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21 Day Fix, Day #12: Late List

I’ve been fairly consistent with when I’ve been posting my blogs since I began this 21 Day Fix . . . I don’t know what to call it . . . journey? adventure? thing?


Today, obviously, I’m posting kind of late. Not to worry though, folks! I haven’t washed up inside the local bakery to binge myself into a heart attack. I have simply been busy. Here’s what I did today:

  1. Woke up
  2. Worked out with the The 21 Day Fix: Cardio Fix workout
  3. Ate breakfast
  4. Got my kids off to school
  5. Went to work
  6. Worked all day with the necessary lunch break
  7. Hung up yearbook sales signs next to clocks in several classrooms
  8. Finally, went home
  9. Took my daughter to her friend’s house
  10. Started mowing the lawn
  11. Stopped mowing the lawn because I ran out of gas
  12. Drove up to the gas station to get gas
  13. Returned home, finished mowing the lawn
  14. Showered because, oh my God I needed it
  15. Picked up my daughter at her friend’s house
  16. Ate supper

So you know, I’ve been busy.

21 Day Fix, Day #11: Food

Technically, I reached the halfway point in this 21 Day Fix journey at noon today. So I’m going downhill now. As science tells us, going down is faster than going up . . . I think there might be an inappropriate pun in there somewhere . . . .


I’m not going to tell you this has been a super-fun-happy-party of a time. I have missed things. If you read this blog with any regularity then you know the thing I’ve missed the most is probably beer. Oddly, chips too. I didn’t think I was that attached to them, but apparently I am. Not just potato chips either, corn chips, tortilla chips, those crazy vegetable chips that are probably more oil and chemical than vegetable . . . .


That’s not to say it’s been bad. The workouts have been bad. I’ve discussed them here. I’m not one for working out. I do it because, again, science. However, by and large, the food has been a pleasant surprise. I’ve eaten tacos. I’ve eaten homemade dressing on elaborate salads of greens and carrots, I’ve eaten sweet peppers like they’re candy. I discovered these delicious whole wheat crackers (that I can’t wait to put hunks of Colby-Jack cheese on). I’ve found an appreciation for spaghetti squash I wouldn’t have guessed I had 11 days ago. The biggest surprise for me though has been how much I like plain Greek yogurt as long as it’s mixed with fruit or honey or stevia. What’s that? You don’t know what stevia is? You should look it up here. Then there is the oatmeal with fruit in it. Don’t even get me started. It’s so good. You don’t even know.

Most importantly though, I’ve realized something about myself and food. Though on the surface I had convinced myself I was smart enough to not fall for the old vicious rumor about healthy food being horrible, I was wrong. I, like the masses lined up at McDonald’s, had fallen for the lie.

Not anymore though.

Not anymore.

21 Day Fix, Day #10: The Struggle is Real


The struggle isn’t the workouts. Though, they’re not exactly fun.

At this point, I think I can even say the diet isn’t all that difficult . . . if I put my mind to it.

What’s getting me–what I am struggling with–is the fact that I have to bring so much food with me to work, I can’t ride my motorcycle. You see, I have no saddle bags. I know, I know, it’s my own damn fault. I’ve had more than one opportunity to purchase saddle bags so that my motorcycle can become more useful.

I just haven’t.

For the first time in my life, I regret it.

So, what do I miss now that I’m doing this temporary clean eating thing?

Is it soda?

Is it candy?

Is it cake?

Maybe a little on all fronts. What I really miss though, what I long for, is that ride to and from work, on my bike.

Also, beer. I miss beer a lot.


21 Day Fix, Day #9: I’ve Got a Problem

Over the course of this 21 Day Fix thing, I’ve become one of those foodstagrammers you hear about on the afternoon talk shows. You know the ones? Parents call each other, panicked, when their children miss curfew. “Do you think little Billy is out . . . foodstagramming?” the distraught mother asks her friend, who is also a distraught mother.

I never wanted to become that. I never wanted to cause that sort of heartache and worry in my mom. For the longest time, I never did anything like foodstagramming. I mean, I have hundreds of photos on my Instagram account, very few of them are of food. In fact, you could probably call me a famstagrammer or a petstagrammer. Foodstagrammer though?


You know, sometimes my profile had the occasional photo of a birthday breakfast here,

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or a birthday lunch there.

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I may have even been guilty of photos such as these:

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Shoot. Never mind.

I guess I’ve always been a foodstagrammer. I’m just noticing it more now.

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Well, you know what they say? The first step toward solving your problem is admitting you have one.


21 Day Fix, Day #8: Field Trip

As  a yearbook adviser, I simultaneously have the best and worst job in a high school. It is the best because throughout the school year I get to work with students and professionals who love what they are doing and work together to create a 275 page coffee table book of memories with an accompanying DVD. In making this, I often am granted the privilege of taking students to conventions, workshops, and the like that will help better the product. This is a great bonus. Today though, being on the 21 Day Fix, while on a yearbook field trip was a bit difficult (this has nothing to do with this being the worst job). It was difficult though, as my students ate a meal of what I can only assume was delicious, delicious barbecue by the Mahoney Grille at the Mahoney State Park Lodge.

It was difficult.

But I’m almost halfway through this 21 Day Fix thing and damn it, I’m not going to fail.

I bet you’re wondering how being a yearbook adviser can be the worst job too, right? Well, it can be the worst job because every mistake you and your students make is put on display at the end of the school year for the entire student body, every parent, all the faculty, staff members, and administrators to see. In the age of social media, that can be rough. Let’s not dwell on that now though. Let’s dwell on my continued success in the 21 Day Fix.

It’s a happy day.

21 Day Fix, Day #7: Yoga Doesn’t Lie

I don’t lie either. I have no clear idea about what yoga is. I mean, I know it’s stretching and breathing and whatnot. I know it is also somewhat relaxing. I know, at times, one looks like a fool while doing it. I know yoga feels like Pilates‘ older, more refined, far less likely to lie to you older brother. 

Strangely enough, I also now know that I kind of like it.

What is happening to me?

21 Day Fix, Day #6: My First Saturday

I must admit, I thought this dramatic shift in the way I eat would be fairly easy to maintain during the week. I am, after all, somewhat distracted from trivialities such as food while I am teaching. Though I was nervous about the weekend. During the long lazy Saturday afternoons I thought for sure, I wouldn’t be able to maintain the clean eating lifestyle of the 21 Day Fix. Today, however, has been pretty easy.

No. Not the workout. I will not speak of the workout, save to say it is called Dirty 30 and it hurts . . . a lot. I’ll let someone else explain it in more detail. I can’t even.

The food though . . . . Well, I feel like I’ve been eating delicious little snacks all day.


And here’s what I had for lunch!

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So, you know, that’s pretty sweet.


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