If you've been following my journey, you know that I've been doing the 21 Day Fix program for the past 17 days. As of tomorrow I will have 3 days left, so at this point, I feel like it's an acceptable time to write a review. This program made me nervous at first. I wasn't sure how "restrictive" it would be, but quite honestly, I didn't find it restrictive AT ALL. Yes, you are measuring your portions and eating according to your goals, but that's what you would do when trying to lose weight anyway, and this is FAR from a diet. This program has taught me A LOT about how many of what foods I should be eating per day. What I figured out was that I don't eat NEARLY enough protein, which is extremely important when trying to lose weight, and it was no suprise at all that I was not eating enough veggies either. The other important thing that I realized, is that I spend a lot of time eating just to eat. The first week I had to have an honest talk with myself and realize that I had eaten more than enough to satisfy my body's needs, and that while I wanted to eat, I was not TRULY hungry.
Oh, and did I mention that it comes with seven 30 minute workouts? At first I really didn't think these workouts would challenge me. OH BOY was I wrong! I am on the final week and doing the "doubles" options, and I have not yet been able to get through an entire workout without at least switching to the "modified" moves for a few seconds. These workouts are ones that you can continue to push yourself in even when you get into the best shape of your life.
There really is no way to explain how much this program has impacted me, and although I DO plan to have nice meal during date night with my husband once I'm finished, I think that I will probably continue to use this program for a long time to come. If you're trying to lose weight and get healthy, and if you are even THINKING that you might not be eating the right portions, you HAVE to try this program. I promise you that if you give it your all, it will change your life. I have done TONS of beachbody programs, and I of course have my favorites, but this program is something that EVERYONE can (and should) do. It's just that good. I hope you've enjoyed my review. Final results will be up Saturday morning!
As I said in my previous post, I really wasn't interested in the 21 Day Fix at first because the name completely threw me off. I believe in eating whole, non processed, organic (if possible) foods in order to lose weight and be healthy. I don't endorse "cleanses" which include maple syrup and lemon juice, or only eating bacon for 6 months straight. The name, to me, sounded too much like a gimmick. Then I remembered what company I work for. Beachbody wouldn't get behind an unhealthy program that promoted losing weight in 21 days by any means necessary. Once I realized that and also figured out that I wasn't gravitating to this program because it was outside of my comfort zone, I decided to throw out all of my BS and just order it.
On a beautiful Texas Friday afternoon that package came in the mail and I was straight up overwhelmed. What was I thinking? I'm a picky eater!!! Always have been. I have issues with textures and certain healthy foods just don't appeal to me (Avocados? I just don't get them. To me, they taste like mush. Either that or I am just a REALLY bad avocado picker). So I plopped down on the couch and started reading the nutrition guide. Holy crap...I could do this!! It literally gave me tons of options. Obviously, restaurant grade nacho cheese is not in the program (dangit!)...BUT I could put cheese in the "blue" container and put it on top of my grilled chicken breast and SMOTHER it with salsa, which is either a free food if you use a little or a "green container" if you use a lot. I use a lot, because if I'm not eating restaurant grade nacho cheese, by God I'm getting my Mexican fix somehow! Oh crap, there's no container for ranch dressing...BUT there are some really great dressing recipes in the book. Who knew I liked dijon vinagrette?!?! So far, I really haven't once been without my favorite foods. I get my chocolate fix with shakeology(1 red), my "salty/fatty" fix with some cheese on top of...well...anything(1 blue) or a snack of hummus with celery sticks (1 blue, 1 green). I get peanut or almond butter, I get GREEK YOGURT, which I have every day anyways, I get a TON of fruit. I get oatmeal, quinoa, rice. I get cheese and hard boiled eggs on my salad. Who doesn't love cheese and hard boiled eggs on a salad? Except for my vegan friends, I can't think of anybody!
So what I'm trying to say here is that I'm totally satisfied as far as taste. I'm eating my favorite foods. The only thing that I am missing is wine, and surprisigly that's even an option! As far as your options, they are absolutely limitless. No, you cannot cram an entire McDonald's double cheeseburger into the "red" container, but you CAN eat some really great food, with a few "cheats" sprinkled in there. Totally doable, totally worth it.
I'm a beachbody coach. It's obviously my job to be excited about Beachbody's products. There has been talk for MONTHS about The 21 Day Fix, a new "portion control" geared workout program with a SUPER HOT new trainer, Autumn Calabrese. Since talk began, I gotta admit, I kinda disregarded this program. I have always liked pushing myself, doing intense workouts. I DO NOT like counting calories, or really focusing on my diet at all. In fact, I completed Insanity a few years ago with virtually NO change in my diet, and still saw AMAZING results, so I told myself for a while that exercise mattered more than diet. When I started drinking Shakeology during Turbo Fire is when I saw my BEST results and really started to understand how much nutrition did matter. I started swapping out healthy foods for unhealthy ones without even thinking about it, and can honestly say that I now follow a pretty healthy diet, with the occasional indulgence. But THIS program is almost ALL about nutrition. Why do I need to focus on my diet? I'll tell ya why...Because after losing 50 pounds, FOR MONTHS, I've been stuck just 20 pounds from my goal weight. So why wasn't this program a no brainer? What I think turned me off about this program at first was the name. I am NOT into fad or crash diets and I really thought that the fix was a crash type diet. Then I listened to Autumn speak on the National Beachbody Coach call a few weeks ago. I knew after listening and chatting with my amazing coach, that the reason I wasn't into this program was no just because of the name, it was because it was outside of MY comfort zone. I tell my team all the time that "outside of your comfort zone is where the magic happens", so I started to think, maybe if I get outside my OWN comfort zone, I could "magically" get rid of this last 20 pounds that I've been hanging onto. I bought the program and started 3 days ago. So far...I LOVE IT!!! I can tell you, this is NOT a crash diet. I am eating TONS of whole, non processed foods. There are times where I feel like there is NO WAY that I'm going to be able to eat all of my containers in one day, and so far, I have not been truly hungry at all. I will detail my foods in a future blog post and talk more about the few challenges that I've encountered, but I wanted to tell anyone who is THINKING about the fix, that it is ABSOLUTELY worth it. It's only on sale for another 10 days, so now is the time to do it! Did I mention that I've lost 3 pounds in 3 days???? More to come!
Hi! I'm Andrea Cummings. I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle that I can MAINTAIN and that still lets me feel like I'm not being deprived. I like to exercise, but I also love to eat (nachos!). My main focus is to be healthy, not skinny, and to help others do the same! I love Jesus, but I also say fuck a lot, so if you're offended, I may not be the gal for you.