When Good Things Happen to Good People

25 Jul

For those of you who may not know, my friend, Lori is on the cover of People Magazine, and was on Good Morning America this morning sharing her weight loss story!

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I met Lori through blogging and I don’t think I have connected with a weight loss story or person behind the story quite like I did with Lori.  She is an amazing person with a great big heart, dirty mouth, and just so happens to look like a super model now.  I love her dearly and am so very proud of her for battling her demons and for sharing her story and support with others.

I posted about her a while back after initially connecting with her.  I could not help but to feel proud of her seeing her on the cover of a magazine and on national TV letting her beauty, that was always there but not always seen by others, shine.  It has to be the best feeling to be able to overcome assholes who have made you feel less than because of your appearance and come out on the other side better for having endured .

If you are not following her on Instagram, you should.  Go show her some love today for being an amazing person!

21 Day Fix Results

21 Jul

Brace yourselves….I am about to post sport bra pictures for the very first time.  I am not extremely comfortable doing this, but I don’t think you can accurately see my results in compression gear.  That glorious fabric is kind and holds you in.  A pair of cotton shorts and a sports bra…not so much.

I have mentioned how much I loved the 21 Day Fix and here at the end of round one, I still feel that way.  I have been stalled out for well over a year and have actually seen the pounds start to creep back up.  I am seeing the scale (slowly) move in a downward direction again, and seeing a major difference in my body.  I am feeling stronger and actually reinvigorated toward this never ending battle of losing weight.

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My starting weight was 261 lbs and my ending weight was 255 lbs.  This loss of pounds and inches also came with me increasing my calories from the 1300-1400 range to the 1500-1800 range.  I am extremely motivated to keep this going.  I am going to keep going with the program, but am officially starting round 2 on August 4th.  Angie is hosting another challenge group, and I have decided to join as a coach and will be co-hostessing that group with her to get my feet wet and keep the momentum up!

If you are interested in trying the 21 Day Fix, you can order with Shakeology here, or without Shakeology here.  A big reason I signed up to coach, besides loving this program, was to be able to get the Shakeology at a discount.  Tim agrees with me that it is the best tasting protein shake either of us has tried yet.  I only drink one shake a day as my post-workout/late night snack.

Anyone that orders a full challenge pack with Shakeology and sends me an email to fatchicktofitchick(at)gmail(dot)com telling me that you ordered a full challenge  pack, will get a $10 Amazon gift card for ordering!

I will be sharing more sample days and recipes that can be used on and off this plan in the coming weeks.

Disclaimer: I received the 21 Day Fix program and Shakeology for free in exchange for an honest review of the program.  All opinions and results are honest and my own.

 

21 Day Fix Update

14 Jul

Well well well.  Long time no blog, eh?  I trust that the world kept spinning and life went on without my randomness clogging up the blogosphere.  For those of you who have reached out to me, I truly appreciate you missing my musings and progress updates.  It makes a girl feel good to be missed.

I can’t promise any kind of regularity with blogging right now.  To be quite honest, blogging was cutting into my TV time.  No I am not kidding.  I decided to cut back on blogging as often so that I can watch more television.

I am not a morning person, so I wake up in time to get my self clean and presentable for work.  After work, I have to juggle being mom, wife, chef, and fit in a workout.  I know you all are in the same boat and know how hard it is to juggle all of that.  After a day is spent dealing with responsibilities, if I am lucky I have an hour maybe two left over at the end of the day.  In the past, that was the blog time.  A quick post could turn into an hour or three long pursuit.  This was eating into my TV watching time.  Watching TV makes me happy, and it is my favorite thing to do.

That being said, I do plan to still  check in here and share new recipes, my progress (when there is some to report), and any other randomness that seems like it would be fun to share.

On that note, I want to share my thoughts on the 21 Day Fix 2 weeks (14 days) into the program.  So far the scale has moved down 5 lbs and stopped.  However, I am noticing changes to my body and Tim confirmed that he thought I was looking thinner lately.  That is a love language, right?

While I am still planning meals, and meal prepping, I don’t have to break out the scientific calculator to calculate my calories in advance of making a dish.  The containers are really an awesome way to keep your portions in check and make sure that I am getting a balance of all nutrients.  Prior to starting the program, I was eating between 1,300 to 1,400 calories on my planned and prepped days.

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I decided to up my calories for this plan.  I am still under what the booklet told me I should have, but I was nervous about adding too many calories to my diet  I know that part of my being stalled may be from not eating enough calories.  I am eating between 1,500 and 1,799 calories a day now on the 21 Day Fix plan.  I am occasionally a little hungry, but it is usually when it is time for my next meal or snack.  Sometimes, I actually can’t eat everything I am supposed to eat that day.

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The workouts are really phenomenal.  I have never found a love for the Jillian Michaels workouts, but just chalked it up to hating working out.  While I am not going to be hanging up my medical billing hat to become some workout guru (I still don’t LOVE working out), I actually don’t hate the 21 Day Fix workouts.  There are 9 different workouts that came with my package.  It is designed really well to give you total body work, but also let you rest an area that was worked extra hard the day before.

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The look of someone who exercises out of absolute neccesity?
I am liking this program so well, that I have already decided to keep it going and go for round two after the 21 days end.

My coach, Angie, is going to start another challenge group on August 4th.  I plan on keeping the food and workouts going in between my end date  and the start of the next group.  The Facebook group we have is really small and offers a lot of great support and daily accountability to keep going with the plan.  If you are interested in joining the next challenge group with me, you can order the 21 Day Fix with Shakeology here and without Shakeology here.

Anyone who orders a challenge pack, and sends Angie an email to angieinprogress(at)gmail(dot)com telling her that I sent you, will get a $10 Amazon gift card for ordering!

Deadline to join, so that you have time to get your Fix goodies in the mail, is July, 25th.

I do not receive a commission on sales, and I am not compensated in any way to promote Angie as a coach or Beachbody products.  I was provided the 21 Day Fix plan for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.   

Next Monday is the end of my first 21 Days, and I will share before and after pictures, weight and measurements so you can see my progress on the plan.

Thanks for reading here and interacting with me.  Let me know what all of you have been up to and if you have any questions about anything I am currently doing!  Also let me know if you are joining me in August!