A review of my first week of 21 Day Fix and 3 tips you should know before you start.
I know I am late to the party on the 21 Day Fix thing, but let’s be honest, you will exercise when YOU are ready to make a change. Not before or after. I mean sure I’ve exercised since baby #3, but I have not followed a complete program like this, until now.
So here are my first thoughts, (and some are from the group I am coaching through it at the same time. I am a Beachbody coach but my opinion is not swayed. I think I’m the only person that used to tell busy moms that P90X wasn’t the best option! P90X3- sure, it’s 30 only minutes long!)
Okay, I think these are why I didn’t do the program when I got it a year ago. I was like who has time for these, and seriously, they are TINY! It just felt overwhelming and I thought ‘that’s a cute idea’ and put them up in the cabinet.
So after using the containers for a week I admit that they are NOT tiny. I mean there is so much food you are eating each day that I often struggled to get it all in. Sure, the orange and blue are small, but how many almonds or flax seed do you really need per day?
TIP #1: You MUST get your protein in throughout the day. Seriously, if you end the day needing to eat 4-6 red containers you will be in trouble! So plan ahead not only your meals for the day, but in what order and how the macros are spread out.
The thing I love most is that I’m picking foods I actually enjoy, and don’t feel like I’m being deprived. If I have felt hungry, it’s only been in my mind! Sure, I love chocolate, that’s why I love my chocolate Shakeology- it’s a healthy treat that curbs my cravings.
There are 7 different workouts and they are each only 30 minutes long. I have women with vast differences in fitness level and weight loss goals in my accountability group. Everyone is getting through the workout, some modifying and some able to keep up. The workouts have a good flow and variety to help you let your muscles rest and recover, it’s 7 days but the Pilates and Yoga workouts are active rest days.
Tip #2: Schedule your workout and commit to do your best–just keep moving! When I started Turbo years ago I would have to pause the video and then keep going. It’s okay. Use lighter weights, follow the modifier, but just keep moving and doing better each day. You will also need to buy a few hand weights if you don’t already have them. I started out with 5 and 8’s. Another woman in my group is starting with 2 pounds. Then if you do another round of 21 Day Fix up your weights to continue to push yourself. (Or do 21 Day Fix Extreme!)
In the first week I have lost 5.4 pounds. I started at 163 and am at 157.6 today. This was shocking to me because I don’t have that much to lose (you tend to drop weight quicker when you are far from your goal). My pre-baby #3 happy weight is 152 and I’m 5’9″ tall. I have not added in any extra workouts this week because I want to see the results from just doing these 30 minutes a day. I play volleyball for 2 hours a week but that’s normal for my body.
Within the group women are losing inches and pounds as well. One lost 7 inches this week and 3 pounds. One has lost 7.5 pounds.
Tip #3: I can’t stress this enough and I do in my groups, but you can’t just base your progress on the scale. It’s a crazy little beast that I’ve seen mess with women’s motivation than anything else! If it goes up, don’t decide to completely throw off your eating for the day because of it. When you commit to do the 21 Day Fix, decide that you are following the plan for a FULL 21 days before you make any judgements about it.
Are you looking for something new to get healthier and/or lose weight? If so, I would love to hear about your goals and have you join in my next accountability/challenge group! If you already love the program and aren’t working with a coach, have you considered becoming a coach yourself? Not only for the discounts on products, but for the chance to make helping others your job?! Contact me if you are interest in joining my fast growing team.
It’s 21 days, what do you have to lose? Tell me about yourself here!
Bonus Tip #4: Don’t do this alone. I’m serious! Even if you are an introvert, or don’t think you need/want the support of others, give it a shot and join in a group of women also doing the program. 98% of the time we all know what we NEED to do to lose weight. But it’s actually following through on those things that get us the results we want, my group will help you do that.
Talk to you soon!