First of all, I need to say upfront that this is not at all a fitness post (well, not really, but you'll see how being in shape could tie in), but it is something that I encourage you to read just the same. A few weeks ago I attended a conference. There was one particular break-out session that appealed to me regarding self defense. The session was conducted by a female police officer who also taught self defense courses. I walked away from it thinking how great the information was, but truthfully, had forgotten about it until I saw the article about the woman who had to pull over on the highway to perform CPR on her unresponsive nephew. She stated that she tried to call 911 but her hands were shaking so badly that she could not dial the phone. I immediately remembered the training and decided I should share my knowledge! What I want to share with you is a PARAPHRASING of what I learned during that session. This is by no means an expert opinion or complete "how to" guide and I'm not going to come at you with a bunch of scientific facts. Just passing along the info that I retained. If you are interested in learning about self defense, I'm sure that your local police station could point you in the right direction. Ok, now that I got all the liability mumbo jumbo out of the way...
The officer's talk was basically geared towards understanding what happens to your body in a moment of fear. One of her clearest messages was to trust your instincts. I have found this to be true many a time in my life. If something just doesn't FEEL right, it probably isn't. If you're walking to your car and there's someone that seems out of place or just not right in some way, do not dismiss that feeling. You don't have to mount a full scale preemptive strike, but you should remain alert. The other thing that she mentioned is that if there IS someone that doesn't feel right, you should look DIRECTLY at them. Even say "hi" or "howdy". Her reasoning for this is that most attackers are looking for an EASY target. Not a confident, aware woman who looks him dead in the eye. He's looking for the girl who has her head buried in her cell phone, not paying attention to the world around her. How many times have you walked through a parking lot while checking your instagram feed? Never again for me!!! Another point she stressed was that if you do feel something isn't right, you should have TWO plans. A plan and a back up plan. Why? Because if your first plan doesn't work, you are more likely to resort to the backup plan if you have thought it out in advance. If you don't, and your plan "A" doesn't work, you are likely to panic.
Probably the most interesting thing that she talked about (and here's where fitness ties in) was that the "adrenaline rush" myth is REAL. We've all heard about mothers miraculously lifting cars off of their children, or ripping a door off of it's hinges in a fire. This is something that can actually happen. HOWEVER, it happens for a VERY short period of time. It's called an adrenaline "dump". From the second that your adrenaline spikes (you are scared/shocked/etc.), you have 10-15 seconds of this "superhuman" strength. That's not a very long time, but if you know it's happening, you may be able to use it to your advantage. she also mentioned that the fitter you are, the longer your adrenaline dump can last. It could be extended to up to 25 seconds if you are in great shape. Where she was going with this was that you would potentially be able to fight off an attacker or push a large object down to obstruct their path, etc. After that, though, your only mobility will be to run and swing your arms. Our body shuts down blood flow so that if we have defensive wounds, they may not bleed as quickly. This is great for possibly saving our lives, but it also limits our dexterity. You WILL NOT be able to dial a phone, get your key into a door, or anything that requires precise movements (now don't you feel bad for screaming at the girl in the scary movie who kept fumbling to get the keys in the door?). Essentially your arms will club and your feet will run. That's all you got after the adrenaline wears off.
Anyways, like I said, this is just a summary of what she went over. To me, it was absolutely fascinating. I'm obsessed with shows like Criminal Minds and am constantly as alert as possible because unfortunately we all know too well that there are bad people out there. I just wanted to share this with all of you in the hopes that you NEVER have to use this knowledge, but that it may help you feel a little bit safer.
As I said in my previous post, I really wasn't interested in the 21 Day Fix at first because the name completely threw me off. I believe in eating whole, non processed, organic (if possible) foods in order to lose weight and be healthy. I don't endorse "cleanses" which include maple syrup and lemon juice, or only eating bacon for 6 months straight. The name, to me, sounded too much like a gimmick. Then I remembered what company I work for. Beachbody wouldn't get behind an unhealthy program that promoted losing weight in 21 days by any means necessary. Once I realized that and also figured out that I wasn't gravitating to this program because it was outside of my comfort zone, I decided to throw out all of my BS and just order it.
On a beautiful Texas Friday afternoon that package came in the mail and I was straight up overwhelmed. What was I thinking? I'm a picky eater!!! Always have been. I have issues with textures and certain healthy foods just don't appeal to me (Avocados? I just don't get them. To me, they taste like mush. Either that or I am just a REALLY bad avocado picker). So I plopped down on the couch and started reading the nutrition guide. Holy crap...I could do this!! It literally gave me tons of options. Obviously, restaurant grade nacho cheese is not in the program (dangit!)...BUT I could put cheese in the "blue" container and put it on top of my grilled chicken breast and SMOTHER it with salsa, which is either a free food if you use a little or a "green container" if you use a lot. I use a lot, because if I'm not eating restaurant grade nacho cheese, by God I'm getting my Mexican fix somehow! Oh crap, there's no container for ranch dressing...BUT there are some really great dressing recipes in the book. Who knew I liked dijon vinagrette?!?! So far, I really haven't once been without my favorite foods. I get my chocolate fix with shakeology(1 red), my "salty/fatty" fix with some cheese on top of...well...anything(1 blue) or a snack of hummus with celery sticks (1 blue, 1 green). I get peanut or almond butter, I get GREEK YOGURT, which I have every day anyways, I get a TON of fruit. I get oatmeal, quinoa, rice. I get cheese and hard boiled eggs on my salad. Who doesn't love cheese and hard boiled eggs on a salad? Except for my vegan friends, I can't think of anybody!
So what I'm trying to say here is that I'm totally satisfied as far as taste. I'm eating my favorite foods. The only thing that I am missing is wine, and surprisigly that's even an option! As far as your options, they are absolutely limitless. No, you cannot cram an entire McDonald's double cheeseburger into the "red" container, but you CAN eat some really great food, with a few "cheats" sprinkled in there. Totally doable, totally worth it.
I'm a beachbody coach. It's obviously my job to be excited about Beachbody's products. There has been talk for MONTHS about The 21 Day Fix, a new "portion control" geared workout program with a SUPER HOT new trainer, Autumn Calabrese. Since talk began, I gotta admit, I kinda disregarded this program. I have always liked pushing myself, doing intense workouts. I DO NOT like counting calories, or really focusing on my diet at all. In fact, I completed Insanity a few years ago with virtually NO change in my diet, and still saw AMAZING results, so I told myself for a while that exercise mattered more than diet. When I started drinking Shakeology during Turbo Fire is when I saw my BEST results and really started to understand how much nutrition did matter. I started swapping out healthy foods for unhealthy ones without even thinking about it, and can honestly say that I now follow a pretty healthy diet, with the occasional indulgence. But THIS program is almost ALL about nutrition. Why do I need to focus on my diet? I'll tell ya why...Because after losing 50 pounds, FOR MONTHS, I've been stuck just 20 pounds from my goal weight. So why wasn't this program a no brainer? What I think turned me off about this program at first was the name. I am NOT into fad or crash diets and I really thought that the fix was a crash type diet. Then I listened to Autumn speak on the National Beachbody Coach call a few weeks ago. I knew after listening and chatting with my amazing coach, that the reason I wasn't into this program was no just because of the name, it was because it was outside of MY comfort zone. I tell my team all the time that "outside of your comfort zone is where the magic happens", so I started to think, maybe if I get outside my OWN comfort zone, I could "magically" get rid of this last 20 pounds that I've been hanging onto. I bought the program and started 3 days ago. So far...I LOVE IT!!! I can tell you, this is NOT a crash diet. I am eating TONS of whole, non processed foods. There are times where I feel like there is NO WAY that I'm going to be able to eat all of my containers in one day, and so far, I have not been truly hungry at all. I will detail my foods in a future blog post and talk more about the few challenges that I've encountered, but I wanted to tell anyone who is THINKING about the fix, that it is ABSOLUTELY worth it. It's only on sale for another 10 days, so now is the time to do it! Did I mention that I've lost 3 pounds in 3 days???? More to come!
Hi! I'm Andrea Cummings. I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle that I can MAINTAIN and that still lets me feel like I'm not being deprived. I like to exercise, but I also love to eat (nachos!). My main focus is to be healthy, not skinny, and to help others do the same! I love Jesus, but I also say fuck a lot, so if you're offended, I may not be the gal for you.