This marks day 11 of my attempt to find out: Is the 21 Day fix 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.
Pilates Fix Workout:
Today was day 11 on the Schedule. I got another good nights sleep of about 7 hours. I did struggle to get up in the morning, but I got up and did my Pilates Fix workout. The 21 Day Fix day 11 workout is the Pilates Fix. Not a whole lot to say about this since it is an active recovery day. Most of this workout is done on the ground. Even though they wore shoes in the video, I prefer to do Pilates in my bare feet. There is absolutely no need for shoes in this workout. This workout was right around 30 minutes long and does not require a warm-up or cool down.
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.
I was able to get to 13,000 steps on my pedometer, which is right in the range of what I am shooting for each day. My target is 12,000 – 20,000 steps per day.
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 started the day off by drinking Shakeology blended with ice and water. I added a slice of dense 100% wheat toast topped with homemade almond butter.
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.
Mood & Feelings:
Overall, day 11 was another great day! I completed a really good leg workout workout followed the nutrition plan pretty well. Even though I am eating at a deficit, I still had plenty of energy to get through the work day including an evening meeting. I am impressed with how full I feel on this eating plan even. It is truly amazing what clean eating and real food can do for the body.
Take the time to prepare a few meals ahead of time. Prepare you meals the night before, or take a day on the weekend to at least prepare you lunches ahead of time. This will help you make good choices and avoid temptation since 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. I try to keep some cooked chicken breasts, quinoa, and hard boiled eggs on hand all the time to help speed up prep times. I also focus on making enough for leftovers at supper so I have a few more healthy options to choose from during the busy work 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!
Check back tomorrow for my Day 12 experience!