21 Day Fix Results & Review!

21 Day Fix Results & Review by Brooke: Not On a Diet

My first round of the 21 Day Fixis done! It seems like I was just talking about starting it.

I can honestly say that I really did enjoy this program. I loved the workouts, the eating plan, and the results I got.

Before we get to the results, let’s talk about the program.

In short the 21 Day Fixis a fitness and nutrition plan that you do for 21 days. The workouts are 30 minutes long and the eating plan is portion controlled and easy to follow. Really I feel like this program takes a lot of the guesswork out of eating healthy and exercising.

Let’s break it down….

The workouts:

There are seven 30 minute workouts with the 21 Day Fix. They are as follows….

Total Body Cardio Fix:
A complete body workout that uses weights and combo moves. One of my favorites!

Upper Fix:
Focuses on your shoulders, chest, back, & arms. Arms were Jello after this one! Such a great arm workout!

Lower Fix:
All things lower body were worked in this workout. Walking and sitting were both difficult after this video.

Pilates Fix:
Lots of core work, but also worked on the glutes. There’s a section of the video where you lie on your side to work your glutes and boy does it hurt so good. Major booty work.

Cardio Fix:
30 minutes of straight cardio. This was my least favorite video and I only did it one week and subbed other cardio the other two.

Dirty 30:
Very similar to Total Body Cardio Fix. This was actually my favorite video of them all.

Yoga Fix:
Just your basic yoga. Great way to stretch out after the previous 6 videos.

10-Minute Fix For Abs:
A quick 10 minute workout for the core. All floor moves and is non-stop for the 10 minutes. I made it 5 minutes….once. Lol. I despise core work on all levels. So, I avoided doing this.

The workout require minimal equipment. You need 2 sets of dumbbells (1 heavy pair & 1 lighter pair) or resistance bands and a yoga mat. Autumn does a great job of explaining the moves which I really liked and would give little reminders to pull in your abs, relax your shoulders, etc. It kept me focused on doing the moves correctly. There are also modifications for all the moves as well, which I did use from time to time.

Along with the workouts, there is an eating plan.

The program comes with tupperware type containers for your food. Based on your weight and other calculations, you are given the amount of each container you are to eat each day.

The containers are as follows…

Green- Vegetables
Purple- Fruit
Red- Protein
Yellow- Startch/Carbs
Blue- Cheese/Nuts
Orange- Dressing/Seeds

There’s a list of approved foods for each of the containers. They’re all whole foods and nothing super processed. It reminded me a lot of Weight Watchers Simply Filling plan, just with portion control.

I found myself really satisfied with everything I was eating and never felt deprived. I also found myself paying more attention to my hunger cues which was great. I felt in control when I really followed the eating plan and while I thought I would hate so much structure, I actually did enjoy it.

At times it was like a game to me to see where all my containers would fit into my day. It also helped keep my carbs in check, I feel like there have been days previously where I was eating way more carbs than I really needed to (I don’t really need bread with all the meals). The program also helped me be aware of how much protein I was eating. While at first I felt that to be very difficult, until I found this list of foods for vegan/vegetarian people doing the 21 Day Fix. Once I used that food list, it became much more easy. Fruits and veggies have never been much of an issue for me, so I was great about getting those is.

Here are my results from the program!

Before:
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Weight: 175.2

After:
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Weight: 170.8

I ended up losing 4.4 pounds and about 5 inches! I’m SUPER excited about that! I haven’t had consistent losses like that in AGES! I didn’t hit my goal of being under 170, but I’m really proud of the things I accomplished.

The first week was my best week, I followed the portions and eating plan pretty consistently. The only time I faltered was when I was in Chicago. I still did better than I normally do when out of town.

The second week I followed the workouts and followed the eating plan a majority of the time. I could have done better, but was STILL doing better than I had in the past.

The last week, I followed the workouts for the most part and the eating plan was still on my mind, but not something I religiously followed. I also ate out on Friday & Saturday, which I feel is always a challenge. Although, I did make some pretty great choices on my part.

All in all I’m pleased with my progress and the effort I gave. It felt good to be in a steady workout routine instead of waking up and thinking “Hmmm…what will I do for exercise today?” and then doing nothing. The workouts helped my to feel stronger and build muscle back up.

I also feel like my eating was on point which helped me to feel better. I thought I’d miss a lot of my processed “treats” but, I didn’t. I found myself snacking on fruit instead, which was sweet, filling, and tasty. Before I would find myself going to the 2 PointsPlus bars from Weight Watchers or other things like that. I actually had a the new WW coffee cake bar on Monday to give it a try and it was good, but I found it to be too sweet for me and not something I will probably have again.

I still had the occasional beer when it was worth it to me and enjoyed eating out with family a few times as well. I kept the saying “Don’t give up what you want the most for what you want in the moment” on my mind when making dining out choices and am SUPER SUPER proud of myself for doing that.

I feel like this is a great plan for anyone looking to lose weight and establish a workout routine. The workouts weren’t super high impact which I liked and the modifiers where great. Autumn was encouraging and always had a piece of advice at the beginning of each workout. The eating plan was easy to follow and was filled with good for you foods.

I would give this program a 4.5 out of 5 stars. The 1/2 star deduction for the ‘quick-fix’ feel of the program. I don’t think you can just do this for 21 days and then just go back to how you were eating before. Much like the whole diet mindset, doing it as a quick-fix won’t get you to long-term healthy changes. I think though it is a great way to start on that path of making a healthy lifestyle change though.

All in all, I’m really pleased with the results I had for the effort I gave the program. It helped me discover a few things about myself, made me feel stronger, and I am super proud of myself for giving it a go! I plan on doing it again in full force starting on Sunday (March 29th), so if you have the program and want to do it together, join me! We can support each other via Instagram or email! Let me know! (I’m not a BB coach, just someone who likes to do things with others!) πŸ™‚

Have you given this program a go?
Did this review help you make a choice about doing it or not?

I bought the 21 Day Fix on my own and wasn’t compensated at all for my review. I just love sharing my thoughts on different programs to help you guys! Also, I’m not a doctor, personal trainer, or the like. Just a woman living her life the best she can. As always, consult a professional before starting any exercise or nutrition plan.

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I’m Doing a Half!

You all know that I am not much of a runner. I try to be, but then it just end badly with too much IT band pain. Running just isn’t for me. Walking on the other hand, TOTALLY my cup of chai tea. πŸ˜‰

Years ago when I started this journey I couldn’t do much in the way of exercise. I was 327 pounds and at that weight, movement can hurt. So, walking is what I did.

When I could get outside, I would walk around the town I lived in. When getting out wasn’t an option, I would cue up my Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Pounds DVDs. (I even do those from time to time now!)

I would say that walking for exercise and I have quite the history. πŸ™‚

Now I always thought that to complete a half-marathon I would need to run it. I guess that’s because you don’t often see people saying they walked one. Completing one has always been on my list of things I want to accomplish, but I always stopped myself because I am not a runner.

I decided that it didn’t matter HOW I finished a half, only the fact that I would finish one. I officially made the announcement at the end of the Bowflex Insider webcast last month. And I also pledged to my Weight Watchers meetings a couple of weeks ago that I would be starting training for one and completing one.

Now I’m putting it out there on my blog. I figure if I tell ALL the people, it WILL happen. I’ve coaxed my mom into doing it with me as well! πŸ™‚

Mama B & I

We have even picked out our race! Originally we were going to do the Quad Cities Half-Marathon, but it just happens to be the day after my sister’s bachelorette party. And well, that just didn’t seem like a good idea! Haha.

So, we did some searching and we are going to be completing the Galena Lead Rush Half-Marathon on November 1st!

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I’m pretty stoked to finally have a half picked out and that I have someone to do it with!

Obviously, you cannot just go do a half-marathon without no experience whatsoever. That would just be silly! Luckily there are some training plans to get you all ready for walking one!

After some research, I found Hal Higdon’s training plans. They have everything from the walking plan, novice running plans, and even advanced running. We of course will be doing the walking training plan for our race.

We picked this one because it’s a longer training plan and because it has the long walk on Sundays. This is perfect for my mom and I because we can get together on Sunday to do them. Since the half is actually 11 weeks away, we will be skipping the first week of training. We decided on this because we both have been walking consistently already and because week 1 and week 2 are the exact same. I, of course wouldn’t recommend doing that to someone who is totally new to walking long distances!

Half training won’t be the only activity I will be doing throughout the next few months. I know that it is important to cross train, plus for me be at my healthy weight, I need to do more than just walk. I figure I will add in some of my favorite workout DVDs along with bike riding and kayaking in there as well. Mondays will be dedicated to yoga for sure as I think that’ll be a great way to recover from the longer walks we do on Sundays!

I must say I’m pretty excited to be training for something. I really haven’t trained for anything before, so it’ll be something new for me!

Be sure to follow along throughout the training! I will be posting updates on here as well as my social media accounts. I’ll share tips along the way and maybe will even get Mama B to make a blog appearance!

Have you walked a half-marathon before?

Any tips?

Ripped in 30 (round 2!)

About a year ago I tackled Ripped in 30 and had some pretty great results. Well, I’ve decided to tackle it again to see what results I get this time. I’m at least hoping to build some muscle and reduce my body fat percentage.

Like all of the other workout DVD challenges I’ve done, I’ll be posting my before pictures and my measurements. I won’t be reviewing the DVD weekly this time around though because I already did that in my first go through of Ripped in 30. You can go back to those posts to see what I thought about each week.

Ripped in 30 Before Pictures

Ripped in 30 Before Measurements

The plan for the month is to do Ripped in 30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday. Wednesdays will be a rest day with either yoga or a walk. Sundays will be a yoga day. I will also be doing bike rides throughout the month to reach my goal of biking 100 miles in the month of September.

On Monday, my mom, sister, brother’s girlfriend, and I all got together and wrote out plans for activity on a calendar for this month. We are all trying to improve in that area, so working out a plan was great. We’re also sending each other accountability pictures throughout the month and when we hit our goals, we’re going to spend a girl’s day together and get facials!

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It is great having a group work towards a goal together! I’m excited to see how we all smash our goals!

Completing Ripped in 30 and biking 100 miles isn’t my only goal this month. In fact I have a few others and I posted them up on Instagram last night. And Kristine from KDLB had a great tip of making it my lock screen on my phone! So, I did just that and am reminded of my goals often! Here’s what else I’m working on this month….

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I’m excited to see what Ripped in 30 brings along with how I rock all my other goals!

What are you working on this month?

Do you have a supportive family that you can set fitness or health goals with?