I have a love hate relationship with eating healthy and exercise. I love it when I’m on track and doing what I should be but if I even get the slightest bit off track it can be disastrous and I hate myself for it. I have usually always done some form of exercise over the past 10ish years up until this past year. It has been over a year since I ran my second half marathon and I can believe I let all my hard work go. I began running about 2-3 years ago and quickly become obsessed and if there was a running shoe, gadget, or gizmo that came in hot pink I had to have it.
In the midst of my running obsession I discovered a Youtuber crazyrunningmom who is an avid runner (and Ohioan) and she began reviewing Beach Body programs on her channel. I was able to see what a difference it made in her running so I was hooked. If it worked for Brooke I had to do it too. OMG! Does it ever make a difference in your running to have all over body strength? Heck ya! Who knew?! I created a workout plan for myself combining the 21 Day Fix and a training schedule to prep for my second half marathon in Sept. of 2014. I could tell doing these workouts were indeed helping me be a better runner (still no speed records here, at best I ran an 11 or 12 minute mile). While I didn’t slack on the Fix workouts most days I did not concentrate on my running as much as I should have. I did horribly in the race and felt defeated and discouraged. So basically I gave up and have sat on my rear mostly for the past year and I feel horrible. Something has to give.
So this leads into the idea that my good friend Patty and I have. She and I will be starting the 21 Day Fix by Beach Body on Monday. I have completed 1 round of the program before and was able to lose almost 6 lbs. and over 6 inches. I followed the meal plan using the containers and food lists and was also running most days. It was truly in the best physical shape I can ever remember being in at that time. However I did not stay with the program consistently and over the past year I’ve lost all the endurance and muscle tone I had worked so hard for.
Patty on the other hand just received her package yesterday and I’m worried she might be a tad bit overwhelmed with it. I’ve recommended she watch the DVDs beforehand so she will have an idea of what to expect. I know she also plans to follow the meal plan and is going to spend the weekend prepping her food and meals. I have to find new rug for my workout room or I will never make it, not even a thick yoga mat will help me in the least. I will also be upfront and say that I do not know how closely I will be following the meal plan. Obviously no more cans of icing or eating out but I'm not sure I’ll be counting each of the colored containers per day. I hope to just try and make better choices and at most use the containers for portion control.
So wish us luck for the upcoming 21 Days (and hopefully beyond), or better join us, as we sweat our butts off, make ourselves so sore we can’t move and come to dread Wednesday’s Leg Day and Friday’s Cardio. I hate burpees and mountain climbers and planks!