I’ve done a few rounds of the 21 Day Fix. I’ve always loved the length of the program because I can totally schedule 21 days of workouts in the life. 3 weeks is a really achievable time frame. When you finish, you feel accomplished. Some time last year I decided that I was beyond 21 Day Fix. I could go Extreme. So I did! I finished a few rounds of 21 Day Fix Extreme and THEN Autumn’s program – The Master’s Hammer & Chisel (twice). I felt like I was a pro or something.
Isn’t that always what happens? You get cocky.
I’m doing a new challenge with Autumn – Your Fit Journey. It started earlier this month and in it you do ALL 4 of her programs, back to back. I have done all the programs so I thought, no problem. And we started with 21 Day Fix. I definitely thought I’d be golden.
Coming off another program, I was ready. I even had to overlap the two for a couple days. No problem. This was just 21 Day Fix. I was ALL. OVER. THIS.
And then, the first move on the first day. Surrenders. Ugh. The worst exercise for someone with hip flexor weakness. Let me tell you something true. This is not an easy program. Sure it is approachable for beginners and I usually recommend it for beginners, but it is as tough as you want to make it. And even though I think I’m badass, I’m modifying. I’m pausing for a drink because it is GO time for 30 min.
It was totally hubris to think I outgrew this program. I was familiar with the program and probably ready for a change and a challenge. But it was never EASY. I was never BEYOND it. So to everyone I’ve recommended the program to: it’s really great isn’t it? I’m right there with you and I have so much respect for ALL of us that finish each round.
**This post actually came from my Facebook page. I can’t freaking believe I put this photo on there, on here, heck, I even sent it to an ex-boyfriend. Why? Because I’m not hiding. I’m DOING this. I’m a normal person and I’ve got normal person feelings. So someone else who is a normal person with normal person feelings needs to know he is not alone.**
The first time I joined a challenge group here on Facebook, my coach Jamie wanted me to send her before photos. I immediately got a lump in my throat. I didn’t want to take photos and I certainly didn’t want to share them with someone I’ve never met.
I mean, let’s get real, we only post the best of the best photos of ourselves when it means other people can see it. We know the angles, we know the lighting, we know the filters. And when you’re struggling with your weight and you finally decide to take a risk and try something new, there’s just so much “new” you can take.
But I took my before photos and I sent them to her. And I’ve sent her photos since then. And I’ve taken some for myself and kept them on folders in my computer I never visit.
I revisited them today at her suggestion. She provided me with a 2014 photo – not even the start of my Beachbody story. The other photo is last week. I still have a long way to go but I’m so grateful for the road it has taken to get here so far.
January 2014 – September 2015
So take your before photos. Get your significant other or best friend to take photos of you in workout clothes. You don’t have to obsess over them, tuck them away in a folder, send them to your coach. (I’d love to be your coach!) And when you’re ready to see how far you’ve come, bring them back out into the light.
Oh yeah – and if you turn in your before and after photos, along with a Beachbody program completion, you get a t-shirt and can win $1000.