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Hype or Help? BeachBody's 21 Day Fix #21dayfix

If you're like me you've seen all the 21 Day Fix hoopla and thought: hmm, is it really that good? Well, I've decided to put it to the test and find out!

I started Beachbody's 21 Day Fix on Monday and will be doing the entire plan for the next 3 weeks. Workouts, meal plan, the full meal deal.

Oh, and I'm not a Beachbody Coach. I like to say that up front. No bias here. I am not trying to sell you anything and don't care if you buy it. Just sharing my experiences and results with the program; then I'll review it at the end.

Getting started with the 21 Day Fix
Everything that comes with the 21 Day Fix
The Workouts
For the 21 Day Fix you are working out for 30 minutes, 7 days a week. You're doing yoga on Sundays, so not having a complete rest day isn't a huge deal-breaker for me. Plus, it's only 3 weeks! The workouts are a variety of cardio and strength training. There's also a great modifier shown, so it can really be beginner friendly.

The Meal Plan
The meal plan is based on portion control using the colorful containers that come with the program. As I said in my unboxing video, the containers are smaller than I thought they'd be. However, in getting started with the plan I now have a better understanding. I think I was somehow imagining fitting your meals in these dinky containers! No. They are more like measuring cups to measure out your protein, greens, fruit, etc. I find them to be normal-sized portions.

You start out by doing some calculations based on your current weight. This will give you a result that plugs you into one of their set calorie ranges (though it's not necessary to track calories on this plan; that's what the containers are for). From there it gives you how many of each color container you get each day. I get: 4 green, 3 purple, 4 red, 3 yellow, 1 blue, 1 orange, and 4 teaspoons (you have to provide your own) each day.

In general the container colors mean:
  • The green container is for veggies
  • The purple containers is for fruit 
  • The red container is for your proteins
  • The yellow container measures your carbs (being Paleo my option here is mostly sweet potatoes since I don't eat grains) 
  • The blue is for things like avocadoes, nuts, and cheese 
  • The orange is for seeds, olives, coconut, etc
  • The teaspoon (again, you provide your own, it doesn't come with one) is for oils, nut butters, etc

I was excited to find the meal plan easily adaptable for my Paleo preferences! It does seem like it may be a bit less fat and protein than I'm used to, but I've only done 2 days. For my final review I will track a few days in My Fitness Pal to see where I come out.

I weighed and measured (and took pics) at the end of Ultimate Booty last Sunday and started the Fix Monday.

My 21 Day Fix Beginning Stats:
Weight: 184
Bust: 42
Right Upper Arm: 12.5 
Waist: 34
Hips: 42
Right Calf: 13.75

So... 21 Day Fix: Hype or Help? Let's find out!

UPDATE: Final Thoughts/Review

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Ultimate Booty Workouts Results + Before and After Pics

I have to say that I really enjoyed this workout program. I never got bored with it and it always kept me challenged. And the results? Well, they speak for themselves...

My before and after Ultimate Booty Workouts stats:

Before-194.5 After 184

Before-44 After 42
Before-36.5 After 34
Before-44 After 42
Right Calf 
Before-14.5 After 13.75
Clothing size 
Before-13/14 After 11/12

I felt a little weird in a tank and shorts for these. I've never done progress pictures this way, but I'm so glad that I did!

My before and after Ultimate Booty Workout pics:

Another reminder to me on how the scale doesn't tell the whole story.
There's only 10 pounds difference here. Is it just me, or does it look like more?

Needless to say I'm pretty excited for these results! To be honest I'd hoped for more than 10.5 pounds in 12 weeks (I was aiming at a pound a week), but the pictures say it all. I am seeing a major difference in my clothing too. I started out with my 13/14's shorts being a tad loose. I then went through my 12's and am now in 11/12's (we all know how clothing sizes vary, but these were still too small when I was in the regular 12's). I'd say I lost almost 2 sizes. Considering I've been going up a few pounds, down a few pounds since having Baby O. I am beyond happy to see these results.

My goal with Ultimate Booty was to feel stronger and lose a little fat. I'd say mission accomplished.

Oh yes, and maybe you can't tell in the pics, but my butt looks better too. ;)


Learning to Listen to My Body. Even When I Don't Like What it's Saying...

Years ago I was very unhealthy and I was also quite oblivious. I was completely disconnected from my body. It was screaming at me, but I wasn't listening. 

Throughout my weight loss journey the biggest thing I learned is to listen to my body. 

I was shocked what my body taught me simply from paying attention. Certain foods do not agree with me at all. Staying hydrated energizes me; likewise being dehydrated makes me feel like a slug. Intense workouts make me feel like a superhero; they give me energy, not take it like I'd assumed. 

I had no idea! I wasn't paying attention. The list of what I've learned about myself is long and still growing, but the skill of listening to my body is priceless.

Paying attention is the best thing I've ever done for myself. Hands down.

Speaking of paying attention...

A few years ago I ran a marathon. I followed some generic training plan, which was way too much running for me, and hurt my hip. I then ran said marathon on said hurt hip. I wasn't listening to my body and it was a disaster. 

However, I learned a lot about myself, my body, and what it takes to be race-ready. I learned I need less mileage and I learned the difference between simple soreness from running and injuries that I needed to stop and take care of. 

Since then I've learned that if I lovingly take care of my body it will still get to where I want it to be, doing what I want it to do. Maybe on a different time-frame, but it will get there. More importantly, it will get there injury free.

Reality check!

My hip has been acting up since January, and oddly I found myself not wanting to listen. Wanting to ignore it and press on. Needless to say I had to give myself a talking to.

I'm listening. 

I'm being proactive and backing off on mileage, adding in helpful supplements, and adding in strengthening and stretching exercises that I know help.

Sadly, I won't be running the T9K in Boulder like I'd planned. However tough it is for me to sign up for a race and not run it, I have learned my lesson and I know it's far more important that I take care of myself.

Do you struggle with listening to your body? How about when it says what you don't want to hear?!

Review: Jillian Michaels One Week Shred

When I first saw Jillian Michaels latest DVD release on Amazon I immediately hated it. Just being honest. It looked gimmicky. It touted (what I feel are) unrealistic expectations. It splashily declared things like: "Lose up to 7 Pounds in 7 Days" and "Need to crash your weight loss for a special upcoming event..." Marketing. Blah, blah, blah.

I wasn't a fan. 

But I had people asking me about it and whether I'd review it. I know I always review Jillian's stuff and people expect to find those reviews here on FitViews, so I ordered it. Fully intending to continue to hate it.


I don't hate it! As a workout that is. As a 7 day "crash", meh, not so sure, but as a workout I think it's pretty good. OK, let's get into the review...

From the back of the DVD:
Need to crash your weight loss for a special upcoming event--high school reunion, wedding, party, beach vacation in a bikini, etc.? Jillian Michaels new DVD One Week Shred has you covered. It's a comprehensive one-week diet and exercise plan to help you lose those last few stubborn pounds you've been dying to shed so you look insane and feel amazing.

For this workout you will need:
Weights (they use 3 lb weights)

For the One Week Shred you will workout twice a day: Strength training in the morning and cardio in the evening. The diet plan is approximately 1000-1100 calories per day.

Strength Portion

The strength workout on One Week Shred is approximately 35 minutes (it includes a warm-up and stretch at the end). Actual run-time is 39 minutes, but Jillian jabbers a bit at the beginning and the end. The workout is broken into 4 circuits; you'll do each circuit twice. As part of the One Week Shred you would do it daily, in the AM.

While they show light 3 lb weights (if you're supposed to do this every day I see why!), the lightest weights I own are 8 lbs so I used those. I found the first circuit fairly easy, but by circuit number 2 I was seriously wishing I had 3's or 5's. Especially on some of the balancing on one leg moves. If I were to do this every day I would definitely go for light weights.

Lots of variety of moves here. Balancing, core, compound moves... 

It's a good strength workout, but definitely not the toughest Jillian strength workout I've ever done. For it's purpose of being done daily I can understand why that is. I like to take a rest day in between weights workouts. I'm no expert, but I personally wouldn't do this every day past the week she recommends.

My calorie burn:

Cardio portion

The cardio portion of this DVD is broken into 3 circuits; you will do each circuit twice. It lasts 34 minutes (including the stretch) and there is no warm-up. As part of the One Week Shred plan you would do it in the PM, every day.

I really enjoyed this portion of the DVD. It is intense! Back-to-back-to-back tough moves. I only had to modify one move: the one-armed burpee (I mean, seriously?!). It was a tough, calorie torcher and I love that in a workout.

In the future I'll likely add a bit of a warm-up of my own to this.

My calorie burn:

Meal Plan

Honestly, the meal plan is why I decided NOT to blog through this. I know it's only 7 days, but I have no urge to cut my calories that low. It's also not very Paleo friendly. 

It is however pretty balanced and I know a lot of people could stick to it for a week. Especially if it's for some special event. My one concern would be people trying to take this beyond 7 days. Just don't do it kids!

Final Thoughts

I liked this DVD. Especially the cardio portion; loved that. I really see myself adding it into my rotation. 

One Week Shred is a good, solid workout. I wouldn't recommend it to absolute beginners (Even though modified moves are shown, there's lots of crazy moves. Especially in the strength portion.) or anyone with injuries or physical limitations, but anyone intermediate to advanced will definitely get a good workout here.

It's not a must-have in my opinion though. I definitely prefer some of her other DVDs to this one. However, if you're like me and love Jillian workouts you'll want to add this one to your collection. For the cardio portion alone I'm glad I bought it.

NOW, as far as the "One Week Shred" crashing an event thing... meh. I'm just not big on that in general, but I'm sure you'd get results with this. Look forward to being very sore!

Anyone done the seven days? 
Thoughts on the gimmicky slant a lot of DVD's are taking these days? 

What Comes With Beachbody's 21 Day Fix? My Unboxing Video

The next workout program I'll be blogging through here on FitViews will be...

Beachbody's 21 Day Fix program! 

I'll be starting it as soon as I'm finished with Ultimate BootyJust a note: I'm not a Beachbody coach (nor do I want to become one :) and I purchased this program myself.

What comes in the 21 Day Fix package? My unboxing video:

Everything shown in the video:
Everything that comes with the 21 Day Fix.
My description in the video may have been confusing.
This comes with: 1 purple, 1 green, 1 red, 1 blue, 1 yellow,
and 2 orange containers.
How big are the containers for the 21 Day Fix? Just to give you an idea of size:

The containers are smaller than I thought they would be, but once I read through the info I realized they're more like measuring cups to keep your portion sizes correct. I think I was imagining putting whole meals in them!

I'm super excited to start this new program! It's always fun to try new trainers and shake things up. Boredom is my fitness enemy. Also, the idea of the containers for easy portion control seems very cool.

 I'll be starting the 21 Day Fix workouts April 28th and will post my beginning stats and more info on the program April 30th. 

Getting Started With The Fix

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Review: THE FAT BURN REVOLUTION by Julia Buckley

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of The Fat Burn Revolution for review. 
As always, opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.

In the past I was in the very bad habit of sticking to a handful of trainers that I was familiar with. While this worked for me at the time, remaining in my small circle of trainer-comfort-zone was holding me back from some amazing new trainers and ideas. I have since branched out and am beyond glad that I did. In doing so I have stumbled across many a new trainer that I've fallen in love with!

Like: Julia Buckley. I must confess that previous to being contacted to receive a copy of her new book I had never come across Julia before. I'm so glad that has been remedied because I'm head over heels in love with this book.

For this program you'll need:
Dumbbells to suit your ability
Exercise ball
Bench, box/step, or chair (for moves like tri-cep dips, split squats, etc)

Info on The Fat Burn Revolution (from

Looking for a way to shed stubborn fat, or wondering why your current exercise programme isn't helping you slim down? Having trouble breaking through a body fat or fitness plateau? The Fat Burn Revolution demystifies fat burning fitness, answering all these questions and more to put you on the right track for the lean body you have always wanted.
With insights into the latest fat-loss information used by top personal trainers combined with tried-and-tested metabolism-boosting workout programmes, the Fat Burn Revolution gives you the tools to sculpt your body.
Leading fitness journalist and trainer Julia Buckley shows you the healthy way to condition your body for optimum fat burning - even when you're not exercising.

* Adaptable for absolute beginners wanting advice on how to get started, through to experienced fitness aficionados.
* Effective and efficient exercise programmes can be tailored to suit your lifestyle.
* No gym membership is needed - the workouts use just a few key pieces of equipment, so can be done at home. 
* Hate running long distances or spending hours on boring cardio machines? No problem, these intense, varied lessons - lasting up to 45 minutes - are tough, but never boring!
* Easy to follow nutritional advice is included as well as solutions to common barriers to exercise and fat loss, and tips on maintaining a lean healthy body in the long term.

I devoured The Fat Burn Revolution in two days and, like I said, I love it! It completely gels with my personal health and fitness philosophies (even Julia's nutrition suggestions are very Paleo-friendly). 

Julia walks you through a complete 12 week workout program (broken into 3, 4-week phases) which includes everything from getting your mind right, to getting your food right, to warm-up, to amazing workouts, to cool-down and stretching. She lays out everything you need in a clear and concise manner, and makes it all understandable (to any level exerciser) and in no way overwhelming. 

I really enjoyed Julia's positive and encouraging approach. She manages to discuss the hard stuff like commitment, accountability, negative self-talk, and taking responsibility for ourselves in a very "you can do it" way. I think that's crucial. She also, doesn't just spout all the wonderful things her program can do, but she gives tangible tools, tips, and suggestions for making it work for you.

What I love about the workout program itself:
  • The focus on intensity. I don't like to waste time with my workouts and these workouts are all business. Love that.
  • The focus on lifting heavy. I love where she says, "Forget tiny toy-like dumbbells. For real results, pick up real weights."
  • The variety of moves/exercises and workouts throughout the 12 weeks. Julia changes things up consistently, which I think is important to avoid boredom and plateaus.

Honestly, I like this book so much I'm hoping to fit this program into my schedule soon. The Fat Burn Revolution is a solid resource and I absolutely recommend it to anyone looking to lose weight and/or get in great shape!