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21 Day Fix – The Beginning

21 Day Fix – The Beginning

Jay and Autumn

Jay and Autumn

I had the opportunity to workout with Autumn Calabrese in California this past September.  I had no idea this workout was even on the boards until they introduced Autumn to us at Beachbody’s Leadership event.  When they introduced it, I was a bit skeptical until I heard her interview with Carl Daikeler on stage.  It was AMAZING and I just sat there with my mouth open thinking….what a concept.  Here is the basic thought process.  We all know it takes about 21 Days to form a habit.  Hence, “21 Day Fix”.  Some people may have a hard time committing to a program that will take 90 Days, like P90 or P90X or even Insanity with 60 Days, but, 3 weeks isn’t so bad.  The Ultimate Reset is a great product also that incorporates good clean eating with good foods and supplements that Reset the body and it is also 3 weeks.  Each phase is 1 week.  Similarly, 21 Day Fix has enough workouts to keep you interested in 1 week phases and it is a manageable, doable chunk of time.  Brilliant.

The other really cool aspect of 21 Day Fix is the eating plan.  When I heard Autumn talking about the program, the main thing she talked about was the eating plan.  If you’ve been around the fitness industry for any amount of time, you have heard people say things like “Abs are made in the kitchen” or “I ruined my workout today with what I ate” or some such things.  It’s very true.  Working out is just one part of the equation.  If you want your machine to run properly, you have to put good fuel in it.  Otherwise, it will get sluggish and not perform the way you want.  Autumn said she was out with a friend one day for lunch and they both ordered what appeared to be a very healthy salad.  She watched as her friend devoured the entire thing while she only ate 1/3 of hers.  She took the other 2/3 of it home with her and it hit her.  THAT is why her friend was having problems.  She was ordering a “healthy salad” but eating WAY too much and then dousing it with heavy calorie laden dressing.  So, the concept of 21 Day Fix was born at lunch that day.

21 Day Fix – Portion Control

The most intriguing thing to me about the 21 Day Fix Program is the portion control.  Most people THINK they have a good idea of how much to eat, but the truth is, we overeat, even on good stuff.  Most people don’t have a CLUE what a cup of cereal looks like.  A cup isn’t as much as you think.  And, most people eat until they are full instead of satisfied.  Studies have shown that it takes about 20 minutes for the stomach to get the signals to the brain that it is time to stop eating.  That is why it is so easy to overeat.  First, we have no idea about how MUCH to eat and when we eat until we feel full, we have eaten for 20 minutes too long.  It’s CRAZY when you think about it.  That’s also why buffets are dangerous.  I don’t know about you, but I can get a lot of food in my belly in 20 minutes.  Then, the body uses what it needs and stores the rest.  It’s a “recipe for disaster”.

21 Day Fix – The Portion Control Fix

21 Day Fix Containers

21 Day Fix Containers

The cool thing about 21 Day Fix is they help you by taking the portion control part of the program and truly putting it in “control”.  You no longer eat according to your desires and wanting to feel satisfied.  Instead, along with the program, you get some nifty little plastic containers.  When I saw them I couldn’t believe how small they are, but it is really a novel idea.  Based on your caloric need, which you calculate, you get a certain number of plastic containers of each type of food to eat.  So, you may get to eat 2 or 3 blue containers, 2 or 3 orange containers, etc.  If the food fits in the containers, you eat it.  If not, you save it until later.  Again, it takes all the guess work out of wondering what 8 ounces of meat or a cup of cereal looks like.  Over the 21 Days of the program, you not only realize you won’t starve eating less, but you get it set in your mind what that amount of food really looks like.  HOW COOL IS THAT???  Anyway, as you can tell, I’m pretty fired up about 21 Day Fix and what it is going to do to revolutionize not only my eating habits, but those that I love.  We are going to be better educated as coaches and friends and be able to help so many more people.

I’ll write more about the workouts as I proceed through them.  So far, I’ve done 2 of the workouts and in the next few days, I’ll tell you what I think of them, but I’m telling you, so far, it’s absolutely amazing how I feel doing them.  I definitely break a sweat and I can’t wait to do more of them.  They are quick, 3o minute workouts but really seem to do the job.

So, coupled with Shakeology, portion control, and working out….how can you go wrong.  Also, Beachbody has a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee on the Program.  Do yourself a favor and just do it.  You won’t be sorry!!

Contact Me to learn more or Click – 21 Day Fix – to order the Challenge Pack.  Let me know when you’ve ordered it so I can get you in a Facebook Accountability Group with others doing the program.  Your world is about to change!!

Southern Snow

Southern Snow

Getting In Shape

Getting in Shape

I’m guilty.  This past week when I heard we were going to get some freezing precipitation, I got a bit excited.  Then, I heard it was likely going to be in the form of snow and I got VERY excited.  We average only about 1/2 inch of snowfall per year here in Columbia, South Carolina.  The upstate gets a bit more and the low country/coastal areas get less.  But, when we get enough snow where it actually sticks and we can throw snowballs, it’s not “rare” but it is not typical either.  It is more of an event than anything else around here.  The weather stations start breaking in with hourly forecasts.  The TVs and Radios are abuzz with school and Government offices closings.  Schools in some cases run on 2 hour delays and all of this in anticipation of a snowflake flying without even seeing one.  It’s really quite interesting.

It’s also interesting how our Northern friends react to our snowfalls down here.  I have told a lot of our friends that I don’t want to move up North.  In fact, I’m about as far North and as far West as I want to live.  I have told them, you don’t have to shovel sunshine.  Well, last week, as I said, we did get a bit of snow.  It was supposed to start snowing around noon on Tuesday, January 28.  However, it didn’t actually start until later in the evening on Wednesday.  Because of the forecast, the schools were closed.  Then, a lot of the parents said, “See, I told you we could have had school.”  But, if they had opened and the snow had started as forecast, we could have ended up like Atlanta.  They were going to close schools early but with all of the traffic on the Interstates from people leaving work early and going home, the roadways literally became parking lots as overpasses and roads began to accumulate ice.  We don’t have ice moving equipment down here.  We have salt trucks and some plows that fit on the front of trucks, but we only use them once or twice a year.  It’s just not something we do.

Snow Angel

Snow Angel

Anyway, we awoke Wednesday morning to about 2-1/2 to 3 inches of white fluffy powder on the ground.  Of course, we made snow angels and went and found a hill near our house and used the top of a turtle sandbox lid to slide down the hill.  I’m just excited that at 48 and 50 years old, we are still young at heart and in good enough shape, thanks to Beachbody Products, to play with our kids like that.  We posted pictures on Facebook and then, we heard from our Northern Friends saying things like “That’s not snow, that’s a dusting.  If you want to see snow, come up here” and other such things.  Well, like I said, it’s not something we get every year here.

When I was 7 years old in 1973, we got 16 inches at one time.  It is the largest recorded snowfall here.  I remember playing in it and building snowmen and thinking it was as normal as it could be.  But, it was so much snow they literally brought in the Army National Guard to help and I remember seeing the helicopters flying around assisting people.  But, being 7 years old, it was normal to me.  Odd isn’t it to think now that it was a once in a lifetime event and I will likely never see that much snowfall here again in my life.  It’s kind of sad when you think about it.

Southern Snow – What you have to do….

Bread Sold Out

Bread Sold Out

At the first mention of potential snow, the first thing you have to do is go the grocery store and buy a loaf of bread or two and a gallon of milk or two.  Nobody I’ve talked to knows why, but it’s just something that you have to do.  You also have to make sure you’re stocked up on vanilla extract and sugar for “snowcreme”.

You have to fill the bathtub with water in case you lose power.  (This was very important when you depended on well water with an electric pump, but why people still do this when they are on commercial water is beyond me.)  When Hugo hit, we flushed commodes with water from our neighbor’s pool.  TMI?

The next thing you have to do is put bowls out on the car, on the deck, on the trampoline, wherever, to catch snow so you can make “snowcreme” with the snow you collect using the vanilla extract and sugar.  It’s not as good as Shakeology, but it’s pretty stinkin’ good and we only get to have it about every other year.  I think our last decent snowfall was 2011.  So, we enjoy it when we get the chance.

Then, after you are all prepared, you look out the window every 5 minutes to see if it’s snowing yet and then sigh and sulk when it isn’t.

Southern Snowfall – Enjoy it while it lasts

Frosty the Snowman Melts

Frosty the Snowman Melts

When it snowed last week, a friend of mine hit me on Facebook and said, “So much for shoveling sunshine, eh?”  I said, I ain’t shovelin’ NOTHIN’.  All I have to do is wait until tomorrow and the sun will take care of it for me.  Well, it stayed cold and we actually had snow in shady spots for 3 or 4 days, but in the trafficked areas, it was gone the next day.  It did just what we wanted it to do.  It snowed and made things pretty for a day or two, and then it was gone and we have the memories and the pictures.  So, yes, it was fun and exciting, but now it’s gone.  If it happened every other day, it wouldn’t be as good.  It’s kind of like eating clean.  When you do have a day where you indulge, it’s better because you don’t eat that stuff every day.

But…is it over?  They are actually forecasting freezing rain, sleet, snow next Tuesday and Wednesday here so, I’m going to go buy some bread and milk Monday.  We have plenty of sugar and vanilla extract and I’m not worried about our water situation.  Chances are it will be just a cold rain, but, you never know.  Stranger things have happened!!

Yes, I love the snow.  In fact, we’re going skiing next week.  That’s the beauty of living here.  We get snow now and again and if we want to see more, we can drive about 3 hours and go have fun!!