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Friday, August 29, 2014

21 day fix: my story and journey

Back in March, I was home in Michigan for a visit. I stepped on the scale at my sister's house, looked at the number, and thought "why is that what the scale reads?" I couldn't wrap my head around why I was at this heavier weight. I ate fairly well. I walked everywhere (thank you, Chicago). I'm not even sure now if I can pinpoint what it was that was causing me to slowly increase in numbers, but that day I decided to give my health some focus.

I started using MyFitness Pal and counting my calories every day. I was able to see what kinds of foods I was eating and how much I was eating. Tracking helped me lose about 10 pounds. This was earth-shattering to me. I always thought I couldn't do it. But somehow it started happening. I started feeling more energetic and could buy a pant size down. (If you didn't know, that's a big deal!)

I kept keeping on and every week would see little results, just as I should of with a natural health plan to hopefully slim down. I eventually hit a lull, which most people do. After watching my sister have great success doing the 21 Day Fix, I was insanely curious about what it even was. After learning that it was really just a program that gave you 30 minutes of fitness every day and an eating plan that guided you to eat the right kinds of food in the right quantities, I was in.

I finished my first round in June. It was rewarding to be in pain after my workout DVDs. I planned and measured out my meals. I cheated -- skipping a workout here or eating something that wasn't on the list. But I still had results. I lost 5.5 pounds and 6.25 inches. Amazing results and the push and encouragement I needed.

Not only was I feeling better about myself, which is ultimately the goal, but people started noticing. And commenting. And that feeling? Kind of makes you blush in the best of ways.

I've learned a lot about myself through this health journey. No weight loss goal is too little. You have to put in the effort to see results. It doesn't happen overnight. It's not about reaching *that* number. It's okay and encouraged to enjoy life (aka food and drink) as long as you keep yourself in check.

My health story and journey will continue...

After Round 1...