I’m nearly there and I thought it was time to update you all! So I am two weeks into Cycle 3 and my plan is to add about 5 days onto this cycle so that I submit my results the day before I go on holiday.
C3 is the final phase and the ‘Sustain’ part in the SSS (Shift Shape Sustain). The idea is that you have stripped fat in C1, shaped and toned in C2 and now you are stripping back the final fat to reveal a lovely new shape and learning to make this eating and exercise a lifestyle change (not just 3 months).
Do not underestimate how hard it is to do this programme. But mentally you keep going because your results are visible and you want to keep going. But it is time-consuming and exhausting at times! My energy levels soared in C1 as well as other side-effects like longer stronger nails, better hair condition and clearer skin. I found C2 tiring with the introduction of weights and less set recipes as you have a pick n mix menu and need to create your own recipes. But I still saw results so onwards I went. C3 was hard to begin with and last Monday ‘legs day’ pretty much wiped me out! But today I am feeling less tired and I can see how much smaller I am and that my shape is improving so I am inspired to carry on.
After the 90 days I will need to make sure I have a plan going forward. There is no point in doing this if I am just going to go back to my old ways (wine and sugar and as little exercise as possible). I think that seeing results and getting the figure I want will help me with that and I will tell you all what I decide is the best programme for me long term.
I have got myself into a routine now with the cooking and exercise. And I even know what I can eat when I go out (which I’ve tried to keep to a minimum). Smoothies are quick and easy as are the pancakes and the granola. Making two plus portions of a recipe and saving one for lunch the next day or freezing it for another evening makes sense. My wine fridge is now full of vegetables!! I exercise on a Monday and Thursday with my PT and on a Wednesday and Saturday at home. Getting up early and getting it out of the way is the best option but not always possible. I admire people doing this programme with full time jobs and/or younger children. My family have been very supportive.
After many many years of wanting to ‘lose a few pounds’ or looking for a quick fix to get a flatter tummy I have finally learnt that if I want a better figure I have to put the work in and that means cooking properly and exercising properly. It also means no sugar and less wine! And it means being healthy and fit as well as lean.
There is an amazing facebook group which is relatively new. It was set up by a lovely lady called Angela Cox and it is called ‘A Big Girl’s Journey to Lean’. It is not just about The Body Coach plan but many of the people on there are doing BC. It is a fantastic source of inspiration, tips, support and advice. The transformations are real and you know how hard everyone has worked to get there.
Sunny Saturday! I'm loving the shape of my arms and shoulders now and my Mint Velvet Maxi skirt fits much better on my tummy, I'm wearing it here with a camisole from Top Shop x
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