After I graduated from college, I had a really hard time staying in shape. I went from walking a couple of miles everyday around campus to driving everywhere. I ate exclusively Hot Pockets and cereal for four years of undergrad, only to suddenly have a disposable income and the ability to eat out five times a week. To top it all off, I started working night shift full time. For anyone who has ever worked night shifts, I don’t need to explain the dreadful effects that the nocturnal life has on your health. For those who don’t know what it’s like, first, count yourself lucky, but also know that working nights is much more than simply going to bed and waking up at a different time. Your body knows that something is not right. Being awake at different times everyday and eating at different times everyday causes fluctuations in your hormones that those on a normal schedule do not experience. Due to this, your metabolism can slow down. When you eat a banana on a day shift schedule, your body processes it totally different than it does when you eat it on a night shift schedule. As a fresh new grad who was used to working day shift, my metabolism came to a screeching halt. I’m no expert, so I won’t educate you on all of the effects that working night shift has on your body, but I can tell you that working night shifts makes you tired. Very tired. Being tired all the time comes with a serious lack of motivation. I bought a gym membership the summer after I graduated and proceeded to use it a total of ten times – I think – in three and a half years. So I had stopped working out. With all of these things occurring at once, I naturally gained weight.
Over the last few years, I have attempted to get back into shape and lose a few pounds several times. I have tried many diets and workout regimens that have either burned me out faster than I could get into them or just flat out didn’t work. I’m someone who needs things to be as convenient as possible when it comes to working out and cooking, so anything requiring a ton of time didn’t stick. A good friend of mine recommended a Beachbody Bootcamp for the month of December. I used P90X from Beachbody a long time ago and liked that it was full of hard work outs that you could do in your living room. The bootcamp that I was going to be doing was 21 Day Fix, which consisted of thirty minute workouts everyday. It met my convenience standards. In addition, there were seven different workouts. If one was too hard and made me want to quit, at least I didn’t have to do that particular workout again until next week. I agreed to give it a shot. I also started replacing a meal with a smoothie everyday. I have a Ninja with a smoothie container that you literally pile in the ingredients and blend it in the cup that you drink from. I also blend up Beachbody’s protein supplement, Shakeology, for that extra protein I need. Super convenient. It takes me less time to make my lunch/smoothie than it does to make a grilled cheese sandwich. This is the first thing that I’ve done that has stuck in the last three and a half years.
Sticking to the bootcamp and the smoothies everyday has made a tremendous difference. In two weeks, I lost six pounds and noticed my pants weren’t as tight. I will admit that I missed a day here and there, but I haven’t let that derail me. Working out thirty minutes a day and drinking my healthy smoothie has also made me feel better mentally. I feel more awake when I get up and more motivated to do other things with my day. I feel happier overall and excited to do things. I’m so happy that I finally found something that is working for me and something that is convenient. If you’re anything like me and like the convenience of working out at home, I highly recommend looking into Beachbody. I subscribed to the on demand service, so I get unlimited workouts for a year. When I get sick of the 21 Day Fix program, I can choose another one, and another, for up to a year. It’s perfect for the busy body, mom/dad on the go, or unmotivated nocturnal friend who wants to get in shape or keep active. I’m so much happier and more motivated just from making a little progress over the last few weeks. I can’t wait to share more as I continue on this path to getting in shape and creating a more active lifestyle for myself.