I’m happy to say that I made it through week 2 of the 21 Day Fix and it was actually easier than week 1. I feel like I found my groove with my workouts and my eating. The cravings I felt in week 1 for food I shouldn’t be eating really went down. I felt like this week was a HUGE turning point for me. I started to feel really good about my body and I felt really good about the food that I was putting in it. My relationship with food is slowly changing. I was turning to snacks, like crackers and junk a lot, especially at night. It wasn’t that I was ever hungry at night but snacking after the kids went to bed had become my habit. This program is helping me really portion my food and make smart choices. I don’t need to just snack for the sake of snacking, my eating has a purpose now.
Here’s a recap of my week:
Day 8: Mondays are one of my favorite days of the week. I love a fresh start and a new week ahead to make smart choices. It’s usually because on the weekend I indulge too much and use the next week as my “good eating/exercising” week to make up for what I did over the weekend. However, with this program I didn’t need a Monday restart. I had made it through the first weekend great and was feeling awesome. The workout I did was Total Body Cardio Fix and it’s a great one. It uses weights and lots of different exercises to get my heart rate up.
Day 9: I really love to work my upper body and Upper Body Fix does not disappoint. One of the things I’ve really focused on is my water intake. I’ve been carrying water with me everywhere and trying to get in at least 80oz a day.
Day 10: This is the workout I hate the most out of all the 21 Day Fix workouts. It’s Lower Body Fix and last week it made me sore for days. I was absolutely dreading doing it this week but surprisingly I didn’t get as sore this time. My legs felt strong during the workout and I can noticeably tell they’re getting more defined.
Day 11: My eating was going really well because I had found the right balance of what containers to eat at what times throughout the day. This workout was Pilates Fix and this is a nice active recovery day. It’s not an easy workout by any means but it feels different because you’re doing your workout on the floor with pilates. I really enjoyed the break today.
Day 12: I skipped the 21 Day Fix workout and choose to run on my favorite challenging trail for 3 miles instead. This is supposed to be a cardio day for the 21 Day Fix so running was a great substitute. My soul needed the release from a great run. This was also Friday, the day I usually start to let my food intake slip but not this Friday.
Day 13: This workout was a doozy!! It’s Dirty 30 and it’s HARD! I got it done early in the morning so I wouldn’t be thinking about it all day. If I wait until later in the day to do my workouts, I sometimes try to talk myself out of it!
Day 14: This is another active recovery day with Yoga Fix, I actually skipped this workout and did PiYo (a Pilates/Yoga workout) because I like it better. I also got in my 10 minutes of ab workouts and my abs were on fire! 10 minutes and 440 crunches of different variations…ouch!
I also weighed myself and took measurements on this day too!
Day 1: Day14:
Chest: 33.5 33
R. Arm: 11 10.5
L. Arm: 11 10.5
Waist: 29 28
R. Thigh: 21 20
L. Thigh: 21 20
Hips: 37 35
Overall in the last 14 days I’ve lost 7 lbs and 6.5 inches.
I ate a lot of the same food from last week, this week. But two of my favorite new recipes were plain greek yogurt (red container) with berries (purple container). This meal was my treat at the end of the day and something I now look forward too each night. I always make sure to plan my day to have those two containers last. I also made a yummy egg scramble (red container) with sautéed spinach and tomatoes (green container) and added feta cheese to it (blue container)
The first week was hard for me not to be eating a lot of carbs because they’re my favorite but this week my favorite container became the protein container (red). I’m supposed to eat 4 of them a day and that was challenging for me last week but this week they were the easiest for me to eat. I almost wished I had one extra a couple of the days too!
I have an amazing group of women doing the 21 Day Fix with me in a challenge group. They’re showing up everyday, doing the workouts, keeping their food in check and most importantly they’re supporting each other. I’m so proud of all that they have done in their first week and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes them.
I have to share this from one of my participants, I asked them all what was inspiring them to do this challenge and I absolutely loved her answer,
“This might be selfish of me to say. But the person who inspires me is myself. I have always heard and still do hear it, that you got to want to do it for yourself . I’m doing this for myself. I’m going to win this weight battle this time. I do have to say the person that inspired me to start this program was Ashley, if I did not message her a few weeks back, and hear the words would you give it try. I probably still would of been sitting here trying to figure out what I was going to try to loose weight.”
This challenger has done a complete lifestyle change. Since she has started she has given up soda, started drinking water, changed her diet completely and has done all the workouts. What’s more amazing is she hasn’t let her excuses get in her way and I’m blown away by her commitment to herself. Plus she lost 6 lbs in her first week. It’s not all about the weight either, it’s seeing her have determination to change her life that has inspired me. She’s going places and I’m truly blessed to be a part of the journey.
I’m starting my next 21 Day Fix Challenge group on 9/15 and if you’d like to have me coach you through this life changing 21 days, please fill out the form below!