Life has a funny way of teaching us valuable lessons. When I joined Team Beachbody and started my fitness journey, my goal was to have a balance life where fitness was a big part of my day to day routine. I wanted to love how I look and feel. By following the easy simple meal plan and the 30 minute workouts, I have been able to achieve my ideal body by working out, eating much cleaner than I am use to, but still enjoying my nightly glass (or glasses) of wine and dessert.
On October 17th, I started my 5th round of 21 Day Fix Extreme. I was excited, pumped and was 100% confident that this time around I was going to complete all 21 workouts in a row without cheating on my meal plan. Boy, was I so wrong.
21 Day Fix extreme is a great program. Seriously, I lost 4 lbs in the first week of the program and I know if I kept going with the strict meal plan and the extreme workouts I would have gotten super lean and cut up…but in all honesty I AM already pretty lean. My struggle with this program is the diet, it’s extreme hence the name. No wine or dessert for 21 days. The original 21 Day Fix is not as restrictive. There is wine and dessert in that meal plan which is good. I skipped the original 21 Day Fix and jumped right into the extreme version. I think that’s why this program has been so difficult for me to complete. Restrictions and I do not mix well.
The old me would have been so embarrassed and stressed out that I failed. I am so hard on myself at times. Spending some quality time with my mom has allowed me to see things from a different perspective. I had to remind myself to embrace life. We may plan things down to every detail but ultimately God controls it all and there will be curve balls in the journey. We just have to roll with the punches.
I cherished every moment with my mom. We ate great food, drank expensive wine and bonded as mother and daughters do. And I have no regrets. I may have fallen off my workout routine for the week but this lifestyle is so ingrained in me that starting back up tomorrow should be easy.  I am finding that my imperfect week was in fact perfect because it happened as it should. aea35-16112546_10100517506530024_3439091062310503062_o
I love the 80/20 lifestyle I have created for myself over the last two years. I know which workouts I like, weight lifting, yoga and cardi.  As a Beachbody coach, I love what they stand for. I love the products they’ve created for different body types and lifestyles. After doing 5 rounds of 21 Day Fix Extreme, I know it’s finally time to retire the program. It is just not for me.
This is powerful. I never wanted to be a body builder, bikini model, cross-fitter, when I signed up for Beachbody, I simply wanted to get in shape, lose the excess weight and create healthy sustainable habits for myself for long term health. And after two years, multiple programs, and my daily superfoods I can say I accomplished that. I am committed, dedicated, patient, passionate, and work so hard and that’s because of Beachbody. That’s an accomplishment in itself these days.
So that’s all I have on my heart. I needed to just release this. One of the blessings this journey is the realization that I have control over my happiness and my life.

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