I started my 21 Day Fix journey yesterday. Well, okay that’s not entirely true. I started the meal plan last week. I started the workouts yesterday.
The meal plan took a bit of work to figure out, but I can definitely see the benefits to it. Portion control vs. calorie counting. I will definitely take the portion control! The containers make the planning and accountability much easier than I had thought it would be. It just becomes a bit of planning and prep work to make the menu work. Especially for a busy family of 6, with younger and older children with different tastes in food! I managed to get it figured out, though. Here is the fruits of that labor… It doesn’t rely on using Shakeology as a meal since the kids obviously don’t get a Shake every day, and the hubby is iffy on them. BUT I can easily change out meals to fit the Shakeology in if I wanted to.
The first workout was Total Body Cardio. It is 30 minutes of total body work, and it really did give me a challenge. Me, who just completed a hybrid calendar of PiYo and Combat. I started this journey already in pretty good shape, but had no illusions this would push me. And push me it did. In oh such a good way. I know where I need to work and where I can improve. I am definitely feeling the fruits of that workout today. And yes I am one of those crazy people who actually enjoy the tenderness and quasi-pain the next day after a good workout. It reminds me that I actually did WORK. Because let’s face it. Workouts are meant to be work. Work on our overall health and well being. I did work yesterday and I feel the changes starting today.
Speaking of today… Today was Upper Fix. I thought I would be smart and set my max weight to 10 lbs for the first exercise. While I completed that first set of reps at that weight, my form started to fail so I lowered to 7 lbs weights. It is not a bad thing to go lower when you start to fail, it ensures you can get the reps in and are still benefiting, because let’s face it. I didn’t quit. I kept going. Just with lower weight. But you know what? My goal is to be able to use the 10 lbs weights for the ENTIRE workout when it calls for my heavier weights! My light weight was 5 lbs throughout. I think I shall make my goal to up that to the 7 lbs weights I used today, maybe even 8 lbs. We shall see. But for now I know that 5 lbs is totally doable for me.
In the end, so far I am liking the workouts. I don’t know if this will become another favorite program or not, but I will definitely stick with it for 21 days. Because I refuse to give up. I want to see the results I get with this one. I need to do my before pics and my starting measurements for accountability. Who knows, I may even get brave and share them here when all is said and done. I make no promises for that, but I might. We shall see.