At the beginning of the month, I told you all about how I was getting ready for my very first round of the 21 Day Fix, the famous Beachbody program created by Autumn Calabrese. Well, the three weeks are now over and it’s time to share my results! Are you ready?
My results breakdown
Let’s start with the numbers, because that’s what everyone is curious about, right? Here’s my bullet journal spread, all filled up:
Yes, I lost a little more than 5 pounds! Yay! I’m really happy about that. It seems pretty reasonable to me. I’m not someone who thinks weight loss should happen super fast. One to two pounds a week is good, it means I’m losing it the right way. The healthy way.
What surprised me was that didn’t lose any inch overall on my body, I even gained a quarter of an inch! Ugh. I was told by A LOT of people and I read everywhere on the interwebs that I would see major results in my measurements, not in my weight… Seems is what not the case for this girl! I did lose inches in my chest, waist and hips, but gained some in my legs and arms. I’ve been told that our legs have the biggest muscles, so if they are getting bigger, that means I’ll burn more calories. So, I guess it might be a good thing…? We’ll see.
I also took pictures, along with weighing myself and taking my measurement, but I’m not yet ready to share them with the world. Maybe when I’m more comfortable with my body… But, I’m REALLY glad I took them, because that where I can see the most change. My waist is visibly tinier and my abdomen is getting more defined (as much as it can be for a 161 pounds woman…). And I can already see a slight difference in my clothes. A pair of jeans that was starting to feel tight is now fitting me much better 🙂
What am I getting out of it?
I’m super proud of myself for sticking with it through the 21 days. I did not skip any workout, which is a victory in itself. I never imagined I could workout all those days in row. I’m amazed and very pleased.
I have to admit that the first week, I was SUPER sore. Oh. My. God. It hurt just to sit down on the toilet to pee. And stairs! Ugh! But in the second week, it got better and I’m not sore anymore. The truth is, I was really out of shape and I needed to do something about it. At first, I couldn’t even jog for less than a minute during the warm-up. And forget about jumping jacks! Now, though, I’m doing all that and I intend to keep improving.
I did cheat a few times, but nothing major. We had a wedding one Saturday, a family BBQ another weekend and a date night on a Friday where I ate more than I was allowed to, but still less than what I would have in the past. I also had some drinks, which we all know are packed with calories. But if I can’t treat myself once in awhile, I’ll just abandon.
What I loved
I think the Beachbody programs are perfect for me, because they’re so convenient. I mean, I didn’t even have to get out of the house! I just slipped on my workout clothes, turned on the TV and voilà!
Thirty minutes is also super doable. An hour would maybe be too long, I don’t know. But half an hour? I can fit that in my schedule easily. And even though it’s short, it wasn’t easy! I sweated and cursed and told myself “What!? I can’t do that!” so many times. But I still did it 😉
Autumn Calabrese is so encouraging! It’s like she’s in the living room with you, telling you that you can do it and dropping little pearls of fitness wisdom here and there. And the modifier (the woman who changes the moves for beginners, like me!) was so helpful. I’m still following her most of the time. But you know what? It doesn’t matter because the important thing is that I’m moving and let me tell you, my body is still working as hard as it can.
What I struggled with
I admit it, adjusting to the container system for the food was not easy. I realized I was eating WAY too many carbs and healthy fats, like cheese and avocado (yum!). I also ate too much fruits and not enough veggies. So the first week was tough.
One of the most difficult thing was learning how to spread all my food throughout the day, but I managed to get better at it. That way, I could keep some fruits for the evening, as some kind of dessert, since sweet things were not really on the menu.
At some point, Alex and I (yes, he did the program with me) started keeping one of our protein for the evening and we had a chocolate protein shake after dinner. That really helped curb the cravings.
I also realized that not drinking enough water, which happened a few days, meant I was more hungry. So now, I’m trying to make sure I drink plenty.
The other hardest thing was trying to stay true to my container allowance when we were out. I did my best and managed to stay away from the bread, but it was HARD, I won’t lie. It helped when I explained to friends and family that I was on a weight loss journey, but there was always someone who would tempt me regardless. “Come on, just once. It can’t be that bad…” Ugh. If you have friends who are trying to build better eating habits, don’t do that. It’s not nice.
This week was my “rest” week, which meant I didn’t have to follow the meal plan or exercise if I didn’t want to. But, of course, I didn’t want to undo all the hard work I did! There’s a “maintenance” container program that allows me more food, so I stayed between that and the 21 Day Fix container allowance. I also worked out every other day, so I wouldn’t lose all my muscles and be sore all over again next time.
Because yes, there will be a “next time”! It’s actually starting on August 31st (tomorrow!) I created a new spread in my bullet journal for this second round so I can keep track of my progress. I’ll most certainly keep you posted about it next month 😉
Are you a on weight loss journey? Are you doing it on your own, do you have a coach or do you use a program? If so, which one? What works best for you? I’d be delighted to hear all about it in the comments below, on Facebook or on Instagram!
Until next time,