Well week 2 is complete and I can actually say I found it pretty easy! I’ve got into the swing of the exercise and 3 meals, 2 snacks a day, although some days I still struggle with eating 3 full meals a day I get them down! What I found particularly difficult last week was keeping on track with the meals and having a social life!
Last week there were a few occasions where I veered off track, 2 of which I had planned for, and 1 I hadn’t. Valentines day, Niklas and I went to see La La Land at the Everyman cinema (our favourite cinema chain as they serve you food and drinks on the sofa seats)! We’d planned to go for dinner beforehand at a French restaurant of which I had scoped out the menu previously and planned to eat a steak and veg. Still very much in line with the plan. However, as we ate at the cinema, I ended up having a burger, fries and a strawberry milkshake. It was unbelievably amazing! Having not eaten that way for a little while, I really enjoyed the meal, and didn’t feel bad about it all since we had planned for our Valentines meal to be ‘off’ plan.
At the weekend we needed to go cake tasting for our wedding cake, so we had the equivalent of 2 cupcakes between us, and missed dinner because of this. On the plan you are supposed to have 3 meals and 2 snacks, not missing any meals, so that was another naughty day! However, breakfast and lunch plus the 2 snacks were on plan that day, as well as it being my rest day for exercise I still got 30+ active minutes in and walked my 10,000 steps so I didn’t feel too bad!
Finally this week I had some good news, I landed a new job after a good few months of searching, so Niklas and I shared a bottle of Prosecco between us, 2 glasses each to celebrate. This was the unplanned ‘off’ plan action, and was bittersweet as I really wanted to stay away from alcohol on this plan, particularly in the first cycle, however it’s been a long struggle for me to change career and land this new job so I really wanted to celebrate!
I feel a bit lighter this week, we’re not allowed to stand on the ‘sad step’ until the end of the cycle in 2 weeks time, but I do feel a little better in myself. I haven’t noticed a marked difference in my clothing or anything, but I’m sure by the end of the cycle I’ll have positive results. On the plus side, I have improved my performance greatly in my HIIT workouts compared to the first week which is fantastic! I’ve maintained working out 5 times a week, and feel all the better for it.
To support my journey, I’ve been enjoyed browsing Instagram accounts to see other people’s transformations, have joined the ‘Big Girl’s Journey To Lean‘ group on Facebook which is amazing! So supportive, great answers to FAQ, and inspiration galore! I also came across this helpful article on positivehealthwellness.com. It’s a fantastic piece that may inspire some of you on your New Year’s fitness journey, in a different way to the plan I’m on. The article provides helpful, practical solutions and strategies that will help you overcome any obstacles in starting your fitness journey. As the article states, ‘when making any major change to your health, there is two major factor to consider. The first is exercise and the second, diet. Diet is something people often let take a back seat to exercise, but the truth is BOTH are needed.’ This is very true, and right at the heart of what it is I’m doing on the Bodycoach plan. Both diet and exercise are the main component of this plan, with neither one being given more importance than the other.
The article also states it’s important to set goals, but a also a framework of how to achieve those goals. I feel this is particularly important is it gives one something to strive for, and perhaps a ‘reward’ (not food!) at the end of it all. My incremental goal system looks like this for the next 90 days:
I want to lose 22lbs (10kg) by the end of this 90 day SSS plan.
22lbs across 3 months = 7lbs (3.2kgs) per month/1.75 lbs (0.8kgs) per week.
With a starting weight of 214lbs (96.9kg):
March (End of cycle 1) = Reach 93.7kg –> reward, buy myself a lovely piece of clothing or pair of shoes!
April (End of cycle 2) = Reach 90.5kg –> reward, treat myself to a beauty treatment.
May (End of plan) = Reach 87.3kg –> reward, something big! 🙂
My goal setting doesn’t end there! I plan to do the plan again once I’ve finished, to shed a little more weight in time for our wedding in July.
June (End of cycle 1 phase 2) = Reach 84.1kg –> reward, a spa day pre-wedding.
July (End of cycle 2) = Reach 80.9kg –> look amazing on my wedding day and wear a bikini on our honeymoon!
By the end of the year, it would great to meet my goal of losing 55lbs (25kg). This would leave me with another 39lbs (18kg) to lose, in 6 months. Sounds like a lot, let’s see where we are by July shall we!?
I’ll leave you with a few pictures of a couple of breakfast carb refuel meals I’ve had from this week!
Blueberry Protein Pancakes
Until next time!