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As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve recently signed up to The Body Coach and although I’m only on week two I’ve become one of those annoying people who wants to explain the exact macro content of her breakfast to the postman so thought I would document a few of my thoughts from the first week on what I’ve learnt and how I’m feeling!

1. I don’t eat enough

As women we are conditioned to think starving ourselves= skinny. I’m not sure when this was first ingrained in me, but it’s certainly been reinforced over the years that if you want to lose weight you have to eat less. I don’t particularly count calories but I’ve always been one who counts down to holidays by removing pasta, potatoes, rice and every other carb from my diet and the principal is the same. One of Joe’s main laws of The Body Coach is that you have three main meals a day (MEALS not smoothies or shakes as people keep asking me) and two snacks.

I can honestly say that in just under two weeks I’ve probably not done one day where I eat or finish all of the meals (sorry Joe!). Even the meals I like I can barely finish half of and having stuck to just three meals a day for years, I often forget completely about the snacks. I think this says a lot about me, women in particular and what we do to our bodies, when we’ve got to the point where we struggle to finish a full portion of a delicious meal that’s specifically the right amount for our size, activity level and weight because of how long our bodies have been locked into starvation mode. It’s something I’m definitely planning to work on within the remaining two weeks of the plan. Eat more? Let’s do it.

2. Wearing a crop top while working out will make you crunch that tummy tight

Now I wouldn’t personally feel confident enough to wear just a crop top if I was leaving the house but as I do most of my HIIT training at home, I’ve found that wearing a crop top to train in makes me crunch my tummy muscles in and helps my core strength! Even though no one can see me, there’s just something that’s innate about not walking round with your gut hanging out that helps you to subconsciously reign it in and this will do wonders for your mounting climber stamina!

3. Exercise feels good

Since I was young and thought I wanted to be a dance superstar, I’ve blown hot and cold with exercise, being a fair-weather turkey burner with the gym and dabbling in classes but never really getting that bug. Since I started I’ve been doing 3 HIIT workouts at home, 1 body pump class and 1 insanity class per week and I have LOVED it. Okay when I’m on my fourth set of reverse burpees I’m often wishing I was at home with a big bag of bacon rashers, but once I’ve done it I feel amazing and my arms and stomach are already showing results, even though I’ve only stuck to the food plan around 70% of the time. This may also have something to do with carbs only being eaten after a workout in Cycle 1. Ain’t nothing gonna make a girl do a workout then the promise of a big fat bagel at the end of it.

one of the dinner meals from the body coach 90 day body challenge

Sausage and beef casserole = good. Muscle meat = bad

 

 

 

4. Sugar is seriously addictive

Headaches. Fatigue. Tiredness. Moodiness. I was just a dream to live with on those first few days. Unfortunately I, Beth, am a complete sugar addict and I guess it’ll be another good few hard weeks until I can give it up completely. I’ll be honest and say I’ve given in to a few maoams, chocolates and spoonfuls of golden syrup in my overnight oats because I am completely addicted and fear a break down in the middle of aisle 14 in Tescos if I don’t, but I’m definitely consuming less than I used to and reeducating myself on what’s acceptable.

5. I’m keeping it cash

I’ve joined this AMAZING support group on Facebook, full of leanie members (seriously, I think I would have my head in a box of magnums if it wasn’t for this group) and one thing I’ve found from it is that everyone’s different. There are admirable members of the group who are sticking to the plan 100% and not substituting anything, there are others who are 95% but have the odd snack. For me, I need to keep it casual. Being fussy (and having allergies to two of the main food groups) I know I can’t 100% stick to the plan and stay physically and mentally well. So if I have my family over, I’m going to have roast lamb (even though my Grandad’s response to Turkey mince would be priceless), if I go out, I’m going to have a few (bottles) of prosecco. Life is for living and I love entertaining, going out and not always thinking about what I’m eating.

What are your first thoughts on The Body Coach or programmes like it? I would love to find more fellow members to discuss it with and we could both stop boring our friends in the process. Comment below or join the FB group and share.

Beth Gladstone

Beth is a Writer and Digital Marketer who founded The Full Agenda as a place to talk about the things that kept her and her friends up at night. Currently working as a Marketing consultant to various SMEs she is a big fan of the startup market and loves technology, apps and anything social media related. When not obsessively checking Google Analytics, she can be found reading, writing or relaxing with a glass of Prosecco.

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One Comment

  1. Ayza / October 23, 2015 at 6:21 pm /Reply

    Hi! I’m on C1W3 of the body coach plan and loving it :) I have had my ups and downs but the results make it worth the hard work doesn’t it 😉

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