My First Round of the 21 Day Fix….


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Today I’m going to open myself up a little bit and talk to you about one of the
most hated and uncomfortable things to talk about in my life, and that’s my weight.
I’m obviously not going to divulge my exact weight at this point, but it’s way too much
and I finally got so pissed off at myself that I knew I had to change something if I wanted to live to see 40!

Am I being dramatic?  Maybe I am….but then again, maybe I’m not?!  We never know….
But one thing that I do know…I was NOT doing anything to help myself out!

Here’s a before picture taken a few months ago!  Sure – this angle isn’t straight on, but you get the jist (excuse the mess)!


So, let’s start out with a little back story.

I was always the “big girl”.  I think I started noticing that I was different and a little larger
than other classmates when I was in second grade.  I remember there was this one girl named Sara that I idolized for some reason, and I was always so jealous of her because she could wear the cutesy outfits and I never could.
Then we got to 4th and 5th grade, and that’s when the jokes started and really didn’t stop.  Middle school was the absolute hardest for me, as I was constantly made fun of and bullied for my weight.

I have to talk about bullying for a minute.  There is such a stance about bullying right now, and so many people are using bullying as an excuse to do things and to act out because they were bullied in the past.  I call bullshit on that.  Bullying is never an excuse to act out and cause harm to someone!  Sure, there were times that I’d have loved to haul off and punch the guys that made fun of me, but my parents were always there to support me and to tell me that one day I will be in a better place than all of the other bullies are and to just ignore it…and you know what?
They were RIGHT!  I look back at some of the people who always talked crap to me and some of them are in jail, or have been in jail, etc., so I can say that they were totally right.  It was easier said than done at the time, but just be happy with the person you are and ignore the bullies.  I will say though – I think kids now are a lot meaner than kids were when I was growing up…but, that’s because they’re learning it at home…and if the parents don’t have manners then we can pretty much expect most of the kids to be the same way.

OK…back to school…PE class sucked because we would always have to choose teams, and guess who was ALWAYS last to be picked?!  It was me.  I wasn’t that slow, but they thought I was and definitely didn’t want me on their team.
High school and college was actually an easy time for me because I just quit caring what everyone thought about me and gained confidence in myself, and that if people didn’t like me for who I was, then I didn’t need them in my life.

If you’re bored – I’m sorry – and I’m not trying to make this a pity me story, believe me!

The hardest time in my life started on January 24th, 2011.  I developed a condition that doctors consistently kept trying to push off as “panic and anxiety” issues, but you have to be your own best advocate, and that’s what I did.  I had multiple tests done, multiple cardiology appointments, multiple neurology appointments, and the best answer they could come up with is that I had a rare condition called “Migraine Associated Vertigo” where you have dizziness pretty much 24/7 in some shape or form.  If you’re interested in learning more about the condition, you can read more here.

Imagine being 26 years old and being unable to drive and to function on your own…there was a time where I was unable to even go to the store because I was too dizzy and when I would get in there, I would get nauseous and panic.  Life could always be worse, but that was pretty rough!  Luckily I had an amazing boyfriend (who is now my amazing husband), Dad and Mom who would drive me to work 30 miles away, one way daily!

During that time, there were multiple medications I was put on to try to fix the issue, one in particular got me to the embarrasing point that I’m at today!  I felt helpless…I felt like I had to try the medicine because it initially helped, but in the meantime over the course of two years, I gained roughly 60-75 pounds from the medication.  Believe me…it has been extremely difficult to get it off.  I finally got in with a great neurologist at the Duke University Neurology Clinic and have since come off that medication.  The symptoms have gotten better and most days I can totally push through the issues, but like with everything – there are good days and bad days.

Finally, I got tired of multiple times that kids in the neighborhood and friends children saying “Why are you so big, Melissa”, “Why are you so big if you’re not having a baby?”.  I mean, they’re 4 – they’re just starting to notice that everyone isn’t the same, but it doesn’t make it hurt any less.

So this long story is finally getting to what my intention of this post is – I decided to finally take control of my life and to try out the 21 Day fix program.  I had done some initial research on it, and saw multiple pins on Pinterest with some amazing looking recipes, but at the time, was in denial that something should be done!  I finally one day told my husband that this was it, I was going to do it, and ordered the program.

I have completed my first round it was pretty successful!  I lost 12 pounds in 21 days, and that was mostly from just the diet and portion control changes.

So, for those of you that are unsure what the 21 Day Fix is, here’s a little information about it:

The program is a combination of clean eating, diet, portion control, exercise, and Shakeology shakes (if you choose to participate in that part of the Program as well).

Here’s a great resource that explains the containers (portion control) part of the program!
It explains it much better than I ever could – hah!

O this program, you will be exercising every day for 21 days!  Now, don’t freak out like I did!
The exercises are for only 30 minutes, but don’t let that fool you – they are TOUGH!

Here are the exercises you will be doing:

Monday – Total Body Cardio Fix

Tuesday – Upper Fix

Wednesday – Lower Fix

Thursday – Pilates Fix

Friday – Cardio Fix

Saturday – Dirty 30

Sunday – Yoga Fix


I have to say that I was very rarely hungry on this program.  I found that if I started my day out with the Shakeology, I was less hungry and had less cravings than a day where I don’t start out with the Shakeology.
You may be thinking “Sure….you probably don’t get a lot of food and are basically starving yourself!”
I have to say – when I first saw the 21 day fix containers, I was a bit worried that I would be hungry, but I definitely wasn’t.
I am going to post a few pictures of various things I was able to eat throughout the week.
Keep in mind, because of my starting weight, I am at the highest calorie and container allotment, so you may not get this much food!

These photos are quick snaps from my cell phone, so they are not meant to be beautiful food blog quality, but at least this gives you an idea of what you might be able to eat!

I found a lot of these recipes on Pinterest, but some are just things that I cooked before and just altered them to fit into the program!

I hope that you will stay with me through this journey, and I will do a monthly update to let you know my progress!
I am planning on sharing a few of my favorite recipes I’ve made so far soon, so stay tuned for that!

Thank you for sticking with me through this extremely WORDY post and for your support!

Are you thinking of doing the 21 day fix or are interested in the program?  Send me a message Facebook or Twitter!

Disclaimer:  I am not sponsored in any way to do this post.  I am currently a Coach for Beachbody for the discount, but would love to talk to anyone further if they should have any questions.  All opinions of this product are solely my own.



  1. Katey Thompson says:

    Thanks for sharing your story Melissa. You should be proud of how far you’ve come and your perseverance to keep going. You’re a beautiful person inside and out!

  2. Mary Ann says:

    Wow. Thanks for sharing your story! Go, Melissa!

  3. Lisa Donnellan says:

    I love how open and honest you are with sharing your story. I know you’ve inspired so many other women that can relate to feeling stuck and overwhelmed. So proud of you! Keep it up girl!

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