So this is the post I am sure most have been waiting for. I finished my first round of the 21 day fix on Tuesday and Wednesday I took down my measurements, took photos and weighed myself. Before I get into the juicy stuff I want to go over a few things.
1. I really hesitated with using the scale as a unit of measurement for this documentation.
As I have talked about in the past, I had a very ugly relationship with the scale. I never talked about to the extend. Sure, I talked about how when I saw a number I didn’t like, it would determine how I felt that day about myself and about everything. But I didn’t talk about the serious stuff. Mainly because I was pretty ashamed I let myself get to that point. So I think it would be best for me to be 100% upfront with you all on this because I want to show everything. The good, the bad, the ugly. Plus, if one of you are reading this and are experiencing a similar experience.. sometimes knowing you aren’t alone can mean a lot. (Do not hesitate to ever email me if you need someone to talk to. I am not a doctor or therapist but I can do my best to support you in your goals, struggles and victories. I answer every email I get.) Okay. Here it is. I used to starve myself before weigh in day. If I weighed in on Saturday morning, that meant I wouldn’t eat from Friday around 3 pm onward. If I had an evening weigh in, I wouldn’t eat most of the day. I also would not drink water. So you can see how disordered this got. I have a very ugly relationship with the scale, and therefore I did not want to use it. But I felt I would just for this round. I will not be using it regularly from now on for this reason.
2. I did not use the 3 day quick fix guide for day 19-day 21.
If you do not know what this guide is, it comes with the program. It is a set meal plan and very clean plain foods. Personally, I chose not to use this as it would trigger my disordered eating. I know my triggers by now, and restricting to these foods would have made things worse.
3. Our next group is starting up soon!
If you want coaching from myself, support of a group (you do not have to be local, this is done via Facebook), and to see success from something like this..shoot me an email! I would love to talk to you more about your goals and get you on your way :).
Okay, to get into the physical results. I want to say first, this program had more behavioral and mental changes that override my physical results hands down. We will get into those shortly. By the way, I am 5 foot 7 if you were wondering.
Pounds lost: 6.1 lbs
Inches lost: overall 7.25 inches
So behavior changes I noticed. I feel I now look at food very differently. I noticed before this program I was overeating on my starchier foods. Easy. Sweet potato? ya I would easily eat a HUGE one to myself before. Now with the structure of the fix, I see where my portions should be. I also see food as fuel rather than only for sparking my taste buds. I noticed I was able to see what foods really gave me a good amount of fuel before my long runs. This program made this very clear.
Cravings? I only have had a few here and there. But nothing intense. The fix allows flexibility, as you have seen. Sushi, burrito, dark chocolate. I still was able to enjoy foods I love. So the cravings weren’t as intense since I knew I would be able to have them if I really wanted.
I also felt SUPER strong on the road during training. Lighter on my feet, mentally clearer, and overall just stronger. My body felt properly fueled and my energy was high. Nothing better than an efficient feeling run. My pacing even has improved it feels like!
Overall thoughts on the program…
Guys…I am in love. I had a feeling in my gut that this program was going to be a game changer and guess what? I am pretty sure I was right. I love that I can use this nutritional program alongside any other training I will be doing. It is versatile. I can eat food I love. I can enjoy my social life!
I will say I hate the name. I believe that some words carry various meanings to the readers who read them..and fix to me implies quick or rapid. But I do realize for marketing purposes, Beachbody had to name it something appealing. KNOW that this is NOT a quick fix. This is sustainable weight loss. THIS is really what I consider a lifestyle. Eventually you won’t need the containers for guides and you will be better at eating without them. Soon, you will see what “eating treats in moderation” really means! You DO learn from this program with the structure and flexibility of a healthy lifestyle. This has to be what I love most about it.
As a trainer who is not legally able to provide meal plans or nutritional advice, this is something I can recommend to my clientele. I can fully trust that my clients are going to see full results if they pair my workouts, Autumn’s workouts on the DVDs (from time to time) and the nutritional program.
FAQ I have gotten in the last few weeks:
I am breastfeeding, am I still able to participate in the 21 day fix?
Yes you can. You will have to adjust your calorie bracket differently, but it is okay to do. If you will be using the fitness programs too, make sure it is okay with your doctor and that you listen to your body.
What equipment do I need for the workouts?
You will need a pair of light and heavier dumbbells, a yoga mat, towel and water. Not all of the DVDs require all of this, but some will.
Do I need to buy and use Shakeology when I do the 21 day fix?
You do not have to, but it is recommended to see full results. If you have any questions in regards to Shakeology, I am an email away.
Can you purchase more containers?
Yes you can. You may buy from the website.
I get sore knees if I jump around too much. Will I be able to do these workouts?
Yes you can. There is always a modifier in any program you buy from beachbody so to make movements lower impact. Also, you can purchase a jump mat from Beachbody to cushion your movements.
Is it expensive?
It is one of the most affordable programs we offer. Again, email me so we can talk goals to see if this is right for you. We can then go over prices and how I can get you the best offer possible.
If you have any questions for me, comment below or email me at the email in my contact tab!
I will be doing one more round of the fix starting a few days after my marathon. I want to be sure my body is ready for movement post race. After that I will be using the food portion of things along with another program, which I have yet to decide. This program has been amazing with my marathon training and fix journey so I will be definitely using the nutrition side of things for a long time!