Surprise. surprise – I finished the 21 Day Fix workout plan. Â And… well I don’t plan on stopping this workout anytime soon. Â I absolutely love this workout. Â I love the variety. Â I love that it can be as quick as 30 minutes a day. Â I love that I’m drenched in sweat when the workout is done… And that I feel just sore enough the next day. Â People who know me wouldÂ probably be like well… she just enjoys working out. Â Which genuinelyÂ isn’t really the case. Â I think I could be a perfectly happy couch potato if I didn’t have concerns about all the health impacts, setting a good example for my kids and lets be honest fitting into my clothes.
My meals for week 2 & 3 Â remained pretty close to what they were for week 1. Â Thanksgiving day fell within those weeks and I just gave myself permission to enjoy the day and eat whatever I wanted. Â I didn’t go crazy with serving sizes but I did eat a little bit of everything that I wanted. Since I am making a point to eat something every couple hours IÂ can’t say that I’ve ever been overly hungry over the past few weeks. Â My energy level has stayed consistent throughout the day which is something I struggled with prior to this plan. Â I do drink a chocolate shakeology shake once a day – usually mid-afternoon. Â I indulge in all the foods I like to eat (pasta, pizza, etc) and wine – but I pay attention to serving sizes and don’t eat them daily.
There are probably some people who would manage the meal plan differently and could see significant weight loss with it. Â I’ve chosen to stick to the guidelines but not cut out the things I love but rather keep the serving sizes in check. Â This is my way of knowing that it’s something that won’t just be a 21 day effort but that I can do ongoing.
I described all of the various workouts on my last post so I won’t rehash those. Â What I will elaborate on are the changes I made for week 2 and week 3.
- In the workouts you are supposed to have a lighter set and a heavier set of weights. Â In week 1, I had used Â 3 pound and 6 pound weights during the workouts. Â For week 2:Â I wasn’t ready to increase the heavy weights but the 3 pound weights seemed too light. Â So I just used the 6 pound weights for all of the weighted exercises. Â Then in week 3: Â I used 6 pound and 10 pound weights. Â The 6 pound weights were challenging in week 2 however the 10 pound weightsÂ kicked my a$$ in week 3. Â With the 10 pound weights I have had to slow down the moves and not complete as many reps as I could with the 6 pounds. Â And the last few exercises in eachÂ set really burn.
- Added the 10 minute Ab fix: So I thought previously that there were 2 ab workouts on the 21 Day Fix DVDs, but it is actually the same ab workout on each DVD. Â It is a 10 minute ab workout broken up into 2 sets. Â So you do the first set of moves for 5 minutes then you start the whole process over for the next 5 minutes. Â At the end there are 2 bonus moves that add on maybe an extra minute to the workout. Â I must say that after the first 5 minutes I’m like Thank God that’s over and then I push myself to do the next 5 minutes. Â By the time the bonus moves come around I figure “well crap I’ve come this far might as well finish it“. Â And that it pretty much what goes through my head every time I do the video. Â It has not gotten easier but it is ONLY 10 minutes. Â Some days, I complete the ab workout rightÂ after the regular workout and other days I do it before I go to bed at night to break up the workouts.
So even with all I have done there is still a bonus DVD of Plyo workouts that I have not even touched. Â Mostly because I’m envisioning it to be similar to the Insanity workouts that I’ve done in the past… and I’m just not mentally ready to start that up again. I will. Â Soon.
So the results of the 21 day fix. Â Weight loss is only 4 pounds total- which I have to admit was a little shocking to me at first. Â Mostly because I could tell my clothes were fitting better than prior to the workouts. Â So on a whim I got the measuring tape out and remeasured my waist (not sure if I mentioned this in week 1 but you will need to write down all your measurements). Â And my waist is 2.5 inches smaller than it was 3 weeks ago – and personally I’ll take that over the number on the scale any day 🙂
I plan to continue using this entire plan for the foreseeable future. Â I’ll keep everyone updated if there are anymore significant successes (or failures) to note. Â And of course I’ll write about those plyo workouts once I finally convince myself to do them 🙂
We would love to hear your comments if you are doing the 21 day fix too or have another program that you think ROCKS.
Â ***Note: This article was originally written on 12/10/2014 but for some reason the system didn’t post thus the lag in the week 1 article and this article. Â ***