Guest Blog Post: 21 days to a healthier me

I recently coached my first challenge group through the 21 Day Fix. My fit and fearless friend Susan, blogger at Adventures with Suz, joined me just days after completing her first marathon.

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This is her crossing the finish line. Doesn’t she look great? I love her beaming smile in this picture. Let’s see if the 21 Day Fix kept her smiling!

It’s been nearly a month since I ran my first marathon. Wow, what an experience! I can’t wait to do another. After accomplishing a goal that I had set despite quite a bit of self-doubt I felt more motivated than ever. I wanted to eat better, get fitter, and run faster. But how was I going to do that?

I figured it wouldn’t be easy and certainly not to tackle all three at the same time. I go to the gym about 4-5 days a week and run as well. I felt like I already had a great base there that I could build upon in the future. One place where I struggle is eating well. I have a huge sweet tooth. Chocolate anything makes me happy. However, I felt like knowing and acknowledging that put me in a good position to get started.

I’m not into gimmicks. I don’t believe in miracle pills and fad diets. I also know exercising only takes you so far. It’s what you put in your body that takes you to that next level. So with that said, what I do believe in is eating healthy, whole foods, i.e. fruits, veggies, nuts, proteins, whole grains.

But how was I going to do this? How was I going to make this lifestyle change, because that’s what it truly is, and hold myself accountable? This is where my dear friend Anna comes in.

Anna had completed the Beachbody 21 Day Fix leading up to her wedding and had great success. After becoming a Team Beachbody coach, she decided to host her first challenge group heading in the three weeks leading up to Memorial Day. After checking out the program, I decided to give it a shot.

I know what you’re thinking. I just said I wasn’t into gimmicks and fad diets. But to me, the 21 Day Fix didn’t seem like a gimmick or a fad diet. It was a tool to help me plan my meals, monitor what I was eating, and help me set some new and healthy habits. An added bonus was being a part of the challenge group with Anna as our coach. She was supportive and offered great tips on how to succeed, even with challenging days where you weren’t always in control of the food you would eat.

The program also boasts several different 30-minute workouts, as well as a 10-minute bonus abs workout. These included workouts for the upper body, lower body, pilates, yoga, cardio, and a full-body workout called The Dirty 30. What I loved about these workouts was that they were short. It was easy to sneak them in at some point during the day.

After 21 days, I lost three pounds. Before you say that it doesn’t sound like much, let me explain. My goal going into this wasn’t to lose 10-15 pounds like some of the people Beachbody uses in its advertising. My goal was to set new healthy habits in regards to food. Was I perfect, not at all. However, I can say that I felt a difference in myself. I had more energy and just overall felt better because I was eating good foods.

I also am already quite active. With that said, I often double-dipped in workouts. I’d hit the gym and do one of the 21 Day Fix workouts as a little extra boost. If you’re someone who has been rather sedentary, I’d stick to just the 21 Day Fix workouts should you decide to do the program. Trust me, you get a good workout in those 30 minutes. I know I was definitely working up a sweat!

After completing the program, I’ve decided to do it again. I took the past week off to deal with moving to a new apartment and can’t wait to get started again tomorrow. It really did help me and I can’t wait to see myself continue on the path of improvement during round two.

Before I close this out, I did want to share some sample meal plans that I put together during the 21 Day Fix. For those of you who don’t know, food is categorized into colored containers, so I included the corresponding color with each item so you have an idea. For my goal caloric intake each day, I could have 3 green, 2 purple, 4 red, 2 yellow, 1 blue, 1 orange, and 2 spoons. Here’s what goes in each container:

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Example 1:

  • Breakfast: two eggs scrambled (red), asparagus (green)
  • Snack: orange (purple), pecans (blue)
  • Lunch: salad (green), grilled chicken (red), dressing (orange)
  • Snack: whole grain sprouted toast (yellow), peanut butter (spoon), apple (purple)
  • Dinner: wild rice (yellow), fish (red)
  • Snack: protein shake (red)

Example 2:

  • Breakfast: steel-cut oatmeal (yellow)
  • Snack: grapes (purple)
  • Lunch: protein shake or Shakeology (red)
  • Snack: almonds (blue), banana (purple)
  • Snack: sprouted whole grain toast (yellow), peanut butter (spoon)
  • Dinner: shrimp (red), salad (green)

I mentioned Shakeology in the second meal plan example. While I chose not to purchase Shakeology, I know Anna and many of the other participants in our challenge group loved the shakes. I had two and they definitely fill you up and can stand alone as a meal. There are also plenty of ways to change them up so you don’t get bored.

I want to thank Anna for letting me be a guest poster on her blog once again. It’s so great to connect with new people through this channel. I also want to recommend Anna as a coach. She was so supportive throughout the 21 days and beyond. She has some future challenge groups planned so check in with her and see what you might be interested in pursuing!

Thanks for reading! Are you ready for summer?

One thought on “Guest Blog Post: 21 days to a healthier me

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