There are some days where I feel like I have done it all to try and lose weight.
But wait..there’s always more!
I have always heard of Beach Body but I will be honest I was horribly turned off because of a really bad experience with herbalife. I joined a park district weightloss group in the hopes of finding like-minded people and getting a boost to lose weight. In the end I found out it was just a sneaky way for someone to get clients to tell they NEED Herbalife to lose weight or you will be a hopeless failure and be fat forever. I fell for it.
When I started seeing all this Beach Body stuff all over social media I was like “Oh great! Its Herbalife all over again”. Until I really started to follow these ladies. They are super passionate about what they do. They share their weightloss stories and how they used Beach Body to lose weight in a healthy way from home that worked with their busy lifestyles.
Back story – I fell off the wagon. I fell off the wagon really hard. I tried to run after that wagon after falling but the damn thing was always just out of reach. I have seen so many people do the 21 Day Fix and succeed at it. I read over the program and honestly I have done this before. When I was eating right and working out my life was the ’21 Day Fix’. But I know this time I needed that kick in the arse to get back on track. Mentally I knew what I had to do – I have done it all before! But I am a nerd and when I am given a task or “homework” I do it. If I make my own plan – I will just rebel.
I went ahead and ordered the 21 Day Fix Extreme. I did not however order Shakeology. This is just a personal choice for the time being. I am more of a fan of getting my nutrients from my food than from shakes. I use shakes for recovery purposes only and not to replace food. Just my personal choice – Not saying people who use shakes are wrong. Anyhoo – I even got the containers that go along with this whole fix business…
I am a chef.. I have a drawer of measuring cups. All the details say exactly how much each of these measuring cups are. Did I HAVE to spend the money to buy these fancy color-coded containers? No. I did not. However, I know mentally this is what I need. I need to look at my food as the color category I am allowed to have. If I count another calorie right now I may lose my mind. I will count colors and it will make me happy. I really enjoyed doing my meal planning and having my allotted food containers tallied up for the day instead of just throwing things together with no real plan.
The hard part about this challenge for me (aside from chocolate..) will be the workout DVDs. I have always been the type of person that is only motivated by being in a gym setting. I do not like home workouts. I have 2 dogs (one of which who is absolutely insane..not kidding..I know people will say ‘oh i have a crazy dog too’. Oh no honey..You should see how many medications he is on..he makes my depression and anxiety look like a trip to Disneyland.) I always think about what I could be doing around the house instead of working out. I will admit though there are times I cannot make it to the gym and I use every excuse in the book to say “Well, I will just make this a rest day then” which sometimes turns into a rest week. With these DVDs on hand I really have no excuse. Please ignore the fact I have a treadmill, an indoor bike and a weight lifting machine. So yeah – I really have no excuse right now.
Last I will just say the bigger picture reason behind all this. A few months ago I got my Personal Trainer certification because it was a pre-req for me to get my coaching certification. I have been dreaming of being a health coach for a while now. Everyone tells me they could lose weight too if only they knew how to cook and meal plan. Cooking and meal planning is my jam!!! If that is what peoples hang up is then I want to be able to help them. I do recognize that there are a lot of people out there who do not like to workout at a gym like I do and prefer home workouts. I really wanted to try this 21 day fix workout so that I can see first-hand how this program works and if it does – then I can sign up to be a coach for beach body as well so that I have those tools at reach when I work with clients. I do not want to shove products down peoples throats but if I hear someone say “I prefer to workout at home” well then I have a whole arsenal of workout dvds to offer! But I would certainly not sign up without seeing this program myself. Also – I need to do this fix for myself so I can lose weight to achieve my dream of being a health coach. I need to be my first client.
For the next 21 days I will be posting on here or on instagram (maybe both if time allows).
I meal prepped today to set myself up for success and this is what I have going on for the week-
Ground Turkey Zoodles
Plenty of fruits and veggies
Some crazy super oatmeal from Trader Joes with flax
To practice the whole container counting I set up my meals for tomorrow:
Breakfast: Powerhouse Scramble
Cruciferous Crunch veggies
Saute scramble in coconut oil
Snack: Apple w/ Peanut Butter
Lunch: Taco Salad
Lean ground beef (95/5)
21 Day Fix Approved Taco Seasoning
Snack: Chicken Salad
Dinner: Ground Turkey & Zoodles
All Natural Marinara
Garlic Whole Wheat Pita w/ Olive Oil
Here is just a glimpse of some of my prep work.
Very excited for the next 21 days!!