21 Day Fix – Day 1

So here we are on Day 1, taking that first step! My overall impression of today was that I can’t believe how full I felt! Not full actually, satisfied. And I never once felt like I was starving. As for the workout, I really enjoyed it and felt challenged. I like Autumn’s energy and the whole thing felt very comfortable… I think people who are new to fitness programs won’t feel too intimidated. I’ll give my thoughts on the workout first, followed by the meals.

Workout: Total Body Cardio Fix

This workout uses small weights (I used 5 lbs) and really does work your entire body. Autumn has you working multiple muscle groups simultaneously, and my whole body felt engaged. Each exercise lasts between 30 – 60 seconds, and after you finish she gives you a 20 second rest while she explains the next exercise. Overall, I really liked the workout and was working hard even though it was still low-impact. There was also a modifier that demonstrated how you can make the moves even lower impact.

This exercise is called Surrenders, and Autumn named it the hardest move in the entire workout. You have to stand with legs should-width apart and hold your weights at shoulder height. Then, lower yourself down to one knee, and then lower your other knee. Finally, stand up one leg at a time. It doesn’t look like much but it definitely works your whole body! You can see the modifier on the right in the pink shirt, she is not using weights and is using her hands on her knee for support.

Meals

When the 21 Day Fix arrived and I first opened the box I have to be honest, I saw the size of those containers and I got a little nervous. I’m happy to report though that they are seriously misleading, because once I dumped everything onto a plate it looked like an actual meal and I felt full after eating it.

Breakfast

21 Day Fix 2 eggs (1 red), 1 slice of toast (1 yellow)
2 eggs (1 red), 1 slice of toast (1 yellow)

I love eggs and toast, I’ll be eating a lot of them during the Fix. Of course I dump a gallon of Frank’s on them too, which is OK because hot sauce is a “free” food!

Snack #1

21 Day Fix 1 banana (1 purple) and 2 tsp peanut butter
1 banana (1 purple) and 2 tsp peanut butter

My favorite snack. Get ready to see a lot of banana + PB because I eat it every day. And I’ll probably use this exact same photo every day too, just a heads up.

Lunch

21 Day Fix Chicken Sausage, Zucchini and Quinoa
21 Day Fix Chicken Sausage, Zucchini and Quinoa
Chicken Sausage (1 red), Zucchini and Squash (1 green), and Quinoa (1 yellow)
I actually had planned 2 reds for this meal, but when I measured it out 1 it was plenty! The spinach and feta chicken sausage was delicious, and I seasoned some zucchini and yellow squash with Italian seasoning and roasted it in the oven. Add some quinoa and a sprinkling of balsamic vinegar and that’s an incredibly satisfying lunch. I have to say I’m enjoying the carbs in the earlier part of the day, it leaves me feeling fuller longer and I wasn’t even interested in snacking.

Dinner

21 Day Fix Shredded chicken (2 reds), lettuce, mixed veggies, and salsa (2 greens), plain Greek yogurt (1 red), and cheese (1 blue)
Shredded chicken (2 reds), lettuce, mixed veggies, and salsa (2 greens), plain Greek yogurt (1 red), and cheese (1 blue)

Yesterday I threw some chicken in the slow cooker with a little chicken broth and a packet of taco seasoning, shredded it up, and now it’s the perfect topping for my taco salad. Since I didn’t eat one red container from lunch, I used 2 red containers of chicken. I also used 2 green containers full of lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, carrots, a bit of corn, and salsa. Then I used another red container for some plain Greek yogurt (I like to use it instead of sour cream) and a blue container of cheese. Add all that together and you get one huge salad! I am actually incredibly full right now and somewhat regretting having eaten the entire thing. And the crazy thing is, I didn’t eat snack #2 yet (an apple = 1 purple) or snack #3 (cottage cheese = 1 red)! I made an executive decision and used the Greek yogurt in my salad instead of the cottage cheese because there’s no way I’m eating 2 snacks tonight.

So for my totals for the day, I was short 1 red, 1 purple, and 1 orange. I need to work on eating more small meals throughout the day. BUT, I’m not hungry and I really enjoyed my workout… I’d say Day 1 was a success. Bring on Day 2!

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39 Comments on “21 Day Fix – Day 1

  1. Hi Stephanie, I just cook the sausage according to the package directions and toss it with assorted roasted veggies. I like zucchini, squash, onions, and tomatoes. Coat them in olive oil and whatever seasoning you prefer (Mrs Dash has some great ones) and roast at 400 for 15-20 minutes, flipping veggies halfway through.

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  2. Hi just wondering if you had a recipe for the chicken sausage & veggies? It looks so good!

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  3. H Doreen, unfortunately I did my first round of the fix a few years ago and I don’t have the shopping list anymore, so sorry!

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  4. Terrilynn you’re right, I didn’t start using Shakeo until after my first round of the Fix. Nowadays I have my shake for breakfast. I like Vegan Chocolate Shakeo with a whole banana and water. So glad you’re enjoying the meal plans!

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  5. Hi Caitlin, I often use just the Kroger brand natural creamy peanut butter. It’s inexpensive and the ingredients are OK. There are other, more high end brands that are good too, just check your ingredient labels!

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  6. I’ve noticed throughout your 21 days that you aren’t using shakeology in any of your daily meal plans? ๐Ÿ™‚ Where would you fit these in if you were? Your meal plans are great, thank you for taking the time to post them!

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  7. Great question, and yes, I didn’t count it because it was such a small amount. I only used about a spoonful of salsa (1 cup is considered a 1 purple) and a spoonful of corn (1/2 cup is a yellow).

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  8. Just curious, I thought salsa was considered purple and corn yellow. With that said since you had both in your dinner, would you count those or are they null because they are a small amount?

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  9. Di, yes, you’re absolutely right, I consider chicken sausage one of those lifestyle choices. If you’re on your first round of the Fix then probably avoid it due to the sodium, but if you’ve been at this a while go ahead and enjoy it once in a while. Just be careful about the ingredients when you’re choosing your sausage. I like the brand Aidells personally. http://www.aidells.com

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  10. I don’t see sausage anywhere on the food list. Are you just considering it a treat, or adding to your ‘this is a lifestyle, not a diet list?” (which is what I do with about 3 foods that I can’t live without)

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  11. Hi Maggie, in the lowest calorie bracket we’re allowed 4 reds. For this day I had 2 eggs (1 red), chicken sausage (1 red), Greek yogurt (1 red) and shredded chicken (1 red). I completely relate to wanting more protein… make sure you’re always starting your day off with protein in your breakfast, that will get your metabolism going and keep you fuller until your next meal. If you still feel like you’re super hungry, eat more green containers. Best of luck!

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  12. How many calories are you allowed? Thank you for sharing all of your meals. This is very helpful!

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  13. I just came across this blog, as I’m looking for new ways to meal plan. On this day were you just allowing yourself to have 5 reds, or am I allowed to have 5 reds in the lowest category? I find myself wanting protein more!

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  14. This blog is AMAZING! I absolutely love Beachbody, and I’m just starting the 21-day fix. I love how you have all your snacks and meals laid out! I’m pretty sure I’m just going to follow your entire plan! Thanks so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. If you eve get tired of the same five spice mix, I found several great salt free (no sugar either) from Penzey’s spices. We have a store in my area and they are also online.

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  16. Hi Sander, you’re right, store bought salsa is a purple because the tomatoes are usually cooked and therefore changes the sugar content. If you make home made salsa from fresh tomatoes though (pico de gallo), it’s considered a green. I love using it on salads too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. Salsa is actually considered a fruit (purple). I use the all natural ingredient kind and also use it in salads instead of a dressing ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  18. Julie, I don’t have a favorite brand, I just check the ingredients and make sure it’s clean, with no sugar. Store bought, jarred salsa counts as a purple container because the tomatoes are cooked. If you make your own fresh salsa it can count as a green. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog and best of luck to you on your 21 Day Fix journey!!

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  19. For the salsa you use. Is there a certain kind? I didn’t see it in my book for the Green container. I am totally going to snag this salad idea for mine this week! ๐Ÿ™‚ is it just regular salsa, or more like the fresh salsa in the produce section? Thank you for sharing your journal with us, it is so helpful seeing actual examples rather than here’s a list of things you can put in your containers…it gets very overwhelming! I’m just about to start mine and I’m so happy that I stumbled across your blog!

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  20. Lisa, you have no idea how much that means to me! I’m thrilled that you’ve found the blog useful and I wish you the very best of luck on your 21 Day Fix journey!!

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  21. I just love this blog. So honest and helpful. My coach is amazing but I was really struggling with being overwhelmed with the containers and figuring out a meal plan. This is awesome of you to share this and I just want you to know this is one of the best helps I am going to have on this journey. I will definitely be sharing your site with my coach and fellow 21 dayers! Thanks so much!!!

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  22. I agree, chicken sausage is not the best choice, it’s one of those “every now and then” foods. And you definitely need to read the ingredients. The sausage links do usually measure out to about a red container, but it depends on what size links you get.

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  23. i love your 21 day fix foods!! Gives me some great ideas ๐Ÿ™‚ ….I do have a question, the chicken sausage, I’ve heard some people say it’s not the best choice, but I’m thinking if there’s no additives it should be okay, right? Also, is one chicken sausage link equivalent to one red when you slice it?

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  24. Marissa, I’ve bought chicken sausage just about everywhere, Aldi, Kroger, Target, Meijer… most grocery stores carry them in a variety of flavors and they’re usually found near the regular pork sausage. Hope this helps!

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  25. Would you mind telling which category your colored containers are…I’m in the lowest so I’d need to modify.

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  26. Sometimes I would use a super tiny amount, maybe 1/2 tsp. I like to use vegan buttery spreads, either Earth Balance or Smart Balance. They’re made from a blend of oils, so it would be considered an orange container. Try to use it sparingly though. Natural peanut butter or almond butter are great on bagels too!

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