It’s been a few days since I’ve been back from our Survive & Thrive Productions trip to Anacortes, Washington and I’m starting to settle back into my routine. Since then I’ve slowly gotten back in my groove and have been enjoying good workouts in the gym, great weather for running outside (getting back to this old love!) and have been trying to get back on the cleaner-eating-wagon. I say cleaner-eating instead of clean eating because to me it’s not about getting back on any kind of wagon but practicing consistency. Moderation, balance, habits and routines – all buzz words but ones that I really like to practice and incorporate into my life.
I’ve noticed the phrase “fail forward” from several people on Instagram, Facebook and in newsletters that I subscribe to and like it because it makes me think. Some might not like the negative connotation of the word “fail,” but I think it’s true – we fall short on our goals and plans and there`s a sense of failure to that. I don’t use that word in my own vocabulary that often, but I think the idea of failing forward (because we know we will overindulge, we will skip workouts, we will spend time tubing out when we could be connecting with a friend or going for a walk instead) is a neat one. It implies forward movement and progression even THROUGH the “failures.”
I figure this is as good as time as any to review and update you on my 21 Day Fix progress. As you know, I received the program at a discounted rate from Danielle knowing I would try it out and review it. I went through week one feeling like my focus and drive weren’t there and decided to restart and give it another go. I love the concept of not necessarily counting your calories but understanding more about portions (which is what the program does) and allowing yourself to eat all foods (even chocolate and wine!) but then taking other items away (sacrificing other macros, like a starch or two from your week in exchange for a splurge). My whole goal was to practice mindfulness (and not necessarily lose any weight – although body fat would have been great!) and I know that has gotten better since I tried the program.
I also really enjoyed the workouts. Because I’m dedicated in the gym (the kitchen is more my inconsistent area!), I didn’t do them all. Like many people I don’t have much time but CAN squeeze a workout in during my day since I work at a gym; in my apartment it’s tough to jump and the walls are thin so noise is an issue and home workouts are tougher for me to do. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how tough and sound the workouts were – solid exercises in combinations I hadn’t done before that challenged my body. Loved these 30 minute moves!
Last week kind of set me back (again, not by a ton but to take measurements would not have yielded significant change, but I was looking more for habit change anyways), so I can’t fully evaluate the program results-wise, but here’s the deal. It’s 21 days. 3 weeks. That’s it! To give it your all and stay focused on meal planning and fueling well and making mindful choices and moving daily. Simple, effective and habit-changing. So here’s a little visual of the stages for me:
Different angles and times of day (although all morning times and pre-breakfast) with no edits or changes. Is the difference huge or drastic? No… In fact it reminds me that I’m strong, fit and probably won’t be sampling any new programs in the future because I know how to eat and move and live for my body. But… do I feel different? You bet! As you might remember, I got rid of my scale, so I’m not sure what the weight difference is, but I know that less mindless snacking and practicing moderation (“preemptive cheats,” as Jill calls them) helps me stay on track and more consistent.
(Ran in 4.5 miles to work with my pack in beautiful weather!)
(With my 5 pm bootcamp after killing the CrossFit WOD “Murph:” 1 mile run (we did .5 miles for times’ sake), 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats, 1 mile run (again, we did .5 miles here). We put that baby to rest as a team and partitioned the movements into 10 rounds of 10 pull ups (some jumping), 20 push ups (these got tough! But I stayed on my toes the whole time) and 30 squats (fired these off – they felt like a break in comparison to our arms!). Felt great!)
I’m not worried about the change, lack of movement or worse eating, but with each time off I learn more about listening to my body, stopping when I’m full and knowing when to put the breaks on sugar-wise, and that, to me, is failing forward. And that’s what I leave you with today.
Are you failing forward or failing backwards?
Are you beating yourself up over failed attempts or are you giving yourself grace and moving on, finding what works for you and giving it your best effort?
What do you think of the term “failing forward” and have you heard of or tried the 21 Day Fix?
Would love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments below!
*I don’t share these photos so you can assure me I look “great in any stage,” or to solicit any advice or opinions, really. Rather, I wanted to share my thoughts on what I think is a solid program that can help you learn to manage your portions, change your habits and live well 365 days a year! Moreover, I think it’s helpful to hear from others’ experiences and I’m alongside you guys experiencing myself and sharing honestly. I really feel like I’ve reached a healthy acceptance and love for my body but I’m learning when to enjoy and say “no thanks” to sugar, especially! It’s a balance, and I do like the process most days of trying to find what that is for me. Thanks to Danielle for the chance to try this program out; I love the workouts and will continue to supplement with them and use those tupperwares daily! 😉
Live well & be well, friends – and keep failing forward!