30 Days of Fitness – Not Giving Up

Cardio Fix.
It includes burpees and lunges. It’s designed to burn our your legs and leave you flat on the ground gasping for more, and it did.

I worked out after work and before watching the Capitals play (and win!) tonight against the Panthers. I knew it was going to be a rough workout tonight. Cardio Fix is no relaxing stretchfest. It’s an all-out assault on your heart rate.

Today was a dark, rainy day. It was the perfect setting to lay in bed, curled up with a good book. It started our dark and didn’t change as the sun went down. And there’ something harder about working out once the sun goes down.

I had some errands to run after work so it wasn’t until nearly 7pm that I started the 30 minute workout. Though all I really wanted to do as crawl under a blanket, and sleep away the evening.

I wanted to skip working out tonight. It was dark and I had a headache. I wasn’t feeling well and it’s only one day. But I stuck it out and made it through. Truthfully, I’m afraid to skip a day. If I do, I might skip the next and the next. Then I’m looking at starting 2020 not having done anything since now.

I need to keep the streak going. I need to keep going every single day. I need to do something that burns calories and gets me moving. There are many days I never leave the house, so I need to make a point to workout and get my heart rate up.

This is the year I’m tackling health issues and this is going to contribute to my success. Weight is a problem. It’s going to only cause more of them as I age. So I need to do something about it now. And break my bad habits before I get to a point where I can’t anymore. Where my decades of bad decisions catches up with me and I pay a high price.

How I lost 20 pounds in 21 days

Less of me.

It as the name of a Tumblr site I started years ago. Then it was abandoned just like the effort it was started to support.

I am fat. When I bought a new scale that wouldn’t error out when I stepped on it, I was around 380 pounds. I was dangerously close to 400 and that was frightening because I want to be around for many decades to come. I want to be there for my wife and to live the life we’ve worked so hard to make for ourselves.

It was time to change. I’d talked about it and made small efforts before, but it was time for a big change. That change has come in the form of BeachBody’s 21 Day Fix.

I am wary of all the competing weight loss ideologies and programs available. Many of them require massive life changes and specific eating regimens. They require math and points and other nonsense to eating right.

21 Day Fix is a simple container system. You get X number of containers for fruit, vegetables, carbs, protein and healthy fats. The containers are sized to promote better eating. The program also comes with a book and app that lists examples of each food group and quantities of those foods. This may sound like a small thing but for someone who knows little past what’s a fruit or a vegetable, it’s very useful as a starting point.

There’s also a shake mix that comes with the program that’s chock full of nutrients. It has the added benefit of being a replacement for sweets. My wife has serious sugar cravings and the shake killed her cravings altogether. It’s also been a good way to eat vegetables I wouldn’t ordinarily enjoy.

Eating is half of the story. The other half is a daily workout program. For 21 days, it’s work and sweat and suffering but with noticeable results. I just finished Day 10 and I am already noticing differences in my body.

Granted, I started around 380 pounds (I say around because the scale couldn’t quite decide if I was more 385 or 383. Maybe 386). But I started very heavy so I had almost nowhere to go but up.

In the past week I’ve noticed my belly getting smaller. My arms are stronger. This change was punctuated by my wife saying the shirt I wore to a recent family dinner looked looser and better on me than it ever had before. What more motivation do I need than the woman I love telling me I look better?

She’s completed her 21 days and has moved on to another program and saw great results too. She’s lost weight, gotten stronger and feels better about herself.

I will be honest. She was my gauge for whether this program was worth it or not. There’s so many options out there and everyone wants to sell you a slimmer you. But it’s still up to me to put in the work to make it happen. I don’t want to buy all my food from a program. I don’t want to perform algebra at every meal. I wanted something simple an effective.

Seeing her lose weight and inches was exciting and I hoped with all the weight I have to lose I would see good results quickly too. There’s nothing worse than putting in work for a long process and not seeing any changes for a long time. That killed my motivation in the past. But this has been good for me.

So where am I after 21 days? Am I all talk and no action or have I seen some changes?

Today is Day 21. I am 15 pounds lighter and 3 inches less around the waist. My wife gasped in surprised when she hugged me Christmas Day after I had worked out. She could get her arms further around me than she could before. And that’s thrilling to me that not only am I seeing the changes, but she is seeing them too. It feels good and I want to keep that feeling going. Tomorrow I embark on my next month of working out and eating right.

If you’ve been looking for something easy to do at home and make a change in your life, won’t you join me?