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I finished round 1 of the 21 day fix. It took a lot of effort, and I wasn’t perfect, but I got results. I didn’t lose any pounds, but I dropped 1 dress size, and lost a total of 11 inches from my thighs, arms, and waist. I feel stronger, have more flexibility and  more energy. For the first time ever, I feel like I can reach my target body size, and I look forward to my workouts.

My kids have gone through a rough patch this week from being sick. So, I found myself no exercising, and stuck in my bedroom at night while they slept beside me. That’s how I stumbled upon Coach Tulin. She’s great. I love that she’s a work in progress, that she’s plus size, that she did Insanity, and most of all, that she’s had progress. Most of the people who are in my online support groups for the 21 day fix are thin. The coaches are fitness instructors, or yoga instructors, or people who have “always enjoyed activity, but who struggled with food”. I found it hard to relate to a lot of them and so I haven’t connected to them. The two coaches I had were great for motivation when I needed it, but I didn’t feel comfortable talking to them about issues that a plus size gal like me might have. I told my coach that I was uncomfortable with being in a group of athletic women who were struggling to lose 10-20lbs, and she told me that thin and overweight people have the same struggles regardless of how much we all have to lose. Fair enough, however, that thin active person who has never been obese can’t ever really understand what it’s like to be … well … obese.

Coach Tulin showed me that a plus size woman on a weight-loss journey can be just as motivating as anyone else. I didn’t think I could be a Beach Body coach since I hadn’t already hit my goal.  However, Coach Tulin isn’t at her goal, and she has motivated me more than anyone  else has so far. I like that she’s going through ups and downs, that she’s learning, and that she’s still a work in progress.

Anyhow, she’s also motivated me to finally accept where I am, not be shy about my body, and to post my before and after pics. This blog is about my weight loss journey, about accountability, and being as real as I can.  I’m a pretty confident woman, but when it comes to my weight, there was always a bit of embarrassment or shame. That stops today.

Here are my before and after pics of the 21 day fix program.

day 1 and 29 back profile

Day 1 and Day 29 back profile

day 1 and 29 front profile

Day 1 and Day 29 front profile

day 1 and 29 side profile

Day 1 and Day 29 side profile

There it is folks!

Cheryl