My 21-Day Fix Results
Sunday was my last day on the 21-Day Fix and I’m thrilled with my results. Due to the fact that I was doing Follistim while on most of the Fix, it really threw a wrench in things in terms of bloating, fluid retention, and so many other things. The fatigue, the irritability, the lack of motivation to eat anything that wasn’t covered in chocolate… I had a lot stacked up against me to fail.
I’m so proud to say that while I’ve only lost 5 lbs, I have lost 15 inches!
To me, 15 inches is a BIG DEAL! Just three weeks, eating better, exercising daily, and I lost 15 inches. I am so proud! I have kept going this week and intend to keep going until Glenn’s birthday (2/8), and will check again at that time, but I feel so good and am very pleased with how well the 21-Day Fix went for me. I haven’t had cheat meals, the only real cheat I had was Saturday night at my sister-in-law’s birthday, and I had the tiniest piece of cake, which I later regretted because it was too sweet after not having much sugar for 3 weeks. Otherwise, I have hung in there strong!
How the 21-Day Fix Changed Me
I wanted to share just a few little ways that the Fix changed me for the better, and I really hope I keep up with this…
Learning to Enjoy Food and Not Dread It
Even though we always did our fair share of healthy eating when it came to dinner, I was horrible when it came to lunches that weren’t leftovers, and my snacks. I’d grab a pre-packaged granola bar before anything else, which really messes up carb count. I’ve learned to have a better relationship with food again, and enjoy eating balanced meals.
I have learned how to eyeball correct portions for myself to avoid over-eating so that I can space smaller meals out throughout the day, not only helping to keep my energy up, but also to keep my metabolism moving. This is key for weight loss, healthy weight retention, and better overall wellbeing. Not to mention, PCOS control!
I love coffee. I love how it tastes, and it’s one of my favorite flavors of ice cream in the world! But I no longer need it to wake up in the morning. I find my energy in just drinking Shakeology for breakfast, and then drinking 32 oz of water right after. I feel more energized than I did starting my day off with coffee. My first week on the Fix I relied on mixing my Shakeology with coffee, but after that I quit and probably had coffee maybe 5 times total the last 2 weeks. I just don’t crave it anymore. I’ll enjoy a cup at a social gathering, or on a Saturday morning, but that’s about it. I don’t need it, and it feels nice to not have to rely on it in the mornings. I know coffee itself isn’t that bad for you, it’s what you put in it that is bad. I was guilty of using flavored Coffeemate or International Delight creamers every single day. Moderation is key. I didn’t have it before, but I sure have it now.
Confidence in Exercising
I used to be so bad at making up excuses to not exercise. During the Fix, there were 4 days out of the 21 that I didn’t exercise. Two were during ovulation due to the mild-OHSS I had developed, one was due to going straight from work to a friend’s house for a social gathering and not getting home until 1 AM… and one was due to spending part of my morning in the ER for Gastritis (another story for another day), and then going to bed at 7 PM that night and sleeping ALL NIGHT. Otherwise, I managed to exercise every day, and 3 of the 4 days that I didn’t exercise, I took the stairs at work a few times each day (80 up, 80 down), so I at least moved. I also have a standing desk at work, so I use it a lot to do squats while I work, and just move a little more than I normally would sitting down. I stand 75% of my work day.
I know I can make time to exercise if I care to do so. Most of the time Zoey does it with me, and she loves it! Sometimes I wait until she goes to bed if she is having a hard day, but I can almost always fit it in. I’m hoping I can move to doing it in the mornings… I haven’t made it that far yet. Not. A. Morning. Person.
I get it, it’s hard to start a new nutrition/exercise regimen. It always sounds good in theory, but then sucks when you get started. I totally get it. That was me, and honestly some of it still is me… I don’t like exercise, but I like how I feel the next day. Just be strong and know that you really can do it if you truly want to. The first few days are by far the hardest… who am I kidding, the first WEEK is hard. Push through.
I couldn’t have done this without accountability. Having a coach and a support group on Facebook made a world of difference for me, and I truly believe it is why I succeeded. Also, the fact that I have several friends who have done the same program and loved it… I really believe it helped to see their success. Having accountability is key if you want to succeed on this program.
Don’t Cheat Your Water
I have heard a couple of people say they counted their unsweet tea or coffee as water for the day, and I strongly disagree with this. Your body is made of a high percentage of water, not tea or coffee… I feel like it’s imperative to keep it clean and go for the plain stuff. Anything extra is a bonus. I generally consume 96-128 oz of water in a day (including what I drink during working out). 88 oz is my minimum on the program and I get that in before workout time. During exercising and afterwards, I get the rest in. I don’t cheat my water because I know it’s the right thing to do, and I’d only be cheating myself.
Connect With a Coach Who Understands PCOS
My coach has PCOS and understands it, so it made it a lot easier to go through the program with her. If you want me to connect you to her, let me know and I’ll be glad to. It doesn’t matter where you live (she lives in FL, I live in TN), she can help you. If you want me to answer a slew of questions before you connect with her, I’m totally available, just let me know. In addition to the other items mentioned above, having a coach who understands PCOS made a big difference for me. She was flexible in areas where I needed flexibility (pomegranate juice as a fruit replacement for my uterine lining prior to ovulation), and she cheered me on as I continued with treatments while on the Fix. It helped a lot.
Download the App and Use It!
There is a 21-Day Fix app that I relied heavily on to keep track of my progress. There are two totally separate ones from Apple and Android, and from what I can tell, the Apple version is killer compared to the other. Even people who have the Android one and then see the Apple one complain that theirs is crappy compared to it… my guess is the Android version was made by a third party instead of Beach Body themselves, but maybe a good one is coming? So if you have an iPhone, the app is imperative for success! It’s free, easy to use, and really helped me feel confident throughout the day as I was tracking my water and food consumption.
That’s all I’ve got for today. I am glad I gave the 21-Day Fix a go. I’m renewing my Shakeology subscription this month, and hopefully I’ll be pregnant soon and can use it as some extra nourishment for my baby. 🙂
Until next time…