21 Day Fix Extreme: Week 1

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I finished the entire Insanity Max:30 program at the beginning of February.  The workouts were amazing and challenged me in so many ways.  I would love to say I had great results during that 60 day program but to be honest I didn’t follow the meal plan at all.  The workouts were so challenging that I fell into the trap of, “I did an INSANE workout and I can eat this and be fine!” I shouldn’t have been surprised when I stepped on the scale last Monday and I was up 5 pounds from my original 21 Day Fix results in September.

I knew that I needed to focus on my nutrition again and I figured it was time to get EXTREME with the 21 Day Fix Extreme.  I love trying new and challenging workouts.  The difference between the 21 Day Fix and the 21 Day Fix Extreme is: harder workouts, a more dialed in nutrition plan that doesn’t allow any cheats.  That means, no alcohol or swaps for treats the entire 21 days.  Gulp.

Day1: Before photos and measurements: 

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Weight: 126

Chest: 24 inches

Right Arm: 10.5 inches

Left Arm: 10.5 inches

Hips: 34.5 inches

Right Thigh: 20 inches

Left Thigh: 20 inches

Waist: 28.5 inches

Workout Recaps:

Day 1 Plyo Fix Extreme: After recovering from the humbling the scale gave me I was ready to tackle this 21 days with all that I had.  I loved following the meal plan in the original 21 Day Fix and I knew that this was what I needed.  The first workout on the calendar is called Plyo Fix.  I figured I’d be fine with this workout because I just did 60 days with Insanity Max:30 and it was all Plyo.  Well, again I got humbled really quick.  This workout combines weights and jumping and was very challenging.  I was cursing under my breath a lot.

Day  2 Upper Fix Extreme: I woke up very sore from Plyo Fix Extreme.  In fact, I was so sore that the stairs were not my friend.  Going up and down them just killed my legs and I was so thankful that the workout for the day was Upper Fix Extreme.  I love working my upper body and I loved this workout.

Day 3 Pilates Fix Extreme: I woke up and my legs were even more sore from that first workout.  The Plyo Fix Extremem was haunting me and I was doing a lot of foam rolling to try and get all the lactic acid out of my legs.  Today’s workout was Pilates Fix Extreme and in the original 21 Day Fix the pilates workout is an active recovery day.  Well, not so much in the extreme.  This workout used a resistance band for all the exercises and was challenging in a different way than the previous days workouts with weights.  I actually really liked it because it was different than anything I had done before.  I’ll take a video next time but it’s lots of moves with the resistance band wrapped around the legs.

Day 4 Lower Fix Extreme: Leg day.  Really?  More legs?  My legs had finally recovered from the torture on Monday and it was time to do Lower Fix Extreme.  I remember the original Lower Fix left me sore too and so I was scared to do this workout.  Thankfully, my legs made it through the workout just fine.  I did mutter some choice words under my breath at Autumn. She loves to work the legs.

Day 5 Cardio Fix Extreme:  I’m so thankful that all of these workouts are 30 minutes long because I can push myself to do them.  It’s easy to tell yourself, “I can do anything for 30 minutes” and that’s usually my mantra for the entire workout.  This workout was Cardio Fix Extreme and I love cardio.  This workout went by fast for me and thankfully I wasn’t too sore from the previous day’s leg work.  I think the more I was using my legs during the week the better it was for me.

Day 6 Dirty 30 Extreme: I never liked the Dirty 30 workout in the original fix so seeing a Dirty 30 Extreme made my skin crawl.  I was surprised that I actually liked this workout and felt very strong when I was finished.  I also started to do the Hardcore 10 minute abs video on this day.  My goal is to do it 3 times a week in my remaining two weeks.

Day 7 Rest: This is the day you’re supposed to do Yoga Fix Extreme but I don’t like yoga and skipped the workout.  I did walk 3 miles with some friends as an active recovery day.

Making the containers work for me: 

I love the container system that comes with the 21 Day Fix Extreme!  It makes planning my meals and portion sizes so easy.  I don’t have to count calories or worry about any numbers.  I just keep track of what I’m supposed to eat each day and eat it.

My plan requires I eat: 4 red (protein), 3 green (veggies) 2 purple (fruits), 2 yellow (healthy carbs), 1 blue (healthy fats), 1 orange (nuts/seeds/dressing).

I keep track of my food intake with this app: the 21 Day Fix Fit Tracker

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I started my week off with a great shopping trip to Costco to get all the foods I need to eat.  I love Costco when I’m on the fix because I need veggies and protein in bulk!

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Here are a few examples of the food I ate during the week.  I usually eat a lot of the same thing every day.  Most meals I have a protein (red) and a veggie (green) and sometimes a healthy carb (yellow).  I added some whole wheat pasta to my salad one day and it was so delicious.  I love to eat tomatoes with my eggs too. My favorite snack is always greek yogurt and veggies.

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs and tomatoes

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Lunch: Turkey Burger and Veggies

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Dinner: Lean ground beef with homemade taco seasoning, whole wheat pasta, veggies and salsa

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Snack: Greek Yogurt and Berries

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I was out and about one day and made sure to plan ahead before I went.  Proper planning is essential when following this meal plan. I never want to get caught without a snack in case my errands run longer than expected.  Shakeology is my portable breakfast and Hummus with veggies is   my go to snack when on the go.

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I even went out to eat one day this week.  I stayed on track with my meal plan and ordered chicken and salad from Red Robin.

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Sunday I did a big meal prep and cooked chicken, veggies and whole grain pasta.  I measured them out with my containers and put them big containers and stuck them in the fridge so they’re ready to eat for the week.

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Week 1 Results:

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Weight: 123.6

Chest: 33.5 inches

Right Arm: 10.25 inches

Left Arm: 10.25 inches

Hips: 33.5 inches

Right Thigh: 19 inches

Left Thigh: 19 inches

Waist: 27.5 inches

Total Loss: 2.4 lbs and 5 inches overall! 

If you’d like to join me in doing the 21 Day Fix or the 21 Day Fix Extreme email me here or fill out the below application:

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