Hi All! Yep…that’s me! Red faced and sweaty after just finishing my Insanity Pure Cardio workout! What is Insanity you ask? Let me just say, If you’re starting a workout program that calls itself “Insanity,” you know it’s going to be over the top. This is one of the most challenging fitness programs on the market.
I’m getting ahead of myself with Insanity. First a little back story on me. I was never what one would call over weight growing up. I played sports in high school and was even able to maintain my 8/10 size through my first couple years of college. Then I started to work full time and go to school full time. Meals became whatever I could grab and go with. Then came kids and we all know the story from here. The weight went on and didn’t come off.
In January of 2015, a friend from high school contacted me about joining her challenge group using the 21 Day Fix workout and eating program offered through Beachbody. At first, I was like, nah, I’m good. I had been taking spin classes at the YMCA and we ate pretty well already. Besides, I didn’t want to join a “get rich quick” scheme. The problem was I wasn’t losing much weight. In fact, I hadn’t lost any weight at all, not even an ounce despite the spin classes and calorie counting. So I went to the Doctor about it.
After running some basic thyroid tests, my Doctor wanted me to see an Endocrinologist for more extensive testing. My levels were normal but at the very lowest end of normal and she had found some lumps on my thyroid. So off to see the Endocrinologist I went. She was very sweet and did tons of tests which all came back completely fine. Except for one. The diabetes test. I was right on the border of being pre-diabetic. A lot of you will probably think, “so what, pre-diabetes isn’t diabetes.” No, it isn’t. YET. But it is an indicator that I wasn’t healthy. I didn’t want to be that person.
After talking with the Endocrinologist, I knew I had to make some big changes or I would be in trouble later. She gave me the options of going on medication for diabetes now or giving me a year (with a different medication to help stop the progression) with diet and exercise, to lose weight. The very next day, I received another invite to join the challenge group. I’m normally not a “signs” person but somehow that invite came at the perfect moment. So, I talked things over with my husband and ordered my 21 Day Fix workouts and eating plan.
The 21 Day Fix, for those who don’t know, is a 30 minute a day, at-home workout program that will get you in the habit of eating healthier and recognizing how much food you really should be eating at one sitting. The special thing about this workout program is how simple the eating plan is. If it doesn’t fit into the color coded container, you can’t eat it! I learned that I was eating the right foods (mostly) but the amount I was eating was way off! Basically, it works as your daily calorie intake (which they help you figure out) will equal how many of each color containers you can eat per day. It’s better than calorie counting, because if it fits and is an approved food, you can eat it.
At first, I was looking at the containers thinking, “this is all I get to eat?!?” But, I soon saw that the Fix is not a starvation diet. Yes, the containers look small but you will be amazed at the amount of food you are supposed to consume. There are days I have trouble eating it all.
So, February 16, 2015, I started my first Fix challenge group. For three weeks I sweat, worked my body from head to toe for 30 minutes and ate the correct portions of healthy foods.
Did it work?
<——Well here I am the day before my first first Fix. February 15, 2015 @ 212 lbs.
And here I am today. Four, 21 Day Fix challenges later and 31 lbs, 30.75 inches lighter. —–>
So, yes, The 21Day Fix works. I am proof of that. The program is worth every penny. However, I still have A LOT to go but I am getting there. 21 days at a time. 🙂
So this brings me back to the beginning. I am currently in my fifth challenge group and have traded my beloved 21 Day Fix workouts, to Insanity workouts (plus I throw in some PiYo every now and then). Again, such an aptly named program but I am loving every minute of it. I am also still following the eating program from the Fix. Actually, it is my full intention to follow this eating program for the rest of my life. There is plenty of food and tons of options. Plus, The Fix diet does focus on clean whole foods, which we all should be eating more of.
Interested in the 21 Day Fix, Insanity or the tons of other programs Beachbody has to offer? Message me and I will let you know all about the different programs and what they can do for you! We can do it together!
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