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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
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 …

Ultimate Booty Workouts Results + Before and After Pics

Ultimate Booty Workouts
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:

Weight
Before-194.5 After 184
Bust
Before-44 After 42
Waist  Before-36.5 After 34
Hips 
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:


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 we…

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 was…

Review: Jillian Michaels One Week Shred

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.
Sadly...
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 …

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 Booty. Just 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: 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 …

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. The Fat Burn Revolution by Julia Buckley (also available on kindle)
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…