Well, this post has taken me seemingly FOREVER to type up! We have just been going non-stop lately: getting ready for school, enjoying play dates, going to a family wedding, playing outside while the weather is still nice, having our entire kitchen and foyer flooring ripped out and replaced, cleaning up MEGA DUST from said flooring replacement, as well as so many other regular activities and errands. I just haven’t had a chance to sit and type this up…but I’m taking the time now…finally! 😉
If you are following me on Facebook, you know that I recently started my journey as a Team Beachbody coach AND just completed my first round of the 21 Day Fix Extreme program. If you didn’t read my one week review, you may want to check that out first. In that, I tell you all about how the program works and what types of exercises I do each day. So, what is my overall opinion of this program? I absolutely love it! From the workouts to the nutrition program to drinking Shakeology each day…they were all great! I feel like this program was created for people like me. I’m a busy mom of three little kids who doesn’t have a lot of time to spend at the gym (or even drive to the gym, for that matter) and I need a nutrition program that is super easy to follow AND doesn’t eliminate any major food groups. Sorry, but going 100% dairy-free or gluten-free or meat-free just doesn’t cut it for me. Do I try to limit those foods? Yes. However, to eliminate them completely from my overall diet is detrimental to my mental health and well-being. 😉 (Seriously, when I did the Leap MRT elimination diet for a few months – because I have hypothyroidism – that was about as much as I could handle and I learned a lot about myself in the process.)
Anyway, back to the 21 Day Fix! As far as MY results, I am very pleased with them! I was never in it for simply the weight loss, but I knew that was a part of it. My goals were to bring out my abs and tone up my bottom, all while giving my body a new fitness challenge. While I would have liked to see my abs a little more at the end of the three weeks, I’m still very happy with the progress I made during round one. I had a bit of a slip up during week two when we went on a mini vacation with my mom and step-dad. It was too hard to resist certain foods while traveling, especially when my daughter said she was finished with her milkshake after only a few sips. I mean, it was a freshly-made, all-organic, grass-fed chocolate milkshake. There was no way I was going to let that go in the trash!! 🙂 I took a lot of food with us in a cooler, but we still ate out a couple of times.
During week one, I lost 3.5 pounds, which I expected. During week two, I watched the scale go down a half pound then up a half pound…ALL week long. It was frustrating…so, I knew that in week three I was going to have to kick it up a notch. So, to do that, I did a few double workouts and ran one extra time (for a total of 3 times that week). I also decided to limit my dairy each day to one serving or none at all. Instead of getting my protein from Greek yogurt AND cottage cheese, I decided to focus on eggs and lean meats.
In the final week, I lost an additional 1.5 pounds for a total of 5 lbs lost. This may seem like a small amount, but for someone that doesn’t have much weight to lose anymore, this was a lot. I also lost inches around my waist and hips…and chest… Plus, I know I gained some muscle, as well. You can see the results in my pictures:
So, while my results weren’t mind blowing, they *were* noticeable! And I think for only 3 weeks, I saw great progress! However, check out my husband’s results!! He didn’t expect to see so much definition in his abs!
My husband didn’t actually follow the eating portion of the program, but he did a better job of including more protein in his lunch each day, so I was proud of him for that. He’s even agreed to let me start packing his lunch some days in the future, so I’m super excited about that!! Fingers crossed I do a “good job” and he lets me continue. He definitely needs more variety in his daily ‘work day’ diet. 🙂
So, how did my first group of challengers do? Well, I had a group 14 women doing the program for the first time right along with me in a private Facebook group. We helped support each other, hold each other accountable, shared our meal plans, pictures of what we were eating, and more. It was such an awesome first group and I couldn’t be happier with how motivated all of them were to reach their goals. Several of them had their husband’s doing the program right along with them, as well.
So…how did they do? Really well! Of the 14 people in my group (including two husbands) that reported their weight loss to me, they lost a total of 83 pounds!!! Seriously, isn’t that amazing?? I am so proud of them! Weight loss ranged from 3 pounds to 10 pounds, but even those that only lost a few pounds said they noticed that their clothes fit looser and they felt so much healthier and stronger. (There were a couple women that got derailed by “life,” so they didn’t see the weight loss they were hoping for, but they plan to re-commit again later when things calm down.)
Here is one of my challenge group participants who saw awesome results and was willing to share her pictures with me (and you). Check this out!
Stephanie and her husband both took the program and just gave it their full, 100% dedication. Overall, Stephanie lost 9.8 lbs. (This was after losing 55 lbs of baby weight after her 3rd pregnancy just a few months earlier.) However, after losing the initial weight, she felt like her progress had stalled and she never “got rid of the tummy pooch,” so that was her main goal for this 21 day challenge. In total, she lost 4 inches around her waist and 3 inches around her hips! Isn’t that awesome!?! In just 21 days!! And her husband lost a total of 10.8 pounds, with 3.5 inches lost in his waist and 3.5 in his hips! I’m super proud of their results and dedication. 🙂
(You can read her whole review and thoughts on her blog post: We Did The 21 Day Fix!)
So, as you can see, my first challenge group did awesome!! It’s so rewarding knowing that I played a small part in a group of 14 people losing a total of 83 pounds. 🙂 And since I’m writing this review so late, I’m already half way through my SECOND round of the 21 Day Fix with yet another awesome group of women! There are 24 women in my group this time around. Yes, 24! They are so supportive and encouraging of each other and I love being a part of these groups. These women motivate me just as much as I motivate them! And several of them have already reported some amazing weight loss numbers…and we’re only halfway done! I can’t wait to see how they finish up at the end of next week. I’ll keep you posted, for sure!
So with that said, if you’d like to join my next upcoming challenge group, I’ll be starting right back up again on Monday, September 7th. If you’re interested and/or want more info, send me a Facebook message or an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to order the program for this group will be Tuesday, September 1st so you can have everything you need to get started the following Monday. I’d love to help YOU reach your health and fitness goals! 🙂
And keep an eye out for my next post! I started writing what I’m doing differently during round two, but the post got super long…so I decided to break it up into two parts. 🙂 Stay tuned!