My fitness history is embarrassing. It’s a collection of losing weight, putting it back on, getting into a fitness trend, getting bored and quitting and saying I’m going to start again for the final time approximately 7436938603 times. I’m not ashamed to admit it but I am a little ashamed it happened. If you’ve read any of my past fitness posts (there’s only been a few of them, but I’m pretty sure they all say something along the lines of “this is the new me/this is the final time I’m gonna start again/it’s for good this time”. Cringe.) then you’ll know that I’m the queen of stop-start fitness.
When I first went on Sertraline for my anxiety, it changed my life. I had more energy, I was more positive, I felt like I had control of my life. I dropped 2 dress sizes in 4 months, successfully ran a 5k and was loving life. Then I started final year *screams of horror*, weened myself off the medication and collapsed quite dramatically back to square one. Or maybe it was more like square -5. I
was am the biggest I’ve ever been and even though that isn’t huge by any stretch of the imagination, it’s not where I want to be. Now I have a full time job, I don’t have the excuse of deadlines. I don’t have the excuse of being too poor to afford healthy food. I don’t have any excuses anymore. But that is definitely what I’m best at.
I’m the type of person that needs constant guidance and advice when it comes to fitness. I find myself leaning towards set plans, challenges and apps otherwise I get bored/confused/lazy. If I am left to my own devices, I tend to find excuses as to why I can quit whereas if I have something to stick to, it motivates me more. I think it’s because I don’t have the knowledge (or imagination) to think up my own fitness routines. Maybe I will in the future, but for now – nope.
So, I’ve taken the plunge. Or, should I say we, because Joe is joining me in this challenge. We’re going to do The Body Coach’s 90 Day SSS plan. I know. Don’t even.
I’m going to be straight with you. It costs money. The (3-month long) plan is £150. And I understand that some people may not A. be able to afford that or B. actually want to pay that. But I can afford it and am willing to pay for it. I mean Jesus, I pay £40 a month for the gym (that I barely go to – oops) so it’s hardly the most expensive thing I’ve ever heard.
I know a lot of people are in the mindset “why pay for a fitness plan when you can do it yourself for free” but that’s just so not me. I’m happy parting with a few quid if I know it’s going to be something that will work for me. And after a LOT of research (and good lord I mean a lot), Joe Wick’s plan just seems to suit me best. I’m a very hungry person, so anything that restricts food is a no-go for me. (That, and I strongly disagree with any plan that leaves you hungry. You don’t need to starve yourself to lose weight. Js.) The 90 Day SSS plan is the opposite, with an extensive list of foods and large portions. And the fact that it is supposed to train you into treating your body better (the SSS stands for the three cycles: Shift (shifting excess fat with a HIIT cardio focussed exercise regime and a meal plan), Shape (the introduction of lifting/weight work to build muscle and a less-strict yet carb-laden diet) and Sustain (still with an exercise plan and meal advice but more focussed on helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle).
I’ve always been the type of person that needs a full-blown lifestyle change rather than a diet. There are no quick fixes to weight loss: it takes a lot of hard work and you’ve got to be in it for life to stay healthy. And that, to me, is what this decision is about: health. Because, at the moment, that’s not what I am. And I’m so excited to change that.
I’ll be doing monthly updates on my progress with the 90 Day SSS plan, one after every cycle, and then I’ll probably do a round-up/review at the end.
I’m excited to change my view on fitness and health. I’m excited to feel healthy again and I’m excited to get into fitness again. Because my problem has always been external factors. I do really enjoy fitness! I enjoy researching into things, finding out what works for me and how much it helps me mentally (and physically as well, obviously).
Here’s to becoming the me I want to be.
*Edit: I keep getting asked a lot of questions about how the plan is going, but we aren’t actually starting it until the end of March/beginning of April. From the research we’ve done it seems that eating out is a bit of a no-no in the first month and we have/have had a LOT on in March (Joe’s Dad’s 50th, Easter celebrations, blogging events we’d already agreed to etc.) and we want to do it properly. So rather than starting and having to take several days off, we figured it would be best to start with a clean slate where we have no plans! Sorry for any confusion – I’ll definitely be keeping you updated with our progress on Twitter and in my weekly vlogs!
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