Well, I’ve taken 9 months to make a baby a couple of times, and apparently it also has taken me 9 months to FINALLY finish all three weeks of the 21 Day Fix. In all that time, I could’ve done about 13 rounds of the Fix….but I’ve only finished this once.
See, meal planning and sticking to said plan is the hardest thing for me. I can teach bootcamp classes, INSANITY Live classes, I can go super heavy with Body Beast workouts, and I can run a half-marathon. But eating the right foods 95% of the time for three weeks…. it’s.just.so.hard. I like chocolate, wine, carbscarbscarbs. But this time it was different.
I was stuck at a plateau. I had been exercising but not seeing any change. My pants got tight, and the last thing a single mom/teacher wants or needs to do is buy new clothes. Bigger clothes. Nope nope, not gonna happen. Christmas is coming up and I’d rather fit into the clothes I have than go buy clothes in a size I don’t want. So I got serious.
I planned my meals, I did my 30 minute daily workouts, and I had minimal cheats. Oh yeah, I did have a cheat here and there, but it was planned. One night a week I would hang out with my friends and eat more than one portion of a “non-Fix” food, or have a glass or two of wine. Did I completely overindulge? No. Did I make myself feel like a failure and want to quit? Not at all. Did I give myself some flexibility to enjoy life and still stay on track. Yes. Absolutely. Finally. And that was the key.
So…results. That’s why we do these things right? Well here they are. I didn’t have a lot to lose, but I wanted to get back to 130 lbs and tone up. I want my abs. I want to cut down my body fat percentage. In just three weeks, I went from 136.0 to 131.0 (I was down to 130ish last week, but I’m a girl so….hello water retention!). I lost about 3 inches all over – not a ton, but moving in the right direction. I’ve also learned that my pictures can tell a LOT more than numbers. And I present to you exhibit A:
This picture was an impromptu “oh my gosh what the heck is that” pic that I took last week. Before Aunt Flow came to visit (she never waits to be invited, she just shows up whenever!). I was changing clothes and caught a glimpse of this in the bathroom mirror. I’d never seen that on my body before, so I had to snap a pic of proof!! Look out P!nk, I’m going to have abs like yours soon!
I know what you’re thinking. “She’s pushing out her tummy in the first pic and sucking it in in the second pic.” Actually, no. These pictures really were taken 3 weeks apart. I wasn’t pushing my stomach out AT ALL in that first picture. To be honest, I wish I could say that I was. :/ But that’s just how bloated and gross I was on November 3. So unhappy with myself and my string of poor choices with food and drink. I never like taking those before pictures, but they really helped me to push through to the end! All I knew was that I didn’t want to have my tummy look like that on Day 21 – and I succeeded!
So what now? I’m taking this week off from the normal Fix schedule, and playing around a bit with carb cycling. I’m going to try to alternate high/low carb days for a week (Haha, yes Thanksgiving Day will be high carb! How’d you guess?) and see what happens with that. Then I start back with the Fix plan next week – Round 2 is going to start on Dec 1! I’m not stopping now. With the results I got from this first round, I’m all pumped up to do it again!
Oh, and I’m getting this t-shirt. I finally earned it.
Do you want to join me for the next round? Looking forward to getting FIXed with you!! 😉