Unfortunately, the older you get, the weirder your body gets. Seriously! I’ve never had a problem with my weight, until around two years ago.
Actually, let me start from the beginning…
My grandmother was the most wonderful cook in the world! No, I’m not just saying that because she was my Gram, but anyone that tasted her cooking knew that it was delicious and special. She moved into my parents house when I was 13 years old. For the next couple of years, she cooked most of our meals and made scrumptious desserts…too many desserts! A few dozen cookies, a couple pies, maybe a cake or sheet bars…and that was all in one week! Needless to say, I slowly started to gain a little weight. Not a ton, but at the age of 14, only 4’11” tall, I weighed 125 lbs. That might not seem too bad, but for my small frame and height, it made my clothes a little tight.
The summer before my ninth grade, my mom “encouraged” (as in, signed me up) for cross country running. It was NOT my first choice, but I went ahead and gave it my all. The first month was hell, but I pushed through it and ended up really enjoying it. The best part was, within just a couple months, my weight dropped down to 112 lbs and by the end of the year, I grew a few inches to just under 5’3″. Still not tall, but at least a little taller than I was. For the next 14 years, my weight stayed at just around 112 lbs…never going past that and sometimes going as low as 102 lbs. It didn’t matter what I ate (although I wasn’t a huge eater, I could eat what I wanted) or how much (or little) I exercised.
My metabolism was really good, but I did have one huge problem. I couldn’t get pregnant. It took three years of trying, going to the doctor, getting meds and nothing worked…until I gained 6 lbs for no apparent reason. Within a few months, I finally got pregnant! I guess my body just needed that extra bit of weight. Funny how things work like that. Fast forward nine years. I had my youngest child just a couple months before my 40th birthday. I knew it would take a little more to get back in shape than it did when I was 30, but I didn’t expect what happened next. My postpartum time after he was born was full of ups and downs. The worst was that, because of the hormone relaxin, my joints loosened up a bit and my TMD problems got really bad. I couldn’t eat a thing. Since I was breastfeeding AND couldn’t eat, I tried to drink protein shakes, but they couldn’t keep my weight on. I lost 15 lbs in one month! After I was able to get some help with my jaw, I still couldn’t eat a lot of things, so bread was a go-to staple for me. Needless to say, after a year or so on that kind of “diet”, my metabolism got completely screwed up. About the same time that my jaw healed, I went back to work outside of the home, full time. Between eating at my desk, treats in the break room and not moving around as much as I had been, the weight started creeping up on me. Fast forward two years and I now weigh more than I ever have without being pregnant. It’s really depressing.
I’ve made little attempts here and there to try to lose the weight, but it hasn’t worked. I didn’t stick with the programs and am completely addicted to potato chips!
Enter 21 Day Fix…
I can honestly tell you t
hat I am less than excited to start an actual diet. I’ve never really done one and never with the goal of losing weight. More than a little resistant, it’ll be a real challenge, but I know it can be done. So, starting yesterday, November 30, 2015, 21 Day Fix is my newest challenge I’m taking on. It has a very simple diet, including containers to help portion out your food, teaching you what portion sizes should look like. There are also several workouts that use light weights and a calendar to guide you to the correct workout for the day. Having had five meals, and several snacks so far, I can tell you that it just takes a little planning, but the 21 Day Fix guide is all you really need. Pinterest has massive amounts of meals plans, recipes and other suggestions to help you out. As far as the workouts go…I’ve only done one workout and will do my second one as soon as I get home. I’m a little sore, but that’s to be expected when you’ve taken a bit of a break from exercising.
As we get closer to the end of the 21 days, I’ll start posting stats, progress and pictures.
Have you done the 21 Day Fix? Tell me your results and experiences, plus any advice you may have!