I just finished my first round of the 21 Day Fix! Not my first round ever, as I did the workout a year and a half ago when it first came out. Out of all the Beachbody programs that I have, I decided do use the 21 Day Fix to get me back on track because I felt it was the perfect one to help me get started with my weight loss again. The premise is simple: It takes 21 days to form a habit. With this program you get 7 different workouts and do them for 21 days straight, no rest days. However, you do get 2 active recovery days each week. The program also comes with a nutrition guide and color coded containers to help you with portion control and eating the right foods. I did not use the containers this time around. I am trying to eat Paleo. I wanted to focus on that, not try to do that and track containers. Personal choice.
Day 1: Total Body Cardio. This workout combines cardio and weights to give you just what the name implies, a total body workout. There was some huffing and puffing and a lot of sweat, but I made it through!
Day 2: Upper Fix. This workout uses two sets of weights, light and heavy, to work your arms, shoulders, and back. Some of the moves had my arms shaking for sure and I mainly used my lighter weights.
Day 3: Lower Fix. Leg Day!!!! This one also uses two sets of weights. I kind of had a go big mentality and tried to use my heavy weights (10lbs) as much as possible. I was feeling the burn as soon as the workout was done!!
Day 4: Pilates Fix. This is the first active recovery day of the week. I have never done a Pilates class before, but I found Pilates Fix to be quite enjoyable. I loved stretching out my body, but still feeling challenged and getting a good workout done.
Day 5: Cardio Fix. Cardio, cardio, cardio!! And sweat, sweat, sweat!!
Day 6: Dirty 30. This is probably my favorite workout of the program. It is a mix of cardio and weights. It is challenging, but I always feel pumped when I finish! This day was Halloween. Every year on Halloween we get pizza for dinner before going out to Trick-or-Treat. Well, I drank my Shakeology late in the afternoon and had 1 slice of pizza, no crust, for dinner. And that night after Trick-or-Treating, I had 2 mini chocolates. It’s all about balance.
Day 7: Yoga Fix. My second favorite workout of the program. I am not very flexible, but I still enjoy yoga and all that it offers. I always feel so relaxed and refreshed after. Today I didn’t get to my workout until 8pm due to baseball all day. But no excuses!! I pushed play and got it done!
Day 8: Total Body Cardio. I weighed in for week 1 and the number on the scale made me very happy!!
Day 9: Upper Fix. This day was probably the 3 pants weather day of fall so far. I pulled out a pair of jeans and they were snug. But, I wore them anyway as motivation!! I am somewhat of a cheap person, especially when it comes to spending money on myself, so I do not want to go out and buy new $40 jeans, especially if they will (hopefully) get too big after a short while.
Day 10: Lower Fix. Again, my legs were feeling it just after finishing the workout. And I burned some bonus calories spending 4 hours cleaning house!!
Day 11: Pilates Fix. Had another busy day of cleaning house and didn’t get to my workout until after dinner. But Pilates is a nice way to end the day!
Day 12: Cardio Fix. This day was as struggle. I was feeling sluggish and lacking motivation. I think all the crazy cleaning I had been doing was watching up to me, my body didn’t want to move. And the Halloween candy was calling to me. I resisted as long as I could, but gave in and had one piece! My hubby got off work early and I needed to snap myself out of it. So I went outside and got in some batting practice. A good solid half hour of whacking the ball felt awesome. After dinner I got my workout down. I was a little sluggish at the start, but pushed through and got it done!!
Day 13: Dirty 30. Woke up feeling much better this day. Powered through my workout!
Day 14: Yoga Fix. First skipped workout. But, I spent about 2-3 hours cleaning out our garage. I pulled everything out, cleaned it, sorted through it all, and put it all back! Plus every time I had to go in the house, I sprinted up our outside stairs. I made a delicious Pumpkin Crunch Cake for my dad’s birthday. It is amazing. I had just a small piece, not the ginormous piece I normally would have had. I call this day a win.
Day 15: Total Body Cardio. Weighed in for week 2 and again was happy with my results! I spent another 2 hours cleaning and doing yard work. And got my workout done of course!
Day 16: Upper Fix. Another late workout, but got it done. Pushing myself this week to use the heavy weights more. I also made a delicious new recipe, Paleo Ham and Sweet Potato Soup!! It was healthy, delicious, and a hit with the family!!
Day 17: Lower Fix. Messed up a little today…I caved to the temptation of leftover Pumpkin Crunch Cake. It started as a nibble, then turned into me eating the last big piece. I felt crappy after of course. I struggled through the workout, maybe due to the heavier weights, but maybe due to the cake. But I did it!!
Day 18: Pilates Fix. Second skipped workout. Even though it’s an active recovery day, and an “easy” workout, I skipped it. I was busy all day and come evening, I just didn’t want to workout, I wanted to curl up on the ouch with my hubby instead.
Day 19: Cardio Fix. Another busy day and I was lacking motivation. But I pushed play before dinner and got it done!! I felt sooooo much better after!!
Day 20: Dirty 30. Monkey had an early 8am soccer game. Weekends are easy to let yourself go and make up excuses to not workout or eat right. But we came home from the game and I pushed play!!
Day 21: Yoga Fix. Had another busy morning, this time with baseball!! But I pushed play in the afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed yoga!!
Okay, so that was kind of long!! I am terrible at taking measurements when I start a new program and this time was no exception. I did not take any, so I do not know how many inches I lost. But I do know that those snug jeans are fitting a little better. And while the scale is not the only judge, in this case it is my biggest judge on how I did. I am down a total of 7 pounds for the 21 days. While part of me was hoping for more, I am happy with that number!! That puts me about half-way to my first small goal of losing 15 pounds! I am hoping this second round will get me there!
Has anyone else done the 21 Day Fix? If so, how did it go? Likes, dislikes? Any other fitness programs you would recommend?