Over the past few months, I had come to the realization that something had to change in my lifestyle, but I wasn’t quite sure what it was.  By mid-afternoon most days, I would find myself completely exhausted, to where I really just wanted to curl up somewhere and take a nap.  In addition to being exhausted, I found that even though I was running 3-4 miles every other day or doing a various exercise DVD, there was a roll of skin hanging over my jeans that wasn’t there in the past.  Each day I would think “ok I guess I need to exercise more, eat less…”  logically I knew that I needed to expend more calories than I was consuming.  But I honestly felt like I wouldn’t be able to function on anything less than what I was eating.  I began to wonder if this was just what being over 40 meant.  It was kind of disheartening and frustrating.

Linda-Hamilton_T2But as luck would have it I made a new friend, who is slightly older than me but who has a body that resembles Linda Hamilton from Terminator 2.  We got to talking about health and fitness one day and she mentioned that she was a Beachbody coach. (Now I know some of you don’t know me personally so let me state this now – that I am in no way in cohorts with her to promote Beachbody or provided anything by her or the company).  I told her how frustrated I had become with trying to get into shape and struggling with exhaustion at times.  So we discussed a few things that lead me towards deciding on the 21 day fix program.

1) I told her about my one wonky knee.  How some days I can run miles with no issues and other times it would throb for a day or so after.  So something that required high-impact on a daily basis would not work for me.

2) We talked about my eating habits and she felt that maybe I wasn’t eating enough or that I was eating foods that would have my blood sugar spiking and then crashing which could lead to why I was so tired.

3) I told her I get really bored with exercise programs.  I need  variety to keep me engaged.

Based on all of those, we mutually decided that the 21 day fix would probably be the best option for me.   So I placed my order online for Autumn Calabrese’s 21 Day Fix – Essential Package and a couple days later this showed up in the mail

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Here’s exactly what’s included in my box:

The Workouts:

There are  seven workouts.  Each is only 30-minutes long.  This is one of the main reasons I chose this program.  I figured I could always find 30 minutes in my day to do a workout.  Unlike the mental preparation it may take me to convince myself to do a 45min or hour long workout.  For some reason 30 seemed doable.  The workouts are as follows:

  • Total Body Cardio Fix
  • Upper Fix
  • Lower Fix
  • Pilates Fix
  • Cardio Fix
  • Yoga Fix
  • Dirty 30
  • 2 Bonus 10 minute fix for Abs

You will need a set of light weights and a set of heavier weights for some of these workouts.

21dayfixitemsThe Portion Control System:

These are dishwasher-safe, BPA-free containers that are color coded based on a specific food group:

  • One Green—Vegetables
  • One Purple—Fruit
  • One Red—Protein
  • One Yellow—Carbohydrates
  • One Blue—Healthy Fats and Cheese
  • 2 Orange—Seeds and Oils

(Note: This is just the number of containers in the box not the amount you could consume.  For instance for my caloric intake needs I would use 4 red containers (protein) daily.)

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Shakeology Shaker Cup & Mix

  • Container for Shakes/drinks
  • Shakeology shake mix (I chose chocolate but there is also strawberry and vanilla flavor options)
  • Recipes for shake variations – I add PB2 to mine and it reminds me of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  YUMMY!

 

 

 

 

21 Day Fix Eating Plan

  •  An easy-to-follow portion-control eating plan based on your individual caloric needs
  • Details about what goes in each color coded food container
  • Some simple to make recipes
  • Restaurant and favorite recipe food guide

Over the next couple weeks I will be sharing my experience with this program and in the end hopefully sharing a before and after photo that we can all see a difference in 😉

 

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