Back in January, inspired by the always wonderful Kara from Boho Berry, I decided to do the “New Year for a New You” series, that was originally created by Lisa Jacobs. During those seven days, I answered questions about my past year and the upcoming one, and I set objectives in five different areas: relational, financial, physical, mental and spiritual.
One of them was accomplished last April, when I moved in with Alex in our new home. And now, I’m tackling another one: eating better (thus improving my health).
You see, in the last few years, I’ve steadily gained weight. In total, I’m almost 30 pounds heavier than I was in 2010. This is the heaviest I’ve been ever, and I’m NOT happy about it.
We all know how it happened… Poor eating choices, not enough exercise, too much time in front of the T.V… Yup. You know what I’m talking about, right?
At first, I didn’t worry too much about it. It was only about a year ago that I really started feeling uncomfortable in my body. And in the past year, it’s only worsen. I’ve had to go up in clothes sizes and I could see that I was still gaining weight. This was becoming a burden.
I knew I had to improve my diet, make better choices and include some physical activity to my lifestyle.
Simultaneously, I saw that my brother-in-law and his wife, whom I both adore, were getting fit. During the last year, they each lost more than 20 pounds. Of course, I wanted to know how they did it!
They explained the 21 Day Fix program to me at least three or four times (over many months!) before I started telling myself that I could give it a try. Seeing their results was a real motivation, though.
And so, I decided that I would start my very first round of the 21 Day Fix in July. Here’s how I prepared for it.
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What is the 21 Day Fix?
Well, as the name says, it’s a fitness program from Beachbody that spans three weeks.
Every day, you do a 30-minute workout led by Autumn Calabrese (the creator of the program). There’s a different workout for each day of the week, that way you don’t get bored and you target different parts of your body. I do mine in the morning, as part of my Miracle Morning routine.
With that comes a nutrition plan based on portion control. According to your weight and height, you get a set number of colored containers to eat daily. Each color represents a different type of food. Green for veggies, purple for fruits, red for protein, yellow for carbs, blue for good fats and orange for seeds. That ensures that you get enough of everything and more of what’s best for you, in the right portions.
Seriously, it’s pretty simple. And I know that getting to know what’s a good sized portion is the key for me, as I tend to overeat.
If you want to know more, multiple blogs and websites explain the container system way better than I can, like this one that gives plenty of helpful info.
Preparing for success
You see, I really want this new health journey to be a success. I want those pounds and inches gone and I want to feel better in my body. That’s why I took my preparation seriously and, as you now know me, planned everything in advance.
First, as I read the information booklets that came with the DVDs and containers, I took notes in my bullet journal, just to make sure I got everything right. I also wrote what I could use to “add some zing”, as they say, to my meals while not adding calories.
Not only is this spread colorful and cute, it’s also really useful and I now refer to it daily, to make sure I’m on track.
Once I was fairly certain I understood the container system well enough, I gave myself time to prepare menus.
You might remember that getting those menus ready was on my May-June Bimonthly Goals list. Mind you, it didn’t take me two full months to complete them, but probably a good four to five weeks, with a few minutes here and there. Life’s busy, peeps! And as I got more comfortable with the system and numbers, I got faster too. The first menu was definitely the longest to draw up and now that I’m implementing it, I’m realizing there are a few mistakes in it that I have to correct.
Still, having menus not only helps because I never wonder what I’m going to eat, I’m sure I’ll get all the nutrients I need and it’s going to be delicious… because I made sure to choose yummy recipes! Another bonus is that is simplifies grocery shopping immensely.
Additionally, I created a spread to keep track of my progress in my trusted bullet journal. As you can see below, the first thing I wrote is my “why”, the reason I’m doing this. It’s so important to keep it in mind. And I wrote a goal, which is fairly simple since this is my first time attempting the 21 Day Fix: I just want to make it until the end of the three weeks without missing a day!
I’m sharing my measurements and my weights… I know you won’t judge me. If you’re the kind of person who reads this blog, you’re the kind of person who cheers other on without judgement.
The last thing I added was a space for non-scale victory. That way, even if the pounds don’t disappear like I want them to, I will still have some positive to gain from all my hard work.
The last thing I did to make sure I would keep my motivation was to join a Facebook group led by a Beachbody coach. It’s a small group of less than 20 people, and we are encouraged to post selfies after working out and pictures of our meals. It’s such a simple move, but it helps with accountability. Just like this blog does! 😉
I’ll keep you posted at the end of the month and let you know how it all went!
Have you ever tried a Beachbody program? Is so, which one and did you like it? How do you keep a healthy lifestyle? Let me know in the comments below, on Facebook or on Instagram! And encouragement are always welcomed 😉
Until next time,