Ever discover something so wonderful you just want to share it with the world?

Thanks to my dear pal Lori, I found the 21 Day Fix and it is quickly transforming the way I live out my life.

I’ve spoken before about my need to take back my health. This plan has resonated with me like no other has.

And after one week, I’ve lost seven (yes, OMG!) pounds, feel incredible and I am still totally committed.

THE DEETS:

21 Day Fix focuses on workouts AND portion control. Portion control is my biggest area of weakness. Even when I eat well, I overeat. And I’m not getting any younger so the weight has been accumulating. (heavy sigh)

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The portion control containers that you use throughout the program, have been key for me. If it doesn’t fit in the containers, then you can’t eat it. If it does, eat it. It can’t get any easier than that.

I personally also love that the plan is based on clean eating principals. The food is delicious and surprisingly filling. (Plus I found sooooo many resources for recipes on Pinterest.) I even managed to stick to the plan through one cookout and two evening meetings.

I found this terrific video online and used the simplified method to plan my first week of meals.

The workouts themselves are both challenging and achievable. A big win for me is the fact that they are only 30 minutes. With the job, commute, kids and their extra-curricular activities, I don’t have a lot of time to workout. This program allows me to get up, get it done and move on with my day.

The 21 Day Fix consists of 7 different 30 minute workouts, that are rotated throughout the three week period. Trainer Autumn Calabrese is terrific and her workouts contain challenging, yet simple moves. And let’s face it – she is a bikini competitor and that in and of itself is motivational. It is hard to hate her. (And I really, really want to hate her.) 

INTERESTING WEEK ONE SIDE EFFECTS:

I’m not going to lie to you, I had a few side effects that I wasn’t prepared for. Headaches were not surprising since I dramatically cut down on my coffee consumption. But I also experienced weird sleep patterns, a bit of nausea and one day of feeling slightly flu-ish. I did some web research and found that these symptoms were consistent with those of people undergoing a detox. That shocked me a little and served as quite a reality check on the quality of my previous food intake.

imagesThey say it takes 21 days to create a habit. This program, for me, has the potential to be life changing. I can’t see myself going back to my old ways. (Just two weeks ago I was contemplating going to a doctor to seek less natural solutions. Talk about a turn around!) 

I’ll keep you posted on the program as I progress to week two and three. Wish me luck!