just easy-to-follow portion control and one 30-minute workout per day. That's all. In 21 days, you could get beach-ready for a vacation. Look drop-dead great at your upcoming reunion. Or jump-start a major weight-loss goal. It's simple, it's fast, and it works. So stop wasting time on diets that don't get results. If you're ready to get serious, 21 Day Fix can help you lose the weight.
Allow me to elaborate a bit. The fitness part of the program is one 30-minute workout DVD each day. They are different workouts each day. What I love about them is that they are drop sets, which is a format I've always liked. I, also loved that the trainer, Autumn Calabrese, shows you how to do each move before you do it during the rest period. She shows modifications to make it easier or harder, making the workouts something everyone can do.
And now the meal plan part. It's amazing! I consider more of it a meal guide as it allows you to come up with your own meals following certain guidelines, making this doable for the pickiest of eaters. The picture below shows these little colored containers. Each colored container is a different type of food, one being fruits, one being vegetables, one protein and so on.
Based off your weight and activity level, you calculate your basic calorie needs for each day and follow the chart telling you how many of each colored container you can have each day. Don't worry, the calculations are all in the book sent with the program. You then get to plan your meals to accomodate those containers without having to worry about counting calories all day.
OK, now back to my experience. While I waited for what felt like forever for my new purchase to arrive, I began googling meal ideas. Finally, it showed up on my doorstop!
I was so excited and couldn't wait to get started but first I needed to meal plan. I'll be honest when I say that I thought planning meals was a bit difficult, but mainly because I also have to take into account a husband and two kids, and make sure what I'm planning will be something they will eat as well. If you don't mind repeating meals, you can make this super simple by eating the same meals throughout the week. Doing this meal planning, also had me meal prepping which made getting lunches ready each morning so much easier.
With my meals for the first week planned and prepped, I was ready to start the program. Feeling pumped about the program, I woke up early for a morning workout and felt great. The workouts were great and I didn't feel too sore, leaving me with tons of energy for work.
Until after 3 days into the program, I woke up on the 4th morning so sore from working out hard the previous 3 days. I had never been so happy for Pilates Day. Don't get me wrong, I like pilates but I could use a non-weight day.
I continued to follow the program and the meal guide throught the next 3 weeks. I had more energy, I felt great and most days I never felt hungry. At the end of the program, I lost 4 ½ pounds!!! That's huge for me. Anything over ½ pound a week for me is usually a pretty deal, so losing 1 ½ pounds each week was amazing!
But what I loved more than the weight loss was learning portion control and the different types of food to incorporate into your each diet. Variety each day is key and will leaving you feeling full.
The verdict? I love it and will most likely do another round of the program later on after I'm done with half marathon training (which begins in July….eeek!!). This program is great for anyone but I feel especially helpful for those just starting their new healthy lifestyle. It will show with proper diet and exercise, you can do this. It just takes a little time and a little prep work.
Does it sound like something you want to try? It's only 21 days to a healthier, new you! Click here to order the challenge pack or here for just the program.
Have you tried 21 Day Fix? What did you think about the program?