March 6, 2017 Leave a comment
First and Foremost, I didn’t not 100% commit to the program. I could/can/should do better with it, but I’ll explain the why down below.
If you haven’t heard of the 21 Day Fix, you would be one of the few. But just in case you haven’t here is a link to the original site for it. You can also search Pinterest and Google for Loads of knock offs but similar enough to work plans.
I love the idea of it! Portion control Portion control! Let’s face it, Portion Control is a huge hurdle in eating!! I know that I don’t know what a tablespoon of butter looks like, or about what the size of a 6oz steak looks like. I’m sure a few, cooks and souchefs do, but I don’t. So learning potion control has been a good learning curving. And no, I didn’t buy the kit from the site linked above. Yes, I bought As Seen on TV Perfect Portion containers that are good enough if not exact volume matches. For the actual allotments and how to, I found some great ideas on Pinterest and the App Store.
It’s a free app called 21 Day Fix and it is sponsored by Beachbody (the parent of the program). It’s great and easy to use! Just tell it how much you weigh and it will tell you how many of each container to aim for in a day. It even tells you what counts for each container right there in the app! Once you reach your goal it has a maintenance selection to help you learn your new allotment. It’s nice not to have to count calories and weight out foods, just shove the food into the container and that’s how much you can eat!
The paid version comes with the workouts, the app tells you which ones to do each day. Because I didn’t buy it and am too lazy to go searching for them, I have been lazy about the workouts. We have been in historic downpours in my little area so getting out and walking is not appealing at all; requires rain boots and hip waders. Yes, working out will help the pounds shed even faster! Yes, without doing the workouts I still managed to lose weight slowly with just controlling and learning how much to eat for a given type of food; carbs, protein, veggies, etc. I do try and do some body weight workouts just to tone some of the fatty spots and something to do while on the floor watching Miss GoGo play. I’ve also involved her in them when she feels like she wants to help, she is great at holding my legs down! I also use her at the weighted ball for squats and Russian twists. lol
The Cheat Sheets/Organization-
Binder: I have to say, I love the method! Jessica does a great job putting it all together and making it easy in your face organization. If you are head over heels, 1000% committed to this, make the binder!! I am not that committed it to it, at least at the moment, so I didn’t do it. But I have pinned it 🙂
If you don’t do the App or buy it, you still need to know what counts for each container. Go get the container cheat sheet from a number of sites, see below!, and make your own note card flip book so you know what can be eaten in each one.
Honestly, I just check the app when making my weekly shopping list to see what veggies were on sale and allowed. If you don’t get the app, use the container cheat sheet/flip cards to make your list and to go shopping with. Until you get them memorized don’t feel bad using them!
Oh, the hardest part! So Hubby isn’t doing this with me and the Toddler so doesn’t need this! So, this only makes it that much harder. It’ has played a roll in my slow success, but like a coworker said, success no matter how slow is still success 🙂 Yes, if I wanted to make 2 meals every night for dinner I could make this work better. But I don’t want it and I don’t have the energy too. After working all day coming home and making two meals to be at the table together, so not possible. I would rather just eat smaller portions of unsanctioned foods but eat dinner as a family, than make two meals.
The easier of the three meals! I either ate small portions of the left over dinner, or I follow the guidelines and eat a really good healthy meal. I really do like what you can eat on the 21 day fix, just to lazy right now to change the Hubby overnight.
I totally fail here! Completely fail. The only time I might get close is when Miss GoGo gets up early 5:45am ish at the latest, and I make us scrabbled eggs to eat together. Otherwise, it’s a Venti NonFat Toffee Nut Latte from Starbucks. I said I failed at breakfast.
I’ve looked at several other blog posts about the 21 Day Fix and this is the one I keep coming back to 🙂
This Site in General!– Becca has put together an amazing collection of print outs! She really has committed a lot to making these sheets and it shows. They are easy to read, use, and would be perfect for the binder.
All in All-
Even without the 100% commitment to it, I have seen positive changes in my body from what little I am doing. Cutting the candy, increasing the fruits, and eating smaller portions sums the changes I have made and I have seen about a pound a week slide off; even with the Meyer Lemon cocktail every night. Yes, totally worth the containers, the time, and the hassle to start it. Plus, it’s an easy thing to keep doing once even the goal weight is achieved. It makes you aware of what a correct serving size looks like, what it feels like to fuel the body on healthy stuff, and with the Toddler in the house she gets to see what good food habits look like. Also, I like it better than counting calories. Counting calories is a lot of hassle and this is less hassle in the long run.