21 Day fix progress report: bringing sexy back
I am currently finishing bus up my 21 day fix journey! I started exactly 21 days ago, I was 3 1/2weeks postpartum and I was released to start back my workout routine.
I would say it has been a great way to get started and back into a consistent routine.
Even though I worked out while pregnant, the intensity level of my workouts decreases towards the end and I was advised to take a break after delivery to allow my body to recover.
Throughout this 21 days, I have tried to have realistic expectations and develop a starting point with goals! I have found that the hard part right now is not knowing how my body will respond to my efforts since still being early postpartum as well as breastfeeding!
As I contemplate how to discuss my end results, I do not want to sound too negative, however, I am struggling and I believe is part of the journey. I have never had ANYTHING come easy for me. I do not take that in a bad way and do not want pity as I believe these struggles have made me who I am today and will continue to do so. I also believe that my struggles are reminders to depend on Christ. So as I discuss my results, please consider the fact that although delivered from the sabotaging effects of having a body image disorder, it will forever be a struggle.
Workouts– I continue to support the variety and effectiveness of the workouts in the 21 day fix. I feel that they are well-rounded and offer the opportunity to increase intensity and impact for higher calorie burn.
Meal plan– portion control – I was not following the portion control completely, instead I have been trying to establish a routine of clean eating and eliminating some bad habits I developed while pregnant. The fact that I did not do the portion control religiously could have hindered by results. I do however have some small victories to celebrate. I have eliminated cream from my coffee, I have lessened the fro-yo encounters, I have become more aware of my intake again and I am drinking more water.
Weight – gained 2 lbs over all
Inches – lost 1.5 inches
Personal take away’s – Well I am sure you have figured out that I am not happy with my results. I too get hung up on numbers and when you are working hard and see numbers, especially those on the scale go up it’s not encouraging. Rather it can be very discouraging. My issue with tracking things is that often times I can get overly obsessed with setbacks and my outward appearance as well as the high numbers can result in a bad attitude and teeter the fence of depression. I wish that these things did not affect me in such a way, but they do.
What I am learning is #1 pray for strength and that results would not ruin my attitude or well-being and # 2 try to focus on non-scale victories like how I feel. As crazy as it sounds, I think my recent addiction to motivational tank tops is a result of the way I deal with how I feel. These shirts not only motivate me, but make me feel good. Who doesn’t like wearing a new cute workout top?
At the end of the day, I will not be giving up, being active and physically fit is something that is part of who I am. It is something I truly enjoy, it empowers me, it gives me energy, it boosts my mood and quit frankly it is my drug.
So what’s next you ask?
I started my next 30 day journey with P90X3 today! I am excited to experience a different trainer and mix things up a bit. As always, I WILL change, I WILL get my body back and a better person WILL be created throughout this journey.
To God be the glory!