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21 Days (originally posted January 11, 2018)

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Yep, this is just another new year, new fitness goals post.  I know that I will screw up on this journey, but I also know that I can do this.  I maintained a good workout routine for almost 7 months at the beginning of the last school year.  The cold weather got colder and my bed remained warm when the alarm went off.  I had worked so hard and was in the best shape and the strongest that I had ever been.  Not the skinniest, because I was definitely skinnier in high school before I had two beautiful daughters, but definitely in much better shape.  For the first time in my life, my arms had definition that I noticed when I pulled my hair into a ponytail!  I lost it all-the muscle tone, the flat stomach, the way my clothes fit, and the confidence.  I gave up, I lost motivation, and I lost all that hard work.  I’m determined to come back strong.  For that reason, I felt the need to publish this post:

1. To show you the honest, real-life journey to becoming the best me that I can become, while showing my daughters the importance of keeping your body healthy.

2. To hold myself accountable.

I’ve been doing the Beachbody 21 Day Fix workout routines for four days now.  For now, I am just doing the workouts while trying to consciously make better food choices.  I am not following a meal plan or making any huge changes in my diet, at this time.  I wanted to do an update a week into the program, but I’m leaving for Florida with my husband and in-laws on a 4 day, kid-free long weekend trip to see Chad’s family that lives there (yay!).  Alas, you are all stuck with a four day update.  Since these workouts are streamed to my phone from anywhere, I really am hoping to get a workout in while on vacation, but I’m also staying very realistic to myself.

Day 1: I was home with a sick kid all day, running on a total of 6 hours of sleep the two previous nights.  I ate a medium fry from Chick Fil A, their delicious Spicy Southwest Chicken Salad, and a half cut sweet tea.  I guess I could have done without the fries, but can you really when at Chick Fil A?  For dinner, I had left over white chicken chili.  After I put the girls to bed, Chad and I hit play on the 21 Day Fix Total Body Cardio workout.  Man, oh man, did it burn.  Oh, it burned so good.  I struggled, I modified, but I got through it.  Tomorrow’s goal is to get up before work.


Day 2: Holy burn!  We got roped into a good show last night and got to bed late, so we didn’t even set our alarms for a morning workout.  My body ached from head to toe today all day from the moment my feet hit the floor from my bed.  I ate oatmeal for breakfast and the rest of my Chick Fil A salad for lunch.  Jimmy Johns is Tuesday’s dinner every week because it’s the only place we can go between dance classes.  We got home, put the girls to bed, and hit play.  Today’s workout was Upper Body Fix.  My arms are shakey typing this now, but the workout wasn’t too hard to get through at all.  Fingers crossed Callie doesn’t beg me to carry her much tomorrow 😉  We are planning on working out tomorrow night, too.


Day 3: My body definitely still felt worked out, but it wasn’t as unbearable as yesterday.  There was one point in the day when I was squatting to sit in the preschool-sized chairs I work with and one of my students asked if I was okay, so my face must not have been pretty!  I ate oatmeal and yogurt for breakfast because the oatmeal alone did not keep me full for long yesterday.  I had chicken enchiladas and rice for lunch.  I probably could have/should have made a better lunch choice, but that’s what the cafeteria was serving and I was being too productive to leave for lunch.  We had Eggroll in a Bowl for dinner.  If you haven’t tried that recipe, you should!  It’s so good, quick and easy to make, fairly healthy, and can be made even healthier by using ground turkey or chicken instead of sausage.  Find the recipe here: http://www.mostlyhomemademom.com/2014/07/eggroll-in-bowl.html .  After we put the girls to bed, we got our workout clothes on and hit play on today’s workout, Lower Body Fix.  It was tough!  The workouts made it feel like my muscles were going to pop out of my skin at any moment.  The way the workouts are set up make it so easy to push through the pain and continue with the workout, though.  I like that.  I need that motivation!  I made the mistake of sitting on the couch right after the workout and when I got up, my legs almost gave out on me.  There is a real possibility I might not be able to walk tomorrow.  Goal tomorrow is to workout and go to bed early because we have a 6:00AM flight to catch to the sunshine state!


Day 4: I was still sore all over today, but my legs weren’t as worthless as I thought they would be.  I ate oatmeal and yogurt again for breakfast.  My coworkers “made” me go to Chick Fil A again so I got another Southwest Spicy Chicken Salad…yum!  The girls love going to Little Mexico for dinner but our new house is too far away to go frequently.  I promised the girls we would go before dropping them off at my sister’s for the night.  I ate way too many chips, salsa, and queso.  We got the girls to my sister’s house (not without tears shed from momma) and came home to workout.  Today’s workout was Pilates.  I LOVED this workout.  It was still hard, it still burned, but it was about flexibility and slow, focused movement.  Chad, on the other hand, hated it. 


So, after four days (I know, it’s only four days), I’m feeling confident that I CAN do this for 21 days.  I plan on doing a brief update weekly.  Once I finish the 21 Day Fix program, I’ll choose another one and fill you all in on it.


Now I’m off to pack my bags and get to bed!  Please pray for us to have a safe trip, for the girls to stay safe with their trusted adults, and for everyone to be safe during this “winter storm” that I’m not sure we’re actually getting or not.  Next post will be about my trip, so be sure to check back soon 🙂


Until next time…


“Give it all you’ve got, then a little bit more!”

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