Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: 1 Year of Healthy Living and a Giveaway $50 to Lululemon
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1 Year of Healthy Living and a Giveaway $50 to Lululemon

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^^I got my booty back!



^^Just fyi I was super bloated in these pictures so my stomach looks bigger than it actually is currently.  I was slightly bloated, but I wasn't sucking it in for pictures, after a year I can now not worry about having to suck it in.  YAY!

**LONG POST ALERT** This post is broken down into a few categories

The Past Year

Today marks the day that I changed my life completely.  A year ago today I took a leap of faith and started my first round of the 21 day fix.  I had gained so much weight last year that I was close to 200lbs because by the time I weighed myself (and cried afterwards) I had already been eating clean and working out for 2 weeks.  When I stepped foot on that scale I was 185lbs.  My before picture was something I was not prepared to see.  I knew that I had gained a lot of weight, but it wasn’t until I saw the picture that it really hit me.  I was the biggest I have ever been in my entire life.  I was so unhealthy that I went to the doctor’s to find out what was wrong with me because I could barely make it home every day from being so tired.  I felt like garbage all of the time and mentally I was so disgusted with how big I had actually gotten.  To be completely honest, a year ago I thought I would do this first round of the 21 day fix, get frustrated and call it quits and just come to terms with being heavy.  After my first round of the 21DF I had lost a total of 10lbs.  I’m sure part of it was water weight, but I had seen a change in my body and my mind.

I decided to do a second round of the 21DF challenge group.  My first goal was to weigh in at 155 (30lbs weight loss) by August 25th because that was the day I was leaving for Poland.  I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it, but on August 25th I didn’t just cut it close, I DID IT!  I weighed in at my goal weight.  After I got off that scale I was jumping with joy and could not believe that I did it.  Well, when I got back from Poland (10 days later) I joined in on another 21 DF Challenge Group.  I had to have a new coach because my original coach had stopped coaching so I had to adjust to this new person and adjust to the way they did things.  They were extremely engaging and I was so happy to share my results with the entire group to show them that it CAN be done, you just have to put your mind to it.

After seeing how great it felt to share my story and show others that you can do this too, I spoke with my coach and said I wanted to become a Beachbody Coach.  I did that from September all the way up until April.  I tried really hard but the last challenge group that I ran was extremely slow and not interactive at all and then I started getting discouraged by that, along with not having time for my blog and my loved ones so I decided to step away from coaching.  I love when people tell me that it’s thanks to me that they got the motivation to get back to the gym or back to clean eating regardless of if they were one of my challengers or not.  I wrote a whole entire post about why I stopped coaching and what you should know before becoming a TBB coach and it’s meant to be informative not discouraging or anything of that nature so if you want you can read that post here.  I also started a series on this blog called Shape Up Saturday back in September as well.




My Results

Well I stopped weighing myself because I actually lost 41lbs and reached my second goal (hitting 145lbs) and surpassed it by 1 lb.  I ended up weighing in at 144lbs.  I’ve weighed myself a few times since then and noticed that as I work out more and more I gain a little bit here and there due to muscle weight.  The last time I weighed myself I was 150lbs so who knows what I’m at now.  I lost A LOT of inches.  I went from a size 10 to size 4!  Below is a list of my measurements.  I encourage you that if you are trying to lose weight that you measure yourself and take progress pictures, the scale is only one form of measurement.

Bust
  • Starting 40 inches
  • Ending 34 inches
  • Total Loss -6 inches

Chest
  • Starting 38 inches
  • Ending 32.5 inches
  • Total Loss -5.5 inches

Arms
  • Starting 13.5 inches
  • Ending 11 and 11.5 (they weren’t the same) inches
  • Total Loss -2.5 and 2 inches

Waist
  • Starting 35 inches
  • Ending 28 inches
  • Total Loss -7 inches

Stomach
  • Starting 41 inches
  • Ending 34 inches
  • Total Loss -7 inches

Hips
  • Starting 42 inches
  • Ending 37 inches
  • Total Loss 5 inches

Thighs
  • Starting 25 inches
  • Ending 20 inches (they stayed the same)
  • Total Loss -5 inches

Calves
  • Starting 15 inches
  • Ending 14 and 13.5 inches
  • Total Loss -1 inch and 1.5 inches

Weight
  • Starting 185? (possibly more)
  • Ending 150
  • 35 lbs (lost 41, but gained a few lbs back in muscle)

I feel so much healthier and I feel so much better about myself.  I challenge myself more and more every day and I noticed that I take on projects that I never would have thought to do a year ago.  I’m not as self conscious as I was and I’ve been wearing clothing that I wouldn’t have even tried on a year ago.  I’m still uncomfortable in short dresses/skirts or even short shorts, but at least I’m willing to try them on and give them a shot.  All in all, the program was TOTALLY worth it!  Now I don’t really meal prep anymore using the portion control containers because I know how much I should be eating in a day so now it’s just planning out my meals and cooking all in one day.  After a year I still eat clean, although I allow myself more cheat days than I used to because well, I want them haha!



What is the 21 Day Fix and what is Team Beachbody?

I used to get this question all the time.  People would always ask me how I’ve lost so much weight and actually no one noticed the dramatic weight loss until I lost 40lbs, I think it’s because I started to wear clothing that actually fit me so you could really see how much I lost.  The 21 Day Fix is a program through Team Beachbody which has gotten extremely popular and I even heard a radio ad for it now too.  Basically the program comes with the portion control containers (don’t underestimate the size of them, you can fit a lot of food in them), the shake mix, and the workout DVDs.  If you order this through a coach and not through Amazon or eBay you’ll also have access to a coach who will help guide you and even add you to their challenge groups.  Make sure you participate in these groups  The more you participate the better for you because you get more excited and motivated to get healthy and stick to this. 

The workouts are 30 minutes each and they are for 7 days a week with two active rest days.  You get strength training/toning, and cardio, along with Yoga and Pilates.  I’ve also tried 21 Day Fix Extreme which is exactly what the title says, it’s called extreme for a reason.  Team Beachbody is also known for their other popular programs like P90X and Insanity.  They offer Beachbody on demand as well which is an annual subscription (usually less than a gym) and you can stream any BB workout as long as you have wifi. 

The meal plan is where I really locked in the most.  I followed those portion control containers vigorously and drank my shake once a day.  I have recently decided to take a step back from drinking the shake because I somehow ended up with 3 boxes worth (I have autoship and I guess I never paid attention to how much Shakeology I actually have) and I noticed that even though it helped me with weight loss in the beginning I’m now craving more food to actually chew on.  I read that this is actually normal because shakes shouldn’t be used a meal replacement.  It should be used as a snack and after you workout (but I unfortunately conveniently had it when I would get home from work after working out because I was tired) and the human body craves the act of chewing and actually eating food rather than drinking it.  I noticed that now since I work out twice a day I’m hungrier and the shake just wasn’t cutting it.  I drink it when it’s convenient now and even though I know it’s a super food, I just want to switch up my meal regimen a little and see if I notice a difference.  So far after eating an actual dinner I have noticed that I don’t want to snack afterwards and I’m actually satisfied until the morning.  I think I’m one of those people who has to be always chewing on something haha.

With this meal plan you eat smaller meals 5-6 times a day rather than eating 3 big meals.  The reasoning behind this is because once your body is hungry it goes into starvation mode which then in turn the body stores fat instead of burning it because it’s not sure when it will be eating again.  Whereas, if you eat throughout the day your metabolism is constantly going and constantly burning.  


What it was like being a Team Beachbody Coach

Well, if you read my post that I linked earlier you would have seen most of what I will say here (just shortened obviously).  It was a lot of work.  I knew it would be a lot of work in the beginning but it was never stressed that it was THAT much work.  I had told my coach that I worked full time and had a full time blog and what I was told by my coach and the team is that you only need about 1 hour a day and take that time that you spend scrolling away aimlessly on social media and put that into BB.  Well, it’s WAY more than 1 hour.  You have to check in with your challengers throughout the day, post on Facebook at least 3-5 times a day to get the word out and that was hard for me because people I went to high school with (I had a really bad time) knew the nitty gritty of how I felt even in the worst of times.  It was extremely hard to get people to sign up with me because there are SOOOOOO MANY TBB Coaches now, and social media doesn’t help you in that aspect either because now if I’m friends with someone in California everything is done online and they tell their friends about this and they sign up with me, any coaches in their area or their circle just lucked out.  You don’t get paid per challenger, you only get paid if they purchase something and if someone is joining your challenge group and not purchasing anything you’re basically working for free.  If a group is not interactive I’m going to be completely honest with y’all, it’s the MOST frustrating thing EVER!  I can’t stress enough how frustrating it is.  I was basically running a second blog because you have to upload information daily, sometimes twice a day and no one was reading it so it was as if I was doing all of this for no reason.  That was the last group I had because my first 2 were amazing.  Everyone interacted with one another and they shared recipes, issues, workouts, etc.  Would I go back to coaching?  Absolutely not.  I missed having more time for my blog, and I missed actually spending time with my loved ones and not checking my phone every 5 minutes.  I started wanting to help out at least one person and I was successful in doing so.  


How are you still keeping up with it a year later?

You can’t think of this as a diet.  Diets fade and there are a lot of fad diets out there.  You have to make sure you turn this into a healthy lifestyle.  You need to have a routine and you need to make sure you are selfish for a change.  You may or may not get support from friends or family, or they may even say “oh you can cheat this one time.”  I locked down on my meal plan and on my workouts.  I explained to everyone how important this is for me and to not tempt me.  I made a routine for myself.  I meal prep every Saturday/Sunday depending on my schedule.  There will be times where you want to give up and say screw it this week I’m not prepping my meals, I’m just going to go with it.  Or there are times where you say oh I already had a cheat day?  I’m having another and you’ll feel it.  Once you start clean eating when you have cheat meals it’s extremely hard to adjust your body, and it’s extremely hard not to get sick afterwards.  I can eat one slice of pizza, and for two days I will have the worst pains and the worst bloat ever.  I’ve made this into a lifestyle and that’s why I’ve been able to stick with it.



My worst fear

Most people who lose weight or start to see lots of progress are fearful that they will gain it all back.  My problem is that since I’ve been so obsessive over my weight and body image since high school I had to make sure I took a step back every once in a while.  I was extremely obsessive the first two rounds of the 21DF.  The first time I indulged was when I went to Poland and even then I was super scared to do so.  When I came back I told myself that I didn’t lose 40+ lbs overnight and I wasn’t going to gain it overnight either.  That’s when I told myself I have to take more cheat days.  My car accident in September helped me take more cheat days because I was so upset about everything that happened that I went back to emotionally eating and I couldn’t work out except for Physical Therapy so that broke my obsession with the 21DF.  My worst fear is becoming overly obsessive about being healthy and thinking about only that, like I did in the beginning.  







Any new goals?

My first goal was to lose 30lbs before Poland which I did.  My second goal was to lose 40lbs in total, which I ended up doing.  My third goal was to stay consistent with my healthy lifestyle.  My fourth goal because well goal number 3 wasn’t really that hard was to get my booty back (I lost it along with the weight lol) and abs.  I’ve accomplished the booty part, but still working on the abs part.  I’ve been having trouble with the abs because over the past 2 months my meal plan has been slacking.  I eat clean all week until the weekend, and then I indulge a little more than I should.  I have exactly 39 days to get abs haha.  That’s when I’m going to Poland with the boyfriend and I wanted to be super fit and have abs.  Once I get abs I won’t really have any new goals besides just maintaining this lifestyle and making sure I don’t gain it all back.




My advice to people starting their fitness journey

It doesn’t happen overnight-You’re not going to lose 5lbs in one day, that’s just not possible nor is it healthy.  Healthy weight loss is 1-3lbs per week.  If you are losing more than that (besides water weight which is basically what the It Works wraps do) it’s not healthy weight loss. 

Do your research-Make sure that you are really researching what supplements you are taking and consulting your doctor.  I know a lot of people who are sensitive to Shakeology and said that it upset their stomach even when taking half a scoop instead of a full one.  Those were the challengers I told to stop taking Shakeology until they consult with their doctor because I don’t want it doing more harm than  good.  Along with this, there’s a lot of diet pills out there and other fad supplements.  Make sure you research everything.  There’s no magic pill to weight loss, you have to put in the time and effort along with discipline. 

Keep Going-Ok, so you had a cheat snack when you know you shouldn’t have.  That doesn’t mean “oh whatever I’ll just start again tomorrow” this means you need to lock down on your meals for the rest of the day and make sure not to cheat again.  Once you see progress, just keep going.  Once you lose the momentum it’ll be like starting all over again.  For example with me, I lost 30lbs and instead of saying eh I’m ok with that, I made another goal to lose an additional 10, and I did it.  I continue to make goals for myself so I don’t lose that momentum.

Fuel Your Body Properly-Seriously, this is super important.  You’ll feel it when you fuel your body properly vs. not, especially when you go to work out.  Drink your water!  Trust me on this one!
Don’t beat yourself up.  So what if you had a bad work out?  I have those too.  Some days I’m feelin’ it and I can go all out and other days I take my time and burn about half the calories as usual.  These things happen but you can’t get upset with yourself because your body is telling you to take a break.

Giveaway Time

Alright, well since it’s been a year I decided to do a fun little giveaway.  I’m giving away a $50 gift card to Lululemon!  Let’s celebrate healthy living!  All you have to do is enter in the rafflecopter widget below and for a bonus entry comment on this post why you want to win this gift card.  Also, this is not for international users and only within the 48 contiguous states of USA.



   

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6 comments

  1. I started losing weight a year ago & got interested in a dance fitness program. Workout clothes help to motivate me. Congratulations on your achievements!

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  2. I'd love to win this giveaway so I can pick up some more gear for yoga!

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  3. I'd love to win this because work out clothes are something I rarely buy for myself. I always feel like I can get by with what I already have...
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  4. Such a transformation..body and mind! Great job!

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  5. You look amazing! Thanks for sharing your story at the Moda Thursday linkup!

    Christine
    www.bonchicstyle.com

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  6. Amazing results!!! I am definitely motivated to get in shape and build some muscle. I am going to do that routine you listed above. (: Thanks for sharing!!

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