A new friend asked me the other day "How long have you been active and into fitness?" This was a funny question for me to answer because I've been active my whole life, but it's not that simple.
I began to think about the roller coaster my fitness and health has been through with trial and error as I stumbled around trying to make my own nutrition guides and workout plans. For a while I found myself eating what I thought was healthy and aimlessly going to the gym without a plan. I didn't understand why I wasn't seeing progress.
The three pictures above sum up my fitness and health journey pretty well. The first, in 2012 was the end of my freshmen year of college when I was working out 2 hours per day, eating top-o-romaine and drinking coke and obviously beer. All three items with no nutritional content. The middle picture was 7 months later when I started eating whatever I wanted again and was only running. This was also within the time frame that I was in Africa for a month exploring ALL the foods and working out minimally. Between the middle and the current picture I thought I was on track and I was starting to see progress. My weight has never been a huge issue but I had a terrible time accomplishing the goals I was striving for. I would come home from the gym and eat a chicken breast, brown rice, veggies and a piece of toast. I know cringe as my education tells me exactly what's wrong with that dinner.
The current picture is after 3 months of the 21 Day Fix. The nutrition guide this program has me on has made me realize my version of healthy the past 4 years was WAY off, even when I thought I was eating pretty clean. I have learned when to eat carbs and how many.
I have learned the number of servings of each food group I should consume per day.
I have learned that my caloric target has never been high enough.
The fitness program the 21 Day Fix provides has taught me how to rotate my exercises every day so I'm not working the same muscle groups.
It has taught me resistance training and cardio based exercises.
It has taught me correct form.
It has taught me what hard work feels like.
It has taught me how it feels to see the progress I've always been looking for.
The 21 Day Fix combined with my Exercise Science and Health degree has taken my fitness to a whole new level. I have been able to apply my knowledge to my personal fitness as well as coach people through their own. I have been running groups on Facebook the past 7 months sharing my tips and tricks with people also doing the 21 Day Fix and they have been losing 10-15 pounds in 21 days! Upcoming, August 1st, I'm starting a new series where I share ALL my fitness and health knowledge. I'm bringing it back to the basics and I'm going to coach 10 people for 3 weeks with hopes to improve their health and fitness for a lifetime!