Program Reviews

How the 21 Day Fix Works

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I've gotten so many questions about this, so I figured I'd dedicate an entire post to explaining it.

First of all, the Fix is based on the idea that it takes 21 days to break bad habits and create good ones. You can do anything for 21 days, right?

Second, the Fix is about balancing your diet and learning how to best nourish your body. It's about portion control without counting calories (praise God), while still fueling your body. So to do that, you get these nifty little containers to help you visualize portions and types of food and how to balance them.

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Each of the containers corresponds to a "kind" of food. Yellow is carbs, green is vegetables, purple is fruit...etc, etc. The only time you ever deal with numbers is Day 0, when you calculate which calorie bracket you fall into. Each bracket has different container numbers. Ex: if you fall into bracket 1, your daily target is 4 red containers, 3 green, 2 purple, and so on. Bracket 2 has the same number of red, but an extra one of each of the other containers.

Y'all, this is so much food.

This was one of my dinners one night (a red, yellow, and green) and I got so full halfway through.

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The third piece of the 21DF puzzle is the workouts. They're all led by Autumn Calabrese--the genius behind the entire program. Each workout (there are 7 and each day of the week has an assigned workout) is only 30 minutes (including warmup and cool down) so you can get in and get back out super quickly! Autumn talks a lot about how normal exercise, like normal eating, is just a small portion of your life and advocates how as long as you're doing the right thing you don't need to spend hours and hours at the gym to reach your goals. She's also super motivating and so fun. (Part of me wishes she led five other Beachbody programs because I would buy them all.)

Maybe my favorite thing about the 21 Day Fix? It's designed to reach you at your level--wherever that may be. You can absolutely make this program whatever you want to be--whether you're at a plateau, looking to mix things up, want to know how to eat right, or are just getting started.

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If you're interested in joining my next Challenge group, message me on Facebook! I'd love to have you.

If you have questions or if you have questions that I didn't address, feel free to leave them in the comments below, comment on my Instagram, message me on Facebook, or start sending smoke signals. :)

xoxo.

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Today was the first day of the 21 Day Fix…and honestly, it was so much better than I was hoping for.

I definitely still have a lot to learn or maybe just adjust to (I got hungry in the middle of the afternoon because I ate lunch too early) and my first DVD was broken so BB is sending me a new one. It’s stressing me out a little bit not being “on the plan” exactly, but I think maybe it’s good for me. :)

I ended up doing the regular Cardio Fix tonight and while I don’t know if I’ll be sore tomorrow, it wa DEFINITELY a workout and it felt so good to just sweat it out. (That’s not a feeling I usually get with swimming.) I’m nervous for what the other workouts look like, especially because I don’t have any equipment so I’ll have to modify as possible. But I kept thinking of the reasons why I’m doing this and it’s totally worth it.

Like Autumn kept saying tonight, “you can do anything for sixty seconds” and I can do this for twenty one days. I can’t wait to see where I end up.