Well, here we are…Day 2 of my 21 Day Fix. While I hurt in multiple places, I’m realizing that I’m enjoying the pain. Why? Do I suddenly have some Christian Grey fixation? No! It’s because I know I’m doing something to get me to a better place. And that, my friends, is a great thing.
We live in such a time of instant gratification. Fast food. Cell phones that allow us to have everything at our fingertips. Heck, you can even get married in a drive-through in Las Vegas. But there is one thing that you can’t do instantly. And that is to get in shape. Sure you can have surgery, but even that isn’t a quick fix. And unfortunately, it isn’t always a lifelong change. You have to work to keep the surgery results off. If you want long-lasting results, you must put in the work and dedication.
As I’ve said before, I was always underweight. I thought it would always be easy. Now that I’m finding it isn’t, it’s frustrating. In my 30’s when I gained a few extra pounds, all I had to do was quit when I was full and walk. And cut out that extra beer. But now, doing those things, while my weight is stable, I wasn’t losing. I knew I had to do something. While most everyone has great luck with Weight Watchers, I knew that wasn’t right for me.
Spending lots of extra cash on a trainer, well, with a kid going off to college in the fall, there just isn’t extra money for that frivolous item. I just don’t understand a lot of those diets. When I read about protein and good fats and all, I get confused and frustrated. Why can’t I just eat a pound of bacon a day and get thin?
The 21 Day Fix offered me all the things I would need to begin my healthy journey. Not going to lie…so far, not totally digging the Shakeology. I think with a few more tweaks I will like them more…but, they just aren’t my thing. Yes, I will keep at them, but I feel I must be honest with you. In theory, they’re awesome. They are definitely convenient…but the taste is taking some getting used to.
Sometime ago, I tried Slimfast. Loved the strawberry (which is what I’m having tomorrow, only the Fix variety.) I gained 17 pounds on Slimfast. What. The. Heck! Why was this happening? I mean, everyone in the TV ads got thin, why am I becoming the size of something you would tractor back into the ocean if you found me in the sand? Well, apparently the sleeve of Grandma sammich cookies and Coke I drank every morning had fewer calories than the Slimfast. Since I rarely had lunch (or had a second Slimfast shake), and I cooked a decent meal every night (I grilled all of our meat and there was always a veggie), my doctor said that indeed, the caloric intake had risen from the shakes. Imagine my shock and dismay…and disgust!
I guess what I’m saying, is that on this journey, I’m truly hoping that the shakes don’t make me gain. I wasn’t a healthy eater, for sure, but more so because I didn’t eat half the time until supper. I’m busy at work. If I got a yogurt in the morning, it was a miracle. I figure I will see soon enough if I gain instead of lose. Trust me, I am following this program to a T. You must if you want it to work. If I gain, I will cut out the daily shake and just keep at the exercise portion. Maybe doing the shake every other day or some such. I would definitely talk to my awesome coach. Fingers crossed I don’t have to cross that road.
So, today’s workout was Upper Body Fix. Ahh…LOVED it! I mean, I hurt everywhere. My thighs, my bum, my tummy, my shoulders…well, you get it. But, this exercise disk (except for the circle crunches that hurt my back) was a blast. I felt strong. I felt motivated. I felt sweaty. All the things you want to feel when working out.
I hope you will consider joining me on this journey. Whether it is with this program or something else. Let’s all decide to make 2016 the year of healthy women. As a social worker in oncology and palliative care, I see how important it is to take care of yourself. Mind, body, and spirit.
Life is too short to go unnoticed…make it happen!