At last! I have 21 Day Fix Final Results. 21 days always seem so much shorter when they’re over. I officially finished yesterday and today I have that thought “I could do it again” even though I had so many moments that were tough and 21 days felt so long.
The process has been so revealing to me. My lack of discipline, my sugar addiction, my desire for comfort food, my desire to avoid being uncomfortable in any way…I was forced to look it all in the face. The worst moment came last Thursday night. Up until that point I had really done pretty well. Our anniversary was on Oct 27, during the second week, so I definitely “cheated” for that meal, but I went into the day with every intention of enjoying our anniversary and so I was very strict in the morning and saved up almost all of my container usage for that meal (we went to a French restaurant down town, and it was SO SO GOOD and such a good time. It reminded me of the restaurant we ate in on Christmas Day in Paris two years ago).
But that was supposed to be my only side step from the plan. I had a couple of other small ones.
But then Thursday happened.
We hosted small group at our house. We always have goodies at small group. Previously I always chose to just stay out of the kitchen and not even face temptation of wonderful things our friend would make, like pumpkin bars. But this time it was at our house. We had a GIANT bowl, and I mean GIANT (thanks husband!) of candy corn (which also happens to be one of my greatest downfalls)…it was there an hour and a half before everyone arrived and it was there when everyone left. My hand reached in more than once. More than twice…
Enough times that at the end of the night I felt ashamed of myself, disappointed in myself, and the next day I had a major sugar hangover.
There were a lot of lessons in that. One, don’t let temptation into your house. Two, recognize the temptation when it’s in front of you and pray against it and ask for accountability right there in the moment. Three, don’t let a failure completely derail you.
After my…uh… indiscretion there was that inevitable choice: do I just give up now? Do I try to start over next week? Or do I just keep going?
In the past I think I would have given up. I would have said “well I already blew it.” Thankfully, instead, I woke up Friday morning and got my green smoothie on and kept at the rest of my plan.
Even with those cheats I still saw results. It makes me wonder what things could have been without any cheating at all.
Now I didn’t have a ton of weight or inches to lose, but it was encouraging to see a change.
What was REALLY encouraging as well was Saturday when I did my last pilates work out- I did double leg lifts and I felt STRONG. It has been a very long time since my core has felt STRONG. It was so good to be able to get back to that point!
I really want to encourage anyone who is doing 21 Day Fix or something similar- don’t cheat, but even more importantly, don’t quit! If you fall off on a snack or a meal, just hop right back on!
Set small goals along the way. My second week my goal was to do one more rep after the timer went off, instead of immediately dropping my weights when they said “done!” My third week my goal was to do the doubles workouts. I wish I had also set small goals that were food related besides “just make it through today without cheating.”
If the workouts feel hard, instead of focusing on the hard, focus on small gains! Can you do one more rep than you did last time? Look forward to feeling STRONG because if you are putting in the work, you WILL see results in one way or another.
That is one of the things I absolutely love about working out- your body does respond.
Some of you saw me post this picture:
While I have been able to do this pose for a while now, there was a time in my life where it was really difficult to get my arms locked in this position. How amazing that our bodies keep adapting, keep loosening, strengthening!
Look for the small improvements and be encouraged when you don’t see them, that they are just around the corner!
I am thankful for the 21 Day fix, for how it has exposed some of my weaknesses for further reflection, and how it has given me new strength!