I am blogging my progress to help answer the question: Is the 21 Day fix for men too? I am determined to follow the schedule and program to perfection to see what kind of results I can achieve! Both men and women in the test groups have achieved amazing results, as well as some of my own clients. Now it is my turn. I want to reduce my overall body fat percentage and try to get my abs to make an appearance!
Yesterday, prior to day 1, I took my body measurements, weighed myself, took my before photos and started to review the 21 Day Fix eating plan.
Today was day 1 on the 21 Day Fix Schedule. I struggled to fall asleep last night and only got about 4 hours of sleep. I guess I was excited to start the 21 Day Fix and I had a lot of thoughts and ideas running through my head. My alarm was set for 5:25 AM since I like to get my workout done in the morning before the kids wake up for school. However, since I had trouble sleeping last night, I was very tired when my alarm rang and unknowingly hit snooze a few times. When my alarm went off again at 6:05 AM, I freaked out. I thought about staying in bed and doing the workout after work. However, I knew the right thing to do was to sneak it in in the morning, so I got up, put in my contacts, grabbed my water bottle and headed to the garage.
Day 1 at home DVD workout:
The first workout in the 21 Day Fix is “Total Body Cardio Fix” this was a nice 30 minute workout that started off slowly in the warm-up phase. Nothing like Insanity or Focus T25, just some running in place, jumping jacks and stretching. After the warm-up I began the meat and potatoes portion of the workout. I used a 10 pound dumbbell for all of the weighted cardio moves. I definitely felt the burn and was able to elevate my heart rate nicely.
- My average heart rate was: 132 BPM
- My max heart rate was: 174 BPM
- Calories burned: about 335
- Steps on Fitbit pedometer: about 1,490
This workout did not disappoint after a very slow start. I initially thought it would be a waste of time at the beginning, but it progressed nicely and I was very sweaty when the workout ended. Sweatier than I have been in a while as a matter of fact.
Nutrition: Day 1 of the 21 Day Fix:
I should have spent more time planning out my 1st day yesterday. It would certainly help keep me on track. However, I am the kind of person who likes to take it as it comes and just roll with it, I don’t stress about too many things in life. I simply made my nutrition decisions based on what I wanted to eat as the day went along while keeping in mind what I might want to eat later in the day to be sure I have enough portions remaining to feel satisfied as the day goes on. I drank plenty of water to stay hydrated and maintain that full feeling, more than 80 ounces in all. I figured out my eating plan according to the 21 Day Fix eating plan. It placed me in the second level between 1,500 – 1,799 calories. But remember, you don’t count calories with this program, you use the included 21 Day Fix color coded containers to determine your portions throughout the day. I find this to be a great idea and an easier way to track what I am eating vs. counting calories.
The image below shows what I ate on day one of the 21 Day Fix:
I began the day with Shakeology as a recovery drink after my workout and along with breakfast. I feel as thought the day went very well. I was never truly hungry all day, in fact, I felt very satisfied from eating good clean healthy foods, and I had plenty of energy to get through the day and night.
In addition to the 21 Day Fix scheduled workout, I also took two 20 minute walks during my breaks at work. I forgot to wear my Fitbit pedometer today so I cannot report the total number if steps I logged today.
Check back tomorrow for my Day 2 experience!