21 Day Fix
I just finished the Beachbody program 21 Day Fix, and thought I’d share my experience with it. When I was deciding whether or not to take the plunge, it helped me to find out what other people I knew thought about it.
For those who may not be familiar, it’s a meal plan and workout program. There are color-coded containers to help you measure out your food (green=vegetables, red=lean proteins, etc.) and you choose how you want to use them throughout the day. It works like a points system: you use a formula to figure out how many of each container you get per day, then you get to choose how you want to spend them. There are also DVDs with a different workout for each day of the week.
In sum: I liked it, it was hard, and, yes, I will probably do it again (though not for a little while).
I liked having the freedom to choose how to plan my meals, and decide if I wanted to have snacks throughout the day rather than larger meals. It was an adjustment at first, but by the third week, it was relatively easy to think of meals that were the correct portions that weren’t really different from what the rest of my family was eating. I’m sure if it required me cooking entirely different foods from what everyone else was eating, I wouldn’t have done it.
It sometimes was hard not being able to eat sweets or some extra carbs (I could have a small amount each day), but it wasn’t as bad as I’d feared it would be. I also tried Shakeology, the protein+vitamins (and lots of other nutrients) shake, and that had enough sweetness to satisfy me most of the time. There were a few times that I felt hungry during the day or (usually) in the evenings, but those also tended to be the days that I didn’t drink enough water.
The workouts were only 30 minutes each, so they were long enough to get my heart rate up, but short enough that I could make time to do them each day without totally rearranging my schedule. I did some of the modifications, but I’m pretty sure I was sore in a different place every day during the first week.
To be honest, I did want to quit on day 5. I probably hadn’t planned my meals well that day and felt hungry that night, and that day’s exercise was especially challenging. I’m really glad I did stick it out, though. I ended up losing about 6.5 lbs and 6.5 inches, and that included doing a few of the workout modifications, drinks and dessert (not meal plan approved) on the last night at a fancy dinner fundraiser, and also not doing the extra workouts that you can do in the last week. Even after finishing the Fix (and not using containers anymore!) I am definitely more aware of what I’m eating and the quantities I’m having. I’m already thinking about when I might try this program again, but until then, I’m trying to be careful not to lose the good habits I’ve made in the last few weeks!