After our trip to Sauble beach over the summer, I realized that I really needed to do something different to get back into shape. Walking my 10,000 steps or more a day, and throwing in the occasional other work out, just wasn’t cutting it. Because my weight hadn’t changed and my clothing still fit, I didn’t really realize how much my body had changed until I saw pictures of myself in a bikini before and after cancer (which was when my exercise, for obvious reasons, really took a nosedive).
After some consultation, I realized what I really need to do is more strength training. Of course it’s also important for me to keep up my cardiovascular exercise, both for my health and to burn calories.
The very first thing I did was remove every single fitbit friend I had, and lower my fitbit steps from 10000-8000. Why? Because the Fitbit promotes stepping exercises. A lot of the exercises that are really good for me, do not involve many steps. Over the last year, even though I’ve been healthy enough to exercise more vigorously, I have found myself defaulting to walking and running most of the time, because of the steps. Clearly, that hadn’t been doing my body any favors!
Prior to my diagnosis, my fitbit steps were actually at 7000, because I did so many other kinds of exercise, that I knew would not get 10,000 steps a day. Obviously ideally I would do both 10000 steps a day and other workouts (I try to when I can, still), but with a full-time desk job and two kids, that’s just not always going to happen on the daily. When I started my treatment, because walking was pretty well the only thing I could do, I wanted to make sure I was doing a lot so I went up to 10,000 steps! I’ve kept that up until last month…when I went down to 8000 steps because I knew that it would give me more time and encourage me to do other kinds of exercise, and I removed all my friends because I can get competitive, and didn’t want to feel bad about myself for doing less.
The second thing I did was join Beachbody on demand. After doing lots of research I determined it was the best workout program for me. I don’t want to join a gym because I find it harder to work out out of the home these days, because I have to take my medication at home relatively early in the evening And I go to bed earlier than I used to, and it’s just easier to already be at home. I decided since I’m not spending money on a gym or studio, less than $20 a month was affordable for me to work out at home. (Of course there are also free workouts I can do online, but I decided I wanted to try something different and give myself an extra motivation that comes from paying for something).
I have now finished 21 days of the 21 day fix-mostly circuit type workouts with and upper, lower, full body or cardio focus-all 30 minutes! I am really happy with the program. I have lost 5 pounds, people are telling me I look slimmer, my clothing fits better, and I can get my engagement ring off (without lather or lube) for the first time in years. I do have a before and after picture, it doesn’t look too dramatic, but I can feel a huge difference!
I’m never going to become a beach body coach, because I’m just not comfortable selling things to friends (no judgement just not for me), but I can see why so many people get pulled into it! It really is a great program. I didn’t even follow the meal program only the exercise (Although I do have a protein shake very similar to shakeology every morning, and have been eating more carefully as well. My meals themselves haven’t changed much, but I’ve been keeping a closer eye on mindless eating and snacking).
Now that I’m done the 21 day fix I’m going to move onto other workouts, I’m not sure if I will do another program or just do lots of different workouts from Beachbody on-demand, but I look forward to seeing where it takes me! Most of the programs seem to combine strength and cardio, which I love for now. In the spring I will probably focus more on strength training for my homework out, because I will also be running again!!