The Beginning – Making the Move to a Healthier Lifestyle

IMG_6731First off, I have to say I have always been somewhat fit my entire life and never had a tremendous amount of weight to lose, so I know I will never have a dramatic success story to share with everyone. I also know people will think I’ve had it easy, and I didn’t have any hurdles to overcome. And even though I can’t say I’ve lost a huge amount of weight, I have had my own struggles with my fitness and health. I’m sure others feel the same as I do and are going through some of the same daily struggles.

My goal is to help others change their lives for the better, by openingly sharing my own personal experience and the physical and mental struggles I had to overcome.

Honestly, the past year or so I haven’t been very motivated to get much done. It’s much easier to sit on the couch all day then to put effort into improving my life.

Back in January, I knew I needed to make a change to how I was living my life.  I knew I wasn’t where I wanted to be and I realized I’m the only one who’s going to be able to make the change in my life.

In January, I saw several posts from Amy Leigh Rynhart about her and her husbands success with the 21 Day Fix program, and figured I had nothing to lose, so I reached out to her and she quickly accepted the challenge and became my coach. A short time later, I bought my first challenge pack and joined her accountability group that began February 15th. The group is awesome, we were expected to check in daily and share our food and exercises each day, plus complete any other assignments Amy gave us. 🙂 It’s was very motivational and I wouldn’t have stuck with the program if it wasn’t for this group. Thank you Amy! You’re an awesome coach!

Working out, getting in shape, changing your eating habits and changing your life is never easy, but I’m really glad I put in the effort and made the change. I’m so glad I made the commitment to improve my life.

I know I mention the 21 Day Fix program often and I want to make to known that it isn’t a crash diet but rather a lifestyle change. The main focus of the program is it teaches you about the correct portion sizes and it shows you how much of each food category you should be eating. I never realized just how many carbs I was actually eating everyday until I started the program.

During the first 21 days I had several obstacles to overcome.

  • For one, I really hate working out at home and being an editor, I planned to load the videos on my phone so that the workouts could be done at the gym. I quickly learned I no longer have a working edit station, and didn’t have the time nor patience figure out how to get my old system back up and running. So in the meantime, I decided to deal with my frustrations and just work out at home. I was surprised to find it really isn’t that bad. Each workout is 30 minutes long and working out at home is easier and quicker, it saves the travel time and the packing time spent packing for the gym.
  • The second challenge that took some getting used to was picking meals for the week that fit within my allotted container counts. I used to bake scones, eat frozen waffles or anything else that was quick and easy to grab in the morning. Following the meal plan didn’t allow for this anymore. I didn’t mind the change so much as I always wanted to eat healthier, but I needed something that was quick and easy and took no effort for breakfast. Lucky my challenge pack came with Shakeology. I decided to give it a try and replace breakfast with the shake and I couldn’t be more happier that I did. It’s quick and it’s the heathliest option there is!
  • Third, the workouts on the 21 Day Fix are tough. The first day was Total Body Cardio Fix, and honestly… I was exhausted halfway through the warm up. I couldn’t believe just how out of shape I was and I was really wondering what I got myself into.

During the first round of the 21 Day Fix, I found that my fitness level dramatically increased every week and by the end of the 21 Day Fix, I felt the strongest and most focus than I ever have before. I love the feeling of finally being in control!

tuesday-motivation-031014-feat-630x350On March 7th, my second accountability group with Amy started and I began my first round of 21 Day Fix Extreme. There’s a reason why it’s called extreme… It’s one of the toughest workouts I’ve ever done and it’s only 30 minutes!!!

Check back often to see updates on my progress during my first round of the 21 Day Fix Extreme.

Don’t forget! You could do this too! It takes a lot of effort but it’s so worth it!

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