06 Aug Coaching My Body Back To Health
I’m almost there! I’m one day away from ending Cycle One of the Body Coach’s 90 day SSS plan.
I’m yet to take my measurements again to get actual progress but I’ll be honest. I don’t need it.
This has done exactly what I needed it to do. Please note that i’m not sponsored to review this – after all, who cares what a pasty 34 year old nobody from Wigan thinks?
Before starting this programme, I had lost a lot of weight.
Since having Esme, 3 and a half stone had melted away as a result of stress, breastfeeding and unintentional starvation.
My hair was falling out, my arse was like an ironing board but my tummy had a bloat, brought upon by living off cereal when I’m pretty sensitive to wheat as it is.
I was eating just 2 meals a day most meals, with no snacks.
I felt unwell & unfeminine. My periods waved bye bye almost two years ago, never to be seen again.
I was in bad habits.
I saw that a friend had signed up for this programme and was getting real results. Not in a weight loss was but in a ‘damn you amazonian toned beauty, I would actually leave my husband for you’ kind of way.
It’s not cheap – £147. Paid either in one go or over 3 months. You’re sent a very meaty questionnaire to complete then you are sent your initial 30 day plan complete with recipes comprised from your required macros.
I’ll be honest with you – your shopping bill is about to get far more expensive. There are items in the plan that you will not have lying around and as you’re going to be batch cooking (this is a must, I’ll explain next) then you will need in a large amount.
Some of the recipes, although delicious, take some cooking time. I found that cooking on a Sunday night was my saviour. If I’d have had to do that every meal time I would never have stuck to it and would have found myself reaching for the bran flakes again.
Also, I have to admit, I didn’t stick to my food weights either. I was feeding Neil the same as me so just halving what I had cooked. You’re not supposed to do this as your plan is tailored just for you.
I also stuck to my 12 coffees a day. There are some sacrifices I wasn’t strong enough to make.
Ok so please please excuse the horrible mismatched underwear and ‘I’ll put that away tomorrow’ washing that is behind me in my room. Here are my before pics.
You will see that although I had lost the weight, I had no definition whatsoever, despite training a few times a week.
It wasn’t a pretty sight at all.
This past 30 days has been a rollercoaster of learning curves.
I’ve been eating 3 good healthy meals a day and snacking twice, the portions seemed incorrect as they were huge but I have been assured that this is correct.
I’ve been enjoying lean spicy turkey mince , chicken sausage casserole, overnight oats to name just a few but something marvellous happened – my appetite returned.
I’ve been looking forward to my meals and as I already had them there ready, I had no excuses to skip meals.
I realised that the world won’t end if I eat peanut butter!
In fact, I’ve been rewarding my body for a job well done at the gym by eating a fabulously carby refuel meal.
I’m starting to see some definition too. My tummy is flatter, my legs have shape and my face has colour.
(I can also see in these unofficial progress pictures that my bathroom mirror needs cleaning, the sink needs tidying and that the direction in which I have hung my loo roll may cause debate – anyone not down with my Peppa Pig lounge pants can no longer be in my life)
I know that all this doesn’t define me. I know that how I look in skinny jeans is not even remotely important in the grand old scheme. I’m not particularly vain. Much.
I am still however a big advocate on championing exercise to help with anxiety and depression. The gym has always been my happy place, it’s just that there was an unhealthy control that developed.
I’m looking forward to cycle 2 where my weight training will step up.
I can recommend this to anyone fed up of faddy diets and bollocks shake meal replacements.
You can get healthy without getting hungry.