21 Day Fix: A First Thoughts Review

Earlier in March I started my first ever Beach Body Program – the 21 Day Fix. I saw a friend of mine from college with some pretty legitimate results and she inspired me to get my butt moving again. Now that I’m back at work, and not walking 7 miles around the mall every other morning with fellow mama pals, I find it tough to stay motivated so I thought this was a great kick off point.

Food: The food is pretty easy. It comes with it’s own tupperware-like containers that dictate portion sizes. You are allocated a certain number of each container each day (i.e. Yellow is carbs, usually 2 per day. Red is protein , 3 per day) it varies depending on your starting weight, but they make it pretty easy and they’re great to use as to go containers for lunches. It encourages real foods – especially veggies and proteins.

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Workouts: I LOVE the workouts. They’re short and sweet – I don’t have time for much more than 30-45 minutes, so I like that they’re quick, tough and get the job done. There’s 2 discs each with 4 or so workouts (upper body, lower body, two cardio type workouts, pilates and yoga and a 10 minute ab video).

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Shakeology: I actually really like Shakeology. I’ve tried a number of different protein/meal replacement shakes and this is by far my favorite. Above is a chocolate, peanut butter & banana shake which is pretty much my go to. I’m a big fan of my shakes for breakfast. I find they’re a great way to start the day and are super quick to make in my compact, often crazy mornings managing getting myself ready for work, getting Ethan ready for daycare and making sure Hubs is on track to be on time also.

Results: TBD. Mostly because I haven’t measured and I know my clothes are fitting better, but the number on the scale hasn’t gone down much but inches lost could be a completely different story so I’ll post those later.

weight start: ~154
weight end: 149.6

Cons

Just a couple of things I didn’t like about the program:

  • Coaches are pretty insistent that you stick to the workout plan. For me this meant forgoing Pure Barre and running because well, I don’t have time for 2 a days like I used to. I like a lot more variety in my workouts than just 30 minute videos. So while I know I’ll use them for round 2, I might be a bit more willing to throw in a Pure Barre class or a run over the next 3 weeks.
  • Variety. Workout videos are cool and such – but if I go for round 3 I really might need to change it up because ish gets old.

Here’s the thing, I didn’t stick to the plan 100% so of course my results aren’t going to be as great as promised. Because well, life. Deadlines, baby, a first birthday party with company in town, yadda, yadda, yadda, but I am down about 5 lbs. So this time I’m going to be better and we’ll see how I do.

So while technically round 2 was supposed to start Monday, I’m pushing it back a week since my birthday is Saturday and I want the flexibility to have a bit of fun (bring on Moms Night Out!). And I really want to get that 10 lbs gone so until the end of the month (minus April 11-12  because hey! My birthday!) I will focus more on my eating, which I did pretty well with for the most part, and I will do better about scheduling workouts and attempt, yet again, to work out in the mornings. Ugh. Not a morning workout-er.

Disclosure: I purchased the 21 Day Fix on my own, all thoughts here are my own, this review is in no way sponsored or affiliated with Beachbody or any of its coaches.

Have you ever tried a beach body program? Have you tried Shakeology? What were your thoughts/experiences like?

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Weekly Workouts: 21 Day Fix Week 1 edition

So we’re almost into week 2 of the 21 day fix which I mentioned I was starting last week.

I kind of get a big fat fail for the second half of the week/weekend for eating/drinking and kind of working out. Okay, maybe not a fail but like…a B-.

Monday – went to pure barre (yay!)


Tuesday – ran the St. Patricks Day fun run with the family! Had so much fun. It was really the perfect night for the 3 of us to go out running.
Wednesday – cardio fix.
Thursday – we cleaned our old place..no workout. (FAIL)
Friday – happy hour with coworkers. (FAIL)
Saturday – 3.5 mile run (yay!)
Sunday – pilates fix (YAY!)

So really, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was. I’m kind of half starting over and recommitting today. It takes 21 days to make a habit and 3 days to completely break it. I didn’t completely break it but I wasn’t happy with how I did. It’s 21 days, and only 21 days…it seems like a lot but it’s not. Let’s be honest. It’s really, really, not.

Soo… This week I’m back on track.

Mondayupper body fix  donezo!
Tuesday – lower body fix
Wednesday – 4 mile run or fix yoga
Thursday – dirty 30 workout
Friday – fix pilates
Saturday – total body cardio
Sunday – 8 mile run* (this NEEDS to get done but we’ll see – we have family coming into town for Ethan’s birthday this weekend (!!!!!!!!!) so we’ll see what my day is like on Sunday)

Eating is better. Ish. I think? We went grocery shopping, I made my lunch for tomorrow, therefore I’m on the right track.

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