21 day fix challenge update

I promised myself I would start the Beachbody 21 day fix challenge on Saturday, and I did. I’m in a challenge group that started on Monday, so I waited on the exercise portion of the 21-day fix until then and got started with the eating plan on Saturday.

Working with the containers certainly has made things easier than any of the other diets where I have had to count caloric intake by numbers. I really like the system and not having to calculate every food I eat. I haven’t found the allowed foods too limiting yet, and it isn’t far off from what we eat already. I’m waiting on the cookbook for more meal ideas, and I know there are lots available on Pinterest as well, so I will be checking that out.

I really didn’t think I would like the shakes, but I have to say that Shakeology is really good. I don’t think I could drink it on its own, but I’ve had two so far, one was a chai shake made with black tea, chocolate Shakeology and chai spice, and today’s was vanilla mocha, with vanilla, coffee and chocolate Shakeology. I really enjoyed the vanilla mocha, and added a bit more ice to make it thicker. I used that instead of my regular morning coffee. While I love Shakeology, I don’t think I will keep up with it in the long run – I would love to, but it comes with a pretty hefty price tag. After this round is over, I will be looking in to alternative solutions, and I have read that the vega meal replacements are comparable. When the 30 days of Shakeology are up, I may switch to this option, and only do the shakes every second day to cut down on the cost. Vega meal replacement is about $54 for 20 servings, where Shakeology is $155 for 30 servings. In my research I can understand why Shakeology is so expensive, it is so rich in superfoods and nutrients, but it’s really beyond my budget.

I started the workouts on Monday, and they are challenging. I’ve done two so far, and my legs are sore! I still need to get the appropriate weights for the workouts (I’ve been using two tomato juice cans, lol) and hope to do that tonight so I can maximize what I get out of the workouts. Apparently I fung shui-d my old weights out when we moved – silly me. For now, I’m waking up at 5:45 to get my workout in, but I’ll have to see how that will fit in to my new schedule once my work moves (we are changing locations) and I have more of a commute. I may end up doing evening workouts.

All in all, I am really enjoying the program so far. I have not been hungry – nor have I been able to finish all the containers that I’m supposed to eat in a day. I can see where I fall short in my nutrition almost immediately, as I generally eat my go to foods first then realize that I still have so many fruits and veggies left to eat. I’m trying to even that out now by bringing fruits and veggies to work for lunch, then serve more veggies with dinner.

Between this diet and weight watchers, clean eating has made a big difference. While weight watchers boasts that you can eat anything you want, when I was on it, I would stick to salty foods or carbs that would just make me more hungry. With clean eating, I’m finding that I’m fuller longer, and I haven’t been craving much at all – even dessert.

That’s the update that I have for now, and I’ll keep posting as I continue through the next 20 (almost 19) days of the program. 🙂

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