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Have you ever come across something and thought “Hmm… I’d like to try that?”
I do this often, so I thought I would finally make a list of all the little (and big) things I want to do and try with the hopes I’ll start crossing some off the list.
In my recent attempts to find myself and locate my long, lost confidence, I also thought this task might help break me out of the protective shell I’ve hidden in the past two years.
Like Jen Sincero says in You are a Badass:
I also thought this list would make for a fun blog series. One I’ve named “I Tried…” So, whenever you see that title pop up, I took on another task or activity or adventure.
What would your list look like? Is there something you’d like ME to try, and I’ll write about it? Let me know in the comments below J.
Now… what’s my first “I Tried" you might be asking?
Okay, this was both extremely hard and extremely easy for different reasons. One, I haven’t worked out in quite some time (consistently that is). So, their 21 Day Fix (where you work out and eat clean for 21 days straight) was painful. What was easy was the delivery of the videos, the ease of working out at home and the lack of anxiety at having to go to a gym.
Let me tell you more…
What is Beachbody Fitness?
Beachbody is basically an at-home exercise program. You have access to hundreds of workout videos and programs. Meal plans. Recipes. Workout calendars. All from the comfort of your own home.
There are two ways you can sign up. On your own at their website or you can register with a coach. I’ll be honest, coaches work for Beachbody and sell their products. But unlike some companies that use their consultants as hound dogs (constantly barraging you to buy more things), I found it so easy to work with Jill (my coach) and never frustrating. In fact, she probably could have been harder on me ;) I met Jill through Instagram. I’m not even sure how we came across one another. It might have been our mutual love of wine.
Poor Jill. You guys, I’m not even going to admit in writing when I actually signed up for Beachbody. But let’s just say it wasn’t at the best point in my life (flooded house, dying dog, etc.) So, it took me a few months to actually get into the exercise portion of it. (She probably was like this girl is a complete dud—ha!) I started following the eating plan in January, and I will say I’ve followed it since then about 90%. The other 10% is life people. Bachelorette parties. Birthday parties. Drinks with the gals. I finally realized that it may take me a bit longer to see the results I want, but that’s okay to me if it means not missing out on life events.
What did I love about Beachbody?
First, Jill started me on the 21 Day Fix. This program was created by the awesome, #bodygoals trainer Autumn Calabrese. Signing up got me one-year of total access to everything Beachbody offers, Autumn’s portion control containers, eating plans, workout calendars, and a free month supply of Shakeology (they come in vegan flavors for all my vegan friends out there and for us dairy-intolerant folks—again an awesome plus) all for the cost of $160. It’s really not a bad price for all you get!
The 21 Day Fix is tough you guys. I mean working out for 21 days straight? OUCH. But what I LOVED about this program is I was never bored. Each day of the week brings something new. Cardio. Arms. Legs. Pilates. Yoga. I sweat a ton, some days I really did not want to do it, but 30 minutes a day and I was done. I’d be lying if I didn’t say how much better I felt each day after completing my workout.
Another amazeballs aspect? Autumn gives you the ability to modify an exercise if it is too hard. Like there’s an actual person in the videos that modify each exercise for beginners. How many times have you gone into a workout program and it’s way too intense for a beginner? It makes you shut down and give up. At least that’s what would happen to me. I appreciate this program so much because it allows you to be a beginner. It says, hey, this is tough. Keep moving but do it at your own pace.
I also loved the total ease of this program. The website is well designed and easy to navigate. All you do is open the internet browser on your computer/iPad/Phone and find your exercise of the day on the site. The 21 Day fix comes with loads of online information about how to use the portion control containers, what you can and can’t eat, what the exercises entail. They literally give you zero excuse not to do your workout. A set of light and heavy free weights and a workout mat is ALL you need.
Did I see results?
I’m completely brilliant and didn’t take before and after pictures (you’d think I’m new to this whole blogging thing or something). But, I did weigh myself back on New Year’s Day when I started the eating plan and then again at the end of my 21-day workouts, and I’ve lost 13 pounds! Which, if you have PCOS, you know how hard it is to accomplish even 5 pounds, and if you don’t have PCOS, just believe me when I say losing weight sometimes feels impossible.
Beyond weight loss, though, was the excitement I felt noticing my strength increase from day 1 to day 21. The first week I was modifying practically every exercise. By day 21, I was only modifying a few (and about 30 seconds into the exercise, not from the beginning). The weights I used as my “heavy” set at the beginning became my light weights. I couldn’t do a single real pushup (off my knees) at the beginning, and now I can do 15 in a row.
Honestly, these “non-scale victories” mean a bit more to me than the numbers. I’m growing stronger and more confident, and I don’t intend on stopping now! Whatever program I do next, I WILL take before and after pics.
I just want to note that I’m writing this blog post completely on my own. Not for money or to promote Beachbody. I really have come to love the program. It’s the first thing in a LONG time that’s gotten me off my butt and enjoying the sweat. It’s given me a piece of myself back, and I truly believe in it.
Let me know if you have any questions about Beachbody or anything I mentioned in the post! What do you guys think? Do you like working out at home? Or are you pro-gym? Both are great, as long as you’re happy.
I hope you enjoyed this first edition of “I Tried…” There will be many more to come of all different topics and varieties!
Until next time,
P.S. I didn’t touch on what I dislike about Beachbody, because really, there isn’t much! My only thought is about Shakeology. I appreciated the free month supply of Shakeology, and I honestly loved drinking it. But the price is just too high to continue each month (About $130—just for the shakes, yeesh.) So, besides that, I’m a believer!