Monday, February 16, 2015

21 Day Fix Extreme Week 1 Review




A little under a year ago, I embarked on the 21 Day Fix. I had never portioned my meals out, never fully meal planned, and definitely never stuck to anything for 21 days. It changed my life. It taught me to look at food as fuel. It showed me what an appropriate portion looks like as well as how much of each category (carbs, veggies, proteins) I needed for balance. After a few rounds I did not even have to use the containers again because I could eyeball it. I now knew why the program sold out when it was released. The idea of the containers is so genius that other programs are now coming up with plans to incorporate the containers into their meal guides.

When I heard the 21 Day Fix EXTREME was being released I could not have been more excited. In January, I was given a live preview of one of the workouts when the trainer and creator of the program visited a local event. I counted down the days until I got my hands on the program.

The program arrived within 4 days of ordering it. I opened up that baby and began to study. Now if you are doing the Original 21 Day Fix or the 21 Day Fix Extreme you need to read the books that come along with it. It will only take you about 20 minutes but it will set you up for success for sure. The 21 Day Fix Extreme comes with 3 Meal Planning Options:
1. The 21 Day Fix Extreme Meal Plan
2. The Countdown to Competition Plan
3. The 21 Day Fix Extreme Meal Plan with the last 3 days being the Countdown to Competition Plan.

I chose option 2. I might have been a bit crazy when I chose this but I was ready to take my nutrition up a notch. I am no where near the level of competing but I needed a swift kick in the butt. The Countdown to Competition Plan on the 21 Day Fix Extreme is based on the science of carb depletion. For 2 days you do the comp plan then for 1 day you do the extreme meal plan (those days I get fruit and 2 extra carbs! Yay)! If this sounds confusing, it definitely is not once you read the book. It maps out everything for you. I also only plan my meals out one week at a time so that I am able to tweak anything I am having an issue with. I grocery shop 1x per week so my clean foods don't spoil and go to waste. I base my dinners around the meals I have planned for my family so I do not have to cook twice. Their meals are more "fun" while mine are fix friendly.

For the first 2 days I missed fruit, but chugging water really helped ease my wants and needs. Thank goodness for herbal tea too! On the third day, when I stuffed the banana in my face it was like eating a piece of chocolate cake. So far, 7 days into it I am eating more eggs and chicken than I ever have in my life, yet I have a tremendous amount of energy (especially on the days I have the fix workout to do and teach a live class). I never feel starved and I never feel like I am missing out. On Valentine's day I did have to stay off Facebook and Pinterest for a bit as my feed was flooded with wine and chocolate. On the Original 21 Day Fix you are allowed those two things. Whaaaaaaaaaaaat? Yep you are! Unfortunately/Fortunately, on the 21 Day Fix Extreme you are not allowed those goodies. It is called extreme remember?

As for the workouts, I am in love! The great thing about this program is that you get 7 different workouts (1 for each day of the week) so you do not get bored. Each workout is around 30 minutes. I just completed Insanity Max: 30 which focuses on getting you results using body weight. The 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme uses body weight, resistance bands, and hand weights. This excited me. I missed weights! I am currently using 5lb, 8lb, and 10lb weights. Both programs feature a modifier so if any moves made my knees or ankles feel uncomfortable I switched to the modified moves.  Sweat was still pouring though! I have been a little sore but nothing that my foam roller could not fix. Sunday's Extreme Yoga made sure I stretched those muscles out.  At least when you are sore you know it is working!

I  am listing out my first 5 meals below so you get an idea of how much I could eat each day.  I spread it out to eat about every 2-3 hours. Remember, this is about balance, not starving!  At 155 lbs I am in the second bracket of calories/containers. If you have any questions or would like a copy of my chart I use to meal plan, feel free to send me a message! Excited to update you all on week 2  in 7 days!



Day 1 Meals: 
Vegan Tropical Strawberry Shakeology w/ Frozen Kale
4 Scrambled Eggs
Chicken, Power Greens, Balsamic
Celery and Nut Butter
Chicken, Cucumbers, Sweet Potatoes
Strawberry Shake

Day 2 Meals:
Greenberry Shakeology w/ Frozen Kale
4 Scrambled Eggs
Chicken, Power Greens, Balsamic
Celery and Nut Butter
Chicken, Cucumbers, Sweet Potatoes 
Strawberry Shake

Day 3 Meals:
Vegan Tropical Strawberry Shakeology w/ Frozen Banana
4 Scrambled Eggs, 1 piece of Ezekiel Toast, Tomatoes
Celery and Nut Butter
Raw Almonds and Apple
Tofu, Rice, Veggie Stir Fry
Steel Cut Oats, Sunflower Seeds, Banana

Day 4 Meals:
Greenberry Shake
4 Scrambled Eggs and Red Peppers
Chicken and Quinoa
Celery and Nut Butter
Chicken, Veggies, Power Greens
Strawberry Shake

Day 5 Meals:
Greenberry Shake
2 Scrambled Eggs, Tomatoes
Celery and Nut Butter
Quinoa and Chicken
Turkey, Lettuce Wraps
Strawberry Shake