21 days. It felt like such a long time at the beginning, and that’s after having done Whole 30 twice. I’m not a “diet” person. I don’t like feeling(or being told for that matter) that there are certain things that I’m just not “allowed” to eat. I like being in control and I feel as though, for the most part, I’m disciplined enough when it comes to nutrition that I can have an occasional bad for you food and be fine. It doesn’t necessarily throw me into a downward spiral of poor choices and burgers for breakfast, lunch and dinner. See, I fall in this weird middle land where I love a good spinach salad with strawberries, pecans and blackened chicken……but I also love funnel cakes. Weird I know. But I can’t pretend to be someone I’m not and you need to know who you’re dealing with. A personal trainer, runner and FITNESS blogger who loves funnel cakes. I’m only human. And for the record, I can’t remember the last time I ate a funnel cake, it just sounds really good right now.
Maybe you are SUPER disciplined and the thought of anything dunked in lard and high in cholesterol makes your stomach churn. That’s totally awesome and I applaud you. Maybe you struggle with ONLY wanting the deep fried and artery clogging foods that appeal to our taste buds. I feel you! I like burgers. And GOOD fries. I like homemade chocolate chip cookies. I also love to run. And lift. And cycle and swim. And I LOVE a good plate of veggies. I love healthy foods and I love to cook and create things in my kitchen. So I think I land in the middle somewhere and often times it’s a little hard to reign that in. I’m not either extreme. But I do think it’s possible to find a healthy balance with food so that your relationship with it is neither extreme. But it takes work.
When I try things like the 21 day Fix I go in skeptical, knowing that it’s more than likely not something I’ll HAVE to stick to because I usually do just fine on my own. I was wrong about this one. This program was sort of perfect for me. It combines discipline with accountability(I teach women’s bootcamp, I’m clearly a HUGE fan of accountability and having someone else push you outside your comfy box), moderation(not much is completely off the table so you don’t feel overly deprived and desperate to rip into said funnel cake) and it teaches portion control of all the right foods. Love this. Ok, so here are my Pro’s and Con’s and my official results…..
Moderation. This program teaches moderation. It doesn’t say no carbs or no grains or no dairy. It’s limited but it’s not off the table. I like this because it doesn’t feel so restrictive that all you wan to do is rebel against the program and eat all the things. It’s simple and not overly complicated. I ate a few dark chocolate walnuts and I didn’t die. They were actually delicious. But this program kept me from eating 50.
Organized. This program is crazy organized. It comes with everything you need to know to be successful, including a booklet to help you pick your target daily caloric range along with a chart of how many of each container you can have each day…AND 7 days of charts for keeping track. I found once I wrote down my foods for those first 7 days I had it somewhat down. I still measured, but as I said, there were times we had to eat out and I didn’t stash my containers in my purse. I knew going in what colors I had used and what I had leftover to use at dinner. You also get really good and eying portions(I still used the containers at home, but I felt they really reminded me what proper portions looked like).
Workouts. Ok, as a trainer I went into this thinking, how hard could these workouts be? Um….
It’s hard to tell in this pic, but the dark part of my shirt…that’s sweat. And these are only 30 minute workouts. I’ve told several of my bootcamp clients who are doing this with me that this is a great compliment to what they are already doing. When you aren’t at the gym, working with a trainer or in your favorite class, these workouts are awesome. You can also choose some of the lighter ones(yoga and pilates)to do on days you have harder workouts outside of Beachbody. If you don’t have access to those things and all you have is your living room, weights and a yoga mat, these workouts are just as awesome. You can make them as hard or as simple as you need for your fitness level, but even the modifications are challenging. They’ll make you work. Our house is on the market and I’m stashing loads of extra laundry in the garage for last minute showings, so this was often how I would do my workouts..
This is survival people. But it goes to show that even under crazy circumstances, you can get this done.
I tried Shakeology years ago before it was anything other than a shake. I don’t think the whole program was even around, or at least I didn’t know about it if it was. I remember thinking it tasted great but that’s about all. I was so surprised at how much I loved this shake. The vegan chocolate is my fave and it really did taste great and help with my chocolate needs(which are MANY). Plus, it was filling. I only used it as a meal replacement a couple times because I’m sort of a chew my food person, but I loved it for a post workout protein since I often forget to eat post workout. This kept me accountable and kept me from being overly hungry come lunch time.
Containers. So here is the thing with the containers. I put them as a con only because this is how I think they are perceived. They can be a bit of a pain, but any tool that is trying to help you break bad habits could probably be seen as a pain. While I LOVE the concept of the containers, found them organized and so useful, I didn’t always find them practical. In fact, some days I didn’t measure a single thing(more that last week and mainly because I knew how many of each color to have and kept my portions limited. Maybe this was cheating. I don’t know). I’m not sure measuring my food in containers is a practical long term solution but maybe it is? This is TBD. I’m still trying to figure out my relationship with the containers. Love/hate I guess. But, overall, I think they are very effective in teaching proper portion control, and for that I give them a win. That was confusing. Pick a side I know. Moving on.
Cost. I had to take a good look at this program before I purchased to assess the value. I wasn’t sure, even as I ordered it that it was worth the money. I can totally see that at first glance the cost could be a detriment to people looking to use the program. After getting it all in the mail, I was shocked at how much I got. I purchased the refresh cleanse with my pack, so that was a 3 day supply of a vanilla protein shake as well as the fiber mix, and all your info on how to do the cleanse plus the pack itself with a shaker bottle, recipe booklet, how to booklet, 30 day supply of Shakeo, workouts dvd’s(you get two, one has piyo and the other 8 different workouts to choose from), your containers as well as tons of information on how to get you started. That’s a pretty good deal. However, I do see how cost could be a factor and keep people from doing it based on that alone.
Image: Ok. So a sweet friend shared some honest feelings about some of this today so I’m coming back in to edit the post and add a word here about the beach body “image”. I don’t agree with the promotion of the “beach ready” body image that so many companies promote especially to women. In no way by posting my results and my opinions would I want to give you the impression that this is about how you look. Sharing these images is WAY outside of my comfort zone(I have had this post done for two days and I’ve been staring blankly at my screen, trying to decide wether to post with or without the images), but I felt it was the best way to portray the inches and pounds lost and the impact that eating clean and exercise can have on your body. However, with that said, I am NOT a proponent of pushing a certain body image, or type, on anyone. We ALL come in all shapes and sizes and I want nothing more than for you to feel beautifully and wonderfully made, regardless of what our culture tells you you are to look like. It’s about being healthy. Kate spoke those words today and they are so true. While this program is called Beachbody, I really felt once I got into it that the focus was on health and fitness, moving your body and eating good for you foods. So, I prefer to focus on the 21 day fix aspect and helping myself, and you, make some better choices as opposed to reaching this beach body perfect status. Just wanted to make sure you could hear my heart on this, as it’s sometimes hard to relay through words on a screen. Moving on.
Ok. So no full body bathing suite photo’s will be shown. I just can’t. So, I’ll give you a couple pics so you can see how it slimmed my mid section and let you know how I feel now.
I lost a total of 8 lbs on the 21 day fix. The pants in the pic on the right won’t stay up. I forgot to do my measurements(Doh!!!!!) before so we don’t have that to go on. Sorry bout that. But, I feel a huge difference in how my clothes fit, especially in the waste. I loved the workouts as they challenged me in a new and different way and made me feel stronger as I went along and could make them harder(upping my weights for example). I loved how it reminded me that we don’t need massive size portions of all our food. Eating the right foods in the right amounts will fill you up and make you feel great. I loved how simple this was. Clean eating and exercise. Now, do I look like Autumn after 21 days? Um no. BUT, that’s ok. This is about getting healthy, learning how to eat properly, and pushing yourself with exercise in ways you never thought possible. The body will change with time, but it takes just that…TIME.
So hang in there!! Keep at it and do the work. I lost 75 lbs after I had my first baby with eating clean and exercise. It took more than 21 days. That was 10 years ago. My body has changed a lot since then as I’ve had two more kids and well….aged a bit. But this program will help you get results and I wouldn’t tell you that if I didn’t truly believe it. I don’t believe in selling you a load of BS. That’s not why I’m here. I’ve never wanted to “push products” on people or come off as a salesman. So, I just challenge you to try it. See what you think. That’s what I did. I was skeptical and didn’t want to fall into a giant scheme ha! For real, those were my thoughts going in. I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn’t anything like I thought it would be. Maybe you’ll fall in love and be a lifer, maybe you’ll learn from it for 21 days and apply it to your daily routine and be fine from there. Either way, it’s worth a shot!!
Overall, I’m VERY pleased with my results, the program itself and how I feel today. I’ll continue following it during the week and relax a bit on the weekends. If you are interested in giving it a try let me know!! I’d love to be your coach. PLUS, the 21 Day Fix challenge pack/kickstart challenge pack(which is the one that comes with the refresh cleanse)/and Extreme challenge pack’s are on sale this month! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave your email in the comments below and I can send you some info. No pressure guys. Have a great Tuesday!!!!
*disclaimer..I was not paid to write this review. The opinions are my own based on my results and experimentation. Consult your physician before beginning any new fitness routine to be sure you are physically able.