21 Days of Crazy

Alright so I’m using the term “crazy” loosely. I mean I guess it’s only if you think getting healthy is deranged. Or trying something new in fitness and diet to bring balance and wellness is cuckoo. But I’ll be honest and tell you I’ve never been so nervous about a dietary commitment in my life. When my 30 year old sister told me she wanted to do the “21 Day Fix”, and that she wanted me to do it with her, I jumped on board. “Who can’t do something for 21 days?” she asked. Did I mention I am almost a decade her senior? But I’ve been wanting to shed some baby weight for a while. It’s particularly disheartening since I’ve practically gained 20 pounds since my lowest number on the scale after having my fourth child. I’d like to place the blame on a few different reasons. Yes, I have hypothyroidism. Yes, I have PCOS (confirmed even after my last pregnancy; which BTW could be a post in itself… because everyone loves to read about other peoples’ trivial health woes). And not to name names but I have a finger pointing at a little food blog I’ve come to know too. But in reality, I need to take responsibility- and I know what I have to do; especially with a few odds stacked against me! I need to concentrate on eating healthy and exercising, because -as I have admitted in the comments section of a previous post- I will be 40 next year. And I have 4 little children, the youngest who will be 2 this year… I owe it to them, and myself to try hard.
I have followed multiple plans before, but not with such limitations on food and never with this strict of an exercise regimen. Which I realize is major. I have exercised in the past… but not quite like this- not since high school anyway; which wasn’t because of a diet. Anyway it’s all new. And let me tell you what I like about my new endeavor: They list all of the foods, along with portions, that we can have. So initially you’re like “Wow, look at all of this food!” instead of focusing on what you can’t have. Mentally I appreciate that. When I look closer at the plan, I can see it has eliminated refined sugar, white flour, butter, etc.. It limits the amount of starches and healthy fats I can intake everyday. The plan encourages lean proteins and definitely more vegetables than I eat on a regular basis. Actually, that seems to work for me, because if I am counting calories I am often likely to cut out nutritious food to save 100 calories on something sweet; which isn’t necessarily bad, except I have a tendency to rob myself of nutrients that could actually make me feel better for “empty calories”.  Something else I like, as opposed to other popular plans I’ve tried, is there is no calculating, just measure and stick to the list. But the best part is, if there is something I really want, I tell myself “Eat that in your 7 days off!” Because the program, if I should choose to stick with it after my committed 3 weeks, is 21 days on and 7 days off. So I don’t feel like I have to banish some of my favorites or deny myself treats for the rest of my life. The idea is that if you are  eating right and making healthy choices the majority of the time, you will reap the benefits. Of course you’re not supposed to go bonkers during you’re time off. Am I going to eat fettuccine Alfredo and onion rings? Maybe. Just probably not all at once, and in moderation, because who wants to squash all of the hard work they just put in? Not me!
Here’s the skinny: (haha) This morning was 1 week in. I’ve lost 2.4 pounds and even more excitedly 2 inches down in the stomach. I still have a way to go before I reach my goal, but I am doing something to get there. Is it easy, no. Is it doable, yes. So I’m doing it, because I can; and really that’s something to be grateful for… but not nearly as gratifying as the results. I think I might just be crazy enough to stick to it a little longer. πŸ˜‰

35 comments

  1. Take a bow. And then take another. You have four young children (once upon a me knew what that was like – now they are all healthy adults and I know what that is like too), you have a not trivial health condition (IMHO) and you are nearly ten years older than your eager sister and you are doing it. You have shed your first nearly 2 and a half pounds, you have lost inches from your tummy and you are a third of the way through your first cycle of this diet. Chapeau m’dame … you need to congratulate yourself (but probably not with a donut) and take that bow and let your children be very proud of their brilliant mummy πŸ™‚

  2. Wonderful results for the first week – be very proud of yourself! I am interesting to find out what the 21 day results will be. Are you exercising or performing any other activity that you normally would not do? And what about portions and how often you are eating – just curious if any changes other than what you are eating is involved. Keep going forward – good for you – look forward to reading about more good results. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Terry! Yes, it’s a seven day workout regimen starting with cardio, upper body, lower body, Pilates, another cardio, full body and yoga respectively often with weights. Normally I stick to a treadmill or maybe ride a bike, lol. They suggest three healthy meals with healthy snacks in-between so eating about every two hours. Everything is within a portion, for example I get 1/3 cup of healthy fat a day and that could be from a few cheeses they have on their list (such as Feta), walnuts, or avocados, etc. I will be happy to post my results, as long as they’re good, Lol!

      1. That sounds like a great program – I am glad you are seeing results Sadie! I eat every 2-3 hours, although my eating habits lately have not been that good – and I also exercise every day, similar to your regiment. Keep it going – you are doing great! πŸ™‚

  3. Yes Sadie! Truth is…you are the reason I’m doing this!! You have more game than me and you are crushing this diet! You are my biggest inspiration, role model, and encouragement!!! Let’s keep it up and have fun with the next couple weeks!#strongforsummer #CoachSadieRocks

  4. Oops! I posted a comment, but not sure where it went. As I was saying … You go, Sadie! I am so proud of you, and you are a great encouragement to me to stick to my new workout/diet plan! I am in the same boat — over the course of two years, I have gained 20 lbs.! I also have hypothyroidism and had an injured knee which made exercising difficult. Right around the time my knee was healing properly, I started blogging on sweets. πŸ˜‰ (I have more than one sweet tooth by the way!) So I can so completely relate!
    This is a great post — thank you for being such a wonderful friend and always giving an encouraging word!
    Let’s do this!! πŸ˜€

    1. I’m sorry you lost your comment! Thank you for taking the time to write another one! 😊 I have a reoccurring knee injury! After I had Elijah, my third child, it reappeared during the time I was trying to get fit, LOL. What are the odds? I’m glad I could encourage you. Let’s do it! We can treat ourselves when we reach our goals!

      1. Sorry to hear about your knee injury! They are no fun! πŸ™ Mine is with my miniscus. It still flares up occasionally, but I’m so thankful I haven’t had to have surgery.
        Yes!! We will definitely treat ourselves when we reach our goals!! πŸ˜‰ Awesome!

  5. Kudos to you Sadie! I signed up for my first exercise class about a month ago, then injured my back to the point it would have been almost impossible to participate. After countless physical therapy and chiropractic appointments, I feel I am finally ready to commit to the class. I think you have inspired me to do so! And no, I do NOT think you are crazy for doing this. Hey, I am 53 and I’m so ready to get rid of that final 10 that never went away after having a child 16 years ago. xoxo

  6. Congrats on your early success, Sadie. Now is the time. And I have to add…the 40’s are a great time of life. I was physically more fit in that decade than any other !! ☺ Keep us posted. πŸ’•

  7. Sadie, I am so proud of you πŸ™‚ Congratulations ! I truly think it is wonderful. I think seeing the results makes it all the more worth while. Keep it up. I think also having this exercise routine and eating plan, is such a great guideline for you, especially once you have reached your goal. Great Sadie! You are an inspiration. You are a hot looking mommy now, but you are going to look like a super hot mommy at 40. πŸ™‚

    1. 😊 Thank you Lynne! I have to try! You know, even in this short amount of time I feel better too. “I think I can, I think I can…” Lol.

  8. This is so awesome, you should be proud of yourself! My 19 year old self can’t even get up and exercise because i claim to be “to busy” for it. But everyone around me seems to be getting their life together and reading this has definitely inspired me to at least try to start the healthy lifestyle. Thanks for sharing <3

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    1. Thank you! My 19 year old self wanted to sleep in too! πŸ˜‰ But it’s never too early to start being healthy, so congrats to you too!

  9. You are SUPERMOM! Really, Sadie. You are such an inspiration for tackling the 21 day fix. Congrats on having an awesome first week. I don’t know how you balance everything but you’re awesome!

  10. Good luck Sadie! It is great to see results so early, to keep you motivated. I am working on shedding a few pounds as well. Although I exercise daily, I have reached an age where it doesn’t keep me from gaining weight. I miss the days where I could shed pounds just by exercising. I can’t wait to hear how it ends.

    1. Thanks Antonia! It’s work isn’t it? And knowing you are maintaining your health is no small feat! Congrats to you and thank you! 😊

  11. One thing I know about Sadie…she is not afraid of a challenge!!!! You’re a winner; it’s in the bagπŸ˜‰

  12. I’m impressed in what you guys are doing… And you’re going great!

    I had a shake, and it’s really not super awesome, but it was good!

    What concerns me more is the fact that we have a full year to live before you can take ownership of this 40 stuff…

    The age of 39 is getting no respect…

    And when you do turn 40, you will look back and say β€œwow, what a year…”

    Heres a good example, Naomi will leave home and go to school, for the 1st time, ALL DAY when you’re 39.

    You may get a camper at 39.

    The atomic number for Yttrium is 39.

    39 book in the Protestant Old Testament or my (aka) YouVersion bible app…NJK Bible

    In the show Survivor, contestants compete for 39 days….

    Afghanistans don’t really like the number 39, which is interesting, but certainly does not apply to us….

    So enjoy 39! Enjoy the diet! And we will keep enjoying you!!!!

    1. Yes, the big 39 is coming up! I’m not trying to bypass it, it just seems non-monumental. But you’re right, there is a lot going on this year and much to be thankful for. I’m just healthier doing it! πŸ˜‰
      And BTW I have a different shake recipe for you to try. My favorite one yet!

  13. Wow Sadie.. this is so inspiring!! All the very best and I hope you achieve your goal. I try my best to eat healthy food… but sometimes give into cravings. Should definitely take some notes from you πŸ™‚

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