Wednesday, July 20, 2016

QUICK-ish little recap of my second go at the 21 Day Fix Extreme.

(Day 1, 21, and 42 of two back-to-back rounds. Not to be confused with the very first day I started any of this. That's to come..)

I started writing this and quickly realized I'm not sure I have that much to say actually, haha. Probably because I "mini-blog" so much on Instagram now, I feel like I've talked enough about it. (PS: mini-blogging is a real thing. I read about it. Apparently that's where blogging is going when it dies. Because apparently it's dying?) BUT, I think it's important to take a few minutes to write about my experience, for myself if anything. This was my second "go" around at the Extreme, but my first SUCCESSFUL round. My first attempt was right before/during our move and I quit at day 19...SO,  first of all I gotta give myself a little high-five and celebrate that I fricking DID IT because after that first attempt, I was actually really scared to try again. But glad I did!

By now EVERYONE knows that I love the 21 Day Fix. (I know. EVERYONE KNOWS.) I wouldn't have done it so many times had I not loved it. NOR would I have joined as a coach to share it with others. And I definitely wouldn't have started down this new path (OR stayed on it) if not for it. It was my beginning, taught me everything I know so far, and was the best introduction to everything fitness. But ever hear that saying, "if you're not're not getting any better?" (That might just be a made up Pinterest quote, but it's true.) I had done it enough times that other than cardio (which will never come easy to me), I wasn't really too challenged by it anymore. I wasn't getting that "feeling" before my workout where I'm somewhat terrified about what I'm about to get myself into, haha. And I think that's important! Honestly! I know it sounds crazy, but I think that feeling is a good thing because once the workout's done you're like, "WOW I AM A GODDESS." And THAT feels awesome. That's a big part of the reason I love these programs,  they push me to do things I'd ever push MYSELF to do, on my own. I don't think there's anything wrong with going to the gym, but when I used to go the gym...personally, I'd never push myself. I'd never give myself that terrified feeling. I'd just get bored and go home, lol. So this is sort of like having a personal trainer who pushes you out of your comfort zone and knows HOW to get work done! (Except it's cheaper, and I don't actually have to meet someone face to face, haha. VERY important if you're anything like me!) 

So first attempt didn't go so well. It was after two back-to-back rounds of the original 21 Day Fix so physically I should have been ready for it, but mentally I wasn't "all in." We had just decided we were going to quit our Carolina life and move back to Texas, so there was a lot of stress with everything that came with that, obviously. The day I started was actually the day John flew to Dallas for his initial interviews, and then everything happened REAL fast from there. I know, excuses, excuses. But sometimes excuses are legit! (SOMETIMES!) Big life changes do not help for keeping a stable mindset! I cried a lot that first round because when I couldn't keep up, or do some of the moves, I'd fall apart because my mind was just already in "fall apart" mode over everything else that was going on. So from the start I was only halfway in. (Which I never would have admitted, but can now see that I was.) Never underestimate the power of your mindset! It'll make or break you!

I did much better this time, and I chalk that ALL up to being in a better place. But I also realized that I would never be able to keep up, or do all the moves perfectly and I decided that I had to be okay with that. I think with a program like might sort of be the point. Unless your name is Autumn Calabrese (the trainer lol) you're probably not going to being able to do everything. You just have to be willing to TRY.  There are a lot of times in the videos when even the cast is stopping for a break or modifying halfway through. Once I realized that, I was like, "okay Morgan settle down a notch, you're good." I'd definitely say it's not for...normal people, haha. In all honesty the first time I did it I was thinking, "there's no way I can suggest this to people!" But I totally would now because you don't have to be perfect. It's not about that. It's about challenging yourself to do hard things, and just trying YOUR BEST. And even without being able to do it all, I still think I got good results! I probably got more from this than I with with two rounds of the original fix. (IF you put in the work! Which I did this time...unlike the last time I did it.)

Ok, I said this would be "quick-ish" so I better get to the pictures now and stop rambling on and on with the boring stuff. So here's the before/after, three weeks apart...

Not a huge noticeable difference, but Rome wasn't built in a day. AM I RIGHT? And I honestly hate pictures because sometimes I feel like they don't do any justice because they don't capture real life movement or something? I can see my muscles so much more looking in the mirror than in a picture. (And Johns standing a foot taller than me, so these are always a little off looking.)

So not anything shocking, but my abs are finally starting to break through! The top two are finally getting defined and that little dip in the middle is happening. (Clearly, I know exactly what I'm talking about, lol.) I can see them really well in the mornings (duh..) or when I'm mid-workout dying/can't breath. For some reason they love to come out then. Like here..

Was mid-death during cardio and decided I had to take a picture, lol. I'm not sure why one side is better than the other, but that's fine. Bodies gonna do what it's gonna do. 

And then maybe my favorite thing ever...these arms!!! I love the arms. They always seem to show up before anything else. (Maybe that's normal? Again, CLEARLY I'm no expert, lol.) 

And then I have to just throw this in because I think it's pretty cool...

From the day before I first started any of this, back in March to this week. Sometimes I'm human, and I do get discouraged and feel like it takes soooo long to get anywhere (and so hard not to compare ourselves to others who've been working hard for years!) BUT this reminds me that I've come a long way! And obviously I'm talking strictly body changes here...since this is a "program review" I don't think I need to get all into my eating and how I've changed in that way since I started. (WHOLE OTHER NOT-QUICK TOPIC...)

BUT eating clean and the meal plan are a still important. It's the same plan as the original fix, so my eating didn't really change at all. Still using the color coded containers. Which I've been using long enough now that I sort of tweaked my own plan, which is really the goal and the way I explain it to everyone too. It's a learning tool. Use it. Learn it. Tweak it. That's my motto at least. So I did not eat perfectly, but that's what I'm sort of learning to do. 4th of July happened, a weekend in Austin happened, and I ended up having a few beers on each occasion. Not a lot, but we all know what beer does. I didn't wake up feeling great. And I definitely didn't want to work out, lol. So while alcohol is okay on the plan (in moderation, and in exchange for other carbs during the week) I personally like to keep my drinking to a very minimum. Just not worth it. For me...personally. 

Breakfast straight from the meal plan booklet. 

And then on top of my Shakeology, I was drinking "recover" almost every day because these workouts had me SO sore. So this helped. (And tastes like a BONUS.) 

So, back to the workouts for a second. I didn't really explain them at all, did I? So real quick ("quick" is getting longer and longer here, I know...) here's how the schedule went. Plyo fix, upper fix, pilates fix, lower fix, cardio fix, dirty 30 (cardio/weights/everything) and then yoga fix. So it's every single day, but yoga is really an "active recovery day" so not sure it counts as "working out." But oh my gosh, it always feels so good to just stretch. I looove the yoga videos. (Both the original and Extreme versions.) I posted a few videos to my Instagram over the weeks (see here and here), but here's a little extra video I made and never posted. It's from the "lower fix." 

For real, jumping is A LOT harder than it looks! I'm actually really weird and sort of a perfectionist when it comes to these videos...and I didn't like this one, haha. But showing it here anyhow! You can tell I'm not the best at the moves (especially balancing on one foot), but I am trying my best. And like I said,  that's ALL that matters! The hardest part about the Extreme versus the original, is that it goes MUCH faster. There's less rest time, so that makes it all harder for sure. But I am NOT against hitting pause an extra 20 seconds if I need to. And of course, the moves are more intense in the Extreme. They're aimed to worked every muscle possible. (Which is why I think you get WAY better results.) 

So I guess my real "advice" from doing this program now two times is this...if you are a normal person, do the 21 Day Fix first. Do it however many times you need to until you feel like you've "got it." And then PUSH yourself and give this program a try. And then do it at least another time because you will for sure cry the first time. Just kidding. But it will be hard!

But you know what? WE CAN DO HARD THINGS. I think the greatest thing I've learned from starting these programs and changing my eating/relationship with food...and my whole life basically, is that we can literally do ANYTHING. Anything. And we should! That's how we GROW! By doing things that are hard, or uncomfortable or scary, we are growing in tremendous ways. And if you're not growing, you're not changing. And if you think you don't need to change anything in your life, then good for you! That's great! But if you know you can do better, or there's something you want to do but think it's too hard, or think that you can't, or if you're just too scared - FRICKING DO IT! You know, yesterday I made this live Facebook video while I opened and looked over my new program, and I was (sorry) FUCKING TERRIFIED. I wanted to do it. But I did not want to do it. (If that makes any sense, lol.) I thought it was a good idea because I do want to make more videos in the future so I need practice, and I love to talk to people about this stuff. But I was so scared because talking LIVE especially, is not my best...outlet of expression. I need a keyboard. But I know I'm not a robot, and I need to use my voice also. I need to get over it. So I thought to myself, "don't go to bed with fucking regrets today" so I did it, lol. And, it was nothing. It wasn't as scary as I thought. It sucked, for sure, haha. But I just FRICKING did it and I'm over the fear of it now. (Next time I will try to keep it under 10 minutes though, lol.) 

So just a little off-ramble there. But for real, anyone who reads this. YOU ARE A FRICKING GIFT TO THE WORLD! DO AWESOME THINGS! MAKE USE OF YOUR TIME! That's all I have to say. And if you aren't working out. Start. Because then you can get some of these crazy-level endorphins I'm running on right now, haha. 

Until nexxxxt time! xx


  1. YOUR ARMS. Toned arms are the thing I want most. Abs too, but my stomach is naturally flat (ish) and my upper arms are naturally just flabtastic. But anyway, I'm going for it. I'm going to have nice arms. (Gonna repeat that in my head constantly...especially during workouts/while not eating things I want to eat. Ha!) I have to go or I'd ramble a LOT longer. But anyway, great job!!!

    1. Hahaha arms are the best. I remember meeting an older women once who had the best arms I had ever seen, and she said it was because she went kayaking every morning. And ever since I have wanted to go kayaking. Just for that reason, haha. Random story...but I love toned arms. They seem to come easily to's the toned legs that are going to take FOREVER. But that's okay.

  2. Seriously ^^ Your arms!!!!!!! I had all these plans to do arm workouts while pregnant so I could at least have that and then of course... didn't do it haha. I need your motivation!! I am literally counting down the days to when I can workout again (basically 6 weeks after baby is here!) Since I don't work out besides walking, I've been trying to clean up my eating habits and eat clean!! You eat so good and everything you post looks so yummy, too! Basically a win-win. You look awesome and you're so cute and toned!! xox

  3. You look amazing!!!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away


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