January. A time for new year’s resolutions and a time when many choose to kickstart the healthiest version of them! I am no different. In some ways I am fortunate. My weight doesn’t particularly fluctuate and I am not ‘big’ by most people’s standards. I have a healthy BMI but, like many, I am increasingly frustrated when trying to shift those last few pounds.

This time last year I was struggling to do as much exercise as I wanted due to injury and decided to make a conscious effort to eat healthily in a bid to lose weight. It worked, I dropped half a stone and felt much better. I then underwent surgery and miraculously kept the weight off with a combination of healthy(ish) eating and lifting weights (the surgery was on my foot which left me limited to what activity I could do). I was inspired by a friend who sent me eating and exercise guides but that second half stone just wouldn’t budge.

So….fast forward to January 2018 and I have decided, for the first time in my life, to actually pay for a diet plan. I have gone with the #90daysss plan by Joe Wicks (aka The Body Coach) having already been a convert to his YouTube HIIT sessions and ‘Lean in 15’ cookbooks. I plan to document progress here because we have all been sceptical when seeing those amazing transformation pictures and success stories in the magazines and on Instagram but when it is someone you know it all becomes a bit more real….

On Monday 8th January I had meal prepped and prepared “like a boss” and written out my week’s food and exercise plan much like my timetable at school and embarked on my Body Coach journey.

I am now four days in and so far so good. Lots of people on the plan complain about there being too much food but everyone’s quantities are different and tailored to suit your body, lifestyle and activity habits and it is not a problem I am having. I am not necessarily hungry but I am able to finish every meal and snack.

The plan consists of 3 meals and 2 snacks a day with the only carbohydrate based meal coming following exercise which it is suggested you do 4 or 5 times a week. So far this week I have completed a Body Pump, Spin, HIIT and Yoga class and all the food has been pretty good. Meal prep and planning is definitely the key and I swear by MyProtein protein powders to make shakes, smoothies and yoghurt based snacks.

I am not allow to stand on the “sad step” (i.e. scales) until the end of cycle 1 so can’t impart too much more info but I am enjoying the structured approach and having a goal for the first few months of the year. As Joe would say, “Let’s smash this!”

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