I quit.

I quit The Body Coach 90 Day SSS Plan | robowecop

I’m sure most of you are in the same boat as me with this one, but the one thing on this Earth I find the most difficult is admitting defeat.

A seemingly simple technology issue? I won’t let it beat me. A challenge from someone? I will win. I am competitive and always have been. Which is what makes writing this post so excruciatingly difficult, embarrassing, mortifying and against EVERYTHING I STAND FOR.

I quit.

I quit!

I can’t do it anymore. And you know what “it” is? THE GOD DAMN BODY COACH.

I can only imagine how many I-told-you-so’s are being thought right now as people are reading this and it is giving me this tense feeling in my stomach that I can’t put into words. You know when you do/say something awkward and it makes every single muscle in your body clench and tense up? That.

But yes – I am quitting the 90 Day SSS plan. After talking about it so much, writing several blog posts about how amazing it was going to be, how much better I was going to feel, how perfect it was for me, I am jacking it all in. Why? It’s just too bloody hard.

And I can promise you that “it’s too hard” isn’t an excuse. It’s a necessity. I can no longer eat 3x what my stomach wants me to eat, I can no longer restrict myself, I can no longer do HIIT. I detest all of it.

This is all so melodramatic, Jesus Christ.

Basically guys, if you didn’t already know, a few months ago I paid for and begun a fitness plan. Joe and I did it really well for the first month (it’s split into 3 month long “cycles”) but then when it came to sending off for the second cycle, we couldn’t do it. I desperately want to get back into shape – I’ve done it before and I know I can do it again – but from trying my very hardest at this plan I have come away knowing one thing. It’s just not for me.

And why? Well there are a few reasons.

1. I have discovered I hate HIIT. I never tried HIIT before this plan and if you ask me, you have to do exercise that you like otherwise you won’t do it. I know that HIIT is amazing for results but I can’t get past how much I hate it. I much prefer going for a run, doing a weights session or doing a class at the gym. That’s just personal preference.

2. I thought I had a big appetite but JESUS. Before I started the plan, I researched into it SO MUCH. Everyone said that the portions were sizable but nothing could have prepared me for how much food there was. It got to the point where I was feeling physically sick after meals and yet the advice was still “you’re fuelling your body, you need to eat it all if you can”. Nah mate, I’m gonna eat til I’m full, thanks.

3. I’m fricking lazy. I’m not ashamed to admit that. I like healthy food and I like exercise – I really do! But I’m lazy. I like healthy food that doesn’t take long to prepare and I like going down to the gym and doing exercise I enjoy on my own time. I don’t like having to give up my entire weekend (and I mean my ENTIRE weekend) to cook meals for the week and I don’t having to time my workouts around protein shakes and supplements.

4. It’s awkward as hell having to organise your life around all this stuff when you’re living with your boyfriend’s parents. Joe’s Mum and Dad were fab but it just wasn’t working for me – I felt like we were taking over their kitchen. They weren’t even doing the plan and they had to time their lives around it and that’s not fair.

Story time. A couple of years ago, I went through a mad health kick. I’d just been put on Sertraline for my anxiety and I was about half way through a year-long work placement. It was the best time of my life. I lost 2 dress sizes and gained so much mentally in only 3 months and I did that all off my own back. So I’m gonna start that again because screw doing things I don’t enjoy.

(Just a quick FYI – I AM still going to be following some of the basic plan principles. The reduced carbs on rest days and high carb on workout days really did agree with me and I did really enjoy the food minus the insane portions – so I’ve bought the Joe Wicks cookbook instead. It has some really lovely recipes, just in case anyone looking for some healthy inspo!)

So yeah.

I quit.

I failed.

And to be honest – I don’t care. I flipping hated it and I’ve learned that. Tonight I’m going down to the local gym and signing myself up. I’m going to start 10k training again, I’m going to be doing weights again and I’m going to get my bum to some classes. I’m going to be making healthier lunches, tweaking meals, cutting down on the wine and generally making healthier choices. I may not lose 5 dress sizes in 3 months doing it this way, but I can promise I’ll be a lot flipping happier.


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  • hellojess

    It absolutely doesn’t matter that you quit! The biggest thing that you can take away from it is a lesson learned, and that this particular plan isn’t for you. You’ve done it before and you can do it again – you’ll get there. I wish you the best! :)

    Jess x
    http://www.hellojess.net

  • This is a really good post! I think everybody should stick to what they like and not run after other people’s results. Because in the end it all comes down to two things: eating healthy meals & exercising. We don’t need anything else.. -K

  • The Body Coach is popping up everywhere at the moment! I’ve just started to get fit and healthy and I’ve got his first book and the portions seem massive (although I know you can tweak them). Don’t worry about having quit his plan, you have to find what works best for you and I’m sure you will!

  • There is nothing at all wrong with quitting something that isn’t for you. Life’s about enjoyment and looking after yourself, not punishment.

    I can’t hack meal planning and spending all weekend cooking either – I just cook quick things as and when I actually want them.

    Happiness over dress size, weight and all these other numbers we measure ourselves with, any day!

    Karen x
    http://www.beyondthebathroomscale.co.uk

  • You know, I wouldn’t see this as ‘quitting’. You’ve obviously found some things that work for you that you can keep up, and have figured out the bits that just aren’t right for you. It’s fine to start something and then adapt it to make it work best for you. Plans like this probably work best when they’re flexible anyway, so stepping away from something so prescribed is probably better in the long run!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

  • I am in exactly the same boat. First month was good albeit the results on paper weren’t great and by the end of cycle 1 if I saw one more spinach leaf or chicken breast I would have lost it!! 1 week into Cycle 2 I got really ill for 3 weeks and couldn’t get my mojo back. I lost so much motivation, felt as big as a house (errrr how does anyone eat these portion sizes AND still feel hungry?!) and felt like an unbelievable failure for quitting. I’ve come to realise that it just wasn’t the right time to try this kind of lifestyle change, like you I love the principles of the plan and will carry that forward but for now 90SSS Plan is not for me xx

  • You didn’t fail! You tried something, you learned a lot from it and you can take some advice away from it. it sounds like a bit of a hefty plan, especially with the meal sizes, so I think you’ve done a great job! Good luck with the things you’ve chosen to do instead – if it makes you happier, go for it! =]

  • Michelle

    At least you tried, and now you know it’s not for you. The way you want to do it sounds healthier to me. Because your not losing to much weight in a short period of time.

  • Becky Hughff

    This is a really interesting read and you are definitely not a failure! I don’t do the 90 day plan but have got this book and pre-ordered the next one. I’ve been doing it 4/5 weeks now and actually really enjoy it and as much as I hate exercise I don’t mind the HIIT too much as I know it’s only going to be hell for 15-20 minutes but I totally get your reasons!

    http://www.ohsobecky.com

  • Olivia K

    Everyone has their own way of doing things and it’s ok to admit that it wasn’t suited to you. You’ll get into a routine that’s most suited to you, its all about trial and error. Good luck for the future.

    Olivia // blondelamode.blogspot.co.uk

  • I think you are very brave to talk about it like that! And I think you don’t have to feel pressured that you didn’t do it till the end. If it is not the right thing for you then that’s okay! Other people might like it but not everyone is the same :) Just do what you enjoy, that’s better for your mind and body!

    xx Mena
    http://www.eunha.at

  • Brooklyn

    If you hated it that much you didn’t fail, it just wasn’t worth it!

    http://www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

  • Floral-Etiquette

    same as me! You didn’t fail. I still use some of the principles but I just couldn’t get my head around the prep, the expense and the never ending HIIT sessions. I still do HIIT occasionally and like you, eat carbs on exercise days and lower them on rest days, but it wasn’t for me. When i finished cycle one i vowed to never eat an egg ever again!! and for someone who hates avocado and most things (i’m fussy with fish and stuff) it was torture! It did get me onto snacking on rice cakes and peanut butter though… Good on you, I have faith you’ll get into a routine that works for you again xx

  • claudia wright

    I’m obsessed with the Body Coach 90 day plan- I follow the instagram and a few FB posts for inspiration but I haven’t actually signed up as I have a PT who I train with anyway. I see a lot of mixed reviews who it does and doesn’t work for- I am SO unlucky so knowing me I would probably be double the size when I ‘graduated’!

    At least it’s motivated you to do you own thing though now- you go girl! Looking forward to seeing your progress :)

    Claudia xx
    http://www.claudiawright.com

  • Aimée Julia Cottle

    Good for you! From what I’ve read of this plan, it sounds like hell. Not something I’d sign up for! And not everything works for everyone. We are all unique. You’ll find what works for you (it sounds like you already have!) x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  • Someone once told me that being ‘strong’ isn’t always continuing to do what you were doing, it’s recognizing when that’s not the best thing for you anymore and having the courage to admit that and change your ways – sounds like you did exactly that, and I hope a new ‘healthkick’ will get you where you want :)

  • Laura W

    Good for you, so glad you posted this! I was looking at HIIT after seeing people tweeting about it, but it’s so good to read an honest post about it. Why waste time doing something that makes you feel crappy? Hopefully you’ll find something that works for you :) x

    Laura // Laura Wardrobe

  • Gemma Louise

    Thats great hun! As long as you can say you tried that’s all.. The best way is to do what is best for you. Otherwise you’ll hate it and resent it x

  • Good for you for just trying it! I looked at it and thought that there was no way it was going to work for me! It’s the sort of thing that takes over your life from the sounds of it and that just wont work with me! HIIT sounds horrific btw.

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

  • Good for you Rhianna – this was such an inspiring post to read. Life is too short to do something that doesn’t work for you! x
    Sophie Cliff

  • Libby

    I am so glad that you posted this! I’ve recently joined the gym but wanted some healthy recipes for inspiration (I love healthy food but get so overwhelmed with thinking up new recipes and avoid getting stuck in a rut). I bought Joe’s first lean in 15 book and am loving the variety in recipes so that’s good. However, I saw in the back of the book some ideas of HIIT workouts and thought I’d give them a try. Honestly, i’ve never experienced something as unenjoyable than HIIT and it made me so dizzy, my hearing went fuzzy and I was just sat on the floor wondering what on earth was going on! This never happens to me at the gym and I actually really look forward to my morning gym sessions, I guess everyone exercises differently!

    https://libbyslavinblogs.wordpress.com – Libby

  • Amy

    Good for you, there’s literally no point sticking to something which isn’t working for you but remember getting fit or losing weight or just getting a new lifestyle habit is a journey … Your first month which went really well wasn’t for nothing … It’s all part of helping you get where you want to be. If it’s ignited your urge to get back into what worked before then it’s been a useful tool IMO. Good luck :)

    fourcatsplusus.co.uk – Amy

  • I love this post! I shuffle so much with exercise. It’s finding something I like doing though I think. My eating isn’t that bad actually and recently I’ve noticed a difference in my skin and on my stomach just from stepping the eating up a bit. Good luck though no point doing something you hate, I found you’ll end up just going backwards that way.

    Caroline xo
    http://www.teaandbeauty.com

  • I love this post, for the simple fact that most bloggers seem to write all about how amazing a plan is and then they just seem to trail off … I could never do HIIT. I am also lazy, I cant stick to a plan. I have to do things at my own pace. I love yoga, I love walking and I love swimming but if I try to say I am going to do it on this day this day and this day it just will not happen.
    Charlotte | http://www.discoveringcharlotte.co.uk

  • I haven’t tried any of his programmes as such and I haven’t followed the Lean in 15 thing religiously either, but, what I found it good for was giving me a bit of a kick to get back on it and some new meal ideas. I love the whole build up bagel & tortilla pizza thing – they’re quick, healthy and you can make them so many different ways it’s great!

    Emma | HarmonyBlaze.co.uk

  • Babe, you should never be afraid of quitting! If you genuinely hate it then what’s the point in putting yourself through it! Good luck with going forward though! I hope you feel much happier about it xx

    Tarnya // sweetallure.co.uk

  • Sophie Whitehead

    You didn’t fail – you learned some really important things about yourself and your body, and you can use those to make your health routine even better :)

  • Don’t beat yourself up about it, it’s so unrealistic to expect one style of nutrition/exercise works for everyone! It’s great that you’ve taken some inspiration and are going to create your own rules; infact that’s probably better in the long run because now you’e learnt something that you can continue to do independently, instead of religiously sticking to the plan and falling off the wagon when the 3 months was up, because what happens after people graduate from it? Surely they can’t keep doing it!

    As I’ve said before, I struggle with HIIT too. I know it’s more effective but I’d rather go for an hour long run or a cycle! Also I have to eat carbs before I workout or I can’t do anything, so different stuff works for different people :)

    Hannah Gets Hench

  • HIIT SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKS. Good on you for being so honest, if it doesn’t work for you there’s no point. I’m so similar in the way that I’m lazy as hell, despite loving cooking and really enjoying exercising too. I’ve not got my ideal routine nailed yet, but I’m working on it! Also totally agree about the cookbook, it’s got some fab recipes in it and the majority are dead easy xx

    Charlotte / Colours & Carousels

  • Love this! So honest. Sometimes a plan don’t work you just got to do it your way! BonitaRochelle.co.uk

  • Sarah Dickinson

    Thank God for being honest Rihanna!!! I’d heard only great things about this Plan and thought I was missing out by not being able to do it. I’ve followed your progress on your vlogs (which are amazing by the way!) and seen the reality of it and how flipping hard the workouts are and how your life is consumed (pardon the pun) by meal prep!
    You are not a failure Rihanna, I repeat, you are NOT a failure ok??? Please stop feeling so down on yourself for trying something and checking whether it worked for you or not. We’ve all done this with many things over our lifetimes and honestly it is the only way we’re able to check if something’s right for us or not. Sometimes life throws us lemons and we just gotta add the booze! =)
    I for one know the feeling of thinking ‘well I tried my best and it wasn’t good enough, well I give up then’ it’s all too easy to think that just because we’ve signed up for something we think that we have to see it through and sometimes that just isn’t the case!! The sign of a strong woman is the one who admits when she’s failing and needs help. It’s not weakness Rihanna, it’s strength and I for one really really admire you for saying it’s not for you and seeking change else where. You tried it, you didn’t like it, no need to keep repeating it. =)
    I really admire your strength Rihanna I really do. I can’t wait to follow your gym progress in your weekly vlogs! Wishing you the very best of luck darling.
    Love
    Sarah
    xoxoxo
    http://www.writingrambling.co.uk

  • Emma Humphrey

    Thank you for your honesty – I too found the plan super hard and didn’t stick to the full 90 days. My boyfriend did and I had huge respect for him but some people are just more cut out for it! Quitting in life is fine, so long as you’re confident in your decision to quit. xxx

  • This is great, I’ve heard so much about the body coach too but the portion sizes have always put me off. It’s good to hear a really honest account. And also you should never be afraid to quit something that isn’t working for you – better that than continue and be unhappy! X

    100waystohappy.com

  • I totally understand this. I want to be more fit as well, but I am super lazy. I think it is important to enjoy the exercise and the food as well, just like you said. I hope your new “method” works better for you now! :)
    Patti Shifting Tales

  • I think it’s so important to find balance. It’s all very well being happy with the end result, but if you’ve been miserable getting there, is it really worth it? It may take a little longer but you’ll be so much happier and enjoying the process! In fact, you may find that you do better at sticking to the new lifestyle because you’re enjoying it. Good luck!

    Sophie x | Essential Twenty

  • Living in Full Bloom

    I had a big realization the other day – yes I want to lose weight, but making myself unhappy to do so is not worth it. So for now I’m happy with who I am, and if I lose weight, it will be in a way that makes me happy! Great post!

  • Deimante Baurinaite

    Good on you for realising what does and doesn’t work for you. I completely agree that you shouldn’t feel like an exercise regime is taking over your life. I’m currently trying to lose some extra weight (it’s not going too well lol) but I decided to do it in my own time by signing up to the gym. How I see it, it’s better to lose weight slowly and be happy than to kill yourself over it.
    Dei x
    http://www.sunnydei.com