In honor of ToningWithTwins.com’s second blogiversary (4 days ago now, but nonetheless), I’d like to share with you my results from my second round of 80 Day Obsession.
In case you missed it, checkout my results from my first round of 80 Day Obsession this time last year.
A Brief Backstory
80 Day Obsession made its debut to Beachbody On Demand last year in January. In my opinion it truly revolutionized at-home workouts; gone are the days of repeating the same filmed workout week after week. Trainer Autumn Calabrese filmed 80 unique real-time workouts, so you never do the same workout twice. You truly feel like you’re a part of the cast: struggles, laughter, and all.
This was and remains the first workout program, Beachbody or other, I’ve wholeheartedly committed to. You might even say I’m obsessed with it.
After finishing my first round of 80 Day Obsession last April and then quitting Beachbody coaching last July, I spent the second half of 2018 feeling lost, and in conjunction gained 10 lbs. I dabbled in other workout programs, both in and outside of Beachbody, but never saw them all the way through.
My Second Round
I decided to recommit to another round of 80 Day Obsession for the New Year. January 1st landed on a Tuesday, but instead of waiting until the following Monday to start, I decided to recommit Monday, December 31, 2018.
80 Day Obsession’s eating plan was a complete game changer for me. It uses the same color-coded container system as introduced in 21 Day Fix, except it takes it to the next level with timed-nutrition. The container colors are paired into meals, and you’re eating every 2-3 hours with particular meals focused around your workout block. It can seem overwhelming at first, but I will forever think of my meals in terms of container colors (like how blues will never be paired with oranges!).
This round I used the container system as my foundation, but also logged my food via LoseIt to track macros (see my post on Tracking Macros vs. Counting Calories). While the container system is designed with a 40/30/30 macro split, I wanted to dial it in further with more accurate numbers to the foods I chose. This allowed me to make adjustments on days I maybe strayed and “cheated”, in turn creating an individualized, sustainable lifestyle.
I started in Eating Plan A (1200-1500 calories) for phase one, bumped up to Eating Plan B (1500-1800 calories) in phase two, and ended Phase 3 and Peak Week in Eating Plan C (1800-2100 calories), which is my maintenance bracket.
Spoiler alert: I still lost weight and inches in my maintenance bracket! All too often we think we have to continuously eat in a deficit to lose weight, but sometimes when you’ve been in a deficit for too long, your metabolism adapts, and losing weight becomes more difficult.
When I started my second round on Monday, December 31, 2018, I weighed 144.6 lbs. When I completed this 13-week program on March 31st, I weighed 137.4 lbs, losing a total of 7.2 lbs and 6 inches.
This program, these results, were exactly what I needed to kickstart 2019. These were not quick results; this was a 3-month program. Many times I doubted myself, dreading taking monthly progress pics and measurements, yet every time I did, I saw progress.
Moving forward, I plan to commit to a third round this summer, but am currently giving my body a bit of a break. Hour long workouts 6x a week for 13 weeks straight is quite taxing. At the moment I’m doing 21 Day Fix, which are only 30-minute workouts and not as challenging. After 21 Day Fix I plan to do A Little More Obsessed for a week followed by 21 Day Fix Extreme. This is my plan for the next 5 weeks.
All I know is I do not want a repeat of the second half of 2018. I do not want to go backwards and regain the 7 lbs and 6 inches I just lost. I do fear that with 21 Day Fix being less challenging I might lose some gains, but am confident I can regain them in my third round of 80 Day Obsession if not more.
Continue to stay tuned with my journey. If you haven’t already, follow me on Instagram (where I’m most active).