So…I started a new workout program on Saturday. It’s called the 21 Day Fix Extreme. Have you heard of it?
Every time Beachbody releases a new program, I start it as soon as I can so I’m better able to recommend the right program for my challengers. So I started this the day after it arrived in the mail, with almost no clue what I was getting myself into.
I finished my first workout and thought, “Dang, that was awesome!” I was able to do the whole 30 minute workout (ONLY 30 minutes!) without quitting, which is a big deal for me. I struggle big time with cardio. And I really didn’t feel very fatigued.
So I thought…why not do more? I popped in a Piyo disc and prepared to do a quick 20 minutes of Piyo to stretch my muscles out and prepare for an early Valentine’s Day dinner date with my man.
Yeah. About 3 minutes into the warm-up, my legs started to tremble and shiver. It was like a giant earthquake centered in my kneecaps. Clearly, Piyo was not happening.
Still, I felt pretty dang good. For completing the first workout in what was being proclaimed as a VERY advanced
workout, I felt pretty dang good about myself.
Now, keep in mind…I’ve just completed the ENTIRE 60 days of Insanity: Max 30. If you know anything at all about Insanity, you know this was a huge accomplishment. 21 days of Fix Extreme should be a piece of cake, right? Right?!
Then Sunday came. Help.
As the day progressed, I realized I was in extreme peril. Stairs became like Mt Everest and the toilet…well, let’s just say I’m happy there were no witnesses.
The schedule for this deceptively destructive new program called for yoga on Sunday, and I knew it would help me. I put it off, and put it off, and very nearly said “No way!” But I knew the next day was going to leave me paralyzed in pain if I didn’t stretch out those muscles.
Luckily…yoga was 30 minutes of sweet relief. Did my legs stop hurting? No. They did just started hurting in different ways, taking my mind off the pain of the previous day’s workout. Yes, if you had been me, you would have called it sweet relief too.
Monday came and I was feeling pretty determined. I even prepared to do my workout BEFORE taking the kids to school, which is unprecedented for me. I knew I had to bust it out quick before the day took over.
Open the schedule.
Have you ever done a plyometrics workout? If you haven’t, you should. You really should become familiar with a form of cardiovascular exercise that is disguised as a fun, upbeat workout and in truth hides something sinister. Pain. More pain.
Still. I pushed play.
And I did the work.
Trembling legs and all.
For about 15 minutes.
Then she said the naughty B word: burpees.
I was done. I couldn’t do it. I hate to say it, but my weak and feeble mind overpowered my body.
Which must actually mean that my body is far more weak than I had assumed.
Now…a very large part to a successful round of 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme lies in the nutrition. Both programs come with a very specific nutrition guide in which you use color-coded portion control containers to dictate how much of which foods you can eat in a day. Generally, I really love this plan. It takes all the guesswork out of planning a healthy meal, and totally eliminates the need to count calories.
But Sunday is family day. And since my family decided to make the trek to Grandma’s house…I was weak. And I ate. And ate some more. And maybe a teensy bit more. No bueno.
Then, after my utter defeat yesterday, I allowed myself to be wooed into enjoying the treats for Family Home Evening. Not as bad as Sunday, but still…I caved. Sugar. It is my arch nemesis, my saboteur; sugar is the foe, the attacker, the opposition to all things healthy and fit in my world.
So this morning, as I stepped on the scale (I know, I know…the scale doesn’t tell the whole story.), I was more than a little petrified. Would all my hard work be for naught? Pointless pain? Useless suffering?
Here goes nothing…
Would you look at that.
Is that right? Try again. It IS right!
Guess what? Down three pounds. In three days. After being attacked not once, not twice, but THREE times by the merciless mercenary disguised as sugar. And still down three pounds.
Whoa! This program is LEGIT! And I don’t use that word lightly, because I feel like an imposter. But for real…this program is doing EXACTLY what it was advertised to do. Burning fat, building muscle, only 30 minutes (or less, in my case) each day with simple nutrition. Wow.
I’m back in the game. Completely committed to finishing the next 18 days, and now I cannot WAIT to see my results!
Join me? YOU can do this. You can choose from the new Extreme, if you’re more advanced in the world of fitness. Or you can start with the original 21DF…which ANYONE can do.
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