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.
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 🙂
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.