If you spend any time on social media, you are going to run into all sorts of products I like to call “mom products”.
They don’t necessarily have anything to do with being a mom specifically, but it seems the demographic for buying AND selling the products is right in that motherhood sweet spot.
While I’ve never sold aforementioned products, I also don’t get too cranky about those who sell them. Moms gotta make a living like everyone else, and since these products usually allow a person to work from home, you can see the appeal.
(sidenote: don’t take this as license to invite me to every “i-sell-stuff-party” ever)
One product making the rounds in my Facebook feed over the lat year or so has been the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology – all parts of the BeachBody brand.
Now, I generally tune out to any brand that perpetuates the idea that there is such a thing as a “beach body” (if you are at the beach, TA DA, your body is beach worthy), or the idea that I or anyone else need to be fixed.
And memories of a sorely misguided attempt at weight loss using SlimFast really turned me off to the idea of drinking any kind of shake to shed pounds.
I was weak.
Before and after pictures from people I actually knew made me curious.
And I DID have at least a few pounds I wanted to lose.
I read up a little more and the shakes didn’t seem terrible.
And regular exercise sounded good.
And those little containers were cute.
So I signed up, or more appropriately, turned over my credit card.
I committed to the 21 days of shake-drinking and flab-shaking known as the 21-day fix.
The concept is actually pretty simple. You drink a Shakeology shake for brekkie or lunch (or I guess you could do dinner?) and the rest of your day is a plethora of foods, so long as they fit in their assigned color coded containers.
I’m not gonna lie. I was very tempted to spend my 21 days taking photos of me stuffing a donuts and such into my tiny yellow (carbs!) container, because, JOKES.
But I didn’t.
I signed up with a girl I went to high school. We had overlapping friends in those days, but didn’t run in the same circles. She always seemed nice enough, even if she was infinitely more pretty and popular, and as an adult she only seemed nicer, so I felt like I should put some effort into the 21 days.
Also, I spent money, and it would have been a bit spendy for three weeks worth of jokes on Twitter and Instagram.
Each day had a certain number of containers of food allotted. Four big green containers of veggies. Several purple containers of fruit. A healthy helping of red containers of protein. Much smaller containers of all those things you eat and shouldn’t be eating so much of.
It was actually a pretty manageable amount of food. Rather than focusing on restrictions, it was more about retraining myself to pay attention to portion control, and to make sure those portions were balanced well across various foods.
Also, the yellow container can be wine. So there’s that.
Each day of the week also had an assigned workout. For someone who hasn’t worked out regularly in ::ahem, cough, garbled number:: years, this was a huge adjustment.
Not only the physical exertion, but the idea of taking 30 minutes of my day for me was a huge change. Between the kids and work, I don’t spend much time during the day on me.
So what did I think of all these changes?
I won’t lie.
I don’t have the same adoring relationship with the Shakeology shakes so many people seem to. I found that with fruit added, or on the rougher days, cold brew unsweetened coffee, there were palatable. But not delicious.
However, they did force me to eat breakfast, something I am terrible about. And they gave me an extra bit of energy.
Which was good, because those 30 minute workouts I mentioned? TOTALLY KICKED MY BUTT.
They had one person in the video who did altered versions of a lot of exercises and I was totally following her. I’m just not that little tight-pants, sports bra, all-abs lady who doesn’t break a sweat.
I’m more the sippin-coffee, reading-a-book, singing-showtunes girl, for the record.
At the end of the three weeks, I found myself 9 pounds lighter. Inches missing from my waist and hips.
And most importantly, after it’s all said and done, I plan on doing another 21 days. I haven’t gained the weight back. While I’m not on the same exercise/diet regimen, the habits I developed over those 21 days made for a positive change that will keep me eating well, and staying active.
Would I recommend the program for others?
If you need a program that tells you exactly what you need to do, a program that will jump start healthier habits, and a program you don’t mind dropping a bit of dough on, this may be the thing for you.
Find a coach that will keep you motivated – mine was great, checking in with her team every day, encouraging us in our progress, supporting us when we felt we couldn’t do it. She never once made me feel like I was just another sales figure.
Definitely find someone who is doing more than just selling you the product, someone who is genuinely as excited to see your results as their own.
While I might not continue to follow the program to the “t”, I’ll be using the skills I learned (or refreshed) to keep a more healthy view of my eating and exercise habits.
Whether your goals are a six pack, or just healthier living, this is definitely a program worth trying.