Day 1 of 80 Day Obsession hit on January 14, 2018 and I was terrified. I felt the flood of fear and self-doubt the moment I got accepted into the coach test group, but I’m not one to shy away from a challenge, so I decided to commit 100% and give it my all. Today is Day 26, the final day of Phase One. We all took our photos, re-measured ourselves, and re-calculated to get prepped for Phase Two on Monday. “Will this thing work?” was a nagging question in the back of my mind when I started, but today I can happily say, “YES” (and it’s only been 26 days)! I’ve seen progress photos from coach test group results before, but I had never really been IN a group myself as the new program was launched. Now I have my OWN progress photos – plus some other amazing transformations I’m excited to share!
You CAN do hard things!
Autumn is always telling us, “You can do hard things”. Today, as we officially reached the end of Phase One, I definitely believe her! If you are thinking about starting this program, know that it will test your resolve. There is a specific method of eating, the workouts are a challenge, and you will definitely need to schedule yourself on your daily calendar to get them done. But at 50 years old, if I can do it, I’d venture to say you can, too (of course, I’m not a medical professional, and if you have issues to discuss with a doctor you definitely need to seek his advice).
What is 80 Day Obsession?
With all of this talk about the test group results, I guess I shouldn’t assume that you even know what 80 Day Obsession is. In a nutshell, 80 Day Obsession is the latest workout created by Autumn Calabrese, from the 21 Day Fix. It focuses on the abs and booty (but honestly, I feel it everywhere… ) and there is a balance of cardio and resistance, using dumbbells, resistance bands, and “sliders”.
Structure = Freedom
Because nutrition is 80% of your success, the program sets you up to follow a ‘timed’ nutrition plan, which you determine according to what time you plan to schedule for your workouts. Based on a calculation you do in the guide, you’ll be planning out your specific meals based on an allotted number of color-coded Portion Fix containers. It’s super flexible in what you choose throughout the day to eat – as long as you stay within the container combinations set in your plan. It seems like so much structure, but trust me, that’s ultimately a blessing, as you only have to think about things once, and then kind of go on autopilot after you get yourself all set up. Don’t worry, once you get into the program, you’ll find the guide is super helpful to get you all set up – plus I’m here to help, too! :)
One of the best features of 80 Day Obsession is that the workouts are all unique – Autumn and her cast are actually doing the entire 80 days with you, one workout at a time. This is unique because when you reach “Day 20” Autumn is on Day 20, too, and so on – all the way until you get to the end on Day 80.
If you missed my previous posts, you can read about the program here, or get some tips for getting started with the eating plan here.
Even after going through the guide, I decided to create some templates to use in my meal planning with the Portion Fix containers, and that has also been really helpful. If you want a PDF copy of one of the templates I used for Phase One, I’d love to share it with you. Just click the button below to grab the PDF:
The non-scale victories (#nsv)
OK, so Autumn is pretty serious about not wanting us to step on the scale and weigh ourselves too often. For some of us, that was a tough suggestion to follow because we are so used to thinking that “success” is all about that number between our toes when we look down at that thing. But as I soon discovered (and you’ll see from the Day1/Day26 pics below), photos don’t lie (measurements don’t either)! Some of us have seen more inches and pounds gone than others, but virtually everyone has had numerous non-scale victories, as well!
- Better sleep
- Fewer cravings
- Feeling stronger
- Walking taller
- More confidence
- Better fitting clothes
- Having to buy NEW clothes
- More focus
- No more headaches
- Bye bye bloat!
- Lifting heavier weights
- Clearer skin
- Trying new foods
- Friends asking what in the world we’ve been doing!
So yeah, I’d say those non-scale victories are pretty cool!
Ok, ready for those test group results?
Scroll down to see just a few of the many transformations from our coach test group. Notice how there are people of all shapes, sizes, and AGES! Also keep in mind, this is only from the first 26 days!*
*NOTE: Please respect people’s privacy – if you are tempted to cut/paste any of these photos to share with a friend, please consider forwarding a link to this page instead. Thanks! :)
...this one's ME! :)
Ready to start YOUR transformation?
That’s it for now! I do hope you stay in touch so you can come back and see more transformations after Phase Two!
In this thing with you,
UPDATE: Below is a progress photo after Phase II… many of us didn’t feel like there was as much “outward progress” in terms of physical appearance in this phase, but I’ve increased my weights and have a lot more stamina (I still hate cardio though…) ;0
I’ll make sure to come back at the end to post my final results!