Monday, June 30, 2014

My Success with 21 Day Fix!

In late May, my childhood friend Stephanie of Pretty Runner, convinced me to try the 21 Day Fix Beachbody Challenge. I've been half-marathon training for my 2nd Half, the GIANT Race on September 7th. I've been on a consistent running schedule for a while now and eating mindfully, but I wanted something to really push me further to get me the results and changes I wanted to see for my body. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll already know that I finished my 21 Day Fix this past Monday, June 23rd . My experience with the program was so successful that I wanted to share it with you all. 

What is it?
For those of you who don't already know, 21 Day Fix is a simple eating and fitness plan by Beachbody that lasts 3 weeks(hence the name "21 Day Fix"). It's meant to help you break your bad habits and set you on a better, healthier path. 

Fitness Schedule
Each day, I did a 30 min workout focusing on different areas of my body. The only equipment necessary was a set of light and heavy hand weights. I've never had much upper body strength, so I was thoroughly impressed when I bumped up the weights I was using for my daily workouts from 5lbs to 8lbs. :) I loved the variety of workouts. It really helped keep my body guessing, focusing on different areas and different types of movement. The workout DVDs included: Total Body Cardio Fix, Upper Fix, Lower Fix, Pilates Fix, Cardio Fix, Dirty 30, Yoga Fix, & my Challenge Pack came with an awesome bonus workout, Plyo Fix!

Eating Plan 
The 21 Day Fix kit comes with color coded containers that are the perfectly portioned for each food group. Based on your weight, you get a certain number of each container per day. You can mix and match containers to make your meals. There's also an eating guide that has everything listed so you know what foods you can eat for each container, even though the color coding of each container makes it pretty self-explanatory.

My Kit also included Shakeology, a delicious super-food shake that helped keep me full, prevent cravings, and refuel my body! I chose the box including 24 packets of Chocolate Shakeology. Also, I was so grateful to my best friend, Jessica, who was kind enough to trade two packets of her Strawberry and Vanilla Shakeology with me to taste and get a bit more variety.

My Typical Day on the Fix
I usually wake up and brew a cup of coffee and stick it in the fridge to cool while I get ready to head into work. Once I'm dressed and ready to go, I grab my lunch and snacks that I prepped the night before from the fridge. Then, I'll blend my usual 1 cup of cooled coffee with ice & a packet of Chocolate Shakeology. Out of convenience, I take the train to work every day. My office is only two stops away, so I'm usually on and off the train within 6 minutes. I walk to the train station with my Shakeology in hand, and I enjoy it while I wait on the platform.

Around 10:30, I have my morning snack, usually celery & peanut butter. My typical lunch is a salad with spinach, eggs, black beans, and mozzarella cheese with light, fix-approved, Italian dressing.

When I get home after work in the late afternoon, I change into my workout gear and take the dogs for a quick walk. Afterward, I do whichever workout is scheduled for that day, followed by a quick 2-3mi run depending on the route I choose to take. (By the way, I only run on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with one longer +5mi run on the weekends). When I'm done for the day and completely exhausted, I refuel with a delicious, green smoothie! I also found that this was the best way for me to get in my purple containers/fruit for the day! :)

Dinner is usually some lean protein with veggies and carbs. I usually try to eat whatever containers I have left over for the day at Dinner, especially if I've done a workout and a longer run. I found that eating my remaining containers at Dinner time really helped me prevent late night snacking. 

After dinner, I start my meal and snack prep for the next day. An important part of this program was taking my nutrition very seriously, which I did. I honestly don't think I could have gotten the results I did without consistently prepping my meals and snacks the night before.  

DOUBLES OPTION! Week Three: Days 15-21
The last and final week of the 21 Day Fix was the most challenging of the whole program. This particular week, I decided to double my workouts. It was optional, but I chose to push myself and just do it.  I was a bit apprehensive going into the week at first, but I was quickly amazed at my strength. This week definitely helped me get closer to my fitness goals! :)

Progress & Final Results
In the end, I lost 7lbs and 17 inches overall. I've never been one to share pictures of my body on the internet, but I'm so proud of my progress and final results. Overall, this program taught me how much of  difference putting in 30 min a day and being very mindful in the kitchen can really accomplish. Even though I'm not on the Fix anymore, I still make an active effort to get my heart pumping each day and incorporate lots of veggies and fruit into my diet. My body has transformed from week to week. I'm so glad and thankful to Stephanie for reaching out to me and recommending this awesome program! 

Are you currently doing any diet & fitness programs? Do you have any healthy diet or fitness tips for me? Let me know what you do every day to stay healthy in a comment below! 

Denise Joyce