ANOTHER PROGRAM COMPLETE!
I celebrate this every single time. No, it does not mean the work is done, but it means I stuck to something and completed it to the best of my abilities, even with little stumbles along the way.
I kicked off this last week of 21 Day Fix Extreme with my birthday! Monday was my 28th birthday. I actually stayed pretty on top of my Ultimate Portion Fix meal plan. We made roasted rack of lamb, brussels sprouts, and rainbow cabbage slaw for a fancy dinner. This meal was inspired by an Insta post by @leemariekitchen who is a Plant Paradox GENIUS. She subscribes to a lot of similar food beliefs as I do. (But beliefs is a weird way to put it… science. She believes in science, like me :P) and cooks up a bunch of grain-free, sugar-free, low-lectin, plant-based, gut-friendly AWESOMENESS.
Anyhow, it WAS my birthday, so I had a few gluten-free vanilla cupcakes that I made over the weekend. Sooo good. Get my recipe for those here. There weren’t a ton of sugary offerings available to me on my birthday, which I was glad for. I guess that’s because I turned 28 and not 6. I did have a whole bag of Jolly Ranchers that I intended on giving one of my classes, but their behavior did not warrant earning treats, sooo I returned the bag of candy to Wegmans #meanteacher #sorrynotsorry
The one time this week when I could have possibly been tempted to go way off meal plan was Friday night when I was working the snack stand at a concert at school (fundraising for the class of 2022, woot woot!). I bought a tonnnnn of candy and junk food, but instead of buying from myself for dinner, I ate the salad that I meal prepped. And I honestly felt okay with that. My thing is if I have one, I don’t stop. And I become like a middle schooler and buy like four bags of candy and eat it all. But if I don’t have any, I’m ok. But it’s taken a long time for me to come to this realization.
The workouts went pretty great this week, too. For the most part. Autumn definitely upped the ante with some of the moves and the weights, but I kept up. Don’t get me wrong, I still modified a bunch. But I was able to do a lot more than I could the week previously. Like push-ups. I could do a BUNCH on my toes. That was awesome.
I did have one rough workout. Tuesday morning was tough. I felt super emotional and PMS-y and while sometimes a good workout can cure that, I had a hard time getting through this one. I was a bit weepy the whole time, hence the photo of my weights and not my face. It happens. But as you can see, the photos don’t stop. I didn’t quit or give up. After 37 days?? How could I?
Now here come the results. And to be honest, I almost did not take these photos. Because I did not think I had any results. Because the number on the scale said the same damn thing it did when I started these 42+ days. This really felt like a sucker punch to the gut. All the hard work and no change???
For whatever reason, I decided to take after pics and measurements anyways. I’m glad I did because it helped me to see the non-scale victories I had actually achieved! Not only did I lose two inches off my thighs, I got some serious muscle definition!! These before & after photos totally turned my mood around and served as a good reminder to me to always remember that health is about so much more than the scale.
I am positive. I am strong. I am in charge. And I’m ready to take on my next challenge… a new round of 80 Day Obsession!