Tomorrow I am starting the 21 Day Fix and I thought I’d share my meal plan and progress along the way. But before I do – I need to get real for a minute, because I can almost see your dramatic eye rolling from here. I don’t blame you – I have tried a lot of weight loss and meal plans over the last 2 years, and while I have had success with a lot of them (particularly the Whole 30) I always find myself back where I started…. Overweight and unhappy.
(If you are just here for the meal plan – skip to the bottom)
So here it is. For the last 5 years I have struggled on and off with anxiety, binge and emotional eating. I don’t want to blame it on my husband’s job, because I don’t think that made too much of a difference, but at night when there was no one to talk to I get anxious and I listen when my brain says – “You deserve that xyz food – do you know what you had to deal with today?” I struggle with eating little to no food all day because I’m go go go, and then smashing it all in at night. I’ve yo-yo’d my weight so often I know it’s even more unhealthy for me than just being overweight.
But here’s the kicker. I can’t remember a time when I looked in a mirror and thought – “Hey – you really look good today.” The negative talk has overtaken me more than I care to admit. If I said half the stuff out loud to others that I say to myself – I’d have ZERO friends. Even without saying it out loud – it has impacted my relationships, my friendships, and my family, and that is why I can’t give up trying.
When I started running I finally found an outlet for the negative crap. I started to feel good for longer stretches of times. I didn’t let my emotions take over at night because I was in bed at a decent hour sleeping. Then I got hurt and I told myself I wouldn’t let the bad creep back in, but I did and today I feel like it’s worse then ever. I’m so unhappy with myself that it even makes all the amazing and happy things I have in my life hard to see. I love being a mom. I’m thrilled to be working again. I’m even happy to start running again, but I can’t seem to break the cycle of negative and emotional crap. So in all honesty, I will try anything to stop this cycle. So if you must roll your eyes at me – go ahead. Trust me, there is nothing you could say to me that is worse then what I say to myself. But I’m here and I’m starting over again, and I’m hoping I can just get it to stick and find a way to be compassionate to myself along the way – I know I’m worth more than the way I treat myself.
Why 21 Day Fix
Well first off – I am not a coach and I’m not using a coach. I ordered the 21 Day Fix right off the site, but you can also get it from Amazon for a $72. (That is an affiliate link – if you buy from there I get a small %, but if you have a friend who is a coach – that is cool too.)
I just wanted to do it by myself. I have friends who are beachbody coaches and I love them, but sometimes it can be overwhelming. Plus, I’m not completely starting my fitness from scratch here. Trust me, I’m not bad-mouthing coaches in ANY WAY – they are awesome and if you’re the type of person that needs someone in your corner – go for it. I just wanted to share my review without being or coming from a coach, because it seems like most of the reviews online are from coaches.
I liked that it’s 21 days. I tried the 8 week beach body challenge from Tone It Up, but when we had a bad week and I got behind I never got back on track. 3 weeks seems manageable.
I really like the idea of re-learning portion sizes.
I like the 30 minutes a day workouts. I really wanted to find a program that could compliment my half marathon training. I think this will be it.
21 Day Fix Meal Plan
There is no way you could to the 21 Day Fix without a 21 Day Fix Meal Plan. I used to love meal planning, but lately I’m flying by the seat of my pants. Not tomorrow – I’ve got my 21 Day Fix Meal Plan all set!
I kept my meal plan SUPER simple this week. It’s basically the same thing every other day. My husband is deployed, and my son is pretty easy – if he doesn’t want to eat what I’m making I will make him something else, but usually he will eat what I eat.
Prepping was easy. I roasted a bunch of veggies, baked my chicken, cooked my ground beef, made my quinoa, and quinoa pasta, and chopped up my veggie salad. Everything else I can make really easily at night. I will probably cook a few turkey burgers at once too.
The thing I am most worried about is how much food this actually is!! Seems like SO MUCH!
Another note: I am not using Shakeology. I couldn’t afford it at this time. It’s pretty expensive. I will be using either my Isopure zero carb protein or my Vega meal replacement when you see protein mentioned.
I will be posting my weekly results and how I’m feeling about the program as well as sharing all my meal plans. Wish me luck!!
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