I'll be honest, it hasn't been easy. Not because the program is complicated, or restrictive. In fact, it has definitely shown and taught me a lot about my nutrition.
It has been a long time since I had to really watch what I ate. I exercise a lot. Pretty much every day. My workouts are not the typical 30 minute ones that come with the program. They consist of runs, usually no less than 7-8k and at least one 10k or more per week. My weight workouts are either in my home gym or at the local community center where I can access a squat rack, leg press, heavier bars, and more. I do enjoy a group bootcamp, but I opt for 10 and 12lbs rather than 5 and 8s I used in the past. When I do yoga I opt for power. My workouts are never more than 60 minutes, but I push it hard. My reward … easily maintaining my healthy physique and not worrying about everything I put in my mouth. I realize this is not possible for everyone, and for that reason we have to be more mindful of our eating.
On this 21 Day Fix journey, my goal was to learn to 'eat to perform'. That is, work on fuelling my body for my level of activity.
I have been enjoying my daily Chocolate Vegan with peanut butter and banana Shakeology drink for breakfast; and I have learned where I was falling short in getting my daily required amount of fruits, vegetables and protein.
The first week was working on cutting out the alcohol. Now you don't need to do this normally as it was a personal choice, and why I chose to do it at the start of the school year is beyond me; but I'm 16 days in and still holding on! My next battle was to cut out sweets.
To do both of these things I used the theory I learned in "Breaking the Habits of Being Yourself", by Dr.Joe Dispenza. What I realized is we make eating choices often in our subconscious. If I could bring it to my conscious awareness, I could break the negative habit and replace it with a positive one. For example, each time I thought of chocolate I said 'change' or 'stop' in my head. Then I redirected my thoughts to something else, like my work or a task I was working on. By doing this, I started to find the craving for chocolate or some other sweet became less and less.
There is a process to this, and it is often done through meditation. Through the guidance of Dr. Dispenza's book, I have learned and practiced meditating over the last year and while I can't get to it everyday, I do see the benefits of what it has taught me.
I highly recommend reading this book; or at the very least start bringing your eating choices into your conscious awareness.