AND IT’S OVER!!! It’s been 21 days since I started this challenge.
I’M GOING TO BE COMPLETELY HONEST. I have so many mixed feelings.
I need accountability. I need support. If left to my own devices, I will eat everything in sight and play video games/watch Netflix all day long. That’s why I like programs and games that make me get up and get moving and eat healthy.
I thought the 21 Day Fix would be great for that. There’s even an app on my phone that I can track my meals, water and workouts. I mean, how much easier can it get?! I don’t know what it was, but it just didn’t work for me. That being said, I can DEFINITELY see how this could work for someone else!
Like I’ve said in previous posts, I love color coding and organization. When I heard there were color coordinated containers, I was like, “YES! This is perfect!” They are great little containers. They are portioned very well. It’s definitely how much carbs, protein, healthy fats, fruits and veggies you should be eating. For me, I think I had trouble because I knew this already, and so learning the colors felt like I was taking a step backwards. Why do I need to think about what RED means when you can easily just tell me “use 3/4 cup protein?”
The Verdict: The containers are PERFECT for beginners who have no clue how much a cup or half a cup looks like. It is perfect for someone who doesn’t know if cottage cheese is a protein, carb or healthy fat. It is perfect for someone who has a bad habit of drowning their food in olive oil, only to then realize that 1 tsp of oil is about 1/8 of what they normally use. If you already have experience in food portioning, macro-nutrition, and overall nutrition – you might be better off using your own knowledge of knowing how much chicken you should be using, and that chicken is a lean protein, etc.
The Meal Plan/Calories:
So I wanted to do this by the books. I used the formula in the beginning, calculated what my calories should be, and used the numbers it gave me (3 greens, 2 purples, 4 proteins, 2 carbs, 1 healthy fat, 1 seeds/dressings, 2 tbs oil/butters). My goal was around 1,200 calories.
The Verdict: I felt like it wasn’t enough calories, or maybe not enough of certain colors, but it could be because I need my body to adjust to that amount of food. Personally, given my background in health and wellness, and my activity level, I should be eating more than 1,200 calories. The problem then lies in not having enough colors. I wondered if I should go up a level to the 1,500 which includes more colors for the day. Maybe I could try a round 2 and use the 1,500 level. I did not like having to plan my meals so precisely that I needed to know how many fruits I would have or vegetables. My days can sometimes be crazy and unpredictable, and I like knowing that I have healthy snacks on hand, and not overthinking it. Let’s say I had a plan, and I was going to use both my carbs during dinner. But then my day gets hectic, and I can’t get away from the Fitness Center to eat my planned meal, so I grab a quick healthy granola bar from my desk. That’s going to be a carb, which is fine, but now that screws up my dinner plans completely. That might be a bad example because I wouldn’t use a granola bar as a carb, but meh.
EXCELLENT! Although, I didn’t follow the calendar to a T. I’m sure it would have been much better had I actually followed all the workouts every day in the order given. But life is not always that kind as to allow it. So I mixed it up, went to Yoga on some days (hey, I’m spending $$ to have a membership at my studio, so help me if I do not make it at least 2x a week). I worked out at work on days I knew I didn’t have time after work. I worked out with my mom when she wanted to do something different. I also bought the On Demand and wanted to immediately try all of the different programs now suddenly available at my fingertips!
The Verdict: They are great beginner and intermediate workouts. I did do all of them at least once. I did them with my mom, my sister and her husband. There was a modification for everyone, and although they complained and grumbled that they were tired and out of shape, they were able to complete the video!
The total body cardio fix is a perfect all over 30 minute workout.
The Yoga one was perfect for those (like my mom) who are usually too fidgety for yoga.
The Pilates ones were killer but a great switch up from burpees and jumping jacks.
The Upper and Lower Body ones made me sore the following days, for sure!!
This is a great, well planned program that is perfect for beginners or someone who needs to shape up real quick in 3 weeks and needs a plan to follow.
Me personally — This was great for the week after Christmas break. It was good to get me back into the swing of things.
However, I think I’m going to keep exploring all the different programs on Beachbody On Demand. I really want to build muscle and strength, so I might focus next on something like Hammer & Chisel or Body Beast or p90x3. I will keep you posted!
I also think I am going to jump into the next round of Game On Diet with my sister and her husband. That meal plan just happened to work better with me and my lifestyle. Plus, I love the point system and the bets involved! (I said this before but I will make a post soon explaining the Game On Challenge and why it worked better for me!)