Well, I have gone my 3 weeks doing the 21 day fix nutrition program and I have to admit, itís good. I would recommend this program to anyone struggling with the nutrition part of their healthy lifestyle. Itís simple, itís portion control, and gives you options.
I have never been a meal planner so it did take a little extra work for me to figure this out. However, it wasnít that bad even for a non-planner. I knew what I needed to eat each day (4 veggies, 4 proteins, 3 fruits, 3 carbs, 1 healthy fat, 1 nuts/healthy fat, 4 teaspoons of oil/nut butter) and I could quickly manage with what I had in my house. If Autumn Calabrese (the creator of the 21 Day Fix) had just left me with that info alone, I would have crashed. She doesnít Ė she gives you a list of options. Smart! I would not have considered the plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese as my protein. Itís on the list though so it makes packing for the day much easier. I pretty much was set on my schedule with the same meal plans. It does get boring a bit but I can spice it up and switch things around a little. I pack my day at work so that I have 1 veggie, 1 protein, and 1 carb left for dinner. And it just usually ends up with my nuts/healthy fats still available unless I make one of the provided recipes of salad dressing. Iíve mostly been sticking with balsamic vinegar on everything. Dinner last nite was drowning in it. But itís a freebie so Iím going to enjoy it.
In the past 3 weeks I have lost 5lbs. While itís not super amazing and a cover story for the ads, itís pretty darn good for me. I have a record of pretty much losing 2lbs per month. I am a slow loser since I love food and just havenít had anything so simple and straightforward to push me in the right direction. I have also lost inches. I couldnít tell you how many yet because when I tried to have my boyfriend help me last nite, it looked like Iíd gotten bigger so Iíll need to wait until next Monday when my gym trainer can help.
I still get compliments and questioned on my weight loss every time I see people. This includes people that I see on a weekly basis. Itís getting that noticeable. Yay.
The workouts included are great. They are no joke like I had honestly imagined them being. I sweat my tush off. Perhaps thatís where some of fat has gone. Just sweat right off. Ok, well realistically, I have worked hard. Going to the gym or using the DVDís for a minimum of 30 minutes per day. Preferably an hour, lucky when I can do more than an hour. Since Iím doing more than just the DVDís included in the program, Iím not so particular to doing them in the scheduled order. I will do which I feel more like doing since sometimes at BodyPump on Mondayís, I have sore upper body and will not do upper body on Tuesday.
All in all, I feel good about myself. Yes, I had turned the corner to drinking less and eating better since the New Year so my accomplishments have not all come in the past 3 weeks. Iíve been working out hard since before Thanksgiving. I started eating better in January. I started eating so much better 21 days ago. Last nite, I was craving chocolate. When we were in Vermont, we stopped at the Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory and picked some up. I had 2 small pieces and was content with that. Satisfied my sweet tooth when normally, I would have eaten a whole package. Progress Ė moderation. Very helpful when it comes to weight loss.
Iím going to continue using the 21 Day Fix program. Iím not going to call it ďround 2Ē. I think thatís silly. Iím just going to eat this way. It helps and I donít have the tummy troubles that I had before eating right. My stomach used to squak so loud that it became a regular conversation at home. It doesnít do that nearly as often. I will make a slight modification as it goes and probably have the blue cup (healthy fats) a little more often than one per day. I just would like to be able to throw some avocado in my smoothie and still have hummus on my carrots or cheese on my salad. But itíll be in moderation of course. I am hoping to lose more weight. I love seeing muscles and I love seeing the loops on my belt move in the right direction. (oooh I just looked and noticed Iím on the smallest notch on this one! Woot-woot!) My goal is 10lbs by my skating competition in Detroit (June 25th). 9 weeks should make 10lbs do-able. Hot Dang that would be exciting! Iíll be ready for the summer beach yet.
Summation: 21 Day Fix Ė Recommended. Itís basic. Itís simple. There are so many options. Both nutrition and exercise are taken care of. You donít have to cook if you donít want to. Itís easy to use when going out or travelling. It can be used long-term.
Iíll post pics and other results when I can get to them. Sorry for the delay there. Thought I was going to have that ready to goÖ