Six months ago I was stuck.
I had set a New Year’s resolution to finally do something about this “baby” weight… I had my youngest almost a year ago. So I started trying to eat healthier, smaller portions, and I started going on walks. It was working beautifully! I actually lost about 20lbs. in 4 months! Which is pretty awesome I think, but then… nothing. For two months my weight would not budge. I was now about 180lbs. and still had 30lbs to go to reach my goal weight. I was so frustrated and just feeling stuck.
I was desperate.
Then (cue angels singing) my friend from back home started posting about a September Success Challenge group she was putting together. Yes please! Tell me more. She had signed up with Beachbody and was using the exercise program 21 Day Fix. 30 minutes a day and a portion control eating plan.
I was so excited to start losing the rest of the weight that I started a week before the challenge group started. I was sore, but not too bad (thank you ASEA), and it was hard, but felt so good. My kids, however, were not thrilled. They would cry and whine and get in my way and throw toys under my feet… ummm… it was awful, but I was determined.
I didn’t want to sign up with Beachbody so I just ordered the 21 Day Fix Essential Package off Amazon for less then $75 and it comes with everything you need. Perfect. Not only does the program come with the 9 workouts, but also the color coded food containers to help you learn portion control, which really helps, especially in the beginning, and the little 21 Day Fix Eating Plan Booklet, that has a list of good foods for each container and a handful of yummy recipes.
Yes, I would rather spend a child free hour at the gym and go to fun classes and meet other adult humans, but the closest gym with childcare is an hour away and for the cost of a membership and the gas to get there, I was easily saving money. Maybe someday I’ll go to a gym, but not today. In 6 months I would have spent $300 just for the gym membership, working out at home cost me maybe half that for a good program, the weights and a yoga mat and I can use it for years and years and never have to leave my house.
Autumn does a great job explaining proper form and is motivating without being a drill sergeant. Then, there is Kat. Oh how I love Kat. She is there for you when you are too weak or too out of breath to follow everyone else, which was me for a lot of the exercises for quite some time.
Then I started getting stronger! I could do most everything all the way through without modifying. I lost 5 pounds in 3 weeks! It was awesome! I had a good routine down and the kids were (sort of) getting used to me working out (and getting faster at responding to me yelling at them to move… seriously, I’m over here dying and they have the nerve to get in my way!). For two months I was going strong and feeling amazing.
Then road trips and holidays happened.
I stopped. I got lazy again. I ate food I knew I shouldn’t on a regular basis. For two months I let loose and I gained 10 pounds. So much for 3 weeks to create a habit.
Then it was New Year’s again.
I resolved to get back at it. Get my routine back, get strong all over again, and be healthy. It was harder than it had been the first time. I was mad at myself for stopping and losing all that progress I had made. I was back to following Kat and that made me so frustrated with myself, so to keep at it was hard and it took about a month to finally get consistent. But, I did it! I got back to where I had been before. And I was even more determined not to quit again.
Life is hard.
Life is hard if you are fat. It is hard if you work hard to stay in shape. It is hard to make healthy choices every day. It’s hard to eat junk and feel like crap every day. So… why not have a hard life where at least you are happy, healthy, and strong?
It has taken me 6 months of hard work, sweat, determination, failure, and redetermination to get this far. And how far is that exactly? In 6 months I lost a total of (drumroll please) 3.2 lbs.
Yes. 3.2 measly pounds.
But, with that they say muscle weighs more than fat, right? Well, I will tell you whole heartedly that is absolutely true. 3.2 pounds is lousy. Some people can lose that with one session on the porcelain throne, but I also lost 24 inches off my body! 24 inches! That’s 5 off my hips, 5 off my waist, 5 off my chest, and 9 from everywhere else.
I love 21 Day Fix and will probably continue to use it in my regular workout routine. At the moment though I am 3 days into getting acquainted with Shaun T and INSANITY.
Wish me luck.