Health & Fitness

How the 21 Day Fix Changed My Life

Never in a million years did I think I’d be THAT person who went to a restaurant and ordered a salad instead of steak. Or craved quinoa and greek yogurt. Or would salivate looking at pictures of fruit. Okay…I admit I was never that person until 7 months ago when I started the 21 Day Fix – one of the Beachbody programs. It has wholeheartedly changed my life and I mean that with every fiber of my being. Not only am I the healthiest I’ve ever been, I am also the happiest.

I first was introduced to Beachbody by a dear friend of mine from college, Becky. About 6 months prior to Beachbody, I had hit my rock bottom and realized that it was time for a serious lifestyle change. I couldn’t go another day eating ice cream for dinner, stuffing my face with pizza at 2am or binge drinking like I was still a sophomore at a fraternity party. So, I dedicated a lot of my time researching the basics of fitness and nutrition and soon, Bodybuilding.com became my bible. I began lifting weights, eating “clean”, meal prepping and spending a lot of time in the gym. I noticed my body was slowly beginning to transform but I still thought I should have felt different after 5 months of such a drastic lifestyle change. I was doing everything by the books so why wasn’t I losing any weight and more importantly, why was I still not happy?

Then Becky reached out to me and told me about the 21 Day Fix. I had seen her amazing transformation on social media but wasn’t convinced that results like that could be real. As a society, we are constantly bombarded with advertisements from weight loss companies. We see radical “before and after” photos of people who have lost 10, 20, 50, 100 pounds. But you have to ask yourself: how much of that is really legitimate? Is it sustainable? Are those people able to uphold their new lifestyles or do they fall right back into old & unhealthy patterns? [End Rant]. Nonetheless, the 21 Day Fix cost way more than I was willing to spend (at the time, I was living on a very small AmeriCorps stipend and I valued food way more than I did an exercise program) and I still wasn’t completely sold that it would actually work for me.

Then a few months passed and something inside of me clicked; I can’t pinpoint exactly what it was. I think it was my gut telling me that this program was worth investing in, regardless if it meant making a couple of sacrifices. And so I did. 7 months later, I am down 15 lbs (I was finally able to lose that freshman 15, about time!), and have dropped 2 pant sizes. But more important than the physical transformation is the mental transformation that’s transpired. I have adopted a new mindset and appreciation for my body. I workout because I love my body, not because I hate it. I eat healthy not because I feel like I have to, but because I want to fuel my body with the best possible foods. I now have willpower – something I struggled with for 23 years. Don’t get me wrong, I still indulge in my favorite foods but I do so in moderation and I’m able to know when enough is enough. And those few times that I overindulge in a late-night pizza run? 6 months ago, I would have beat myself up. Today, I’m able to accept that and realize that tomorrow is a new day to start fresh.

Left photo: July 2015 before first round of the fix. Right photo: January 2016 after several rounds of the fix.

I’ve become a Beachbody coach to inspire and help other people who are longing to live their happiest and healthiest life. There is nothing more rewarding than hearing from your clients that they have more energy to participate in their favorite activities, are more comfortable in their own skin, or are finally able to fit back into those favorite pants they bought 2 years ago. It’s the non-scale victories that keep me going. If I’ve learned anything from the 21 Day Fix, it’s that we are all capable of change. We already have it inside of us – it’s just a matter of digging deep enough to find your motivation. Yes, it’s hard work. Yes, it will require mental strength. Yes, sometimes it means waking up at 5:45am to complete a workout. But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?

Al

P.S. Dying to know all about the 21 Day Fix and how it can change your life? Stay tuned for another post coming soon!

 

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