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21 Things I Learned From The 21 Day Challenge

April 17, 2014 3 min read

This was my first ever BodyRock challenge, and I LOVED IT. There are definitely a few things I picked up along the way, or things that I’d change for next time. Since you’re supposed to learn something new everyday, I thought I’d share with you the 21 things I learned from the 21 day challenge:
  1. I can do it! I had super healthy days and I had some less than stellar days, but overall I did a pretty good job of eating clean, following the nutrition guide, and I did every workout without fail, and also managed to get some yoga and gym time in this month too. I am pretty proud of myself.
  2. Healthy eating takes work. You have to actually take time out of your day to stock your fridge and larder with healthy options, cook clean meals, and make healthy substitutes. You can’t just rely on will power alone to eat clean – plan ahead and it will be a million times easier.
  3. Accountability is important, this blog made me eat and workout to my best ability. Take a before photo and make a date in your calendar for an after photo – it’ll make you work that much harder.
  4. When you really don’t want to work out – do it anyway, your body will thank you.
21thingsb 5. Do what works for you – when it comes to the workouts I had to modify a lot, but you’re still working out, hiiting it as hard as you can. 6. You can live without sweets, treats, and pizza. 7. …But you may not want to, so it’s totally okay to treat yourself on occasion. 8. The guide was invaluable. Seriously, I’m glad that I had something to look at before starting the workout, so I hope that my blog posts also helped by giving you guys a workout breakdown before jumping right in to the workout. 9. Any health or fitness challenge is easier when you have other people doing it with you. Luckily, if you’re a Bodyrocker, you have about million people backing you up. 10. Even though I don’t have celiac or a gluten intolerance, I can definitely feel a difference when I eat less gluten. From here on out I will make a concerted effort to cut down on my wheat and gluten intake. 11. Working out and eating clean is a million times easier when you’ve had a good night’s sleep. 12. Variety is the spice of life, having a completely different workout every day was what kept me coming back. Also, if you really don’t like one of the exercises then you know you won’t have to do it every day for the next 3 weeks, do it this one time and move on. 13. Drink water. Drink so much water. I cannot stress this enough. 21thingswater 14. It isn’t about changing your weight, it’s about changing your body. I don’t think I lost weight during this challenge, maybe a pound, but my clothes fit looser, I feel stronger, and look fitter. 15. Eating out doesn’t have to end your health regime – you can make it work for you, don’t let a small upset in your health routine throw you entirely off track. 16. Exercise is addictive. 17. Hunger and boredom sometimes feel like the same thing. Remember to check in with your body to see which one you’re feeling. 18. Motivation really does help – get some pinspiration with all the “Hey Girl” Ryan Gosling pins you can find. 21things   21thingsRyan 19.  Don’t work out in front of a mirror. Trust that you will look ridiculous. 20. Keep going. Patience is important, it’s not going to happen overnight, and there is no magic weight loss secret. Just don’t quit. 21. Reward yourself, celebrate your success. If you dropped a dress size, time for a new dress. Don’t feel silly about high-fiving yourself.   And that's it folks! Good life lessons learned, and I'm stoked for the next challenge.

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