I made it through the 21 Day Fix. Well, sort of. I cheated–a little bit.
For those who may not remember, 21 Day Fix is a Beach Body workout and eating plan. As the name suggests, it lasts for 21 days (just enough time to form a habit!). When you sign up, you receive 2 work out DVDs with a different workout to do each day of the week, and you receive several containers for your meals. The meal containers are actually probably the most important part if you’re doing this program for weight loss. The containers help the user understand portion size and proper nutrition. The number of containers that you are permitted to use each day is dependent upon your weight at the start of the program.
I found the container system to be handy and easy. I actually found the meal plan very easy to stick with during the week. I had a vanilla Shakeology shake for breakfast. My first attempt at mixing the shake, I just used water (no ice), and I didn’t like it at all! The second time, I blended some ice in the drink, and I found it much more to my liking. Then, I would have plain Greek yogurt with a little squirt of honey for a mid-morning snack. Lunch always consisted of a mixed greens salad with feta cheese, a little rotisserie chicken, and fruit on top. I tried the salad dressing recipes that the program suggests and didn’t like them at all, but I actually like salad without dressing so I just skipped the dressing altogether. Mid-afternoon snack was usually a few whole wheat crackers and cheese. Dinner was often a salad again.
Food is where I cheated, however. I was extremely good for the first week and a half of the program, but during the second weekend of it, I found myself snacking. I ate an entire sleeve of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies! That wasn’t exactly part of the meal plan! So, snacks were definitely my down fall.
The exercise programs were challenging, but not too challenging. I enjoyed the fact that it was a different one each day. Each workout has it’s own challenges and worked on different parts of the body. The first week, I was pretty sore, but it got better after that.
Now that my 21 days is up, I intend to keep going! I won’t be as strict with the food, but I do plan to stick pretty close to the plan. The program has made me start to feel more fit and healthy, and that’s a feeling that I like! I don’t want it to just vanish!
The results: I only lost a couple of pounds; however, I wish that I had taken my measurements. I am very sure that I lost several inches as my favorite pants are now a little loose. I can also visibly see a difference when looking at myself in the mirror. With more focus, I’m sure that I can continue my journey towards fitness!