I hope you all had a great holiday weekend. There’s something about the 4th of July that means it’s really summer to me. We ended up spending the 4th inside with the pups, but celebrated on the 5th with Roy’s family.

Now that all that eating is over I’m trying something new: I’m giving the 21-Day Fix a shot.

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If you, unlike myself, don’t spend the wee, sunless hours of the morning awake on your couch watching infomercials, you may not know what I’m talking about. It’s basically a portion control program from Beachbody (the folks who produce P90X, Insanity, and Turbofire to name a few). The 21-Day Fix does come with an exercise component, but it’s only 30-minutes each day and isn’t quite as crazy intense as their other programs. I’ve done P90X and Insanity before, but I’m just not in the mental or physical space for something extreme right now. Pretty colored boxes and 30-minutes a day of regular exercise is more my speed. Also, I think my downstairs neighbors would kill me if I did Insanity again!

Basically the program provides you with color-coded measuring cup that double as Tupperware. Depending on your caloric needs you get a certain number of servings of each a day. My daily calorie allotment is 1500-1799 calories a day, which is basically what I was eating with my nutritionist. I get 4-Green (vegetable), 3-Purple (fruit), 4-Red (protein), 3-Yellow (carbs), 1-Blue (healthy fat like cheese, avocado, or hummus), 1-Orange (nuts, seeds, dressings), and 4-teaspoons of oil or nut butters.

It’s a simple program that encourages you to eat cleanly (sans processed foods) in proper portions. You could totally do this with measuring cups at home and not buy into the gimmick. I happen to like gimmicks, I find them motivating. Really, I’m not being sarcastic.

Here are the measurements; you can find all this stuff on Pinterest:

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It’s actually an enormous amount of food. As I was planning my day out I was sort of intimidated by how much I would be eating.

I started off with the first DVD today; it was a cardio-based workout and challenging but very simple and definitely doable for beginners–there’s one woman who always performs a simpler modification of each exercise. And the best part it was over fairly quickly. Inez also got her exercise in the form of running around barking at me—she’s a tiny, furry aerobics instructor in the making! 

I bought ENORMOUS Post-it notes and have been writing out my meal plans ahead of time and posting them near the fridge, so I never have to worry about what I'm supposed to eat next.

I bought ENORMOUS Post-it notes and have been writing out my meal plans ahead of time and posting them near the fridge, so I never have to worry about what I’m supposed to eat next.

They're so big!

They’re so big!

I’m going to make this a little project this month, my month of self-care (I really want to be in better shape next time Roy and I get pregnant, and this seems like a really rational, not-extreme way to go about it). I’ll blog about my experience, and at the end I’ll give you a totally honest review (the good, the bad, and the sweaty—I promise!) and show you my before and after photos (the befores are not good—I’m probably the heaviest I’ve ever been and it was hard seeing that on camera). If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to leave me questions in the comments or email me at kim@kimberlyraemiller.com–I just signed up to be a Beachbody coach, so I’m privy to the inside scoop 😉

Have you ever done a home exercise program?

Breakfast

2% Greek yogurt with baked apple, almond slivers, and a whole grain waffle.

2% Greek yogurt with baked apple, almond slivers, and a whole grain waffle.

Snack

Mango-strawberry fruit salad and 2 teaspoons of peanut butter.

Mango-strawberry fruit salad and 2 teaspoons of peanut butter.

Lunch

Salmon with kale and quinoa, mango and watermelon slices.

Salmon with kale and quinoa, mango and watermelon slices.

Dinner

I used this snack as my post workout fuel. Two hard boiled eggs, baby carrots, hummus, and celery.

I used this snack as my post workout fuel. Two hard boiled eggs, baby carrots, hummus, and celery.

 Dinner

Not quite as pretty as when I was prepping it over the weekend. Dinner was turkey, sweet potatoes and a Brussels sprout and cauliflower mix.

Not quite as pretty as when I was prepping it over the weekend. Dinner was turkey, sweet potatoes and a Brussels sprout and cauliflower mix.