Wednesday, October 22, 2014

21 Day Fix Review

In my last post, I promised I would update about my 21 Day Fix journey. So why haven't I? Simple. I HATED 21 Day Fix. So much so, in fact, that I didn't even get past week 1.

Let me explain: I LOVED the workouts, and I still do them every single day. But that meal plan, the one that's supposed to reduce your cravings, just didn't work for me. I work from 9am to 5pm, so I don't have time to make a fresh meal for lunch every day. And after working 8+ hours AND working out, the last thing I wanted to do was make a fresh and healthy dinner. I know what you're thinking, "why not drink Shakeology?" Well, I've found that Shakeology is one of the few things that can keep me full in the morning, so I typically drink it for breakfast.

21 Day Fix left me feeling tired and irritable, and I had a headache that lasted all day. And although they say it's supposed to reduce your cravings for sweets, all I did was crave sweets the entire time. Because of this, I found myself cheating by the end of the first week.

Even after a failed week 1, I decided to "start over" and try again on week 2. But by Thursday of week 2, I was craving sweets, tired, irritable and hungry all the time. And the headaches were even worse than during week 1. I was having trouble concentrating at work, and I felt completely unproductive and useless.

So by the end of week 2, I decided that the 21 Day Fix just wasn't working for me. Because of all the cheating, I actually gained weight instead of losing it. This week, on what would've been week 3, I'm using My Fitness Pal to track what I'm eating, and I'm continuing to work out. I'm still doing the 21 Day Fix workouts, and I'm absolutely in love with them. Since Tough Mudder is a little over 2 weeks away, I'm running and doing a 21 Day Fix workout. So far, so good. In 3 days, I lost the weight that I gained when I attempted 21 Day Fix. My headaches are gone, I'm no longer tired and since I can have sweets, I'm eating them in moderation instead of binging.

21 Day Fix wasn't for me, but that doesn't mean other people haven't seen results. I've personally known several people who had awesome results with 21 Day Fix (largely because they were able to actually stick to the plan). I'm glad I gave it a shot, but in the end, it just didn't work out.

Interested in learning more about 21 Day Fix and other Beachbody programs? Visit my Beachbody site!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Time for a New Journey: 21 Day Fix

In one of my recent posts, I talked about signing up for a Tough Mudder and the beginning of my fitness and weight loss journey. With a little less than 5 weeks until the event, I figured that it was time that I stepped up my game.

About a month ago, I bought 21 Day Fix and Shakeology from my Beachbody Coach. Since I bought a challenge pack, I was able to sign up as a Beachbody coach for free, so I decided to take the plunge. Currently, I'm only using my coach status for the discount, but once I can truly speak to the effectiveness of the programs, I'll start coaching other people through their health and fitness journey.

The past month has been insane - I was in Boston for a week for the INBOUND 2014 conference and when I got back, the air conditioning at our condo stopped working, so we lived with Alex's sister for 2 weeks. After 3 weeks of eating out almost every day, I decided that it was time that I start the 21 day fix program.

So tomorrow, it begins.

Last week, I planned out all of my meals for the week, and yesterday, I went to the store and bought all of the food. It was an expensive trip, but I'm hoping it will pay off. I know the next few weeks are going to be insanely crazy, so I hope that by prepping my meals in advance that I'll be less likely to cheat.

Be on the lookout for posts about this new journey as well as my review of the program at the end. Even though I'm a coach, I can promise that I'll give my honest review and opinions. Honestly, there's no amount of money that could get me to give a false review about something. Seriously.

"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." -Earl Nightingale