Sunday, March 1, 2015

My 21 Day Fix (With Before and After Photos)

I finished my 21 Day Fix last week!  I was a little nervous going into it because while I’ve worked out somewhat regularly, I’ve never done a scheduled fitness program.

What is it?
The 21 Day Fix isn’t a diet.  It’s not calorie counting.  The 21 Day Fix is portion controlled nutrition plan paired with easy to follow daily 30-minute workouts.  It’s all about making simple changes to your life that can add up to life-changing results.  No, it’s not a “miracle pill” that will shed your extra pounds while you eat bon-bons sitting on the couch, but that’s not really healthy (although it would be kind of nice!).

Why?
So why did I decide to do the 21 Day Fix?  I hear all the time that I’m skinny.  But I definitely have been harboring a few extra pounds since having Evelyn.  I’m not sure if it was that I was older when I had her, the fact that I had to have a c-section, or if it was that I went into my pregnancy a few pounds heavier than normal because of my miscarriage.  Actually it was probably all of those put together.  So I wanted to shed that extra weight and tone up.  I also want to set a good example for my kids.  I want them to see what eating good looks like and that exercise is an important part of our daily lives.  I normally tried to get my workouts in while Evelyn was napping, but if she happened to be awake while I was working out, she was a great cheerleader.  And Trenton and Charlotte liked working out alongside me sometimes.  Charlotte actually holds the title of best side-planker in the house!

The Nutrition Plan
The 21 Day Fix comes with seven color coordinated containers.  You are allotted a certain number of each container per day.  That’s it.  No calorie counting.  No starving yourself.  I actually had days where I had trouble fitting all of my containers in!  Is there a container for doughnuts?  No, but there are “cheat treats” allowed.  Yay for red wine and dark chocolate!  And there’s actually a really good meal/snack that tastes like a treat – Shakeology.  Shakeology is a super food packed, nutrient dense, all-natural shake that you can use as a meal, midday snack, or just a nutrient boost.  And y’all, it’s good!  There are so many Shakeology recipes out there that I haven’t had a chance to try yet - Butterfinger, Tiramisu Latte, Chocolate Covered Salted Caramel, Strawberry Cheesecake, but I have tried out some good ones.  My favorites are Thin Mint, Orange Dreamsicle, Tropical Pineapple, and Vanilla Berry Blast.

Tropical Pineapple Shakeology

I also tried out some new recipes during our 21 days.  I bought a spiralizer (thanks for the Amazon gift card, Uncle Tom!) and tried my hand at zoodles.  They were amazing!  I tried mashed cauliflower too.  Not so amazing.  We were also still able to eat most of our tried and true recipes. 

21 Day Fix results and review

Workouts
Thirty minutes a day of easy to follow, get your heart pumping and your fat burning workouts.  There are also modifications that are shown for those who may need them.  No extra equipment is needed other than two sets of weights.  And with eight different workouts, you don’t get bored.  I loved the workouts, and actually looked forward to the week of optional doubles (two workouts a day).

21 Day Fix results and review
21 Day Fix results and review

Accountability
What I feel was a huge help with the 21 Day Fix, was the accountability aspect of it.  I was in a private Facebook group with my coach and “teammates” who were all also doing the fix.  We checked in every day to rate our nutrition and workout.  There were days that I was right on track, and there were also days that I didn’t do so great (hello, Valentine’s Day!).  But having to check in every day made me want to do my best.  And when I didn’t, my teammates offered me the encouragement that I needed to get back on track.

Results
So did it work?  Yes!  I lost 4 pounds and 7 inches!  I’m right where I want to be weight-wise, and I can definitely see a difference in how I look.  I feel a lot better too.  There’s something about exercising in the morning that really gets your day off on the right foot!

21 Day Fix results and review21 Day Fix results and review

*Jarrod followed the fix nutrition plan during the 21 days, and did about half of the workouts.  He lost 7 pounds!  And although he didn’t take final measurements to find out how many inches he lost, he’s going to have to get his dress uniform jacket taken in, and the pants that he wore to church this morning are now too big.  He’s going to be all in for the next round of 21 Day Fix, and would love to have some other guys doing it too!

What’s Next?
So what’s next?  I’m going to do another couple rounds of the 21 Day Fix.  I’ll be following the maintenance nutrition plan though since I don’t need to drop any more pounds.  From here on out, I just want to tone up more.  Then I want to move on to T25 (25 minute workouts), Insanity Max:30 (30 minute workouts), or maybe 21 Day Fix Extreme (fix workouts and nutrition plan taken up a notch).

But here’s the big news about my “what’s next”: I loved the 21 Day Fix and all that the Beachbody company stands for so much, that I’ve decided to become a health and fitness coach through them!  I’ve always enjoyed helping others, and now I can do that all the time!  Whether it’s the just the extra nutrition of Shakeology that you need, or you want to experience one of Beachbody’s amazing programs, I can help you out!  Or perhaps, just maybe, you want to join me for my next 21 Day Fix!  I’ll be forming a group later this month, and I would love to have you on it!  As your coach, I’ll be there to guide and support you, and our team will motivate you and hold you accountable.  If you’re interested in being a part of my next 21 Day Fix group, Shakeology, or any other Beachbody programs – or if you need guidance in figuring out what’s right for you – please let me know!


*If you’d like more information, you can contact me by commenting here, on my Facebook page, or emailing me at creativelyblooming@gmail.com.

5 comments:

♥ ♥ Just a Girl in Love w/ a Soldier ♥ ♥ said...

You look great girl, you can def. tell a difference!!! I'm excited for your new journey through Beach Body!!

Shannon said...

Good for you - you look wonderful!!

Nicole Tully said...

WOW! You look amazing and you can totally see the change in just 21 days - so great! I'll have to look into this when I'm ready to focus on losing the baby weight! Good job!

Jamie said...

You look great!

Rosie said...

Way to go! And what a huge difference - you must feel awesome!