Something happened on June 1st...
it was the anniversary of my one year of doing the 21 Day Fix... or as I call it now, the 372 day fix.
A full year of changing my eating habits, of working my body in new ways, of trying to make a better me.
I definitely am not where I wanted to be (65 lbs down) but I am 40 lbs down... & I'm thrilled with that. Slow & steady wins the race, right?
& to be fair, I have slacked off of it as hard as I was at the beginning.
I think if I really buckled down & stuck to the exact containers instead of sliding in an extra yellow (carbs... oh sweet carbs) I could get that extra 25 lbs.
& really, hitting this one year mark has really inspired me to get back in gear & hit my goal.
Summer clothes helps too. Everything is so stupid short & revealing. Yikes.
Speaking of summer clothes - I will say, last year when I pulled out my summer stuff, I sat in the middle of my bed & cried big ole ugly, self pity tears because none of my shorts fit. I had NOTHING to wear for summer. I had to go out & buy a few pairs of bigger things.
I am THRILLED to say, I have a HUGGGEEEE (said in Trump's voice) bag sitting by my front door ready to go to Goodwill. Everything I bought last year now looks like a tent & the things that were too tight last year? They all fit really well & some things are even too big & also in that bag.
It feels good to see & feel progress.
But what did I learn over the past year....
1. Portions make a difference.
When you use the 21 day fix, things are based off those containers. & if you ever have used them or you do get them, the first thing you think when you see them? THEY'RE SO SMALL! & they really are - compared to what portions are in today's world. It's crazy to see how much food you get in a restaurant once you train your eye to know how much is basically a cup or a half cup of food. It's no wonder our mind thinks a FULL plate of food is normal.
2. You get used to smaller portions.
... & following up on #1 - you totally get used to the smaller portions. You learn what it means to eat until contentment instead of eating to that feeling of "I'm going to throw up". We just ate at McAlisters the other day for lunch (A half salad & a half veggie sandwich) - when we left, I honestly felt like I could have eaten a whole other meal. I didn't feel "full" but as we left & got moving & onto our next thing we had to do, I didn't feel hungry. I felt fine. Contentment. It just wasn't that feeling of needing to unbutton my shorts under my shirt. That's a much better feeling.
3. Carbs aren't my friend.
I have always said I'd eat fresh bread over any sweet treat any day. I love me some bread & crackers & anything doughy. (My mom, if she's reading probably just threw up. My aversion is that 'c-word' that shall not be named - hers is anything doughy. Like the smell of Subway? She'll gag walking by one)... anyways, carbs are limited. & I know some people do the Atkins & cut out carbs & get great results, but I HATE when people think they can live a lifestyle of cutting out a full food group. How is that really reasonable in a life? So you can eat carbs on this, but as they should be, they are limited. & that makes this carb-loving-gal a tad sad. But I also know that when I do splurge & say forget you to my yellow container, that scale shows me every time that it does matter. At least to my body.
|Doesn't this look like a piece of heaven?|
... & I probably just gained 2 lbs looking at this...
So again, I love my carbs & according to this eating idea, rice & beans are yellow - carbs. UNLESSSSSSSSS, you are a vegetarian & then your beans are considered red which is your protein. YES YES YES! I eat so many different kinds of beans. Black beans especially, but lentils & kidney beans. & quinoa? Yep, that counts as protein too for a vegetarian. So when some people are complaining they cant have a lot of beans & quinoa because its using their yellow containers, I'm all over here stuffing my face with delicious protein.
5. Protein is a must.
& speaking of protein, I've found that if I don't have some sort of protein with every meal, I am hungry FAST!!!! I used to eat breakfast of something usually carb related before. Something fast. Like toast or a pop tarts ...mmm... & honestly, I'd be hungry at work maybe 2 hours later. & then guess what I would have for a snack? Crackers. Little Cheez-It crackers. mmm... all the carbs. But I was always hungry. I'm now making sure to eat protein as much as I can for every meal & what a difference. Again, being vegetarian, its not protein like you think - but I'll have eggs for breakfast at about 6am & I honestly can go all day until lunch at 12:30pm without even noticing any hunger pangs. Greek yogurt is another great protein thing for me. & I am that person that loves protein shakes just because it does help curb the appetite & helps me get in those protein grams that I'm always slacking on.
6. Planning is key.
When you have a set number of containers you are allowed during a day, it really helps to be prepared. Like if I know we're going to have pizza for dinner, I'll try & save my yellow containers for the evening & not have toast with breakfast. I'm a planner by nature anyways. I like to know what's in my day & what lies ahead so this really plays in my favor. Now, if only I could meal prep. I see some people get food all made & ready to grab & go for a week & those people are my heroes. I'm more a one day at a time planner, but it's still being aware of your food for the day.
|I can deal with this kind of meal planning|
7. It's not really about a diet.
I know you've heard it before, but its so true. I don't consider the way I eat to be a 'diet' - I really consider it to be a lifestyle. Just the way I naturally eat now. I think once you start training your mind & your body to eat a certain way, it just becomes 2nd nature. Same thing happened when I decided to give up meat. That freaks people out to think about giving up meat, but you can do it... you just get used to it & you dont think anything of it. Same with this eating style. You really know if you're eating too much 'yellow' or you're lacking in the green containers (veggies). You just know. It's second nature. & I think that's the key to it all. Just letting a lifestyle take over instead of feeling held down by the thinking of living on a diet. It really can happen. It's happened to me.
So yep, a full year has gone by & I'm still loving the fact that I am aware of how food works in my body, how it effects my health, how to 'feed' my body the best way possible.
I'm sure you'll be seeing a post in about a year about my 730 day fix...
& I'm going to put it out there & believe that I'll hit that 65 lb goal by then as well!
Side Note: I'm not posting this to try & sell or promote anything - I actually have stepped away from selling anything Beachbody, only because I dont have the time dedicated to make it beneficial to me, but I do still love the products & will continue to use them. I'm also still available for any questions on anything about this program because it has worked for me.