NotSo30s is Going on a 21 Day Fix

We’re stuffed.

Yes, post-Thanksgiving we are walking around and can’t see our toes…

Let’s be honest… We haven’t seen our toes in a while. We are going back to something that we know is healthy and is just what our waistlines need.

 

NotSo30s is going on a 21 Day Fix…

 

Melissa and I have sat here making our shopping lists, looking up recipes, and planning out our week. We will be posting our favorite recipes from the week, and any useful tips that come up along the way.

Make sure to follow the blog to catch all of the progress!

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Sweating for the Wedding (Dress)

Today, I tried on my wedding dress… With just over 3 months to go until my wedding I needed to know how it fit.

The zipper did not go up all the way. It didn’t fit.

I definitely was NOT happy. Yet, I didn’t panic. I didn’t cry.

I became MORE motivated than ever before to help lose weight and become fit and healthy for my wedding day, and beyond! As soon as I took off my wedding dress, I put my workout clothes and sneakers ON. I popped in my TurboFire DVD and got to WORK.

No Excuses.

No Quick Fixes.

I’m all about HARD WORK right now. I put in my Soul Mate workout and got to WORK with my Soul Mate trainer! Chalene Johnson makes me feel like I can reach my goals. I know I can. I will sweat for it. I will meal prep for it.

I will fit in my wedding dress and ROCK it in just 3 months.

Want to join me? Want to get that extra PUSH and motivation? Email me! I’m here to help YOU get to your goals! I know your struggles and I can get there with you! NotSo30s@Gmail.com

NotSo30s - Sweating For The Wedding

Let’s Go!

I Wonder…

Dont Give Up

Have you ever wondered what your full potential was/is? I do, especially this morning. I wonder where I would be if I stopped making excuses and settling with my health, my fitness, my career and my day-to-day life. Sometimes you realize you have wasted time in your life. That’s OK, as long as you open your eyes and move forward! Be better! You are capable of achieving any goal you set, as long as you stick to it and put in the work!

The Struggles of Losing Weight When Extremely Overweight

 

There is a 45 pound and a two and a half year difference between these two pictures.

There is a 45 pound and a two and a half year difference between these two pictures.

I am extremely overweight. According to the BMI scale I am considered to be obese. I have never been thin. My weight has fluctuated over the years. The last time my weight started with a 1 was either in high school or my first year of college. I honestly don’t even remember anymore. In middle school and high school I knew I was overweight. Compared to my classmates I wore bigger clothes and had the bigger body. I was extremely self-conscious and uncomfortable in my own skin. I never wore shorts. (I still don’t.) I never wanted to go to the beach with friends because I did not want to be seen in public in a bathing suit. I shied away from my crushes, since I thought they would have no interest in a “fat girl”. I never weighed myself since I didn’t care to know the number. No matter what, in my head I was fat.

I didn’t know what a healthy lifestyle was and I had no idea how to learn. I grew up in a house with obese women. Food was a way to bond and celebrate. Food was also how we dealt with emotion.  My breakfast was usually a high-sugar cereal with milk. Lunch at school was either pizza or fried chicken tenders and fries with a soda. Dinner was the worst part. Nightly, our meals were white rice, black or red beans, some type of fried meat, and more soda. There was also always junk food and sweets in the house.

When I went off to college and was on my own I ate only what I thought I could afford. Inexpensive fast food, junk food and processed food. Every year I gained more weight and more weight. Then I started realizing I was making myself incredibly unhealthy. When I had to start shopping in specialty stores like Lane Bryant and wearing size 22 jeans I FINALLY started accepting how unhealthy and overweight I was.

The problem now is, I spent 20+ years living an unhealthy lifestyle. Poor food choices and zero activity have caught up with me. It is NOT easy to break myself from a lifetime of bad habits. I have cried over my body shame. I have cried over how ugly I have felt. I have cried over not having clothes that fit properly.

Now, I look back at my high school pictures and I WISSSSH I looked like that NOW.

I have, however, started changing my mentality over the last few months. I’m no longer going to be a victim of my lifestyle. I am no longer going to be down and depressed about my body and weight. I have the power to change myself. I have the power to make myself healthier and to live a healthier lifestyle.

I have met some AMAZING people who just want to encourage and share positivity. I have met one woman who is “plus size” like me, but doesn’t let it define her. She works out and lives life. She walks around with joy. I have not met her in person, only via social media, but her positivity is infectious!

I also have people around me who can help make me a better person just by their support. Support and understanding are so extremely important when an extremely overweight person is trying to lose weight. I know from personal experience that it is very hard to believe that a very thin trainer can really understand what an overweight or obese person are going through. I know I have felt like I couldn’t connect with some thin trainers and coaches in the past. I had wondered if they are judging me. I had wondered if thought less of me because I had allowed myself to get to the weight I was at.  Going to the gym was a similar experience. I always felt self-conscious. I felt as if people were looking down on my for being so overweight. As if I was beyond help. When a person is extremely overweight, it is hard to stay motivated. It is hard to barely see any changes.

All of those doubts and that shame were part of the reason I was never able to stick with a weight loss plan. I also never knew how to properly deal with emotion and how to truly take care of myself. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not infallible. I am not some healthy and fitness fanatic right now. I am just someone who is realizing that there is ALWAYS a chance in life to make yourself a better person. There is always a chance to take care of yourself.

I want to be a healthier person. I don’t have the illusion of being a size 2. If my high school pictures weren’t boxed up I would post a picture of myself back then. I would love to just be healthy and more energetic. I want to feel comfortable and confident in my skin. Confidence. That is something I’m not all too familiar with. I would love to put on an outfit and just feel GREAT. Inside and out.

I hope this blog and this post reaches ONE person and let’s that person know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I am JUST like you. I understand. Don’t be ashamed. Stop beating yourself up. If you EVER need someone to talk to who understands, I am here. No judgement. If you ever need someone who you can vent to, someone who understands, someone who can cry with you and someone who can encourage you – EMAIL ME. I want to help. I also want to help you set goals and reach them. As much as I want to support you, having someone to support only gives me more motivation and encouragement.

My journey is yours.

How To Turn 30 Gracefully…

 

Here are my thoughts on how to turn 30 gracefully

That’s all I’ve got.

Who says you need to turn 30 gracefully? (Or 40, 50, 60, etc… for that matter.) Do it on YOUR terms. Just make sure you are the person YOU want to be. That you are a good person and making good things happen in your life. Don’t use this new phase or transition as a means to justify actions that are unbecoming of you as a person.

Although this year’s birthday had ups and downs, it will still on my terms. I had fun and I had wonderful people around me.

So for YOUR 30th birthday… Do it BIG!

…and here is a picture showing an EXCELLENT example of how I celebrated my 30th!…

It was a busy blur and I tried to make the best of it that I could. In the end, there was only one aspect of my birthday that was a downer – but all else made this birthday truly special. Here are to many more happy blurs.

Photo credit to my friend Gabriel Fernandez

Photo credit to my friend Gabriel Fernandez

Last 29 of 29: One Week Left…

In one week I will be turning 30.

Whoa.

Thinking it. Saying it. Writing it. When I do either of those things and realize that I turn 30 in one week, I am no longer “fearful” of the day. Turning 30 is going to be an amazing milestone for me.

I decided to dedicate the last 29 of my 29 to making the BEST of my time. Celebrating life. Doing big things!

In the last 22 days I have had an AMAZING engagement party thanks to those nearest and dearest to me. I started the journey of house hunting with my fiance. I have spent quality time with him and we have learned to cope with the stress together. I have spent time with my sister (as I will again this weekend) as she prepares to become a first time mommy. I have spent time with my brother and his beautiful family. I wish I saw them more often. I have worked hard in my career and started making future plans for growth. I have been reading books again! A passion that I have which I spent months without doing. I have BIG PLANS and goals for health and fitness that I plan on sharing. I also returned to volunteering my time with a program that is very special to me.

It all hasn’t been sunshine and carefree living. Not at all. I have been under an incredible amount of stress. Some days I handle it pretty well. Other days I feel as if I am on the verge on an anxiety attack. My days are PACKED with tasks, meetings, places to go, things to do. On days that I have a bit of free time I find myself firmly attached to my bed.

Yet, I make sure to open my eyes and appreciate where I am in my life right now. I am in a transitional period where I am preparing myself for what most call “settling down”. I am looking for a house in a community I can be a part of, and making that house a home with my fiance.

Turning 30 is my induction into my “grown up” life. Turning 30 is realizing that a lot of the dreams/goals I had in my 20’s will be coming to fruition. Turning 30 means that I have more control and impact on my life than ever before. I am so excited about what is to come.

I’m ready for 30.

Positive Thinking: Packing…

Packing

When I started the mortgage approval/home buying process 9 months ago, I never thought it was going to be easy… The NACA program helped my fiance and I learn to budget, save and eventually become approved for a mortgage. The day we found out we were approved I cried. I was so happy and felt such a sense of accomplishment…

After a day of letting the joy sink in, it was time to get real.

The real estate market is PERFECT if you are selling a house, not if you are buying! People are starting to buy homes again. Foreign investors have CASH to buy homes. Competition is high. Prices are rising. It also doesn’t help that I live and am house hunting in South Florida. Values are rising again.

The house hunting process is stressful. Each week I learn more and more, but as of right now I have not found a home. Tomorrow makes four weeks since my fiance and I were approved. I didn’t think I would find a house right away, but now I really want to feel the success of putting an offer on a home and having it accepted.

In the next 36 hours my fiance and I are scheduled to see between 5 and 8 homes. Last night, I became a bit antsy. I grabbed an empty box and started packing. I decided to have a new motto: “If you pack, the house will come.”

Yes, it is very Field of Dreams-ish. (A fantastic movie by the way. Doesn’t hurt that I have always had a crush on Ray Liotta.) What is important it the hope and positivity in that statement. There are no buts, ifs, maybes, or hopefullys. It is a definite statement. I’ll keep the positive attitude, and I’ll keep packing…

Project Last 29 of 29!

Last29of29

When I first had the idea to create a blog I wanted to find a way to express myself, document my ideas, and to help make myself a better person! I looked into the not so distant future and gave myself a goal of getting myself on track to be a better my by my 30th birthday.

Wedding planning, a busy work schedule and preparing to purchase my first home has consumed me the last few months. I didn’t really pay attention to the calendar until yesterday when I realized just how near my birthday is!

In 29 short days I will be 30 years old.

Before, turning 30 was a horrifying thought. An indication of aging and leaving the land of youth. Today, I couldn’t feel more different. 30 isn’t the punishment I expected. 30 is going to be my BEST year.

Yet, the last bit of my 20’s should be celebrated as well… For that reason, I will be celebrating the Last 29 of my 29! I will make sure that each and every one of my days includes some time of milestone, celebration, excitement or special meaning. Later today I will be posting today’s Last 29 of 29 tribute… I will be receiving something at a meeting this afternoon that I have DREAMT of for years, and have diligently worked with my fiance to obtain since July of last year.

Stay tuned. I can’t wait to share these 29 with you!

My 21 Day Fix Round 1 Results!

Most everyone has seen the same stock before and after images of 21 Day Fix results. Some of them are from one round, others are the before/after results of multiple rounds. I have to admit that the picture that was MOST encouraging was the one of the woman who lost approximately 96 pounds after 10 rounds of 21 Day Fix. Why did this one really get my attention? Because I don’t have 10-15 pounds to lose… I have OVER 50 pounds to lose! That picture SHOWED me that this program could work on a plus size person.

Last week I completed my FIRST round of 21 Day Fix, and I have to admit – I loved it. This program isn’t the “easy way out”. No. I worked for my weight loss. I exercised EVERY day. I ate HEALTHY. I didn’t pop pills. I was careful with portion control.

Well, here it is ladies and gentleman. MY 21 Day Fix Round 1 Results!

Measurements

  • Left Arm: No Change
  • Right Arm: -0.5 inches
  • Chest: -2.25 inches
  • Waist: -4 inches
  • Hips: -2 inches
  • Left Leg: No Change
  • Right Leg: -0.25 inches

TOTAL INCHES LOST: 9 INCHES! NINE! YES! NINE!

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 11.8 POUNDS! In just 21 Days!

I placed my measurements first, as I believe that is where the emphasis should always be!

And for visual proof, here are my before and after pictures. Yes, the photography technique needs improvement… I will work on that for this round… But check out my belly/waist… I FEEEEEL the difference in my clothes. It is AWESOME!

Here are MY 21 Day Fix first round results. Progress is important!

Here are MY 21 Day Fix first round results. Progress is important!

I loved this program so much that I am starting ROUND 2 with my challenge group today!  We are also already planning our APRIL round of 21 Day Fix. Interested in joining? Let me know! I would love to help guide YOU to your goals!

Have a great day!!

A Day in the Life: 21 Day Fix…

I have been asked by SEVERAL people what my daily routine on 21 Day Fix is like, what I eat, what my workouts are like, and so on… I’ve been contacted through this blog, through family and friends, and I even had a coworker ask me after she saw me slowly get up from my desk chair… Why was I getting up slowly from my desk chair? My muscles were SORE. Hamstrings, Quads, Abs, Arms… Everything! It was the GOOD kind of sore. Not painful… But a post-workout reminder that I have work to do!

I wanted to give everyone a quick insight into a day in the life of 21 Day Fix… At least for me! Most of the photos that I am going to share are from day one, but I will continue to update with food/meal ideas! (I have a yummy turkey burger recipe that I am posting tomorrow morning!!!)

THE NIGHT BEFORE

Every night I prepare for the next day! It is a LOT easier to plan ahead on 21 Day Fix. Luckily, my fiancé and I are on the same portion category.

(Portion category? Yes. Based on your current wait and some quick math, you determine on 21 Day Fix what portions you receive on the program. The booklet it comes with tells you how many of each color-coded container you are allowed a day. The booklet also comes with lists of foods that correspond with each container on the plan. For example: Red is protein, and I am allowed four containers a day from the list of foods on the red container list. The lists are long so you have TONS of options).

21 Day Fix Containers

I prepare the meals for our work day which includes two snacks and our lunch. For snacks I like to use portions of our fruit allowance, or some carrots and humus! (Yuuuuuuuum. Hummusssss.) I also set out everything for my morning Shakeology. I prefer to have it

THE MORNING

The alarm wakes me up…. I snooze it. My back-up alarm wakes me up… I snooze it. The first alarm I snoozed wakes me up. I sometimes snooze it. You get the picture.

I like to make my Shakeology shakes the same way, no matter which flavor I choose (with the exception of Greenberry). I toss in a bunch of ice. About 3-4 regular coffee mugs worth of ice. Next, one scoop of Shakeology. I follow that up with 2 teaspoons of PB2 and half of a banana. Last, I add in 8 ounces of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Then I blend, blend, blend, blend, blend! What comes out is a whole lot of deliciousness! This counts as 1 red container, 1 yellow container, 1 purple container and 2 teaspoons. I usually take FOREVER to drink my shakes since they are so filling.

 

MID-MORNING SNACK

Oh yes. Every kindergartener’s and grown woman’s FAVORITE time of the day… SNACK time! Today I had fresh strawberries. LOVE strawberries.

LUNCH

Remember that lunch I prepped the night before? BAM! Right there waiting for me. No needing to wonder what I am going to have for lunch and no chance of giving into the temptation of all the not-so-healthy restaurants that surround my office. In the picture you will see steamed green beans seasoned with Mrs. Dash and lemon juice, brown rice, and grilled chicken breast with onions and mushrooms. I used a little bit of non-stick cooking spray and a teaspoon of EVOO to cook the chicken, mushrooms and onions. I seasoned with lime juice, pepper, garlic powder and a dash of sea salt.

21 Day Fix Day 1

Note: Not everyone’s portions amount will be the same, but they aren’t too far off. Your friend Angie here is on the highest category. I have a lot of weight to lose and as I lose the weight I will come down in portion categories.

MID-AFTERNOON SNACK

What What!!! Snack number TWO for the day. I chose to slice up a small apple. I recommend trying different types of apples. Pick 3 or 4 different kinds and buy one of each! Some apples are sweeter than others… Some a crunchier… Find what YOU like. I know I prefer Honeycrisps! SWEEEEEET and delicious.

AFTER WORK WORKOUT

I like to come home and get it over with! I’ve mentioned before that I’m a slug. I don’t workout regularly, so any workout is a challenge. (Hey Angie… Maybe that’s a reason you became overweight in the first place… Yea. DUH.) Anywho. Every day of the week has a different workout. Autumn Calabrese likes to workout multiple muscle groups at the same time. Oh! And DON’T let the petite young thing that walks on your screen fool you. She’s fierce. She’s tough. She’s the reason I was sore from the tips of my toes up to the ends of my hair! What I do LOVE and LOOK FORWARD to about these workouts is that they are only 30 minutes long. THAT’S IT. In just 30 minutes I have a HUGE sense of accomplishment. Then I peel myself off the floor. Slowly.

21 Day Fix TKO

DINNER

On this day I kept dinner light. I chopped up some romaine lettuce and added chopped up onions, mushrooms and shredded carrots. I topped with grilled chicken and a 21 Day Fix recipe for balsamic dressing.

Note: This day just so happened to have grilled chicken twice… But I have had seasoned ground turkey, steak, turkey burgers, eggs (I looooove breakfast), etc….

AFTER DINNER SNACK

After unwinding from the day I like to have a VERY small snack. I eat a few peanuts… Or… *GASP*… A small piece of dark chocolate! YES. That IS allowed on the plan!

REPEAT

Then I repeat and prep my meals for the following day.

TIPS

A great tip is to pre-make your veggies and protein ahead of time. Food prep for 3 days or so, that way you aren’t cooking your lunches EVERY single night.

Here’s another one… Forget to pre-make your veggies? Frozen veggies and half a lemon are your friends! A little bit of seasoning and a microwave and BAM, veggies for the day!

For the first week, PLAN your meals out ahead of time. At some point, you will know your portions off the top of your head, but for the first few days having a plan helps!

 

If you have ANY more questions about 21 Day Fix let me know!!! My current challenge group is already planning our next round! YES! We are only ONE week in and we are already planning the next round. It is THAT good. Want to join us for our March 19th group? Write a comment and I’ll get in touch with you!