What is the 21-Day Fix?!

by agirlandhermutt on April 18, 2014

Hi folks! On Monday I mentioned that I started a new program (yes, another program!) from BeachBody called the 21-Day Fix.

As of today, I’ve been on the program for 10 full days. And…I THINK I LOVE IT! Since the program is 21 days I can’t give you my results or tell you that it is the best plan ever that is going to make you look like a super model, but I can tell you what the program is about and how it works.

The program is just like any other nutrition progam. It is all about what you eat and getting your body moving. Unlike the last “fun” challenge that I did, there are no pills or supplements that you have to take. They do recommend Shakeology, BeachBody’s nutritional shake, but it isn’t mandatory. I didn’t want to spend the money on Shakeology because I don’t know anything about it, so I just went with the basic program.

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The 21 Day Fix boasts that there is no counting, no guessing and no wondering. Technically, that is true. But it isn’t a walk in the park. You do have to do some work and think ahead. But isn’t that why the saying “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail” is so popular?!

What Comes with the 21-Day Fix:

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7 food containers
1 Shaker
6- 30 Minute Workouts
Start Guide
Eating Plan
3-Day Quick Fix Guide
Dirty 30 Workout

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Food:
Based on the calculation they have you do at the beginning of the program that factors in your weight and activity, you will be given a calorie range. In the book the calorie range is what dicates how many of each container you will eat throughout the day. For some in the lower calorie range, you might eat 2 yellow containers throughout the day. Others would eat 3.

Which answers the question I get most…do I eat out of the containers? No. I use them to help me measure out my meals and then just rinse them out.

The containers are the one piece of the program that trips everyone up. Yes, they look super tiny. When my containers arrived I wanted to throw the whole thing away because there was no way I was going to starve myself. But take a deep breath. You will use each of these containers (except the blue) multiple times in a day. And surprisingly, a lot of food fits into these suckers!

Green- Vegetables
Purple- Fruit
Red- Protein
Yellow- Carbs
Blue- Healthy Fats & CHEESE!
Orange- Seeds & Oils
Shaker Cup- Drinks (Shakeology, Wine, Wine, Wine)

You are also given foods that can be measured by teaspoons. They don’t include a teaspoon for ya because they assume you have one of those in your kitchen. If you don’t, you could borrow one of the 1000 that I found when I was moving.

This plan allows for some treats including 4 oz of wine about 3 times a week. THANK YOU. I’ve only used it once, but it was worth it.

To give you an idea of what dinner looks like 21-Day Fix style, here is my dinner the other night.

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2 corn tortillas- 1 yellow
Shredded Chicken- 1 red
Sautéed brussel sprouts & onion- 1 green
Mashed Avocado- 1 blue

I try to eat the purple and yellow containers earlier in the day, but every now and then I will have a yellow at night. Last night we had a whole wheat pasta & scallops dish that I got from Skinny Taste. I actually didn’t change any of the ingredients, but did adjust some of the serving sizes.

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Whole wheat pasta- 1 yellow
5 large scallops- 1 red
Diced tomatoes & Lettuce- 2 green
EVOO- 2 tsp

(I used Tuttorosso’s Diced Tomatoes. See bottom of post for a fun giveaway they are hosting on their Facebook!)

I stink at knowing how much pasta to cook to get the right serving size so I just cooked up half the box and then measured it out accordingly.

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Again, I know it looks small when in the container, but it was actually a pretty good amount. The BF ate his portion and was full. I figure that is a pretty good indicator.

I think one of the biggest things to remember is that this whole program is about eating clean foods. You are going to eat a lot in quantity to reach your calorie target because the foods are nutritious and naturally lower in calorie.

Now that you have eaten your little heart out, it is time to get MOVING!

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Exercise:
The program is designed so that you are working out/moving every single day of the 21-day program. Here is what I’m doing each day.

Monday-Total Body Cardio Fix
Tuesday- Upper Body Fix
Wednesday- Lower Body Fix
Thursday- Pilates Fix
Friday- Cardio Fix
Saturday- Dirty 30
Sunday- Yoga Fix

I’ve done all of the videos now and my favorites are the Total Body, Lower Body, Dirty 30 and Yoga.

I mentioned in my Planning My Week post on Monday that on some days I double-up on my workout. For instance, I do Cardio Kickboxing at the gym on Tuesday and then come home to do the Upper Body Fix. I don’t overdo it though.

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Why I Am Doing the Program:
I eat pretty healthy. I make smart choices…for the most part. I workout just fine. However, I still struggle with portion sizes. I do measure and weigh, but I can get obsessive. This is *hopefully* helping me to learn how to eyeball a bit better and not cheat myself out of food or overdo it either. That whole, meat the size of your palm doesn’t seem to help, but hopefully this little container thing will. We shall see!

Also, I really like Autumn Calabrese, the creator of the 21-Day Fix, a celebrity trainer and bikini competitor. I adore her! I like her style in the workout videos and I love how engaging she is over social media. Check her out on all the main channels. Plus, I wouldn’t be sad if I ended up with a body like her. Truth.

Anyone else doing the 21-Day Fix? Have you tried other BeachBody programs?

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PS. I used a big ol’ can of Tuttorosso’s Diced Tomatoes for the scallop dish above!

Go check out Tuttorosso’s Facebook page from April 16-May 7th for your chance to post about your family cooking tradition and win a $250 prize pack that includes a serving plate, sauce ladle, pasta pot set and heirloom wooden spoon, plus $300 to a dinner celebration of the winner’s choosing.

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Planning Out the Week

by agirlandhermutt on April 14, 2014

Hi folks! I’m making a big effort to get back on my blogging game. I miss the blog! I also miss being able to come back to my own blog to see what I have been up to the past few months. Sometimes I need a reminder or two. ;)

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One of the questions I get every now and then is what I’m eating or my exact workout routine. I always love reading people’s weekly menus or their week of workouts so I’m going to get back into that.

I should mention first that I’m taking part in the BeachBody 21 Day Fix Challenge (minus the Shakeology). It is a fairly new program from Autumn Calabrese, a fitness trainer and bikini competitor.

I’ve never been much of a home workout person, but my new roommate (the fiancé) is really into BeachBody workouts. He has successfully finished several rounds of P90x, Insanity, T25, TurboFire, etc. I really liked that this one had a pretty sound nutrition program to go with it and it sounded like something I could easily adapt into my current routine.

Plus, I’m still struggling with portion sizes (even with healthy foods!) and this plan directly tackles that issue.

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There is a different workout for each day of the week and you are working out all 21 days. Sunday is your active recovery day with a yoga video that is more just a follow-along stretch. 30 minutes a day might work for some, but I need a little more so I do doubles on certain days. If it work out that I can’t do a double, no biggie. I just do my 21 Day Fix workout and that is just fine with me.

I should mention… I’m not a BeachBody coach. I’m not trying to sell you this program. Just telling you what I’m up to this month. :)

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Workouts for the Week!
Monday- 21 Day Fix Total Body Cardio/5 mile challenge at the gym
Tuesday- Cardio Kickboxing & 21 Day Fix Upper Body
Wednesday- 21 Day Fix Lower Body & Spinning
Thursday- 21 Day Fix Pilates
Friday- ZUMBA! (I’ll probably skip the 21 Day Cardio video)
Saturday- Total Body Melt & 21 Day Fix Dirty 30 (OR! Possibly a 5K Charity Run)
Sunday- 21 Day Fix Yoga (Active Rest Day)

Meals for the Week!
Monday- Brussels Sprouts & Turkey Quesadilla
Tuesday- Steak, Red Potatoes & Roasted Broccoli
Wednesday- Turkey Red Sauce & Spaghetti Squash
Thursday- OUT!
Friday- Turkey Burgers & Salad
Saturday- ????
Sunday- Grilled Chicken & Veggies

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In addition to the majority of our dinners being eaten at home, we are also doing breakfast, lunch and snacks. A lot of times I would grab breakfast or my snacks at work. I’m also learning how to cook for 2 people. Phew. That is a learning process for sure! Last night I did some prep for breakfast and lunches for the next few days.

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So that is what my week of healthy living looks like on paper. I am fitting in some fun though too. YAY!

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Before I go, I have to give a little update on Korky. I mentioned on twitter that both Kork and I have ear infections. We are a fun crew! I took him to a new vet on Monday. He was such a good boy! He even managed to keep a close watch on a few cats that were in crates in the lobby. His watchful eye made sure they didn’t even think of coming out of their crates. So helpful, huh?! Fortunately his little ear infection is nothing serious and neither is mine. We both have drops. Bedtime is a good time for everyone the next few days.

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I hope you guys have a great week! Talk to you soon!

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Catching Up

April 8, 2014

Hello there! These past few weeks have been NUTS. For the first time in what seems like forever I can take a deep breath and just relax. Over the past month I have been traveling (Joplin and Atlanta!), moving and of course, trying to keep up my workouts while surviving work. With a few weeks […]

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