My experience with the 21-Day Fix

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Earlier this year I needed help to get off the rock and start losing the weight I had gained over turmoil of last year. Yes, I ate my feelings… whenever/whatever I damn well wanted. Between finishing grad school, marriage counseling and the decision to divorce, falling out of my moving truck and busting up my kidney, surgery on my foot unrelated to falling out of the truck (and all of that was in the fourth quarter alone!) I gained an additional 25lbs. Yes, stress and cortisol wreak havoc on your body and every ounce showed. Anyway, I needed help to get my eating under control while making it easy to take with me whether it was breakfast, lunch or dinner. I needed fresh foods readily available to help me cut the garbage, and excuses out of my life. The only one who could make that decision to change was me. 

Now, before gaining the additional 25lbs I was already overweight. I was out of control. As an inactive Team Beachbody I was looking to get back in health and fitness mode as I knew they could offer the help and support I so sorely needed. A few of my friends were raving about the “21-Day Fix” that was a workout program incorporating my beloved Shakeology, and making portion control easy. There was no “mulling it over” for me, no marinating on decisions, no hesitating. I needed this, and I needed it now. But, I hesitated when it went on sale and it was backordered. Stalled once again. But I didn’t let it get me down, I worked with what I had and cleaned out the pantry while I waited.

I started my 21-Day Fix program in March and did two rounds, 42 days, which helped me to lose 10lbs and to begin feeling like me again. I never lose weight quickly or easily, and those hideous stress hormones were, and still are floating around my body.

What I really think you want/need to know:

  • The workouts were more challenging than I expected, but it felt great
  • I was sore in the beginning, but good sore – not “hit by a truck / serious regret” sore
  • I love Autumn, the instructor – she’s a real woman, single mom, and knows how to push through adversity
  • The diet took prep work, but was so easy to follow. I felt great energy and was NEVER hungry, which is where I have failed in the past. I actually had to push sometimes to eat that last Green container, but I did it because it was delicious, and I knew I was doing something good for my body.
  • Will I do it again – YES. And I plan on making the eating plan MY lifestyle plan for food. 

What are the 21 Day Fix eating plan details?
 The 21 Day Fix Eating Plan is not a recipe-based plan like other Beachbody nutrition plans. Here’s how it works: Start by calculating a calorie level based on starting weight. Next, find the calorie chart that corresponds with the calorie level. This will indicate the daily allotment of Fix color-coded containers. From there, the Eating Plan shows a list of foods that can be eaten with each color-coded container. Then, just fill the containers with the foods from the list, up to the daily allotment of Fix containers. No required recipes. No required number of meals. No required foods or ingredients. If it fits in the container, it can be eaten!

My progress is slow, but it’s still happening. Right now I have moved on to PiYo, but am looking forward to getting back on the 21-Day Fix meal plan. I recommend the Challenge Pack as it includes Shakeology, any equipment needed, the portion control containers, and all guides needed to be successful.

I hope this helps you get on track too. I am here to support you in your goals, and I’d love to hear from you.

I have Japan on the line…

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Once a week I have a very important video chat with a friend at Camp Zama Japan. She and I talk about life, business, and everything under the sun. This is why “I have Japan on the line” becomes so important to me. It’s time set aside each week to catch up and make an effort to be part of my friends’ lives. Another friend in Hawaii and I talk during her son’s nap time, it’s dinner for me and lunch for them, perfect. I make calls in the car, and I do my best to reach out to those special people who mean a lot to me but we’re always running and on the go. You never know, maybe they need that outreach as much as you do. Pick up the phone, get on a chat, and make time for the special people in your life. Love to you all (go call  your mother!).

Life long learning

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I’ve recently been encouraged by my boss to browse through Coursera.com and participate in a few Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). I’ve come across some pretty cool stuff like #PersonalFinance, #entrepreneurship, and the list goes on. I’ve recently found the coolest one entitled Child Nutrition and Cooking -(#CookForKids) awesome! Who can’t use more help in that department? I don’t have children, but  I have five nieces and nephews who I’d like to cook fun healthy food. Anyway, the link is to this course, but you can get the others through the same link. 

https://www.coursera.org/learn/childnutrition

I’ll be participating in everything mentioned. Any courses strike your fancy?

 

 

My weekly #wanderlust…

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So in my not-so-extensive research, I’ve discovered that Nov – March is the least expensive time to visit Europe. Sounds good, this Floridian can don a sweater, coat, woolen tights, etc. Not that I own much cold weather gear, nor know where to find it… That’s a #FirstWorldProblem for another day.

Now, I want to go everywhere, so there are no losers on this trip, but I may not end up where I originally intended. Spain might end up being a trip for another day… 

We, my lovely friend April and I, can fly much less expensively into Dublin, Ireland, and as two Irish-Americans we’re thrilled to add this destination to our journey. Then it’s a ferry to England, and a train to Belgium and Paris. Sounds like a pretty good idea, no? Or maybe skip over England to begin with as we both have been, and can stop on our way back to see another friend who is living there.

Let’s be serious, or not, we’ve had enough seriousness over the past year… Let’s be “adventurous”. I’ve been to Paris, but who says no to that? It’s been like 17ish years since then and time for a re-discovery. I want to eat local cuisines, drink coffee on the Rue De Whatever, take in some history, and meet interesting people. Is that too much to ask? I think not. In Belgium we shall eat waffles, delicious waffles and see the sites.

Ahh to dream of travel. Where do you want to go?