Day 12 in my attempt to find out if the 21 Day Fix is for men? 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.
Dirty 30 DVD Workout:
Day 12 means the 2nd time through on “Dirty 30”. This is a workout focuses on strength training for the upper and lower body. The workout is about 32 minutes long including the warm-up and cool-down. There is no cardio outside of the jog in place and jumping jacks in the warm-up. I put forth another good effort and felt the burn with this one. I love completing a workout in the morning that will help me burn calories throughout the rest of the day! And, just like all workouts in the 21 Day Fix program, there is a modifier to help with those moves that may be too difficult for beginners or too painful due to past injuries or physical limitations. I wore my heart rate monitor and pedometer today, and wow am I glad I did! You can see my numbers in my summary further down this page.
This workout has 4 rounds of 2 exercises with each exercise done twice. Each exercise is roughly 1 minute with a 20 second break between each one. There is a really short burnout at the end, which leads to the final cool down and stretching section of the workout. In addition to the 21 Day Fix scheduled workout, I also took a long walk and stayed fairly active get get some additional steps in. Walks are great for the mind and body.
Through 12 days on the 21 Day Fix, I can honestly say I continue to be impressed with the workouts and I feel great!
Since it was a Saturday and I was home working in the yard, I found my food choices to be a little easier with more options available than I seem to have during a busy work week.
I drank over 80 ounces of water again. This helps me stay hydrated and maintain that full feeling as well as flush out salts and other things my body would prefer not to have. The clean and healthy foods also help to keep me full, and I find that my cravings are all but totally eliminated. This program really makes it easy to stay on target. I continue to 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.
Mood & Feelings:
Overall, day 12 was great! I completed my workout before 8:00 AM. I followed the nutrition plan as designed by Autumn Calabrese. I had plenty of energy to get through the day and to stay awake to enjoy some family time. It was a warm day so I made the most of it by spending time outside doing some yard work and taking a 3 mile walk. I know I say it almost everyday, but I continue to be pleased with how full I feel on this eating plan even though I am eating at a calorie deficit. It is truly amazing what clean eating and real food can do for the body.
21 Day Fix Helpful Tip:
I recommend taking some time to prepare a few meals or at least the more complicated parts of your meals ahead of time. Think through your meals the night before and come up with a game plan for the coming days. Consider taking a day on the weekend to prepare you meals ahead of time. This prep time will help you make good choices and avoid temptation. When you have a plan and know what you are going to be eating before you start reaching for things you shouldn’t and eating mindlessly life is so much easier. We try to always have prepared chicken breasts, quinoa, and hard boiled eggs on hand for the week to speed up prep times of our meals. We also make a little extra food at supper each night so that we have healthy leftovers available to us to use throughout the week. The more you can simplify your food prep, the better chance you will have at seeing success with the 21 Day Fix, or any program for that matter! It all starts in the kitchen!