It's been a while since I updated you on my lean journey - my quest for a leaner, healthier body. My 50th birthday and Christmas are behind me and the new year brings new goals and plans.
I started my journey back in April 2016 - see my first post here. I had been skiing in Austria and had struggled with skiing, my fitness wasn't good enough and I felt overweight and unhealthy. And my beloved ski trousers no longer fitted and I had to buy a new, bigger size and I hated them! Enough was enough.
I finished The Body Coach Shift Shape and Sustain Plan back in September with fantastic results. But during September and October my journey was halted slightly by having to have a frozen shoulder treated. I continued to eat healthily by following The Body Coach SAS Plan - you can only sign up for this if you have completed SSS but my exercise was a bit limited although I didn't stop. However after two months on SAS I decided it wasn't for me, I loved the exercise but the recipes were a bit limited, they didn't really lend themselves to family meals. It was too restrictive.
I feel that I have had an extended period of not really knowing what to do with my eating. I signed up to a second round of SSS to get a new plan (this meant I got the recipe quantities tailored to my new measurements) and I have been using this since November but something was still bothering me. I hadn't quite found my sustainable way forward. But I have maintained my weight and inch loss and even lost a little more during December so I was quite happy with my progress but I knew I needed a new focus.
Then two things happened. A new gym opened in Marlow near to where I live. Zac;s Fitness is a PAYG gym with 4 different styles of class, all done in 40 minutes. Stability, Speed, Strength and Stamina. I liked this approach and was keen to give it a try. My lovely friend and PT had decided to 'retire' from fitness at Christmas and I lack the motivation to train alone at home (one to two times a week is okay but not four times). I tried Zac's classes and felt reassured that I could create a new fitness routine. But I needed to make sure my eating was sustainable and that I wouldn't be tempted back to old habits (skipping lunch, drinking too much wine, snacking on crisps and chocolate)!!
Zac recommended a Sports Nutritionist and I met Alex Cook last week. So I'm not intending to sign up for any more structured plans. I feel I know enough now to go in alone and this will be easier as I can fit it into family life.
My new routine:
Now I do find it hard to fit all this in! Yes I am at home full-time but I still lead a busy life and I like to get up and choose a nice outfit and do my hair and make-up. I need to change my mindset a bit and concentrate on how good I feel, how much I will love being confident in my bikini at 50 and that I will be up, dressed and ready by 10 am with exercise done for the day!
There is a huge change in the health and fitness industry. Women are finally getting wise to the fact that many of the popular weight loss programmes are not sustainable for the long term. You lose weight, you relax your eating habits, you gain the weight back and more. Your metabolism is wrecked. These plans don't include exercise so you might be losing fat (but you are losing muscle too) so your body is not strong and lean - gaining muscle doesn't mean you will look like a body builder but muscle burns calories and fat much more efficiently. It is the way ahead. It is a permanent lifestyle change but it works. And you feel so much better for it! I have more energy, better skin, stronger nails, thicker hair. I do not intend to ever go back.
All I have to do is exercise 4 times a week for approx 40 minutes a time and choose healthy, wholesome food. I can still have cake and chips if I want to - just not every day. But because my metabolism is now working properly my body can deal with these treats and I don't feel guilty about it. I am not hungry either, I am not depriving myself.
If you are looking for inspiration and would like to look at my journey in more details with photographic evidence then do take a look at my fitness Instagram page michelle_fitatfifty. Also take a look at the post I wrote about the hugely motivational Facebook group A Big Girls Journey to Lean.
Hi, I’m Michelle and my blog Fifty & Fab is all about my journey into and through my fifties. I share style tips, health and fitness inspiration, I talk about my holidays and days out and I tell you about my beauty regime and my lifestyle. I hope you might pick up a tip or two and get some inspiration!
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