As a former high school and college athlete, being healthy and “in shape” has always been a priority for me.
Physical fitness is important…but I never really had to work at it 🙂
However, getting married, teaching high school full time, carrying and raising two beautiful, wonderful, amazing (this list could go on and on and on…) daughters, becoming coffee and latte addict, and turning 30 (holy moly!), staying “in shape” has been pushed to the back burner.
Most every adult woman can sympathize with this, I am sure!
After realizing that the mantra “you can’t pour from an empty cup” rings true, I decided to kick it into gear.
I started running, and in doing so realized something amazing. I LOVE RUNNING. Seriously. I love it. I have asthma, a bum knee, and am prone to shin splints (post coming about those lovely things later!). However, I LOVE RUNNING. The sheer thought of running the timed mile in school was enough to make me want to lose my lunch, but now I LOVE IT.
It’s a stress reliever.
It’s good exercise. Yes, I know it’s not the best on the joints, but I love it.
Seriously it’s an addiction.
However, getting “in shape” takes more than just running. Eating and fueling my body right is just as – if not more – important as my beloved hobby.
Here’s where the title of this post comes into play.
I’ve done TONS of research on eating plans…I’m not going to say I’m on a diet because diets are typically epic failures. I read about the get skinny quick plans and pills, but that’s not how I want to get healthier. Is eating right difficult? Absolutely. Is the feeling of overcoming a difficult obstacle amazing? Absolutely!
I decided to take the challenging path and actually change my eating habits instead of looking for a quick fix.
However, my area of expertise does not lie in the health and fitness field. Seriously, I just want to run. That’s it!
So..I turned to a friend and colleague who is also a BEACHBODY coach, and asked for advice. Knowing the lack of time and energy I have to devote to an eating plan, she directed me to the 21 Day Fix. Contact my pal, Jenn here.
My original thoughts when I saw the program? I have to measure food? I have to plan my meals? I can’t have a latte a day? Ok, I don’t have a latte every day. 🙂
The answer to all of these questions is yes. In order to make changes in my lifestyle and actually have to MAKE CHANGES.
Shopping for the 21 Day Fix was interesting … and took a little bit of adjusting. If you’re thinking about starting the Fix, get ready to buy tons of fresh fruit and vegetables! This is a good habit to get into, obviously, just not a habit I had been in before the Fix! However, when you order the 21 Day Fix, in addition to all of the containers (I’ll get to that in a minute!) you also receive a meal plan guide … this is your go-to guide during your Fix. This guide includes a list of foods to fill all of the containers, as well as how much of each container you should be eating per day. I won’t lie, the first few days of eating measured food was NOT easy…but reaching a goal is never really easy, right?
In fact, the first few days were like a nasty flashback to the days of measuring food during my pregnancies … during both of which I had GESTATIONAL DIABETES! (Based on some of my friends’ pregnancies, I happily accepted G.D.)
FYI, buying fresh fruits and veggies can get expensive – which makes zero sense. I do my 21 day fix shopping (mostly) at Aldi.
Here’s a quick rundown of the pretty containers and what you’re supposed to do with them 😀
Red = Proteins
Green = Veggies
Purple = Fruit
Yellow = Carbs
Blue = Healthy Fats
Orange = Dressings
The eating plan that accompanies these handy dandy containers is pretty much your go-to guide for the 21 Day Fix. With some minor math work, you’ll figure out how many “reds,” “greens,” “purples,” etc., you should be eating daily.
At first, the main struggle for me was not eating my weight in fruit and cheese. I’ve always been a fan of veggies, so getting in all of my “green” containers IS NEVER an issue!
I’ll be 100% honest, I haven’t ditched my coffee creamer, like the program requires. BUT, I HAVE significantly reduced the amount of creamer I use. Progress 🙂
I’m loving my results, too. I typically don’t get on a scale, ever … I just go by how I feel and how my clothes fit … but in the first round of the Fix, I lost 7 pounds. I’m not sure about the inches, because I didn’t measure – ha! Be sure to measure when you start your Fix. Mathematically viewing the results you’ve worked so hard to achieve is pretty spectacular.
I’ll be posting more about my 21 Day Fix experience, so check back soon!
Thanks for reading 🙂
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