Reassessing the plan (21 day fix round 2)

So this week we started the 21 day fix group for the month of May. Everyone is kicking major BUTT. So proud of everyone!

However, for my second round, I was feeling..restricted. What? I really didn’t get it. I was feeling miserable with my food choices, I was craving “food” (aka junk)  and I was so hungry I wanted to eat off my arm. I know coming off the marathon training, it can be that way for me. But I don’t believe you should feel STARVING when trying to make healthier choices. So I reassessed what I was doing. Instead of using a lower bracket, I have bumped myself up. After doing that.. *angelic choir singing* I feel SO much better!!!! Less cranky. Less tired. Less starving. Clearly I wasn’t fueling my body enough on that bracket. I am still running quite a bit, so I need to remember that.

I found myself getting caught up in the diet mentality. If you have read the book I recommend to no end (Intuitive Eating) then you know what I am talking about. I started second guessing this reassessment of caloric intake because…less is better for weight loss right? *Face palm* NO. MORE nutrient dense foods in proper portions with activity will help with that. I still struggle with a lot of my disordered eating from time to time. I definitely felt on the edge of triggering my B.E.D. all again this week. Hence why I made this decision to up my bracket. I think it was a good decision on my part.

Slow, sustainable weight loss overtime is best in my situation (and for majority of people). I haven’t talked too much about my goals in terms of weight loss, but that is my goal for this summer. After last year, my B.E.D was triggered from working with the coach and things spiraled out for me. Long story short, I am about 20-30 lbs heavier than my ideal weight.

Now before I get comments on “You don’t have that much to lose” “could be muscle” or  “you look fine” know that this is not to fit into a certain size or be a number on the scale (though I realize that sounds contradictory since I just mentioned how much away from an ideal weight I am..). I want to FEEL a certain way again. I just know this isn’t ALL muscle gain. (Case in point.. Boobs..ya those aren’t muscle. My boobs are bigger…moving on).  Also, muscle isn’t that easy and quick to gain in some cases.

Anyway, I want to do what I can to get my body to a place where it can preform like it did in 2012. That last marathon in 2012..I was on my GAME. I wanna feel that strong and fit again. Don’t get me wrong, I feel great now. But I know I have a great potential to work with here. So I will not be weighing in every week with you guys. I am just letting you know it is something I am working on to better my training. I have a big goal of qualifying for Boston before I am 30.. and you know what? I will do that. But you also wanna know what? I have to qualify with a 3:35 finish. HOLY CATS. Yeah. So if I can get down a few lbs, that will definitely help. I also plan on strengthening my body too, so with that will come muscle gain. I want to get away from that focus with the scale as much as I can. I just want to feel changes in my body that I know will give me results on the road with my training.

Hope that made sense. I feel like I am just blurting out random things at this point. Just wanted to give you a little insight into me and my goals :).

 

 

 

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21 Day Fix Round 1 RESULTS

So this is the post I am sure most have been waiting for. I finished my first round of the 21 day fix on Tuesday and Wednesday I took down my measurements, took photos and weighed myself. Before I get into the juicy stuff I want to go over a few things.

1. I really hesitated with using the scale as a unit of measurement for this documentation.

As I have talked about in the past, I had a very ugly relationship with the scale. I never talked about to the extend. Sure, I talked about how when I saw a number I didn’t like, it would determine how I felt that day about myself and about everything. But I didn’t talk about the serious stuff. Mainly because I was pretty ashamed I let myself get to that point. So I think it would be best for me to be 100% upfront with you all on this because I want to show everything. The good, the bad, the ugly. Plus, if one of you are reading this and are experiencing a similar experience.. sometimes knowing you aren’t alone can mean a lot. (Do not hesitate to ever email me if you need someone to talk to. I am not a doctor or therapist but I can do my best to support you in your goals, struggles and victories. I answer every email I get.) Okay. Here it is. I used to starve myself before weigh in day. If I weighed in on Saturday morning, that meant I wouldn’t eat from Friday around 3 pm onward. If I had an evening weigh in, I wouldn’t eat most of the day. I also would not drink water. So you can see how disordered this got. I have a very ugly relationship with the scale, and therefore I did not want to use it. But I felt I would just for this round. I will not be using it regularly from now on for this reason.

2.  I did not use the 3 day quick fix guide for day 19-day 21.

If you do not know what this guide is, it comes with the program. It is a set meal plan and very clean plain foods. Personally, I chose not to use this as it would trigger my disordered eating. I know my triggers by now, and restricting to these foods would have made things worse.

3. Our next group is starting up soon!

If you want coaching from myself, support of a group (you do not have to be local, this is done via Facebook), and to see success from something like this..shoot me an email! I would love to talk to you more about your goals and get you on your way :).

 

Okay, to get into the physical results. I want to say first, this program had more behavioral and mental changes that override my physical results hands down. We will get into those shortly. By the way, I am 5 foot 7 if you were wondering.

Pounds lost: 6.1 lbs

Inches lost: overall 7.25 inches

IMG_0932Oh and yes. I self tanned. Oh and yes. I look hecka awkward ;).

So behavior changes I noticed. I feel I now look at food very differently. I noticed before this program I was overeating on my starchier foods. Easy. Sweet potato? ya I would easily eat a HUGE one to myself before. Now with the structure of the fix, I see where my portions should be. I also see food as fuel rather than only for sparking my taste buds. I noticed I was able to see what foods really gave me a good amount of fuel before my long runs. This program made this very clear.

Cravings? I only have had a few here and there. But nothing intense. The fix allows flexibility, as you have seen. Sushi, burrito, dark chocolate. I still was able to enjoy foods I love. So the cravings weren’t as intense since I knew I would be able to have them if I really wanted.

I also felt SUPER strong on the road during training. Lighter on my feet, mentally clearer, and overall just stronger. My body felt properly fueled and my energy was high. Nothing better than an efficient feeling run. My pacing even has improved it feels like!

 

Overall thoughts on the program…

Guys…I am in love. I had a feeling in my gut that this program was going to be a game changer and guess what? I am pretty sure I was right. I love that I can use this nutritional program alongside any other training I will be doing. It is versatile. I can eat food I love. I can enjoy my social life!

I will say I hate the name. I believe that some words carry various meanings to the readers who read them..and fix to me implies quick or rapid. But I do realize for marketing purposes, Beachbody had to name it something appealing. KNOW that this is NOT a quick fix. This is sustainable weight loss. THIS is really what I consider a lifestyle. Eventually you won’t need the containers for guides and you will be better at eating without them. Soon, you will see what “eating treats in moderation” really means! You DO learn from this program with the structure and flexibility of a healthy lifestyle. This has to be what I love most about it.

As a trainer who is not legally able to provide meal plans or nutritional advice, this is something I can recommend to my clientele. I can fully trust that my clients are going to see full results if they pair my workouts, Autumn’s workouts on the DVDs (from time to time) and the nutritional program.

FAQ I have gotten in the last few weeks:

I am breastfeeding, am I still able to participate in the 21 day fix?

Yes you can. You will have to adjust your calorie bracket differently, but it is okay to do. If you will be using the fitness programs too, make sure it is okay with your doctor and that you listen to your body.

What equipment do I need for the workouts?

You will need a pair of light and heavier dumbbells, a yoga mat, towel and water. Not all of the DVDs require all of this, but some will.

Do I need to buy and use Shakeology when I do the 21 day fix?

You do not have to, but it is recommended to see full results. If you have any questions in regards to Shakeology, I am an email away.

Can you purchase more containers?

Yes you can. You may buy from the website.

I get sore knees if I jump around too much. Will I be able to do these workouts?

Yes you can. There is always a modifier in any program you buy from beachbody so to make movements lower impact. Also, you can purchase a jump mat from Beachbody to cushion your movements.

Is it expensive?

It is one of the most affordable programs we offer. Again, email me so we can talk goals to see if this is right for you. We can then go over prices and how I can get you the best offer possible.

 

If you have any questions for me, comment below or email me at the email in my contact tab!

 

What next?

I will be doing one more round of the fix starting a few days after my marathon. I want to be sure my body is ready for movement post race. After that I will be using the food portion of things along with another program, which I have yet to decide. This program has been amazing with my marathon training and fix journey so I will be definitely using the nutrition side of things for a long time!

 

 

21 Day Fix- Day 21!!

 

 

Workout

pilates fix and lower fix

Breakfast

oats, banana, peanut butter

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Shakeology

vegan tropical strawberry shakeology, spinach, flax, cherries, almond milk

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Lunch

chicken, sweet potato, green beans and broccoliIMG_0909

Snack

strawberries, honey, greek yogurtIMG_0910

Snack

Actually had cucumbers too.. but didn’t picture it

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Dinner

beef, black beans, quinoa, spinach, onion, mushroom coconut oil

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21 Day Fix- Day 20

REST DAY

Shakeology

vegan tropical strawberry shakeology, frozen cherries, spinach, flax, almond milk

IMG_0880Breakfast

toast, 2 eggs, spinach, cheese, watermelon

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Lunch

chicken, sweet potatoes, green beans, carrots and cucumbers

IMG_0884Snack

cucumber, strawberries, greek yogurt, honey

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Dinner

beef, quinoa, onions, mushrooms, seasoned with liquid aminos, lime juice and hot sauce.

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21 Day Fix- Day 19

Pre-run meal

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2 tsp pb, half banana mushed and thrown into oatmeal

Shakeology

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vegan tropical strawberry shakeology, black cherries, spinach, flax, almond milk

Workout

LAST Sunday runday before the marathon!! weeee!! so 10 km was on the menu and to say the least…my legs did not wanna slow down. 5:28/km pace. Say whaaat?!

PS. How AWESOME is this shirt? bought it at the Lorna Jane booth in San Francisco at the half marathon expo. It is a ribbed tank which I hate usually, so I just got a bigger size. LOVE it. Next time, though, they should put this phrase on a loose fitting top. Just sayin’.

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Breakfast

2 poached eggs, toast, cheese melted on toast, onions, green beans, bell peppers, mushroom stirfry, coconut oil, watermelon

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Snack

greek yogurt, 2 tsp honey

IMG_0869Dinner

2 slices toast, chicken, onion, spinach, cucumber, broccoli, hot sauce

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Then, because I want to be 100% upfront with you all.. Matt and I went over to see our friends Kevin, Amanda and Molly (the puppy we were watching earlier). They ordered pizza and I did indulge in 2 slices (fairly large ones too). So I did go over containers but I don’t feel too bad about it. I don’t want to stress about the scale. I want to live my life. So I am learning to do that through this program and I gotta say, it is SO freeing.

21 Day Fix- Day 18

Shakeology

vegan tropical strawberry shakeology, flax, black cherries (frozen), spinach, almond milk

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Workouts

upper fix and cardio fix

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Breakfast

apple, 2 eggs, quinoa, mushroom and onion

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Lunch

2 slices bread, chicken, onion/tomato/spinach, cucumber, cheese

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Snack

greek yogurt, water melon, 2 tsp honey

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Dinner

salmon, quinoa, broccoli, 2 tsp coconut oil

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I will say, I had maybe an extra purple of watermelon. We bought this big ol’ melon at Costco and man.. I loveeee watermelon. Probably could have eaten the whole thing. But I didn’t ;).

21 Day Fix- Day 17

Shakeology

Vegan tropical strawberry shakeology, flax, banana, almond milk

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Breakfast

2 eggs poached, avocado, quinoa, apple, onion/bell pepper

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Workout

piltates fix and total body cardio fix. Also practiced TurboKick

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Lunch

zucchini noodles (shredded zucchini), beef tomato sauce (homemade)

IMG_0813Snack

oats, banana, PB

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Date night!!! SUSHIIIII!!! yum

I definitely went over my allotted containers for the day, but this is life and I enjoyed every moment of it. If you are in Victoria, this place is my favourite place for cheap fresh sushi. Fujiya on Shelbourne near Cedar hill X rd.

6 pieces (1 roll)= 1 red 1 yellow and a green. I am sure I had 3-4 servings of that. I can eat a lot of sushi haha! Don’t feel bad about it AT ALL. So good!

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