I've said it before, I'll say it again. I really and truly feel that the 21 Day Fix meal plan should be in every household. I'm not saying it needs to be followed strictly all day every day, forever, but it is SUCH a good guideline as far as how much of each food group most people should be eating to maintain good health and a healthy weight. I always tell my challengers that even if you can follow it 80%, you will likely see results, and you will absolutely feel more energy and much healthier.
That being said, I'm not one of those crafty chicks that has all sorts of crazy recipes. The Fixate cookbook is AMAZING, but aside from a few recipes (like Grandma's tomato sauce), you won't see me using it. I'm a simple girl. I don't particularly care for cooking. I get asked for healthy recipes all the time, and the truth is, I just don't have them. Unless it's for a date night in with my man or a home cooked meal for my boys, most of my meals aren't anything that requires a recipe. I usually just keep things simple by throwing together a protein, a healthy carb, and veggies, much like the meal options I've given you below. Of course, you're going to have to use the calculations in your 21 day fix booklet to figure out how many containers of each you'll need to eat, but here are a few simple sample meals ideas to get you rolling!
I get asked A LOT for recipes. I don't know why. I've never put myself out there as a super culinary genius. I have literally lost most of my weight eating the same durn things over and over. It may not be sexy, but it is what it is. I am not a huge pinterest fan. I mean, I'll admit, I pop in every now and then, but I'm never gonna be that girl that's digging for healthy casserole recipes on the daily. Coincidentally, I meet a lot of ladies just like me, who don't wanna spend a whole lotta time in the kitchen, but want to follow the meal plan and get those results. I'll be doing a series of blog posts giving you some ideas on SIMPLE fix meals. So....Herrrrre's breakfast!
People always ask me which program I recommend the MOST out of all of the beachbody programs I have done. It's definitely a loaded question. I have done SO MANY full programs, and sampled even more at great events like the annual coaching summit, where I've worked out with Shaun T, Tony Horton, Chalene Johnson, Autumn Calabrese, and more. Alas, everyone's gotta have a favorite, right? Well, I've picked out my top 3 for you here. They really are all great, and to this point, there hasn't been ONE that hasn't given me great results, but these are my top 3 recommendations!
I never thought that I would say this, but the program that I pushed back against the hardest when it first came out is the one that's my absolute fave. The 21 Day fix has gotten me the best results, sculpted my body, taught me how to eat properly, and never left me bored. There's no secret that this is the program that I recommend most to the people that come to me for help. Yes, I'm a coach. Yes, I get a commission when someone orders through me. But if I'm being honest, I feel like if this program were purchased by the government and implemented in schools, our country would not be suffering from such an obesity epidemic right now. There's really NO ONE that this program has not worked for, aside from the one person that I had purchase it and leave it in the box. If you're looking for something to start working towards your health and fitness goals, this is the one. Follow this link to order!
I have had a few other programs that have grabbed hold of my heart throughout my Beachbody journey though. The one that started it ALL for me as a coach, was Turbo Fire. True, TF is geared more towards the ladies (though I have known a few guys to get GREAT results from using the program). It's dancey and fun and features such tunes as "boom I got yo boyfriend." It's great for any girl that likes to shake her booty and I GUARANTEE that if you stick with it for 90 days you will have GREAT results. It also incorporates HIIT workouts, which are short but leave you feeling like a total badass (these are the ones that the guys like!) and give an you INSANE cardio workout. You ready to get in shape and build that confidence? Click here to get started.
Another program that I HIGHLY recommend is the new P90. Tony Horton calls this one the "on switch" to fitness. It really is very adaptable and virtually any fitness level can jump right in. If you aren't confident yet, you follow the modifier, and if you are more advanced, you follow the more "extreme" cast members. It combines a little bit of weight/resistance training, fun cardio, and even a few MMA moves with Tony's silly ad libs. If you're ready to jump in and get fit, this is the program for you. Click here to check it out!
My true feelings on the 3 Day Refresh9/14/2014
I've never been a fan of "cleanses". To me they are a quick fix for people who don't want to put in the hard work, but want a "quick fix" at the last minute before they see all of their old sorority sisters at a reunion. I say that, because that was me. I've never been in a sorority (thankyouverymuch), but I have tried plenty of last minute "crash diets". I even tried the "master cleanse" a few years ago. You know, the one where you drink nothing but water, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and maple syrup? I didn't want to do any real work but had these "pie in the sky" dreams that I would miraculously drop 20 pounds and have the body of my dreams. Yeah...I lasted about 6 hours before I was heaving the concoction into my work toilet and heading to Bojangles.
About two years ago, I finally figured out that the only way to lose weight and be healthy is to put in the hard work...meaning eat healthy and exercise. Beachbody programs and products embodied that sentiment, always stressing health, not quick fixes...which was why I fell so in love with this company and decided to become a coach. So when Isabelle Daikler, creator of shakeology, announced at the Beachbody coaching summit this past June that she had created a three day cleanse formulated to be a healthy way for people to "slim down" or reset their cravings after an indulgence, I was a bit caught off guard. Immediately there was a buzz around this program. I made mention of it on my facebook page and right away had lots of interest...after all, everyone wants a quick fix, right? I was still leary, but decided to just TRY it and see if it would prove me wrong, because I knew that with the creators of Shakeology, I was at least being safe. My husband said he would try it too and reminded me that he lasted 5 hours longer than I did on the "master cleanse". So, we started on a Monday. I premade all of our meals and had them all laid out, ready to go on Sunday night. I gotta say, I found that not having to stress about what I was going to eat was really nice. So THIS is what people mean by "meal prep". Totally makes sense now. Anyways, day one was not as hard as I thought it would be. I didn't have any really bad cravings and I just set my intentions on being successful and it was relatively easy. I woke up not starving, but pretty hungry on day two. I went through my day and tried to stay positive, but as the day wore on, I got hungry and wanted pizza. I realize that scientifically, that's probably where the detox-y (technical term) symptoms were coming into play. I am a food addict, so this program was all about mental strength for me. I pushed those thoughts aside for a few hours, but at about 8pm when my stomach literally started growling, I knew it wasn't just mind over matter. I didn't give in though. I stayed strong, even throughout an hour long case of the hiccups (I often get them when I'm hungry. I've heard it's because the acid in the empty stomach upsets the diaphragm, but who knows). I felt weak and like absolute shit by the time my husband came home, who felt like shit as well, but again, I really do think this is part of the detox, AND we both realized that we hadn't been drinking as much water as we did on day one to keep us full. My one thing is that I do wonder if people who need more calories to maintain daily function may have a harder time with this program. It's no secret that someone who is 300 pounds uses more calories (i.e. energy) to get through the day than someone who is 100 pounds. My husband is about 100lbs heavier than I am, thus needing more calories, but I give him credit. He did the program right alongside me. Total trooper. Well, sort of...When he got home around 9:30pm, we decided that we would split a piece of bread with peanut butter on it. It wasn't much. We probably got 3 bites each, but it was glorious and it calmed both of our tummies. We surely could have made a better choice, but a little PB and some whole wheat bread really never hurt anybody. So, day 3 was better than day 2. I made sure I drank copious amounts of water to keep my tummy full, but still, by evening, I was a wee bit hungry again. Again, for me (a food addict/emotional eater) it was a total mind game, but I was able to stick it out a little bit better on day 3 because I knew the following morning I could eat WHATEVER I wanted. The result? Day 4: "It's here! I did it!" I woke up thinking about all of the options that were available to me! Burger king croissanwiches? Bojangles biscuits? Do I go to Dunkin' and get a massive iced coffee with cream and sugar and a peanut donut?" To my surprise, I didn't have a SINGLE craving! There wasn't anything that I NEEDED to have! (I ended up going with my tried and true chobani greek yogurt, oats, and blueberries). Before I could make breakfast though, I had to take my "after" pictures. Here they are. I'll talk about my results/recommendation in the remaining paragraph below.
I lost 5 pounds and just about a quarter of an inch in my waist. As you can see in the picture my tummy was NICE and flat on the morning of Day 4, so from an aesthetic point of view, it was a success. Clearly I did have positive results, BUT I do want to stress that this program is mostly aimed at "refreshing" your body. It's not a quick fix. You will lose that weight, but if you go right back to eating the way you were before the refresh, you will gain it back and the cravings will come back with it. So unless you NEED to drop 5 pounds to fit into your bridesmaid dress in 3 days, you really need to approach this one like what it is...an actual cleanse to help you reset your cravings. If you're going into it looking for a quick fix to a lifelong struggle with fitness and health, I'd much rather see you start with something more designed to change your eating habits and entire lifestyle, like the 21 day fix. The amount of weight I lost on the refresh is about equal to what I lost in my first 4 days on the 21 day fix, and that program not only helped me to lose 9 pounds in 3 weeks and keep it off, but it taught me HOW to eat for proper nutrition.
If you're curious, here's a pic of what I ate for 3 days! (to be clear, there was also a half, banana, a "fiber sweep" drink that I forgot to take a picture of, as well as another of the "vanilla fresh" shake).
For as much as I have talked about it in the past few months, you'd think that my friends and followers would know by now. I realize that this is really only a big deal in MY world, because it's already changed MY life, so while peeps may have heard about it or seen the the infomercial pop up on their "guide" while scrolling through their weekend options, they may not have a good idea of what exactly the fix is. Here goes.
The 21 day Fix is a comprehensive nutrition and exercise program. The challenge pack comes with 7 dvd workouts (plus a bonus workout) that you do each day of the week for 3 weeks. Not to worry, one day is pilates and you spend most of it on the ground, and another day is a very light, refreshing yoga workout. None of the workouts are more than 32 minutes, which leaves you a little extra time to focus on the meal plan, which is really the heart and soul of this program. When you receive your challenge pack you will also get your color coded portion control containers and your first 30 days of shakeology. Shakeology is an all natural superfood drink, that will definitely get you the results you want, and will leave you feeling incredible on the inside too (I've said this many times, but my LDL cholesterol dropped 51 points drinking shakeology). The color coded containers each pertain to a different "food group", if you will (ie carbs, protein, veggies, fat, etc). It never fails that every time someone finally gets their containers in the mail, they remark at how tiny they are and how they are nervous that they won't be able to stick to the meal plan. I always reassure them and let them know that it will be MORE than enough food to keep them satisfied, and after a few days they always find this to be true. The way that it works is that you eat how ever many containers are allotted for your weight/suggested caloric intake...you do NOT eat just ONE of each color. Some people can have up to 6 green containers full of vegetables each day! As you can see below, these containers really do give you more than meets the eye.
I have written several blog posts on the fix and I really can't say enough about this program. There is LITERALLY no one that it hasn't worked for (well, except for the people who cheat themselves by not following it). It truly teaches you what you SHOULD be eating every day and does not deprive you in any way. I will continue to use this program for the rest of my LIFE. I currently follow it about 80% of the time. When I was fully committed for my first round, I lost 9lbs and 3 inches in 21 days. Since then, I have been able to keep the weight off. If I notice myself slipping, I get right back on the fix for a few days. This program really is very easy to follow (it does take a few days to get your routine down), and will give you killer results WITHOUT starving and/or denying yourself of your favorite foods (cheese and chocolate!!!) Here's a sample of what I ate while I was committed 100%. When you're ready to commit, contact me!
There I was, up at 7am, doing my 21 Day Fix Pilates workout. I couldn't believe I had actually rolled out of bed when the alarm went off, but I had made a commitment to get up early and work out with my husband before he went to work. So were on the floor, at 7:22am, doing our scissor lifts, when suddenly, I felt a sharp pain in my shoulder blade. I finished the move and sat up. It felt like I had woken up with a severely stiff neck, only minutes before I was just fine! I must have pulled something. I finished my workout and got into a hot shower. It helped, for sure. "Ok", I said to myself while getting out of the shower "that was the worst of it." I rotated my head all around and felt very little soreness. I got dressed and plopped in front of the computer screen to do some work. I heard something outside after a few minutes and turned my head to look out the window...OUCH! The pain was back. I spent the rest of the day trying to stay in motion, because everything felt better until I stopped moving. I went to sleep that night hoping that I would wake up in the morning and feel better. No such luck. Another hot shower and I was feeling good again. I consulted facebook (obviously) as to what to do and whether I should exercise. I got exactly what you would think I got in response...Lots of differing opinions. Some saying use ice, some saying heat. Some encouraging exercise, and others cautioning to stay away. I sat back and decided to really think about my situation. When I got out of the shower, I had full range of mobility in my neck and shoulders. Only when I sat stationary did I tense up and start feeling pain. So, instead of opting for a workout where I would be using lots of shoulder and back strength, I decided a run might warm me up and get some blood flowing to the area. I got dressed, laced up, and headed out, thinking I'd just go a mile or so. I got about a quarter mile from my house, and looked to my left...no pain. Right? None there either! Up at the sky? Nada. Down at my feet? You guessed it! No pain anywhere! Here's what I'm getting at folks. I could have used this "injury" as an excuse to lay around all day wrapped up in a blanket watching E!. But I knew that I WASN'T injured. I knew that it was a sore muscle. Inconvenient place for it..sure...but still just a sore muscle. While enjoying the rest of my triumphant 4 mile run that day, I was reminded of the excuses that people give themselves. I say that because when you give an excuse about your fitness, it's not anyone else that you're bullshitting. Just you. The person that you are spouting your excuses to, about why you can't do what they do could not care one bit, so you're better off just saving your breath or commiserating with other bullshitters.
"But MY excuse is different..."
No. It's not. Before you call the gratitude police here, I realize that my sore muscle affliction was not a serious disease or life threatening injury. I am not, by any means, attempting to call out people who have legitimate medical problems that truly prevent them from incorporating some form of exercise into their life. I realize that my sore muscle doesn't compare to some of the ailments that I am fortunate enough not to have, so please don't get it twisted. Who I'm talking to, are the bullshitters. The people that say they "wish" they could exercise, but they have "a bad back" and use that as their reasoning for being out of shape, instead of calling it like it is, and saying "I don't have the motivation to find a workout that I CAN do with my issues." Why am I saying this? Because I WAS a bullshitter. I had "bad knees"...I still do! But nowadays, instead of using it as an excuse, when I power through a Turbo Fire workout, I do everything I am capable of, and when we get to that certain move where something just doesn't feel right for me, I MODIFY. What I don't do, is quit. I just keep moving, changing up the move however I need to, in order to make it less painful for me. Trust me, we ALL have issues. We ALL have aches and pains. When I first started running, using the"Couch to 5K" plan, I was 210 pounds with severe sciatica pain. I would literally not be able to walk upright after a run. I did all of my runs in the evening, ate dinner, and got right into bed, because I knew I would be out of commission until the next day. My DESIRE to run and get my weight down, was greater than my excuses. These issues, compounded with a lot of knee pain began to effect me less and less as I got fitter and lighter. My sciatic pain went from every night, to once in a blue moon. Again, I'm not trying to make light of anyone's reasons for not exercising, as long as they are legitimate reasons. However, if you tell me you have "bad knees", I'll tell you about one of my challengers who has the same problem, yet got a membership at her local "Y" so that she could swim (swimming is a great workout for people with injuries). If you tell me you're "too old", I'll tell you about one of my friend's fathers, who took up running at age 68 and trained for and ran his first half marathon while he was undergoing chemotherapy (Check out his amazing story,here.). If you tell me that you have kids and are too busy, I'll tell you about countless women I work with DAILY that make the time for themselves to exercise, even if it's just 25 minutes a day after the kids go to sleep. I have challengers with thyroid issues, and fellow coaches with MS and fibromyalgia. They exercise on their good days, and rest when things flare up. EVERYONE has an excuse. EVERYONE has an ailment. And if you don't want to exercise or eat healthy, that's just fine...Honestly! It's your health, and your life. What drives me, and I think a lot of other people who strive to be in good shape crazy, is the excuse spouters. Please just stop offering up excuses, because not only do we mentally "check out" of the conversation once we realize what you're doing, but you just may be giving a lame excuse like "bad knees" to someone who has recently lost 150lbs, or continues to work through a potentially debilitating illness to get into the best shape of their life. Instead, please just say that your WILL to get in shape is not strong enough to OVERCOME your excuses, because that's all it is. If you have a MODERATELY healthy body, you have every ability in the world to get out there and do SOMETHING, even if it's just walking. If you are ready to quit giving in to those excuses, and you feel that WILL inside of you saying that you need to make a CHANGE, now is the time to strike. Put an end to your excuses and focus on that DESIRE! There is no reason why YOU can't be a success story. You CAN be someone who overcomes their situation. All it takes is belief in yourself and the desire to get out there and get started. If you choose to believe in yourself and need some support or help modifying your exercise routine to INCORPORATE whatever your excuse is (age, injury, or time), reach out to me. I'm here, and happy to help you, because I've been there too.
I recently spoke to someone about the 21 day fix. She asked for some info, and I went to give her my blog post about my results and suddenly realized...I NEVER POSTED IT!!! My husband and I had been separated due to a relocation for his job and he came home the SAME DAY that I took my results pictures. After that, it was (date night, of course), packing, moving, and unpacking again once we got to (sweet home) Alabama. I wrote a post of my review of the program a few days before I finished, as I knew things would be hectic with our move, and I did put the pictures up on facebook (obvi), but I just cannot believe that I never posted my final results. So, without further ado...I lost .25 inches from each arm, .5 inches from my waist, an inch off my chest, and another inch off my hips! That's 3 inches off my body in 3 weeks!!! I'll take it!!! Can I mention I also lost 9lbs? In 21 days?!?!? Aside from the numbers, I felt smaller and looked much thinner in my midsection. It's been about a month now since I've completed the fix, and guess what? Surprise surprise, after being reunited with my dear husband, I put on a few pounds...Guess what else? After I realized that I had gained them, I went back to the fix eating program for 3 days and was RIGHT back to my end weight! This program is amazing. I cannot say it enough. The workouts are awesome, and even though I am not following the program 100% nowadays (more like 80%...I aim to do fix portions Monday-Friday), I have tossed the workouts into my rotation quite a few times since finishing. I love the fix pilates, upper, and lower workouts. For my cardio, being that it's perfect weather right now, I am enjoying running, and for my weight training I am doing my good 'ole standby Les Mills Pump. I am also using the containers constantly. During the 21 days I was able to use them to get a good idea of "eyeballing" my portions, but I still use the green and yellow quite frequently as measuring devices (I tend to under-eat my veggies and over-eat my carbs!). If you are thinking about trying this program, you NEED to do it. It has honestly CHANGED MY LIFE. I had no idea how off my portions were before, even though I was eating pretty healthy. I was eating way too many of some things and not nearly enough of others. I truly know now what it means to have a "balanced diet", and the best part? I didn't have to drive myself insane counting calories, and I was never truly hungry once.
I've been on my fitness journey for 2 years this month. I started with INSANITY, then moved on to Turbo Fire, Les Mills Pump, T25, and the 21 Day Fix. Prior to starting these programs, believe it or not, I was an AVID gym goer, yet I was still over 200 pounds. I've lost 60 pounds to date. I get questions all the time about my "secrets." Well, if you're lucky enough to land on this page, you're in for a treat...Here it is!
The Compound Effect.
The what, you say? The Compound Effect is an amazing book written by Darren Hardy. Essentially, it discusses the little things that we do everyday, that may seem completely insignificant, and how they affect our lives. I literally recommend this book to EVERYONE WITH A FUNCTIONING BRAIN. That's how good it is. Until I read it, it never occured to me that I was using the compound effect to my advantage. You see, when I started my fitness journey, my goal was just to get back to being comfortable in my own skin. I didn't give a damn about getting healthy and I certainly wasn't going to be giving up my favorite foods. I didn't want "6-pack" abs (still don't!), and I wasn't going to train for a marathon (still not!). I JUST wanted to feel comfortable around other people without having to cover my fat rolls. A funny thing happened, though. As I started to lose the weight, immersed myself in my challenge groups and surrounded myself with healthy people, I really started to THINK about the food that I was putting into my body. I had noticed that the little substitutions that I was making (almond milk for dairy milk, oatmeal and berries instead of a breakfast sandwich), had all started to add up. I started pushing harder in my workouts. Running a little further each time or getting just one more push up in. What had happened, was that while I wasn't looking, I had become fit! I had also become healthy! It's no secret that I now drink Shakeology daily. Over the course of a few months when I first started, I not only had gotten trimmer, but when I went to get my cholesterol retested, my BAD cholesterol had dropped 42 points! THINGS WERE HAPPENING!!! Here's what else I noticed. I started to understand that there was a reason why the people who teased me about my "diet" foods (Shakeology, fruits and veggies) were always complaining about being tired, had to call in sick to work, or just plain looked like crap. Not trying to hate on anyone here, honestly. I totally respect a person's right to do what they want with their own body. But once I had stepped away from that lifestyle (I like to think I was never THAT bad, but still), I realized that those little decisions to stop at the Sonic Drive Thru every morning were the compound effect working AGAINST them. You see, to get in shape, you don't need to make some huge lifestyle change. You really just need to make simple changes and KEEP DOING THEM. That's where the "diet" people get it wrong. A diet ALWAYS has an end date. And that's why they don't see the long term progress. If you just continue to make those positive changes, you will get there. Which is why now, TWO YEARS after I my journey, I'm STILL a work in progress. I don't want to do some drastic juice cleanse or cut out my favorite foods. I just want to continuously work to maintain a healthy lifestyle. That's it. No abs for this girl. That goal may change, but for now I like my nachos too much ;) My point here is that it's really NOT THAT HARD. I promise, and I'll prove it...
Here's my step by step guide to getting healthier and maybe losing a few pounds:
1. Exercise. Get off your ass and get your blood pumping a few times a week.
2. Stop eating like an asshole. Eat healthy, whole, non-processed foods like vegetables, fruits, lean meats, and complex carbs MOST of the time.
That's it. There's no secret trick and those steps really aren't that hard. But they WILL get you results...IF you stick with them. For me, I follow the 80/20 rule. 80% good food, 20% not so good, which means that I do not need to give up my beloved nacho cheese in order to have a body that I LOVE. It's all about TRUE moderation. Oh, moderation...that means eating so-so most of the day and then demolishing a pint of Ben and Jerry's at night, right? No. Not even close. True moderation is eating healthy ALL WEEK, and having ONE or TWO not so great meals during the weekend.
That's it. Honestly. No counting calories. No fad diets. Just eat wholesome foods without a bunch of artificial ingredients and I promise, the weight will gradually come off. Now, for my people who have a significant amount of weight to lose in order to avoid serious health complications, or someone with tons of motivation to get super fit, steps 1 and 2 do not apply to you. You will need a little bit more effort...You will need to follow a serious exercise regimen, focus hard on your nutrition, eating more like 95/5, and have lots of support. For the vast majority though, following a simple nutrition plan and incorporating a workout regimen into our lives is enough to get you to where you want to be. I promise...You just have to do it.
Not quite what you'd expected from a fitness coach, huh? Well, here's the deal. I AM passionate about fitness and I do love to exercise. Well, rather, I love the way I feel when I'm done exercising and I love the results that I get from pushing my body beyond what's comfortable. BUT, and here's a BIG but...I love to eat! And yes, we all know people who say they love to eat and that it's hard for them to be healthy too, but then they get all googly eyed over some avocado and a kale salad and you're like "oh, yeah, you are SOOOO bad". Well, I'm not that guy. I LOVE bad foods. And when I say bad, I don't mean just white carbs or too much fruit after 8pm. I love taco bell nacho cheese. I love fried chicken and biscuits. I even dabble in the occasional McDonald's fries. I love virtually anything that will clog my arteries (gross, I know). I'm probably talking myself out of a job right now, cause anyone in their right mind should be thinking "How in THE HELL is this girl going to help ANYONE?!??!?!!". Well, to be honest, sometimes I wonder the same exact thing, but I have been able to lose 60 pounds and keep (almost all of them...we'll get to that in a minute) off without any tricks or gimmicks and even with my love of disgusting goodness. You see, my fitness journey has not been an easy or quick one. I didn't wake up one day, rid my house of all junk and decide to adopt a 100% clean diet. I have gradually, fumbled my way towards a healthy lifestyle, always loving myself, and trying to constantly get better. About a month ago, I started an AMAZING program, called the 21 day fix. I am SO proud to say that I stuck to it and didn't cheat once. I lost 9 pounds and a few inches all over. On the 22nd day, my husband and I were reunited after being apart 6 weeks. OF COURSE a date night was in order. Then, the following day, we packed up our apartment. OBVIOUSLY we would need to order take out, because all of our dishes were packed. The following day, we loaded up our u-haul. We worked so hard, SURELY we deserved a last meal at our favorite taco place. The next day, we HAD to eat fast food for every meal, and when we rolled into our new town at 11:30 at night, PIZZA WAS A MUST. I think you see where I'm going with this. Here's my problem. I can stick with an exercise program. I can stick with a meal plan. BUT, inevitably, there will always be that time where life gets in the way and you either have a hard time staying committed because of your schedule or circumstances, or you have (excuse my language), a case of the "fuck its". For me, this past week was a little bit of both. BUT, here's my secret weapon. When things like this happen, I don't beat myself up. I remember what I tell my challengers when they have a slip up. Sometimes you make a bad call. Sometimes you go on a bender. But there always comes that point where you have no choice but to be honest with yourself. You look in the mirror and say NO MORE. This moment came for me last night when I was again getting ready to be squired about town by my handsome husband and I had one of those moments I hadn't had in MONTHS. I felt fat in everything I put on. Now, I know I know, I'm beautiful no matter what...blah blah blah. I worked TOO HARD during those 21 days to throw away my results. And I've worked TOO HARD over the past couple of years to take a ride down a shame spiral and just let myself go. So, this morning, I expressed my frustration to my husband, who was also feeling not so hot after our week long binge, and we decided to get back on the fix program. I decided after I finished my first round that I would adopt this program for a LONG time to come while still allowing some flexibility. My goal is to get these few pounds off that I put on over the past week and then use the fix style meals 80% of the time. I know that's a very un-beachbody coachy thing of me to say, because the people who have amazing bodies are the ones who commit to a healthy diet 100% of the time, but for me this is about a LIFESTYLE, not getting a 6 pack. I plan to use the fix as a guide, as it has taught me SO MUCH about proper nutrition, but I also still plan to enjoy my occasional plate of nachos every now and then, without worrying how many blue and yellow containers I've eaten. So, for now, I'm back to portioning out my meals according to color, and am loving every minute of being back on a routine. Every good thing that I eat is a reminder that I LOVE my body and am taking care of it the way that I'm supposed to again.
If you've been following my journey, you know that I've been doing the 21 Day Fix program for the past 17 days. As of tomorrow I will have 3 days left, so at this point, I feel like it's an acceptable time to write a review. This program made me nervous at first. I wasn't sure how "restrictive" it would be, but quite honestly, I didn't find it restrictive AT ALL. Yes, you are measuring your portions and eating according to your goals, but that's what you would do when trying to lose weight anyway, and this is FAR from a diet. This program has taught me A LOT about how many of what foods I should be eating per day. What I figured out was that I don't eat NEARLY enough protein, which is extremely important when trying to lose weight, and it was no suprise at all that I was not eating enough veggies either. The other important thing that I realized, is that I spend a lot of time eating just to eat. The first week I had to have an honest talk with myself and realize that I had eaten more than enough to satisfy my body's needs, and that while I wanted to eat, I was not TRULY hungry.
Oh, and did I mention that it comes with seven 30 minute workouts? At first I really didn't think these workouts would challenge me. OH BOY was I wrong! I am on the final week and doing the "doubles" options, and I have not yet been able to get through an entire workout without at least switching to the "modified" moves for a few seconds. These workouts are ones that you can continue to push yourself in even when you get into the best shape of your life.
There really is no way to explain how much this program has impacted me, and although I DO plan to have nice meal during date night with my husband once I'm finished, I think that I will probably continue to use this program for a long time to come. If you're trying to lose weight and get healthy, and if you are even THINKING that you might not be eating the right portions, you HAVE to try this program. I promise you that if you give it your all, it will change your life. I have done TONS of beachbody programs, and I of course have my favorites, but this program is something that EVERYONE can (and should) do. It's just that good. I hope you've enjoyed my review. Final results will be up Saturday morning!
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.