Day One – 21 Day Fix (Feelin’ groovy)

Day One – 21 Day Fix! It’s here!  I’m stoked!

Was a great day overall. I do miss salt and sugar a bit…and that might rear it’s ugly head over the next week.  Love my salt. Love. Salt. Didn’t realise it until it was gone.

Here is Day One in review…

“I don’t have time to exercise”

The food planning has been such an integral part of prepping for the 21 Day Fix, that I hadn’t given too much thought to the workouts.  After all, our guru – Autumn Calabrese – makes it easy with all these bite-sized, intense regimes that we’ll do every day for the next 21 days.  The daily workouts are only 30 minutes.  30 minutes.  That’s a sitcom.  That’s a casserole in the oven.  That’s a “I’m just gonna check my Facebook.”

I figured the only way for me to complete the workouts would be to get it out of the way first thing in the morning.  If I leave it to the evening, I can find 101 reasons NOT to do it. So, awake at 5:00 but finally rolling out at 5:20 am, I donned workout clothes, and pushed PLAY.  Sweat for the whole 30 minutes and kicked back a litre of water.  Done like dinner. Off like a prom dress. You get it.

“I’m not sure I can do these kinds of workouts”

Being day one, and a Monday, my intro to Autumn Calabrese was with the Total Body Cardio Fix.  The 21 Day Fix comes with exact instructions of which workouts to do each day. And yep – even the warm up winded me.  We did a whole whack of cardio oriented sets accompanied by weights – your choice of heavy, light or none.

But the bestest ever part?  The workouts do have a modifier – a lovely lady named Kat. Kat does all the same exercises but provides a modified version of the moves.  Whether you’ve got an injury, hangover, medical restriction or are just not up to the full movement, this “modifier” is outrageously helpful.

I’m really proud to say that I didn’t need to follow Kat for the majority of the workout, but there were a couple of times I gratefully adjusted my movements. And one time I just looked at the screen and was like, whhaaaa? The “Surrender” set threw me completely. WAY harder than it looked and I put a towel under my knees to cushion them.  My knees already make a delightful grinding sound when I go up stairs, so I’m always cautious.

Just a note: I have all sorts of participants in my challenge group, and those who are careful when it comes to anything high impact include someone with a previous injury, someone 65+, and someone over 200 lbs.  I’ll let you know how everyone does.

I love that there is a countdown clock on the screen for both the sets and for the whole 30 minutes. So, when you think you’re gonna die, you can check how much longer you’ve gotta hold on. Maybe because it was 5:30 in the morning and sleepy, but this workout seemed to go really quickly.

“I’m going to be hungry”

I chased the workout with strawberry Shakeology (water and ice). Normally I dress up my Shakeology so much you’d never recognize it: almond milk, frozen fruit, etc.  Today – straight up ice and water. I’m saving my fruit to eat, not to drink on this program.

For all my “plan your meals!” and “shop ahead!” mantra-ing, I totally didn’t write a thing down. It was all floating around in my head, and by 6:30 am I was shoveling food into the coloured boxes to measure it, then tossing it in a travel container to take to work.  My lunch bag was truck stop impressive in size.  I did feel like I was eating all day, mind you. I’ve never been a morning/afternoon snack person at all so the constant food intake may take a bit to get used to. The only time I started to get hungry was on the way home from work.

Right now I feel great. Might be a bit achy tomorrow – haha. The first day of school is always fun…

WHAT I ATE
Breakfast: strawberry Shakeo
Snack AM: hummus + whole wheat pita
Lunch: salad (spinach, veggies, pumpkin seeds) + baked chicken; Greek yogurt + blueberries
Snack PM: peanut butter on rye cracker
Dinner: pasta dish (rotini*, cherry tomato, spinach, garlic, fresh basil, EVOO) with a sprinkle of mozza; fruit salad + Greek yogurt

*The pasta was NOT WHOLE WHEAT. I didn’t clue in until I pretty much ate it all.  Will purchase the appropriate wheaty pasta for next time.

Done! Full! Made it through Day One!

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