18/21

It’s crazy to think it’s already been 18 days since I started this program. I had intended to do daily, or even weekly, updates, but…we see how that went. (Very well, clearly.)

Long story short, I am in love with the 21DF, y’all. I’ve been recommending it to everyone I know, doing the daily workouts, pushing myself and reaching a whole new level of recovery that I used to think people made up.

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Recovery is so difficult to define because like eating disorders themselves, it’s so individual and so complex. Recovery never looks the same for different people because it won’t ever be.

I was worried going into this that even though I wouldn’t be counting calories (which is my number one trigger. Always. Period. End of story.), it would still feel restrictive or difficult or like I was pushing myself, but it hasn’t. (Don’t get me wrong, it’s taken me until the last few days to really get used to structure and eating so many times a day and what the heck does a full meal really look like anyway?)

So, for my individual recovery, the 21DF has gotten me to really look at food like fuel, but also occasionally treats to be enjoyed, and nutrients that my body needs to keep going. It’s reminded me of how much I love exercise (Dirty 30 is my FAV. Dripping sweat at 10am on a Saturday? YES PLEASE.) and how good I feel when I’m able to appreciate everything that my body can do.

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That said, I wouldn’t recommend this program for anyone that’s just getting started in their recovery or easing back in to exercise because there is the “slippery slope” feeling sometimes (at least for me). I’ve been on this journey for five years, y’all, and have just now gotten to the point where I felt able to take this on. Pleasepleaseplease be careful.

If you’re looking to redefine your relationship with food—maybe it’s just not quite as peaceful as you would like or you don’t feel like you know how to balance your nutrition; if you want challenging but not terrifying (I’m lookin’ at you, Insanity Max 30) workouts; if you want to find a group of motivating, encouraging, like-minded, inspirational people that are on this journey as well—then I 100%, completely, entirely, wholeheartedly recommend the 21 Day Fix.

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I’ve wanted to do this program since April. I am so glad I finally did it and my only regret is that I didn’t do it earlier.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.