I made it through the second week of the 21 Day Fix Extreme. The second week is the hardest for me because the end still seems far away and it can be hard to stay focused. Life sent me a lot of stress this week and that’s usually when I get into trouble with my eating. I usually tell myself that it’s okay to indulge when life is stressful and that I’ve earned it. But this week I made it through all the stress without cheating once. It was my daughters birthday and we had cake in the house and my favorite french bread from Safeway but I didn’t have one bite of any of it. I stuck to the meal plan with 100% focus and that gave me so much confidence in myself. I was hyper focused on my results, even through the stress.
I’ll be the first to admit that it’s easier to indulge in cravings when life is stressful than it is to deal with the emotions you’re feeling. But learning to deal with your emotions instead of running to food as a reward is something I need to learn. I also notice that I eat out of habit a lot. Certain times of the day my mind tries to pull me to the kitchen. It’s not hunger but habit. Life is going to throw every obstacle at you but you have to choose to overcome them all. Sometimes the biggest obstacle you have to overcome is yourself.
Day 1 and Day 15 Before and After Comparison:
Day 1 vs. Day 15
Weight: 126.0 and 121.6
Chest: 34 inches and 33
Right Arm: 10.5 inches and 10.25 inches
Left Arm: 10.5 inches and 10.25 inches
Hips: 34.5 inches and 32.5 inches
Right Thigh: 20 inches and 18.5 inches
Left Thigh: 20 inches and 18.5 inches
Waist: 28.5 inches and 27 inches.
Day 15 progress: I’m down 4.4 lbs and 8 inches!!!
Day 8 – Plyo Fix Extreme: This workout still sucks. It’s so challenging and leaves me gasping for breath. I have been using 7.5 lb weights when doing the jumping plyometric moves. Each 30 second move leaves me gasping for breath. This workout is no joke!!
Day 9 – Upper Fix Extreme: I have always loved working my upper body and so this workout is just fun for me. I started using 12.5 lb weights this week for an extra challenge. Upping my weights left me a little sore the next day and I loved it!
Day 10 – Pilates Fix Extreme: I absolutely love this pilates workout. I love that all the moves use a resistance band. I sometimes feel like I’m being tortured by the band when it’s wrapped all around me but it’s helping me tone my muscles.
Day 11 – Lower Fix Extreme: Oh how I hate leg day!! I absolutely dread this workout each week because I know it’s going to be so hard. I started using 12.5 lb weights on this workout too. Autumn talks about challenging your limits with each workout and that’s been my goal. I’m trying to push myself just a little bit more outside my comfort zone.
Day 12 – Cardio Fix Extreme: By Friday I was just tired. I didn’t want to do this workout at all and actually got all my stuff ready but spend 30 minutes talking myself into getting started.
Day 13 – Dirty 30 Extreme: This workout combines upper body exercises and lower body exercises together. To say that it’s hard is an understatement. I’m so thankful this workout is done at the end of the week. The whole time I was doing it I kept telling myself that when I was done with this workout I’d have done all of week 2. It helped keep me focused.
Day 14 – Yoga Fix Extreme: I skipped this workout again this week. I don’t like yoga and I know my body needed the rest.
Making the containers work for me:
I love the container system that comes with the 21 Day Fix Extreme! It makes planning my meals and portion sizes so easy. I don’t have to count calories or worry about any numbers. I just keep track of what I’m supposed to eat each day and eat it.
My plan requires I eat: 4 red (protein), 3 green (veggies) 2 purple (fruits), 2 yellow (healthy carbs), 1 blue (healthy fats), 1 orange (nuts/seeds/dressing).
On Day 13 I started the Countdown to Competition meal plan to lean out. This plan is based on the concept of “carb depletion” and is designed to help burn through those last stores of body fat – while continuing to fuel your workouts and keep you healthy. I’m curious to see what this plan does for me in my last week of Fix Extreme.
I didn’t take many photos of my food this week but here’s a few of the things I’ve been eating:
This is a staple breakfast for me now that I’m on the countdown to competition plan. Eggs, veggies and potatoes.
Of course I’m getting in my daily dose of dense nutrition! I love Shakeology!
We went to the Olive Garden for my daughters birthday and I stuck to a fix approved meal. I got a tenderloin and broccoli and it was delicious. I was so surprised I didn’t even want any of the breadsticks.
Week 2 Results:
I’m 34 years old, I’ve had 3 kids and I’m in better shape today than I was before I had kids. In fact, I’m in better shape than I was when I graduated high school. This program isn’t just about weight loss for me. It’s about proving to myself that I can have the body of my dreams even after having 3 kids. I’m working really hard to get abs that I never even had before I had kids. My body feels fantastic and I’m very proud of the results I’m achieving. The workouts are challenging me but they’re delivering results so it’s worth all the sweat and tears!
I’d love to help you get in the best shape of your life too!! If you’d like to join me and have me by your side as you do the 21 Day Fix or the 21 Day Fix Extreme, fill out the below application and I’ll be in touch!