Saturday, October 24, 2015

The First 5 Days of the 21 Day Fix

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So, what's the 21 Day Fix actually like?  What does this 21 Day Challenge entail?
Well, it's ACCOUNTABILITY TIME!!! 
I CONFESS. I own well over 10-15 BEACHBODY programs. I've been doing them for over 10 years so I admit that I totally have A.D.D. and instead of following just one program for the whole 30, 60 or even 90 days that they call for, I like to pick and choose different ones at random to mix it up.
BUT I REALIZED earlier this week that it was totally defeating the purpose of having a PROGRAM!!! I was denying myself the BEST RESULTS.
I thought, "Hey, I'm fit. I'm working out 5-6 times a week and I'm using our programs."
BUT I wasn't benefiting from these EXPERT TRAINERS and the SPECIFIC ORDER they put these workouts in nor was I following the NUTRITION PLANS to a T. I was just eating clean "generally".
Well for the next 21 DAYS I plan to be an "A" STUDENT and follow both the WORKOUT SCHEDULE AND THE NUTRITION PLAN as closely as I possibly can!!!
At the end I'll share my results!
I'll be posting here and on my personal Facebook page for my own accountability over the next 3 weeks!!!
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CHEER ME ON if you can. This 21 day program has no rest days, just yoga on the 7th day so it will take some hard work to workout everyday NO MATTER WHAT!!!
I'm GAME though!!! Let's do this!!!

Day 1 of my 21 Day Challenge - I took my measurements and before pics last night.  I felt pretty good, as one usually does when first embarking on a new journey.  I woke up at 5am, completed the first workout, drank my nutrient packed shake, and headed off to work.  I also announced this 21 Day Challenge publicly on social media, so that I knew I would not back out.
I cut up a kiwi and an orange pepper for snacks at work.  I also loosely wrote out what I planned to eat that day and tracked the colored containers on the 21 Day Fitness Tracker app on my iPhone.  Ready, set Go!

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Day 2 of my 21 Day Challenge!!!

Woo hoo!!! Man it feels crazy I'm only 2 days in. Isn't it always the case when you're struggling and finding it hard that you FEEL like you should be so much farther???

Well, if I've learned anything, it's that this is a journey not a sprint or a race. And the only competition is myself.

Unlike, in the past, this time around I want to follow the nutrition plan as closely as I can.  I have a tendency just to guesstimate things instead of actually measuring things.  THIS TIME, I plan to really pay attention to the portion sizes and USE THE CONTAINERS as they were meant to be used.

The last time I did the 21 Day Fix, I actually didn't lose much at all, BUT the last time I did it, I actually didn't "DO IT".  I free formed it and followed it loosely.  You get in what you put out.  I also skipped workouts last time.  If I didn't feel like doing Pilates, I didn't do the Pilates DVD.  NOT THIS TIME.  This time, I'm NOT MISSING A WORKOUT.  AND I'm DOING IT IN ORDER ACCORDING TO THE SCHEDULE.

Day 3 of 21 DONE.
Not gonna lie. Today was tough.
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I think if I hadn't declared this publicly, I might have slept in this morning.

That and I probably would have eaten bread yesterday at lunch BUT I want to show what can happen when you follow this program the way it's laid out.

I want to show myself that I can do it and follow through when it's hard.

And I'm sharing this publicly, 1. So that I have a better chance of finishing this and 2. To show you that I struggle too.

And don't ask me what face this is. I was trying to be somewhat cool, fake gang sign with my "3" but also goofy duck face and then I thought, who cares, you're way over thinking this Raina.
I feel like I can already tell a difference.  I know I'm only 3 days in BUT there's something about following a plan the way it was meant to be followed.  I'm excited to see the end results!

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Day 4 of 21 D.O.N.E!!! 
I'm almost a fifth of the way done! Yay!
I'm not normally a Pilates girl but in the video today she said the point of it was to stretch and lengthen your muscles to make them long and lean.  Like tall and thin?  I mean, I'm only 5' 2.5", so I can use all the help I can get.

So yeah.  Well, when you say it like that wink emoticon 
Haha, excited to go into the weekend!
I'm determined to stick with this and see it through to the end.

DATE NIGHT tomorrow. SO EXCITED!!!
Also a little nervous because in the past date night meant wine, eating indulgently with lobster, cornbread, and mashed potatoes.  And of course, we would always stop for frozen yogurt with all the toppings.  My favorite being reese's peanut butter cups on top of vanilla or cafe frozen yogurt.  Sigh, well this time it's going to be different.  THIS TIME, I want to come out of the weekend WEIGHING LESS than when I went into it!


If you want something different, THEN you gotta DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT, right?!

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Day 5 of 21 Done!
I didn't even set an alarm AND call me CRAZY BUT I ACTUALLY JUMPED OUT OF BED LOOKING FORWARD TO MY WORKOUT!!!!
I know, Riiiiiight???!

Haha yay!!! The OLD ME would have slept in because I felt like I DESERVED IT after a long week.
The NEW ME realizes I deserve to be FIT AND HEALTHY! So I worked out BEFORE the rest of my family gets up so I could still spend the whole day with them!
PLUS, date night's tonight so I don't have time to workout later.
Woo hoo!  I'm down almost 3 LBS in 5 DAYS!!!
And tonight's the night.  DATE NIGHT!  Gotta STAY STRONG!!!  I'll post my progress again next week.
Till then!
By the way, I totally confess I still was not able to follow the program to a T :(
I did do all the workouts in order :)
BUT I did have ketchup, a strawberry custard tart, Jello fat free cheesecake pudding mix, curry sauce, and honey roasted pecans.  I also ate out and unfortunately when you eat out, you can just never be sure how things are prepared, but I did the best I could.  Regardless, this is the CLOSEST I've followed it since I bought it, which was when it first came out.  AND HEY, 3 LBS is NOT TOO SHABBY!

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