Before reading any further, I’d really like you to read my post on The Ugly Truth – I’m Addicted to Food, if you haven’t already. I want to be as open and honest here as I can be. I didn’t choose the 21 Day Fix because it’s popular. No, I chose it because of the simplicity of the portion control.
I’m not going to be busy explaining what the 21 Day Fix is exactly because Beachbody does an awesome job of that already. I’m just going to be honest and tell you the truth -how it’s going, how I feel, what I ate (not everything but the majority). So lets do this! I have an open draft and will be going in everyday and writing so that I don’t forget anything! So it’s a looong post. It’s 7 days worth, so let’s get started.
Monday, day 1:
I decided to forgo the coffee, even though it states you can drink it, with nonfat milk and a sweetener like honey, agave, or stevia. However, by noonish I was dragging. I felt like I needed toothpicks to hold open my eyes. It was bad. The headache was worse than the sluggish feeling though. Motrin didn’t help. Water? I was drinking it! It wasn’t helping. I caved (yea, I know go me, first day :-/) and had a half of cup of coffee with 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of creamer. Did nothing for the headache. So I decided, forget the coffee. Just go with it. (detox)
I had a delicious breakfast of Shakeology mixed with spinach, and frozen fruit. It held me over until lunchtime. Which I was very happy about. Snacks galore. Cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, a peach, strawberries, and almonds. Lunch was a salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, chicken, and romaine lettuce. Dinner was chili! You will find the recipe that I used for The Best Chili Recipe Ever.
The workout…It was awful. I have never in my life had to use a modifier the entire time that I did a workout. I usually would have to modify here and there, but not this one. Between the aches in my left knee, and all the huffing and puffing, I thought that I was going to stop with 10 minutes to go, but I pushed through.
I napped for about 20 minutes that afternoon, and started feeling the achy muscles. I just made sure to sleep with a heating pad near by that night.
Tuesday, day 2:
Woke up feeling great! I managed to keep that same feeling most of the day. I only got tired around lunch time, but pushed through by doing some chores around the house. I never had a headache! (yay!)
I had the same breakfast as Monday with the Shakeology, spinach, and frozen fruit. Snacks today were cherry tomatoes, a peach, peanuts, an apple, a pouch of tuna, leftover chili for lunch, dinner was roasted brussel sprouts (I don’t even like brussel sprouts!), that were awesome! I’ll be sharing the recipe for those soon. And roasted potatoes, and chicken.
It’s 8:30pm on Tuesday night, and I’ll admit, I am hungry. I have drank more water today then I actually needed, so it’s not that. I would love to have something to snack on right now. And technically, if I read everything right, I could eat a green or maybe a red, but I’m thinking it’s almost 9, and I’m really just ready for bed.
Today’s workout, I modified all of it. Nearly died doing crunches, and now my legs hurt so bad. Tomorrow is lower body, hahaha. I don’t think I will even be able to stand up out of the bed in the morning, let alone lift my feet off the ground to even put on pants to workout. I rolled the tops of my legs earlier this evening with a roller (felt oh so
bad good), and soaked in an epsom salt bath for 20 minutes. I am hoping those things and then the heating pad while going to sleep will help. If not, I’m sure I’ll be crying tomorrow.
Wednesday, day 3:
Cold coffee instead of water in my morning Shakeology. The verdict: it was good! I had to add just a bit of water, but it was good. I chose half a banana as the fruit, and even put the spinach in. Yay for finding a way to get my coffee!
Waking up this morning wasn’t as bad as yesterday. Could it have been the rolling? The epsom salt bath? Or the Beachbody Performance Recharge before bed? Who knows! (I received a sample of the BeachBody Performance several months ago) But, I’m happy that I can move around without feeling like I was going to need help to lift my legs by my hands.
That workout was a killer one today. Leg day. 🙁 I started out doing exactly as the modifier did, but quickly had to drop the weights, because I was dying. I figured that at least I was moving and doing the moves. Better than where I started!
I have a feeling tonight will be another night of rolling, epsom salt bath, and the heating pad.
On a random note, after lunch today my stomach was extremely bloated, to the point of pain. Not sure what’s up with that, but I hope it doesn’t last too long, because this is miserable.
I was starving after my workout, I had an orange, and decided on dinner. Skinny Italian Meatballs, whole wheat pasta, and sauce. Lunch is leftover chili (yum, it’s my favorite, and I could eat it every single day). Snacks were that orange after working out, baby carrots, strawberries, 2 teaspoons of peanut butter, and almonds. That peanut butter made me SOOOOO happy! I am a pb girl, and the fact that I am able to enjoy it in any shape or size is wonderful.
Day three going strong! Bring on day 4!
Thursday, day 4:
I woke up this morning feeling awesome. Little to no soreness. Thank you Motrin, epsom salt baths, rolling, and the bedtime heating pad!
I did breakfast a little differently today because Kelsie wanted fro-yo this afternoon, and I knew that I had to go prepared. I opted for coffee, ice, and Shakeology this morning as opposed to my fruits and spinach. I figured I would save them and have an additional ShakeO while Kelsie was eating her fro-yo. Well plans changed and we didn’t end up going, but I had that shake anyhow because I had to get in that purple, green, and red container, and I wasn’t in the mood for a meal. Needless to say I’m not all that hungry for dinner, but gotta get those containers in, so I’m gonna eat anyways.
This afternoon while waiting on Kelsie to come out of dance and Kayla to go in, Kayla and I got into an argument. She’s almost 17 and we butt heads on a daily basis. I’m over it. Anyway. I normally would have come home and ate spoonful after spoonful of peanut butter while I was cooking dinner, but not today. I was so close though. My addictive voice was saying “nobody will know”, “nobody is around to see”, “mmm peanut butter, your favorite”. I started cutting up tomatoes (fast) and tossing them in my container and eating them instead. It was so hard not to listen to that voice. Because she’s right, peanut butter would have tasted so good, nobody would have known, and it is my favorite. So small victory! I need a lot more of those to overcome this.
Today’s workout was Pilates Fix, and let me just tell you, I thought “oh pilates will be nice to stretch it all out today!” HA……..HA……..HA! (done in the same voice as the sloth from Zootopia) That workout was no joke. It was not easy, and holy cow, muscles hurt that I didn’t know existed!! I have no idea what the move is called, but it’s the one where you lay on your side and move your leg every which way, OUCH! I nearly had tears there was so much pain. Rolling those hip flexors tonight before and after my epsom salt baths, and before it’s over with, I am thinking that I need two heating pads, one for each whatever my aches may be that night.
Friday, day 5:
Friday!! I sort of feel like it’s the closing of week one for me, but it’s not, two more days. However, as I finished the worst workout so far, Cardio Fix, I thought to myself, I only have to do that two more times and round one will be done! Yes, round one will be done; I think that a round two is in the works. I think. I don’t want to say it is and set myself up for failure. The idea of working out every single day does not appeal to me in the least. I mean I don’t mind getting sweaty. I don’t mind getting out of breath. But I don’t like hurting and I don’t like feeling as if I’m going to throw up before a workout is over, which is the way today’s workout really made me feel. However, I know that those things that I don’t like will change over time because I won’t be hurting and it won’t be so intense that I feel like I’m going to throw up.
I had my normal ShakeO with spinach this morning, but I opted for frozen berries instead of the fruit mix I was using, and it was not good. There were seeds in every sip that stuck to my mouth that was unpleasant. Baby carrots, strawberries, and string cheese for snack. I had protein pancakes (I used Kodiak Cakes Protein Mix) for lunch with turkey bacon, topped it off with half a banana sliced, chopped pecans, cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons melted peanut butter and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup. (that was fantastic!) Dinner was Beef and Broccoli on top of brown rice.
I did take a nap today, because by lunch I was exhausted. I like the way I felt on Tuesday, I want that again!
I am so worried about the weekend and what it might bring as far as the food addiction goes. Tomorrow night Kelsie’s cousin is spending the night and I am making them chocolate chip waffles for dinner with whipped cream, perhaps I need my ShakeO at that time. Then I also have to create a dessert recipe for a blog that I write for once a month. It’s going to be Easter related, and it will include my nemesis Cadbury Eggs. I’m scared about that one. Very. I can’t have any. I will have to sample it to make sure it turns out the way I am wanting it to, but I can’t like slice into it and eat a serving. Anyway. I will of course check in tomorrow and Sunday and let you know how I fair.
Saturday, day 6 and Sunday, day 7:
Ahhh, the weekend. Normally you could relax, however not when your on the 21 Day Fix and following that calendar. The workout for Saturday was difficult, Dirty 30 is no joke; in face it’s quite dirty!
My food was on point as far as not eating junk. I didn’t end up making the treats, I’m actually making those today or tomorrow. Sunday was hard though. We went to see Zootopia and it was packed with kids and the smell of popcorn. I came home a raging you know what. I had a cup of coffee with agave and felt so much better instantly. However, I understand that I need to focus my stress and feelings elsewhere. Coffee should not be a problem solver. It should not be what makes me feel better.
By the way, I am choosing not to weigh myself or measure anything until this is over. I refuse to be a slave to something that hurts my feelings and makes me angry and anxious.
I am so excited to see what this week brings!