Operation Skinny Jeans

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

21 Day Fix!

I started my 2nd round of the 21 Day Fix yesterday, and I had a few people ask me to write a post about it and so I am :D

The 21 Day Fix is a program through Beachbody that is based on a 21 Day Cycle. Its different from most of their other programs in a few ways. 1. The time. Most programs are 60 to 90 days. This one is just 3 weeks. 2. The food part. Most (if not all) programs come with a nutrition guide, but this is the only program that treats what you eat as equally important as the workouts. That's one of the main reasons I love it.

A lot of people, myself included, can figure out the workout part. While getting up, doing it and committing long term are hard, the workouts are the easiest part of losing weight. The hard part is changing how you look at food. When we were brought up, there was basically zero education on nutrition. We ate what our parents cooked (which 90% of the time came from a box or a can) or what our parents picked up on their way home. We always had seconds and we didn't think twice about it. We either took a cold lunch to school (PB&J, Fruit, Yogurt) or ate hot lunch (Pizza, lets be honest you always chose pizza). It was a crap shoot if we even ate breakfast, but if we did it was pop tarts or cereal, depending if we were running late or not.

In school, health class was more about drugs and hygiene than actually living healthily, and the only nutrition thing I can remember learning about in school is that if you don't get enough calcium you get osteoporosis. So as an adult, it isn't shocking that my meals consisted of a crap ton of hamburger helper, pizza, spaghetti and mac & cheese. These are the things I grew up eating and I knew how to cook. It wasn't until I started actually trying to lose weight that I realized I was starving my body of real nutrition.

So I tried clean eating (which, to be honest, the first time I heard of it sounded like an insurmountable task) and I started to get used to it. I stopped eating things out of a box and most things out of a can. But I still felt like something was missing. While I was certainly eating better, I in no way felt like I had a grasp on what "Good Nutrition" looked like.

Enter the 21 Day Fix. When I first looked at the meal plan, my reaction was "Holy crap thats a lot of food!". I, like most dieters, had found myself in the school of thought that the only way to lose weight was to eat 1200 calories. Which of course for me looked like 1200 calories of healthy food and 1200 calories of bingeing because fuck I was hungry. I started researching BMR and stuff like that but I never knew what proportion of each kind of food I should be eating every day. That is where the 21 Day Fix helped open my eyes.

The way the nutrition plan works is you calculate what zone you are in by your weight, then the chart tells you how many of each container to eat every day.

Then there is a guide in the book that tells you what foods can go in each container. What I love about this is that really no food is off limits. The list is pretty exhaustive, even including a multi grain frozen waffle as a yellow. The plan also allows for treats, like chocolate and wine. Both are measured portions (because the name of the game is portion control) but they count as a yellow and can be swapped out 3 times a week. You can even have potato chips (as a treat). 

So I feel like it is a really do-able plan. It helps you understand portion size (and how off you have probably been) as well as how many of each food group you need to eat each day. 

But the cool thing is that it also comes with workouts. One of my favorite things about doing P90X3 was the variety. You only do each workout 3 times, and there are 18 different workouts so you never get bored and you are always doing something new. One of my least favorite things about T25 was that it was pretty much the same kind of workout remixed. It got repetitive. My favorite thing about the 21 Day Fix workouts is that they are more like P90X3. There is so much variety. There are 7 workouts, done each day (because its only 3 weeks, you maximize your time) and every workout is different. The workouts are 

Total Body Cardio Fix (cardio with weights)
Upper Fix (arms, chest and back)
Lower Fix (leg day)
Pilates Fix (pilates....duh)
Cardio Fix (more like T25, killer cardio)
Dirty 30 (like bootcamp, all over and awesome)
Yoga Fix (like rest day, but yoga :D)

So you get the variety that I like so you don't get bored. And it's only 3 weeks so if there is a workout you don't love, you only have to do it 3 times, which helps me push through. And all the workouts are 30 minutes. 

Overall, I would have to say that the 21 Day Fix is my favorite Beachbody program. It is great for beginners because it has it all there. And its great for people trying to tone up because the workouts really are killer, and everyone needs good nutrition. Plus its only 3 weeks so you can use it between programs as a way to reset, or as your one and only but just keep doing cycle after cycle. 

If I had to pick one thing I don't love about the 21 Day Fix, it would be the planning required. It takes some time to wrap your head around planning your meals around the containers. And it takes prep work to stay on track during the day. You can make eating out work with it, but it takes planning. I have determined that planning is essential in any program so it doesn't bother me, but it is something people might not think about. 

So yeah- there is my lowdown on the 21 Day Fix. I am going to be doing it for the next 28 days (Rebel, I know) and see where I want to go from there. I might keep going, I might switch it up, who knows. 

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Friday, August 29, 2014

The Plan

I have been back on track for 2 weeks now, which feels awesome, so I decided to create a plan for September. First- I can't believe it's September already... Where did this year go?? Anyhoo- the plan!

Starting Monday I am starting the 21 Day Fix. It's a meal plan with portion control and 30 minute workouts. I am actually doing like the 28 Day Fix because I am doing the last 3 weeks with an awesome group of women, but I don't want to wait :D

On top of that, I am starting C25K again. Maybe. I hate that plan, but I am going to start running again. My plan is to run at least a mile first thing in the morning 5 days a week. The weather is getting back where I like running outside and I just miss my feet on the pavement. I have also started a Sunday Running Club in my area so I will be running with other ladies on Sundays. SO if you are local and want to join, shoot me an email at jess at operationskinnyjeans.com and I will add you to the group!

So that should get me through September and I will reassess after that. I have been reading Chris Powell's book so I am carb cycle curious, but I am still researching.

I have a weight loss goal for this month and I know I will crush it if I stick to the plan!

And if you want to follow along, I will be logging my workouts in Map My Fitness. And I will continue sharing my food in pictures on Instagram.

OH and I am also doing another Diet Bet starting on my birthday, September 10th. We lost almost 450 lbs in my last Diet Bet (that just ended) which is AMAZING! I can't wait to see how we can do for this one!

Bring it on September!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Favorite books right now

I love to read. Lately I have been devouring personal development books and I have found some awesome ones so I thought I would share!

The Big Picture by Tony Horton. I love Tony. He makes me laugh and I really relate to him as a trainer. This book was great. It is about finding your purpose and living your "Big Picture". It also talks a lot about how your physical fitness and health impact all parts of your life. I loved it. 

It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. Holy Crap. I knew that food affected our bodies and minds, but I had no idea it did it the way that this book explains. It was an eye opening experience and has definitely changed the way I look at food and I look at my ED. 

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. I saw Darren Hardy speak at Summit this year and it was awesome so I got the book. He talks about how small every day changes compound and turn into large success in the end. As a person who always gets freaked out by the big picture, focusing on making each day a success helps me. Its a good read!

Make Success Mandatory by Jeremy Scott. This is a super quick read and it has a great message. It helps put things into perspective and is really motivational. If you are just getting started (on your weight loss journey or anything really) its a great read that will help you create a plan and set better goals for success.

Choose More, Lose More For Life by Chris Powell. I have just started this one, so I can't say its changed my life yet, but its good so far and has some really great inspirational stories as well as good tips for getting started on your weight loss journey. 

If you click on the books it will take you to their amazon page. They aren't affiliate links or anything, I don't actually know how to do that lol. And I wasn't paid or perked or anything to read these and write about them, I just did it. Free will is awesome :D I know that I don't know everything, about life, weight loss, or anything really, so I like to read about it. I enjoyed all of these books :D

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Real Life Fashion- A series!

So after we wrapped up the "No Plan" Meal Plan, Ginny and I realized that working together on something was fun and we totally missed it. SO we decided to do it again. Except in a totally different way. We both love fashion, and we love saving money, and we love trendy stuff. SO over the course of the next forever, we are going to shop different stores for trends and stuff. For cheap. It will be fun.

So this totally cheesy logo kinda gives away our first outfit, but whatever :D When talking about what to do, we wanted to give you something we would wear, and show it to you actually on our bodies. But lets be honest, neither of us have the extra cash to buy an outfit JUST to blog about it. We live in the actual world. So I had a genius idea to go to a store, try it all on and take a picture. Totally cheap- yes. Totally happening- also yes. 

So I went into Target and threw this look together, and so we decided to show how it would look on two different people! Here is what I picked! 

Target Fall outfit

Ignore the weird two hands thing... Polyvore fail. Anyhoo- this is what I am wearing! I am wearing a 2X in the top, XL in the leggings, and the boots are an 8.5 if for some reason you care...

After taking a couple dressing room selfies, I walked out and had Andy take a better picture of me.

So yeah! I didn't buy any of it, but when I have some extra money those boots will probably be mine. And maybe that top. I am not normally a scarf person (big boob problems) but I think it works here. 

Who knows where we will go next, but you will have to stay tuned! I love fall and all can't wait for all the warm weather clothes! What do you think of my outfit? Is it totally cheesy to try stuff on JUST to take pictures? I think yes, yes a lot, but fuck it I am cheap :D Like I said if I can't live withouts something I could always go back. Damit those boots are cute. 

Go check out how Ginny looks!
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Monday, August 25, 2014

I'm a loser baby!

So I am beyond excited to report that the scale went down this morning, which made my freaking day. In the last while, there has been a lot of it staying the same or s l o w l y creeping up, which has gone without action for too long. So last week I decided to try. That's all- make a conscious effort to try. I tracked my food in a way that worked for me, I moved some too, and voila- I lost weight this week. 2.6 lbs to be exact.

I am back.

Its not that I didn't think I could do it. It was just that after the refresh, I got lazy. Hell I have BEEN lazy. Lazy about what I eat, lazy about the effort I put into what I am doing and lazy about my intentions. So I decided not to be lazy anymore, and I am excited about it.

So I am creating a plan. I got a new Polar FT60 that has some freaking fancy features, like a personal training program and the ability to track it all online, so I am gonna use it. I am excited to see what all it can do! I have a workouts schedule in mind, so we will see how it goes!

It is on.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

I promise


I promise to forgive you.
I promise to try my hardest, knowing I haven't in the past.
I promise to feed you like I love you.
I promise to move because it feels good.
I promise to read so we can grow.
I promise to dance so we can smile.
I promise that the best is yet to come.



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Thursday, August 21, 2014

That one time I met the Oatmeal

I have been meaning to write about this for a while, and so why not today.

2 things you should know about me.
1. I am a nerd.
2. I love The Oatmeal.

A few months ago Denver had its annual Comic Con and I, of course, went. There were a lot of famous people that came, which was awesome, but none that I was as excited to see as The Oatmeal aka Matt Inman. I started reading The Oatmeal, his web comic, like 3 years ago, and I fell in love. His wit is just my style and I can't help but laugh at or relate to everything he creates. I have shared quite a bit of his stuff on my FB page because he writes a lot about health and fitness and the struggle.

A year or so ago he came out with a comic about running. The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons I Run Long Distances. It was right when I was starting to get into running (or try to) and I loved his perspective. For once he was someone talking about running that didn't involve rainbows and unicorns! He talked about how it was hard and worth it and about the Blerch and all of that. All the stuff I could relate to. All this time I thought I was doing it wrong. I thought maybe running wasn't for be because it wasn't fun. It hurt and it sucked and I never enjoyed it, which seemed so different than what the rest of the world described. Except him.

The Oatmeal

So when he was announced as a guest at Comic Con, I had to go. I mean I was going to go anyway, its a meeting of my people, but I had to go see him. Here is another fun fact. My sister is a big fan too. And she lives really far away (i.e. in a different country) so I wanted to go and get an book autographed for her to surprise her. (note- I am terrible at surprises so she knows about it so I am not ruining the surprise here)

At Comic Con, I went to see him speak at his panel, which was awesome, then I waited in line to get his autograph. We waited for over an hour and a half, because he spent time to talk to and connect to every person in the line, and I was happy to wait. My husband and best friend, not as much but they love me so they stood there with me :D.

During his panel. 
When it was finally my turn, I tried to hold back the urge to word vomit how much I loved his stuff and blah blah blah but I am pretty sure I failed. But what I do remember is telling him about my sister, who loves broken kitties, like he does, and about how I was working on running and hoping to run a half marathon in the future. He was so nice and we talked about his cat and how the half marathon is his favorite running distance, and how its an awesome goal and how hard it would be to run here in Colorado compared to other places because of altitude and it was just a great 3 minute conversation. In the two books I got autographed, he drew a picture of a cat for my sister and a Blerch for me.

So yea.

It was a really awesome time and it was great to have a one on one convo with someone I super admire. And if you haven't heard of The Oatmeal, you should fix that in a hurry. Here are a few of my favorites to entertain you :D

This one
lol this one
Story of my life

Yeah just go here and read all of them.

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