Many more than 21 days ago, I told you I was starting the 21 Day Fix to change my life… and get more active. It’s never too late to #MakeYourMove, right?
But… I started, and then the dog set the kitchen on fire and that totally derailed my efforts. For a little while anyway. 25 days ago I started back into the routine and this time I completed it. (And now I’m back on for round 2!)
I feel fantastic!
It really is amazing how quickly you can go from sedentary to strong. This is not a miracle weight loss program (in fact, I didn’t actually lose any weight – see more on that in the lessons learned!) but I did make exercise a daily habit and I feel more energetic and happier.
This is how I feel after a great workout!
5 things I learned in my 21 Day Fix
1. Even someone who hasn’t exercised in a very long time can start this program. They have “Kat” – who performs all of the modified versions of the exercise for newbies or people who need to take it down a notch for whatever reason. And unlike other programs, where even the “modifier” is ripped and tiny, Kat is actually, well, she looks more like me than the rest of the crew. I felt camaraderie with her. And eventually, I passed Kat’s level, and that felt great!
2. You’ve got to make time to #MakeYourMove! We all are super busy, but 30 minutes is feasible if you are willing to carve out the time. I refuse to get up early, and I really don’t like exercising at night, so in the heat of the day, when it’s been too miserable for the kids to play outside, I popped in a movie for them and headed in the other room to knock out my 30 minutes.
3. Once you start exercising, you want more. Now, I’m starting to actually want to take the dog for walks in the evenings and get in a 25-30 minute walk, or walk on my treadmill. This is where having my Armitron stop watch is necessary for me. I like to know exactly how long I’ve been going. Kohl’s so generously sent me two Armitron watches (one for me and one for a friend) to try out, and I’ve loved having this dainty, feminine sports watch as opposed to the big, clunky watch I had before. Plus, I can wear my fitbit and my Armitron on the same arm, which is convenient. My friend that I chose for the other watch and I also spend a lot of time in the pool with our kids – and I love having a waterproof watch for playing and lap swimming.
Eww. the lighting in this picture makes my arm look really hairy. It’s not that hairy. I promise!
4. It really is 80% what you eat, 20% exercise. As I mentioned, I lost no weight. But, despite Autumn’s continual advice about following the meal plan (because that’s where you’ll really see the results!) I continued eating and drinking mostly the way I had been. As I told my friend, exercise and weight loss are very psychological to me. It was too much the first time around to introduce a major diet plan change AND introduce daily exercise. But, making one a habit first, now I know I can do the workouts AND I’m ready to follow the food plan to see maximum results. (I did lose 2.5 inches thought, which is encouraging, but still not nearly what I hoped to achieve.)
5. Support group. MUST HAVE. I don’t know what I would do without my accountability partners. Well, yes, I do know. I would get lazy. I love having people who I feel I have to report to on my daily exercise achievements. Find a group. Find a friend! Kohl’s is letting me give you TWO watches. One to keep, one to share.
Are you ready to win the Armitron watches from Kohl’s to help #makeyourmove this summer?