Happy MONDAY! Let’s kick it this June! What are YOU doing to be happy and healthy?
GREAT news is that my challenge group on Facebook for the 21-Day Fix is full!
About a week or so ago, I put out a post on FB to see if anyone wanted to do this program with me, and whammo! I had an amazing response, and from some people I’d never have expected.
All of us in this challenge group have our own health and fitness goals to smash, and this program is flexible enough to appeal to everyone. STOKED. We’re gonna rock it together!
My 21-Day Fix kit arrived – only 10 days to Canada after I’d ordered. Not too bad.
It contains a meal plan book, a getting started booklet, a 3-day fix (intense!) booklet, the workout DVDs + a Plyo Fix DVD, a Shakeology shaker cup and then those cute little coloured boxes – WHICH ARE REALLY REALLY REALLY SMALL! – to measure out food. (Did I mention the boxes are small? I feel like I’m already getting my portion control lesson.)
To start, you need to figure out the calorie level for your own weight and body needs, incorporating both the workouts and a caloric deficit for weight loss (aka MATH). There is a handy dandy formula to do that in the ‘eating plan’ book. Then you match your calorie level with the calorie chart which shows how many of each coloured box you may have per day. So, I get…
- 5 green – greens
- 3 purple – fruit
- 5 red – proteins
- 4 yellow – carbs, beverages (including a sub-out for wine)
- 1 blue – healthy fats, like nuts, avocado, cheese, hummus
- 1 orange – seeds, dressings
- 5 teaspoons – oils, seed/nut butters
I can have all the vinegar, garlic and ginger I want for free – yippeee – and a couple of other little things (Frank’s RedHot, anyone?).
For water, the program suggests drinking your body weight, divided by two, in ounces. For me, that’s just over 12 cups of water a day. That’s also a lot of bathroom trips…
Each coloured box has a dedicated page in the book with a list of approved foods for the category. The lists are not random – the higher up on the list, the better choice it is for you in terms of nutrients. Mmmm why are sardines at the top of the protein list – ick!
The book also has a set of recipes for all container colours and a brief dining out reference page – because chances are in 21 days you might have to eat something someone else has prepared, and you’d want to be ready.
Tah-dah! I’ve got a week before the challenge group begins – a few of the others are still waiting on their kits to arrive. In the mean time, I’ve got some shopping and meal planning to do!