This post is for my fellow health and fitness girls!
It's been brewing in my head all week, and I've been putting it off because it's something I care about SO much right now, and I have been intimidating myself with the concept of getting all my thoughts out of my head and onto paper. Er, screen.
Lately I've been following two healthy eating plans and I love them both. I don't have to count calories, I eat treats without feeling guilty, I have tons of energy (like, Ben is kind of scared of my energy), I am never hungry, and I am in the best shape of my life.
I've struggled with body image and self esteem since I was in 7th grade, and to finally have reached this point of confidence and be able to eat intuitively, with just enough structure to keep me sane without having to obsess, is an incredible feeling and I can't keep it to myself!!
I have been on-and-off following the Tone It Up nutrition plan since last August (which I talked about here), and have been also following the 21 Day Fix portion control system ever since I finished the program in March (you can read all about that experience here!)
Full disclosure: I am not compensated in any way for promoting Tone It Up, but you can purchase the 21 Day Fix through me and I will personally coach you through it!
I don't really use the portion control containers anymore since I'm now able to eyeball my portion sizes, but I've been eating my allotted number of "containers" (e.g. fruit, veggies, carbs, fat, protein) every day to make sure I'm getting the perfect combination of protein, carbs, and fats. I love the 21 Day Fix container system because you can eat whatever you want (mainly healthy food but treats too!) as long as it fits into your portions, so it's really easy to adapt to the TIU plan!
What's the difference between Tone It Up and the 21 Day Fix?
In one sentence, I would say that the Tone It Up nutrition plan is a healthy lifestyle diet focused on changing your life for the long haul, and the 21 Day Fix is a fitness and nutrition program for short-term results that teaches you portion control and workout habits you can incorporate into the rest of your life.
The TIU plan is $150 and you get a set of digital files with the "rules" and hundreds of recipes, and you can access workout plans for free at www.toneitup.com. If you share your meals and workouts on social media you get the support of thousands of other women who are also TIU plan members.
The 21 Day Fix is $160 and comes with a nutrition guide, portion control containers, Shakeology, and a different 30 minute workout for every day of the week. You get to participate in a small, private motivational Challenge Group (led by yours truly!) for accountability and support.
Yes, you have to shell out some cash. But you are investing in your health, and although it seems like a lot of money at first, the value you receive from purchasing either program is in my opinion worth so much more. Plus you will probably save on your grocery bill from all your meal planning!
Six months of following the Tone It Up nutrition plan and sticking to a daily workout routine with the support of the Instagram community whipped me into pretty good shape, but let's face it. It's easy to get off track and go down the delicious yet guilt-ridden slippery slope of comfort food, and after this horrible winter full of pizza, pasta, and Polar Vortex Happy Juice (yup that's what I call wine...) I was looking for a way to really take it up a notch and actually see results from all my workouts. My friend Deidre (who I actually met through Tone It Up), promised me that the 21 Day Fix would do the trick! AND IT DID:
The 21 Day Fix was literally a game changer for me in my health and fitness journey. I gained so much strength and muscle tone in just three weeks from following the eating plan and ONLY working out for 30 minutes a day! I feel re-committed to the TIU nutrition plan as well, because I discovered that consistency and buckling down on your nutrition even for a short period of time will get you results, especially if you've been sitting in a "healthy living plateau" for months! You just need to make small changes to shock your body!
I've been running Challenge Groups on Facebook twice a month for other women who are doing the Fix. These Challenge Groups are small and private accountability and support communities and I have TIU girls in almost every group. We've been having a blast and everyone is seeing amazing results!
The two big questions I've been getting lately from my TIU girls are:
"Can I do Tone It Up and the 21 Day Fix together?"
and "Can I do the 21 Day Fix and still do the Bikini Series?"
The answer to both these questions is a big ginormous
If you are currently a Tone It Up girl who has been feeling lost, plateaued, hungry, or if you just want an extra level of accountability, the 21 Day Fix might be perfect for you!
(Some of my Tone It Up + 21 Day Fix approved meals)
Why the 21 Day Fix and the Tone It Up nutrition plan are AWESOME together:
-The TIU nutrition plan tells you what types of food to eat at certain times of day, and the 21 Day Fix tells you how much!
The 21DF fills in the gaps of the TIU plan--it's like the missing link. With the 21DF you will automatically be hitting your perfect calorie range and macros based on your personal goals, whether they are to lose weight or gain lean muscle!
-If you are on the TIU plan, you already have a strong nutritional baseline, which makes the 21 Day Fix a lot easier!
You also have an enormous database of clean, healthy recipes that are 21DF approved. Basically all TIU recipes are 21DF friendly!
-The TIU community is amazing, but the small group atmosphere of the 21DF Challenge Groups adds a more personal dimension.
My favorite part of running Challenge Groups is building deeper relationships with other likeminded women who are a positive influence on my life. We also keep each other on track with the TIU plan and Bikini Series while we're at it :)
-The 21 Day Fix adds structure into your day, helping to eliminate mindless snacking and cravings.
For me, it's hard to stick to the TIU plan perfectly, but the 21 Day Fix adds an extra layer of motivation and structure. Fuel and nourish your body with quality, nutrient dense whole foods and you will have more energy, feel lighter, and fall in love with your body because no matter what it looks like you know you are treating it the best possible way you can!
-You can easily switch out the 21DF workouts for the Bikini Series workouts, or mix it up and add the 21DF workouts into your normal routine!
The 21 Day Fix workouts were designed to complement the portion control component and help fitness beginners establish a daily workout routine. However, Tone It Up girls are already fitness rockstars! As long as you are working out for at least 30 minutes a day, pushing yourself to the max, keeping consistent, spending each day on a different body part, and incorporating an active rest day of stretching and yoga, you will get the same results on the 21 Day Fix. Plus, you know that you will be meeting your highest potential because your nutrition will be on point just like your workouts!
(How I track my 21 Day Fix containers at each meal)
Let's face it:
anyone can follow a fitness routine, especially if it's only 30 minutes a day. It's the other 23.5 hours of the day that make or break your results. Tone it Up and the 21 Day Fix are perfect complements to each other, and work together seamlessly to teach you how to establish and maintain a healthy relationship with food. You will learn how to keep on track for life, beyond the 8 week Bikini Series Challenge or 21 days.
Here's what some of my TIU/21DF challengers had to say:
Again, I get no compensation for recommending Perfect Fit, but I do for ShakeO! I love and use them both!
I am literally addicted to Shakeology. I drink it everyday and it is a critical part of the 21 Day Fix, and also a great addition to a healthy active lifestyle! ShakeO is a complete meal replacement shake, which includes superfoods, phytonutrients, vitamins and enzymes, pre/pro-biotics as well as protein. It comes in 6 flavors, four have whey protein and two are vegan with brown rice protein. It blends up like a milkshake and I haven't ever tasted a protein powder that comes close. Perfect Fit is a straight-up clean vegan protein powder sold by Tone It Up. Personally, I am not a huge fan of the taste and chalky texture of Perfect Fit in smoothies, but I use it as a replacement for flour to make protein pancakes and waffles that keep me full all morning! I have Shakeology for my morning snack every day, and have a Perfect Fit pancake about twice a week for breakfast.
Perfect Fit tropical waffle
So...that basically sums it up!
I hope you've been able to gain a better understanding about what it is that I "do!" Yes, I am obsessed with eating healthy, but I still make sure to get in my splurge night every week. Last night I ate pizza, two glasses of wine, and a huge bowl of froyo and enjoyed every bite guilt-free, because this morning I got right back on track!
If you want to chat more about either Tone It Up or the 21 Day Fix, I would LOVE to answer your questions! You can contact me HERE.
And if you are interested in applying to my next Challenge Group,