I have a background in health education/kinesiology and I have always tried to live a healthy and fit life. Prior to having kids I pretty much ate whatever I wanted and worked out occasionally. However, when I was 6 months pregnant with our oldest daughter we joined a new gym and I started to workout about 3 times a week. I worked out up until the day she was born (yes I was that crazy huge pregnant lady at the gym). After she was born, I continued to work out when I could and sometimes go running with my friends. I continued this exercise pattern during my next pregnancy (our girls are only 17 months apart).
After I had Abigail, I really wanted to get back to my pre-baby weight. I started to really watch what I was eating and started to workout more. However, I was not successful.
You name I have tried it… Advocare, all kinds of crazy supplements, working out with a personal trainer, Camp Gladiator, online weight training program, and weight watchers. After doing all those different things I was still at the same weight. I know that it’s great that I was working out and eating healthy, and I should have been happy with that, but I was not. I really wanted to lose the weight and be a different size!!!
For the past couple of years I have seen people post things about Beachbody, 21 Day Fix, and Shakeology but I had no clue what they were talking about they always only posted about needing to buy in and get other people to buy in and they get people to buy in…… it was something I really did not want to be a part of. However, at the end of March I had reached the heaviest weight I had ever been (except for when I was pregnant) and I was so depressed. I was ready to try something new and really wanted something that would work this time. I contacted my friend that was a Beachbody coach and she suggested that I try the 21 day Fix. Turns out, I didn’t have to sell anything (if I didn’t want to of course). So I ordered the DVDs and started researching the program and looking for family friendly healthy meals.
I started my first round of 21 Day Fix on April 11th, 2016. I followed everything the recommended (daily 30 minute workouts and the meal plan) for three weeks. At the end of the three weeks I was shocked by the results! I had lost 5lbs and 7 inches overall. That was huge for me. Not only had I lost weight but I was starting to tone my body and I could really tell a difference.
Since April I have done several rounds of 21 Day Fix and even did one round of 21 day Fix Extreme – AWESOME workout. Starting next Monday I am planning to start 21 day Fix Extreme again but this time I am going to make sure I am eating the foods that I need to be eating!
I love that the workouts are only 30 minutes long and I can do them at home however I would love to try out some other workout programs. I have a good friend that is a Texas Fit Chick Instructor and I have always wanted to try out the program so I may try to do that this Fall. Also I have several friends that go to Orangetheory Fitness. If you have never heard of this fitness class you should definitely check it out. It looks and sounds intense but you will burn 500 to 1000 calories in one hour!!
What is your favorite workout or favorite healthy dinner option?