What I Don’t Like About the 21 Day Fix

What I don't like about the 21 Day Fix |

I started out the summer saying I was going to be starting the 21 Day Fix and I was really excited about it. I really wanted to love it as my friend had just completed 21 days and had found great success.

Ultimately what I found is that the 21 Day Fix isn’t what I’m looking for in a fitness program. I completed one round of it but then was so frustrated and had so many questions that I just couldn’t bring myself to go through it again. Some fitness programs work better than others on an individual basis, and while I’ve seen many people who love the program, the 21 Day Fix just isn’t for me.

Before I get to the things I don’t like about the 21 Day Fix, here are the things I do like:

Encouragement to eat “real” food

The 21 Day Fix embraces the whole foods movement and encourages participants to give up processed food and eat fresh. This was a little harder than it should have been at first, but as a result I do find myself eating more fruits and vegetables and feeling good about those lifestyle choices. On more than one occasion I have even found myself ordering a salad as an entree at a restaurant, which is something I never thought I would do!

The Workouts

I have a collection of workout videos but prior to receiving The 21 Day Fix Workouts, the only workout I’d ever enjoyed was Tae Bo. I found that I really enjoyed the workouts that are included with the program! A few reasons for my love:

  • The workouts include very little – if any – jumping. I live on the second floor of an apartment building and can’t jump around for fear that our downstairs neighbors will think a herd of elephants has taken over.
  • There is one participant who modifies ALL moves. Generally if something is too hard for me I will just sit there watching until I can join back in, but thanks to the modifications I was able to do entire workouts. And yes, you will still get your heart rate up with the modifications.
  • There’s a countdown clock with each video, so you know exactly how many more minutes of torture remain. 😉
  • The trainer (and alleged developer of the entire program), Autumn Calabrese, has a lot of energy and I found her motivating.

Eating well AND exercising are all anyone needs to lose weight, so for the most part the 21 Day Fix does well be encouraging participants in those regards.

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Here’s What I Received in My August Birchbox

August Birchbox

I can’t believe it is the last day of August! Seriously – where on earth is the time going? This feels like the fastest year on record. Once the calendar hits September it feels like things ramp up even more because everything is all about the HOLIDAYS.

Until that happens though… tomorrow… Birchbox has sent out the summeriest of boxes, which seems like a great way to mark this almost end of the season.

Here’s what I received in my August Birchbox:

R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo

R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo – I do love dry shampoo and I love that this is such a giant sample (this sample alone is probably more dry shampoo than I have ever used in my life), but man – the subscription boxes have really loved their dry shampoo this summer! In the past two months alone I’ve received three different containers of dry shampoo. I feel like I would really be loving this if it weren’t for the fact that I have super curly hair, which means that I wash my hair every single day… unless I have a blow out. Considering I get a blow out approximately three times per year, it could be awhile until I put this sample to use.


Curly Hair Solutions Silk Leave-In Conditioner

Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper Silk Leave-In Conditioner – Speaking of curly hair… I am thoroughly smitten with the Living Proof Curl Line at the moment, but I always love receiving new curly hair products. (And honestly – curly hair products are sent far too rarely.) I have never tried anything from this brand so I’m excited to give this product a whirl. We are heading out of town for the holiday, so this leave-in conditioner is definitely finding its way into my luggage.

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Reminder: Today’s the Last Day to get a FREE August Amazon Kindle First Book

Just a quick reminder that TODAY is the last day Amazon Prime Members can take advantage of the Amazon Kindle First Book program and grab a FREE book for August! A new selection of books will be available tomorrow, so you might as well grab one of these free books today while you still can!

Here are the August Kindle First Book Selections (this month there are six):

The Good Neighbor

The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner

Synopsis: Shadow Cove, Washington, is the kind of town everyone dreams about—quaint streets, lush forests, good neighbors. That’s what Sarah thinks as she settles into life with her new husband, Dr. Johnny McDonald. But all too soon she discovers an undercurrent of deception. And one October evening when Johnny is away, sudden tragedy destroys Sarah’s happiness.

Dazed and stricken with grief, she and Johnny begin to rebuild their shattered lives. As she picks up the pieces of her broken home, Sarah discovers a shocking secret that forces her to doubt everything she thought was true—about her neighbors, her friends, and even her marriage. With each stunning revelation, Sarah must ask herself, Can we ever really know the ones we love?

The Hundred Year Flood

The Hundred Year Flood by Matthew Salesses

Synopsis: In the shadow of a looming flood that comes every one hundred years, Tee tries to convince himself that living in a new place will mean a new identity and a chance to shed the parallels between him and his adopted father. This beautiful and dreamlike story follows Tee, a twenty-two-year-old Korean-American, as he escapes to Prague in the wake of his uncle’s suicide and the aftermath of 9/11. His life intertwines with Pavel, a painter famous for revolution; Katka, his equally alluring wife; and Pavel’s partner—a giant of a man with an American name. As the flood slowly makes its way into the old city, Tee contemplates his own place in life as both mixed and adopted and as an American in a strange land full of heroes, myths, and ghosts.


About That Fling

About that Fling by Tawna Fenske

Synopsis: As the top PR person for the Belmont Health System, bright, beautiful Jenna McArthur knows how to spin bad news and make it sound good. But when her adorable Aunt Gertie—a secret romance writer—urges Jenna to embrace her wild side, Jenna tumbles into bed with Adam Thomas, a guy she’s just met, for a fun and fantastic one-night stand. Too bad Adam is the one guy who’s totally off-limits. There aren’t enough clever words in the world to spin the story in a way that won’t wreck Jenna’s closest friendship or destroy her job.

With the irresistible Adam always around her at work, wearing an aura of temptation like a fabulous cologne, Jenna has to hold tight to her senses to avoid falling for him. Will he take her to the heights of pleasure again—or will their attraction destroy everything she’s worked for?

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There’s a Huge SPANX Sale at Zulily Today!

Spanx Sale at Zulily


There’s a huge SPANX Sale at Zulily today, and I recommend checking it out if you’re in the market for shapewear, hosiery, or a SPANX Swimsuit because this sale has all of those items at prices at least 50% below retail!

There ARE some plus size items included in the sale, though most items are in traditional sizes. There’s also a separate SPANX for Men Sale.

SPANX sales tend to sell out quickly so hit this one up early if you’re iterated!

Click here to check out the SPANX Sale at Zulily!