Why I Loved the 21 Day Fix

I’ve mentioned a couple times here, and many times on Instagram, that I’ve been participating in the 21 Day Fix, which is a Beachbody program with workouts and nutritional guidelines. Because I really enjoyed both the program and the challenge group I participated in, I thought it would be great to review it here on the blog!

So what is the 21 Day Fix? It’s a program that lasts for 21 days (shocked?!) where you follow their workouts every day and then also their nutritional guidelines, which are based on food type and portion sizes, so there’s no counting calories or macros or anything confusing like that.


There are 7 workouts that come on two DVDs – one for each day of the week – and each workout is only 30 minutes long! I loved this because I could do it in my apartment each morning and it was a lot easier to convince myself to workout for just 30 minutes.


For food, based on your height, weight, etc, you’re put into a container category and each category gets a certain number of containers. The containers are color coded based on food group (for example, green = veggies, red = protein, and so on). That way you can keep track of how many containers you get per day in each color and you’re encouraged to spread out container types so that for each meal you have veggies, protein and a healthy fat.

When I first opened the box and looked at the containers I laughed. I thought is this a joke?? I’m going to starve to death – they looked TINY!!!! Once I started to actually fill them and then dump them out on my plate, however, it turned out that they weren’t as tiny as I thought. I actually didn’t even eat all of my containers for several of the days because I wasn’t hungry enough!

You can also re-adjust as needed based on your own needs. For example, right before I started the Fix, my doctor told me to add in more coconut oil, so I did. Although this may have kept me from losing more weight, doing what you need for your own health issues is far more important!

And although there is no sugar or alcohol on the program, three times per week you can trade in your yellow containers (carbs) for treats! That way you don’t feel deprived and you’re still sticking with the program.

So what were my results? I didn’t get the extreme results I was looking for, although I did lose 3 inches over all (I don’t weigh myself). I considered this a serious success based on the fact that I have been dealing with some health issues that have drained me of all my energy and caused me a lot of stress – both of which would normally have caused me to gain weight over this past month.

BUT my favorite part of doing the fix? Participating in the challenge group! When you join Beachbody you have the option of having a coach and participating in their challenge. The challenge group is set up as a secret Facebook group and you check in each day with how you did on nutrition and workouts, as well as other things like sharing goals, recipes, encouragement, etc. It was checking in with the group every day, as well as getting assigned a success buddy, that motivated me to stay on track with the program. I loved that I felt like we were in this as a group and I loved being able to encourage others and also reach out when I needed help and encouragement as well.For you, McKenna. Cause you always listen to me and you never judge me even though I'm divergent and I can't be controlled #bff

I actually loved the concept of the group and coaching so much that I signed up to be a coach! The whole reason I started this blog in the first place was to be someone who was relatable to other women and to be able to reach out and help other people on their own journeys – and that is exactly what a coach does.

If you’re interested in joining one of my challenge groups (you can either buy a Beachbody challenge package to follow along or just join for free and see how you like the group) shoot me an email at peaceloveandoats@gmail.com so we can chat and see if it sounds like the right thing for you. Or if you just want to try a program like 21 Day Fix or Piyo, which I also loved, without the group then that’s fine too!

I’ve had a great experience so far with Beachbody and would love to share it!

P.S. this got so long I didn’t get to mention Shakeology… AHH for another day!


Do you like the idea of having a challenge group to keep you motivated? 

What kind of workout program are you doing now? 

Weekend & Workout Round Up

Hey everyone!

What do you think of the new header? I randomly decided last night to finally put up my new header, but I might change the whole theme as well… Haha and also beware that I have a holiday version of this header that I might put up later today!

I had a really busy weekend, yet managed to take very few pictures… Skeeball on Thursday night, then Saturday I had a brunch potluck with the Chicago RUnning Bloggers, and then a Holiday Party Saturday night with a couple girls I knew and a great new group that I met that evening. I also played Cards for Humanity for the first time and won by a landslide! Haha I really enjoyed it. Sunday was the Rudolph Ramble 8K, which was… rough. Snow-covered paths do not make for good running!

Here are a few random pics from my weekend:

Lots of snow in Chicago!


Leftovers from the pineapple rice dish I made for the Running Blogger holiday potluck:


p.s. I made these lemon cookies (but subbed gluten free flour) for the evening party I went to and they were a hit! Thanks, Ari!

Our hats from the Rudolph Ramble:


Warming up after the race:


The new Walgreens in my neighborhood:


Molly also had a great weekend and got to play in the snow, here are some pictures my sister-in-law sent me that Molly wanted to share:

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Here is a look at last week’s workouts:

Monday: 3 miles + Purely Inspire Workout #26

Tuesday: 2.5 miles + chest weights

Wednesday: REST

Thursday: Purely Inspire Workout 17

Friday: 3 miles + abs

Saturday: Purely Inspire Workout 18

Sunday: Reindeer Run 8K Race!


And now this is what I have going on this week:

Monday: 15 min Purely Fit HIIT Workout

Tuesday: 3 miles + Purely Fit plank workout

Wednesday: 4 miles

Thursday: Purely Fit 20 minute Workout

Friday: 9 miles

Saturday: REST

Sunday: 3 miles


Did you have any holiday parties this weekend?

Any snow where you live?

Weekend & Workout Round Up

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I had a lot going on this weekend, which resulted in very little sleep. Let’s just say some napping definitely had to happen yesterday afternoon and a very early bed time. That’s the problem when you stay out late but still wake up at 5:30-6:00am and can’t fall back asleep…

Anyway, Thursday night I went out to dinner with some people from my skeeball team at a sushi restaurant nearby called Tanuki’s. It was really small but very cute and they had a lot of great looking things on the menu! Then it was off to skeeball and another loss (we’re not so great… some teams take it very seriously…) but fun with the team!

Friday was a little more low key, trying to get a bunch of stuff on my To Do list done and of course visiting Molly! Yep, she thinks she’s an ostrich.

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My sister in law did send me this adorable picture of her with the Christmas lights! Love her.

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On Saturday I had book club, which I’ll recap separately with a book review,

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and then a party with some law school friends I hadn’t seen in ages. Lucky for me the party was literally a block from my apartment. Unlucky for me I didn’t go to bed until 2:30am and still got up at 8am to go to church on Sunday. While I was in church it started snowing and didn’t stop, so I certainly wasn’t going to leave my apartment! I did a workout inside, wrote some blog posts and watched way too much Pretty Little Liars… My friends have gotten me addicted! I tried to resist…


Alright, now on to workouts! First let’s take a look at last week’s workouts:

Monday: Purely Fit Butt & Leg Workout (So sore from this one!)

Tuesday: 3 miles + 20 min Purely Fit Low Impact Workout REST After my 8 miler and the workout Monday my legs needed a break!

Wednesday: REST

Thursday: 4 Miles got 0.5 miles into my run and my IT band started to hurt – I decided to take off running for the week. Did 3 miles on the elliptical and upper body weights.

Friday: 30 minutes of elliptical then back and shoulder weights.

Saturday: 20 minutes incline walking plus chest weights

Sunday: Purely Fit 12 min HIIT Workout + planks


And now here is what I have going on this week (please note all running is subject to how my IT band reacts…):

Monday: 3 miles (hopefully!) + Purely Inspire Workout #26

Tuesday: REST

Wednesday: 6 miles

Thursday: Purely Inspire Workout 17

Friday: 4 miles + Movember Minute Workout

Saturday: Purely Inspire Workout 18

Sunday: Reindeer Run 8K Race!


What did you do this weekend?

Anyone else getting snow?

Does your pet have any weird quirks?

Weekend & Workout Round Up

Well hello there! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I’ve been in Kansas City for almost a week now, and I’m heading back to Chicago this afternoon! It’s been quite a weekend and I got to spend a lot of time with family and friends so I haven’t been on my computer or taking many pictures, but I do have a few to share!

On Thursday I did the Turkey Trot 5K with my Dad (more to come later):

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And that evening we headed to my cousins’ for Thanksgiving dinner. My mom and I realized we were almost outfit twins!

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Friday I had lunch with a friend and went to an engagement party (congrats Bailey and Vince). Then on Saturday I got some work done at my favorite coffee shop, The Roasterie.

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I was also inspired by Carly to take a selfie because I thought I just looked so darn cute. I love my hair curly but I got a haircut that I hate… so I might be straightening it a bit over the next few weeks.

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After the Roasterie I headed to The Legends, which is where a bunch of outlet stores are. I got some great deals at JCrew and Ann Taylor LOFT, including this Peplum dress for 60% off! Who says you have to face the crowds on Black Friday?

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While shopping my friend Bailey texted me to see if I wanted to go see Catching Fire. I am a big Hunger Games Triology fan and hadn’t seen it, so of course I was in! We started with some frozen yogurt (a must) and then headed to the theater. Before we walked in I saw this sticker on a car!

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If you know what that means, then we can be friends.

The movie was AMAZING. Seriously. And I am again in love with Peeta. Love him. Moving on, Sunday morning I needed to get my 8 mile long run in, so I ran along the Trolley Trail in the Brookside area of KCMO.

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It was a chilly but gorgeous morning and I cooled off even more with a nice ice bath! Refreshing…

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Then it was back to the Roasterie for some coffee with another friend and then the CHIEFS GAME!

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We won’t discuss that.

Now on to workouts! I have to say I really dropped the ball on Purley Fit Workouts this week. I kept up with my running but just never had either the time or the drive to do the Purely Fit workout afterwards!

Monday: Yoga

Tuesday: 3 miles + Purely Inspire Workout 14 (weights)

Wednesday: Purely Inspire Workout 15 (HIIT bodyweight workout)

Thursday: Turkey Trot 5K with my Dad! + Purely Life Workout

Friday: 4 miles + Purely Life Workout #35

Saturday: REST

Sunday: 8 Miles

And now here’s what I have going on this week:

Monday: Purely Fit Butt Workout

Tuesday: 3 miles + 20 min Purely Fit Low Impact Workout

Wednesday: REST

Thursday: 4 Miles

Friday: 3 miles + Purely Fit 21 Jump Rope Interval

Saturday: My schedule says 5K race, but I think I’ll just do speed intervals for 3 miles since I don’t really want to pay for a race… haha + Purely Inspire Workout 11

Sunday: REST


Do you have a hard time getting in your scheduled workouts when you’re visiting family or on vacation?

Have you ever taken an ice bath?

Did you get in any shopping over the weekend?

Weekend & Workout Round Up!

Hey everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for Thanksgiving! I can’t believe I’ll be going home in two days! Here’s a look at what I did this weekend:

Thursday night was skeeball, which was a blast, and then Friday night I was invited to a Friendsgiving Dinner hosted by a girl on my skeeball team. She lives near Chinatown so this is the scene I was greeted with when I got off the El:

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We had a great variety of food (I made cranberry sauce) and it was a lot of fun to get to know a new group of women. I didn’t take any photos since my camera was about to die, but I stole this pic from the hostess’s facebook:

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I had gotten my long run in on Friday since I wasn’t sure of my Saturday plans, so on Saturday morning I decided to head out for my last 3 scheduled for the week. Although I surived it was freezing (22 degrees) and very windy! I’m going to have to work on my layering skills…

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After my run Saturday morning I headed to the El where I met Kelsey on a train and we headed out to Evanston to meet up with Lindsay! She’s taking classes and has a Chemistry lab up there every Saturday, so we wanted to check out Evanston and meet her for lunch. We had lunch at Taco Diablo but didn’t walk around much since it was so cold!

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After lunch I got off the train a few stops early to head to target (needed some file folders to organize papers) and I saw these beautiful pajamas. Check out the footies! Who needs a good Christmas gift?

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On Sunday morning I had church and then I headed to Starbucks to get a little work done. After a bit of time at Starbucks, Colleen came to meet me. Her sister had recognized me a few weeks earlier and told me Colleen was a runner with a blog (C Smith Run) and that we should meet. I’m so glad we did because we had a lot in common!


Now, on to workouts! Here’s what happened last week:

Tuesday: 3 miles + Purely Fit Weights Workout

Wednesday: 4 miles + 20 Min Purely Fit AMRAP pyramid workout

Thursday: Purely Fit HIIT workout

Friday: 7 miles

Saturday: 3 miles + Abs

Sunday: REST


And here is what I have coming up for this week:

Monday: Yoga

Tuesday: 3 miles + Purely Inspire Workout 14 (weights)

Wednesday: Purely Inspire Workout 15 (HIIT bodyweight workout)

Thursday: Turkey Trot 5K with my Dad! + Purely Life Workout

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Friday: 4 miles + Purely Life Workout #35

Saturday: Not sure! Rest? Yoga? Who knows!

Sunday: 8 Miles


Is anyone else doing a Turkey Trot this year?

What was one thing you did this weekend?