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In case you’ve had your head in the ground ostrich-style* or are just looking for more info, I’m going to give you all of the deets on the 21 Day Fix, right here!
The 21 Day Fix is an all-encompassing way to lose weight and really get fit. It’s two-part:
- Workout videos
- Eating plan
First, let’s talk about the workouts. You will get seven 30-minute, moderate-intensity workouts, one for each day of the week, plus a 10 minute abs workout that you can add into your day if you’d like.
The included workouts are:
- Total Body Cardio Fix
- Upper Fix
- Lower Fix
- Pilates Fix
- Cardio Fix
- Dirty 30
- Yoga Fix
- 10-Minute Fix For Abs
The variety offered not only keeps you from getting bored, but it also ensures that you’re targeting EVERY part of your body. Most of these workouts use weights – you can use dumbbells or a resistance band (not included in the regular essentials package.)
If you’ve never used weights before, prepare to have your mind blown by some SERIOUS benefits. Aside from the obvious awesomeness (shhh, that’s a word!) of becoming stronger overall, using weights can prevent or improve osteoporosis, improve cardiovascular function and reduce your risk of injury as it strengthens your connective tissues, not to mention the fact that the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn! I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty into that.
When you first start the program, you’re going to know right away that it’s working. To be clear, what I mean is you’re going to be sore as fudge. I’d love to sugar-coat it, but to be honest I’ve never really been great in that department. Anyway, while it might not be very fun at the time (just a few days, I swear!!) it is THE sign that tells you that you are working those muscles and making things happen.
While I’m being truthful and honest here, I have a confession to make. I hate working out. No really, I seriously detest it – certain parts of it anyway. Especially lunges and squats, they’re the worst, am I right?! And let’s not forget burpees. Oh, the burpees!! My point is, while it might not be my favorite thing to do, I do it anyway, for ME and so can you. It’s only 30 minutes out of your day and I promise you will feel great afterwards. That accomplished feeling you get at the end of a workout is pretty much gold and when you see the changes in the mirror and notice the changes in the way that you feel, there really is no better motivator than that.
Ok, let’s talk about the FOOD!! I mean, that’s how you ended up on my site in the first place, isn’t it? The meal plan uses a color-coded container system. Each container is used for a different type of food.
- Green is for veggies
- Purple is for fruits
- Red is for proteins
- Yellow is for carbs
- Blue is for healthy fats
- Orange is for dressings
- Teaspoons are for oils and nut butters
In the eating plan book, it will give you a simple equation that you will use to determine how many of each container you can eat each day, based on your current weight. No more calorie-counting! I want to stress the fact that, while the containers may look small (and when you get them, you may very well slap your knee at their compact appearance) you can actually stuff quite a bit of food in those little suckers. If you can fit the lid on you’re good to go! It’s set up so that you’re eating 5-6 meals (including snacks) a day and I have to say that I’ve really never felt hungry.
It also comes with Autumn’s “Countdown to Competition” plan, a three day eating plan that Autumn (the creator) uses before a bikini competition. I’m sure it works great, but I have personally never used it. If you haven’t noticed, this girl is pretty serious about food and I just don’t have it in me. If you do, more power to you!
In the eating plan, it lays out everything you can have and it’s pretty explicit. I’ll admit, I occasionally color ever-so-slightly outside of the lines here and there but if I do that on this blog, I’ll be sure to mention it so you can decide for yourself if you want to do that.
There was nothing more liberating for me than having this plan not give me a list of things I couldn’t have, but a list of all of the things that I could. It was all possibility instead of denial. I was so excited by that, I started writing and changing up recipes for it right away and it’s why I wanted to share them and hopefully help a few folks who may struggle with the food aspect of the plan.
Here are a few examples of things you can have that you may not know about: coffee (also options for things to put in your coffee so you don’t have to drink it black!) treats (three times a week,) special drinks like juice, WINE and milk (three times a week,) and cheese! Goat cheese is even included, which puts me over-the-freaking-moon!
Here is everything that comes with the Fix:
The workout DVD’s (plus the bonus if you ordered from a coach), the color-coded containers, the Countdown to Competition Plan, the Start Here Guide, the Eating Plan, and a Shakeology Shaker cup.
There are a few things that you will need that are not included and they are:
A set of light weights and a set of heavy weights (or a set of resistance bands, but I recommend using dumbbells for their ease of use) and a yoga mat. Oh, and if you’re a chick and don’t have one already, I highly suggest that you run out and get yourself a sports bra. I don’t really need to elaborate on that, do I?
If you already have the 21 Day Fix or have decided to order it, please have a look around my site! I have a lot of great tips, tricks and tools to help you out.
If you’re not interested in the program, that’s COMPLETELY FINE! However, I REALLY hope you’ll stick around and try out some of my recipes. Healthy can be oh-so-delicious and I want to prove it to you, one tasty bite at a time.
*Fun fact: Ostriches don’t really put their heads in the sand. Just thought I’d get that out there. Yep, total myth.
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