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This is not my first rodeo, as they say. I have used several different methods to lose weight over the past 15-20 years. My weight has gone up and down and up again. About 2 years ago, I heard about 21 Day Fix from a coworker (see my full story here). She lost 30 lbs in just 3 months, and since I had 20-30 lbs that I wanted to lose, I figured I’d give it a try, so I began in April 2015, with a starting weight of 149 lbs. It worked wonderfully, and I lost about 20 lbs total, but then plateaued. The thing about hitting a plateau though, is that most of the time it isn’t really that what you are doing isn’t working. Most of the time it is that you have gotten relaxed in your methods and aren’t being as diligent as you were in the beginning. I reached my lowest weight in October 2015, at 128 lbs, but shortly thereafter I went back up a few pounds. Being only 5’1”, a few pounds isn’t terrible, but it is more noticeable than it would be on someone who is 5’10”.
For the next year I fluctuated between 132-137 lbs. Then in October 2016, things began to change. My husband’s work hours changed, putting him home later, making it impossible to work out at night. But my work hours hadn’t changed, so I still had to be up early to make it to work on time. My company had a bake sale for Breast Cancer Awareness month, and of course the baked goods were 5 feet from my desk, so I saw them ALL DAY LONG EVERY DAY FOR A MONTH. We also went on our anniversary trip in October, so of course I had to indulge there, and then the sugar cravings started to kick into high gear. Then there was Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, and before I knew it my weight was back up to 140. I struggled to commit to a program in January, because I knew I was going out of town at the end of the month, and wasn’t sure what type of food would be available, and also knew that I wouldn’t have the time to work out. And then February hit, and while I was trying to eat more healthily, it had absolutely no effect on my weight.
So today I committed to restarting 21 Day Fix, and really doing it right. I reread the Eating Guide over the weekend, made a Fix-Approved meal plan, bought all the ingredients that we didn’t already have, and re-joined my accountability group (email me to join our group), and asked my hubby to make sure we are measuring everything that goes in my lunchbox or on my plate. Every good plan has its setbacks, and this morning was no different. I had my alarm set for 5:00 to get up and work out, but at 4:55 a.m., my munchkin woke up crying hysterically, grabbing for me. I comforted him, and he settled back down, but I was scared that if I tried to get out of the bed, he would wake up again. I decided in my head that I would find a way to work out tonight, even if it was just the 10 Min Abs workout. I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to fit it in, since I thought I had a chiropractor appointment, and then would need to make dinner when we got home, but I decided I would do it anyways, one way or another. Then this afternoon I got a message from my son’s teacher saying that he was crying that his ear hurt, and couldn’t be comforted. After that, things just kind of fell into place. My husband miraculously was sent home early because they were slow, so he was able to pick the munchkin up. I found that my chiro appointment was actually for tomorrow, not today. And we scheduled the doctor’s appointment for tomorrow morning, which basically cleared the entire evening. Since my husband was home with Gabe, he was able to prepare dinner, so when I got home, we ate, and then they played while I worked out. Things don’t always work out that seamlessly, but it’s so nice when they do!
Day One Food:
1 yellow, 1 red, 1.5 purple
Snack: Eggs w/ shredded cheese
1 red, .5 blue
Lunch: Salad w/ chicken, cheese, and dressing
2 green, 1 red, .5 blue, 1 orange
Snack: Sweet Potato, strawberries
1 yellow, .5 purple
Dinner: Chicken, green beans
1 red, 1 green
Workout: Cardio Fix
My food today was easy. I really didn’t feel hungry, so I think my problem is more the balance than the amount of food that I am eating. I did have 3 small cheats. I had a small piece of chocolate after lunch (that is one thing I refuse to give up), a few mini chocolate chips on my toast (that I am cutting out tomorrow), and 1/2 cup of coffee (which is only a cheat because it is the powdery stuff that already has the cream and sugar mixed in, which will only be for emergencies). As for the workout, I thought it was going to kill me. Actually that’s not true. I was afraid that I would feel like it was going to kill me, because that’s usually how it is when I take time away from working out and then get back to it. I think they put one of the hardest workouts first in order to determine your commitment! But this time my goal was just to not die, instead of having the goal of pushing myself to my fullest (which always results in me over-exerting myself, and then not being able to finish). So I used the modifier more than I usually do on day one, and I was actually able to finish, with only a couple of breaks. All in all, I think today went really well, especially considering the major hiccups we had! I’m looking forward to tomorrow.