A few weeks ago I told you I had finished The Body Coach SSS (Shift Shape Sustain Plan) and I had moved onto SAS, their ongoing programme. But I didn't make it past Month 2. So here I am again updating you further and I will tell you what I am doing now.
For some reason I lost my enthusiasm on SAS, the weather changed, it got harder to get up and work out at silly o'clock and the recipes weren't as inspiring or family friendly.
Then my PT was on holiday for two weeks and I had to exercise 4 x per week alone and although I did keep going, I knew the love wasn't there and I needed to have a better plan going forward.
So I decided that as I had done so well on SSS I would sign up for Round 2 and repeat it all over again!
Plus we have a new gym that has opened in Marlow. It is a pay as you go gym based around classes and PT. All classes are only 40 minutes long and the class sizes are kept small. The owner is a former rowing Olympic medalist and now PT and he has devised a set of classes that are fun and simple but challenging. And don't take too long - perfect for me! Each one is slightly different - Stamina, Speed, Stability and Strength. Plus there are advanced versions too i.e. Speed+.
So I am currently eating to Cycle 1 of the SSS Plan, doing two PT sessions per week and doing two classes at Zac's per week. It has mixed it up a bit and my exercise effort has gone up a notch or two, which I needed. Working out at home is great in the summer with the doors open and weights on the patio but it wasn't so inspiring with the damp, cold and dark mornings. I needed a change.
I have learnt so much on this journey. I have learnt that even losing just over a stone does not mean that the stubborn areas of fat instantly disappear. I still have my problem area and I now know that consistency is the key. Keep going. Repeat. Regular exercise alongside good nutrition, make sure you are fueling your body correctly. Forget low calorie fad diets. Then slowly your body will get to the stubborn bits! I heard it likened to a bath emptying .... the water goes down evenly all over - well our bodies are the same, the fat loss is even all over so fat won't go more from our hips or tummy until it is ready to. So just keep going, repeat day in day out. But I have not been bored or hungry, I don't have many cravings and if I do I have learnt how to work around them. I still have an occasional glass of wine or prosecco, just not every day. I still have some chocolate occasionally but good quality dark chocolate. I have no interest in eating desserts. I have the odd slice of cake - but it has to be worth it.
I still need to decide what I do after Round 2 but this gets me past my 50th birthday celebrations and into the New Year then I hope I have enough information to go it alone using a combination of the support and knowledge I have gained.
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