As we gear up to officially begin the 21-Day Fix, we wanted to provide a preview of what’s ahead for us both over the next three weeks. We will be leading a challenge group of 8 dedicated, focused individuals who want to break through weight-loss plateaus, jumpstart their weight loss and consistently eat whole, nutrient-dense foods in proper portions.
The 21-Day Fix is different than food plans we’ve followed before. It combines the principles of clean eating with portion control. There is no counting calories or measuring food, and the formula devised is simple: use the colored containers as a guide of what to eat and how much. We love the way Autumn breaks it down in her easy-to-read instructions manual. You hit all the food groups in a day based on a target calorie range — without actually counting the calories.
But, like with any fitness program or eating plan, we’re bound to have apprehensions. While we coach and run challenge groups, it doesn’t mean we’re super human. We experience the same kinds of anxiety as our challengers. That said, we want to be transparent with our 21-Day Fix results and experience. For the next three weeks, we will post a Q&A recap of our week with the Fix. At the end, we’ll post our results.
Q. Why are you embarking upon the 21-Day Fix?
Rose: I’ve known for quite some time that portion control is my issue. I work out. I eat clean. But I don’t measure food. The peanut butter I consume with my evening apple is definitely more than 2 tablespoons. And my wine glasses hold more than 4.0 ounces at a time. I find portion control to be extremely difficult, and I wanted to engage in a program that would address this. Beyond toning up and losing weight, I’d like to gain a deeper sense of understanding when it comes to food. What best fuels my body? How can I get the nutrients I need without sacrificing my health?
Jenna: I mean, its common sense, right? You can eat whatever you want…in moderation! I like that the program has that focus. I hate to get hung up on numbers, but I’m about 4 pounds away from my “pie in the sky” goal weight, and I’ve plateaued. I’d like to shed some more fat on my midsection, and I know nutrition is where this starts. The 21 Day Fix seems pretty easy to follow, and I’m excited to see the visual of what portions should be for different foods and see where I’m missing the mark on my own.
Q. What reservations, if any, do you have?
Rose: The Fix requires a lot of planning. While I don’t mind that, I’m also unsure of what I’ll need on specific days. For example, I take an Insanity class on Thursdays. Will I be super hungry after the class? Have I planned my dinner well for that evening? It is going to take some practice and trial-and-error. I’m confident that by the start of Week 2, my plan will work. Likewise, I also have a dinner out planned. How do I navigate that? I have a plan in place for the evening, but I may veer of course. Fingers crossed I can stick with it.
Jenna: Dining out is a pretty big part of my social life, and it will be hard to figure this in. I’m going to do my best to stick with it, and plan accordingly. Like Rose mentioned, it does require a lot of planning. Since you are only suppose to consume a certain number of containers per food group, you can’t really “wing it” and stay on the program. This type of planning is important, so I’m glad to get in the habit, but a little nervous about it. I’m also nervous that I’ll need more food, since I like to get in a good hour workout when I do.
Q. What most excites you about the Fix? And what are your overall goals for the program?
Rose: The portion control, as noted earlier. But also, the results! Everyone is seeing incredible transformations. Some members on our team have already gotten a head start and are dropping stubborn pounds. Moreover, they all keep saying how satiated they feel by eating more frequently. I can just tell this is the solution to breaking through my weight-loss plateau and getting in the best shape of my life.
Jenna: I’m really excited to visually see what portions should be. I’m also excited to see results, because I know I will. I am ALSO excited about the workouts, because they look great and I like the 30 minute sessions. My goal is to drop these last 3-4 pounds and get past my plateau.
Are you interested in joining one of our challenge groups? Or having us coach you through the 21-Day Fix or another fitness program? Leave a comment in the contact form below, and we’ll get in touch with you.