The DVDs. I really enjoyed the work outs. Some, of course, I enjoyed more than others. The big win for me was the fact that they were all close to 30 minutes. I was able to get a great work out in, without having to commit a ton of time to it. I felt like I got so much of my evening back, because I wasn't spending time driving to the gym, working out for 40+ min, and then driving back. I would do the work outs right when I got home from work, and that was that. While the time and quality of the work out was great, there were a few downfalls. I began to know what was coming, so if I didn't like a specific exercise, or it was a lot harder for me than others, I would start to dread it a little bit. There is a countdown clock at the bottom of the screen, which was both good and bad. If I looked too early into it, things seemed to just drag on and on. I would have to remind myself that all together it was only 30 minutes (give or take) and that really, in the scheme of things, that is no time at all. Another con was the fact that it is a straight 21 days, with only active rest days. I was tired. My body was tired. I wanted a day off from working out. Which I actually did end up taking one Friday off, so technically for me, it was the 22 Day Fix. I didn't plan well in advance, so while I should have done the work out in the morning, I thought I would do it in the evening and ended up not feeling great so the work out did not happen. All that being said, though, I thought the DVDs were great. They were what I wanted and what I needed. Even with the feelings of dread and wanting a break, I would (and am) do them all again. I think they are just great to have on hand to do even if you aren't following the total program.
The meal plan. I found the meal plan very overwhelming. First off, I decided against the Shakeology. For 30 days, the cost was $130, which in my mind, was a lot. I have only heard good things about it, though, but I just didn't want to endure the cost. I know there are ways to get it discounted, but I just decided to not mess with it. In the materials, you are given a formula which then steers you to the appropriate meal plan. From there, you are allotted a specific number of each colored container. Each one represents a type of food, like protein, carbs, fruits, veggies, etc. Pinterest and blogs are great resources for meal plans, but unfortunately, I am one of those people that needs a bit of variety, so I couldn't just copy them directly. The planning and prepping takes a bit of time, so you need to make sure to give yourself that when getting ready for the week. In the end, I did well about one week with the meal plan. The amount of food you get really is substantial, so I was full, but not overly so. One of the major things I noticed was less bloat, which was great. The containers help you realize what you may have been missing from your diet, such as helpings of veggies, or the amount of protein you should be getting, as well as make you aware of proper portion sizes. Unfortunately, I slacked on the planning due to being busy and holiday parties, so the second two weeks weren't near as good as the first. I spoke with a co-worker who did the 21 Day Fix awhile ago, and she said she felt like it took her one round to really figure out the meal plan, and when she did the program a second time, she had a lot more success and felt the meal planning portion was a ton easier.
Overall, I think it's a great program. Even with falling off the meal plan wagon a bit, I still think it was a successful round. I could tell a difference in my physical appearance, both my arms and legs felt toner, and my stomach flatter and when I stuck to the meal plan, I just felt a lot better in general. I didn't weigh myself or take measurements beforehand, but I did ask a few of the people closest to me if they could tell a difference, and they said yes, which really made me feel good. And I could tell my clothes were fitting better, which I think is a great way to gauge how things are progressing.
I plan on starting another round next week. With it being the new year, it's always a fresh start, especially with health goals.
If you have any 21 Day Fix tips or tricks, please share! I am not a coach, but enjoy talking about my personal experience, so if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email!