Hi friends! It's Wednesday. That means it's the halfway point of this week and THANK THE GOOD LORD because this week is testing my patience. I just want credit for the fact that I have hit zero people in the face despite the fact that many more than zero people have deserved a good hit to the face. I know. I am the picture of grace and self-restraint.
It's also the halfway point in the 21 Day Fix Extreme, and frankly that is going much better than the rest of this week. I love these workouts. I mean they make me a sweaty, sore mess but in a good way.
There are so many sweaty selfies on my phone now, beachbody has turned me into someone who takes makeup-less, smelly, sweaty photos of myself. So, ok. The Fix. There are three main parts of the program to discuss, so I'll let you know how they're all going: the first is the workouts, the second is the portion control containers, and the third is Shakeology.
Let's start with the workouts. I love them and I hate them all at the same time. Upsides: they're only 30 minutes (so basically I never have an excuse to skip them...I can always find half an hour to work out. It's thirty minutes. Make it happen.) But that 30 minutes...it's hard. I'm sweating and breathing heavy and working every single muscle ever and I am FEELING the BURN. I really like the way the workouts are structured--they're all sets, so you end up doing 3 or 4 sets of 2 or 3 exercises in each set, and you do each set twice through. Each exercise lasts for 30 seconds or a minute, so basically you're focusing on one movement for a small period of time, repeating that movement and a few others twice, and moving on, and it really does make the whole thing go pretty quickly. Also, I'm definitely building muscle. Not only am I sore, but also I can see more definition in my arms and legs already. After ten days! I'm hooked. There are seven different workouts that you do on each day of the week, so this week I'm repeating the workouts I did last week. I'm also seeing improvement in my performance of the workouts after only a week, which is super exciting. And those results make me want to keep going! I love it.
I have still done some other workouts in the last ten days--today I went to my spin class at work over lunch and didn't do the 21DFX workout, and I've gone on a few runs as well. So far I'm just moving the Fix workouts around to accommodate that--doubling up if I feel good, or skipping one if I'm tired. My legs have been getting a lot of work between running/spin and the full body workouts, so I skipped the specific leg day last week (don't worry, my lower half still got PLENTY of work with the plyometric jump workout, and others) and I didn't do yoga on Sunday because I biked instead...and because I hate yoga. I'll try the Fix version at some point for sure, but it's just not my favorite way to exercise.
The portion control containers. So, a huge reason people see results on 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme comes down to these portion control containers. The challenge pack comes with containers for fruits, vegetables, protein, carbs, healthy fats, and sauces/dressings, and there's a calculator that uses your current weight to determine how many of each container you should eat in a day. This is GREAT for people who are new to clean eating, trying to lose weight, and don't know how to do it (or have been doing extreme or yo-yo diets where they cut out entire food groups, or replace real foods with fake diet foods). But I'm gonna be real with you--these are not for me. I would have LOVED this plan when I was 20 and trying to lose the 15 pounds I gained my first few months in Europe (instead, I basically ate exclusively Chobani yogurt and fiber one bars, which was not the most balanced diet) but that's not where I'm at right now. First of all, I'm not really trying to lose weight, so the calculated amount isn't quite enough food for me. Also, I don't eat many grains and I don't always eat potatoes, so I find myself eating more fruit than recommended but less of the "carb" containers (which probably about evens out, but isn't exactly following the rules).
I think the portion control containers would be awesome for a lot of people. They're just not really what I need at this point in my life. I've spent the better part of two years figuring out how to eat well for my body, and it's not that far off from this system but it's not exactly on, either. And that's ok.
Shakeology. I'm LOVING shakeology. I think I'm finally getting enough protein to build substantial muscle, and having a go-to afternoon snack has been kind of a game changer. Before, I would often end the work day pretty famished and end up eating a huge snack when I got home that sort of ruined my appetite for dinner (often not the best stuff, either--like crackers and peanut butter, or cereal, or dates and peanut butter...or peanut butter on a spoon...) but when I drink my shake at 3 or so I'm good until dinner and then I have the appetite for a balanced, healthy meal at dinner time. It's really improved my routine. I do blend the shake in the morning with a little peanut butter and a banana, so it's a decent mix of protein and carbs to keep me full for a few hours.
So there you are: the halfway thoughts. I actually think I'll keep doing this workout program through September, and just keep mixing it with running and other stuff. I want to see how strong my arms can get! :)