Wow! I am already through day 17 of my 21 Day fix journey? I am continuing to do my best to follow the program and workout schedule exactly as designed by Autumn Calabrese, and I am doing pretty good so far. I am hope to see a reduction in my body fat percentage and a lower number on the scale when I complete the 21 day program. I have seen so many people test group and my personal clients alike achieve amazing results! It is only fair that I do this program so that I have a better understanding of what it takes to complete it.
Lower Fix Workout:
Today was day 17 on the Schedule, which means 21 Day Fix “Lower Fix” or leg day! This workout has a heavy focus on the lower body. i’s a favorite of mine since it is imperative that you build muscle in your legs, and not just the upper body. After all, who wants chicken legs, am I right? Autumn Calabrese instructs you to select both a light and a heavy weight (or resistance bands if you don’t have weights). I chose to go with 10 pound, 20 pound and 25 pounds for my weights, but only used the 20 and 25 pound weights. I started most of the exercises with my heavy weight and switched if it felt like too much. I was able to get a really good burn in my legs.
The workout is right around 30 minutes long started out with the same warm-up used in all of the videos. This workout worked over my legs pretty well. I achieved a very good burn in each of the 1 minute exercises. I think the 20 pound dumbbells are still about perfect for me at this stage. After 5 rounds of 2 exercises each repeated twice with a 20 second break between exercises. The workout ends with a 2 minute burnout in the plank position, then a 3 minute cool down to stretch and bring your heart rate down. Once again, my legs were fairly weak for a few hours after this workout, especially when I tried to walk the stairs. It was a good workout!
For beginners or those dealing with a limiting injury, don’t worry. Every workout in this program have a modifier performing the exercises that you can follow until you are ready to do the workout with proper form for the entire 30 minutes. This is a great plus in these workouts, because anyone can do them.
Through 17 days of the 21 Day Fix, I am very impressed with the workouts and I feel great! I continue to walk as much possible every day. My daily target is 12,000 steps minimum. It is really important to stay active. Afterall, that helps keep me out of the kitchen and away from temptation and mindless eating.
I continue to keep it simple by eating similar items for my first 4 meals of the day. During a busy work week, this just makes sense and helps me stay on track. I change up supper everyday, but making meals and snacks ahead of time really helps me stay on track, and I really don’t mind leftovers, especially if I know they helping me make good decisions. I struggled a little more today than I have in the past 2 weeks plus. I felt hungry a little more often. This may be a good sign that my metabolism is starting to rev up from the new muscle I have built up. Of course I started the day off by drinking Shakeology blended with a banana, ice and water.
Once again, I drank my 80 ounces of water to stay hydrated and maintain that full feeling. I do not believe in taking vitamins since they are man-made, synthetic, and potentially hamrful. However, I took a men’s multi-vitamin, “Alive – Men’s Energy” since I am eating at a calorie Deficit. Otherwise, I would much rather get my vitamins in their natural from Shakeology and real food. I really appreciate how this program simplifies the eating process and eliminates the need to count calories. Instead the 21 Day Fix includes color coded containers to determine your portions throughout the day. I find this to be much easier than counting calories.