Progress!

I’m still plodding along but not following plan as it was causing me a wee bit of stress. I am going back to it but not for a few more weeks because I’m currently writing from my hospital bed, getting ready for a procedure.

Up to this point, apart from my birthday week celebrations and a wk after that, I was doing very well. My fitness has improved so much and my fitness goals are being smashed! I’m thinking more about lifting and I have a few ideas of what I want this year to be like with weights being a huge part of my regime. I love how I feel after doing them and how my body is changing. I’m also very lucky that I have such an amazing trainer who knows what he’s doing and guiding me properly in technique.

I don’t know if anyone has followed Instagram account Planking for Pizza or size 22 guru, but if you’re on your weight loss and fitness journey, I’d highly recommend both. They are motivating and inspiring not to mention absolutely hilarious and strong. I watch their stories every day and am amazed by all that they have achieved and continue to achieve. One of the biggest things for me is that they are real. They eat real food and they also have treats… no restrictions. How good is that?! They know that real life is about things which can and do crop up, they don’t say no but they plan for things such as nights out or other social activities or just wanting to have some shit food from time to time. This is why they don’t fail. They are accountable and they are sensible but they work damn hard too.

I think that when we set goals for ourselves, we also start a process of restriction which can lead to falling off the wagon. I didn’t want to use the word failure there because that’s such a negative thing to say and when trying to lose weight, you just don’t need shit words and connotations. I think the whole 80/20 rule is right, that we should also never see foods as good vs bad… that in itself can lead to disordered eating in my opinion and I’ve been in that place when I was younger… it isn’t pretty and you’re worth more than that.

So this wk as we approach Christmas, I plan on walking more if my body will let me since I’m still in a bit of pain, more water and more fibre and protein in my diet. Small goals which add up to achieving.

Body Coach Update

Hi everyone! Still here and still soldiering on albeit with a few hiccups now and again. The week of my period for instances… I don’t know what it is but fuck me, I turn into a chocolate monster! The other thing was that I changed from the veg plan to the meat plan because I just needed meat! I love chicken although I hate handling it! So I may re start or carry on for another week before stage 2 starts. I’m really looking forward to that!

I have been training weekly with the amazing trainer that is @gymguymark at the Western Tennis Club in Hyndland, and he’s helping me stay accountable. We are doing more than the plan says we should be doing but I can help it, I love exercising and our sessions are hard but fun. Is that possible?

I’ve also given up my membership for the gym because it’s easier for me to do things at the house because both gyms are further afield. I do HIIT in the house or in my summerhouse, or I run in the field.. it’s really that simple. I also have weights at home so really, I don’t need much more although I am thinking of joining a new local gym which is 5 mins from the house.

So this is a quick update as my kids are currently in their yoga class and I’ve had a few minutes spare! I must confess that last weekend I had booze but I blame that on a new system that was implemented at work which was scaring the shit out of us all.

A few updates, more personally … I’ve applied for a new job which would be working as a complementary therapist in a hospice providing therapies to families and patients who are palliative care.. the other is that I’ve started my application process to begin mental health nursing! Eek!

So here are a few pics of meals and the contents of my fridge!

My Plan Has Arrived

Yaay!!! I was so excited to hear the “ping” of my emails yesterday and the arrival of my BodyCoach Plan… It’s here, it’s here!!!

I couldn’t really get a good look at it when it first came through because I was doing my training for Oncology Massage, in the West End, so I emailed it to my husband and asked him to download and print it out. He actually hole punched it and added it to a folder which made it even easier to look through.

So, I had decided to go for the vegetarian option. I’m not completely veggie but I wanted to keep costs low and get as much nutrients into me as possible and I think that this is a really good way to do it. I will miss chicken most and there’s different types of fish that I wouldn’t normally eat but I knew this before I signed up, so it’s not at all a shock or disappointment. I did have my friend Jo send hers over and some of her meat recipes look great, but I know I made the right decision.

I like that there are a lot of amazing recipes to choose from, and I mean a lot in cycle 1. I was nervous that there wouldn’t be but safe to say that there is no chance that I’ll be lost for ideas. The only thing that I have to say is that there isn’t a lot of snack ideas but as it’s only cycle 1, I’m not going to complain and moan about it!

Now, the whole idea is 3 main meals with two snacks in between and at least 3 litres of water.. on rest days, all meals are low carb and in training days, I have a refuel meal at least 60-90 mins after my HIIT session. This is more than I am used to eating in a day but I think this is also one of the reasons why I have gained weight.

We decided last night that I could have a last take away and a bottle of fizz! Here’s what we had… chicken fried rice, chick balls, chips and egg rolls! Oh, and a bottle of prosecco.

Tonight I will go shopping and pick up the things that I will need for the next 4 days recipes. I’ll do my first HIIT in the morning and I’ll probably head on over to Instagram and YouTube for my very first impressions.

I have done a lot of HIIT in the past with @Gymguymark so it won’t be a shocker for me although I’m really not all that fit at the moment! I’m also used to having 1 hr sessions so 30 mins is going to seem really odd and almost incomplete for me. I do love exercise, but I just got so busy studying and caught up with starting my own business as well as having two young kids, that I lost myself.

I’ll post my “before” pics, and measurements, tomorrow… well maybe not the pics but my weight reading. I hope to achieve a lot in the next 4 weeks… it’s almost 4 weeks to the day that I turn 40!

Yikes!

Have you tried The Body Coach?

Count Down To BodyCoach

I’m planning and plotting… hoping and wishing… that things will be different this time…

What am I talking about? Fitness and weight loss! I know that they will be because I am ready to take on the challenge with the help of my friend Jo over at Mummy’sKnee (who will already be a week ahead by the time I receive my plan). We have discussed and supported one another a lot this week, positivity seeping from our pores and building a camaraderie that even Spider-Man could not penetrate!

In the picture above, you’ll see my “Fit Book”, which my husband bought for me last year and I have yet to use. I plan on using this to plan my weekly meals and chart my exercise that I will do over and above the HIT given by my BodyCoach Plan.

I did a practice run of meal prepping last wk, using some vegan recipes from one of my favourite cook books, made by “The Happy Pear“. I LOVE this cook book and I love how they started their business and healthier lifestyle. I would highly recommend it and watching their YouTube videos because some recipes are so quick and easy, not to mention nutritious!

Here are some of the meals that I made;

They helped me to balance my macros and make sure that I was getting everything that I needed nutrition wise. I didn’t find myself dipping in sugar levels and therefore I no longer needed to have the cup of coffee or chocolate biscuit in the afternoon which has been my norm for longer than I care to admit.

I am also finding that food prep makes me less inclined to crave other foods, like take aways as a treat and I don’t feel the need to say “ach, I’ll just have 1 treat night “. I don’t need to because no take away is going to measure up to homemade “fakeaways”. I don’t have that bloated feeling and I know exactly what’s going into my body, plus saving money at the same time.

So I go to bed now and eagerly await my emails coming through tomorrow… I shall dream of weights, vegetables and all things healthy! Actually, no.. I’m not that bad… yet! I just can’t wait to get the plan through!

BodyCoach

Well… the time has come and I have researched and looked into it for a few months now. I’ve decided to go with Joe Wicks and do his 90 day 90 day sss plan

I turn 40 on the 16th of November and since qualifying and studying to become a Complimentary Therapist and losing my Dad, I’ve let my body go. I’ve turned into a tired hot mess with very little motivation and I’ve packed on the pounds.

I signed up after a fellow blogger did the same and we are going to motivate one another! I’ve added a YouTube channel but not sure if I’ll publish that on the blog just now… maybe when I start seeing results?

I plan on utilising the superb personal trainer known by most on twitter, as @gymguymark who will keep me on my toes with the HIIT stuff. This is possibly the best trainer in Glasgow, and he works from @WesternTennisClub in Hyndland. He trains some pretty high profile folks and with his agreement he may even allow me to film one of our sessions!

So why The Body Coach? Well…. he’s motivational, knows his shit and let’s people eat and not restrict themselves. We all know what restriction does to our bodies and I’m living proof of that! I think some of my difficulties might be bread and wine. I generally have toast every morning so I think I might need to get myself into the habit of trying oats because it’s quick, easy and nutritious.

Also, the thing I like about Joe is that he really does encourage people. You have a bad day? That’s ok and normal! Just start again. He understands that people have real life to deal with and he allows for that. I have a lot of time for someone who “gets it”.

Could I do this on my own without the help from BodyCoach and their supporters? At this point in my life, not very well. We can all do these things but I’m of the mindset just now of needing more encouragement and support. I’ve already had that the minute I signed up. I received emails and a tweet from Joe himself, congratulating me on being in board and seeing my progress.

I’m going to do this, I’m going to achieve and I’m going to encourage others who feel similar about themselves, to grab their fitness and eating by the balls!

I’ve started prep….

I will get into his hall of fame and maybe even meet the fella!

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