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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!