If you follow me on instagram (lstammeyer) or facebook you know that I’ve started to try and get my body into a shape that is slightly less “round.” I’ve tried before (haven’t we all??) but I’m really putting in some major effort. My new year’s resolution was to be more intentional with my time. I want to be the best me possible, giving the best of me to those I love and care about.
My body has always come last on my list of priorities. As I have struggled with my depression, managing my mental and emotional state often took all my energy, leaving nothing for my physical health. In the last few years I’ve spend a lot of time being pregnant or with a new born. With all my pregnancies I was incredibly sick through the entire pregnancy. The thought of working out made me want to throw up. So I didn’t.
And now I’m here. With three young children who have energy coming out their ears (really… I’ve seen it!) and a farm and home to manage and care for. Not to mention a job and life I enjoy. I want to keep up! I don’t want to be a sidelines mom. I want to be a stuck in the middle, active, participating mom. I don’t want my kids to remember me watching, I want them to remember me DOING! So I have to get my butt moving!
I knew that I needed something to hold me accountable and a program to follow so that I stayed on track. However, I wanted something that could fit into my family lifestyle and would be easy to maintain long term. I also needed something cheap. I didn’t want to invest alot of money I wasn’t sure of.
Enter my friend, Jenny, who is a coach with Beachbody fitness. Jenny asked me several questions about my past habits, my goals and my lifestyle in order to recommend the best program for me. Jenny recommended 21 Day Fix.This was a program I was familiar with as I have several friends and family members who have tried it. The investment was just right and it had both an exercise and nutrition components. There wasn’t anything extra that I had to buy. I decided to give it a go!
Y’all, it works! I have been SO happy with my results. The program runs in… you guessed it… 21 day cycles. However, you can do it continuously! I was preparing for a honeymoon trip to Las Vegas 6 weeks from my start date so I was able to do 2 complete rounds. In 22 days I lost 16 pounds! It has been so refreshing to put in the effort and see results. And honestly, this hasn’t been that hard.
I love the nutrition program. It’s easy. All it takes is figuring out the number as to how many containers you get (use this calculator!), then fill them up! I’m able to eat things I like and not feel like I’m giving up my treats. I’ve also been challenged to find new ways to get “all my containers” in for the day. I love to cook, so it’s been really fun for me to find the best ways to fit in my fruits, veggies, proteins and carbs in a balanced way.
I also have fallen in love with the work outs. Now, let me start with the fact that I’ve always been a “gym” girl.When I was working out in the past, I always liked going to a gym best. I never liked working out at home, nor did I ever find something that worked well for me. That has changed! I’m pretty sure that the biggest reason it has changed is out of necessity. I can’t take my kids with me to the gym, and the expense of it just doesn’t work for our family. I just haven’t been able to fit a trip to the gym into my day without giving up something else that I value more. (Note: I have time, I don’t want to use it. It’s my choice to not have time for the gym!) Most mornings I get up at 5:30am, whether I need to or not, and get my workout in first thing. The workouts are only 30 minutes. It gets me going in the morning and my day started on a really positive note. It’s been a great journey.
I’m currently two months into this health improvement journey and I’m down 20 pounds. Y’all, I just said TWENTY POUNDS!!! That’s the size of a standard dining room chair or a tire! I’m losing that spare tire! I still have a LONG way to go until I reach my goal weight, but I’m well on my way and can’t wait to continue to go. My next mini goal is to be down 30 pounds by my 30th birthday in June. I’d say “Wish me luck” but I don’t need luck. I’m going to be intentional with my time, put in the work, and EARN this just for me!
If you are all interested in learning more about BeachBody, my personal experiences or how to get yourself on a better health track, let me know!! I’m an open book and would be happy to help motivate you to the best you.