I’ve been keeping a little secret from you all. Not necessarily a secret but something I’ve been doing for the past month that I haven’t been blogging about. For a few reasons really. One I didn’t want the judgement. Since I’ve been blogging about living a mostly paleo lifestyle for a few years now, I know some people will read that I’ve jumped on the Beachbody bandwagon and call me a hypocrite. The Paleo community definitely doesn’t agree with a lot of the philosophy behind many of the Beachbody programs and I through many people would judge me based that. Two, I wanted to see how I felt before sharing my thoughts and opinions. Obviously I would be honest either way since that’s how I try to run my blog but I wanted to really feel out the program before sharing my thoughts and opinions.
Now, before I get into those thoughts and opinions, let me give you a little background on the past year of my life.
If you are new to my blog you may not know we’ve had our fair share of fertility struggles the past few years. You can read about it here, here, here and here. Most recently I shared that our first round of IUI (via timed conception) didn’t work. I was disappointed but also a little relieved. For one our chances of having triplets (or more) was very high. Two, I haven’t been feeling like myself for quite some time now. In the past year I’ve had to gain weight, cut back on exercise, and take hormones that my body did not like. At the end of our first round I felt bloated, depressed, puffy and just not me at all. I started thinking. Is this the best way to start a new life form? Will I have a happy pregnancy if I’m feeling like this before I get pregnant? I decided to take some time off for me. Which included, getting back on track with my eating, fitness, and overall health and well being.
I knew I didn’t want to lose a bunch of weight and I definitely didn’t want to jump back into overdoing it with my exercise (which I have a tendancy to do). So after much contemplation I decided to start a program I had heard a lot about. The 21 Day Fix through Beachbody. I’m no stranger to Beachbody. The Hubby and I did the P90x back in 2008 and had great results. We also did Insanity which was fun but so intense as each workout was cardio driven and an hour long. I know now that isn’t what’s best for me. Regardless, I wanted something that I could do at home without having to create my own workout. Something that was short, had varied workouts and wasn’t too intense. So I bit the bullet and purchased a 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack.
Let’s first talk about the food..
When it arrived I felt a little leery about all the portion control. For years I’ve worked at getting out of a mind frame where I’m worried about how many calories I’m eating. This leeriness grew as I calculated my daily caloric intake based on the calculations in the 21 Day Fix book. When it said I should only be eating 1200 – 1400 calories I got a little worried. I didn’t want to drive my body back into starvation by not consuming enough food. So I decided to follow the plan for the most part but aim to take in a little more calories than the suggested amount.
Lunch of baked sweet potato, spinach, ground chicken and salsa
The other thing I was a little worried about was the carbohydrate intake. I didn’t want to add back in breads and gluten so I needed to make sure I was getting in enough carbs. This actually ended up being pretty easy. I would just switch out the suggested carb portion (bread, pasta, etc.) with a carb source I’m used to like sweet potatoes. I did however begin adding back in some gluten-free oats because I found this to be a quick and easy carbohydrate source that I didn’t react negatively to. So this worked for me.
Overnight oats with plain yogurt, cinnamon, stevia, banana and sunbutter
As I started using the suggested containers for meals. I found that my previous portions were much larger than they should be. I was finding that at the end of my meals I felt satisfied but not stuffed. I was still hungry for snacks throughout the day but by having to use the containers for those snacks as well, I found that I did less mindless snacking which is my biggest struggle. At the end of most days I felt full, but not bloated. Satisfied and most nights didn’t need the extra snack as suggested in the evening.
Afternoon snack of 1/2 an apple, 1/2 cup plain yogurt mixed with cinnamon and 2 tsp. sun butter
The meals were very similar to meals I already eat and I really liked the emphasis on eating real, clean foods rather than processed foods. After a lot of research, I did order the Chocolate Vegan Shakeology as suggested by my friend Gina. One scoop was usually way too sweet for me so most days I would have 1/2 a scoop in the morning as a snack and 1/2 a scoop later. Or just skip it completely and depend on real foods for my nutrients.
Now on to workouts…
The workouts were the main reason I decided to purchase the program. After coming off a month of not working out much and wanting to get back into it but not over do it, I knew I needed something that wasn’t going to be too intense. Plus I have found that I have less time lately to go to the gym myself and honestly was tired of trying to come up with a workout I wanted to do at home. I just wanted someone to tell me what to do so figured the videos would be a good fit for now.
What I found was that the workouts were all pretty good! Definitely not intense but a good way to work up a little sweat and all were great workouts. I enjoyed that they were only 30 minutes long and offered a light warm up and cool down. I found it easy to squeeze them in early before The Love Nugget woke up. If I didn’t get it done in the am, it was easy to find 30 minutes to do it somewhere else during the day. I even got The Hubby to do the yoga with me in the evenings a few times! If there was a day the I worked out at Afterburn or at the gym I would just skip a cardio workout from the 21 day fix so I wasn’t over doing it 🙂
So I’m sure you’re all wondering what I thought. I actually ended up really liking it! At the end of my 21 days I felt SO much better than I did before. I ended up losing just a few pounds, and an inch around both my waist and hips. Nothing drastic which is just what I needed 🙂 I also toned up a little in my arms and mid section. I didn’t take before and after pictures as suggested in the program since I wasn’t doing it to see a ton of progress. I’ve since adapted some of the portion control into my daily habits and have enjoyed having the workouts to do at home when I don’t feel like thinking up something myself.
I definitely think it’s a great program for anyone looking to gain control over their eating habits and fitness. There are a lot of ways you can modifications based on your needs. If you’re someone like me who might not want to lose a ton of weight, it tells you how to do that. If you want to add in more workouts, it gives you tips on how to do that.
I didn’t love how restrictive it said I should be with my calorie intake but again, because I know my body needs more calories I was able to adjust that. Everyone is different and being aware of what you need is so important!
Overall I would recommend it to anyone wanting something they can easily do at home, in a short amount of time, and need a little help with their diet.
If you’re interested in learning more about this program feel free to email me!
- Have you ever done a Beachbody program?
- What are your thoughts on at home challenges?