My Fitness Journey & 21 Day Fix

Okay, confession time.  One of my biggest downfalls is that I like to eat.  Pizza, nachos, wings…pretty much all kinds of horrible-for-you bar food.  My husband and I love to reward ourselves after a hard work week with delicious meals and drinks…and I’m not just talking about one meal.

My Fitness Journey 21 Day Fix

Ever since my wedding six years ago, I have pretty consistently been going back and forth between gaining and losing the same ten pounds.  But after this past Christmas, I was really seeing it on the scale.  I tried to ignore it for weeks, but bottom line was my clothes were too tight and I was getting increasingly unhappy looking in the mirror.  So I finally decided it was time to do something about it.

We decided to eat healthier during the week, not eat out as much on the weekends, and go to the gym.  We were spending close to an hour at the gym almost every day.  My first five or so pounds came off really quickly.  After that, I was maintaining my weight, but had reached a plateau.

Fast forward to mid-March – I ended up getting sick for almost a month.  I had strep throat, had a nasty allergic reaction to the medication, then ended up catching a cold from my husband.  Needless to stay, I stopped going to the gym.  My weight stayed close to the same, but any muscle mass I had gained went away.  After I was finally feeling healthy, I just couldn’t get back into the groove of going to the gym.  I had convinced myself that the gym was where I had caught my strep throat from, so in my mind, that was my excuse not to go.  Every so often, I would go into our spare bedroom, lift some weights, or do a short workout I found on Youtube.  I was trying to find an effective, motivating routine to do at home, but this all just wasn’t cutting it.

This all changed about a month ago when I discovered the 21 Day Fix.  The 21 Day Fix is a Beachbody nutrition and exercise program that focuses on building lasting healthy habits.  The best part of this program is the colored containers that come with it.  Each container represents a food group, and you get a certain number of each container per day based on your weight.  This program has completely changed the way I see food.  I discovered, among other things, that I was eating way too many carbs, but not enough lean protein.  I have a much better idea of the types of foods and portions I should be eating.  There is long list of options in the nutrition guide for each food group, so the variety was also a plus.

The program also has a workout component.  Each workout is only thirty minutes, which fit perfectly into my super busy schedule.  There are seven different workouts total, plus a bonus ten minute abs one, so each workout is repeated three times over the course of 21 days. I decided I was going to wake up early to get my workouts out of the way before work, and it worked out amazingly.  I found the trainer, Autumn Calabrese, to be extremely motivating and adorable.  The workouts were challenging for me, and I was thankful at times for the modifications that were given for some of the moves.

Throughout my time on the program, I only missed one workout, which happened to be the day after I cheated on the nutrition plan when I was in Atlantic City.  For me, to only miss one day was an amazing accomplishment.

So now for my results…I lost 6 pounds and a total of 6 inches.  I now have so much more energy than I had before, and I am finally starting to see some muscle definition.  My husband had even more amazing results from the 21 Day Fix…he lost 13 pounds and 7 inches.  I have to admit, I was a little jealous, but so proud of him 🙂

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So why am I telling you all this? 

One, I wanted to share this amazing program that really helped me break my plateau in hopes that others struggling could find something that works.  Believe me, if I can do it, you can too.

Two, writing this makes me accountable for maintaining this lifestyle.  I will never be that person that eats healthy 100% of the time, nor do I want to be (I love food too much), and that’s okay.  I’m really striving to abide by the 80/20 rule….staying with my current meal plan 80% of the time, and eating the not-so-great-for-me things that I love in moderation 20% of the time.  I also need to continue my workouts…my husband and I are moving on to P90X3, which are thirty minute workouts as well.  I am looking forward to the challenge, but also the amazing results I know I’m going to get.  There is simply no excuse anymore when the only place I need to travel to is my spare bedroom.

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  1. Anna Baun

    Tara – This post is coming at just the right time! There are few things in this world I love more than food (and I mean “pub & grub” 🙂 and have been feeling terrible as of late. Thanks so much for this motivation and push in the right direction! You look fantastic!

    Anna
    alilyloveaffiar.com

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    1. Tara

      Yup, I can totally relate…pub and grub as well! I just finally decided it was time to take that part of my life down a notch…doesn’t mean I can’t ever eat or drink what I want to, just not as often 🙂

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  2. Christina, Esq.

    thanks for sharing your story! I can related! I had my son 3 years ago, and with working full time and raising a toddler (and turning 30!) it was hard to find a good balance. I went gluten and dairy free for health and it also helped me be accountable for my eating habits and workouts. Good luck, you look great!

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  3. becauseshannasaidso

    I am sooooooo incredibly proud of you!! I have really noticed your weight loss…I think you are beautiful no matter your size, but so happy that you are feeling better about yourself and that you stuck with it. Keep it up and thanks for being an inspiration!! xoxo

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    1. Tara

      Aw, thanks so much Shanna! It has been a struggle at times, but I am really proud of myself too! I need to just keep sticking with it!

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  4. Anna Belle

    I think you look great in both pictures and congrats on finding something that works so well for you! I have a legit question: when people talk about inches lost, what measurements are in there? Waist and something else?

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    1. Tara

      Thanks! Generally, inches lost means total combined from upper arms, thighs, waist, and hips…at least that is what mine was 🙂

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  5. beautygirl24

    Great job Tara! I think you looked beautiful before too, but it’s so rewarding to lose some extra weight and inches! I feel that I’m in the before category right now. I eat healthy but definitely don’t work out as much as I need to. I’ve gained about 10 pounds since our wedding! It’s a constant journey. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Tara

      Thanks! It really is a constant journey…I’ve just found that if I screw up a day, I need to forget about it and move forward…not use it as an excuse to keep eating badly!

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  6. Happinessatmidlife

    I can really see the difference in the 2 pictures! Congrats on your results and your new endeavor as a fitness coach. I love to exercise and like you – love to eat. I’ve learned I’ve got to eat clean to get results. 80/20 rule is so important to follow.

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Tara

      Thanks! Yes…there is such a difference between when I was just eating low calorie but still eating crap as opposed to eating cleaner! Who would’ve thought? lol

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  7. marionberrystyle

    YAYYAYYAY!! So excited for you Tara. And I told you – everyone was wondering what you were doing because you have been looking so fit + healthy. 🙂
    Big hug friend,
    Marion

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  8. Nicole Layne

    Thanks so much for sharing and congrats on your results! You looks great! It is amazing how much of an impact diet has. Good luck on the new endeavor. It is so exciting to do something you are passionate about!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

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  9. M @ Cardigans and Cupcakes

    That’s great! It really is a mood booster when your clothes are no longer tight! I did T25 and saw amazing results! I dropped 10lbs and lost major inches in my thighs! I tried 21 Day Fix and liked the containers. I picked and choose workouts but still loved Shaun T. I just ordered PIYO and I’m really looking forward to toning up with that! Keep up the good work!

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    1. Tara

      Thanks! And that is awesome….I really need to still lose major inches in my thighs…I’ll keep T25 in mind for that 🙂 I just ordered PiYo as well…hoping it will help tone my legs lol

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  10. Nikki

    Sounds like you have had a lot of luck with this system! You look awesome (but you looked great before too!) It can be so hard finding the right thing that works for you. Good luck!

    Nikki
    thefashionablewife.com

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  11. Agi

    Congrats Tara, you look amazing!!!!! My husband and I just made some changes to cut out gluten and sugar. I’ve noticed a huge difference. I also need to get my ass into gear and start exercising.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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    1. Tara

      It is amazing how much of a difference a change in diet can make….once you get in an exercise routine, it will be easy to keep going…just need to make it a habit 🙂

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  12. Raechelle

    Congratulations! You look great, but really the more important question I have is where is that workout outfit you’re wearing in the first picture from?? That tank top is really cute!

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  13. Rachel

    You seriously look amazing, and I know what it is like to try to lose that last five! I lost seven pounds last year but am now going back and forth between a few pounds and it is really hard to keep a consistent gym schedule. I would love to win this challenge to really help me lose those last lbs and feel completely healthy again!

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  14. AJ

    You look fantastic!! I have noticed a change , and not just because you mentioned it. I’m excited for you, and for the giveaway!

    -AJ

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